Target maker is aiming high
IPSWICH business Clay Targets Australia is a global leader in the manufacture of clay targets and has created an environmentally friendly product entirely sourced from the local community.
The business, co-owned by Mike Murphy and Graham Tunny, received a visit from Federal Minister for Small Business Brendan O'Connor and Member for Blair Shayne Neumann this week to update them on the government's research and development tax incentives and new asset write-off threshold of $6500.
Using a secret ingredient, the company produces a sulphur-based clay target that reduces environmental impacts.
"This is our first meeting with the government and they are very positive about our project and they think it is going to work," Mr Murphy said.
"We have re-invented a very old industry by making clay targets from an environmentally friendly substance the whole world has been waiting for. We have come up with how to do it in Ipswich and no one else in the world has been able to do it.
"We do it profitably and all the products used in it are from the local area. The furthest we go is Beaudesert and Pinkenba."
Mr Murphy was coy about the secret ingredients in the targets, only joking they had "47 different herbs and spices".
"The sulphur has had to be modified to make it behave itself, because if you made a target out of sulphur per se, five minutes later it will shatter," he said.
"We sell to Australia and New Zealand but everyone in the world is waiting to see these targets. We have done what others couldn't do - simple as that."
Mr Neumann said the government was working with Oz Industry to help Clay Targets Australia upgrade its capacity.
"They are a local business success story in the western corridor who have got the Federal Government research and development tax concession and we are here to see how we can assist them even further.
"This is another example of great innovation from Ipswich business," he said.
Mr O'Connor said Clay Targets Australia "have got a fantastic market opportunity and the government wants to ensure we create the environment so they can not only invest, but also profit.
"This is an excellent example of a great small business and we are very happy to be involved.
"We are looking at how we can assist companies when they move to cleaner technology and this company is one of those.
"It is a tough climate because of the high Australian dollar but this is a company with very innovative ideas and it is a privilege to talk to them."