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Environmental consultancy proves a winner

AN ENVIRONMENTAL training consultancy has taken the top WA prize in the LiveWIRE 2001 awards.

Dallywater Consulting, run by 1999 Young Australian of the Year environmental category winner Nahrel Dallywater, is now vying for the top award in the national LiveWIRE awards, which will be announced early next year.

Ms Dallywater worked in the environmental training and waste reduction areas in both the government and corporate arenas and saw a niche for a business supplying these services.

Her consultancy’s services range from developing waste material re-use markets for companies through to training on waste minimisation

“I’m interested in helping government and the community recognise the benefits of environmentally friendly practices to help future generations,” Ms Dallywater said.

“I’m keen to find ways for business to find ways to reduce their inputs and outputs. Things such as cutting water use and minimising the waste they produce.

“Not only does it help the environment, it saves the business money.”

Ms Dallywater said her mentor, Malaga BEC’s Alan Carson, had proved invaluable.

“He helped me with particular aspects of business, such as insurance, and helped me build my skills and confidence,” she said.

Runner-up was John Sheppard, who drew up a business plan for an employment agency called Hot Aussie Interns, which will specialise in tertiary student job placements.

Pamela Longain and Damien Heasman – finalists in last year’s LiveWIRE program – won third prize for their web design business Optiic.

Lee-Anne Heron was given an acknowledgment award for her proposal to establish a natural health clinic called Synergy.

LiveWIRE encourages young people to explore self-employment opportunities. Entrants are coached through the four-month period of the program by volunteer mentors and given access to a series of business planning seminars.

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