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Suppliers come from afar

WHILE the main focus for the preparation of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games may appear to be firmly set on the building, polishing and fine tuning taking place in the NSW capital, many companies winning the contracts required to ensure the event goes off smoothly are located hundreds if not thousands of kilometres away.

Businesses such as Salmon River, located in the WA town of Boyup Brook, has used its expertise in providing feed and bedding for livestock to win the contract to supply the Olympic equestrian centre at Horsley Park.

Queensland-based tennis court surface specialist AV Syntec has won the contract to supply its Rebound Ace surfaces to the NSW Tennis Centre at Homebush Bay.

Helping these and some 1,300 other regionally-spread Australian companies make the most of the opportunities surrounding the 2000 Olympic Games is Business Club Australia.

This world-first global networking concept, launched in 1998, is capitalising on the interest generated by the Olympic spotlight’s current focus on Australia.

An integral part of the Federal government’s Australia Open For Business Olympic business strategy, Business Club Australia is managed by Austrade with the cooperation of partner organisations.

These organisations comprise Federal, State and Territory Government agencies, the Environment Management Industry Association of Australia and corporate players including Ansett Australia, BHP, Panasonic, Shell and Westpac.

A key component of Business Club Australia is the ease with which its members are able to tap into the international business interest generated by the Games via an Internet-based database.

The database contains the details of thousands of international business people, all of whom have expressed interest in doing business with Australian companies.

While Business Club Australia will have a powerful presence in Sydney during the Games, with a Club centre in Darling Harbour and a comprehensive program of business events, the real power of Business Club Australia is its ability, via the Internet, to connect all members irrespective of their location.

For more information on Business Club Australia visit www.businessclubaustralia.com.au

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