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 Sheep farmer grateful for $20K tax write-off to improve farm productivity 2017-06-06T01:30:40Z sheep-farmer-grateful-for-20k-tax-write-off-to-improve-farm-productivity Illabo sheep producer, Peter Belling, has capitalised on the Federal Government’s highly popular tax write off for equipment purchases valued up to $20,000, by purchasing a Clipex Sheep Handler before the end of financial year. The business-savvy cereal crop and sheep producer, who runs “Dundoo Hills” with his wife and son, said the tax break was a big incentive. “I’ve been studying sheep handlers for the past three years and the benefits of each model,” Peter said. “The machine itself was $19K without the scales, but it will be worth it. If the incentive is there, you might as well be improving the farm – you don’t want to be working with old gear all the time.” Peter purchased the Clipex Sheep Handler in March to meet the end-of-financial year deadline. “I was looking to save time and man power. We buy wethers or lambs every few months and then fatten them up and turn them off and get another lot, so for us the Sheep Handler has a dual purpose” Peter explained. “As we speak I am shifting sheep onto grazing canola and grazing wheat and they will stay here until we shut these paddocks up at the end of June and then we’ll harvest in October.” The high turnover of stock is labour intensive, with Peter man-handling a lot of sheep during his 35 years on the property. “I’ve purchased 1,500 wethers in the past few weeks and, when they arrive, I weigh and sort them into their weight category,” Peter said. “Yesterday I vaccinated, drenched and drafted 700 wethers by myself with two dogs using the Clipex Sheep Hander.” Peter said prior to purchasing the machine the same task would have taken him one and a half days. “I would have to run them up a draft onto a set on scales and then release them and then go back and get another one. I did have a reasonable system before, but nowhere near as good as this,” Peter explained. “I’ve only had it for a couple of months, but I can do jobs now that used to take two people and I am saving my shoulders – I don’t have to man-handle sheep up and down a race.” Peter believes his ability to easily and accurately weigh his flock will improve their bottom line. “We will be able to improve profitability as we will be able to calculate accurately how long it has taken for the sheep to put on weight,” Peter said. “It will be worth it. If I bought 1,000 wethers and made $20 a head I will make my money back.” The federal government have extended their $20,000 instant asset tax write-off scheme for another 12 months. Businesses with an annual turnover of up $10 million will now have until June 30, 2018, to immediate deduct eligible assets up to the value of $20,000. Please refer to the Clipex website (www.clipex.com.au) for more information about their innovative Clipex Sheep Handler, including explainer videos. Ends For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au 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 Accurate weighing of ewes critical to improve profits 2017-05-29T02:30:15Z accurate-weighing-of-ewes-critical-to-improve-profits Accurate weighing of ewes critical to improve profits Like most experienced sheep producers, Damon Soster has a good eye for judging the weight of a moving merino ewe, but he says his farm profitability has increased dramatically since using the Clipex Sheep Handler to weigh his flock. The Cassilis farmer runs a 5,500 hectare Hereford Stud, “Dalkeith”, in the Upper Hunter Valley, where 500 commercial cows and 8,000 merino ewes enjoy a generous, annual rainfall of 610 mm. “We used to just eyeball the sheep, but to be able to get accurate weights quickly and efficiently pays for itself - it just takes the guess work out of it,” explained Damon. “The Clipex Sheep Handler is fantastic for weighing – it is so efficient. One person and two good dogs can manage the whole process – you could weigh 550 / 600 in an hour if you are having a good run.” Damon said he purchased the Clipex Sheep Handler two years ago to decrease labour costs. “Labour costs are our biggest challenge. In our district the mines take a lot of the casual labour – even kids coming out of school want 10 or 20 times what we used to pay,” Damon said. “With the Clipex Sheep Handler you’re saving money on having people during those peak times and you’re making good money at the end of it having a good line to sell.” The innovative farmer said he trusts the Clipex brand, since first using the Clipex fencing system to erect fences throughout his property seven years ago. “I am constantly looking at innovation. I am a big believer in moving forward, rather than doing things how we have for the past 30 or 40 years,” Damon said. “The two main challenges for us in the fencing system were labour and longevity. A lot of the other products on the market are very labour intensive and you could see the other products were wearing out after 10 years.” Damon said he first saw the Clipex Fencing System at a field day and knew it would save time. “I liked the formulation of the clip. I knew it would be a labour saver and, having used the product now for eight years, it proved that it was,” Damon said. “Once we got the fences up and erected, I haven’t done anything to the fences at all. We have a kangaroo and feral pig problem here and it has stood up to that really well and the maintenance is minimal.” Damon said the products have also improved on-farm safety. “With any of these new technologies it makes life easier and takes away that hard labour component - the Clipex fencing system is not back breaking,” Damon explained. “The old technology in weigh crates resulted in jammed fingers. For keeping staff morale, if you are running things more efficiently and safely then people are happier. And, if it’s not hard on your back and your fingers, it just makes things safer.” The after-sales service has also been impressive. “I think an important thing with this company is that it is family-owned - you can talk directly to the people who are innovative and making the products. It’s a massive plus and driver for me to use the products,” Damon explained. “I’ve used their products for eight years and I have promoted their products to other producers in the region. I’m not afraid to preach it at all – they are great products.” Please refer to the Clipex website (www.clipex.com.au) for more information about their revolutionary fencing products and the Clipex Sheep Handler, including explainer videos. Ends For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Breakthrough in cancer treatments and prevention of subsequent heart failure 2017-05-24T08:14:40Z breakthrough-in-cancer-treatments-and-prevention-of-subsequent-heart-failure-1 PREVENTING HEART FAILURE DUE TO CANCER TREATMENTS: RESEARCH Life-saving research to protect cancer patients from future heart disease   Researchers from Heart Research Australia are working on a project that has the incredible potential to make cancer cells more responsive to cancer treatment and potentially eliminate the risk of developing heart failure at a later stage. A commonly used group of cancer treatment drugs called ‘anthracyclines’, which includes the common drug Doxorubicin, although effective can lead to side effects such as heart damage and heart failure. 50% of patients with severe heart failure will die within 1 year of diagnosis.[i] Heart Research Australia’s Chair of Cardiology, Professor Helge Rasmussen, and his co-investigator Dr Chia-chi Liu, are leading a project which has the amazing potential to make a significant improvement in the lives of cancer and cardiac patients. Professor Rasmussen and his team were investigating a group of proteins, called ‘FXYD proteins’ when they realised one of the proteins, FYXD 3, was overexpressed in some cancer cells including breast, pancreas, prostrate and bowel cancer cells. Their test tube experiments proved that the FXYD3 protein protects the cancer cells, making them less responsive to treatments such as Doxorubicin. The team have now developed a peptide (a small protein-like substance) which when applied to some cancer cells, “wipes out” the protective effect of the FXYD 3 protein. “In our studies, when we put the peptide on breast cancer cells and treated it with Doxorubicin, it amplified the effect of the Doxorubicin tenfold.” says Professor Rasmussen. While these results are from test-tube experiments, if Professor Rasmussen and his team could prove this action to have the same effect on some cancers in people, it is possible doctors could use a tenfold lower dose of Doxorubicin (for example) and still get the same results from the treatment. In doing so, this would reduce damage to the heart, and likely eliminate the risk of developing heart failure. Professor Rasmussen is cautiously optimistic, but does acknowledge that this research not only has the potential to reduce damage to the heart, it could also lead to a cure for some cancers. “Heart damage is often now the limiting factor in cancer treatment. You can treat the cancer, but if you damage the heart, it doesn’t always recover. Sometimes people get their cancer treated or even cured, but then they can die from heart failure,” says Professor Rasmussen. “Our work is extremely exciting as it has the potential to drastically change the way we treat cancer.” Fast Facts[ii]: ·      Around 100,000 Australians are living with heart failure.  ·      20–30% of patients with mild to moderate heart failure will die within one year ·      50% of patients with severe heart failure will die within one year ·      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience chronic heart failure at a younger age and are more likely to die than non-Indigenous Australians ·      Heart failure costs are estimated to be more than $1 billion per annum [i] Watson et al. 2000   [ii] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Heart failure… what of the future? Bulletin no. 6. Canberra: AIHW, 2003. Breakthrough in cancer treatments and prevention of subsequent heart failure 2017-05-24T07:47:36Z breakthrough-in-cancer-treatments-and-prevention-of-subsequent-heart-failure Researchers from Heart Research Australia are working on a project that has the incredible potential to make cancer cells more responsive to cancer treatment and potentially eliminate the risk of developing heart failure at a later stage. A commonly used group of cancer treatment drugs called ‘anthracyclines’, which includes the common drug Doxorubicin, although effective can lead to side effects such as heart damage and heart failure. 50% of patients with severe heart failure will die within 1 year of diagnosis.[i] Heart Research Australia’s Chair of Cardiology, Professor Helge Rasmussen, and his co-investigator Dr Chia-chi Liu, are leading a project which has the amazing potential to make a significant improvement in the lives of cancer and cardiac patients. Professor Rasmussen and his team were investigating a group of proteins, called ‘FXYD proteins’ when they realised one of the proteins, FYXD 3, was overexpressed in some cancer cells including breast, pancreas, prostrate and bowel cancer cells. Their test tube experiments proved that the FXYD3 protein protects the cancer cells, making them less responsive to treatments such as Doxorubicin. The team have now developed a peptide (a small protein-like substance) which when applied to some cancer cells, “wipes out” the protective effect of the FXYD 3 protein. “In our studies, when we put the peptide on breast cancer cells and treated it with Doxorubicin, it amplified the effect of the Doxorubicin tenfold.” says Professor Rasmussen. While these results are from test-tube experiments, if Professor Rasmussen and his team could prove this action to have the same effect on some cancers in people, it is possible doctors could use a tenfold lower dose of Doxorubicin (for example) and still get the same results from the treatment. In doing so, this would reduce damage to the heart, and likely eliminate the risk of developing heart failure. Professor Rasmussen is cautiously optimistic, but does acknowledge that this research not only has the potential to reduce damage to the heart, it could also lead to a cure for some cancers. “Heart damage is often now the limiting factor in cancer treatment. You can treat the cancer, but if you damage the heart, it doesn’t always recover. Sometimes people get their cancer treated or even cured, but then they can die from heart failure,” says Professor Rasmussen. “Our work is extremely exciting as it has the potential to drastically change the way we treat cancer.” Fast Facts[ii]: ·      Around 100,000 Australians are living with heart failure.  ·      20–30% of patients with mild to moderate heart failure will die within one year ·      50% of patients with severe heart failure will die within one year ·      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience chronic heart failure at a younger age and are more likely to die than non-Indigenous Australians ·      Heart failure costs are estimated to be more than $1 billion per annum [i] Watson et al. 2000   [ii] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Heart failure… what of the future? Bulletin no. 6. Canberra: AIHW, 2003. 200 SHITBOXES DEPART ADELAIDE EN ROUTE TO CAIRNS 2017-05-23T00:54:09Z 200-shitboxes-depart-adelaide-en-route-to-cairns Shitbox Rally, now in its eighth year, is on track to raise $1.5 million – adding to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. The brainchild of SA man James Freeman, the rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. James founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with founder James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes and sizes Dressed-up team members Available:       James Freeman, founder Shitbox Rally                         Team members     Background Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research.  This colourful event attracts a loyal following of ‘Shitboxers’  – some of whom have completed the rally every year since its inception. They are brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends. It’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see Australia’s vast and beautiful country via its red dirt roads, hills and creek beds, ending each day at sports ovals and race courses and more, camping under the stars and enjoying rally friendships. To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $4,000. James Freeman has also developed Mystery Box Rally and held two Shitbox Rallies in New Zealand. The rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, raising more than $10 million for cancer research. The 2017 route and itinerary   2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. It travels a 3,800km, seven-day route from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway, from 27 May to 2 June. Stopovers include Roxby Downs and Alice Springs.   Images   Shitbox Rallies has a small dedicated production team on each rally, capturing stills and vision each day. See image galleries here https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Social media footage can be seen on the official Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/shitboxrally/videos/   Winners of the 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Excellence Awards to be presented on Thursday 25th May 2017 2017-05-18T02:07:12Z winners-of-the-2017-early-childhood-intervention-excellence-awards-to-be-presented-on-thursday-25th-may-2017 Winners of the 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Excellence Awards to be presented on Thursday 25th May 2017 On Thursday 25th May 2017, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT will present the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Excellence Awards for outstanding achievements in the ECI sector during the ECIA/NSW Conference at the Novotel Brighton Beach, Sydney NSW. About The Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector, that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with a developmental delay or disability, their families and communities. The Excellence Awards celebrates and acknowledges teams and organisations that have demonstrated excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with a developmental delay or disability and their families to achieve their goals. Award Categories Awards will be presented for the following categories: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice 1. Outstanding family-centered and culturally responsive practice Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have demonstrated outstanding family-centered practice through: Very strong partnerships with families, where family life, family priorities and choices, drive what happens in planning and intervention Highly responsive practice, which builds on family strengths and assists families to develop their own networks of resources – both informal and formal Outstanding efforts to provide welcoming and culturally inclusive environments, where all families are encouraged to participate in and contribute to children’s learning and development Extensive knowledge and deep respect for diversity, demonstrated through flexible services and supports that are responsive to each family’s cultural, ethnic, racial, language and socioeconomic characteristics. 2. Champions of Inclusion Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have identified and implemented strategies to significantly improve inclusion for children with developmental delay and/or disability and their families: Sustained inclusive and participatory practice, recognising that every child regardless of their needs has the right to participate fully in their family and community life and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children Outstanding commitment to putting in place additional supports for the children to participate meaningfully in their families, community and early childhood settings The children supported feel accepted and have a real sense of belonging Exceptional dedication to promoting children’s inclusion through participation in their natural learning environments and daily routines, at home, in the community, and in early childhood settings Raise awareness and advocate for inclusion of children with developmental delay and/or disability and their families. 3. Excellent team around the child Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have demonstrated outstanding collaborative and capacity building practice: Outstanding work relationship with families and professionals as a collaborative and integrated team around the child, communicating and sharing information, knowledge and skills, with one team member nominated as a key worker and main person working with the family Exceptional contribution to building the capacity of the child, family, professionals and community through coaching and collaborative team work. 4. Advancing practice Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have demonstrated practice improvement and advancement through: Innovative intervention strategies that are grounded in research and sound clinical reasoning Demonstrated continuous improvement and high quality services based on the ECI key best practices Focus on the outcomes that parents want for their child and family in terms of participation in meaningful activities, and on identifying the skills needed to achieve these outcomes. The Excellence Awards will be presented during the ECIA NSW/ACT Conference on 25-26 May 2017. About the ECIA NSW/ACT Conference 25-26 May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This conference will be held at the Novotel, Brighton Beach, Sydney NSW and provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in early childhood intervention and early childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector, understanding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the impact on children with a developmental delay or disability, their families and communities. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. About ECIA NSW/ACT Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT is the peak body for early childhood intervention in NSW and the ACT. Formed in 1982, our mission is to promote the awareness and importance of early childhood intervention and inclusion for children with a developmental delay or disability. We represent, support and develop organisations, professionals and practitioners working with young children with a developmental delay or disability, their families and communities. Media Contact Lee Edmondson Communications & Marketing Manager (ECIA NSW/ACT) (02) 9873 2593 ledmondson@ecia-nsw.org.au Follow ECIA NSW/ACT Twitter: @ECIAnswact | #ECIA2017 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecia.nsw/ Website: http://www.ecia-nsw.org.au 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 Revolutionising the livestock industry, one fence at a time 2017-05-08T03:30:52Z revolutionising-the-livestock-industry-one-fence-at-a-time With demand for exclusion fencing at historic levels, Australian family-owned and run company Clipex is leading the challenge to make it easier and more cost effective to install – and further, its innovative range of livestock handling products is revolutionising the industry. Clipex fencing technology replaces traditional ‘hole in the post’ fencing with an advanced and yet extremely simple ‘slot and clip system’. It effectively eliminates the need for tie-clips or tie wire, instead enabling farmers to simply clip in their wires. Being incredibly strong and easy to install, Clipex fencing is guaranteed to be the fastest and most secure method of attaching fence wires into a fence post, while at the same time drastically reducing labour and material costs. Clipex fences are at least 10 times faster to attach the wires than traditional tying off methods, and their Y posts are the largest and strongest available. Most importantly, they require much less energy to install wires to, and can easily be used by anyone, even children. As founder of Clipex Ashley Olsson explains, the idea came from what he describes as a “divine revelation” that occurred while driving back to his family farm in Goulburn. “Back in 2007, I saw an elderly farmer trying to pull down an old rusty fence by the side of Crookwell Road. I felt for him, and I uttered a simple prayer – “God I feel for that man, there must be a better way to fence”. A few minutes later I received the answer to that simple prayer – and it was crystal clear. As soon as I arrived home I drew up the mechanism that I had seen, and soon after, we lodged our first patent – and it all just snowballed from there.” The Olsson family has a long history serving rural and regional communities, beginning with their salt block business that originated back in the late 1940s in a shed just west of Parramatta. This was the first pressed salt block produced in Australia to contain a range of minerals, and it was also the forerunner of all multi-nutrient blocks produced in Australia since then. They’ve been at the forefront of farming innovation and technology ever since, and their fencing products have a variety of patented technologies, all designed to reduce cost, improve worker safety, reduce workload, and minimise the stresses and strains of physical labour that are so common in the farming industry. This year Clipex is celebrating 10 years of business. They now have 62 employees in Australia with eight of their own Clipex sales and service outlets and they also employ 180 staff in China – and they offer a huge range of fencing and stockyard products, from post & wire fencing, end assemblies, gates and accessories, automated cattle and sheep handling equipment, crushes and yards. They’re driven by a passion for innovation, and for Ashley, it’s the special features on products such as their heavy-duty cattle crush range that sets them apart. “Our patented rattle-free latch makes opening the door extremely easy – yet it’s quiet enough that there’s no noise to spook the animals.” And their most recent patent covers a revolutionary rotary cattle tub, that requires less workers to handle more stock WITHOUT being inside the enclosures WITH THE STOCK vastly improving worker health and safety and operating efficiency What’s also unique is the company’s belief in making products that will last a lifetime, as Ashley explains: “We don’t believe in what is referred to as ‘in-built obsolescence’. We aim to maximise the life of our products, for example our heavy-duty cattle crush is designed to last a very long time. Its components are hot dipped galvanized after construction, and made from very strong steel, so they won’t rust or wear out easily, and it can be serviced very easily and cost-effectively. The business is continuing to invest in efficiency-focused innovation, developing new patents, more efficient manufacturing facilities and new technologies such as manufacturing robots designed to help to automate production lines. Ashley’s original vision to help farmers and their families with affordable innovation is now “going Global”. Clipex has been sold in North and South America, the UK, Scandinavia, Africa, Malaysia, Germany, Ireland and France. Yet for Ashley, the core reason for the business remains the same as it’s always been as he explains. “While innovation costs a lot of money, and we of course need to turn a profit in order to continue operating, at our heart is a desire to deliver affordable innovation for every farmer, so that we can help lift burdens from as many people as possible”. We get a lot of satisfaction from helping farmers and their families and providing the industry with more affordable innovative solutions. Clipex has changed fencing history, and for the first time in 100 years we’ve been released from the slavery of tying off wires, allowing us more precious time for the things we love to do.” Photo caption: Clipex founder, Ashley Olsson -- Ends -- Media Enquiries Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 or 0403 372 889 Fire & Rescue NSW announces 2017 Brigade Kids Champions 2017-05-07T23:28:07Z fire-amp-rescue-nsw-announces-2017-brigade-kids-champions Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has today announced the winners of its Brigade Kids Champion Competition, which was aimed at promoting fire safety to children across NSW. More than 280 children from 62 schools in Kindergarten to Year 2 entered the competition to design a poster promoting three key fire safety messages. The overall winner is Zaynab Sleiman from Al Faisal College Auburn, who designed a poster with a focus on the message “Call 000 in case of a fire”.  The category winners are: -       Kindergarten: Oliver Kau from Darlington Public School -       Year 1: Zakaria Elsawalhi from Al Faisal College Auburn -       Year 2: Zaynab Sleiman from Al Faisal College Auburn   Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner, Paul Baxter congratulated the winners and thanked all participants for entering the competition. “With more than 4,500 home fires a year, it’s essential for kids to understand the importance of fire safety at a young age. Children are often unaware that a tiny flame can grow into a dangerous fire. They tend to hide when something goes wrong and they rely on parents and carers to tell them what they need to do,” he said. “We are overwhelmed by the effort, enthusiasm and creativity of children across NSW. The number of quality entries is a testament to the teachers and parents around the state who engage and encourage their children to get involved in fire safety.” Judges of the Brigade Kids Champion competition included representatives from Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Department of Education, Association of Independent Schools of NSW, NSW Teachers Federation, Catholic Education Commission NSW, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Lego, and Scholastic Australia. Zaynab Sleiman’s poster will be on display at fire stations all over the state as part of Fire & Rescue NSW Open Day on 20 May 2017. Every day firefighters attend home fires that could have been prevented with a few simple steps and precautions. As a parent or carer, there are many simple things that can be done to make your home fire safe for children, including: ·         Don't leave children alone in the home ·         Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children ·         Teach children that fire is a tool, not a toy ·         Be aware that younger children may play with fire in their bedroom ·         Teach children survival skills such as "Get down low and go, go, go!" and "Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll" ·         Develop and practice an escape plan ·         Teach children to call Triple Zero 000 in case of an emergency.   To view the complete list of entries for the Brigade Kids Champion Competition, please visit www.brigadekids.com FRNSW extends its thanks to all sponsors and supporters of the Brigade Kids Champion Competition including NSW Department of Education, Association of Independent Schools of NSW, NSW Teachers Federation, Catholic Education Commission NSW, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Lego, Microsoft and Scholastic Australia. World Ovarian Cancer Day: Australia’s only Phase 1 ovarian cancer drug trial recruiting patients 2017-05-07T22:14:01Z world-ovarian-cancer-day-australia-s-only-phase-1-ovarian-cancer-drug-trial-recruiting-patients The only Phase I clinical trial of an ovarian cancer drug in Australia right now is still recruiting participants. The drug under trial, Cantrixil, is believed to be active against difficult-to-target cancer stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy and lead to cancer recurrence. Three Australian hospitals are participating in the trial – Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia, Westmead Hospital in Sydney, and Icon Cancer Care in South Brisbane – along with three US hospitals. Cantrixil is being developed by listed Australian biotech company, Novogen Ltd (ASX: NRT). The phase 1 trial began in December 2016 and outcomes are expected in early 2018. World Ovarian Cancer Day is May 8. Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women and has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. It affects about one in 100 women worldwide, with about 240,000 new cases each year, and around 1,550 women expected to be diagnosed in Australia this year.  “Existing chemotherapy is only curative for about 20 percent of patients,” said Novogen CEO Dr James Garner.  “That Cantrixil has the potential to target and kill cancer stem cells remaining in the body after chemotherapy could lead to a significantly more effective treatment for sufferers. “Although most of the work on Cantrixil to date has focused on ovarian cancer, it’s not out of the question that it could be effective for other cancers.” The Cantrixil trial is being led by Associate Professor Dr Jim Coward, a medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at UQ School of Medicine and Mater Research, TRI, and based at Icon Cancer Care. Women interested in participating should discuss the Cantrixil trial with their oncologist.    More about Novogen and Cantrixil: http://www.novogen.com/researchpipeline/cantrixil ***END***   Media contact: Ilona Marchetta, ilona@irdepartment.com.au, 0416 156 136 Hunter United Credit Union and Beyond Bank announce plans to merge 2017-04-28T01:40:53Z hunter-united-credit-union-and-beyond-bank-announce-plans-to-merge Customers will be the big winners from a proposed merger between Hunter United Employees’ Credit Union and Beyond Bank Australia. The two organisations have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The merger will undergo due diligence, regulatory approval and Hunter United member approval and subject to this, is expected to take place in late 2017. Hunter United CEO Tim Blomfield said the merger will offer expanded services and more branches to members of both organisations across the Hunter. Mr Blomfield said all future decisions will be taken with the best interests of the members and staff of both organisations. He said there will be no job losses and more development opportunities for local staff. “Our business has been growing and we are in a good financial position but this merger gives us a combined strength to offer existing and new members the changing products and services they want.  “Competition is intensifying and regulatory and other costs increasing, so we recognised that merging with a like-minded organisation is the best way to continue to best serve our members,” said Mr Blomfield. “Once the due diligence process is complete by the end of June, we will be talking to members more closely about the detail and seeking their approval.” Beyond Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Keogh agreed, saying the Boards of both organisations also shared a strong cultural alignment and similar strategic aims. “As customer owned organisations, we are both committed to members, staff and the local community and together, we will have an even greater capacity to develop financial solutions that offer the best value to members,” said Mr Keogh. “Our Bank has a strong position in the national financial services market and this proposed merger will build on our commitment to regional Australia and provide a very clear alternative in the market for customers in the Hunter.“ “Both organisations also have strong relationships with local communities and we look forward to expanding and developing community programs once the merger is finalised.” Hunter United has approximately 9,000 members and assets worth $300 million. Beyond Bank has over 200,000 customers and assets under management of approximately $5 billion. Hunter United’s seven local branches complement Beyond Bank’s existing network which covers Wagga Wagga, the ACT, Hunter and Riverina regions, regional South Australia, Adelaide and Perth.