The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-23T00:54:09Z 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   Social media footage can be seen on the official Facebook page   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 Follow ECIA NSW/ACT Twitter: @ECIAnswact | #ECIA2017 Facebook: Website: 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: Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: 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: 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 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: ***END***   Media contact: Ilona Marchetta,, 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. Depression: Let's make prevention part of the discussion 2017-04-11T02:08:57Z world-health-day-7-april Perth-based owner of Resilience Kit, Gemma Lee Taylor says that while the 2016/17 World Health Day campaign focuses on the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery, she hopes that on 7 April we can make prevention part of the conversation too. “To treat depression and depressive illness, we must first understand it; and to understand it we need to talk about it. “As a society, we are getting better at how we talk about mental health; but we talk more about “cure” or treatment than we do about the ways we could prevent depression in the first instance. “We know prevention is better than a cure; but treatment holds our attention more when it comes to depression.  “I’m suggesting this World Health Day, let’s also recognise and talk about our options in the area of prevention,” she said. In 2012, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said prevention of depression is an area deserving of more attention; and referenced again in the 2016/17 World Health Day campaign: “Depression can be effectively prevented and treated.” According to the WHO, prevention programs evidence the reduction of elevated levels of depressive symptoms, none more so than those if deployed in targeted grass roots channels including but not limited to schools, playgroups, and community centres. Depression can affect anyone, but three groups at the centre of the World Health Day campaign this year, are adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth), and older adults. “When we talk prevention of depression, we need to talk about interventions that improve the psychosocial well-being of the family unit: that means young people and those in charge of their care,” she said. Through Resilience Kit, Ms Taylor advocates for preventative training for children and adolescents by finding ways to engage and empower the Perth families: parents, carers and elders. “We know that if we can provide information on evidence-based strategies to build resilience in parents and caregivers, it can reduce parental depressive symptoms, and simultaneously drive improvements in children’s outcomes,” she said. “The information and help is out there, it is just a little hard to find. We can do more to make support more accessible. “The onus is wide reaching: it’s on the media to help change the public discourse; families to change the way we talk about depression in the home, and health and education providers to make sure preventative measures are on their radar. “Depression can be prevented! Let’s talk about it,” said Ms Taylor.   -ENDS-   For more information, contact: Carly Wise Gemma Lee Taylor Managing Director Owner Wise PR Consulting Resilience Kit +61 435 002 895 +61 481 369 446   Resilience Kit: About Resilience Kit delivers the internationally acclaimed FRIENDS Resilience Programs™ for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression in children, their parents and caregivers in Western Australia. Developed by Brisbane-based Professor, Clinical Psychologist and world-leader in child psychology, Paula Barrett, FRIENDS Resilience™ Programs are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and applied widely by health and education providers in over 20 countries.  The Resilience Kit team, led by owner, Gemma Lee Taylor, delivers “parallel interventions” to Western Australian families. This means, the child and primary caregivers are engaged at the same time to effectively strengthen the resilience of the family unit as a whole. The interventions are delivered in family friendly community centres to normalise the experience of obtaining mental health services. The rationale for this approach is that anxiety and depression is often systemic: it doesn’t exist in isolation and a preventative approach can empower families to develop the skills they need to be resilient and better able to cope with the stresses and challenges of life. If excessive worry and unhelpful thinking patterns are not addressed early on, this can extend from childhood into adult life and stop young people from being their very best. In addition to family interventions, Resilience Kit also provides free, community seminars at local schools, playgroups and community centres. “At Resilience Kit, we are passionate about promoting and maintaining healthy emotional development and well-being in our local community. “Free community seminars provide an opportunity to open a dialogue about why building resilience in the family is so important. We also look at risk and protective factors for healthy emotional development, and how we can support our kids’ social and emotional skill development,” said Ms Taylor. The FRIENDS Resilience Programs for children include: Fun FRIENDS (4-7years), FRIENDS for Life (8-10years), and My FRIENDS Youth (11-15years). In parallel, parents and caregivers are equipped with Parenting Strategies and an Adult Resilience Program. In these programs, parents and caregivers have an opportunity to mirror and reinforce the skills learned by their child. For more information on Resilience Kit’s FRIENDS Resilience™ Programs, visit    Gemma Lee Taylor: About  Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours, 2015 According to Resilience Kit owner, Gemma Lee Taylor: “If you go against the grain, sometimes great things can happen.”   After completing her degree at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2015, Gemma relocated to Brisbane to work alongside her mentor, Professor Paula Barrett: Clinical Psychologist and founder of The FRIENDS Resilience™ Programs. Rather than assume a salaried position in Brisbane, in 2016 Gemma returned to WA bringing with her the FRIENDS Resilience™ Programs as part of her own business, Resilience Kit. “Working with Professor Barrett enabled me to obtain a good insight into psychology as a profession, and the interaction we have with other allied health professionals and the community. “There is a real need to develop social and emotional skills in children experiencing anxiety, but also the need to strengthen resilience in their families at the same time. This is something I am particularly passionate about bringing to WA,” she said. Gemma leads the Resilience Kit team to deliver group interventions for children as well as their parents and or caregivers in community centres across Perth. Winner of the APS Prize for Psychology and a research scholarship with ANZPATH for her thesis, Gemma maintains her greatest sense of achievement comes from working with the local community. “There is something really special about empowering the community around positive mental health. “The information and help is out there; it’s just a little hard to reach sometimes. “It is my hope that Resilience Kit can bridge that gap,” she said. For more information on Gemma Lee Taylor, visit   Useful references: Top tips to prepare for the hay and silage season 2017-03-23T01:30:20Z top-tips-to-prepare-for-the-hay-and-silage-season Regular annual hay and silage making is now common-place on many farms in Australia and while sticking to a suitable rotation throughout winter will see you through there are still some important things to consider. Pasture selection and preparation for one, is an important consideration to maximise the production potential of silage and while there is a number of factors that influence the pasture including climate, agronomic constraints and the silage system that will be used, farmers should firstly consider what best suits their whole farm program. “Harvesting high quality fodder is one of the key focus areas for KUHN Farm Machinery innovation,” says Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director KUHN Farm Machinery. “Low quality forage is unlikely to become good quality silage, so it is important that farmers consider the management of their pasture, the growth stage at harvest, as well as wrapping the bales sufficiently for storage.” Because application of fertiliser can have major implications on the quality and quantity of silage, another key consideration is the soil and plant fertiliser requirements. Nitrogen and potassium levels need to be managed to maximise yield as well and feed quality. Hay and silage production absorbs a lot of potassium from the soil, so an application in early spring may be required. Nitrogen levels also need to be monitored closely, and topdress to individual yield requirements. To address this Mr Fetiveau says that farmers are encouraged to soil test their pastures before sowing and during the growth stages to ascertain the fertility of their paddocks. For paddock preparation and throughout the pasture growth stages, weed and pest management is also an important consideration. Hay and silage making can be used as a highly effective weed control strategy, however established weeds in silage or hay pastures can reduce the feed quality and in some cases be toxic to livestock. Weeds should be controlled early-on to avoid infestations. The main weeds to consider include Capeweed, Fireweed and Patersons Curse. The same applies to in managing disease or insect damage. Common pets such as aphids and diseases such as rust can dramatically impact yield and feed quality. Finally, it is also important to take a look at machinery needs and plan for any servicing, maintenance or repairs, so you’re not let down in the middle of harvest. Growers will need to weigh up investing in machinery or utilising the services of a contractor. Machinery innovation, technology improvements and the latest precision agriculture software applications make hay and silage production much more productive and profitable. Mr Fetiveau says: “KUHN offers a large range of reliable products for hay and silage production. Our wide choice of agricultural machinery including vertical tillage systems and power harrows, fertiliser spreaders, sprayers, mowers, rakes, balers and wrappers, are all designed and manufactured using cutting edge technology.” To ensure farmers have the best machines for the next silage season, KUHN have a special finance offer until 15 April 2017 with 0.99% interest on any two machines purchased for three years with 1/3 deposit. For hay tools 1.99% interest over three years with 1/3 deposit and balers and wrappers 1.99% for four years with 1/3 deposit. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications Pty Ltd Adam Arndell Luci Smith P: 02 6766 4513/ 0403 372 889 P: 02 6766 4513 E: E: How can women still be earning less than men in the 21st century? 2017-03-07T06:20:08Z how-can-women-still-be-earning-less-than-men-in-the-21st-century Founder of Create A Wealthy Life, Melbourne’s Deb Smith wants to know why despite all the information saying it is so, women still earn less than men and it is taking so long for big business to act with more haste. “Australian women face so many financial challenges men do not,” she said. “It boggles the mind that in the 21st century with all we have witnessed about the capabilities of women, that we are still paid less and financially hindered by having a family.” “Our country has such a long way to go until this is no longer an issue. “Let’s explore some more stats … yes they are out but I think we need reminding - an Australian woman’s full-time average weekly earnings are 16.2 per cent less than a man’s and her super is 52.8 per cent lower (Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)). That is mind blowing given women still live longer than men). “Almost half of women work part-time around family obligations, whereas only one in six Aussie men work part time (Australian Securities and Investments Commission).  The Australian Institute of Family Studies found the incomes of women post-divorce or separation are impacted more significantly than those of men.” Where does that leave women? According to Deb, while it looks dire financially for women, it is not all doom and gloom. “First things first – take responsibility for your financial literacy. Understand your mortgage works, how to budget and save, find out tools that can help you learn about money management. Everyone is scared of a budget but if done right it is not going without everything, it is modifying the way you spend your pennies. I review my clients Home Loans every 12 months on their behalf and sometimes they are amazed at how we can negotiate better rates and this can save thousands of dollars in interest,” Deb said. “Then you need to address your belief systems around money. Look at why you say “I’m scared of money”, or “I never touched money, I don’t know what to do with it.”  Or” Money is the root of all evil.”. There are emotional reasons why you think that way. I love money and I think this is a healthy attitude, it allows it to flow my way. “Connect with successful women through networking groups or MeetUps; find out what they do to grow their wealth and financial security. “Seek out expert advice from professionals who can help you set up a savings strategy (while still leaving some money to have fun). If you are in business, understand your cash flow and numbers.  It is not enough to leave it up to someone else; you must keep your finger on the pulse. “Finally, get rid of your bad debt.  Credit cards, Personal loans. Buy now, pay later. All of these eat into your savings and affect your borrowing capacity.” Deb said as women, we do face additional challenges. “It may be some time before all of the reasons many struggles financially are resolved.  Blaming others is the easy way out. To be truly wealthy in life, you have to take responsibility for what happens to you,” she said. KUHN Expo showcases the best in farm machinery innovation 2017-02-24T00:30:46Z kuhn-expo-showcases-the-best-in-farm-machinery-innovation Over the last two days, KUHN Farm Machinery has welcomed more than 300 dealers and customers to the KUHN Farm Machinery Expo in Cowra, NSW. The event was a unique opportunity to meet global product experts from the United States and Europe as well as get hands on experience with KUHN’s innovative farm machinery. 30 machines were showcased, across both days, demonstrating the KUHN difference through the company’s strength and technology in design and manufacturing including, for the first time in Australia, the KUHN AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN Axent Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN HR 8040R Power Harrow and the KUHN Excelerator Vertical Tillage System. Tillage expert Wade Oman from the KUHN factory in North America was on hand to demonstrate the impressive features and innovations of the Excelerator Vertical Tillage System. Wade says with exclusive Excalibur blades to capture and slice through residue, the Excelerator Vertical Tillage System provides exceptional residue cutting, soil and residue mixing and seedbed preparation in one pass. Danny Tranter, Integrated Solutions, KUHN Australia said: “when it comes to spreaders KUHN’s AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader, with a daily output of 400ha, is perfect for fine and irregularly sized or prilled fertilisers.” “The AGT 6036 ensures precise spreading over the entire 36m working width regardless of wind, terrain inclination and fertiliser quality.” Danny added that: “As a leader in farm machinery, KUHN offers farmers the best products right around the world and the Axent Fertiliser Spreader is no exception. It is the first trailed spreader with continuous adjustment during spreading and has two spreading modules for spreading different products – granule or powder type fertiliser.” Throughout the Expo, dealers and customers were given access to live demonstrations and presentations on the full range of KUHN Farm Machinery. Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director, KUHN Farm Machinery said the Expo was a huge success with dealers and customers leaving with new knowledge and information about the impressive range of KUHN Farm Machinery and the amazing technologies that make up the KUHN difference. Vision and photographs from the Expo are available at: For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications, Adam Arndell P: 02 6766 4513/ 0403 372 889 E: Local Business Saving Melbournians Thousands In Renovation Costs 2017-02-21T21:08:36Z thinking-of-renovating One of the hardest aspects of renovating is being comfortable with a design before seeing the finished product. Our 3D Renders allow you to see exactly how your finished kitchen or bathroom will look. A standard kitchen renovation will cost homeowners between $20,000 & $40,000 with the average kitchen company paying their designers 10% of that price. Russell and Jordan, founders of 3D Plans Online, have years of experience in creating stunning bathroom and kitchen designs. Having worked in the renovation business for over 13 years, they saw an opportunity to help homeowners feel confident in their projects by designing a process that lets customers visualise designs before any building begins. “It’s really helpful if you’re not sure what you can do with your space, or if you have trouble visualising your ideas. We can create a 3D rendering so realistic that you won’t have any trouble trying to picture the design. This way you can make sure you’re 100% happy with the design before going ahead with anything”, says Russell Jones, CEO of High Level Group and founder of 3D Plans Online. 3D Plans Online create 3D renders of kitchens and bathrooms, enabling renovators to visualise their dream space. Saving hours in time, and potentially thousands of dollars, the simple online platform gives renovators the ability to visualise their kitchen or bathroom before even speaking to a builder. Builders and cabinet makers are also sharing in the rewards. 3D Plans Online not only provide 3D renders but they also provided 2D plans which builders and cabinet makers can price and quote from, without even leaving their office. With 3D Plans Online you are three easy steps from the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. 1.      Head to and select a package that suits your needs. 2.      Complete our simple design brief. 3.      Choose a time that suits you for a one-on-one phone consultation. 3D Plans Online work exclusively online and over the phone. This not only saves you money but also means you don’t have to drive around to 10 different showrooms. Every design comes complete with everything you need, including a list of recommended suppliers in your area. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T23:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer                                0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language.