The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 “Leading The Way” Cultural Race Day successfully launches 2017-06-20T05:52:17Z leading-the-way-cultural-race-day-successfully-launches Sydney, Tuesday 20 June 2017. The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) successfully held the “Leading the Way” Cultural Race Day on Saturday, 10 June 2017, at the Royal Randwick Turf Club, which aimed to raise awareness of, and launch the AHC’s “Leading the Way” Fund. The core focus of “Leading the Way” is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enhance their career paths through further education, training, and employment opportunities, by offering assistance, scholarships, foundational studies, apprenticeships, and student accommodation at Pemulwuy. Over 300 people attended the event, including community members and elders from the Redfern Community, the La Perouse community, sponsors, as well as guests. There was a very positive community response on the day. One of Redfern’s elders, Shirley Lomas, delivered an impromptu speech in which she honoured Mick Mundine’s vision throughout the years and she expressed her full support for the initiative. “Leading The Way” – the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event to take place at the Royal Randwick Turf Club, opened the day on the racetrack with a heart-warming and lively Welcome to Country by Bidjigal elder and entertainer Uncle Vic Simms, he then proceeded to provide a Welcome to Country for everyone attending the event in the Grand Ballroom. Hosted by popular TV and radio commentator Brad Cooke, event highlights included traditional Aboriginal dances by a group from Lewisham Boys and songs from Uncle Vic Simms. Seven unique silks designed by Aboriginal artists national-wide were worn by jockeys then auctioned off in the afternoon. The horse “Heavenly Anna” horse, whose jockey wore the specially designed silks won race six - The Pemulwuy Handicap. Of the initiative, the AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila says, “We’re extremely proud about what this fund stands for and we’re thrilled to have received an abundance of support”. The AHC would like to thank Gondwana and Aruma who were partners in the Cultural Race Day, the organisations, and companies who supported the event, as well as the Australian Turf Club who provided a wonderful venue and staff on the day. For more information about the AHC and their initiatives visit the website: http://www.ahc.org.au/ - ENDS - For further information please contact: Cathy Yao | cyao@heardagency.com D +61 02 8279 7860 Lucy Jones, Senior Account Manager | ljones@heardagency.com Notes to Editors: Must acknowledge Bradley Photographers if using attached images. 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. WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest 2017-06-08T02:55:47Z wordstorm-pr-is-proud-to-be-representing-project-everest WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest, a social enterprise that aims to solve the world’s most complex development problems by building financially sustainable solutions. Managed by former army officer Wade Tink, Project Everest partners with universities all over Australia to create projects in developing countries to help solve local community problems. It is currently operating in Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Malawi and Vietnam with plans to expand to the Philippines. The company has been operating for four years with 450 students particpating in the projects. There are currently nine projects being undertaken with enrolments for trips in December closing in November 2017. WordStorm PR Managing Director Monica Rosenfeld said, “We’re thrilled to be spreading the word about Project Everest. This is such an inspiring venture and something we at WordStorm PR strongly believe in. We look forward to promoting the importance of looking outside the box and highlighting the benefits of a less traditional approach to teaching and learning.” WordStorm PR will be working with Project Everest on an ongoing basis to increase awareness and understanding of social enterprise and unconventional teaching methods. For all media inquiries please contact Rochelle on 02 8272 3208 or rochelle@wordstormpr.com.au. XTM’s Heat the Homeless 2017: Australians’ wasted jackets could change lives this winter 2017-05-31T03:08:24Z xtm-s-heat-the-homeless-2017-australians-wasted-jackets-could-change-lives-this-winter • More than 105,000 men, women and children will be sleeping rough around Australia this winter • Australian snow and outdoor label XTM wants to get 10,000 second-hand jackets into the hands of homeless people in 2017 • XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative saw 2,500 pre-loved jackets handed out to homeless people in 2016 Wednesday 31 May 2017, MELBOURNE: As temperatures drop, on one end of the spectrum winter sport enthusiasts are getting ready to upgrade their gear ready for next season. On the other, men, women and children face chilling winter nights without shelter, and the next few months will see many lives lost or threatened by the freezing nights. This chilling dichotomy of excitement and adventure, and terrible struggles troubled Pete Forras and his team at leading Australian snow and outdoor brand XTM Performance, so they came up with the idea to re-home second hand winter jackets that could bring some warmth to those that need it the most this winter. “If you are living on the streets, a jacket that might be sitting at the back of someone’s closet can make it a little more bearable out there, especially on those really cold and wet nights,” XTM Performance founder and CEO Forras said. "At XTM, we get to work with these innovative technologies and materials to make really cool, highly technical clothes that people want to get their hands on the newest and best of every season, which is great. However the flip side is lots of clothes are being retired early when they still have plenty of life left in them to do what they are essentially made for - warming bodies through winters. We want people to give their old jackets a second chance – get them to the collection sites and on the backs of our friends on the streets as soon as we can,” Forras said. This winter, the socially-conscious label will partner with their retailers and a group of organisations in the hope of collecting 10,000 second-hand winter jackets from around Australia; adding new partners Anaconda who have collection points at all their stores nationally, and bringing back 2016 charity partners Anonymous X and Hutt St Centre who will be getting the jackets to the people who need it most. “Winter really puts a spotlight on the divide between those who have all the luxuries and those who are in need. We have the ability to redistribute and reconnect between these social extremes. We are hoping to get people pulling out their old winter jackets and bringing them into our retail partners’ stores where they can make a little difference to people’s lives,” Forras said. An idea that was initially thrown around in a staff meeting, the Torquay beach based company launched its national XTM Heat the Homeless initiative for the first time in 2016. “It just made sense to us - we thought, ‘there are so many high quality jackets now, some only getting a few weeks of wear before being replaced. It would be great to get more life out of these products we are making and get a few hundred of those out to people who could use a warm jacket this winter’.” explains Forras. Also on this list of legends working together to redistribute some of the wealth and warmth of the snow and fashion industry and share it with the homeless, Humans in Melbourne and Melbourne I Love You founder Chris Cincotta has played a big part in making sure that as many Australians reconsider binning their old jackets this year, getting the word out via his huge social following. After a post on Cincotta’s Humans In Melbourne page, two days and ten thousand likes in, the 2016 target had been smashed with collection points inundated with hundreds of donated jackets. By the end of winter, more than 2,500 jackets were handed out to men, women and children sleeping rough on Australian streets. In 2017, they hope to get four times as many second hand jackets out warming bodies on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228 or visit XTM’s Heat the Homeless page for more distribution sites and information. - ENDS - For media enquiries, please contact: Emma Hornsey | PR Manager, XTM Performance | E emma@xtm.com.au | M 0415 842 801 About XTM’s Heat the Homeless We’ve all got some old ski and snowboard jackets in our closets - the goal of the team at XTM Performance is to get them out of there and give them a second chance. Every year, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative hopes to collect as many of these warm, technical jackets as possible and get them to people where they can make a difference to the lives of our friends living on the streets. Since its launch in 2016, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative has focussed on redistributing some of the luxuries of the winter clothing industry and giving back to the men, women and children who have no alternate but to spend their nights sleeping rough on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228, or visit www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless for more distribution sites and information. Pete Forras – Bio Peter Forras is living every business owner’s dream – running his successful international retailing business from Torquay, a renowned surf spot on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. After representing Australia as a professional skier, Pete wanted to start a business based on his love of snow sports. With two friends, Gary Rae and Bill Dalton, he came up with the idea of creating a brand specialising in ski apparel and accessories, which launched in 1999. Beyond his passion for his family, lifestyle and the winter and outdoor sports that he has built his business around, Pete is also a strong advocate on the impact of climate change, the social responsibilities of his company and the industry it operates in, fostering Australia’s upcoming winter sports talent, and the importance of creating a company culture that embraces balance. About XTM Performance XTM, an abbreviation for the term ‘cross the mountain’ or ‘X-The Mountain’, has carved out a niche supplying accessories and skiwear internationally. Returning as Olympic partner for the fourth time in 2018, XTM Performance’s is a brand that caters for all types of adventurers. Lessons learned from working with the most talented athletes on the planet are showcased throughout the entire XTM range. Working with the world’s most advanced materials and technologies, XTM Performance manufactures more than half a million units each year, which are sold in 24 countries. As one of Australia’s leading outdoor and snow brands, XTM will forever endeavour to work with the most advanced materials and technologies in the world to continually create products of gold medal quality - all from their Torquay beach shack. Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast 2017-05-29T23:53:57Z treasury-brisbane-to-host-free-origin-supporters-breakfast VISION/ INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY REMINDER Tuesday 30 May 2017 For immediate release Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast An army of Mighty Maroon supporters are expected to descend upon Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD on Wednesday 31 May for a free Holden State of Origin Supporters Breakfast hosted by award-winning sport reporter, commentator and radio presenter, Ben Davis. Kicking off at 7.00am, supporters will be able to snap their favourite fan moment with footy legends Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh who will also be serving up a free sausage sizzle and complimentary barista-made coffee. Fans will have the chance to enter Treasury’s Cash Booth and win one of a fantastic range of prizes which include the last Origin tickets in town, cash prizes and Treasury gift cards. Not yet kitted out? Supporters will have the opportunity to buy the latest gear onsite from Canterbury NZ and collect a token to receive a free, limited-edition supporter t-shirt to be collected after 6pm from the LiveWire Bar. Game day celebrations are set to continue late into evening. Supporters will be able to fuel up before the big clash with our mighty $22 Members Only Steak & Prawn offer* and listen to former NRL great, Scott Sattler’s live pre-match review in the LiveWire bar. Full time doesn’t mean ‘game over’ at Treasury, when The Potbelleez take centre stage for a live and loud, free post-match performance. Head on down to Treasury Brisbane to capture the beginning of all the game day action. Treasury Brisbane is proud partner of Queensland Rugby League and Official Home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons. *Membership to The Star Club is free and easy to join. Breakfast in the Park - Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Venue: Queens Park (corner George & Elizabeth Streets, Brisbane) Talent available for interview: Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh Parking: Complimentary media parking is available at the Treasury Brisbane Car Park. Please see Luana Latham for validation of ticket. Game 1 – Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Talent available for interview: Scott Sattler To confirm attendance or arrange talent interviews, please contact: Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au Beyond Bank wins major national banking honour 2017-05-26T00:28:43Z beyond-bank-wins-major-national-banking-honour One of the nation’s largest customer owned banks has taken out a top honour at this year’s Australian Banking & Finance Retail Banking Awards. Beyond Bank Australia has won the highly prestigious Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility at a glittering ceremony in Sydney. The Bank was congratulated for showing that social responsibility has become a core part of its day to day business with innovative ideas that engage both staff and the local community. “This is a huge honour for us as we are driven by our desire to be the best bank for our community” said Robert Keogh, CEO, Beyond Bank. “It also comes just a year after we became the first bank in Australia to achieve B Corp status which shows we have met and continue to meet rigorous world standards of social, environmental performance.” Key highlights from Beyond Bank in 2016: ·        9% of net profit after tax was invested into community partnerships and programs ·        2992 hours volunteered by staff and customers in our community partnerships ·        17,600 community sector employees now use our salary packaging services ·        13 grants have now been issued to innovative businesses as part of the Beyond Bank Foundation’s Community Entrepreneur Program ·        2 community leave days and 3 work-life balance days provided to staff ·        4.2% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions “These numbers really sum up the way we do business, and they are possible because of the strong support we receive from the community, it’s an important part of our strategy of doing good by doing good” said Mr.Keogh. “It is a commitment that extends across our network from the staff at the front counter to the call centre to the executive team, we are driven by our values every day and use them to guide our decision making and help create a sustainable future. “It’s become part of our cultural DNA and that’s really exciting.” Aboriginal Housing Company announces the launch of “Leading the Way” Fund 2017-05-25T04:45:00Z aboriginal-housing-company-announces-the-launch-of-leading-the-way-fund The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is proud to announce the launch of their new initiative “Leading the Way” on June 10th 2017. The initiative will have a primary focus on education, apprenticeships and employment for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community driven by the Aboriginal Housing Company’s ambition to create a positive and sustainable future for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The AHC is focused on implementing a strong skills base for community members and providing guidance to the right outlets for success. “Leading the Way” will assist in further development of employment and education strategies within the Indigenous community including: educational scholarships, employment, trade and apprenticeship opportunities and accommodation for students at Pemulwuy. The new student accommodation will offer students a conducive environment to complete their studies. Speaking of the initiative, AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila, highlights the importance of an increased focus on educational and employment opportunities. “We are seeing a steady increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gaining vocational qualifications and degrees, but there still needs to be greater options available to them when they leave school. “Leading the Way” will have pathways in place for people to either gain employment, an apprenticeship, or higher education,” said Mrs Tutulia. “The “Leading the Way” fund is committed to community development and integration through education and employment. We are building a network of positive and innovative business partnerships that will promote leadership and drive change within our communities,” Mrs Tutulia concluded. “Leading the Way” will provide assistance in the following areas: Tertiary education Trades and apprenticeships Employment To launch the fund of “Leading the Way” the AHC will host a Cultural Race Day at the Australian Turf Club’s Royal Randwick, on Saturday 10th June 2017. The event will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, arts and business innovations to celebrate the cultural diversity of Sydney. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities from Gold Race Sponsorship to corporate tables. For more information on these sponsorship opportunities please contact Ben Hansberry ben@boabtreewines.com.au -ENDS- For further information please contact: Cathy Yao | cyao@heardagency.com D +61 02 8279 7860 Lucy Jones, Senior Account Manager | ljones@heardagency.com 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. About the “Leading the Way” Fund: The “Leading the Way” fund established by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) in 2017 – launch date 10th June 2017. The fund offers multiple levels of assistance to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through encouraging, enhancing and developing further education and training opportunities. The fund will provide grants to students for accommodation, scholarship and foundational studies to guide Indigenous people towards their chosen career pathways. NEW LIFESTYLE TV SHOW PREMIERS 29 MAY 2017-05-20T09:40:28Z new-lifestyle-tv-show-premiers-28-may The Fast Lane – TV Arcana NEW LIFESTYLE TV SHOW PREMIERS The Fast Lane, a new and exciting lifestyle show is premiering on TV Arcana on the 29th of May. Hosts, Yolandi Franken and Khanh Trieu sets out to experience life and all it holds.  This fast paced show is fun filled, interesting and entertaining and presents segments called “Bucket List”, “Fitness”, “Live band performances”, a short film segment and a “Talent segment”. The “Bucket List” segment explores all the fun experiences around Sydney and Australia ranging from the Sydney Bridge climb to Axe Throwing with the “Fitness Segment” focussing on introducing a new fitness style in each episode. For balance, the hosts also welcome into the studio their guest live performers and entertainers who bring the studio to life with their band performances and other tricks. The Fast Lane is Produced by Yolandi Franken and Khanh Trieu for the Satellite Network “TV Arcana” which is broadcast across 100 countries through IPTV channels, Jadoo, Shava TV, Real TV and ASIASAT7.  The show will also be available on the TV Arcana App which is available on all App Stores. Director Khanh says: “It has been a great experience creating the show.  We had so many crazy and unexpected moments that we cannot wait to share with audiences”. “By allowing bands, entertainers and film makers to perform in studio and submit their films, we are hoping to involve the community and helping them get the exposure they need to make a success of their career” says Producer and Host, Yolandi Franken. The duo, Yolandi and Khanh are both professionals coming from a Film a TV background, working in front of and behind the cameras. When the opportunity presented itself at TV Arcana to create a show, it was only a matter of applying their experience and getting the team together. Khanh had his hands full as host, producer and director while Yolandi applied herself as a host and producer. They have been very impressed by the work of their Segment Producers, Sonja Steyn and Jasmine Brophy and their cameraman and editor Barnaby Stacey along with the rest of the crew. The show promises to entertain with no dull moments. Tune in to watch the show or download the App – TV Arcana. For more information, call Yolandi Franken on 0404 385 988 or email yolandifranken@gmail.co or pr@tvarcana.com.     Groom your palate at Treasury Brisbane’s Cheese & Wine Trail 2017-05-15T22:20:01Z groom-your-palate-at-treasury-brisbane-s-cheese-wine-trail Cheese and wine connoisseurs are destined to be delighted when they welcome in the weekend at Treasury Brisbane’s Cheese and Wine Trail. To be held on Friday 9 June in the Treasury Hotel Courtyard, guests will learn about and savour a selection of wine from eight of Australia and New Zealand’s most revered wineries including Penfolds, Wynns, Wolf Blass, Cape Mentalle, Catalina Sounds, Shottesbrooke, Cloudy Bay and Domaine Chandon. Managing Director Queensland, Geoff Hogg, said Treasury Brisbane is the ideal backdrop for an evening of style and sophistication. “This is going to be a superb event steeped in style, sophistication and history. Guests will have the opportunity to groom their palate, learning about the origins of each wine and the journey from vineyard to glass” said Geoff. A selection of cheeses from the Woombye Cheese Company will also be served to enhance the tasting experience. Produced on the slopes of the Blackall Ranges near Noosa, the cheeses are typical of the varieties developed in rural France and are rich, creamy and luxurious. Live jazz music will also set the tone for this one-off event and get you in the swing of things as you journey towards the weekend. Treasury Brisbane Cheese & Wine Trail Date: Friday 9 June 2017 Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm Venue: Treasury Hotel Courtyard Cost: $45pp Tickets: bit.ly/cheese-wine-trail Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au VISION/ INTERVIEW OPP: Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast 2017-05-11T04:15:08Z vision-interview-opp-treasury-brisbane-to-host-free-origin-supporters-breakfast Treasury Brisbane to host free Origin Supporters Breakfast An army of Mighty Maroon supporters are expected to descend upon Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD on Wednesday 31 May for a free Holden State of Origin Supporters Breakfast hosted by award-winning sport reporter, commentator and radio presenter, Ben Davis. Kicking off at 7.00am, supporters will be able to snap their favourite fan moment with footy legends Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh who will also be serving up a free sausage sizzle and complimentary barista-made coffee. Fans will have the chance to enter Treasury’s Cash Booth and win one of a fantastic range of prizes which include the last Origin tickets in town, cash prizes and Treasury gift cards. Not yet kitted out? Supporters will have the opportunity to buy the latest gear onsite from Canterbury NZ and collect a token to receive a free, limited-edition supporter t-shirt to be collected after 6pm from the LiveWire Bar. Game day celebrations are set to continue late into evening. Supporters will be able to fuel up before the big clash with our mighty $22 Members Only Steak & Prawn offer* and listen to former NRL great, Scott Sattler’s live pre-match review in the LiveWire bar. Full time doesn’t mean ‘game over’ at Treasury, when The Potbelleez take centre stage for a live and loud, free post-match performance. Head on down to Treasury Brisbane to capture the beginning of all the game day action. Treasury Brisbane is proud partner of Queensland Rugby League and Official Home of the XXXX Queensland Maroons. *Membership to The Star Club is free and easy to join. Breakfast in the Park - Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Venue: Queens Park (corner George & Elizabeth Streets, Brisbane) Talent available for interview: Gorden Tallis, Scott Prince and Jharal Yow Yeh Parking: Complimentary media parking is available at the Treasury Brisbane Car Park. Please see Luana Latham for validation of ticket. Game 1 – Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Talent available for interview: Scott Sattler To arrange talent interviews, please contact: Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au STAR Community Services Secures Growth Funding for Expansion of Aged Care Services 2017-04-13T05:31:45Z star-community-services-secures-growth-funding-for-expansion-of-aged-care-services-1 Brisbane (23 March 2017). The communities of Redlands, Logan River Valley, Brisbane South and South Coast areas are set to benefit from the recent growth funding secured by STAR Community Services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.   The Growth Funding has been allocated to STAR for provision of Transport and Home Maintenance services in Brisbane South, Logan River Valley and South Coast areas, and provision of Domestic Assistance in Logan River Valley, to those aged 65 and over.   STAR Community Services is a community organisation operating in Redlands with more than 20 years of experience in aged care services including transport, Home Care Packages, In Home Care, Social Support services and other wellbeing services.   “What makes us unique is that a vast majority of our team are volunteers,” said Mr Rob Spencer, Chairman of STAR. “We are truly a community organisation - run by the community; to serve the community.”   The recent Aged Care Reforms have been designed to give Australians more choice, more control and easier access to a full range of aged care services.   “It is a time of great change and opportunity,” added Mr Spencer. “ Our team has done an outstanding job of putting an action plan together and making sure we provide the best service and experience.”   STAR serves more than 6000 community members, with the ongoing support of over 120 STAR volunteers. STAR’s Transport volunteer drivers assist with around 70,000 trips each year to help seniors and those with disabilities; visit their family and friends, do their shopping, go to medical appointments, and overall enjoy an independent life.   “Our strength lies in community based networks. We are keen to build relationships with other local community organisations and local councils, and leverage from our common synergies,” said Ms Patsy Wilshire, General Manager of STAR.   STAR’s expansion will also result in creation of new job roles in the allocated regions, mainly for Call Centre, Schedulers, Drivers and Administrators. “We will invest significant time and resources in training and developing skills to ensure that the local communities reap the benefits,” added Ms Wilshire.   “The changes brought about by the recent Aged Care Reforms are complex and multi-dimensional, but we are ready. The growth funding will allow us to increase our capacity, and enable us to fill existing gaps in home support services across the allocated regions,” Ms Wilshire added. Eaton’s annual Blackout Tracker Report shows 3 million people affected by more than 240 power outages in 2016 2017-03-30T23:11:00Z eaton-s-annual-blackout-tracker-report-shows-3-million-people-affected-by-more-than-240-power-outages-in-2016 Sydney, Australia: Power management company Eaton has today announced the launch of its annual Blackout Tracker Report for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), which has revealed 3 million people were affected by more than 240 power outages in 2016.   While widespread power failures in South Australia had the largest impact on individuals and businesses, New South Wales topped the list of Australian states for the third year in a row with 33 power outages - while the North Island topped New Zealand with 80 power outages.   “Every state or region in ANZ recorded a rise in power outages, highlighting an increasing need for businesses and consumers to look at the power management strategies and disaster recovery plans they have in place to deal with interruptions,” said Gordon Makryllos, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at Eaton Industries.   The costs associated with power failures has continued to rise for businesses across the globe. The 2016 Cost of Data Centre Outages report by the Ponemon Institute has found the average cost of a data centre outage in 2015 was a staggering $740,357, up 38 per cent from 2010.    While summer heat waves dominated discussion about power supply, it was the spring season that produced the most power outages in both Australia and New Zealand with more than one third occurring between September and November.   “Australia and New Zealand is a diverse, unique climate where almost 1 in 3 power outages is caused by bad weather and trees, so businesses and individuals need to plan for the unexpected. Uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), generators and power management software solutions can help deliver reliable power during outages – reducing the risk of data loss and costs associated with downtime or IT damage.”   This World Backup Day, Eaton is offering a complimentary consultation and Critical Power Site Audit to all Australian and New Zealand businesses that will assess the business’ vulnerability to power disruption. The consultation will provide businesses with recommendations on the steps that can be taken to minimise business downtime. To register for this complimentary service, click here.   Among the most unusual causes of power outages in 2016 included: Hayes Creek, NT: On 21 October, an olive python snake with a magpie goose in its mouth was found looped over a power line following a 30 minute blackout to the area. Eurobodalla NSW: On 15 April, a flying fox plague caused a large number of safety equipment activations resulting in several blackouts over a period of weeks. Canning Vale WA: On 16 November, the maximum-security Hakea Prison and surrounding areas lost power after an earthing wire was stolen. Bathurst NSW: On 31 November, a flock of birds was blamed for leaving 1,573 customers in the dark after they hit a power line which sparked the outage. Ashburton NZ: On 23 November, a cat was lucky to walk away with its life after a fault man tried to rescue it from a power pole. Instead of climbing down the ladder, the cat climbed higher. The power was cut to help it down safely.    Blackout Tracker Annual Report data is based on a full year of reported power outages across Australia. To view and download the entire report click here. To learn about Eaton’s power management products and services, visit: www.powerquality.eaton.com or www.eatoncorp.com.au. -  END -   About Eaton Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.   Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.     MAJOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO HOME CARE 2017-02-13T23:45:29Z major-government-changes-to-home-care Senior’s Week is just around the corner, running from March 3 – 12 this year. Before the festivities kick off, however, you might be thinking about the major changes about to hit our National Home Care system. On February 27, the Australian Government is changing the way home care services are delivered to older Australians. You might be a person directly affected, or you might have a loved one who will need to learn about the updates and what they mean for them.   Ours is an ageing population, therefore these changes are being put in place to establish a sustainable and high quality aged care system that is more consumer driven, market based and less regulated.   In the current system, home care places are allocated to Approved Providers of home care through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), a resource-intensive and highly competitive process with many unsuccessful applicants each year. Come February 27, funding for a home care package will follow the consumer, allowing them to direct funding to the provider of their choice. These changes are very exciting for the consumer.   Currently, home care packages are not “portable” as the places are allocated to an approved provider and unspent funds are retained by that provider if the consumer leaves their care. From Feb 27 however, home care packages will be portable for consumers, allowing them to change providers if they wish, a new found freedom for those who receive care. If they choose to change providers, any unspent funds (less exit amount) within their package will follow them to the new home care provider.   Kim Ryall-Manley, Home Care Manager of UPA North Coast, an established home care, aged care and youth care non-profit company – said “Our vision is, and has been very clear since we were established in 1938. We hope that everyone is able to live with dignity and independence and should be able to select appropriate and affordable support and care as and when they need it. Quality of life, and supporting people to live the way they want is our goal.”   With the new home care changes, it seems this vision is becoming a reality.   “Our vision really does tie in with the new changes, and we’re happy that consumers will soon be able to choose home care services that suit their individual needs,” Said Ms Ryall-Manley.   “The choice affects not only the person using the service, but their families, and we believe the new freedom of choice will give peace of mind to the loved ones who trust us to provide the best care possible.”   What else is changing?   A consistent national system for prioritising access to home care will be established through a national prioritisation system managed by My Aged Care. Post Feb 27, this national queue will be in place. The way consumers are then prioritised will take account of their relative needs and circumstances and the time they have been waiting for care.   The process for becoming an approved provider will undergo some changes too. Approved providers of residential care and flexible care will be able to ‘opt-in’ to providing home care rather than going through a full application process.   Once approved provider status has been granted it will no longer lapse, whether the approval is for home care, residential care or flexible care – however, approved providers must continue to meet relevant quality and accreditation standards.   Ms Ryall-Manley of UPA commented, “When looking for a home care service provider, people should take provider experience into account given these new changes. For example, we are an award-winning provider with a proven track record in meeting the quality standards and accreditation., and so we’re preparing and looking forward to helping a lot of new faces with their care packages when the changes come in.”   Amidst all the changes, there are a few things that will remain the same. Existing home care consumers will continue to receive services at their current package level, there will be no changes to current fee and income testing arrangements, claims and payments will still be made through the Department of Human Services Aged Care Payment System.   Home care subsidy and supplements will continue to be paid to approved providers, not directly to consumers. Packages will continue to be delivered on a consumer directed care basis, and the total number of home care packages across the country will still be capped.   What you need to do next…   If you are currently receiving a home care package, you do not need to do anything. You will continue to receive care and services at your existing package level. More information about the changes and what they mean for you will be provided closer to 27 February.   If you have been assessed as eligible to receive a home care package, the path you follow will depend on whether you have found a provider who can offer you a suitable package and are able to enter into a Home Care Agreement by 27 February. If you find a suitable provider before 27 February, you can enter into a home care agreement with them. If you have not entered into a home care agreement before 27 February, you will be contacted by My Aged Care when a package at a suitable level becomes available. You will receive more information about the changes and what they mean for you closer to the date. If you are not sure of your eligibility, or would like more information on the changes and how to choose your provider, the next step for you or your loved one is to go to the My Aged Care portal. To do this, you should visit http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ or call 1800 200 422.   “You need to choose wisely and know your options,” said Ryall-Manley. “Our advice at UPA would be to find out about the core values held in the company. It’s such an important choice for you or your loved one, and your care and wellbeing should be the priorities.”   If you would like to contact the experienced team at UPA North Coast with any questions, you can phone them on 02 6628 5559, or visit their website at www.upa.org.au.   ENDS   ABOUT UPA   The United Protestant Association of NSW Limited (UPA) is a Christian care organisation, established with the commitment to care for disadvantaged children and the provision of care and accommodation for the elderly.  The Association's work commenced at Grafton in 1938 by the late Thomas Agst, BEM, JP, when he took several small children into care.  From this small beginning, the Association was to gain impetus which has since seen expanded services to both young and old with over 45 centres throughout New South Wales.  From its inception, UPA has touched the lives of thousands of people by providing care of the highest quality in the context of Christian love and compassion.  UPA is a non-profit Company limited by guarantee.   Today, our Association is made up of 12 Districts which have a healthy degree of autonomy, yet are bound together under the one mission and company structure. A foundational principle used since the very beginning of our work was that the money raised in the town would stay in the town. Local governance, management and administration are a core strength of UPA’s work. Working co-operatively UPA has built a strong growing association of like-minded people providing a network of the highest standard of care services throughout New South Wales.   We welcome people from all religious and cultural backgrounds. We convey compassion, kindness, respect and honesty in our work. Our staff and volunteers encourage and empower those we care for to choose their own path. Mindful of how we ourselves would like to be treated, we aim to provide a caring atmosphere of Christian love and understanding. When we have failed to live up to our Mission, Values or Philosophy of Care we will seek to make amends.   UPA North Coast   UPA North Coast services areas from Port Macquarie in the South, to the Queensland Border North, and across the Gold Coast. From Holidays to Classroom.... 2017-01-30T00:25:48Z from-holidays-to-classroom Cheryl Fingleson, children’s sleep consultant, The Sleep Coach shares her tips to ensure that the transition from pre-school to school goes smoothly. Suddenly these little ones are faced with a defined schedule and will need to sit for longer periods than they are used to and adhere to a stricter daily schedule. This comes after a long holiday where routines have been relaxed for many children. The most important thing is to get back into a routine and work on getting your children to sleep early so that you both have enough sleep to fully function and concentrate during the day. Consistent Sleep Time Routine 1. Decide if your child is going to eat early or a little later with the family. You don’t want your child eating too early, as they will be hungry before bed, or too late, as they will feel uncomfortable. 2. Play outside before dinner or bath time Ensuring a good sleep routine starts in the late afternoon when your children should be playing outside. This has to do with the length of the waves of sunlight, the long waves of sunlight, dusk triggers the production of Melatonin - the sleep hormone. So, after your child has played outside, it’s either dinner or bath time. 3. 15 minutes of Quiet time in bed. This should be in their bedroom. Read, play gentle music and then tuck your child in, kiss and cuddle good night and leave. Make sure that your child is completely ready for bed. E.g your child has been to the toilet, had a drink of water, brushed teeth 4. Your school aged child should fall asleep in the dark. Falling asleep in the dark is very important as it helps promote the production of Melatonin, the hormone that helps get us to sleep. Get prepared the night before A stress-free morning starts with an organised evening routine. Check the school timetable with your child. When your children are involved in this step, you encourage them to develop responsibility for their possessions and time management. Together, you can put a checklist of what you need to prepare the night before which might include: School uniform (shoes, socks, sports uniform etc.) Packed lunches - make any sandwiches and prepare all food so it’s ready to go Sign any letters or paperwork for the school Pack the school bag After school activity clothes Morning routine Get up early Ensure that everyone wakes up with more than enough time to get everything done so work out how much time you may need and then add on another 20 minutes. Plan breakfast Most children are easier to feed if they are given only two options. A great idea is to have breakfast before getting dressed to avoid last-minute messes, which may need a change of uniform. Some children don’t feel hungry at home, then become ravenous on the way to school. If that’s the case, you could give them a sandwich, cereal bar or perhaps some fresh fruit to take with them so they have something to eat before school starts. Getting dressed is a time-consuming task for primary school children, who are often easily distracted by other far more interesting activities. Allow additional time for this. If you would like to speak to Cheryl about starting school or any other sleep related issues in children such as night terrors, settling toddlers or getting a baby to sleep, please contact: candice@candicepr.com