The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-01T00:00:02Z Evocities - debunking the myths about regional city living 2017-06-01T00:00:02Z evocities-debunking-the-myths-about-regional-city-living Generous community spirit, a rich cultural life, an abundance of career opportunities and access to state-of-the-art services are just a few of the many advantages NSW regional Evocities - Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga - have to offer. Just ask Evocity relocator, Tracy and Peter Nugent who, only last year, moved from their Stanhope Gardens home in Sydney to the NSW North West city of Tamworth. “We haven’t looked back,” said Tracy. “Tamworth has everything we need for our lifestyle and more. It’s both big enough and small enough for us and we’ve been welcomed into the community with open arms.” After deciding they needed a city change, Tracy and Peter started looking for a place that could offer them rewarding career opportunities, a relaxed lifestyle as well as access to all the modern conveniences and services they were accustomed to in Sydney. “For us, work was definitely an important factor. We wanted to make sure that if we moved, we still had rewarding jobs to go to each day,” said Tracy. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before the perfect opportunity came up and Peter was able to take on a position in Tamworth that was of the same stature and remuneration as his role in Sydney. Tracy beamed: “The move has been great for us. Peter was basically able to transfer to Tamworth so we haven’t experienced much of a change in income but we have enjoyed a significant decrease in our cost of living, not to mention we have found all this time to do the things we enjoy.” With a background in office administration and work, health, and safety it didn’t take long before Tracy was also able to secure a position in Tamworth, just around the corner from her husband’s work in fact. “It’s so nice, we get to catch up for lunch once a week,” she says. “We would never have been able to do that in Sydney.” Since their children and families are still in Sydney being able to get back easily was another important factor for the Nugents when deciding to relocate. “In Sydney, even though our children and families are both there, it was always hard to make time to see each other. Since we’ve moved to Tamworth we see each other almost as often because we have time to make time and travel is not an issue. It’s an easy drive and with daily flights of only an hour each way we can be down and back in a day if we need to,” said Tracy. Having access to high-quality health services, including a state-of-the-art hospital; museums, galleries and world-class events was just the icing on the cake for Tracy and Peter when they moved to Tamworth. “It wasn’t a big culture shock at all. The community is so wonderful, there is always something to do, or something see. There is a real rural atmosphere, but a cosmopolitan feeling, we’ve absolutely got the best of both worlds here.” As one of the six largest regional centres in NSW, Tamworth is a dynamic and progressive city boasting lifestyle, education, and employment that are the envy of many metropolitan cities. Evocities spokesperson, Councillor Kevin Mack said: “It’s great to see people like the Nugent’s bringing their skills to regional areas and making the most of the opportunities Evocity living has to offer.” “With a median house price under $310,000, key employment and business opportunities, Tamworth, like our other Evocities, boasts quality lifestyles, affordable housing, diverse employment and tertiary education opportunities, unique shopping, leisure and dining offerings, and access to high-quality schools and health services. What more could you want?” Since the campaign’s launch in 2010, Evocities has attracted more than 469,140 visits to Evocities.com.au and more than 1.8 million visits to evojobs.com.au and had over 2,900 households relocate to the Evocities. Further information about the Evocities campaign can be found at www.evocities.com.au. To view career opportunities available across the Evocities visit www.evojobs.com.au. Note to editor: For Evocity relocator stories please contact Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications on 02 6766 4513/ 0438 197 559 sara.crowe@c7even.com.au Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed 2017-04-26T07:35:48Z our-step-by-step-guide-to-choosing-the-right-shed Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed Does your property need a shed? If so, the following is the step by step process we use to make sure our clients always pick the right one. What Do You Need Your Shed For? This is the most basic question you can ask when picking a shed for your property. However, there are all kinds of reasons you could be in the market for one. There may even be more than one reason. Maybe you just want an area to store an extra vehicle or two. Maybe you want space for a workshop. Again, maybe you want both. Generally speaking, the types of sheds we offer at NWSM are: Residential Multipurpose/Workshop Sheds Structural/Steel Sheds Keep in mind that each of these shed types represents countless options, so even if you don’t know which would make the most sense, we can help you decide based on your needs. Understand the Relevant Laws Unfortunately, you can’t just pick the type of shed you want and then get busy constructing it. There are a number of different laws that determine which types of structures are allowed in which areas. The good news is that, at NWSM, we’ve been doing this since 1998. Amongst other things, this means we understand all about these regulations and know the type of paperwork required in order to build all the different types of sheds we specialize in. Now, that being said, sometimes, you may find that the shed you want just isn’t an option because of local rules. You may have to build your shed elsewhere, or we can help you pick a different kind that will be acceptable to the local authorities. Think About Materials and Other Needs You May Have As we mentioned above, we offer a wide range of sheds, so once you have a basic model chosen, you can also think about what kinds of extra features you may wish to add on. For example, if you’ll be keeping a large vehicle indoors, one popular add-on is a roller door. A personal access door would probably still be a good idea, though. Other popular options include: Downpipes Gutters Thermal Insulation Windows Wall Vents Roofs There are also the materials to think about. Depending on what you have in mind, zincalume or colorbond may be perfect. Thanks to our 17+ years of experience in this field, we’d be happy to make recommendations. We understand that most people don’t have time to do all the research required to make the best possible choice when it comes to designing a shed. Preliminary Blueprints Once we understand what it is you need from a shed, in terms of both functionality and materials, we’ll get busy on creating a custom blueprint for you. This way, you can see exactly what you’ll be getting before you give your approval and we get started on the actual construction. At NWSM, building sheds is something we’ve done now for nearly two decades. The process we just outlined will make sure you pick the right version for your unique requirements. Whether you choose NWSM or not, feel free to follow our process for your project. Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. Announces Appointment of Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director 2017-04-03T23:52:44Z hitachi-australia-pty-ltd-announces-appointment-of-atsushi-konishi-as-managing-director-1 Sydney, April 4, 2017 – Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mr. Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director. Mr. Konishi succeeds Mr. Hitoshi Ishihara, who has served as Managing Director since March 1, 2010. Mr. Ishihara will assume an advisory role for Hitachi, Ltd. in Japan, where he will focus on the APAC region. Both appointments are effective April 1, 2017. Mr. Konishi started his career at Hitachi in 1981 in the company’s International Sales Division. Most recently, he served as General Manager of the company’s Global Sales Operations Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Power Business. “We are delighted that Mr. Konishi will join the Australian business. Over the course of his 36 year career with the Hitachi Group, Mr. Konishi has held various managerial positions, and has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of power and infrastructure systems,” said Deputy Managing Director of Hitachi Australia, Mr. Anand Singh. “Mr. Konishi has undertaken assignments in Singapore and the Middle East, and he also led the International Strategy Division where he was responsible for Asia, China and Australia’s business strategies,” said Mr. Singh. In serving as Managing Director of Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd, the regional headquarters of Hitachi Ltd., Mr. Konishi will oversee all of Hitachi’s initiatives in the region including its Social Innovation Business — which the company is committing $1.25 billion AUD towards by FY2020. “I am honoured to assume the position of Managing Director in Australia and lead my team in achieving growth for the company’s businesses within key Australian industries,including mining, transportation, healthcare, public safety, and agriculture,” said Mr. Konishi.    “The opportunity to expand Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by leveraging the company’s vast and unique OT and IT expertise is enormous. It is a very exciting time for the company, particularly with the advent of our R&D activities in the region coupled with our efforts in the primary sector.” “I am also looking forward to working with Hitachi Australia’s talented team in what is a mature market,” said Mr. Konishi. - ends - About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totalled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.  Aboriginal Housing Company to host Community Consultation evening on the Pemulwuy Project 2017-03-07T00:39:12Z aboriginal-housing-company-to-host-community-consultation-evening-on-the-pemulwuy-project Sydney, Tuesday 7 March 2017 – The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) will host a community consultation evening on Thursday 9th March 2017 to discuss the Pemulwuy Project. The community consultation evening is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Pemulwuy Project, including the proposed increase in student accommodation, and to ask questions. Key representatives from the AHC, Architects Turner & Associates, and student accommodation company, Atira, will present at the community consultation evening. AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said the community consultation evening would provide a forum for the community to gain a better understanding of the Pemulwuy Project “We are looking forward to sharing AHC’s vision and plans for the Pemulwuy Project at the community consultation evening. We are committed to providing the community with a clear understanding of the project and why the model we have proposed enables the AHC to continue to deliver on its core business objective of delivering affordable housing to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said. Please note that due to cultural sensitivities, there will be no broadcast or recording equipment permitted on premises. Please find below an agenda of the evening’s proceedings. Should you wish to attend the public consultation event, or arrange an interview opportunity immediately following the event, please contact media@heardagency.com or (02) 8279 7878. Please note, only pre-arranged interviews will be granted on the evening. -ENDS- About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. Pemulwuy Project set to deliver much needed affordable housing and student accommodation for local area 2017-03-01T02:54:50Z pemulwuy-project-set-to-deliver-much-needed-affordable-housing-and-student-accommodation-for-local-area Sydney, Wednesday 1 March, 2017 – The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is proud to be addressing two very important community needs as part of the Pemulwuy Project in Redfern. The Pemulwuy Project will be delivering on the AHC’s core business objective of providing affordable housing for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and provide much needed student accommodation to Sydney. According to a 2016 study conducted by global real estate firm Knight Frank, Australia is experiencing a significant undersupply of purpose built student accommodation. In NSW, this undersupply of high quality, affordable accommodation is projected to sit between 74,763 and 99,275 much needed student beds by the end of 2020 – and 404,700 nationally. The initial Pemulwuy Project plan was approved in 2012 and included both affordable housing and a student accommodation precinct. As part of the AHC’s recent Pemulwuy Project SEARS application (its development approval amendment application) an additional 368 student rooms have been proposed, increasing the number of rooms from 154 to 522. This increase in student accommodation reflects the change in government policy over recent years to support higher density housing to address the challenges of undersupply, particularly in the student market. In addition, as a result of the increase in the number of student rooms, the Pemulwuy Project will be delivered in one stage, providing immediate benefits to the local community. The AHC has a significant connection to the University of Sydney through the late Col James, who was a renowned architect and academic in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Col was a long time friend of the AHC dating back to the 70s whose vision for the Pemulwuy Project was to ensure housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the future – a vision that the AHC shares. The student accommodation precinct at the Pemulwuy Project will be named after Col James and will include an allocation of beds available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said the proposed model allowed the AHC to contribute to both vitally important community issues. “Our core business objective is to provide affordable housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” she said. “For the AHC to continue to be in a position to provide this service, we need to have the financial stability to do so. We can think of no better way to achieve this stability than to also be contributing to another vital community need in student housing.” “In this respect, the board of the AHC is working with specialist student accommodation company, Atira, to explore how best to service the local student community.” “Atira is a good fit because of their vision to deliver the benchmark in student accommodation and we are extremely pleased to be working with them to deliver quality student accommodation.” Damian Haber, Founder and Director of Atira said, “Atira is pleased to be working with the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) and their advisors on the student accommodation precinct. We look forward to being able to share our experience in student housing and to working collaboratively with the AHC, supporting them as they realise their core objectives for the Pemulwuy Project.” As part of the Pemulwuy Project community consultation process, a Community Information Event will be held in March 2017. For further enquiries please contact media@heardagency.com or 02 8279 7878. -ENDS- About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. Winner of international design competition brings children’s village to life in Kenya 2017-02-06T04:35:12Z winner-of-international-design-competition-brings-children-s-village-to-life-in-kenya A winner has been chosen from 45 designs submitted for a unique international design competition to masterplan and design a new eco-village for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya. Launched in October, the One Heart Foundation international design competition offered architects the life-changing opportunity to design a children’s village in the Provence of Soy, Kenya for the foundation following the success of their first village in Turbo. The winner of the competition is Edric Choo and a team from the young architectural practice O2DA based in Malaysia. Edric Choo says he entered the competition to show how architecture can be about more than just good design by positively contributing to society and helping to improve lives.  “The inspiration behind the design was creating a place where the children who will live there could feel at home. We took reference from native architecture and local materials and created a setting where they could find a sense of belonging and happiness,” said Choo. In a truly global challenge, Choo’s design was chosen from 45 submissions by individuals and teams across 21 different countries including Australia, the USA, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Estonia, South Africa and Kenya. An international panel of judges, which included the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya John Feakes, Breathe Architecture founder Jeremy McLeod, ClarkeHopkinsClarke partners Robert Goodliffe and Dean Landy as well as Kenyan educationalists, assessed the submissions before awarding the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Choo. The winning submission is a beautifully conceived and executed response to the brief, successfully achieving the competition’s two key objectives: to masterplan a holistic children’s eco-village with facilities such as homes, schools, farms and playing fields, and to create a unique design solution for each of these facilities. One Heart Foundation founder Dean Landy said “the competition was about bringing a new standard of design to the villages of Kenya, while providing an opportunity for our practice to work more collaboratively with students, graduates and other architects from around the world to help disadvantaged children and realise the impact good design can have on peoples’ lives.” The winners will now work with Melbourne-based architectural practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke to bring this unique, self-sustainable village to life. The completed village will provide homes to 100 orphaned children, first-class education to more than 500 local children, skills training to the surrounding community, and more than 50 local jobs. The Soy village will serve as a sister campus to the existing One Heart Village located nearby in Turbo which cares for 75 children and educates 200, and staff and resources will be shared across the sites. “We congratulate Choo and his team on their ability to bring to life our vision of a children’s village which will create a nurturing, welcoming and inspiring environment for the many children that will live there, while also being economical, sustainable and buildable.” Construction of the new village will commence in early 2018. The One Heart Foundation is now working on various fundraising initiatives to fund the first stage of the development. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to contact the foundation if they’d like to contribute to the development. To view images of the winning design, visit: https://goo.gl/8RMFgI For further information or to interview the competition’s winner please contact: Emma WhalanCommunications Collective03 9988 2300emma@commmunicationscollective.com.au About One Heart Foundation One Heart is a for-purpose foundation that was established in 2007 out of Australia and working in Kenya. One Heart’s primary focus is to change the future of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty in Kenya, and in turn see whole communities transformed through education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly, love. www.oneheart.foundation About ClarkeHopkinsClarke ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC) is an award-winning Melbourne-based architecture practice with over 55 years experience across the education, health care, aged care, mixed-use, retail, multi-residential, urban design and community development sectors.         The practice’s underlying philosophy is to create vibrant communities that have a strong sense of identity, and are a pleasure to visit and inhabit. www.chc.com.au Middle East Smart Lighting And Design Summit Shifts To Dubai 2016-11-21T08:45:37Z middle-east-smart-lighting-and-design-summit-shifts-to-dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 21, 2016: Continuing the success of the summit in Abu Dhabi this year, organizers Expotrade today announced the 6th edition of the Middle East Smart Lighting and Design Summit 2017 will be held in Dubai. Bringing together lighting consultants, designers, architects, engineers, developers and government officials from across the GCC, the sixth edition of the summit will be held on 26-27 April 2017 at The Oberoi, Dubai. The event will lay a strong emphasis on public lighting, urban lighting and street lighting along with smart controls & automation. The summit will see experts speaking on topics pertaining to connected lighting - the future of lighting industry for smart living; importance of lighting in sustainable design; the essence of new age lighting controls; enhancing led street light performance with smart control systems and planning your led retrofits to achieve maximum energy savings. Industry reports indicate that in 2015, GCC region’s LED market was worth US$900 million and over the next five years, the demand for LED technology is expected to grow by 16-17 per cent annually. The demand is fueled by government’s smart lighting initiatives undertaken across all emirates. It is expected that by the year 2018, RTA will replace all street lights in Dubai with LED lights. Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East said, “UAE leads the way in implementing smart public lighting initiatives that offer its residents an enhanced experienced of the city at night. The summit presents a platform to discuss all aspects pertaining to public, urban, street lighting and lighting controls and automation. At the 6th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Design Summit, leading regional and international speakers will present case studies on integrated urban lighting strategy implemented in other regions.” Experts including Tanas Khoury, CEO, Light Concept; Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer, KEO International Consultants; Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Executive Director Office, Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) are some of the speakers who have confirmed their participation at the summit in advance. The summit will also have leading lighting manufacturers showcase some of their most prominent products and applications to senior lighting consultants, designers and architects at the Smart Lighting lounge. The previous edition of the summit saw Bajaj Electricals, Philips, Façade Lighting, LCT-light stone, Telensa, ACS Wireless and Valmont to name a few, participate at the summit. At the close of the summit, Vyasan Bhaskar, Deputy Manager - International Sales, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, said, "It is a very well-coordinated event. It gave us an opportunity to interact on a one-on-one basis with several key personalities from the industry as well as from the Abu Dhabi City Municipality. Additionally, the topics covered at the event were very informative." More information on the summit is available now at http://www.lightingsummit.com/. Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MESLDS2017. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 15 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 patronized in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Fujitsu General awarded CHOICE Recommended on its split system air conditioners 2016-10-25T04:02:18Z fujitsu-general-awarded-choice-recommended-on-its-split-system-air-conditioners Australia’s favourite air, Fujitsu General, has earned the CHOICE Recommended badge on a range of its flagship reverse cycle split system air conditioners. Products are rigorously tested by the leading Australian consumer advocacy group, and are considered as Recommended by CHOICE when they achieve an overall score of 80 per cent or above. The qualifying Fujitsu General models and their overall scores are: The medium capacity ASTG18KMCA Lifestyle series system with an 82 per cent rating, The large capacity ASTG24KMCA Lifestyle series system with an 84 per cent rating, The large capacity ASTG30KMTA Lifestyle series system with an 84 per cent rating, and, The large capacity ASTG34KMTA Lifestyle series system with an 81 per cent rating. Dave Smith, general manager - sales and marketing, Fujitsu General, commented: “Fujitsu General is proud to receive this endorsement across a selection of reverse cycle split systems. It’s a reflection of a compelling offering in the market and our ongoing commitment to research and development, with products and features that perform as consumers expect them to. “The CHOICE Recommended products will be identified on our website and via point of sale material for all Fujitsu General retailers and dealers,” continued Dave Smith. The overall scores were based on ratings from four key areas: cooling efficiency, heating efficiency, airflow and yearly running cost. Enquiries: 1300 882 201, www.fujitsugeneral.com.au About Fujitsu General Australia Fujitsu General Australia is part of Fujitsu General Limited - a leading, global manufacturer of air conditioners. Proud to be ‘Australia’s favourite air’, Fujitsu General Australia has a product portfolio to suit residential and commercial applications. Rigorous research and development has resulted in an extensive range of world-class, stylish and energy efficient systems. Lighting the Way Forward at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016 2016-10-03T00:56:48Z lighting-the-way-forward-at-the-australian-smart-lighting-summit-2016 On the 6th and 7th of September delegates convened at the 2016 Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Now in its 4th season, the Summit once again brought together over 150 key lighting industry stakeholders, with lighting industry professionals ranging from engineers, architects, manufacturers, public sector representatives, road authorities, consultants and lighting designers. With a wide array of international speakers present, delegates heard from the likes of Principal Lighting Designer Kaoru Mende of Lighting Planners Associates in Japan. Mr Mende, who spearheaded Singapore’s lighting master plan, brought his 38 years of experience as a lighting designer to the topic of urban scale lighting. “Each city should have a unique lighting plan influenced by its local history, culture and architecture”, he said, emphasising Singapore’s cosmopolitan character and highlighting the importance of taking into consideration a city’s distinct features in planning and design phases. “Lighting technology always develops and cities have to renovate their lighting ideas and techniques as they grow globally,” Mr Mende concluded. The first day of the Summit capped off with the City Lights Tour, an urban discovery walk through the Melbourne Docklands, uncovering the city’s hidden treasures, public lighting, distinctive buildings and iconic public spaces. Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) Executive Director Bob Parks and Light and Culture Program Advisor Rik van Stiphout from the City of Eindhoven also headlined the Summit to discuss international case studies and lighting trends with interactive Q&A sessions and panel discussions.  A local perspective on the Summit came from Team Leader of Industrial Design at City of Melbourne, Ian Dryden, who sees the Summit as a “good format for resolving issues between distributors and councils and a forum for sharing ideas”. Focusing largely on the question of sustainability and smart, green lighting design into the future, according to Mr Dryden the Summit is a platform for industry leaders to “resolve sustainability issues by coming together and sharing knowledge”. The 2016 edition of the Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit was an overwhelming success, with Mr Dryden commenting, “The rooms seem to get bigger and bigger every year and better”. Throughout the Summit, a number of panel discussions featured highly experienced local and international speakers who addressed the issues at the forefront of the lighting community. Topics ranged from smart lighting solutions and street lighting replacement programs to lighting and safety perceptions, the impact of lighting on crime prevention and the role of lighting in creating safer and vibrant night-time economies. Summit delegates heard from Team Leader Paul Glennie in Strategic Planning, Transport & Waste Operations from Wellington City Council on the city’s intelligent street lighting solutions. Australia’s first intelligent street lighting trial project was also discussed by Team Leader in Business Solutions Sonjoy Ghosh from Adelaide City Council. The Summit also considered fascinating topics such as lighting pollution and the health impacts of exposure to artificial light at night with Principal Scientist and Director Dr Kellie Pendoley from Pendoley Environmental. The tensions between colour quality, luminous efficacy, and the desire to minimise light pollution in outdoor lighting were also discussed by Program Director Dr Wendy Davis from Illumination Design and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. For the first time since its inception, the Summit saw the presentation of the inaugural Delegates Choice Awards. Delegates voted on the most innovative product or solution and on the product they deemed to have the best design.  Traffic Technologies’ Aldridge Lighting Systems AERO V-LED was announced as the winner in the Best Design Award category for displaying uniqueness both in functionality and design, through democratic voting by industry peers and lighting experts at the Summit. The Australian designed and manufactured product is already widely in use across the country with over 3000 fittings installed in Victoria alone. Voted as most innovative and technologically advanced, High Lux’s Solar LED bollard, vandal-resistant and virtually indestructible, won the Most Innovative Product award. Delegates voted on whether the products or solutions on display at the Summit took existing technology to new levels and addressed issues of energy, effectiveness, budget restraints, operation and maintenance. The Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit, an immersive two day experience which included keynote presentations and Q&As offering unrivalled networking and learning experiences, convenes again in its fifth year in September 2017.  AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au LOCALS VOTE TO MAKE UNION PLACE THEIR HOME 2016-06-23T00:49:48Z locals-vote-to-make-union-place-their-home Sydney – 23 June 2016 - A strong sales result was recorded by developer, White and Partners, at the launch of Union Place, the residential development on the site of the Jannali Inn. Over $30 million of real estate was sold during the opening weekend, predominantly to owner-occupiers and first homebuyers from the local area.   The majority of sales were one and two bedroom apartments, but one lucky buyer hit the jackpot by snapping up the top floor penthouse. The three-bedroom prestige home, with sweeping views across Woronora River and north towards the Sydney CBD, went for in excess of $1.3 million, setting a new price record for apartments in Jannali.   George Ajaka, Partner & Head of Investments at White & Partners said Union Place appealed to local buyers for a number of reasons.   “Locals feel a strong connection with the site, which has been at the heart of the Jannali community for over 60 years. We were very pleased with the feedback from locals that they were happy to see the pub redeveloped into a new family friendly bistro with quality apartments. Our buyers like the idea of living at the heart of a strong community,” he said.   “It’s a great location, close to the train station with exciting growth potential – the planned station refurbishment and the potential for new retail will further contribute to the uplift of the area. This, combined with the high quality design from Mijollo Architects and extensive community areas on offer at Union Place caused a lot of excitement.”   Ray White Projects Managing Director Eddie Mansour said he expects the remaining apartments to sell quickly.   “It was great to see so many interested purchasers turn out for the sales weekend, especially in such bad weather. We anticipated a strong result but this exceeded expectations. With this level of interest buyers should move quickly if they want to secure one of the remaining apartments, as they won’t be available for long,” he said.   Union Place apartments feature high quality fixtures and fittings, including Caesarstone bench tops and European appliances in the kitchen, as well as Parisi tapware in the bathrooms and kitchen. Remaining one bedrooms are priced from $569,000, two bedrooms from $719,000 and three bedrooms from $969,000.   Construction of Union Place is expected to begin in October 2016 with completion due in first quarter 2018.   For more information on Union Place please call 1300 419 345 or visit unionplacejannali.com. The display suite is open from Wednesday – Sunday 10am-2pm at 557 Box Road, Jannali.   – ENDS –  Media enquiries: Natalie Cameron or Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014 5033/0458 755 898raywhite@decpr.com.au  About White & Partners White & Partners is a specialist Australian real estate investment firm with a commitment to enriching the communities in which they operate. With expertise across development in commercial, retail, industrial, residential and hospitality, White and Partners has participated in excess of $3.1 billion of developments since 2001.  About Mijollo Mijollo International is an architectural office with significant experience designing residential apartment projects. Their creativity is grounded in rigorous analysis, which results in exceptional design that is not only aesthetically striking, but also highly functional and sustainable.  About 360 Degrees Landscaping 360 Degrees Landscape Architects are committed to outstanding design with sustainable social, cultural and environmental outcomes. Their previous works are broad in scale and genre. 360 Degrees have designed and delivered a number of successful healing, leisure, learning, cultural, commercial, residential and public realm landscapes, as well as exclusive urban, regional and outback gardens.  Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T01:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ 2016 Infinite Value Award Nominations Now Open to the Construction Global Community 2016-05-31T23:32:40Z 2016-infinite-value-award-nominations-now-open-to-the-construction-global-community 01/06/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australia Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) has announced that nominations are now being accepted until 30th July 2016 for the fifth annual Infinite Value Awards. With the support of its partners, the annual awards program discovers, rewards and promotes a variety of National and International professionals and projects. Award winners will receive public recognition at the annual Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner. The awards highlight how a collaborative approach can drive a successful project, build industry confidence and develop industry professionals. This is demonstrated by this years’ theme Partnerships in Construction. AIQS chief executive officer Grant Warner said “Success in the built environment is achieved through collaboration between a number of construction partners, and this years’ Infinite Value Awards provides an ideal opportunity, not only for member firms, but other nominating companies and organisations to celebrate outstanding achievements across the broader construction industry.” “This years’ awards recognises the contribution the broader construction industry and funding partners have made to the built environment. Nominating firms are encouraged to bring their clients/nominees to the awards evening to celebrate all those successes. These awards recognise the people, the skills in design, engineering, sustainability, innovation, and community development, which have resulted in a built environment we can all be proud of.” Said Mr. Warner Additionally, project-based winners will be awarded two trophies: the principal award to the project client and the secondary award to the nominating firm. The Infinite Value Awards winners are announced and celebrated at the Infinite Value Awards Gala Dinner which will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour on Thursday 27 October 2016. Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, has recently undergone a $200 million re-development and provides an ideal location to showcase these awards with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Darling Harbour precinct. Some of last year’s winners include Lucy Eng, nominated by Beca Limited, winner of the Women in Construction & Professional of the Year awards; and the Port Arthur Penitentiary, nominated by Exsto Management (TAS), winner of the Project of the Year & Engineering Excellence Awards. To be eligible for the Infinite Value Awards, projects need to have been completed within the last two years. For a list of award categories, entry criteria and to download a nomination form, visit the Infinite Value Awards website www.infinitevalueawards.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Relevant Links Infinite Value Awards categories Infinite Value Awards Frequently Asked Questions and nomination process Infinite Value Awards past winners For further information or images please contact Stephanie Ifill (AIQS Marketing & Communications Officer) on (02) 8234 4009 or sifill@aiqs.com.au The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au United Technologies Acquires Commercial HVAC Business in Australia 2016-05-30T23:38:46Z united-technologies-acquires-commercial-hvac-business-in-australia SYDNEY, May 31, 2016 – United Technologies has acquired the commercial HVAC product sales and commercial service divisions of AHI-Carrier (Australia) Pty Ltd, a UTC joint venture in Australia. The newly acquired organization will conduct business as Carrier Australia Pty Ltd (Carrier Australia), a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).     Carrier Australia operates in nine locations nationally and delivers a wide range of commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) solutions and services. As part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier Australia will have direct access to established global Carrier operations, factories and engineering centers, leading to closer collaboration and even stronger product offerings for customers.   “We’re excited about the opportunities this will bring. For Carrier Australia, the acquisition will facilitate closer collaboration as well as more direct access to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s global resources in terms of products, engineering, sales and marketing initiatives,” said John Sherry, Managing Director, Carrier Australia.   “Our ability to offer more complete building solutions is a crucial differentiator for us, and this acquisition continues to build that capability, positioning us to even better serve our customers,” added Oon Wee Chin, President, Southeast Asia, UTC Climate, Controls & Security.   Carrier Australia will also be closely connected to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s existing local operations through Chubb Australasia, and will benefit from Chubb’s established infrastructure and presence. “The synergy with Carrier Australia strengthens the full range of integrated, innovative and sustainable building solutions for customers,” said Mark Brisson, President, Chubb Australasia.   In addition, Carrier Australia employees will have access to world-class UTC programs, such as the UTC Employee Scholar Program. “Our staff will benefit from one of the world’s most comprehensive, company-sponsored employee education programs, which offers company-paid tuition, books and fees for employees to pursue a degree of their choice, whether or not it is related to their job,” said Sherry.   The remaining residential, light commercial and Totaline parts business segments have transferred to a new entity, AHIC (Australia) Pty Ltd, which will continue to be owned by AHI-Carrier FZC.                    Carrier Australia will continue to serve customers with product and service offerings that ensure a comprehensive suite of next generation products and segment-leading solutions.   To learn more about Carrier Australia, visit http://www.carrier.com/carrier/en/au/.   -Ends-  About UTC Climate, Controls & Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.CCS.UTC.com and follow @UTC_CCS on Twitter. Engineering Solutions Queensland Enhances Project Delivery with Specialised Data Management 2016-05-24T03:00:00Z engineering-solutions-queensland-enhances-project-delivery-with-specialised-data-management SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, May 24, 2016 – Civil engineering and project management consultancy, Engineering Solutions Queensland Pty Ltd (ESQ), has increased productivity by enabling team collaboration and providing a central data repository for project-related emails and design files using 12d Synergy.   12d Synergy is a data management and project collaboration software suite for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries that solves the problems of document management and transmittals, task allocation and email tracking.  Established in 2013, ESQ formerly relied on manual processes to manage road design, earth works, drainage and infrastructure modelling projects. As its business expanded, the firm recognised the need for sharing and managing project related tasks, documents, email and data to avoid project bottlenecks.   “The team previously used their local computers to schedule and record their daily tasks, and this information was not shared,” said Mal Peaker, Design Office Manager, ESQ. “Because our Director manages most of the client liaison, a lot of important project data would sit in his inbox. That created an inefficient work system because no one would be notified of potential client or project changes unless they were copied on emails.”   With each project comprising numerous design, correspondence and data files – anything from drawings to task notes and communications – tracking the progress of jobs could no longer be accurately managed without direct and timely access to up-to-date information.   “For example, when a client called chasing information on a project, we wouldn’t always know the details behind the request because we wouldn’t have the files needed to review or an effective way of retrieving the background information,” said Peaker. “Since we are such a young company, we were looking to get a data management system so we could keep up with new demands and peak workloads by collaborating throughout the lifecycle of every project.”   Since migrating its projects and data library into 12d Synergy’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) data and project management software, ESQ has enabled a collaborative and file-sharing environment to provide its team of seven with the most up-to-date information.   Using 12d Synergy’s Outlook plug-in, ESQ has automated the filing of emails; emails are now attached directly to a job folder which all staff can view and action. ESQ has also introduced a formal documentation process with templates for fee and project proposals, as well as project assessments. Document naming conventions are enforced by the system.   These capabilities are being supported by 12d Synergy’s over-arching revision and version control, which simplifies the process of backup and audit when changes need to be made to a job. This means ESQ can quickly roll back to previous versions of designs created with a geospatial platform, such as 12d Model (also developed by 12d Solutions)   “With a comprehensive data management and collaboration system in place, ESQ is in a position to expand its business with complete control of its project designs, documents and liaison,” said Joel Gregory, General Manager, 12d Solutions. “Mal and his team have future-proofed the organisation by building a collaborative environment that allows projects to be delivered on time regardless of the location of its designers.”   ESQ’s implementation has been backed by 12d Synergy’s renowned, locally-based support through which 12d Solutions’ technical team has provided ongoing guidance to maximise the value the software delivers.  About 12d Synergy 12d Synergy is the data management and collaboration product of Australian-based Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer, 12d Solutions. 12d Synergy is designed to solve problems around tracking email correspondence, document management and transmittals, task allocation and management of geospatial data from 12d Model and other industry-standard AEC design platforms. 12d Synergy is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit www.12dsynergy.com.  About 12d Solutions 12d Solutions is an Australian Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer founded in 1991. The company’s flagship product, 12d Model, is a powerful terrain modelling, surveying and civil engineering software package built for projects including, but not restricted to, land development, highways, mining, urban drainage and flood modelling. 12d Solutions is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit www.12d.com.