TRLA SA and PDA SA Weekend Seminar at Hahndorf


This Seminar was really something out of left field. Always located in a country location (as varied as Berri, Victor Harbour, Noorioopta, Waikerie, Mannum and Clare Valley) this year the Seminar was barely an hour out of Adelaide in the lovely hills village of Hahndorf, with food and business at The Haus, and accommodation across the road at The Manna of Handorf. I can recommend both establishments.

What a joy it was to wander the streets late on Saturday afternoon, taking in the clothing and jewellery stores, antiques and wares, fudge shops, ice cream … everything you could want, and then more! German food stuffs, Christmas shops and folk wares, candles, book stores and cafes, restaurants, many with outdoor seating, soaking up the perfect Spring weather.

But it’s not all fun and games! As always, the event commenced on Friday evening with a general meeting of Members before enjoying Happy Hour courtesy of Jensen Australia, and Filterfab.


Tara Clark has a wide-ranging career in the dry cleaning industry which IMG_0915has spanned nearly ten years. With beginnings in the the supply and service of machinery and the sale of consumables and detergent, Tara also has hands on experience in a dry store, an activated store, and a small plant in both the perc and GreenEarth environment. Coupled with an extensive professional background in business development and marketing across a variety of industries, she is currently Marketing and Support Manager for GreenEarth Australasia. Tara spoke on “Marketing a Service VS Marketing a Product” … a key difference for our service industry. Drycleaning is an intangible, people are not buying a product. Time to sell the sizzle, not the sausage, to quote a long lost marketer.

Isobel Redmond, MP, Member for Heysen  After a 30 year career in the law,IMG_0843 Isobel was elected as the Member for Heysen in 2002. She held a number of Shadow Portfolios before being elected Leader of the Opposition in July 2009.( The first female to lead a major political party in South Australia, in spite of South Australia being the first place in the world to recognise the right of women to stand for Parliament). After standing down from the Leadership in January, 2013, Isobel has continued as the Member for Heysen- a seat which covers about 1,000 square kms from Stirling & Hahndorf, out to Strathalbyn and down almost to Goolwa. Isobel has had a long involvement as a volunteer: 27 years on Stirling Hospital Board, 5 on local council, numerous community organisations, school Councils and state level organisations such as the Road Safety Advisory Board and the Ambulance Board.

IMG_0865Linda Chaousis has held a number of senior management roles in addition to several years of consulting experience in a range of sectors in Australia, the Middle East and the United States- successfully working with people across all organisational levels and age groups as a coach, consultant and facilitator. She has developed and facilitated outcome-focused programs in the areas of leadership, culture change, coaching, communities of practice, resilience, self-talk for success, power and influence. Linda’s aim is to help people and organisations build their capacity to create their own success. Her track record for matching creative, tailored solutions to organisational challenges has enabled her to offer fresh, evidence based solutions that build a culture to inspire and motivate people to think and act in an innovative and productive manner. Many have referred to her as a thought leader in the areas of mindset, influence and leadership. Linda has authored several books, magazine articles and multi-media resources and is currently teaches Transformational Leadership and Power and Influence as an Adjunct Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, Adelaide. You can find her at

Stacey Copas has not let a devastating accident that left her at 12 years old IMG_0876a quadriplegic, dependent on a wheelchair, slow her down. Instead she picked up the pace achieving a wide array of things from running for parliament to training people with disability in developing countries and a long list of things in between. Stacey has had more than her fair share of setbacks and has used her life experience and personal philosophies to become Australia’s #1 keynote speaker and facilitator on resilience and turning adversity into an asset. More recently Stacey has added athletics to her repertoire after 22 years of inactivity to further stretch her comfort zones, becoming the first women in her classification to compete in Australia, and has a gold medal in 2016 Rio Paralympics firmly in her sights. Stacey is an Ambassador for the Layne Beachley Foundation ‘Aim For The Stars’. Listening to her gutsy address I was not the only person in the room to forget she was in a wheelchair. Stacey has more go in her than most people, though her story reveals it has not always been that way.

JaIMG_0899ne Hardacre has been in the fashion industry in different capacities for 25 years. At TAFESA Jane combines 2 passions; teaching and fashion, teaching for the last 15 years across most areas in our course, design, pattern making and garment construction and of course fabric. Jane spent 12 years running her own business, both retailing and wholesaling fashion, and came to TAFESA with a good technical skills and a knowledge of what it means to work hard and run a small business. We enjoyed a vigorous discussion on fibres and fabrics, skewing away from the original drycleaning bent to have a really good look at the future potential of her personal favourite, hemp, as sheeting and clothingas we tackled “Sustainability in Textiles”.

IMG_0919President’s Summary   Mario Marini has held the role of President for several years now, and it was sadness on both sides that we took in his resignation from the role, due to the fact he is no longer a launderer. We will stay close and bring you more information on this event and what it means for TRLA SA, along with other challenges to be faced in the near future.

The full report on this seminar is coming to you in the August/September 2015 issue of the “National Drycleaner and Launderer” magazine, out at the end of this month.  Keep your eyes open for the email which will alert you to publication. All you need do is Register your contact details with us.  A more extensive photo album has already been loaded to our facebook page.