The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-30T23:11:00Z Eaton’s annual Blackout Tracker Report shows 3 million people affected by more than 240 power outages in 2016 2017-03-30T23:11:00Z eaton-s-annual-blackout-tracker-report-shows-3-million-people-affected-by-more-than-240-power-outages-in-2016 Sydney, Australia: Power management company Eaton has today announced the launch of its annual Blackout Tracker Report for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), which has revealed 3 million people were affected by more than 240 power outages in 2016.   While widespread power failures in South Australia had the largest impact on individuals and businesses, New South Wales topped the list of Australian states for the third year in a row with 33 power outages - while the North Island topped New Zealand with 80 power outages.   “Every state or region in ANZ recorded a rise in power outages, highlighting an increasing need for businesses and consumers to look at the power management strategies and disaster recovery plans they have in place to deal with interruptions,” said Gordon Makryllos, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at Eaton Industries.   The costs associated with power failures has continued to rise for businesses across the globe. The 2016 Cost of Data Centre Outages report by the Ponemon Institute has found the average cost of a data centre outage in 2015 was a staggering $740,357, up 38 per cent from 2010.    While summer heat waves dominated discussion about power supply, it was the spring season that produced the most power outages in both Australia and New Zealand with more than one third occurring between September and November.   “Australia and New Zealand is a diverse, unique climate where almost 1 in 3 power outages is caused by bad weather and trees, so businesses and individuals need to plan for the unexpected. Uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), generators and power management software solutions can help deliver reliable power during outages – reducing the risk of data loss and costs associated with downtime or IT damage.”   This World Backup Day, Eaton is offering a complimentary consultation and Critical Power Site Audit to all Australian and New Zealand businesses that will assess the business’ vulnerability to power disruption. The consultation will provide businesses with recommendations on the steps that can be taken to minimise business downtime. To register for this complimentary service, click here.   Among the most unusual causes of power outages in 2016 included: Hayes Creek, NT: On 21 October, an olive python snake with a magpie goose in its mouth was found looped over a power line following a 30 minute blackout to the area. Eurobodalla NSW: On 15 April, a flying fox plague caused a large number of safety equipment activations resulting in several blackouts over a period of weeks. Canning Vale WA: On 16 November, the maximum-security Hakea Prison and surrounding areas lost power after an earthing wire was stolen. Bathurst NSW: On 31 November, a flock of birds was blamed for leaving 1,573 customers in the dark after they hit a power line which sparked the outage. Ashburton NZ: On 23 November, a cat was lucky to walk away with its life after a fault man tried to rescue it from a power pole. Instead of climbing down the ladder, the cat climbed higher. The power was cut to help it down safely.    Blackout Tracker Annual Report data is based on a full year of reported power outages across Australia. To view and download the entire report click here. To learn about Eaton’s power management products and services, visit: or -  END -   About Eaton Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.   Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit     Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit U-Store-It Shows its Support 2016-06-03T03:39:18Z u-store-it-shows-its-support U-Store-It are proud supporters of South Australia Ambulance Service and Teddy the Trauma Bear. Trauma Teddy™ is a special bear knitted by volunteers and given to children and adults during traumatic times. U-Store-It would like to thank SA Ambulance Service for giving us the opportunity to be involved in such a great cause. These teddies light up the faces of the children who receive them. By providing free storage at U-Store-It to house the materials the Knitting Ladies of Teddy the Trauma Bear use for the Trauma Teddies, we would like to think that U-Store-It assists in forming the essence of what makes Australia such a great country. It is a small token of our appreciation, but one given the utmost humility. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the tireless dedication of the volunteers at both the South Australia Ambulance Service and Teddy the Trauma Bear support services. Make a sandwich. A simple solution to conquering hunger in our immediate society. 2016-06-01T10:10:59Z make-a-sandwich-a-simple-solution-to-conquering-hunger-in-our-immediate-society PR Consultant, Candice Meisels, walked passed a less fortunate person in a walk way at a main Sydney station. Candice states, “I saw so many people walk past. I get that they don't want to give money. I thought how can we create a solution, simply and not just talk about creating a solution... Next time you make a sandwich for work, school lunch or to eat on the way into the city... Make another simple sandwich and hand it to someone you know will be at a station or on a city street... It's that simple... .” Candice believes that this simple concept can work anywhere in the world where you know a less fortunate person or homeless person frequents. She believes that it will work really well in Australia, as Australia is a nation of ‘mate ship’, community, compassion and warmth. Candice Meisels encourages you to like the Facebook page and remember to make an extra sandwich to hand to someone less fortunate that you pass on the way to work, a meeting or to catch up with friends in the city. Candice adds: " Many people make a sandwich for work, for their kids school lunch or just as a snack for their commute or car journey. Next time you prepare a sandwich, think about where you are going to be and if there may be a less fortunate individual at that particular train station or city street. You don't have to give cash or coins but a sandwich is something that is immediate and can satisfy hunger immediately." TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T22:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: | Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: Phone: +65 9139 3668 Open Good Friday - Members ANZAC Dinner FUNdraiser 2016-03-08T04:28:23Z open-good-friday-members-anzac-dinner-fundraiser Easter Trading Hours Good Friday Open 1pm - 11 pm It's on again this year Easter Good Friday ANZAC Fundraiser at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Open on Good Friday for MEALS + Live Music + Guests + Open Mic + Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids + Easter Raffle + Plus much much more TBA + 8Ball (Henley RSL VS Semaphore RSL)| Snooker | Darts Comps. ALL Welcome. Members "GOOD Friday" ANZAC Day FUNdraiser Each Year it cost's the Sub-Branch between $15,000 - $30,000 to Stage the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and other activities on the day for the Community of Semaphore & Port Adelaide. The Members ANZAC Dinner FUNdraiser held on Good Friday each year helps raise some of the costs that go into staging ANZAC Day. As part of the Licencing for the Day Everyone will need to be a Member and purchase a Meal. If you are not a member You can Join on entry for the Year $40 or you can buy a Day Membership $(T.B.A.). Last year was such a Fun day for everyone and a Great Success for the club. See Pics from Last year   Fish & Chips $12Salt Pepper Squid $12 | Crumbed Calamari $12Fisherman’s Basket $15   Schnitzels also Available ALL Day Entertainment featuring + Guests + Open Mic•    Easter Egg Hunt for the Kids•    Easter Raffle•    Plus much much more TBA•    8Ball | Snooker | Darts Comps Easter Trading Hours Good Friday Open 1pm - 11 pm Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road ALL Welcome Foresters support Waroona bushfire inquiry 2016-01-29T00:07:02Z foresters-support-waroona-bushfire-inquiry ‘Mr Ferguson’s background as a professional forester and fire fighter will stand him in good stead to investigate the fire and the way it was managed,’ said John Clarke, bushfire spokesman for the Western Australian Division of the Institute of Foresters. ‘Mr Ferguson has extensive experience in managing bushfires, has held senior positions with rural fire authorities in South Australia and Victoria and is widely respected as a leader and strategic thinker.’ The Institute of Foresters believes that the inquiry should pay particular attention to land management that may have contributed to the scale, intensity and difficulty in controlling the fire during its initial run on 6 January. The fire burned through State forest, heavily disturbed as a result of bauxite mining operations. ‘Fragmentation of native forest within the Willowdale minesite has made it impossible to undertake effective broadscale fuel reduction burning in this area for several decades’ said Mr Clarke. Changes in land use on the coastal plain are also likely to have contributed to the large size of the fire. ‘Agricultural land uses have changed in the past decade following the termination of open channel irrigation and many properties now include dryland farming which will carry fire during the dry summer months’ said Mr Clarke. ‘The network of channels and drains act as wicks that allow a bushfire to spread very rapidly through the landscape. There is clearly a need for better management of fuels in remnant vegetation on the coastal plain, particularly close to settlements and main roads.’ The Institute of Foresters has previously expressed concern at the growing number of large and damaging summer bushfires in south-west Western Australia. Bushfires are having severe impacts on forested water catchments, commercial tree plantations, productive regrowth forests and a wide range of forest amenity values important to the community. Native animals and birds are also adversely affected by large summer bushfires. ‘This trend must be reversed, with greater emphasis placed on bushfire prevention and mitigation activities on all land tenures’ said Mr Clarke. The Institute will present a written submission to the inquiry. Media contact: John Clarke (mob. 0428 956 183) In case of forest fire, call the bureaucracy 2016-01-27T21:24:16Z in-case-of-forest-fire-call-the-bureaucracy The Victorian Government took less time to investigate the Wye River bushfire disaster than it took to extinguish the flames. Rob de Fégely, National President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia, has questioned the Victorian Government’s rush to release findings from an interim report by its Inspector-General for Emergency Management into the Wye River bushfire saying, ‘Professional foresters are concerned that political expediency may be taking precedence over the need to uncover deficiencies in fire control tactics. ‘Learning lessons from major bushfires may prevent life and property losses under similar bushfire scenarios. ‘From Minister Garret’s comments to The Age newspaper, it seems that the Inspector-General for Emergency Management has focused primarily on a back-burn undertaken under risky conditions several days after the fire was ignited. Unfortunately, this has overshadowed the far more important question of what fire-fighting tactics were employed during the first 48 hours after the fire started. ‘It was the failure to contain what was then a very small fire which ultimately led to substantial loss of property in the towns of Wye River and Separation Creek several days later. ‘The Wye River fire started in country that was not remote and was subject to days of mild weather. ‘Our fire management agencies and fire-fighters perform a wonderful community service. However, the Government has a duty to allow them to do their job free from unwarranted bureaucratic and operational constraints. Given the potential for severe economic and environmental loss from bushfires, the Victorian community has a right to know whether seriously threatening bushfires are being attacked with urgency. ‘Given the release of findings from an interim report, the Institute of Foresters of Australia joins with the local community and fire-fighters in reiterating our earlier call for an independent inquiry into the damaging Wye River fire, and the tactics used to contain it,’ said Mr de Fégely. Media contact: Rob de Fégely. Tel: 0415 486 201 Proposals to cut access to Family Tax Benefits will only produce hardship and complicate system - National Foundation for Australian Women statement - Marie Coleman available for interview 2015-11-30T01:22:35Z proposals-to-cut-access-to-family-tax-benefits-will-only-produce-hardship-and-complicate-system-national-foundation-for-australian-women-statement-marie-coleman-available-for-interview FTB changes - NFAW Statement   30th November -The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families. They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities- outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.) Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch. The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment- for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB. For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation. These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably. NFAW agrees with ACoSS- there is a need to change FTB- but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST. NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled. NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered. -ENDS- For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee.  0414483068   eziway Group Announces Appointment of New General Manager 2015-11-10T00:55:11Z eziway-group-announces-appointment-of-new-general-manager In this new role, Tony Blackwell takes leadership of eziway Salary Packaging services, including the Car Leasing and Salary Packaging divisions. Tony brings a deep understanding of key PBI drivers to the position of General Manager.  His extensive experience spans health, education, employment and community support.  Having also served as Chief Executive for Victorian and Tasmanian non-profit organisations, he is keenly aware of the role strategic leadership plays in optimising scarce resources to deliver high quality, compliant services eziway Managing Director, Paul Gozzo said: “Tony Blackwell brings substantial experience from the not-for-profit sector where he has been instrumental in establishing partnerships, leading change and contributing to better community outcomes.  His capacity for relationship building will strengthen the eziway service approach and further extend the development and delivery of superior, customer focused solutions.” eziway Salary Packaging Wins Prestigious Australian Service Excellence Award 2015-10-30T00:38:18Z eziway-salary-packaging-wins-prestigious-australian-service-excellence-award eziway Salary Packaging has won the coveted Service Excellence in a Business Unit for Victoria, and Highly Commended Service Excellence in a Business Unit nationally at the prestigious Australian Service Excellence Awards held in Melbourne on 28 October 2015. The internationally recognised award show, held by the Customer Service Institute of Australia, recognises the ingenuity and innovation of Australia’s most outstanding customer service-driven organisations and individuals. The Service Excellence in a Business Unit awards specifically recognise eziway Salary Packaging’s dedication to better customer service, and reflect that eziway sees the world through a customer lens. eziway Salary Packaging Managing Director, Paul Gozzo said: “An honour like this isn’t about individuals.  It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of a great team. For the business, it means we’ve got our focus right in striving for highly personalised customer service. eziway Salary Packaging will certainly be continuing to find ways of delivering the sort of experiences that win over customers for life. Our sincere gratitude to CSIA for recognising our efforts in this way.” Anouche Newman, Chief Executive Office at CSIA said: “The awards are more and more competitive each year, and this year saw an incredibly high standard. Each winning individual and organisation should be very proud of their achievement. Their award is testament to their commitment to customer service excellence and passion for creating great customer experiences. We believe customer service is a fundamental to the success of every business. It gives them a strong competitive edge and we are delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge this through our awards program.” For more information about the Australian Service Excellence Awards, go to      5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone 2015-10-23T03:24:51Z 5-tips-on-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer). 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. Local RSL Helps lay the foundation for the next generation of the ADF mental health strategies 2015-10-01T14:02:14Z local-rsl-helps-lay-the-foundation-for-the-next-generation-of-the-adf-mental-health-strategies As Part of Veterans’ Health Week 2015 the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL is going to launch Australia’s First Stand Alone Defence Shed for our Current Serving ADF Members, Veterans’ and their Families. The launch of Defence Shed is on Saturday 17 October 2015. The event will commence at 11:00am at the new Defence Shed premises, 33-35 Veitch Road, Osborne, SA, opposite the Australian Submarine Commission administration building. Defence Shed is a fully incorporated, non-for-profit organisation, run and administered by current and ex serving ADF personnel for the benefit of current and ex serving ADF personnel. Based on the popular ‘Men’s Shed  concept, but for both men and women "All Equal Under One Roof" is the motto. We are an apolitical organisation designed to provide current and ex serving ADF personnel a safe meeting place to discuss issues of concern with like-minded mates, work on projects together, become involved in fundraising activities with various charities, and learn new skills. An initiative proudly supported by the Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark BinskinDefence Shed - SUPPORT Support for the “Defence Shed” project comes from the Very top with Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin supporting the initiative. Australian Defence Industry Leaders ASC, Raytheon, AWD Alliance and many more are supporting the Defence Shed. Local, State and Federal Government have expressed support, in fact everyone is in support of the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL’s initiative to launch Australia’s First Stand Alone Defence Shed. Defence Shed - OBJECTIVES ·     To create and maintain an environment for Current and ex ADF personnel where concerns, PTSD,past trauma, health and welfare issues, transitional & employment problems can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas during their service in the ADF. ·    Those that become part of the Defence Shed will be encouraged to develop, redevelop or learn new skills which will enhance their self-esteem and in turn provide a positive impact upon their lives, their family and the community. ·         Helping regain a sense of purpose in life; ·         Enhancing self-esteem; ·         Decreasing social isolation; ·         Facilitating friendship and companionship; ·         Providing an environment conducive to learning; ·         Improving physical health; ·         Increasing awareness of depression and anxiety; ·         Reducing stigma of depression and anxiety; ·         Increasing help-seeking for PTSD, depression and anxiety; ·         Increasing help-seeking for other health issues. T    The Defence Shed aims to help provide the "foundation for the next generation of the ADF mental health strategies and future evaluation of mental health interventions and services."