‘IBA invested in my idea’

When Gavin Kelly, a Girudala man from Queensland, came to IBA with Smart Syphon, we knew it was something special. Through hard work and determination, Gavin and his team had created the technology to finally allow cotton farmers the ability to move away from the onerous hand syphon system to an automatic water-irrigation system that can be turned on with the click of a button from anywhere in the world.

‘Smart Syphon is a system that allows the farmer to automate his irrigation of cotton, improving the efficiency of water use and reducing the cost,’ Gavin said.

Like so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people all across Australia, getting the much-needed working capital to bring Smart Syphon to life was near impossible, until he engaged with IBA.

‘The difference with IBA and a normal bank is that they don’t have a prejudice,’ Gavin said. ‘We could demonstrate that there was a desire for what we were doing and we go their support.’

‘If you can back yourself and prove that you can deliver, IBA will support you in where you want to go.’

IBA is thrilled to have been a part of Gavin’s journey and to have played a small but vital role in bringing this idea to life.

To find out more about Smart Syphon, please visit https://islex.com.au/smart-syphon.

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