The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T05:01:42Z MODE wins big at the 2017 NT Architecture Awards 2017-06-22T05:01:42Z mode-wins-big-at-the-2017-nt-architecture-awards Darwin’s architectural community gathered on Friday 16 June for the annual 2017 NT Architecture Awards, with MODE taking out the prestigious Tracy Memorial Award for the Bullocky Point Education Precinct. The project was dubbed “a work of the Northern Territory” and also picked up an Education Architecture NT Chapter Award and the Award for Interior Architecture, making it the most awarded entrant. MODE’s design of the Bullocky Point Education Precinct involved landscape architecture, interior design, architecture and wayfinding to deliver a cutting-edge environment for staff and students to advance their studies. The purpose-built, flexible distance education facility is located within the grounds of Darwin High School and provides a unique opportunity for students of both schools to interact. Fundamental to the projects mission, was improving outcomes for remote and regional learning, through a space that would offer state-of-the-art technology and an expanded distance education capacity. MODE’s Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar, was also awarded the 2017 Student Prize (supported by the Liveris Family) on the night, along with MODE receiving a commendation for the innovative Asbuild Office Fitout under the Small Project Architecture category. To view a list of all award winners, go to: ---End---   Award Details for MODE: ·         The Tracy Memorial Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Educational Architecture: NT Chapter Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Interior Design Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Small Project Architecture Commendations for Asbuild Office Fitout ·         MODE Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar won the 2017 Student Prize Award Conscious Club Presents Happiness with Dr Saamdu Chetri 2017-06-15T07:29:05Z conscious-club-presents-happiness-with-dr-saamdu-chetri Sydney, 15 June 2017: On Wednesday 28th June, Conscious Club, Australia’s leading community for positive causes, will welcome Dr Saamdu Chetri, the Director of The Gross National Happiness Centre of Bhutan, to their June event at Bondi Pavilion.   According to science, happiness occurs when chemicals like endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are released.   Dr Saamdu Chetri, however, defines happiness as “living in harmony with nature, living in harmony and balance with others around you and being in touch with yourself and your own wisdom.”   Since 1971, the country of Bhutan has prioritised its citizen’s happiness over economic growth. In the last 20 years Bhutan has doubled life expectancy, enrolled almost 100% of its children in primary school and overhauled its infrastructure.   Bhutan citizens meditate once a day, conserve traditional values rather than accumulate materialistic things, care for their environment, remain carbon neutral, ensure 60% of their landmass remains under forest cover, protect their wildlife, care as much for their neighbours as they do for their immediate families and all educational facilities are green.   Conscious Club Co-Founder Gary Gorrow will be interviewing Dr Chetri and exploring how happiness can create the conditions for social, economic, environmental, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.    Key event details:   What: The Conscious Club’s Happiness event with guest speaker Dr Saamdu Chetri. When: Wednesday 28 June 2017 Where: Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia Tickets: $79.00 (optional delicious vegan gluten-free meal for $15) available online at What else? Deliciously refreshing locally made kombucha will be provided by Trolley’d, Sydney’s first bar embracing the qualities of sustainability, native Australian, foraged and local organic produce. Nourishing goodies will also be provided by Loving Earth chocolates.   Media: For interviews, information or images, contact Sarah Thompson at GoodFit Global: or 0420 892 450.   Talent available: Dr Saamdu  Chetri – Director of The Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan. Conscious Club Founder Gary Gorrow (volunteer) - Voluntary CEO Clair Jennifer (volunteer) -   About Conscious Club   Conscious Club are a community of thinkers, storytellers, community partners and friends who celebrate the enlightened side of life. A non-profit organization, it was founded in Australia by two leading meditation teachers, Gary Gorrow and Tim Brown, with entrepreneur Clair Jennifer as the voluntary CEO.   The collective mission is pure; to create a movement of likeminded people, to inspire them to Do Good for themselves, each other and the earth by spreading conscious messages throughout. This is achieved by building the community through social media outreach and creating regular inspiring events and films.   Conscious Club’s regular events artfully weave together an upbeat social connection time during a nourishing healthy meal. A group meditation is held to lift and spread the collective energy, renown inspirational speakers share their enriching knowledge and stories, musicians play soul-stirring music, and thought-provoking films are screened, forging a sense of camaraderie amongst guests. Global influencers who have appeared at Conscious Club include Deepak Chopra, Jamie Durie, Ronnie Kahn and Sarah Wilson along with artists and musicians like Xavier Rudd and Ben Lee.   What makes the Conscious Club special is its community. The club is free to join, everyone is welcome and it’s where great friendships are ignited. Conscious Club connects humans on the same mission and path in life - living life less ordinary.   Join the conversation with Conscious Club online:   Conscious Club website Instagram Conscious Club Facebook Conscious Club Twitter Conscious Club Youtube Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: Melbourne named 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year 2017-06-14T23:17:10Z lighting-melbourne-city-2017-intelligent-community-of-the-year Along with its long-running standing as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne has claimed the title as the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year, conferred by the Intelligent Community Forum. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s smart-enabled landscape with more works now underway to futureproof Melbourne’s lighting domain.  Since his presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016, Ironbark Sustainability’s Business Manager Alexi Lynch has seen a plethora of changes in the smart control street lighting domain. Councils have moved beyond the innovator phase of technology adoption to an early adopter phase where more mature discussion can transpire concerning smart lighting controls and smart cities, says Lynch. Public lighting guidelines, policies and strategies set out by councils are increasingly taking into consideration smart city elements, controls and networks with the Federal Government’s $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program investment.   Technology trials and pilots are underway in most major centres with Victoria leading the way, in an Australian-first, network-wide, smart street lighting system for councils that includes thousands of smart-city enabled LEDs for Melbourne. The City of Ryde is a notable case study as the fourth largest CBD in Australia located in an local government area with residential and city smart controls installed over two years ago. Anthony Ogle is the Asset Systems Manager for the City of Ryde, responsible for the operations of city roads, streetscapes, street lighting, stormwater and local civil infrastructure for the City of Ryde. Since 2002, the City of Ryde has seen public street lighting through public domain upgrades with Multi-Functional Poles (MFPs) by developers as well as underground metered circuits. The Council is currently converting existing MFP’s to LED with smart controls. The work of Dr Fred Watson, Head of Lighting and Environment at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, raises awareness of light pollution concerns associated with LED lighting. Dr Watson will be presenting at the Summit which also plays host to Ironbark Sustainability’s Managing Director Paul Brown among a range of local and international lighting specialists who will profile major developments in the lighting sphere. Following his well-received appearance at the Summit in 2016, Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance Executive Director Bob Parks is presenting up-to-date information on quality public lighting design at the 2017 edition of the Summit. Parks showcases real-world examples to emulate, as well as those to avoid. Florida Power & Light is undertaking one of the largest smart street lighting projects in the world. The utility is expected to implement nearly half a million networked energy-efficient LEDs with 75,000 lights already installed. Florida Power and Light’s Principal Lighting Engineer, Joe Hancock, reflects on the challenges in delivering North America’s largest street light control network. Instrumental in the provision of Auckland Transport’s inventory of 105,000 street lights which represent a third of all those in New Zealand, Technical Principal of Lighting Design from New Zealand Opus International Consultants, Andy Collins, delivers a trans-Tasman perspective on energy efficient street lighting. Australia’s premiere symposium on smart lighting, smart cities and the Internet of Things, the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit underscores the industry’s commitment to developing innovative and intelligent lighting solutions. The Summit takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th and 14th of September 2017.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit   MODE's Design Scores 6 Star Green Star Rating 2017-05-23T04:53:31Z mode-s-design-scores-6-star-green-star-rating MODE was part of the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) project team, which has received a 6 Star Green Star rating for sustainable construction from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for the flagship building at the Springfield campus. The $45 million building was designed by MODE to integrate and connect both the developing infrastructure and existing buildings.  Architecturally, the design supports an innovative and digitally connected learning environment, including simulated learning and research spaces. The completed space has enabled new course offerings in Education, Allied Health and Nursing, Engineering and Construction.  With a forward thinking design solution, the USQ Education Gateways Building (EDGY) design focuses on key aspects; the establishment of a strong urban edge, visual connection of internal/external aspects and innovation.     USQ’s Associate Director, Simon Pearl, said MODE contributed to the innovation achieved through built form, mass and scale, reflective of the existing surrounding context, with the flexibility to facilitate future developments. “MODE played a vital role in the Design Development, Construction Documentation and Construction Services for this project and ensured the success of this flagship teaching facility,” said Mr. Pearl. The education team at MODE was delighted to hear of the success as the building was originally awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating but pushed to gain the 6 Star Green Star rating upon completion of the build. MODE’s Education Leader and Director, Andy Pham said the building was pivotal in establishing the industry standard and providing this new building was a key component of the university’s strategy for expansion and enrichment of student participation for generations to come. “From day one the team at MODE understood the nature of the time and budget constraints of the project and genuinely committed to meeting design and subsequent procurement milestones within very tight timeframes, whilst still meeting our requirements in regard to quality, functionality and aesthetic dimensions. Even though there were substantial changes to the client brief late in the construction process, the education team took this in their stride, ensuring that the program remained on time and within budget,” said Mr. Pham. MODE’s commitment to the design and construction improved operating efficiencies and reduced energy consumption, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the building and the overall environmental impact enabling USQ to become a driver of regional development. MODE welcomes experienced Studio Manager in Melbourne 2017-05-22T03:41:08Z mode-welcomes-experienced-studio-manager-in-melbourne MODE Design is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Studio Manager, Terry Mason, to the Melbourne team. Terry Mason brings to MODE a wealth of knowledge and experience, gained over more than 30 years working at Associate, Associate Director and Director level with major local practices including Denton Corker Marshall, Carr Design, Bates Smart and Cox. Following on from his role as Director at McIldowie Partners, Terry’s appointment to MODE comes at an exciting time for the organisation, benchmarking on his successful delivery of numerous education projects across Melbourne, country Victoria and New Zealand. Terry says his passion for working in the education sector includes showcasing how buildings and surrounding environments can teach through expression and demonstration – organisationally, environmentally, structurally and artistically. In addition to being Associate in Charge and Project Architect for the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Terry has been instrumental in leading teams in delivering significant commercial, residential and recreational projects. Some of these include proposals for the Melbourne Grollo Tower, Docklands Stadium, Village Docklands, the La Trobe University Sports Park Precinct master plan review, a major residential, commercial and retail town planning submission in South Yarra, along with other residential and commercial developments throughout Melbourne, Queensland and New Zealand. In the coming months, MODE plans to secure and further develop unique projects from the Melbourne studio. With Terry on board, the studio will be planning for the long term by building on the existing project base, while growing the office confidently across a broader range of sectors and varying project sizes. ---End--- Other portfolio experience for Terry Mason includes: ·     -  Blue Sky project at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch, won through an international competition for master plan expertise, with four new building completed including a Learning Resource Centre, Science Building, Humanities and Student Services Building and a Music and Theatre Arts Centre ·     -  Five new buildings at Ballarat Grammar (featuring a VCE Centre, Early Learning Child Care Centre, Multipurpose Hall and an Agriculture and Environmental Interpretation Centre) ·     -  Two new buildings and two major refurbishments at Lowther Hall, including a Science Centre and the substantial re-imagination of Sampford House for Years 7, 8 and 9 ·     -  New four-stream Junior School for Overnewton Anglican Community College ·     -  The Capitol commercial and residential development, South Yarra, Melbourne ·     -  Collins Square, Batman’s Hill, Melbourne Docklands ·     -  Pool boutique resort development, Port Douglas, Far North Queensland ·     -  Three luxury residences (two in Port Douglas and one in Brighton, Victoria) ·     - 101 Collins Street, Melbourne curtain wall package ·     -  91-97 William Street, Melbourne construction phase ·     -  Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia document and construct commission ·     -  Numerous submissions for other commercial and educational projects across Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand View Terry Mason's profile: 28 y/o entrepreneur talks about her sustainable swimwear line and how she is saving our oceans one bikini at a time 2017-05-22T00:33:25Z 28-y-o-entrepreneur-talks-about-her-sustainable-swimwear-line-and-how-she-is-saving-our-oceans-one-bikini-at-a-time Sunshine Coast Environmental Scientist and Founder of sustainable swimwear label, OceanZen Bikini uses an innovative and sustainable fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets from the ocean, whilst communicating conservation for the oceans. Founder, Steph Gabriel, says she’s “saving the ocean, literally one bikini at a time”.    “The ocean is heavily polluted with marine debris – with predominately plastic items that don’t biodegrade” explains the environmental scientist. “Millions of tonnes of rubbish is dumped into our oceans every year and research shows that only 1 in 5 plastic bottles actually get recycled after single use. OceanZen swimwear is taking marine debris and transforming it into beautiful swimwear for ocean lovers to enjoy the sea, plastic – free.”Sunshine Coast local organised a fun, community awareness event with an important message about the impact of household waste on our oceans last Saturday.  The ‘OceanZen SeaChange’ event raised awareness around how much waste one household can produce in just one week, and how this is impacting our fragile oceans by asking participants to turn their household waste (plastic bags, milk cartons, shampoo bottles etc) into a swimsuit.  I would love for you to consider an interview with me about what I am trying to achieve with OceanZen and can also speak about the below topics: Making Waves: How this 28 y/o is saving our oceans, one bikini at a time Waist Not Want Not: How what you wear around your waist can limit our waste and impact our oceans Swimming Against the Current: Five tips from the sustainable beach babe on how to limit your waste and save our oceans More about Steph Gabriel:Steph Gabriel and OceanZen has been making waves in the media, and even caught the attention of Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive entrepreneurial program, which will help the OceanZen mission of marine conservation to reach an international level. Gabriel will be crowdfunding with awesome rewards on offer to pledgers for the month of May and ING Direct have supported her mission and the opportunity for a fellow Aussie to meet Sir Richard Branson by donating $15,000 to the crowdfund, providing Steph reaches the $40,000 tipping point (if not their donation will be withdrawn). By donating to the crowdfunding, you will be helping to clean the oceans, save marine and life and shape a healthier future for generations to come.  Head to to see our campaign  For more information, visit ENERGYLAB ACCELERATION PROGRAM, THE FIRST IN AUSTRALIA DEDICATED TO CLEAN ENERGY STARTUPS, OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND INTAKE 2017-05-15T20:21:31Z energylab-acceleration-program-the-first-in-australia-dedicated-to-clean-energy-startups-opens-applications-for-second-intake Australia’s first business accelerator program dedicated to developing clean energy startup companies has opened applications for its second intake less than two months after launching. In April this year EnergyLab launched its Acceleration Program focussed entirely on helping startups working on innovations integral to achieving a 100% clean energy future. The four companies to join its first cohort span solar, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and buildings with low embodied energy. Now applications are opening for a second intake of companies to the Acceleration Program. “The progress we’ve seen in EnergyLab’s first cohort in just six weeks is inspiring and has given us confidence that there is a real need for support tailored towards clean energy startups,” said Piers Grove, Executive Director of EnergyLab. “Being in a position to see the great diversity of clean energy startups in Australia is one of the best things about this job, and we can’t wait to see who applies for this cohort.” Jobs for NSW CEO Karen Borg said: “The private-sector led, NSW Government supported Jobs for NSW provided a $120,000 grant to support the fitout and first year operating costs of EnergyLab, to help create Australia’s first startup accelerator program focused on developing the state’s renewable and advanced energy sector. It is fantastic to see EnergyLab now achieving positive progress in developing emerging  clean energy technology companies for what is an exciting growth industry of the future.” Companies accepted into the program receive a suite of support services to accelerate their development and increase their chances of success. Mentoring is a big focus of the program, with startups meeting with a business coach weekly and gaining access to a large network of mentors. The Clean Energy Seed Fund, managed by Artesian Venture Partners, will invest at least $50,000 in each startup and provide significant support in raising further capital. The fund, established by Artesian in April to foster the innovation ecosystem in Australia’s Clean Energy sector, has received a cornerstone investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. During the program startups receive free rent in EnergyLab’s coworking space, alongside other clean energy companies. This is made possible by support from UTS, who host EnergyLab in their historic Blackfriars campus, in the middle of UTS’s evolving startup precinct.  EnergyLab’s program is differentiated from other accelerators in Sydney by focussing specifically on the unique needs of startups working in the energy industry. Best practice from cleantech accelerators around the world was sourced in the development of the program, including input from Climate-KIC, who have significant experience running similar programs in Europe.  Applications for the second cohort of the Acceleration Program are now open and will close on July 9. Selected startups will be announced in August before starting the program in September. For more information and to apply visit  SA Powering Ahead with Energy and Defence Innovations 2017-05-09T23:26:48Z sa-powering-ahead-with-energy-and-defence-innovations A $20 million virtual power plant (VPP), the largest of its kind in the world, is currently undergoing trials in South Australia. Once completed, the project will be made up of 1000 connected batteries. The trial, a public-private investment between AGL and the federal Australian Renewable Energy Agency, follows in the wake of SA’s power crisis which has seen power stations shut down across the state. Customer concern about the state’s energy reliability has prompted retailer AGL to increase the storage capacity of solar batteries that will be installed across Adelaide. The VPP will prove extremely valuable during periods of peak demand such as in the case of severe weather events as it will equip AGL with the ability to direct power from the battery to customer’s homes or into the grid, effectively crowd-sourcing energy. When completed, the VPP installed in homes and businesses across metropolitan Adelaide will have an output equivalent to a 5MW solar peaking plant. This major project will go a long way towards alleviating some of the challenges associated with supply pressures experienced in times of high demand. AGL Executive General Manger in New Energy, Elisabeth Brinton has worked across energy, technology and agriculture sectors to grow companies and lead innovation. Brinton brings her considerable expertise to the 10th Annual South Australia Major Projects Conference 2017 where she will address attendees on the benefits of the VPP project to both customers and the electricity market. The South Australia Major Projects Conference will also profile the flagship Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) which is expected to form the backbone of defence in Australia in years to come. With Australia’s national security and $1.6 trillion economy dependent on secure sea lanes, the SEA1000 program will deliver an affordable and sustainable submarine capability of critical strategic importance to the nation’s maritime security planning.   SA’s Techport Australia, the nation’s premier naval industry hub, is the centre of naval shipbuilding for the Future Submarine program. The largest defence procurement in the nation’s history, the Future Submarines program, is an investment of more than $50 billion in Australia’s security. The project will transform South Australia’s economy and drive innovation across a range of sectors. Key project infrastructure is also being targeted by the state, including the Future Submarine Design Centre and Combat System Design Integration and Test Facility. A Future Submarine Technical Office based in Adelaide is already working on the project, drawing in expertise from around the world. Defence SA Chief Executive Andy Keough will illuminate developments on the Future Submarines program, at the 10th Annual South Australian Major Projects Conference which will be held on the 25-26 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit Project Management and Construction Reporting Cornerstone of Commercial Marine Solutions 2017-05-08T10:01:53Z project-management-and-construction-reporting-cornerstone-of-commercial-marine-solutions Melbourne, Victoria — Commercial Marine Solutions (CMS) is passionate about creating innovative, practical, and cost-effective design and consulting solutions for the marine industry. Project Management and Construction Reporting are the cornerstones of their operations and forms the basis of their ISO9001:2015 accreditation.The project management landscape is always changing and shifting. According to 4 PM and Capterra, 70% of projects fail and three-quarters of projects fail because senior management doesn’t get involved. CMS seeks to avoid these costly pitfalls. Detail-oriented management matters and makes all the difference in whether a project is completely efficiently or even at all. Commercial Marine Solutions manages each and every naval architecture project to ensure that the final—whether that be design or consulting—meets their clients’ expectations. CMS also provides expert project management and financial skills in assisting other organizations within the marine industry to ensure projects are financially viable and will be delivered on time. Commercial Marine Solutions aims to use a requirements-based methodology that ensures a design is right the first time.For more information on their process, please visit:  ### For more information, please contact:Sean Johnston294 Warrigal Road Glen Iris 94292628+61414506989 Release of Papua New Guinea Real Estate Survey 2017 - By 2017-05-08T06:18:42Z release-of-papua-new-guinea-real-estate-survey-2017-by-hausples-com-pg, Papua New Guinea’s leading real estate portal, is excited to share the results of the 2017 Real Estate Consumer Sentiment Survey. The survey sheds light on crucial information vital for property industry professionals such as Government authorities, developers, investors, insurers, financial institutions, personal home hunters, and real estate agents. The survey was distributed over various digital and physical channels to over 2,000 respondents in both Papua New Guinea and globally; this is likely the most comprehensive real estate survey in PNG history. Most respondents were citizens of Papua New Guinea, coming in at roughly 91% of the total, whilst international respondents came from a diverse range of countries including Australia, America, China, Philippines, and Malaysia. Survey respondents were reasonably evenly split between males and females and ~70% of respondents were over the age of 30. The most prevalent professions of respondents were government (19%), banking and finance (13%), oil and mining (13%) and real estate and construction (6%). Most respondents lived with a partner (husband or wife). believes the demographics of the survey represent a highly accurate snapshot of Papua New Guinea society and the sample size of over 2,000 people provides statistical accuracy of over 97%. Survey questions were divided between the rental and sales markets, financial literacy and the real estate industry generally. In terms of the rental market, ~45% of respondents are considering renting a property over the next 2 months, confirming that demand for rental housing is incredibly high. Perhaps surprisingly, nearly 40% of those seeking rental accommodation have a preference for condos/apartments, with the next most popular property type being PNG-style houses (timber framed, high set buildings). Roughly 45% of respondents are prepared to spend over k2,000 per month renting and 40% consider that renting is either somewhat affordable through to very affordable. This should give apartment developers in the capitals continued confidence of ongoing demand throughout the price spectrum, but particularly for affordable styles of housing.    Property purchase is now an extremely high priority for Papua New Guineans, with over half of respondents (55%) stating an intention to purchase over the next 12 months. Sentiment toward housing is also extremely buoyant with 61% of people believing that now is a good time to buy a home. This is despite (or perhaps even the result of) a highly prevalent belief that property prices have increased over the last 12 months (67% of people). As distinct from renters, purchasers clearly prefer PNG and Western style houses (30%+ and 28% respectively), with condos being preferred by just 7% of respondents. Port Moresby is by far the most popular locale for property hunters, with 80%+ respondents seeking to buy in or around the Capital, followed by Lae, East New Britain and Madang.    Purchasing power and financial literacy are also rapidly improving, indicating that steps taken by both the Government and private enterprise, such as the First Home Ownership Loan Scheme, are having a positive effect. Whilst 70% of home hunters intend to spend less than K500,000 on their next home, a substantial proportion (20%+) will spend between K500,000 - K1 million, and 10% will spend K1 million or more. 85% of people are prepared to contribute a deposit of 10% or more toward their purchase and 77% indicated that they will fully insure their future home. These results confirm very positive sentiment toward home ownership, the prospects for the real estate market and rapidly increasing financial literacy. Those in the real estate, construction and financial services sectors should be encouraged by these results. However, whilst there is clearly substantial demand for housing, supply clearly remains highly constrained. This is evidenced in respondent's primary concern for the real estate industry as “land tenure and the availability freehold land” (over 60% of respondents). Indicating that Papua New Guineans are well aware of the complexities of the country’s customary land tenure system and the pressure this places on the availability of land for purchase. notes the Government’s efforts to increase the availability of land for purchase, particularly in the affordable spectrum. There are between 5,000 - 6,000 new homes forecasted to be built in Port Moresby over the next 18 months, with up to 50,000 additional homes slated to be build by 2020. These comprise major government initiatives such as the National Housing Commission’s mega-development at Duran Farm which will comprise 44,000 dwellings (standalone 2-3 bedroom houses). There are also some other smaller private developments such as Mediterranean Apartments (48 units comprising bedsit and 2 - 3 bedroom homes), Community Housing Limited’s proposed development at 9 Mile (160 stand alone 3 bedroom houses), and larger developments such as Edai Town which comprises 300 homes (2 - 3 bedroom homes). This increased supply, when coupled with novel housing initiatives such as the First Home Ownership Loan Scheme and the National Superannuation Fund’s Housing Advance Scheme are excellent positive steps in allowing ordinary Papua New Guineans to purchase a home. It is extremely encouraging to see the present efforts to address the housing shortage. These efforts are clearly increasing people’s positivity toward homeownership, education with respect to financial literacy, and general sentiment toward PNG’s property market. All of these factors bode well for the future of PNG’s real estate market and people’s prospects for living in a home. hopes that Government authorities, those in the real estate and construction sphere and the financial services sector will use the data contained 2017 Real Estate Sentiment Survey constructively and to the advancement of the Papua New Guinea’s real estate market. The full survey can be downloaded at: Buddy Commences Pre-Sales of Ohm Product with Australian Customer Roadshow 2017-05-08T01:56:23Z buddy-commences-pre-sales-of-ohm-product-with-australian-customer-roadshow - Pre-sales of Buddy’s new energy monitoring and verification platform, Buddy Ohm, officially commence today - Introduction to Ohm events being held for potential customers, distributors and partners, holding live demonstrations in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney - Buddy Ohm enters full scale manufacturing this week; first shipments to arrive at Buddy’s offices mid-May - A new component of the Ohm family is to be introduced at IoT World in Santa Clara, California, dramatically expanding the size of facility that can be monitored. 8 May 2017 – Melbourne, VictoriaBuddy Platform Limited (ASX: BUD) (“Buddy” or the “Company”), the Internet of Things (“IoT”) data management, processing and control platform, today began a week-long roadshow around major cities in Australia, offering live demonstrations and a chance to meet the Buddy team, for potential customers, distributors and partners of the new Buddy Ohm product family. In launching this sales roadshow, Buddy is formally commencing pre-sales of Buddy Ohm in Australia. Commercial availability will be just after mid-May when units are delivered from the Company’s manufacturer in Asia. During the launch event for Buddy Ohm back in late March, the Company gave guidance that commercial availability would be in mid-May, and the team is pleased to report the product release remains on-schedule. Registered attendees of the customer roadshow include representatives from major utilities, retailers, commercial real estate owners and operators, property managers, facilities managers for food and beverage companies, along with smart cities researchers. New Buddy Ohm Family MemberTuesday May 16 sees the opening of the 2017 IoT World event in Santa Clara, California, and Buddy will once again be exhibiting. The Company can preview that it will launch a brand new member of the Buddy Ohm family – a device to substantially increase the size of facility and number of sensors that can be managed and verified by Buddy Ohm. This new component has been developed in response to customer discussions that detailed the need for Ohm to work in larger (or taller) facilities, or those with geographically distributed electrical panels, gas, and water meters. Commenting on the roadshow, Buddy Platform CEO David McLauchlan said, “We’re very pleased to be introducing Buddy Ohm to potential Australian customers on our roadshow this week. The early and positive feedback we’ve had here is demonstrating the tremendous opportunity Buddy Ohm has in this market – we can’t wait to begin customer deployments in the coming weeks.” About Buddy Buddy Platform Limited (BUD.ASX) provides highly scalable data aggregation and management infrastructure that helps extract the maximum value from city wide sensor and device data, by connecting systems that were never designed to work together. Services like The Buddy Platform are the backbone of smart city initiatives around the globe, allowing for maximum flexibility and cost savings. The company also offers a complete and low cost solution for facility resource monitoring and verification, called Buddy Ohm which helps turn energy savings into a strategic asset. Buddy Platform is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices in Adelaide, Australia. For more information, visit ### Media:Ben GrubbMedia & Capital PartnersPhone: +61 (0)414 197 508 Buddy Platform Contact:Brian Seitz, VP of Marketing and CommunicationsPhone: +1 (206) 745-9079Email: Matter first-to-market with Cat-1 LTE cellular mobile enabled IoT 2017-05-02T07:14:26Z matter-first-to-market-with-cat-1-lte-cellular-mobile-enabled-iot Melbourne, Australia – 27 April 2017 – Australian tech start-up Matter launches first-to-market IoT Gateway integrating Telstra’s 4G LTE Cat-1 Network. Over the next decade the Internet of Things (IoT) is predicted to transform entire industries. An estimated 30 billion connected devices are expected to be deployed by 20251 for a range of applications including utility meters, vending machines, automotive (fleet management, smart traffic systems, real time traffic information to the vehicle, security monitoring and reporting), medical metering and alerting. Matter is pioneering the use of IoT technologies to democratise the energy market, with ‘Solar for Rentals’, a low-cost meter-to-cash service that enables property investors to sell solar power to their tenants. o keep service costs down, onsite meter data has been backhauled to Matter’s cloud via the tenant’s Internet connection, limiting the market to properties that have Internet and requiring Matter to manage intermittent network availability. The integration of LTE into Matter’s IoT Gateway broadens the market and positions the company to extend its service offerings to other IoT and Internet of Energy applications. “I am pleased to announce that we are releasing a new IoT gateway that provides our landlords and tenants with connectivity to a mobile network, just like your phone” says Chris Mrakas, Matter CEO & Co-Founder. “This new capability will increase the grade of service, reduce reliance on tenant Internet connectivity and improve quality of service when remote support is needed.” Matter’s IoT Gateway Matter’s meter-to-cash service encompasses the monitoring of solar and grid energy usage at rental properties, generation of a bill for the tenant and remittance of payments to landlords. This requires installing real-time monitoring technology at a property and the transportation of data back to the cloud. Matter's IoT gateway is the workhorse that provides connectivity to onsite meters and sensors, data buffering and compression, and connectivity back to its cloud-based billing applications. The IoT Gateway showcases the power of cutting edge technologies including Wi‑Fi, ZigBee and Bluetooth in an IoT architecture. The addition of 4G LTE Cat-1 provides a low-cost, secure and scalable alternative backhaul communications mechanism in addition to a property’s Internet connection.  “This development provides our landlords with a cost effective, ‘always-on,’ IoT service over mobile networks,” Mrakas says. “By not relying on a site’s internet connection, Matter can now deploy its service to any property.” New Developments “Our customers have been asking us for mobile connectivity for a while,” says Mrakas “but the high cost of ‘regular’ 4G made this commercially unviable.” A number of developments have made an LTE enabled IoT Gateway possible: 1.     Telstra’s deployment of LTE Cat 1 in Australia - Following Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile in the USA, and NTT DoCoMo in Japan, Telstra’s new 4G LTE Cat-1 Network (Long Term Evolution Category 1) network is capable of delivering data rates to support real IoT use cases. With throughput speed capped at 10 Mbps it is significantly less complex and less power hungry than 4G, making it perfect for IoT applications like Solar for Rentals that need moderate amounts of throughput, nothing like video on demand. 2.     More affordable data plan pricing - Telstra’s new 4G LTE Cat-1 data network is also considerably cheaper than 4G and these cost savings mean it is now feasible for Matter to bundle data in its monthly subscription cost. 3.     A new IoT Operating System - Matter over-hauled their connectivity backbone to exploit Cat-1. Developing a more advanced operating system for the gateway has significantly reduced data usage whilst maintaining quality and accuracy.  Using IoT to improve energy security An important application for IoT is to help transform the energy market with ‘behind the meter’ services including household battery storage, energy management and local energy trading. IoT provides a critical layer of real-time data, control and communications. With real-time control and predictive analytics capabilities, Matter’s technology platform has been architected to automatically optimise usage of solar, battery and grid electricity without affecting the consumers at a property. “With 4G LTE Cat 1 we can easily extend the number of IoT devices we manage in a property, providing new and exciting services over our gateway and using our own communication network. This is a very positive development on our product road-map.” “This intelligence when deployed to Australia’s 2.6 million rental properties has the potential to create significant value for property investors and renters, as well as assist in securing the nations energy security,” says Chris Mrakas. Strategic Manufacturing Partner   Matter has worked in partnership with SRXGlobal to develop and manufacture the IoT Gateway together with Matters other associated devices. “SRXGlobal’s complete turn-key manufacturing capabilities and their focus on quality and process controls has proven invaluable in supporting the development of our product range. The partnership with SRXGlobal is an important element of our technical and delivery capability” says Mrakas. Joe Browne, Executive Chairman of SRXGlobal, adds: “We are excited to be working with Matter in the dynamic and emerging domain of IoT technologies. In particular, the challenges being faced by consumers in the Australian energy market today makes the launch of IoT Gateway very timely.” Availability Matter will be installing LTE enabled gateways on the Telstra network from May 2017. 1 Source: Machina Research, May 2015   About Matter Solar panels collect energy. Matter lets landlords sell it. Matter is an Australian-based technology start-up and the emerging leader in Solar for Rentals. Our service enables landlords to monetise solar by charging their tenant for daytime electricity generated from their roof. For tenants this means lower prices and clean electricity. Whilst deployments are growing, a third of society who rent can’t get access to solar. Our goal is to use technology to help make energy cheaper and cleaner for everyone. For more information, please visit About SRXGlobal Headquartered in Sydney, SRXGlobal is a leading and long-established Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering full box-build solutions including design, engineering and manufacturing services to industrial, medical, automotive, telecommunications and defence OEMs. SRXGlobal helps customers design, build, ship, and service electronics products with a presence in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. This international footprint provides design and engineering solutions that are combined with core electronics manufacturing and logistics services, dovetailing neatly into customer operations by lowering costs and reducing time to market. For more information, please visit ENDS LED Lighting Dominates Public Street Lighting Strategy 2017-05-02T02:53:54Z led-lighting-dominates-public-street-lighting-strategy Street lighting is central to an urban centre’s infrastructure. The City of Ryde in NSW is currently undertaking LED retrofit projects with smart control LED technology. The technology is proving to be superior to older lighting technologies in reducing energy consumption and improving lighting management. Moving away from outdated technologies towards smart-controlled LED lighting yields a whole host of benefits from helping cities to save on lighting expenditure, improving lighting efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. In 2014-2015, The City of Ryde council commenced deploying LED Retrofit projects with smart controls. The City of Ryde council’s aim is to convert existing lamps to LED with smart controls as well as require all new lighting to be installed with similar technology. Manager of Asset Systems at the City of Ryde –NSW, Anthony Ogle, is appearing at the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2017 to discuss the success story of the first two rounds of retrofitting. Ogle will profile what the current and potential market has to offer and benefits gained from smart control-equipped LED lighting. Lighting replacement works are also taking place in regional Northern Tasmania where six Tasmanian councils are working together to replace over 9,000 street lights in partnership with Ironbark Sustainability. The councils include Launceston, Meander Valley, West Tamar, Northern Midlands, Georgetown and Break O’Day. To discuss these works Craig Plaisted, Sustainable Developments Project Manager at Meander Valley Council joins Liam Seymour, Engineering Officer - Hydraulics, City of Launceston in a joint presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit. The Australian Smart Lighting Summit will host Ironbark Sustainability’s Managing Director Paul Brown to summarise the latest updates on energy efficient street lighting retrofit projects taking place across Australia along with updates on smart control uptake. Western Australia has also embarked upon energy efficient LED public lighting projects, with funding assistance from State and Federal Government. Council buildings and recreation areas, among other local government assets have been retrofitted with LED lighting. WA Local Government Association (WALGA) Environment Policy Adviser Laura Simes discusses LED technology in store for the state at the Summit. Head of Lighting and Environment at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, Dr Fred Watson will expound on his work on energy efficient lighting and light pollution in the dark sky realm. The presentation will address how well-designed outdoor lighting can reduce energy waste and improve the nocturnal landscape. The 5th Australian Smart Lighting Summit, profiling major street, outdoor, urban and public lighting, will convene in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th and 14th of September 2017.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit   The Pole House Makeover - Keystone Provides Amazing Acoustics and Looks 2017-04-28T02:29:22Z the-pole-house-makeover-keystone-provides-amazing-acoustics-and-looks Keystone, the company with 40 years of service providing one of the best quality ceiling, lining and wall panels, recently helped Kathi and Ray Adams renovate their iconic Seventies home into a modern abode. The company provided them Key Board Perforated Plasterboard to incorporate acoustic treatments and optimise the sound at their property Pole House, which is situated on the Great Ocean Road on Victoria’s Surf Coast. Keystone has a reputation for precision and product consistency. Their extensive list of eco-friendly and fully customisable fire rated options are excellent for construction of beautiful, functional and totally unique spaces. Key-Board perforated plasterboard panels offer superior sound insulation with excellent design flexibility. They are lightweight and easy to install. These acoustic panels can be integrated seamlessly with other plaster features. They are used in interior acoustic wall and ceiling systems for lecture theatres, cinemas and auditoriums, ceiling and wall feature panels. Kathi Adams said, “Updating a 70’s icon into the 21st century is not an easy task, so when we decided to renovate our beach place, The Pole House, on the Great Ocean Road on Victoria’s Surf Coast, we were keen to keep it’s iconic profile but to exploit the advantages that modern steel and glass technologies have to offer to enhance both internal ambience and the spectacular views along the coast, which stretch from the Aireys Inlet Split Point Light House to well beyond Lorne.” Ray Adams said, “Adding a large, three bedroom home (also primarily made of steel and glass with a polished concrete floor throughout) on the cliff overlooking the Pole House, with a large, open plan living environment only added to the challenge.” “The trouble with glass, concrete, steel and wide open space is that they are not kind to internal acoustics and being tragic audiophiles, with a range of ultra-high end stereo and home theatre equipment we knew we needed to incorporate acoustic treatments into both houses to optimise the sound,” Ray added.  Kathy said, “We engaged an acoustic consultant who specified the use of a variety of ceiling and wall treatments, all supplied by Keystone Acoustics which delivered not only amazing sound, but also gave us a finished look that is stunning.” “Catherine Pomiecko, Project Manager at Keystone Acoustics worked with us from the beginning and provided exceptional service and advice, which resulted in a look and quality of sound that has not only met, but exceeded our expectations. Thank you Catherine and Keystone for adding your special magic to our home,” Kathy said.  Keystone can be contacted for information on their products and meeting specific acoustic requirements by calling (02) 9604 8813. Email queries can be addressed to Catherine Pomiecko, Project Manager & Specifications at  To know more about Keystone - Key Board Perforated Plasterboard: