The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-12T02:25:23Z 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. Asbestos represents a serious health threat, not only in Perth, but across Australia.AAA Skips provides skip bins and asbestos disposal for Perth and all suburbs north of the river. They are a family business that is dedicated to providing the best customer service in the business. 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UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Branching Out This Christmas With A Real Tree 2016-12-11T23:46:23Z branching-out-this-christmas-with-a-real-tree Here’s the big question as we roll into the Christmas season … what type of tree should you put up? A multi coloured plastic tree or a real tree? The Christmas tree market is booming but when it comes to choosing between real or fake, the Real Christmas Tree Company says there is no competition. Stefan Aleksiev, owner of the Real Christmas Tree company, said: “There are clear differences between real and fake trees. I like to look at it from a sustainable angle in terms of the carbon footprint created from both and the proof is clearly in the pudding that real wins’ hands down over fakes any day.” A study in America found people keep fake (plastic) tree up to 10 years to offset the carbon footprint of real trees and, although plastic trees can be recycled year on year in the home, they always end up in landfill, unlike real trees. Stefan said plastic trees are made from non-biodegradable plastic, and once thrown away end up in landfill. “They also release dioxins over time, potentially causing health implications and are a fire hazard. They have no smell and no authenticity,” he said. “Whereas real trees offer just that and the Monterey pines used by the Real Christmas Company are more durable shedding fewer needles – making less mess on your floor.” Monterey pines also smell great. “There is a fragrance you can only get from a real tree. Plastic trees after a few years start to smell musty and dusty,” Stefan said. “Handled with love and care, a real tree up it will last the Christmas season.” While Monterey pines are native to California, they do grow well in Australia. “The cooler climate gives the tree a lush foliage so all our trees are brought in from Victoria. They have that wonderful, traditional Christmas tree shape,” Stefan said. “So many people comment on the fresh pine smell and how it takes them back to their childhood. Christmas is a time for connecting with family and friends and celebrating life. It can be a time to relive treasured childhood memories when life was a little simpler.” “When it comes to the “real” versus “fake”, I’ve always been a huge fan of real trees and this is how the Real Christmas Tree company was formed. I think the environmental advantages to buying real trees far outweigh the yearly cost of the tree. Plus, real trees look amazing.” Timber Suppliers Say: “Keep Australian Timber Sustainable.” 2016-12-08T14:49:45Z timber-suppliers-say-keep-australian-timber-sustainable Brisbane, QLD, December 08, 2016 - Of all the timber suppliers in the Brisbane area, Narangba Timbers and owner Jack Kyle have done the most to educate consumers about issues facing the timber and forestry industries. In particular, they have gone out of their way to educate consumers about sustainable forestry and timber harvesting.Recently, on their company blog, Mr Kyle offered an educational piece called “Keep Australian Timber Sustainable.” The piece covered the current state of Australian plantation forestry and offered a solution. According to Mr Kyle:“Approximately 80% of Australian timber that is used for timber products is grown on plantations under a sustainable model. To make a long story short, every tree that is harvested is replaced by planting a new tree in its place. However, as demand for Australian timber is growing, plantations are shrinking. This could create a larger trade deficit for Australian timber than the one that already exists.”Even though Australia currently has 2 million hectares of plantation timber, it has been estimated that much more, from 14.6 million hectares to 23.6 million hectares, need to be turned into what is termed “woody tree cover” to help Australia meet long term climate policy objectives, including “deep decarbonisation.”A combination of economic factors has caused some of the investor money for plantation timber to “dry up.” The main reason for this is because it takes new trees between 10-25 years to reach harvesting age. Plantation timber is a long-term investment that a lot of companies can’t afford to make unless they already have plantations “in queue,” producing timber and therefore revenue.Most of the sawn timber that is used for housing in Australia is produced somewhat locally, but exports of Australian timber are decreasing in value, even under the threat of scarcity at home. This has created an imbalance in global trade for the Australian timber industry. Australia exports a high volume of unprocessed timber for wood chips but imports much more for paper and processed board products.The Easy Solution for More Plantation TimberThe solution that makes the most sense to Mr Kyle is one that has been discussed for a few years: turning unused portions of farms into small timber plantations. According to Mr Kyle:“Of all the proposed solutions to creating more plantation timber even as investment in plantations is decreasing, the one that makes the most sense is to offer farmers the opportunity to turn some of their unused land into small timber plantations. It is estimated that trees could be planted on 10-20% of existing farms without affecting their current crops. The trees could actually have a positive effect on livestock and crop production.”Mr Kyle concluded: It might not be the entire solution but it’s a great start, It would benefit the farmers, the timber industry and the environment. We can live with that.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers in Brisbane. They have been a family business for three generations and they have a strong commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing of timber. They offer a full range of timber species for construction, timber fencing, timber decking, timber flooring and other projects. To learn more or to speak to their world class customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC) Recommendations Have Timber Suppliers Excited 2016-12-07T07:08:35Z forest-industry-advisory-council-fiac-recommendations-have-timber-suppliers-excited Perth, WA, December 07, 2016 - In 2014, the Australian Government established a group of forestry and timber industry insiders called the Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC). The purpose was to assemble a talented cross-section of people from within the industry with different points of view to advise the Government on how to enhance the forestry and timber industries in Australia.In June 2016, the FIAC concluded two years of study by releasing a report called “Transforming Australia’s Forestry Industry.” The report offers a comprehensive plan on how to triple the products and revenue generated by the Australian forestry industry by 2050.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, prolific timber suppliers in Brisbane. Recently, on his company blog, Mr Kyle provided his readers and customers with a concise summary of the report. According to Mr Kyle:“As long-standing, trusted timber suppliers in Brisbane, we try to keep our public informed about developments in the timber and forestry industries. We feel it is our duty and our responsibility to help the industry grow, provide great products for our customers, provide more jobs in the communities and do so in a way that protects the environment.”Mr Kyle continued: “When the timber industry grows, everyone in Australia wins. Communities get more jobs. Our customers get more timber products from Australia. The Government receives revenue from taxes. The environment benefits greatly from sustainable forestry. And we get the privilege of bringing great Australian timber to our customers at low prices.”The FIAC recommends three main objectives for growing the forestry industry. The first is to have “the right trees in the right places in the right scale.” Strategies for accomplishing this include preserving what they call the “productive forest estate” by rolling over all of the 20-year Regional Forestry Agreements or RFA’s. Another strategy is for the Government to use the same regional approach that the forestry professionals have been using to create policy and to expand regional hubs.The second main objective is to use every possible part of every single tree, down to what they call a “cellular level,” to produce forestry products. They feel this can be accomplished by having the Government spend $40 million to establish a National Institute for Forest Products Innovation. They also recommend using government funds to help develop technologies and help bring new products to market. The third main objective is to become even more environmentally friendly, publicise it and become more valued by “the community.” This would include establishing standards, “report cards,” certification and making sure Australia gains a worldwide reputation for ethically-sourced, high quality timber products. Mr Kyle concludes: “While we don’t agree with every recommendation, word for word, we agree wholeheartedly with the spirit of the report. We look forward to watching our industry grow and helping in any way we can.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They offer timber for such uses as general construction, timber fences, timber flooring and timber decking. They are a family business that has served the Brisbane area for three generations. They have built a reputation for low prices and world class customer service. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: SLR Announces Executive Appointment in Asia Pacific 2016-12-05T03:13:24Z slr-announces-executive-appointment-in-asia-pacific Leading environmental and advisory firm SLR Consulting has announced the appointment of Paul Gardiner to lead the company’s Asia Pacific operations. Former Cardno Asia Pacific General Manager Paul Gardiner will commence in the role from January 2017 after 19 years in a variety of roles in Australia, the Middle East, United States and Latin America.  During his time with the company he led several acquisitions and was instrumental in the growth of the firm with several local and international milestone projects secured under his leadership. After a number of successful years leading the SLR team in the region, the current Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Peter Georgiou, is taking on a new role in the company encompassing both local client and global leadership responsibilities.  Group CEO Neil Penhall also commented: “‘I’d like to welcome Paul to SLR as APAC Regional Manager but also thank Peter for his contribution in the role over recent years. Paul’s appointment adds significantly to our leadership team in the region.  We have an exciting growth strategy in all our regions over the coming years and attracting someone of Paul’s calibre to the SLR team will further enhance our ability to bring this strategy to life in APAC.” Commenting on his move to SLR Paul remarked: “I am excited by SLR’s position as a leading global provider of specialist environmental and advisory services.  I was particularly drawn by the highly collaborative and supportive “one team” culture which has underpinned their recent successful growth achieved during difficult market conditions”. This announcement follows the recent appointment of Dianne Buchanan as Chief Financial Officer in September and Rick Smith as the North America Chief Operating Officer. Adventures of the Bird Clan 2016-11-30T23:17:34Z adventures-of-the-bird-clan On Saturday 12th November, Sathya Sai School families with students in class 1 and 2 went on a kayak adventure in Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff. These students attended two environmental programs at our school: Journey with Dolphins - Dolphin Research Australia’s after school program, and Bird Clan - Sathya Sai’s after school program for Year 1 boys.  The aim of this field trip was to bring the families together to enjoy time in nature and appreciate the wildlife, particular the species they learned about in these programs.  Watersports Guru, Kingscliff local eco-adventure agency, prepared a series of games and activities that added a lot more fun to the whole experience. The kayak trip and games were followed by a picnic at the riverbank to bring the families together and chill out. One of the high notes was to hear the students refer to Uncle Franc, Fingal Head Indigenous Educator who had taught Classes 1 and 2 about Fingal Head bush tucker and wildlife in our excursion a couple of weeks earlier. The students were able to identify and eat some of the local bush tucker such as cottonwood hibiscus flowers and salt leaves from the mangroves.     Ivan Mateo named Society of Food Hygiene and Technology’s Auditor of the Year honouring food safety and sustainability 2016-11-25T02:54:15Z ivan-mateo-named-society-of-food-hygiene-and-technology-s-auditor-of-the-year-honouring-food-safety-and-sustainability-professionals Ivan plays an integral role at SAI Global assessing the sustainability of fishery stocks against global standards such as the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainable fishing standard and the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. “I’m honoured to receive this award for the work I do on behalf of SAI Global and on behalf of the specialist group of fishery assessors working to assist fisheries around the world demonstrate their sustainability credentials against globally recognised standards” said Dr Mateo.  “Not only does certification help protect global marine ecosystem biodiversity, it provides consumers with confidence selecting seafood that has been sustainably managed and responsibly fished.” SAI Global’s Senior Seafood Consultant, Dave Garforth said “To have such a reputable organisation as SoFHT recognise Ivan’s work is fantastic.  It also serves to highlight the enormous contribution standards and certification make to ensure responsibly managed and sustainable fisheries. With good marine science, sound fisheries management and careful stewardship of the world’s marine resources, seafood has the potential to feed the world’s population now and in the future. Standards such as MSC and RFM are pioneering the attainment of these values and we’re proud to be part of this marine sustainability agenda.” Dr Mateo has a strong academic and professional background in fishery science, fish bioenergetics, fish stock assessment modelling and marine conservation.  Familiar with fisheries of all sizes across a diverse range of marine ecosystems including tropical, temperate and artic environs, Ivan’s knowledge of fish species and fishing methods is exceptional.   Ivan leads a number of MSC and RFM fishery certifications and pre-assessments including: Pacific Albacore Tuna, Scotia Fundy Haddock, Gulf of Saint Lawrence Snow Crab, Alaska Salmon and Pacific Halibut.  Of note, on behalf of WWF-Canada and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor), Ivan lead a pre-assessment of Newfoundland’s Northern Cod Stock. This was part of a collaborative project to improve fishery sustainability through attaining MSC certification.  This project seeks to reverse the current state of this fishery stock; largely regarded as one of the world’s most iconic, fishery stock decimations resulting from decades of unsustainable over-fishing. SAI Global delivers audits and certification to the world’s leading seafood standards; MSC, Alaska RFM, Iceland RFM, G.U.L.F RFM, GAA BAP, ASC, Global GAP, IFFO RS, Organic as well as the full suite of GFSI benchmarked and relevant supply chain standards such as BRC, IFS and ISO, CoC and internal retail/customer specific standards.  SAI Global seafood personnel are sector and program specific specialists in seafood.  Academically accomplished and professionally adept, the team are courteously objective and passionate about the business of seafood sustainability.  Established in 1979, international membership organisation SoFHT supports the work of food industry professionals involved in all aspects of food hygiene.  The SoFHT Awards, as judged by a panel of experienced industry professionals celebrate outstanding achievements by businesses and individuals to food safety and sustainability. Good Business Consulting rebrands as Pure Public Relations 2016-11-15T22:30:38Z good-business-consulting-rebrands-as-pure-public-relations PR firm Good Business Consulting is changing its name to Pure Public Relations. The change more accurately reflects the company’s move away from marketing and business consulting to a refined service offering and commitment to providing best practice across the spectrum of communication for small and medium-sized businesses, charities and not-for-profits. “There aren’t many PR firms that only offer their services to small and medium-sized businesses, charities and not-for-profits. It requires a customised approach, agility, and an understanding of the unique constraints that these organisations face. “We believe that the size of a business or not-for-profit organisation should not determine the quality of advice, service, and results it receives. However, we continually see these organisations not being able to access the expertise that big budgets could. So we focus on outcomes, not outputs – it’s pure and simple,” said Phoebe Netto, founder and Managing Director, Pure Public Relations. PR must tie in with marketing and business goals to be truly beneficial. Pure Public Relations’ success is in its ability to choose a program that makes business sense to each client, without distraction. While the business will draw on the services of contractors in marketing, design and technology when required, its focus moving forward will be purely on public relations. Additionally, Pure Public Relations doesn’t have interns or junior staff working on campaigns and relies on the expertise and support of experienced senior consultants and contractors. “Consequently, if a PR opportunity is not of any benefit to clients, we have the experience and confidence to say no. We reserve our time and our clients’ budget for the public relations that achieve tangible outcomes,” added Ms Netto. Clients include tradespeople, charities, health professionals, consulting firms, retailers and education providers. “We understand small business, because we are one. And we understand charities and not-for-profits thanks to our experience as volunteers and our regular pro bono work for charities,” explained Ms Netto, who is also a member of the Red Cross NSW Divisional Advisory Board. - ENDS - News: NCI welcomes 40% boost in computational capacity from January 2017 2016-11-10T04:07:13Z news-nci-welcomes-40-boost-in-computational-capacity-from-january-2017 Thursday November 10 2016 - The National Computational Infrastructure, NCI, has today announced that XENON Systems has been awarded the contract to supply a Lenovo NeXtScale system as an extension of Raijin, NCI’s current peak facility, which was commissioned in 2013. In a competitive procurement, NCI selected XENON for multiple reasons. As well as offering the best value for money, NCI had confidence in Lenovo’s space-efficient platform and in XENON’s capacity to commission the system in readiness for 2017. As researchers’ requirements for access to high-performance compute (HPC) capability continue to grow unabated, the new Lenovo system will help NCI to meet this demand by providing a 40% increase in capacity. These upgrades to NCI’s HPC capability, together with the planned 2017 replacement of the oldest of the global parallel filesystems, have been made possible with the generous support of the Australian Government through the 2015-16 Agility Fund of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), together with matching co-investment from the NCI Collaboration of research organisations. The new facility will enter production in January 2017, and will extend vital advanced computational services for national research and innovation through NCI. Both existing and new researchers and research organisations will benefit, with the additional resources providing better access and improved job waiting times. Just as importantly, the injection of contemporary technology, in the form of Intel Broadwell series processors and the last generation interconnect, will ensure Australian researchers enjoy continued access to an international standard research HPC environment. The Lenovo system will complement the wide range of computational resources available through NCI and will provide a major boost in capability for users with high memory requirements. Key specifications for the Lenovo NeXtScale system, which will be integrated with Raijin’s fast filesystems, are: 22,792 Intel Xeon Broadwell 2690v4 processors 144 terabytes of memory, including 10 one-terabyte nodes Mellanox EDR 100Gbit/s Infiniband interconnect, configured as a “fat tree” About NCI NCI is a national provider of high-performance research computing and data services. NCI’s computational and data systems are tailored to meet the research objectives of the communities and organisations we serve, and comprise a highly integrated environment which includes Australia’s first petaflop supercomputer, a high-performance OpenStack cloud, and Australia’s highest performance filesystems, the capacity of which is 44 petabytes. NCI currently supports around 4,000 researchers undertaking over 500 projects. These researchers come from over 34 Australian Universities (including from more than 200 ARC- or NH&MRC-funded projects and 6 Centres of Excellence), science agencies including CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia which are undertaking R&D in areas of national priority, two medical research institutes, the Garvan Institute and Victor Chang, and an increasing industry user base. About XENON Systems XENON Systems is an Australian leader in High Performance Computing solutions. It focuses on providing tailored and innovative IT solutions to our clients that will enhance their business activities by delivering superior: high performance computing, server, storage and visual workstation technology. Its product portfolio is embraced by scientific, technical and creative communities to solve challenging data intensive computing and visualisation problems. About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including Motorola), tablets and apps. BREMONT IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 2016-11-09T23:23:43Z bremont-is-thrilled-to-announce-the-winner-of-the-australian-geographic-adventurer-of-the-year-award-2016 Bremont Watch Company is proud to present Michael Smith with a Bremont Supermarine S500 as the recipient of the Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award for 2016. Read about Michael's story here. We would also like to congratulate all the winners from the AG Society Gala Awards. Bremont is also offering the chance to win a trip for two to Bermuda for the America's Cup Qualifiers in 2017, click here to enter.  AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR 2016-11-09T23:22:28Z australian-geographic-adventurer-of-the-year On Thursday 27 October at the Sofitel Wentworth, the who’s who of Australian adventuring and conservation assembled to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have triumphed in areas of preservation and adventure.  Bremont was proud to be returning as a partner of the Australian Geographic Society Awards in 2016 for the third consecutive year. The AG Society, established in 1987 by Dick Smith, is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to supporting Australian environmental endeavours and honouring those that have achieved in the fields of adventure and conservation. To read the complete press release please click here Discover a different nature park in each book! 2016-11-08T03:11:48Z discover-a-different-nature-park-in-each-book Dr Richard Whitlow (Dr R) is the author of the Walkabout series, a fun and informative children’s picture book series. Readers of the series explore different botanical gardens and nature parks with the characters in the book. Along the way, the characters discuss the flora and fauna that the reader would discover in this garden. Full of not only pictures but scintillating scientific and botanical conversation, the vibrant books of the Walkabout series will entertain young readers. Each book contains a puzzle to engage inquisitive minds, using the new information they have learnt. For readers wishing to continue the journey of learning, a list of handy online resources is included at the end of each book. Dr Whitlow is a retired geographer and was inspired to write about gardens when he met a young ‘gardener girl’ who attended a talk he gave at his local library on native plant gardening. Following this, Dr Whitlow combined his love of geography, and the English language, to write the Walkabout series. Dr Whitlow delivers talks about gardening for young children at libraries. The Nerang, Helensvale, and Upper Coomera libraries are currently on his library visit list. He also delivers talks in places that are similar to those seen in the Walkabout series, such as botanic gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, and nature parks. ISBN: 9780994599650 (Blue Mountains) 9780994599674 (Mt Coot-tha) 9780994599698 (Bunya Mountains) Price: $10 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 210mm x 210mm Contact author: Contact publisher:        Website: BHP BILLITON AND HUNTER LIFE EDUCATION RENEW PARTNERSHIP 2016-11-08T01:16:11Z bhp-billiton-and-hunter-life-education-renew-partnership More than 3000 students in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires will continue to benefit from interactive health education programs supported by another three year investment by BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal. The $120,000 partnership will also ensure Healthy Harold, the loveable giraffe who is the face of the Life Education program, maintains a regular presence in the Upper Hunter. The funding enables Hunter Life Education to continue to encourage healthy lifestyles through a positive and fun learning experience for students at 13 local primary schools and five local preschools. The most recent investment builds on the success of the existing partnership between BHP Billiton and Hunter Life Education, to which more than $550,000 has been contributed by the company since 2005. Dawid Boshoff, BHP Billiton NSW Energy Coal General Manager, said the company recognises the value of providing young people with the opportunity to learn how to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. “Since the start of our partnership with Hunter Life Education, thousands of local students between the ages of four and 16 have taken part in programs in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires,” he said. “The programs emphasise the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and Mt Arthur Coal is proud to partner with an organisation that provides young people with such positive life lessons that will stick with them throughout their lives,” Mr Boshoff said. Sarah Gray, Hunter Life Education Executive Officer, welcomed the renewed partnership with Mt Arthur Coal and the program’s expansion into preschools. “With the help of BHP Billiton, Healthy Harold and our Life Education educators, will build resilience in young people by challenging their values and attitudes, expanding their knowledge and developing their skills,” she said. “Mt Arthur Coal’s three-year investment means that every child in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires has the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices. This program is especially important to the children of the Upper Hunter, as they are at higher risk of health issue such as, obesity and other health disorders when compared with national average. Our annual age appreciate programs will ensure students receive the best available prevention health education in Australia. “This is an opportunity that few communities are offered and the effectiveness of the education can be enhanced when the message is reinforced over time, across curriculum and within the home and broader community,” Ms Gray said. Further information on Mt Arthur Coal can be found at Further information about Hunter Life Education’s programs can be found at