The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-11-14T01:49:44Z Women Entrepreneur Closing Regional and STEM Gender Gaps 2017-11-14T01:49:44Z women-entrepreneur-closing-regional-and-stem-gender-gaps Household names such as Booktopia, Carmens Fine Foods and Cellarmasters started as AFR Fast 100 companies. Now a Dubbo entrepreneur closing regional and gender gaps has earned her place on the list, as one of the country’s fastest growing businesses. Meet Juliet Duffy of Regional Enviroscience. Nine years ago Juliet Duffy started this business from a garage in a rental property in Dubbo, NSW. Now, with offices in Dubbo, Wagga and Tamworth and recently in Maroochydore, Queensland, her business employs over 25 people, including 17 professional staff. Regional EnviroScience is an Occupational and Environmental Hygiene consultancy with specialties in asbestos, pollution incidents, meth lab clean-ups, contaminated sites and air, & water monitoring. EnviroScience protects the health of people and the environment through detecting and monitoring a range of contaminants in the air, water, soil and materials working with a range of public and private clients including state & federal departments and tier one civil, manufacturing and mining companies. ‘Being regionally-based,’ says Juliet Duffy, ’we understand the uniqueness of our natural environment, infrastructure and communities. Living in the towns where we work, our team has the connections and support to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and recognition of our innovative approach to meeting legislative and safety requirements has amplified our growth’. The company also specialises in naturally occurring asbestos which is prevalent in regional NSW, detecting and testing samples at their Dubbo-based NATA accredited laboratory. Typically a male dominated industry, the EnviroScience team includes two young women who are both science qualified and Licenced Asbestos Assessors, mentored by Juliet. ‘Being a woman in STEM is not without its challenges – especially with perceptions, however it has never really been a problem with on-site work’ says Juliet, ‘all of our team, contractors and clients support each other in day to day operations. It has been easy and thoroughly enjoyable to grow the business to where it is today, and without their support we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this extraordinary growth. I thank them all.’ The growth over the last four years can also be attested to Juliet’s sheer tenacity. A recent breast cancer survivor, Juliet knows how to put up a good fight and is a champion for regional businesses and the untapped expertise in regional areas. ‘Often the education and experience that lies within the regions is overlooked by decision makers in capital cities, adding great expense and additional resource use to manage projects.’ ‘I hope EnviroScience’s national recognition can contribute to breaking down some of the false perceptions that being a bush-based organisation is some sort of barrier to talent.’ Says Juliet. For the future Juliet is keen to develop new products, technologies and staff that will help keep people safe from environmental hazards, both in Australia and internationally. ‘Every day new hazards are being identified, and we strive to be on top of the impacts they can have on the communities where we live and work’. MR FLUFFY: First NSW property to test positive for loose-fill asbestos as part of NSW Govt testing program identified 2015-01-29T02:06:52Z mr-fluffy-first-nsw-property-to-test-positive-for-loose-fill-asbestos-as-part-of-nsw-govt-testing-program-has-been-identified The property is located within the Berrigan Shire Council area, an agricultural area in the southern Riverina – halfway between Albury and Echuca. The Berrigan property brings to 60 the number of NSW homes found to contain loose-fill asbestos. These include 14 houses and one block of 38 units in Queanbeyan, a home in each Yass Valley, Palerang, Berrigan, Orange, Lithgow, Bankstown, Parramatta and Manly. A recent NSW Parliament Joint Select Committee report on loose-fill asbestos insulation released just prior to Christmas indicated that the impact of ‘Mr Fluffy’ Asbestos may be much larger than initially estimated. In October 2014, the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities WorkCover NSW commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to undertake an independent forensic investigation of relevant records to determine the extent of loose-fill asbestos insulation in homes in New South Wales.  Preliminary findings indicate that between 590 and 2,164 properties in NSW may contain loose fill insulation. This is considerably higher than the Local Government NSW estimation of between 230 and 316 homes provided in August last year. Licenced Asbestos Assessor and Occupational Hygienist Juliet Duffy from Regional Enviroscience, is working with WorkCover to collect samples and test for ‘Mr Fluffy’ insulation in homes in all potentially affected regional cities and shires. “The preliminary findings of Pricewaterhouse Coopers indicates there are possibly 100 to 140 homes in the Riverina region that could be affected with loose fill Asbestos”. says Duffy. “Based on population demographics in Wagga alone, this means up to 10,000 private dwellings could require inspection.  We urge owners, landlords and managing agents to arrange for a free inspection by phoning Service NSW on 13 77 88 (24 hour coverage) or visiting whilst the free testing offer from the NSW Government is on the table." The committee reported that a low take up of voluntary testing for loose fill Asbestos was in part due to a lack of awareness of the scheme and its time constraints.  Free voluntary testing is only available for 12 months. NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet also announced a financial assistance package for NSW residents who were confirmed to have Mr Fluffy in their homes, providing the same levels of assistance as in the ACT. A link to the report: NSW Govt Joint Select Committee Report Loose Fill Asbestos For further information on this release and interview please contact Juliet Duffy on 0407 120 325 or Samantha Hain on 0434 994 145.