The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-17T00:16:40Z OZ Mineral's Jasmine Richards Wins Behind Closed Doors' Luminaries Scholarship 2017-02-17T00:16:40Z oz-mineral-s-jasmine-richards-wins-behind-closed-doors-luminaries-scholarship OZ Mineral’s Environment and Community Superintendent, Jasmine Richards, has been announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship for 2017. Announcing the winner at a business dinner last night, BCD Founder and Managing Director, Donny Walford, said the 12-month scholarship is awarded to a successful woman seeking access to insights, knowledge, support and high level networks in their journey to Executive and Board positions.  “I extend my congratulations to our winner, Jasmine Richards, as well as our worthy runners up, Julie Jardine, Supply Chain Manager at Hoschizaki Lancer, and National Sales and Marketing Manager at Medvet, Natalie Dixon,” Ms Walford said. “Jasmine stood out as a leader who is determined, ambitious and is a real change agent for diversity not only within OZ Minerals, but in general. While she has already achieved much professionally, she clearly has her sights set on so much more and will take every opportunity available to her provided through the Luminaries Scholarship.” Ms Richards, a qualified hydrogeologist and environmental professional, is looking forward to the Luminaries Scholarship providing her with access to a network of people outside of her industry who will support and challenge her to reach the next step in her career.  In accepting the award, Ms Richards said she expects the Luminaries membership will offer her guidance with her recent appointment into a leadership role as well as advice and support to transition onto a board position.  “The notion of having a support network to discuss issues and challenges within my career is not only appealing, but I believe essential in extending me to the next level in my career,” she said. “The scholarship will assist my drive to be an advocate for diversity within the workplace by providing opportunities to grow my profile and confidence as a businesswoman,” she added. The BCD Luminaries Scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills through a year-long membership to BCD Luminaries, valued at more than $5,500. BCD Luminaries was created in response to an identified need for motivated businesswomen to have a professional sounding board and support network where they can discuss professional and personal issues, challenges and strategies in a totally confidential environment while, at the same time, encouraging each other to extend themselves to achieve and succeed in new environments.  Members meet for three hours, ten times a year, for group mentoring, professional development and networking with like-minded women. Outside of this further professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities are provided to members amongst the wider BCD community.   “One of its major aims,” concluded Ms Walford, “is to increase women’s representation on Boards, committees and in executive management roles and BCD has an enviable track record in successfully supporting our members to achieve these types of roles.” Issued by: Penny Reidy, Marketing Manager, Behind Closed Doors on 8333 4303 or 0401 349 791. ACS Releases Ungulates ebook 2017-02-15T04:35:23Z acs-releases-ungulates-ebook   Ungulates ebook ISBN: 978-0-9954356-0-5 Author: John Mason & Staff of ACS Distance Education   ACS Distance Education have released a new ebook on Ungulates. Ungulates are animals with hooves. A hoof is simply an enlarged toenail. This ebook has been written as a reference for those studying animals and animal related subjects especially those studying wildlife, veterinary studies and zoology. Non-ungulate mammals may have claws or fingernails instead of hoofs. The primary difference between ungulates and non-ungulates is whether or not the unguis is used in walking. In ungulates, the unguis is the primary point of contact with the ground. In non-ungulates, other tissues, such as the pads of the feet, provide the primary contact point when walking. The hoof is basically modified epidermis and this consists of keratin, which thickens and hardens the hoof. There are a variety of ungulate ‘hoofed’ animals, and each has different hoofs. Hoofs continue to grow; in wild, hoofed ungulates length is managed by daily foraging and walking. Domesticated animals tend to stand around longer, and do not have access to enough room to be able to keep their hoofs down naturally, so may require hoof maintenance which their wild counterparts do not. This ebook covers different descriptions and pictures of many of the different ungulate animals. Here’s the topics and the Chapters covered in this ebook: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION – OVERVIEW OF UNGULATES CHAPTER 2 ARTIODACTYLS: EVEN-TOED UNGULATES CHAPTER 3 PERISSODACTYLS CHAPTER 4 AQUATIC UNGULATES CHAPTER 5 OTHER UNGULATES This ebook is now available for purchase for $32.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-ungulate-animals-ebook-6018.aspx If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact sarah@acs.edu.au . Enabling small business to cut costs and boost recycling 2017-02-15T01:46:59Z enabling-small-business-to-cut-costs-and-boost-recycling-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 14 February 2017 Aodhan MacCathmhaoil Waster.com.au Tel: 0497 886 353 Email: press@waster.zendesk.com Enabling small business to cut costs and boost recycling Australian startup disrupts $15bn industry; delivering low prices to small business Sydney, NSW: Sydney startup Waster.com.au seeks to disrupt the $15bn waste industry in all major cities throughout Australia. By applying disruptive technologies previously applied to industries such as hotels, travel and taxis; Waster.com.au delivers lower prices and better services to small and medium Australian businesses - helping them reduce costs whilst benefitting the environment. We highlight how local businesses can easily and quickly reduce total spend on waste services whilst boosting their environmental credentials through our infographic on the next page – showing the differing experience of two local cafes. Customer service manager Joanna Wells said, “as a business we are really focused on delivering value to our small and medium customers, people who have been neglected by their previous suppliers. We are really passionate about helping our customers reduce waste going to landfill by boosting recycling and hence reducing their costs.” The company ethos of Waster.com.au is based on creating a positive experience for our customers as well as our staff and wider community:  Complete transparency of pricing – no hidden costs and online booking  No lock-in contracts – month to month no risk basis  Continuing customer education focus to boost recycling, help the environment and lower business costs  Community engagement –Waster.com.au matches customer charitable donations dollar for dollar to plant native Australian trees. About Waster.com.au: https://waster.com.au delivers waste services to smart businesses. Operating in all major cities throughout Australia, Waster supports small and medium businesses by delivering low cost, reliable waste and recycling services with no lock in contracts, excellent customer service and online apps. ### e-recycler launches free initiative to dispose of unwanted electronic items 2017-02-13T05:04:02Z e-recycler-launches-free-initiative-to-dispose-of-unwanted-electronic-items The days of stockpiling outdated, broken or unwanted electrical items because they are too difficult to dispose are set to become a thing of the past for South Australian homes and businesses following the launch of an initiative which will see hundreds of free, highly-visible Unplug N’ Drop stations placed across the State. Electronic Recycling Australia spokesperson, Mr Andrew Wallace, said more than 50 purpose-built Unplug N’ Drop collection points would be located at key community locations as part of the first stage, with those numbers expected to rise to more than 600 over the coming year. “As Australia’s mountain of unwanted electrical goods continues to grow, it is disappointing that we only recycle less than 5% of the 19.7kg of e-goods that every person discards annually,” Mr Wallace said. “When you compare that performance with Europe, which has about 14kg of discarded electronic items per person annually and a recycling rate of 80%, then it is clear that we lag well behind international efforts to reduce landfill and impact on the environment,” he said. “Whether it is large appliances like fridges and washing machines, or smaller appliances like toasters, kettles, vacuum cleaners, computers, monitors, entertainment equipment like mp3 players and stereos, and electrical tools and gadgets like drills and hairdryers – we are happy to take them all.” “With more than 25.5 million handsets, Australia now has more mobile phones than people, and the 4 million that don’t work add to the volume of toxic and hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated fire retardants that go to landfill and contaminate soil and waterways – even though up to 95% of the materials could be reused or recycled.” Minda CEO, Ms Cathy Miller, said Electronics Recycling Australia (formally known as Aspitech) had gone from facing imminent closure two years ago to now setting its sights on potential national expansion and leading the way in responsible electrical and electronic goods recycling. “We are very pleased to support such as remarkable transformation, and the new name of Electronic Recycling Australia better explains the focus of this important social enterprise and positions it to grow beyond South Australia,” Ms Miller said. “This is perfect opportunity for people and businesses to do the right thing by the environment, and support a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to more than 200 South Australians with disability,” she said. “Our successful electronic and electrical recycling operation helps Minda to provide services to people with disability through sustainable employment, and enrich their lives through greater community participation and contribution in an environment that has a focus on ability, rather than disability.” “It is a basic human right that everyone who wants to work should be provided with opportunity to learn new skills, and be confident in knowing they are contributing to the community. In addition to creating hundreds of ongoing employment opportunities for South Australians, a social enterprise like Electronic Recycling Australia helps to support the overall economic prosperity of the State.” In addition to the free Unplug N’ Drop stations, Electronic Recycling Australia offers a reliable and cost-effective collection service for all electrical or electronic goods that has a plug, uses a charger or is powered by battery. Its EPA-approved and environmentally-compliant facility at Underdale recycles all electrical and electronic goods to the highest standards. More about the Electronic Recycle Australia program and locations of the Unplug N’ Drop collection points can be found at https://www.electronicrecyclingaustralia.com.au/coming-soon/ About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda, as owner of Electronic Recycling Australia, is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. MERV HUGHES & CROWDFUNDING HELP BRING BACK FISH HABITATS 2017-02-10T03:35:59Z merv-hughes-amp-crowdfunding-help-bring-back-fish-habitats In an innovative move, three catchment management authorities (CMAs) in Victoria including Corangamite, Glenelg Hopkins and Goulburn Broken will band together with the Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) to launch their first crowdfunding campaign on Pozible aptly named ‘Funds for Fish’, with full support from Aussie cricket legend, Merv Hughes.   With the 30 day campaign set to launch on 13 February 2017, communities in Victoria, fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers are being called on to support local river projects which will restore native fish habitats and waterways. The Victorian Government has also chipped in with some funding to help kick off the program.   “There are a number of reasons why fish habitat needs to be improved and why we need some extra support,” says Adam Bester, Funds for Fish Project Manager.   “Whilst we work hard to monitor and improve the health of our waterways, we’ve realised this is something we cannot do alone. We’re undertaking our Pozible campaign because we understand how effective local communities can be to achieve big changes. Using crowdfunding, social media and other channels, we want to empower the community to get involved and help make a positive transformation to our waterways. We chose crowdfunding as it enables the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they care about.”       People supporting the crowdfunding campaign will be able to donate as little as $2, and funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the CMAs using funding from the Victorian Government’s Regional Riparian Action Plan and other government initiatives to improve the health of regional waterways. These funds will be used to provide works such as installing ‘fish hotels’ or increasing vegetation along riverbanks. Fish habitats that include logs, rocks, native trees and good water quality are really important to help fish survive, grow and breed. The CMAs involved have outlined how funds raised will be used specifically in their catchment areas.   As an avid fisherman and with his own angling television show ‘Merv Hughes Fishing’, Aussie cricketing legend Merv Hughes says it was a no brainer to lend his support to the program.   “Funds For Fish is a great way to increase angler awareness of the importance of habitat for fish.  More habitat in our rivers means more fish to catch” says Merv.   Each CMA has set a funding goal to carry out specific projects they seek to roll out in their catchment area. Glenelg Hopkins CMA is working with local community and angling groups to raise $12,000 to put towards in stream habitat such as rock and fish hotels, weed control and tree planting for Estuary Perch. Corangamite CMA is seeking $10,000 to put towards re-snagging Spring Creek and revegetating key parts of the waterway to provide critical habitat for Estuary Perch. Finally, Goulburn Broken CMA aim to raise a total of $15,000 to accelerate habitat restoration to improve the outlook for the endangered Macquarie Perch.   Funds for Fish already has strong involvement from organisations such as VRFish, Fisheries, OzFish, Merv Hughes Fishing and Native Fish Australia. Fundamental to the project’s success will be community support.  The CMAs hope anglers, local farmers, conservation groups, schools, businesses and the general community will all become involved - either by purchasing a ‘perk’ or making a donation through the crowdfunding campaign.  Perks may include experiences, accommodation, business promotion and other goods produced for the campaign, or kindly donated by local businesses. All donations are fully tax deductible through the Australian River Restoration Centre.   Once the funding campaign is complete, the CMAs will get straight to work to provide the additional fish habitat and hope to see fish numbers increasing, which will be available for current and future generations to enjoy.     To be the first to hear when the campaign goes live or to offer support for the campaign, go to www.fundsforfish.com.au and join the database or follow the project on any of the CMA social networks. SLR Appoints new APAC Infrastructure Leader 2017-02-10T01:32:33Z slr-appoints-new-apac-infrastructure-leader SLR Consulting, a leader in global environmental and advisory services, has this week announced the appointment of Alex Campbell to lead the Infrastructure sector in Asia Pacific.         After graduating in the UK with a Masters in Engineering, Alex has acquired over 14 years environmental consulting experience initially with Buro Happold then holding various senior positions with WSP including the most recent role as Director (Specialist Consulting).   His experience in the Infrastructure sector includes some of the largest projects underway in Australia, working for a range of government and private-sector clients.   As an Acoustic Engineer Alex specialises in architectural and building acoustics; environmental impact assessments; building services noise control; and vibration assessments and mitigation measures. More recently he has carried out environmental assessments on key projects including Sydney Metro Northwest and was the Acoustic Project Director on the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.   Regarding his move to SLR, Regional Manager Paul Gardiner commented: “It’s an exciting time for SLR’s growth in the region and I am excited to welcome Alex to SLR in his role as Sector Leader and as part of the APAC Management Team.  Alex’s leadership experience combined with his strong personal skills, and business development expertise will complement SLR’s ‘one team’ culture which has underpinned the growth in this sector and region”.    SLR’s clients in this market cover the full scope of infrastructure owners, sponsors, funders and operators in both the public and private sector, together with the supporting investment, contracting and advisory community.   Alex is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is an active member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Acoustic Society. Provider of Skip Bins in Perth Suburbs Offers a Chance to Win $20,000 2017-02-08T03:48:26Z provider-of-skip-bins-in-perth-suburbs-offers-a-chance-to-win-20-000 Perth, WA, 08 February 2017 - The competition for providing skip bins in the Perth area has become quite fierce. It seems like there are a hundred skip bin hire companies vying for business, all making the same tired set of promises. But there is one skip bin hire company that has decided to back up their advertising by giving $20,000 to one lucky customer, just for choosing their skip bins. Mathew Del Bianco is the owner of AAA Skips. According to Mr Del Bianco: “We see a lot of advertisements out there making a lot of promises about skip bins. But we keep all of our promises. We want everyone in the Perth area to know about us. We want people to know about our great customer service and our well-maintained equipment. We figure the best way to let people know we are serious is to back up our advertising by giving $20,000 to one lucky skip bin hire customer.”AAA Skips is a family business that is owned and operated by Australians. Their company policy is to treat every customer like a family member. They have gained a reputation for exemplary customer service, professionalism and flexibility when it comes to satisfying their customers. No customer is ever treated like a number or like they aren’t important. The customer service crew at AAA Skips understands that everyone’s time and money are important to them. They also realize that everyone likes to be treated with professionalism and respect.AAA Skips has built their reputation because of their customer service, their professionalism and the quality of their equipment. They know everyone offers the same six standard sizes, starting at 2 m3 and ending at 9 m3.  They also know that not everyone’s skip bins look the same. That is why they keep their skip bins clean and well-maintained. They don’t ever want their skip bins to be an embarrassment to any homeowner, business owner or project manager. They also keep the delivery trucks clean and well-maintained. This ensures promptness of delivery and helps maintain a professional appearance. Their drivers also dress professionally in clean, crisp uniforms. According to Mr Del Bianco: “We are a family business, but we have resources equal to those of many big businesses. This allows us to provide our customers with the best of both worlds: family business service with strong, solid financial backing that allows us to constantly keep our equipment updated and in good repair.”Mr Del Bianco concludes: “We know that most people who experience our skip bin hire for themselves are going to come back to us the next time they need skip bins. Many of our customers become regular customers because they are so happy with our customer service, professionalism and equipment. That’s why we are giving one lucky customer $20,000, just for hiring our skip bins.”AAA Skips provides skip bins to all Perth suburbs north of the river. They offer six sizes of skip bins, from 2 m3 to 9 m3. All except the 2 m3 size provide ramp access. They are an Australian-owned and operated family business that prides themselves in providing the best customer service in the industry. To learn more or to contract skip bin hire, call 0438 918 850 or visit their website: http://www.minibinsperth.com.au/. Eco Leader - Ahura Resorts Fiji Appoint Environmental Specialist 2017-02-06T03:00:03Z eco-leader-ahura-resorts-fiji-appoint-environmental-specialist Ahura Resorts is delighted to announce the appointment of environmental specialist Sia Rasalato to the position of Group Environment Manager. As a leading Fiji resort company, signing on Sia demonstrates Ahura’s serious ongoing commitment to sustainable and responsible eco-tourism. “As a resort company operating in a pristine, sensitive environment such as ours, with ocean and coral reefs on one side and land flora and fauna on the other, we fully recognize the importance of sustainable tourism and believe that development in such areas carries both a legal and moral responsibility to ensure our environment is not degraded though irresponsible activities and practices. Sia has extensive qualifications and experience in environmental management within Fiji, and it is a great honour to welcome him to our team” comments Steve Anstey, Group General Manager Ahura Resorts.   “Our aim is to not only minimize our impact on the extraordinary nature that surrounds us but also, through a range of activities, programs and initiatives, improve and enhance the environment for imperilled species and future generations. The significant work we have done to date with the iguanas and now the recent appointment of Sia demonstrates this commitment” continues Steve. The discovery of a Fiji Crested Iguana in 2010 at Likuliku Lagoon resort kicked off an incredible research journey, sparked by the species’ classification as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Fiji Crested Iguanas are naturally found only in Fiji, and their presence is therefore beneficial to the eco-tourism economy. Each island that is lucky enough to still have an iguana population will have their own unique genetic “finger print,” and each island often supports an iguana species different from all others in Fiji. They may look similar and be close relatives, but they are different and DNA sampling of iguanas will indicate which island they are from. The iguanas on Malolo were thought to be extinct for over 25 years before the exciting rediscovery in 2010. Like most animals on the brink of extinction, the demise of the Fiji Iguana has been largely due to the destruction of their natural forest habitat through human activities and the introduction of non-native animals including rats, cats, mongoose and goats which either eat the iguanas or eat their food. Dry forest is one of the most endangered eco-systems on the planet and is crucial to the survival of the Fiji Iguana and other wildlife. Unfortunately, only small pockets of dry forest remain on Malolo and the islands of the Mamanuca group. The US Geological Survey, San Diego Zoo and Taronga Zoo have been valuable partners with Ahura Resorts over the last six years. The team has carried out major control of feral cat and rat populations, and has begun a reforestation project which has now become a focal point. Ahura have started their own dry forest nursery which Sia will now manage in addition to developing and overseeing the regeneration work on the Ahura leases. Sia will also be responsible for the management of the Iguana catch, tag and release program and the on-site captive breeding program. He will also be working closely with the Mamanuca Environment Society to ensure conservation and preservation of our marine and reef areas.   Sia exudes a passion for conservation. At his former post with BirdLife International Pacific Secretariat he led numerous restoration and land protection activities including invasive species feasibility assessments, invasive species eradication, island biosecurity implementation, species monitoring, and endangered species recovery. Sia was also instrumental in conservation and management planning of significant conservation sites in Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Fiji and supported invasive species work in Tonga, New Caledonia, Palau and Samoa. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji and has attended an impressive number of conservation workshops and internships in Fiji and abroad.   “I am excited to start a new challenge with Ahura Resorts, Fiji’s leading resort company and I look forward to working with the team to further develop their commitment to sustainable eco-tourism. It’s a great privilege to be joining a respected company that prides itself on top quality service and promotes ecological approaches to the conservation of natural resources ” adds Sia Rasalato.   Sia comes to Ahura Resorts Fiji with over 10 years of experience in the conservation field. Most recently, he played a major role in securing the conservation site of the endangered Fiji Mastiff Bat and was also involved in the conservation work of Fiji’s most notable seabirds - the Collared and Fiji Petrel.    ENDS Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.  www.ahuraresorts.com  New Nissan LEAF 2017-02-02T03:24:43Z new-nissan-leaf Lennock Nissan and Lennock Fleet in Canberra have 5 new Nissan LEAFs remaining. The 100% Electric, Zero Emissions LEAF is available for immediate delivery. These are the last remaining Nissan Australia stock. Stock numbers are 28077, 28079, 28080, 28082, and 28083. All vehicles are Eclipse Black in colour. Registration and delivery available Australia-wide. For business buyers any branding requirements can also be arranged via our award winning partners, Liberty Signs. For enquiries please contact peter.phillips@lennockfleet.com.au. International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T04:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). SLR Expands Engineering Capability 2017-01-25T05:20:37Z slr-expands-engineering-capability SLR Consulting has recently expanded its Engineering capability with the appointment of Peter Cupitt as Principal Water/Wastewater Engineer. Peter joins former colleague Paul Delaney in the Civil and Structural Engineering team based from the company’s Newcastle premises.   Specialising in water and sewer infrastructure, Peter’s experience extends to hydrologic and hydraulic modelling of the rainfall/runoff process for a range of applications including dam design/failure, evacuation strategies, flood management, development design, damage estimation, economic appraisal of mitigation alternatives and the design and construction of flood mitigation structures.   Peter joins SLR having held various positions for local and foreign water authorities and water specialist companies for the past three decades.  His well-rounded expertise in the water industry has enabled him to be involved in the design and construction of almost all facets of the water industry and encompasses facets extending from conceptualisation, problem solving, adaptation, performance enhancement, detailed design to construction.  Peter is also an accredited Water Services Association Australia water and sewer designer.   SLR’s APAC Engineering Operations Manager, John Postlethwaite commented “We are pleased to welcome Peter to our team. Peter’s great depth of experience in the key market sectors SLR operates across, builds on our existing Engineering capabilities and provides further diversification in services for our clients”. One of our target growth areas is in the expansion of our water capabilities and Peter’s appointment will certainly provide the additional skills and expertise necessary to achieve this growth. Press Release: NCH On Track to be World Leader in Clean Water 2017-01-24T04:27:14Z press-release-nch-on-track-to-be-world-leader-in-clean-water 19 December 2016   Sydney, Australia – Valuing innovation and the highest level of customer service, NCH is on track to become world leader at cleaning water, conserving energy and maintaining equipment.   Already a global leader in industrial and commercial maintenance products, since 1919 NCH has demonstrated superior solutions for those aiming to maximise efficiency and keep facilities running in optimum condition. NCH’s specialties in the area of water cleaning further reflect the company vision of putting customers first, while focusing on innovation.   Recognising the importance of sustainability as a key area of growth and innovation, NCH constantly seeks environmentally friendly solutions for water cleaning and equipment maintenance that don’t come at the expense of quality, and customers are drawn to this integrated approach.   NCH divides its specialities across two main platforms namely: Industrial and Commercial. In the Industrial sector, the challenges of industry are met head on with an extensive range of lubricants, industrial degreasers, rust and corrosion products and biological solutions. These solutions are targeted at keeping business operating profitably by minimising downtime, extending the life of machinery and reducing costs.   In the Commercial sector NCH’s pioneering water treatment program assists in the efficient running of water cooling towers and boilers. While wastewater programs provide cleaner water and free flowing drains. The ultimate aim is for buildings to run at peak performance, cleanly, safely and efficiently.     To find out more about NCH Australia and its solutions, visit the NCH Website or contact NCH by clicking here. Global Summit on Asbestos Disposal has Hidden Significance for Perth 2017-01-12T02:25:23Z global-summit-on-asbestos-disposal-has-hidden-significance-for-perth Perth, WA, January 12, 2017 - On 14-15 November, 2016, the 3rd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management was held in Brisbane. This was in international conference about a subject that is especially relevant to us here in Perth. Participants included scientists, mesothelioma victims, doctors and others in various fields who lent their expertise to help bring awareness to the fact that improper asbestos treatment and disposal is still killing Australians and others across the world.Currently, it is estimated that 12 people die from mesothelioma every week in Australia. This disease has only one cause: exposure to asbestos. Australia is currently second only to England in mesothelioma deaths globally. Asbestos Disposal, Mesothelioma and the DIY Home RenovatorIn Australia, the group of people who have the highest rate of mesothelioma deaths are DIY home renovators. According to research presented in the conference, DIY home renovators in Australia feel they haven’t be provided with enough education or information about how to stay safe from asbestos exposure when renovating their homes.Peter Tighe is the CEO of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. According to Mr Tighe, the most important issue isn’t that asbestos is dangerous to one’s health; it’s the fact that the symptoms don’t show up until 20 years after asbestos exposure. By the time symptoms do show up, the diagnosis is usually fatal. The average lifespan of someone who has received a diagnosis of mesothelioma is only nine months.Mr Tighe feels it is essential that DIY home renovators receive more information about how to identify, safely remove and safely dispose of asbestos to keep it from harming themselves and others, such as neighbours or their families.Why Australia Has Such a Problem with AsbestosBetween 1950 and 1970, Australia, like the rest of the world, was in the baby boom. That also meant a building boom to make room for all of the families that were created. During that period, asbestos sheeting was the material of choice for building. Worldwide statistics show that Australia had the largest per capita use of asbestos worldwide during that period.In retrospect, it is easy to see how that caused so many mesothelioma deaths. However, it also means that many buildings from that era are like ticking time bombs that still contain asbestos in their walls. Any breach in the integrity of an asbestos wall exposes the homeowner to asbestos. When a well-meaning DIY home renovator tears down asbestos walls without knowing they had asbestos in them, it is a recipe for disaster.Just how has mesothelioma affected those who worked on houses before the health risks of asbestos were known? Statistically, one out of seventeen carpenters born in the 1940’s dies of mesothelioma. For construction workers, the odds are one in fifty-five. For plumbers, painters and electricians, the odds are one in 125. 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