Economic Recovery Stimulus: Safetyline Jalousie Urges Government to “Go Local First”

Safetyline Jalousie is calling on the government to support 1500 small businesses in window fabrication and improve air-quality in built environments as part of the A $17.6 billion in building and construction stimulus.

Nationwide: 15,000 jobs are reliant on the windows fabrication industry with a combined annual revenue of 4.82 billion dollars.

Safetyline Jalousie’s director Leigh Rust’s proposal to improve government infrastructure projects while reducing costs, consumption and carbon emissions coincides with the recent announcement of the $5 million national “Go Local First” campaign urging Australians to support small business.

“The important aspect of these stimulus packages is that they are hinging what happens now on achieving long term trajectory outcomes for job growth,” said Rust.

“Allocating this money, in the right place, to the mum and dad operators within our industry is imperative to the generations of tomorrow,” he said. “Australian made goods are a decisive way for economy to flourish. Not only this, the large amount of taxpayer’s money being used in this initiative must be handled and used with a great deal of diligence.”

Confidence around the product being offered to the government for public buildings by Leigh and the team at Safetyline Jalousie is big.

The world-class systems are sophisticated and innovative, allowing buildings to breathe without human interaction. Night and morning purge cycles mean buildings have the capacity to be constantly monitoring temperature, humidity and pollution levels.

“From a commercial aspect our window systems outperform all the standards that are set by government regulations,” Rust Said.

In the scope of standards Australia has some of the strictest building criteria around the globe.

“We not only meet standards, but we exceed them in nearly every class. Meaning our louvre windows are being installed in places they haven’t previously – It’s something I’m immensely proud of”.

Improving air quality for those inside infrastructure and commercial buildings is of high interest to government, particularly in the education sector. Better conditions in these educational facilities equate to enriched learning retention and improved concentration levels.

  • To date, Safetyline Jalousie has already installed windows in 400 schools across Australia and worked on over 1000 projects.
  • Third part testing carried out has proved that Jalousie louvres can increase the airtightness of buildings between 7% and 20%.
  • The potential annual savings in thermal energy use is around 4% to 5%

“Foremost in our proposals, is communicating our high level triple C approach: Reducing costs and reducing consumption which leads to reducing the carbon footprint,” said Rust.

“Our windows are 12 times better at reducing air infiltration – by installing them there’s the capacity to dramatically reduce costs associated with air conditioning and heating”.

Environmentally speaking the advanced behaviour of these systems will assist Australia greatly in aligning with important United Nations global sustainable development goals, which have been set out in recent years.

The Australian government’s proposed stimulus for the construction sector extended to December 2020 will generate over $30 billion in new economic activity and create more than 10,000 new jobs across the economy according to a recently commissioned economic modelling.

The harbinger to a recovering economy relies on strong, diligent ethics when it comes to using taxpayers’ dollars on public projects. Safetyline Jalousie expects to open up some great conversations with local and state governments with the positioning of these products.

“I believe our proposals will be an integral part or ensuring funding is utilised in safeguarding a great legacy of projects – that ultimately came to fruition in a period of significant uncertainty” Rust said.

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Ali Asmar

Business Manager - VIC & SA

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As the most recent addition to the Safetyline Jalousie family, Ali is still coming to terms with the fact that a typical telephone conversation will often be answered with “You’re calling from Safety what”? followed by having to sound out and spell the name “ja-lou-sie” (it happens to us all). Born in Lebanon, Ali has moved around a lot over the years, living in Cyprus, Sydney for most of his Schooling, as well as China and Hong Kong. He currently resides in Melbourne where he spends a lot of time in his garden or doing some sort of work around the house. (Not too dissimilar to many other Melburnians following the onset of Covid). With a very obvious cultured background, Ali is warm and talkative and he’ll get you talking too.

Romile John

National Business Manager

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One of the Safetyine Jalousie originals, Rom (often mistaken for John) holds a great passion for the product. He says its “its innovative, a market leader and ever-evolving, very much like the company itself”. When you meet Rom, it is apparent that he is well-educated and well-travelled. Coming from a family of medical professionals, they moved around extensively and often. Last count was 125 countries. So nearly all of them! It’s really no surprise that Rom has mastered packing a weeks-worth of clothes and necessities into a carry-on bag. And when we say clothes we actually mean meticulously prepared outfits and accessories. When Rom enters a room, you’re sure to know it!

Adam Racomelara

National Manager – Partnerships & Strategy

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Adam is our strategist and big ideas generator whose somewhat reserved nature could have some mistake him as a bit of an introvert. But that’s only until this quiet thinker is given a whiteboard and a marker – and then there’s no stopping the dialogue! 7 Years in at Safetyline Jalousie, Adam is continually expanding on his knowledge of the construction industry and is incredibly driven in his pursuit to help create better buildings via the use of better products. When Adam’s not on his quest to improve Australia’s built environment he’s spending most weekends escorting one of his 4 young kids to birthday parties, sometimes multiple parties. He has some stealth survival tips for other parents currently in the same predicament.

Michael Cocks

Factory Manager

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Michael has become recognised at Safetyline Jalousie for his continually changing hairstyles (facial hair included). Buzz cut, undercut, dreadlocks, even a mullet. We’ve see it all. His current man bun could even be gone before we finish this sentence. Always up for a laugh, friends and colleagues love a chat with Michael, and his easy-going and approachable nature has earned him the respect of all staff. In fact, he even has a cohort of followers on the factory floor sporting his same hairstyles. Outside of work Michael has recently turned his attention to mountain bike riding. His very first ride ended with a pretty serious accident resulting in a deep puncture wound to his leg– it’s been a sore topic for his leg and his ego.

Jonathan Gueudinot

National Logistics & Production Manager

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Our South American Native, Jonathan is more simply and better known as “Chilli” (no need to try and guess his country of origin). After 16 years of military service, Chilli joined the Safetyline Jalousie team for what he describes as “a change of pace”. Although his average work day might look very different these days, there’s no doubt that Chilli’s previous experience has contributed in shaping a culture of commitment, community and comradery within the production team – the very important engine room of our company. Driven by a sense of accomplishment, in addition to running Safetyline Jalousie’s production line with military precision, Chilli has recently been studying hard to complete his Master’s Degree in Business and Logistics.

Mandy Saliba

Marketing Manager

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Mandy has been with Safetyline jalousie since day one so would technically be considered a geriatric in “Jalousie years”. Whilst her role has changed and evolved over her time with the business, one thing that hasn’t is the happy and fun, team culture that she says “continues to make each day at work a joy”. As a mum of two little ones, Mandy thrives on new challenges and a little bit of chaos. Although, as a self-proclaimed clean freak, she ensures that all forms of chaos are kept in a very neat and tidy manner. We’ve also observed that Mandy appears to have an inherent fear of colour and will almost only ever be seen in black or white (or sometimes grey if she is being really out there).

Lisa Spinks

Office Administration Manager

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As a busy mother of 4, Lisa is highly skilled in organising, delegating, and troubleshooting – the proficiencies which she also demonstrates in her daily management of the Safetyline Jalousie office. Lisa tells us that she lives by the saying “What doesn’t break you makes you stronger”. (No doubt she’s had to use this little piece or personal encouragement from time to time to deal with our infinite requests)! Always on the go, Lisa has a very active lifestyle and starts every day with a walk to the beach with her husband and two dogs. Of an evening she still has the energy to spare for star jumps and squats in her makeshift gym/ (our office) before heading home to her other full-time job as “mum”.

 

 

 

Nathan Rust

Founder & National Operations Director

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The younger brother of the co-founding sibling duo, “Nath” is the go-to for just about every technical, install, and manufacturing enquiry that comes via the business. Very early on, Nath’s product knowledge and problem-solving ability saw him organically take on the role of Operations, overseeing the design and management of Safetyline Jalousie’s behind-the-scenes work. When he’s off duty (and not answering a million questions), Nath enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young kids. You’ll find him cheering on his son at weekend sports, enjoying the water somewhere along the Northern beaches and this lover of food is generally always planning his next big meal. Preferably a Lebanese banquet if anyone can suggest a restaurant he doesn’t frequent already.

Leigh Rust

Founder & Director

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Leigh aka “Wolfpack” is one-half of the driving force behind Safetyline Jalousie and comes with two decades of experience within the Australian manufacturing and construction industry. The multi-award-winning entrepreneur and father of three youngsters is a passionate advocate for supporting Australian-made goods and improving the built environment for future generations to come. Always up for a challenge, Leigh never sits still and is constantly pushing himself to test his physical and mental endurance. He’s given just about everything a go. From amateur MMA fights, triathlons, or personal development endeavours, Leigh stands by the motto, ‘I never lose, either I win or I learn’.

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