New locally manufactured solar-powered hand sanitation units have been rolled out in locations around Perth and the regions as part of a six-month trial.
The touchless hand sanitiser dispensers – called SOLSAN Units – are solar-powered and use smart technology to send alerts when they require refilling.
Local Henderson-based company, Matrix Composites and Engineering has designed and manufactured the 10 SOLSAN Units, which have been installed at Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, Perth Children’s Hospital, and Boola Bardip in Perth. Units are also being trialled at the Geraldton Museum and the Mandurah Train Station.
“Our message to Western Australians throughout the pandemic has consistently been to keep up good hygiene habits, wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitisers and physically distance where possible,” said Health Minister, Roger Cook.
“These new machines will make it easier for people to adhere to those habits to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.
“It has also been driven by local innovators Matrix Composites and Engineering, who are creating local jobs through their new venture.”
There are four units at Optus Stadium: one near the bus stops, two near the train station and one near the Matagarup Bridge.
Each unit holds 30 litres of hand sanitiser and can dispense 37,500 shots before needing a refill.
The units at metropolitan locations feature indigenous artwork by Whadjuk Noongar artist, Kevin Bynder, representing the Noongar six seasons.
Matrix is creating six jobs through the development and trial phases, with a further 210 jobs to be created if the trial leads to commercialisation.
Bringing the SOLSAN Units to its trial phase marks the first Market-Led Proposal to be completed under the State Government’s policy.
Matrix will use community feedback from the trial to transition to full commercialisation of the SOLSAN Units. Under the contract, Matrix is responsible for refilling and the maintenance of the Units.
“This is a great example of local ingenuity and manufacturing, which will help keep Western Australians safe in busy places like train stations and entertainment venues,” said Finance Minister, Tony Buti.
“I am delighted that this proposal is the first successful MLP, which incorporates wonderful indigenous artwork and benefits Western Australians.
“MLPs provide an opportunity for the private sector to work with Government, harness good ideas, create local jobs and stimulate the WA economy,” he said.