The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-02T03:15:56Z Timber Sales Outlet in Brisbane Reminds Customers about Bushfire Safety 2017-03-02T03:15:56Z timber-sales-outlet-in-brisbane-reminds-customers-about-bushfire-safety Brisbane, QLD, 03 March 2017 - A lot of business owners talk about how they value their customers and their community. But some actually make the effort to serve their communities beyond the standard business/customer relationship. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, is a business owner who consistently does his best to help make his community better.Recently, on their company blog, Mr Kyle provided what has become an annual plea to those in his community to have a bushfire evacuation plan. Bushfires are dangerous. They can spread a lot faster than people think and many lives are lost because people didn’t have a plan and didn’t understand just how dangerous bushfires can be. According to Mr Kyle: “We love the timber business, but we love our family, friends and neighbours even more. So, once a year we like to remind readers of our blog about how important it is to have a bushfire escape plan ready. Bushfires can be deadly and it is important to know when to leave.”Mr Kyle continued: “ We are proponents of leaving as soon as it looks like you could be in danger. As far as we are concerned, there is no such thing as evacuating your home too early when a bushfire is on its way.”Every state in Australia has a reminder on its website to create a bushfire evacuation plan, practice it and execute it when the time is right. The basics may seem like “common sense” to some, but it is crucial to know what to do and when to do it.It is recommended that every household have a bushfire evacuation plan and that everyone in the household understands it. Most states recommend practicing it because it can save crucial minutes in a bushfire emergency.It is important for everyone to know their bushfire danger ratings. Those with elderly relatives or small children are advised to evacuate as early as possible. Those in areas at high risk for bushfires should know their nearest evacuation centres, bushfire safe places or meeting points. They should also know their locations and how to get there.It is also advised that anyone in the path of or near an active bushfire pay close attention to local TV and radio for updates. Most media outlets and emergency organisations now post updates on social media. According to Mr Kyle: “We think it is most important to have a cut and dried plan for leaving and execute it when the time comes. People tend to underestimate the danger of bushfires and think it won’t happen to them. The extra hours one gains by evacuating early can be crucial and can even save your life and those of your family.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Don’t worry about your possessions; you can always rebuild. But only if you are alive to do so.”Narangba Timbers is a timber sales outlet in the Brisbane area. They provide high-quality, ethically-sourced timber for the lowest prices in the area. They have been supplying timber fencing, timber flooring and timber decking materials to the Brisbane area for three generations. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Timber Decking Takes Over Brisbane 2017-01-30T02:52:27Z timber-decking-takes-over-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, January 30, 2017 - To many, it seems like timber decking is mandatory for every house in the Brisbane area. While it isn’t really a requirement, it is easy to understand how so many people feel that way. Indeed, many homeowners who don’t have timber decks but have enough room are planning on having one in the future. Timber decks are a natural for Brisbane’s climate. They provide a great place to entertain friends or to just unwind from a hard day of work. Many Australians have used timber decks to create alfresco living areas. Alfresco living areas don’t cost as much as expanding a home, but allow the homeowner to gain a sizeable amount of living space. Alfresco living areas can be as simple as a deck, a table and two chairs or they can come with all of the trimmings, such as a flat screen TV, a roof, flyscreens, BBQ, a fridge and even a full kitchen or a pizza oven. People who love to entertain friends, neighbours and relatives are more likely to build alfresco living areas. Not only are they a lot of fun and a great place to entertain or just “hang out,” they keep all of the mess outside. It is no wonder so many people in the Brisbane area have built their own alfresco living areas.Timber decking can also enhance a home’s appearance and value. Besides the added living space, timber decks make a home look more inviting and tend to add more money to the selling price. They can also enhance the appearance of the landscaping and both can be integrated into the other. Timber decking can be used for verandahs, balconies and as a transition from the swimming pool to the pool house. When other features such as lighting or timber planters are integrated into a timber deck, it can turn a drab garden into an exciting one.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, who supply timber decking materials to the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle:“Relaxing or entertaining on timber decks seems to be the Australian national pastime. We have helped numerous homeowners get their DIY timber decks up and running in record time. We have a display deck where customers can see what different varieties and combinations of timber and different finishes look like. They can also get design ideas from our website or at our service facility.”Mr Kyle continued: “We are committed to providing the finest customer service possible. We have helped complete novices succeed on their first projects and produce professional looking timber decks. We have all of the timber you need to build a timber deck. We also carry all of the hardware you need. We even carry deck oil and a variety of finishes.”Mr Kyle concluded: “All you need for the perfect timber deck is a positive attitude and a willingness to work. We’ll supply you with the rest. And we’ll save you money doing it.” Narangba Timbers provides timber decking and other timber products to the Brisbane area. They offer a full range of timber for building and DIY projects. Their customer service staff, often known as “decks-perts,” have an incredible knowledge base and are dedicated to providing the best customer service in the business. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Local Supplier Stunned by the Popularity of Timber Flooring on the Sunshine Coast 2017-01-23T04:51:42Z local-supplier-stunned-by-the-popularity-of-timber-flooring-on-the-sunshine-coast Brisbane, QLD, January 23, 2017 - According to a timber flooring supplier in Narangba, timber has become the material of choice for an increasing number of Sunshine Coast residents. Timber flooring has been around for centuries but never seems to lose its appeal. Carpet and tile have become popular over the years, with many designs becoming trendy, only to disappear or become “dated” when something else becomes more popular. Timber flooring, however, looks a lot like it did hundreds of years ago and never seems to go out of favour.Benefits of Timber FlooringFor most homeowners, the main choices are between carpet and timber. While kitchens and bathrooms often have tile, carpet and timber are the main choices for the other living areas of a home. Timber flooring offers a number of benefits over carpeting.According to most people who have timber flooring, one of the biggest benefits is its aesthetic. Most timber floor owners feel that nothing can provide the “look” or beauty of a high-quality, well-maintained timber floor. Timber provides a natural, timeless, prosperous appearance that is unmatched by most carpet or tile designs. While timber does provide an air of prosperity and was once seen as only affordable by rich people, timber is increasingly affordable and is the most cost-effective flooring material over the long term. Timber costs a bit more at the beginning, but it doesn’t have to be replaced every five years like carpet. While both carpet and tile tend to degrade in appearance with time, a well-maintained timber floor actually looks better with age.One of the biggest benefits of timber flooring over carpet is that it is so much more sanitary and easy to clean. Carpets are often described as a “magnet” for dust mites, fleas, cat litter, fungi and a host of parasites. These can be mostly removed by vacuuming, but vacuuming ends up forcing a lot of dust mites and other parasites into the air, where they are breathed in by residents of the home. This can be an extreme bother for those with allergies.Timber flooring is easy to clean and maintain. It just needs to be swept and mopped. Spills need to be wiped as soon as possible. The finish needs to be maintained long term. Timber is a cleaner, safer surface for everyone in a home. Even if one doesn’t have pets, the air in a well-maintained home with timber flooring will always be of better quality than that of a home with carpeting.Timber Flooring Wins the Day on the Sunshine CoastMore and more Sunshine Coast homeowners are choosing timber as their surface of choice for all areas except the kitchens, bathrooms and dining areas. Trends may come and go, but timber flooring will probably be around in the next millennium.Narangba Timbers supplies timber flooring from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. They offer a wide variety of Australian and imported hardwood for businesses, builders and homeowners. They carry timber flooring, timber fencing, timber decking, structural building timber and a host of miscellaneous hardware and building supplies. To learn more or to talk to a customer service agent, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. 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: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. 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: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z 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 SNACKABLETV.tv 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 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T06:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Lawson and Lovell Building Services Celebrate Success at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2016-10-18T11:06:56Z lawson-and-lovell-building-services-celebrate-success-at-the-2016-hia-csr-nsw-housing-and-kitchen-bathroom-awards Lawson and Lovell Building Services celebrated their success at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards on Saturday night. The Curl Curl based company won the HIA NSW Custom Built Home $1million - $2.5 Million partnered by Smeg Australia for their project at Mosman. Judges said, “This is a beautifully designed home showing great attention to detail throughout. The house shows brilliant workmanship and construction with a seamless design with simple & modern finishes showing the difficulty in construction.” Congratulating Lawson and Lovell Building Services on such an outstanding achievement, HIA Executive Director - NSW, David Bare, said the awards recognise excellence in housing innovation, material selection, design, construction and services to the NSW residential building industry. “HIA is committed to recognising the outstanding achievements of our members. It is encouraging to see that support and commitment to excellence for these awards has yet again been remarkable. Each year a high calibre of entries is presented, reflecting the exceptional standard HIA members place on workmanship, innovation and design thereby raising the bar and making the judging all the more difficult.” “Major winners tonight can look forward to progressing to HIA’s national awards next year and we wish them every success.” The awards were held in front of a sell-out audience at The Star. Special guests included HIA’s National President, Ross Lang; HIA’s Managing Director, Shane Goodwin; HIA’s NSW President, Cathy Inglis; and Paul Manks, Regional General Manager, CSR Lightweight Products. The MC for the evening was comedian Shane Bourne. To open the evening, there was a performance by Takoiz and following the awards presentation, guests were entertained by the Groove Academy. The Association’s awards were a tremendous display of the housing industry’s capacity, innovation and resilience in a very busy NSW residential market. The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is the leading industry association in the Australian residential building sector, supporting the businesses and interests of builders, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, building professionals and business partners. For further information contact: David Bare, HIA Executive Director, NSW – 0418 924 127 Lisa Harris, HIA Communications Executive - 9978 3326 Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Lawson and Lovell make the Final Four in Two Categories in the 2016 HIA-CSR Awards 2016-10-14T03:10:52Z lawson-and-lovell-make-the-final-four-in-two-categories-in-the-2016-hia-csr-awards Media Alert 14th October 2016, Sydney, Australia, Northern Beaches based building team, Lawson and Lovell have been successfully judged as finalists in the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. Lawson and Lovell have been nominated as finalists for the following categories: Custom Built Home $1million - $2.5 Million For the project at 10 Kiora Avenue Mosman 2088 Custom Built Home $600,001 - $1 million
 For the project at 83 Queenscliff Road Queenscliff 2096 Phil Lovell states: “It’s an absolute honour to be a finalist in this year’s HIA awards in 2 categories. The quality of the projects entered in NSW is amazing. To make the final 4 is something that I’m immensely proud of.” John and Phil love to think outside the square. That’s why architectural building has appealed to them and drives their passion for building. They thrive on the challenge of taking a difficult concept and working together with architects, engineers and clients in order to deliver beautiful homes. John Lawson says: “"Lawson and Lovell would not be where it is today without the support and trust Phil and I have developed over the years as business partners.We are both motivated to reaching greater heights in the building industry and are committed to upholding a professional, highly respected name in the industry". The Awards take place on Saturday 15 October 2016 at The STAR, Pyrmont. *** For high resolution photos of Lawson and Lovell's work or for interviews, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com About Lawson and Lovell: Lawson & Lovell Building Services, a certified member of the Housing Industry Association, specialise in premium quality building works. Our high standards have gained us a reputation as builder’s of choice on the Northern Beaches and North Shore of Sydney. Our 10 years of experience and team of skilled & reliable tradespersons ensure we provide high quality, yet affordable renovations, additions & complete re-builds that are customised to our client’s needs. We have a commitment to great customer service that is on time and within budget. http://www.northernbeachesbuilders.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/lawsonandlovell/ https://www.facebook.com/LawsonandLovell/ Merbau a Popular Choice for Timber Decking in Brisbane 2016-10-10T05:48:09Z merbau-a-popular-choice-for-timber-decking-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 10 October 2016 - Timber decking is one of the most popular large DIY projects for homeowners in the Brisbane area. According to one timber supplier, Merbau may be the most popular timber of all for timber decking. Merbau is also called Kwila and grows in northern Queensland, most of Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. It provides a rare combination of strength, durability and aesthetics. This makes it suitable for a number of projects besides timber decking. It is also used in structural engineering, residential construction, marine applications, furniture making, timber flooring and outdoor projects such as balustrades, rails, pergolas and exterior stairs.The heartwood is the most popular timber taken from Merbau. It is a combination of orange, yellow and brown when first harvested, but as it ages, it deepens and acquires a reddish hue. Its grain is both wavy and interlocked, giving it a distinctive aesthetic that is unique among timber species.Merbau takes well to any finish, but most prefer a deck oil or a light stain over paint, because paint covers up the natural beauty of Merbau. Merbau affords natural protection against everything that usually attacks timber decking in the Brisbane area: lyctid borers, termites, rotting and bushfires. While Merbau is highly rated for both strength and durability, it is easily workable with hand tools. This makes it a lot easier for timber decking and other projects on that scope, but it also makes it much easier for furniture, balustrades and smaller projects such as cabinetry. Merbau is also a popular choice for timber windows and doors. Many Australians are choosing to replace their spec home aluminium windows and doors with timber to give their homes a more modern, prosperous look while visually and aesthetically integrating their homes into nature by making timber more prominent in their homes’ interiors and exteriors.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, who are timber suppliers for timber decking and other projects in the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle: “Timber decking has always been a popular project among Brisbane area homeowners and Merbau is one of the most popular choices in building materials.” Mr Kyle continued: “We love Merbau because there is nothing like the look of a perfectly done timber deck made of Merbau. That reddish-brown colour and unique grain structure are so distinctive that people who know timber can spot it instantly. Merbau is so beautiful that paint isn’t necessary. In fact, most people choose to use a clear finish or a very mild stain to make sure the colour, the grain and the depth come through.”Mr Kyle concluded: “There are plenty of great timbers to use for timber decking and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. But a lot of homeowners feel that none of them match the quality and beauty of Merbau.”Narangba Timbers provide timber decking, timber flooring, timber fencing and other timber materials to the Brisbane area. As a third generation family business, they pride themselves on providing the best customer service in the timber business. They are also known for high quality timber at low prices. To learn more or to speak to customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Rottnest Island native quokkas sprinkle positivity around the globe 2016-08-10T21:00:00Z rottnest-island-native-quokkas-sprinkle-positivity-around-the-globe Allan Dixon has one of the strongest selfie games in the world. Being dubbed “The real-life Dr Dolittle”, content maker Allan Dixon has become a social media sensation worldwide with his heart-warming yet hilarious animal selfies captured on his travels. Dixon has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to release a photo book about quokkas.   The 29-year-old Instagrammer has travelled around the world and mastered the art of taking animal selfies. His portrait mates varied from domesticated dogs, chickens, and horses to wild kangaroos, koalas, camels, and even a Diamond Python.   Three years ago, Dixon’s selfie with a quokka – a small and extremely cute marsupial from Rottnest Island, WA with a photogenic grin on its face has sparked a quokka selfie trend. Since then Dixon has been sharing adorable quokka images every Monday on his Instagram account @daxon and is now set to bring happiness to more people with his quokka images.   “Having taken so many photos of quokkas and never printed anything in my life, I only want to put something out that people will actually love and will affect their lives in a positive way. I hope The Quokka Book is both of those things,” says Dixon.   The adventurer and photographer further explains his quokka book initiative, “The core theme of this book is about sharing positivity. I want to remind people to smile, laugh and, most importantly, to think about doing what makes them happiest.”   The king of the animal kingdom is originally from Ireland, but he is now calling Australia home.   “The Quokka Book will be a 96-page full-colour hardcover book filled with quality photos of Australia’s cutest creature that I have taken over the last two years as well as some never before seen images. It will be printed 35kms from the quokkas’ home in Perth, making it a genuine high quality Aussie product.”   For more information on The Quokka Book or to support the crowdfund campaign please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daxon/sending-happiness-worldwide-the-quokka-book    -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Recent Studies Prove Health Benefits of Timber 2016-05-30T04:05:50Z recent-studies-prove-health-benefits-of-timber Brisbane, QLD, 30 May 2016 - The environmental benefits of timber are well known, but a recent report by a group called Planet Ark indicates that timber brings numerous health benefits to the table, too. The report is called “Wood – Health, Housing, Humanity.” It is part of a campaign called “Make it Wood.” The campaign is to raise awareness for World Wood Day, which happened in March. Planet Ark is a world environmental action and education group located in Australia. They run under this motto: “Positive Environmental Actions for Everyone.”Their report cited numerous benefits of timber for physical health, the environment, housing, education and mental health. Below are a few of the benefits.Health Benefits of TimberOne of the immediate benefits of timber is that it increases the amount of oxygen in our air. That helps us breathe better and makes us healthier. The other main benefit, which will be explored in greater detail, is that being around timber decreases stress, both mentally and physically. When stress is decreased, it creates a number of benefits for the body. Blood pressure goes down, heart rate goes down, respiration rate goes down and even cholesterol goes down. When all of these numbers go down, it actually increases cognitive awareness and ability.In Japan, 14 test subjects sat in a room with a steel panel and a timber panel. Both were covered by a curtain. When the curtain was lifted away from the timber after 20 seconds of baseline measurements, blood pressure and heart rate decreased. When the curtain was removed from the steel panel after the same 20 seconds of baseline, blood pressure and heart rate increased.In Austria, test subjects slept on a Stone Pine bed for 21 days. Then, they slept on an imitation timber bed for the same period of time. Their heart rates decreased 3600 beats per day when they slept on the timber bed.44 residents of a nursing home in Japan were provided with timber tables, timber chairs and timber tableware. Other residents used similar products made of plastic. The elderly residents at the timber tables were more talkative, interacted more, communicated with more positive words and were generally more positive and optimistic about everything.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers in Brisbane. According to Mr Kyle:“We were happy to see the results of the report right there on paper with indisputable references. Really, though, they didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know or at least suspect. Timber products just make people feel good. There is nothing like the smell of fresh timber in the morning while working on a project.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Sit on a timber deck for a few hours. Then sit on a concrete porch with no trees in sight. You will learn for yourself how much timber grounds us and relaxes us. That has to be healthier than being stressed out.”Narangba Timbers are the most trusted timber suppliers in Brisbane. They carry a complete line of timber for all projects, from the smallest shelving to the largest building. They are known for their world class customer service, high quality and low prices. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T00:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T22:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | emma@houseofrusher.com