HOMES GO GREEN
Purple Pig reports that it has become the
largest privately-owned industrial rubber
hose and fittings supplier in Australia,
servicing the key industries of mining,
construction, agriculture and general
The position as market leader is the
result of incorporating the Queensland-based Harvey Hose operations into the
Purple Pig business from 1 May 2008.
“The addition of Harvey Hose has
enabled us to have a presence in all the
key manufacturing states of Queensland,
Western Australia, Victoria, New South
Wales and Tasmania,” Nick Preston,
Managing Director, Purple Pig said.
“As a very strong privately-owned
Queensland based hose and fitting
distribution company, Harvey Hose
presented a viable opportunity for Purple
Pig to become a wholly-owned distribution
network within Australia.
“With our Melbourne manufacturing
facility and 12 branches across Australia,
we are now primed to more aggressively
approach overseas markets as well as
strengthen our position domestically
through an ongoing strategic expansion
Purple Pig now employs 90 experienced
sales staff and representatives and
stocks more than 13,000 quality product
The addition of the Harvey hose operations
will ensure all its customers continue to
receive reliable quality products on time
and at competitive pricing levels.
New developments at Masonic Homes’ retirement villages in Adelaide have given the
premier aged care provider a timely opportunity to “green” its properties – making
life easier for its residents and easier on the environment.
Water use is a particular concern for the managers and architects of Masonic’s
expanding Somerton Park, Ridgehaven Rise and Hillside Seniors Living Communities
(SLC’s), the organisation said in announcing a series of new environmental
“Our ongoing plans at these developments are not just about bricks and mortar,
but are equally focused on issues of responsible living and long-term sustainability,”
Masonic Homes’ General Manager of Retirement Living, Bryan Moulds, said today.
“With ground broken on new developments at all three communities in recent
months, we have seized the opportunity to draw up long-term Master Plans that
incorporate a strong focus on environmental issues, including measures to reduce
mains water use and improve energy efficiency,” Moulds said.
At Somerton, Masonic has installed a major stormwater harvesting system to
redirect rainwater from roofs, drains and carports into a large underground tank.
The captured water will then be used to feed the residents’ vegetable gardens, with
any excess diverted to the wider stormwater drainage system operated by Holdfast
Once storage capacity is reached in the underground tank, mains water will become
a subsidiary supply for the whole development. To help achieve this objective, Masonic
has installed removable tap heads to deter use of the mains supply.
Similarly, at Ridgehaven Rise, Masonic has rehabilitated existing stormwater tanks
to provide water for landscaping, and has drawn up plans to ensure that all future
developments incorporate water re-use. The latest Ridgehaven units have been
designed to minimise energy use through natural orientation benefits and flow-through ventilation.
At Hillside SLC, the new Hillside Gardens Apartments have also been designed
to minimise energy use, from rigorous planning of the units’ orientation, to the
incorporation of low-energy cooling systems and a water retention pond that also
provides water for emergency services.
“At all three sites, we will conduct regular site reviews and environmental audits as
construction progresses, in order to identify and exploit any available opportunities
to introduce further green benefits,” Moulds said.
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