Tennis champion, author and ‘national treasure’ Ash Barty launched Australian Made Week on Monday 15 May at MJ Playgrounds, a successful indoor play equipment design and manufacturing business based on the Sunshine Coast.
In her role as ambassador for Australian Made Week (AMW), Barty is spreading the message that everyone can make a tangible difference to the prosperity of local businesses and manufacturers by seeking out and buying genuine Aussie products bearing the trusted green-and-gold kangaroo logo.
Ash was joined by The Hon Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science, Australian Made Chief Executive Ben Lazzaro and some enthusiastic playground equipment testers!
Ash Barty with junior playground equipment testers
Queensland-based MJ Playgrounds is one of the 4,400 businesses that consider their Australian Made certification as a badge of honour.
“The Australian Made logo enables buyers here and around the globe to instantly identify authentic Aussie brands such as ours,” MJ Playgrounds’ General Manager Danielle Perry said.
“Through our cutting-edge manufacturing, we are not only creating play equipment – and of course boundless fun for those who enjoy it – we are creating jobs in regional areas and helping grow the local economy.”
Danielle Perry, Ash Barty, Minister Husic and Ben Lazzaro at the AMW launch
Now in its third year, Australian Made Week follows on from the huge success of the inaugural and 2022 campaigns that prompted approximately 70% (71.2% and 68.8% respectively) of Aussies to increase their efforts to prioritise local product purchases.
According to Roy Morgan research, if every household spent an additional $10 a week on Australian Made products, an extra $4.8 billion would be injected into the economy each year, creating up to 9,500 new jobs.
To learn more visit www.australianmadeweek.com.au
Watch the Australian Made Week Launch at MJ Playgrounds