BATHURST man Daniel Dibley has been a master of thinking outside the square ever since he asked former Miss World Jennifer Hawkins to be his date for his Year 12 formal.
Daniel, always the entrepreneur, has joined Myles Duggan in starting a new local business – LED Screens Australia.
They have fitted a custom-designed trailer with a 3200mm wide x 1800mm high full colour LED outdoor screen to be leased as a scoreboard for sporting events, for advertising, community events, and even screening movies.
It has its own built-in computer system.
The trailer was fabricated by Jay Jay Welding and the screen imported. A hydraulic lift allows the screen to be raised 3.5m from the ground. It rotates through 360 degrees and has an adjustable viewing angle.
“It’s pretty exciting – it’s a much better visual medium than anything we have seen in the past”
Daniel said there was nothing like the mobile screen in the Central West. It is very versatile because it is portable.
The screen can run from its own generator for eight hours on a single tank of fuel or it can be plugged into a power supply.
Daniel, who has almost completed his BA in Business and Marketing, is doing the marketing for the new business, while Myles, who came to Bathurst three years ago after working as an audio visual technician in Sydney, does most of the hands-on work.
The duo recently won the tender to build an eight metre by three-and-a-half metre fixed screen at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith. They will be replacing a screen set up for the 2000 Olympics.
“It was good tender to win,” Myles said.
“We found out we’d won the contract on Christmas Eve. That made it a good Christmas.
“Hopefully the business will go well enough to one day offer a fleet of these mobile screens.
“It’s pretty exciting – it’s a much better visual medium than anything we have seen in the past,” he said.
They have already been approached by a number of organisations wishing to hire the mobile screen.
It can be used for dance parties, as a mini outdoor cinema for children’s parties, and for sporting clubs.
Once it has been towed to a venue it can be set up in minutes.
Information shown on it can be stored and transferred for later use.
Daniel admitted he has always been a bit of an entrepreneur and recently had the opportunity to have lunch with mortgage broker John Symond. He said it was very motivating.
“We talked about uni and life and which direction to take,” he said.
He added that he has never been able to live down asking Jennifer Hawkins to his school formal, but adds that it was just a bit of fun – all part of life’s experience.
“I’m surprised it created so much interest,” he said.