The CTO of COLETEK (Luke Cole) originally worked for Hemisphere GPS as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for agriculture tractors and quadbikes. Luke Cole also worked at Location Aware Technologies (433) developing indoor tracking devices. And also worked for leading research institutes such as NICTA, CSIRO and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky).
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Donnybrook is a small village 60km north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
It started out as a small fishing community but has since developed into a minor tourist destination. Fishing is still popular due to its proximity to Pumistone Passage which opens up in Moreton Bay to the south, and Caloundra to the north. The passage separates Bribie Island from the mainland.
The closest major population centre is Caboolture, 16km to the west.
The town name was approved by the Queensland Place Names Board on 1 October 1975. The name itself appears to be derived from a corroboree site, or because of fights amongst oyster gatherers at weekend camps.
In 19??, an unsealed road running the waterfront was named Grant Lane after Robert Grant for his 90th birthday, a popular local who everyone knew as "Pop". A few years later the road was sealed after he had complained for years of the dust produced by all the passers by. Pop has since passed away.
Sand mining and sewerage works have recently been proposed for this sleepy haven.
There are a number of activities available at Donnybrook. Fishing is the most popular, although due to commercial fishing many years ago the quantity and quality of catches has dwindled somewhat. Mud crabs were once sizable and in abundance. Fishing enthusiasts should be aware that parts of the passage have been declared a Marine Park.
Camping and caravan sites are available for a few days of rest and relaxation. A number of water sports are available along the passage, but normally require travelling to Bribie Island.
The passage is also a great place for sailing and wind surfing, which is frequented by dolphins, dugongs and turtles.
Donnybrook is situated between Boyanup and Kirup on the South Western Highway, 210km south of Perth, Western Australia. The region is known for its apple production.
Donnybrook is long proud of its apple production and has many town icons bearing the fruit. Such can be seen on the main street, where apple shaped lights line the entrance of the Old Railway Station. These lights (six in total, on three posts) have in recent years been restored to their former luscious green glory. Atop the east Donnybrook hill lies an even larger tribute to the apple, a giant tower with an apple at the top. From the top of the apple visitors can view Donnybrook and its surrounding areas.
A yearly tradition in Donnybrook occurring in Easter is the Donnybrook Apple Festival. In recent years the festival has not occurred, but community interest assures it will continue again in the future. During the apple festival, the citizens of Donnybrook gather on Egan Park to celebrate the apple. The festival includes agricultural displays, sideshow alley and of course, the crowning of the Apple Queen. The Apple Queen has long been a citizen of the Donnybrook/Balingup area, aged between 17 and 25 years. In recent years this has been changed to the title of "Ambassador" and males are now allowed to enter. During the contest, local girls compete for the title by attending dinners, doing community service and riding on giant apple shaped floats. From these floats they give apples, fruit and lollies to the children lining the closed-off section of the South Western Highway.
During the street parade the Catholic Church of Donnybrook blesses the holy apple, assuring a good harvest in the years to come. The Shire of Donnybrook also had a mascot, Donny Applebrook. Donny was a giant green apple who promoted the festival. Donny has since disappeared from public life.
Aside from apples, Donnybrook economy also relies on tourism. Many tourists pass through the town, admire the apples and sometimes enjoy apple treats at local cafes. Other visitors include backpackers from all over the world. Many of these backpackers earn money by picking fruit (largely apples) in the area.