Page MP Janelle Saffin organised a roundtable discussion today, bringing together a handful of local innovators to meet with Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, Richard Marles MP.

Ms Saffin said Mr Marles’ visit to the Page electorate was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the depth of talent among local innovators.

“I’m always singing the praises of our local talent and this was an opportunity to showcase some of the brightest and best on the North Coast,” Ms Saffin said.

“Among the team of local innovators at today’s roundtable was Australian inventor Ric Richardson, the founder of Uniloc, which has developed technology designed to deter software piracy.

“Ric divides his time between the Northern Rivers and California. He is passionate about protecting Australian ideas and shares his knowledge and enthusiasm by mentoring other inventors.

“I was pleased to have Mr Marles detail the Rudd Government’s industry and innovation programs, particularly in relation to protecting intellectual property.

“IP protection is a crucial first step for innovators wanting to commercialise their new designs and products.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our local innovators to hear how the Rudd Government can help them turn their good ideas into commercial reality.”