Here’s what you missed at the NEDC.
This month, Polyworld and its sister company Polynex had the privilege of being Gold Sponsors of the National Economic Development Conference (NEDC).
‘Future Proofing Australia, Time to Think Differently’ was the theme of the conference. Opening sessions were held in the Mon Komo hotel in Redcliffe, where General Manager Derwent Burisch presented a talk featuring Polynex’s enormous High-Density PolyEthylene pipes. Disruptive innovation was the theme, and Polynex’s HDPE pipes were presented as the new era of infrastructure, set to replace the use of concrete and steel pipes.
Councils are looking to improve their long-term strategic management of resources in order to cater for the community’s future service-levels, and provide infrastructure that is sustainable, accessible and responsive to the community. Asset failures are the greatest liabilities. Thousands of kilometres of concrete pipe networks are in need of urgent replacement, and calls are being made for an efficient solution with the best asset life.
“HDPE pipes are chemically inert pipes and available for such infrastructure projects,” says Burisch, showing a square cut of extruded pipe. “It won’t crack, erode or burst, meaning we’re expecting it to last at least a hundred years.”
Pipes weren’t the only highlight of the conference though, with presentations from government members, councils, and EDA board members about the future of business in Australia. Digital, financial and political disruptions to the status quo were discussed, along with their future impact on the continuing development of business and economy in Australia.
Showcased during the week were key investments such as the $1.15bn Moreton Bay rail link, the University site, and a $50m Sandstone Point Resort development. Polyworld manufactures rainwater tanks suitable for all these projects.