Tag: Victoria Australia

Kookaburra microchip smartball to ‘revolutionise cricket’


MELBOURNE, 13 August: A cricket ball embedded with a microchip stands to revolutionize cricket – and it is being developed in Victoria by renowned sports equipment innovator Kookaburra.

Kookaburra’s SmartBall has been in development with technology partner SportCor for the past two years and was
revealed to the cricket world at a special launch in London on Saturday night.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Trade Martin Pakula says, “Kookaburra is a terrific Victorian company with a record of world-leading innovation and SmartBall is a stunning example of its commitment to staying ahead of the pack.”
“Victoria is the home of innovation and that means we are creating the jobs of the future right now.”

The Moorabbin-based Kookaburra pioneered white and pink balls for use around the world and believes SmartBall
has a future in Test cricket and top T20 leagues.

The key to SmartBall is a microchip embedded in the core which provides advanced, real-time data for players,
coaches and viewers. The ball calculates the speed at three points – release, pre-bounce, and post-bounce.
A bowler will be able to release delivery and then immediately look to his or her smartwatch and check the speed
or degree of turn.

Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot says, “Kookaburra has been at the forefront of innovation in cricket, from the first-ever white balls used under lights in World Series Cricket, through to the pink balls now used for day/night Tests.”

“The logical next step is to combine the data and analytics side of cricket that is becoming so critical to players,
coaches and fans, with our traditional style of hand-making cricket balls.”

Data could be used just as readily by broadcasters or relayed directly to fans. Future capabilities include information
on whether the bat has nicked a ball, whether the ball has hit the grass on low catches and improved tracking for
DRS (decision review system).

Above trend growth & accelerating economic momentum in Victoria: ANZ report


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 14 September: The Andrews Labor Government has added another feather in its cap with the latest ANZ Stateometer report, calling Victoria the only state in Australia with above trend growth and accelerating economic momentum.

Today’s ANZ report is one in a series of strong affirmations in recent days showing that Victoria’s economy continues to be the standout performer of the nation.

Victoria’s performance was again boosted by the continued strong performance of the labour market, the report said, with the State’s economy expanding above trend in July.

More than 150,000 jobs have been created since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, with more than 112,000 full time jobs created.

Treasurer Tim Pallas says, “Victoria’s strong AAA-rated economy continues to outperform the rest of the Australia on a number of fronts, confirming our momentum of economic growth as the fastest and strongest in the nation.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in our infrastructure and the skills and health of our people – work that has seen the Victorian economy go from strength to strength and put on more than 150,000 jobs since we were elected.”

In the recent NAB Monthly Business Survey for August, Victoria’s business confidence was the highest in Australia, while it was also the only state to record an increase in business conditions.

The NAB survey closely followed the ABS national accounts figures last week which showed Victoria’s state final demand for the financial year 2015-16 had grown by a strong 4 per cent – the highest among the states and the strongest result since 2007-08.

The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories. It synthesises 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade.