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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9th 2009
6 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 2009 NEWS www.innerwestcourier.com.au Sky's the limit for Five Dock glass business Shireen Khalil Michael Bonello has been in business at Five Dock's Skydome for 33 years. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP294638 A YOUNG Abbotsford man had a dream more than 30 years ago to brighten up Aussie homes and buildings. He transformed a raw piece of material into a multi-million dol- lar enterprise. Michael Bonello has since brought his skylights to the fore- front of the building industry and into countless homes. ''At age 22 my employer gave me some raw material and asked me to try and make a skylight and at this time, skylights were not com- mon in Australia and most had to be custom-built and installed with a lack of knowledge,'' Mr Bonello said. Despite little support from his employer, Mr Bonello saw the potential in his product and started Skydome in 1976. He operated from his house in Abbotsford with his kitchen serv- ing as a showroom and his garage as an assembly area. ''Then in 1979 I bought a factory in Five Dock and that's where we still are today,'' he said. Before his bright idea, Mr Bonello said Australian homes and buildings were a lot darker. ''If you look at the architecture in Sydney and Melbourne, win- dows are very small and there is a lack of light and the only way of letting light in is via a skylight,'' he said. ''But sky lights are now com- monly used in most western countries and are slowly emerging in Asian markets.'' Mr Bonello, who is also the marketing chairman for the Sky- light Industry Association, has since worked on massive projects including World Square in Sydney and The Superdome (now Acer Arena) at Sydney Olympic Park for the 2000 Olympic Games. ''We did all the glazing and all the awnings for World Square, which took about two years to complete, and we cut the glazing bars and designed the entire roof for the Olympic Stadium,'' Mr Bonello said. Skydome today is considered the industry leader in its field and has sold more than 360,000 sky- lights world-wide. Schools bill now back on the table Rebecca Woolley A NEW bill aimed at overturning a ban on publishing school league tables in NSW will be introduced to State Parliament when it sits again in September. The move comes after Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard pledged to publish the data online giving parents information about performance levels at NSW schools including the results of literacy and numeracy tests. Premier Nathan Rees said the government would introduce a new Bill to overturn an amend- ment pushed through Parliament by Coalition and crossbench MPs. ''Our laws were about providing parents with accurate and vital information about their children and the schools they attend,'' he said. Under current legislation, news- papers or other documents pub- licly available in NSW which printed school league tables face fines of up to $55,000. Opposition education spokes- man Adrian Piccoli said the Co- alition supported parents having access to detailed information about the performance of their Tables which listed schools from best to worst did not take into consideration isolation, lower socio-economic factors or the number of pupils from non- English speaking backgrounds, he said. MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT Don't miss your chance to win the ultimate HOMEMAKER PACKAGE with something for every room in your home, valued at $75,000!* Simply spend $50 or more in any store at Homemaker Megamall Auburn to enter. It's that easy! * Terms & conditions apply. For more details and the terms and conditions visit www.homemakermegamallauburn.com.au. Competition closes Sunday, 26 July 2009 and the prize draw will take place on Monday, 27 July 2009. Authorised under NSW Permit No. LTPS/09/04169. Competition proudly supported by:
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