The PRWIRE Press Releaseshttp://2016-12-01T01:16:58ZShort + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches2016-12-01T01:16:58Zshort-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launchesMeet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions.
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Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content.
SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot.
Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens.
In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more.
The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer.
SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today:
“We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people.
“SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it.
“Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.”
Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv
The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships.
In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more.
Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group:
Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon2016-11-15T07:29:56Znail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached.
With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone.
“We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said.
RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year.
Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au
REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES
1. Gourmet Experiences
Barista training course
Brewery tours and beer tasting
2. Outdoor Activities
Horse riding activities
Vintage bike ride with picnic
3. Water Sport Experiences
Sea turtle snorkel tour
Crocodile cage of death
RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au
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Nominations Open for 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest2016-09-20T01:30:37Znominations-open-for-2017-queen-of-country-music-questNominations for the 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest have opened, with local businesses and community groups urged to get involved in the event that’s been supporting local women since 1984.
Now in its 32nd year, the Queen of Country Music Quest empowers young women from the Tamworth region to develop important personal and professional skills like public speaking, networking and community service.
This year, the Quest has been given an added boost with the announcement it will be run by the Tamworth branch of international female advocacy group Zonta, which empowers women through service and advocacy.
Tamworth Zonta Club president Deb Maes said she was excited about taking the Quest forward.
“The club is committed to expanding the Quest and are joining collaboratively with others in the community so the Quest can be an even more valuable experience for the entrants, sponsors, employers and the whole community,” Deb said.
Nominations close September 30, and is open to women aged 18-35 years who must be nominated and sponsored by their employer, a local business or community organisation to get involved.
All Quest nominees will receive professional development in October and November including workshops on etiquette, grooming, personal presentation, media training, confidence coaching and a six-week public speaking and leadership course from The Tamworth Communicators.
In December, 15 Quest finalists will be named, then officially “sashed” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert on Friday 20 January. These finalists will act as advocates of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and also of Tamworth as a destination of choice in NSW.
The major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- will be announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday 27th January 2017.
The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2017 Gore Country Music Festival.
Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2017, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions.
Last year’s Quest Winner, Madeline Lang, encouraged local women keen on personal and professional development to seek nomination from their employer or community group.
“The Quest is a unique experience and I would absolutely encourage anyone who is interested in personal development to get involved. It’s also a great chance to learn new skills, gain professional and personal confidence and make some good friends along the way,” Madeline said.
Entrants must be available to attend all scheduled events throughout the Tamworth Country Music Festival and later events throughout 2017.
Nomination forms can be found at the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth website located here.
Tel: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889
AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs2016-09-12T02:46:08Zaiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngosFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 SEPTEMBER 2016
Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making.
The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive.
Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive.
“This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick.
This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific.
“There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode.
The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney.
Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.”
Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School.
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From Hell to Happiness-this memoir has it all2016-07-19T01:55:13Zfrom-hell-to-happiness-this-memoir-has-it-allPatricia Dennis’s memoir has been described as “The most moving memoir I’ve ever read” by people who have read it.
Titled Hell to Happiness | A concentration camp childhood to a life of abundance, the 350-page book is a memoir of one woman’s undying spirit and is full of heart-felt emotion.
It provides a different view of WWII looking from the perspective of a seven year old girl who was forced to grow up in a Japanese concentration camp in Manila for three and a half years.
Having had virtually no schooling until age 11, Tricia Dennis arrived in Sydney and became a guinea pig for the NSW Education Dept who followed her progress until she Matriculated. She was placed in the class corresponding to her age and told to “catch up and keep up”, which she took on board as her motto in life.
Tricia’s family moved to Melbourne and it was here where she started a career that was to take her around the world and see her on the cover of magazines and have her own segment on daytime TV.
Tricia became a professional model, TV celebrity, cattle farmer and a business entrepreneur.
People are amazed how much Tricia has managed to fit into one life (she is now 82). When you learn she bought a B&B at aged 69 and ran it for more than 10 years, this gives you an idea of the type of person Tricia is.
Her memoir, which is full of passion, hope and inspiration, took a year to compile with Tricia writing it by hand; all 114,000 words. She’s now learning more about computers with weekly lessons; ready for her next book perhaps?
Hell to Happiness documents Tricia’s magnificent and tumultuous life in which she achieved great personal and business triumphs. This true story illustrates how she overcame adversity and gained the confidence to truly live life to the fullest. She has made all of her dreams come true.
As she says, “Living on borrowed time will sharpen your appreciation for life”.
The press release can be read here:http://wmcpr.com.au/patricia-dennis-shares-incredible-life/
The website is here:www.helltohappiness.com
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Would you like to interview Tricia Dennis? If so, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 03 9803 2588.
I have a wide selection of images showing Tricia as a child, on the cover of magazines and other modelling assignments, as well as current photos of her and the book’s covers. A number of these are on the press release page.
Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert2016-05-19T01:30:28Zsami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert
This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.
Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.
The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.
In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.
Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist.
The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions.
Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement.
“I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.
One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.
Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.
SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-
Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
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P: +61 407 078 407AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES2016-05-18T23:21:03Zaustralia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thievesWho: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors
When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm
Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin
What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request.
Don’t close the book on Australian stories.
The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs?
Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony.
‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally
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Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | firstname.lastname@example.orgEvil teddy short film by 12-year-old Aussie to premiere at Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theatre2016-05-16T05:54:30Zevil-teddy-short-film-by-12-year-old-aussie-to-premiere-at-hollywood-s-famous-chinese-theatre
Twelve-year-old Melbourne boy James Baras-Miller who borrowed his dad’s iPhone to shoot a series of evil teddy short films will star on the red carpet at three prestigious film festivals in the United States and Australia this June.
James’ short films featuring the crime-spree capers of Octavius will premier at the home of Hollywood blockbusters, The Chinese Theatre, as part of the Dances with Films festival and at The New York Media Centre as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival.
"I've never been out of the country. I am still waiting for my passport so I can go!” laughed James.
"I shot it on my dad’s mobile for a bit of fun,” said James. “I can't believe my film will screen at the same theatre that premiered Star Wars.”
Melbourne streets and iconic landmarks aren’t safe in these quirky films as evil teddy Octavius goes on a crime rampage, accosting innocent teddy-standers with heists, carjackings and framing teddy police for the theft of the Weeping Woman from the NGV all from his secret headquarters at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
James wrote, directed and shot the films before editing them alongside his dad at home while keeping up with his homework from Auburn High School where he is in Year 7.
"My wife suggested this would be a fun father-son activity. I think she wanted to get us out of the house, really!" jokes his father, Steven.
“ We bought a remote control car from Aldi and James had thought about sending up the film Speed," said Steven. "In the end he came up with something even better."
"Now the films are taking us to Hollywood, to probably the most famous cinema in the world.”
While in the US, James will work on a new film featuring famous landmarks of the US.
"I'm going to the State of Liberty and Universal Studios to see what we can do there," said James. “Perhaps we can use the house from Psycho.”
James will be heading to New York for the first screening of his film Octavius The Heist on June 4 at the New York Media Centre before jetting to Hollywood for the premiere of Octavius Hack Attack at The Chinese Theatre on June 11.
From there, it’s his hometown’s turn with a screening at Little Big Shots film festival in Melbourne and a debut at the Sydney Opera House before the year is out.
James Baras-Miller is available for interview.
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Learn filmmaking from creator of Broke2016-05-05T10:51:53Zlearn-filmmaking-from-creator-of-broke
you have an interest in movies? How about writing a story with a fantastic
twist? Learn how to direct or act for a movie? Great news is the Capricorn Film
Festival is offering a two day filmmaking workshop to all Gladstone and Central
one will consist of an overview of the production, learning the keys to making
a great story and protagonist, hands on camera skills, breaking down a scene,
writing a script and choosing crew roles for day two’s upcoming filming and
Graham, Festival Director and Producer of Gladstone’s multi award winning Broke, “We are excited to be offering
these intimate educational workshops, which will show residents basic skills to
make a short film, and hopefully we might even open that desire in a few people
to pursue a connection with movies further. Most importantly, it’s going to be
a weekend for all involved.”
the last five months the festival education team has been working hard within
Gladstone’s school’s showing students the necessary skills it takes to be a
filmmaker and create their short films for the Capricorn Film Festival, while
also preparing them for creating content without all the flashy equipment
Graham, Festival Director, “It’s important that those people taking up an
interest be shown how to utilise the equipment they have at their disposal, a
great camera will not make a filmmaker, but an educated filmmaker can create
high quality work with minimal equipment. Take for example your Iphone, it’s a
great tool to practice develop your skills. Feature films are even been
produced with them these days.”
workshop will be held at the Central Queensland University campus in Gladstone,
on May 28 and 29, later this month.
Make sure to
get in early as limited seating is available. For more information on booking
your place for the workshop:
Don’t bank on a pay rise in 2016 new report warns2016-03-16T23:13:38Zdon-t-bank-on-a-pay-rise-in-2016-new-report-warnsSydney, 17 March 2016: Despite consumer and business confidence trending up, most employers (79 per cent) do not plan to offer wage increases in 2016 and of the 21 per cent who will, the majority (57 per cent) will offer modest increases between 2 and 5 per cent, the 2016 Adecco Employment and Talent Report has found.
Performance, local economic conditions and competition for talent (86 per cent) are the major influencers for employers considering wage rises while aligning wage rises with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has lost favour with just (14 per cent) using it as a reason for increases.
Nor is it surprising that employee disengagement is costing the national economy $54.8 billion annually with the report showing 76 per cent of Australian workers are in two minds about their jobs or worse still, are completely disengaged.
“It is well documented that disengaged workers are less profitable, less loyal, less safe, less innovative and less likely to stay,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing at the Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand said.
“This report clearly shows that employers need to address common pitfalls like lack of direction, relying too heavily on pay as a motivator, not recognising achievements or ignoring career progression and consider ways to enhance employee engagement. These could include articulating the organisation’s values, fostering behaviours that align with these values, showing gratitude, emphasising the positives and understanding what inspires their employees,” she added.
The report also found that better opportunity (46 per cent) is the major reason employees leave an organisation, followed by salary (20 per cent) and lack of career (progression) 14 per cent.
Flexible hours (43 per cent), and education and training (34 per cent) continue to be the key benefits while bonuses remain popular (20 per cent).
And if you are young and unemployed you probably need to lower your salary expectations as 21 per cent of employers attribute youth unemployment to high salary expectations and 15 per cent to lack of experience.
Moreover, with new generation, come new expectations. Work life balance (65 per cent), salary (54 per cent) and the opportunity to grow (51 per cent) seem to be the key motivators for candidates seeking a new role.
“Tomorrow’s workplace will be very different to the workplace today. It will evolve into a mixed environment where workers can relax and play. We are already seeing the seeds of this change. Organisations such as KPMG and IBM have adopted activity-based workplaces that are designed to heightened transparency and creativity. Employers are turning their minds as to how best manage a multigenerational workforce and employees will continue to strive for better work/live balance,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth concluded.
More information on Adecco Group:
For further information, please contact:
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About the Adecco Group
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).
Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing2016-02-24T07:05:17Zprofessionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing
With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus.
With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including:
Construction Cost Managers;
Building and Engineering Economists;
Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers;
Dispute Resolution Professionals;
Quantiﬁcation of Material and Labour Professionals; and
Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property.
"The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy."
The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians.
Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules.
The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules.
If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared.
AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession.
For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence.
The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS).
A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services.
The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
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(02) 8234 4000
NSW South Coast Students Cash in on Financial Literacy2016-02-22T03:12:57Znsw-south-coast-students-cash-in-on-financial-literacy-1
Shoalhaven and Far South Coast primary school students will learn
crucial financial literacy skills during March thanks to Horizon Credit Union
and The National Theatre for Children (NTC). The organisations will once again
be delivering Showdown at Two Bob
Billabong to schools across the regions at no cost. The tour begins on
Monday 7th March and will visit schools in Albion Park, Nowra,
Coledale, Moruya, Broulee, Tathra, Bega and Cobargo.
financial literacy program gained national attention last year having been
awarded ‘Highly Commended’ by Financial Literacy Australia.
thrilled to be in a position to give back to the community by sponsoring these
educational programs for children’s financial literacy. One of the things that
set us apart from other financial institutions is that we exist for the benefit
of our members. Our main aim is to help them manage their money better.
Establishing good savings habits at a young age is a priceless skill that can
be carried through to adulthood” said Horizon CEO Jon Stanfield.
at Two Bob Billabong is a twenty five minute performance
delivered live into schools by two professional actors and uses comedy and an
exciting adventure story to teach students all about what is money, the uses of
money, why we should save and how we can save. The content of the show is curriculum aligned while the
format is theatrical, energetic and fun. The information is supplemented by
student workbooks filled with activities and educational games, teacher guides
to be used in the classroom and interactive digital learning materials that
reinforce the educational points, all of which are included free of charge.
The thorough nature of the multiplatform
program is the result of time-tested experience. Tobias Benn, the Managing Director of
NTC Australia explains. “A huge part of our success is the fact that when kids
laugh, they learn so much more willingly and enthusiastically and can’t wait to
get home and share what they learned. The information is presented in such a
fun, energetic way that students will remember it for years to come. It’s a way
for our sponsor to spread these important messages into the greater community.”
About Horizon Credit Union
Horizon Credit Union is the only truly local South Coast financial institution. It is
in its 51st year of operation and has a branch network that spans the South
Coast of NSW. Horizon looks after over 14,500 people in that region. It is a member-owned
financial institution that does everything a bank can do. Anyone can join
Horizon. Horizon returns profits back to members in the form of competitive
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1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational
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engineering and maths, financial literacy, health and nutrition and
environmental literacy, among others.
Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is
now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes
print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events. We have developed the art of teaching through
educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the
largest in-school touring educational production company in the world. www.ntccorporate.com.au
SARAH JEAN INTRODUCES AN EASIER WAY TO APPLY FALSE EYELASHES – NEW PRODUCT RELEASE2016-02-19T04:54:34Zsarah-jean-introduces-an-easier-way-to-apply-false-eyelashes-new-product-release
Australian company, SARAH JEAN PTY LTD launches on to the
beauty scene with a collection of products aimed at making applying strip false
The signature product, the eyelash adhesive, cleverly
combines two existing items to create a unique product. The adhesive features a
mascara style brush that enables the user to simply apply the adhesive directly
to their real lashes.
Brisbane based SARAH JEAN founder, Sarah Baker said she
meticulously sought and customised a mascara brush and bottle that allows just the right
amount of adhesive to be applied to the lashes – preventing any drips, mess or
“By applying the adhesive to your lashes, and not just
the strip on the false lashes, the area you’re applying the adhesive to is
greater and thus the lashes are easier to apply and stay on longer,” Sarah
The SARAH JEAN adhesive is available in clear and black,
and is anti-allergenic, latex-free, and water soluble.
The lashes simply peel off, and using a foaming facial
cleanser, the adhesive is completely removed without impacting your real
The collection includes five lushes lash styles, which
are also latex-free, synthetic, cruelty free and light-weight.
“Styles SJ001 and SJ002 are light and natural – ideal for
people with fair or fine lashes. Style SJ003 is the perfect lash for day to
night, while SJ004 and SJ005 are super-glam and dramatic,” Sarah said.
Also available is the tweezer applicator tool, which
helps to hold and press the lashes in place – a beautician’s best friend, now
readily available to everyone.
THE SJ STORY
The idea for the product came about when Sarah was trying to
apply false strip eyelashes for a special occasion. She thought ‘there has to
be an easier way’.
“To determine if there was actually a need for the product,
I sent a survey to my target market with questions on what they thought of the
concept, how much they would pay, what type of packaging they preferred and so
on, as well as asked for feedback.
“The response from the survey was overwhelmingly positive
and it was very clear that people wanted an easier way to apply false strip
eyelashes. People said they often avoided wearing lashes because they couldn’t
apply them at home.”
Sarah began trialling and sourcing alternative applicator
tools and adhesives. “It wasn’t long after that I determined the best method
was to simply put the adhesive on to a mascara brush, and applying the adhesive
as I would mascara – it was so natural since I applied mascara just about every
day. To make the application even easier, I sourced curved tweezers, which
traditionally, were only used by beauticians. Once the lashes are in place, you simply press your
natural and false lashes together for extra hold,” Sarah added.
After many prototypes were made and tweaked, survey
participants received these for further trials. One survey participant said:
“Seriously, the easiest lashes I have ever had to apply! Hurry up and get the
products to market!”
“That kind of feedback was consistent across the board,
which was really encouraging,” Sarah said.
WHERE TO BUY
The products are available online at sarahjean.com.au.
Dispatch is March 2016 (*at this time, delivery
will be longer than usual). People can enjoy free standard postage within
Australia (international postage enquiries should be sent to email@example.com).
THE SJ COLLECTION
The collection includes:
- Five lash styles, RRP $17 – quality, synthetic,
- An adhesive in clear and black, RRP $18 – it’s
water soluble, latex free and anti-allergenic (shelf life is 24 months unopened;
six months once opened)
- The applicator tweezers, RRP $17 – stainless
steel with soft coating
Kits are also available to buy via the website that allow
people to save when they buy more.
None of the products are tested on animals.
The products are for anyone who wears false strip eyelashes.
- Sarah is available for interview and comment
- Samples for review may be available upon request
- High-resolution imagery, logos and additional information can be downloaded in a media kit HERE
- Promotional opportunities or giveaways may be
available – contact us with expressions of interest.
Mardi Gras Film Festival Coming to the Blue Mountains for the first time!2016-02-02T23:53:54Zmardi-gras-film-festival-coming-to-the-blue-mountains-for-the-first-time
3 February 2016: For the first time, and in partnership with the local Pink Mountains organisation, The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba will host the best five films of the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen, as well as the winner of the prestigious My Queer Career awards from 11 – 13 March 2016. Tickets on sale at queerscreen.org.au and via the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.
“We are delighted to bring the Mardi Gras Film Festival to the Blue Mountains for the first time and to screen at the beautiful Carrington Hotel,” said Festival Director Paul Struthers. “It’s very exciting to bring the best festival films on tour to such a supportive community”.
Peter Hackney, Pink Mountains co-convenor said: “It’s indicative of the burgeoning LGBTIQ community in the Mountains that Mardi Gras has decided to expand outside its Inner Sydney heartland and come to our region. They’ve seen that we have a vital, rapidly growing queer scene and have responded accordingly.
“We congratulate the Mardi Gras Film Festival for thinking outside the box and we urge all local LGBTIQ people and visitors to support these film screenings wholeheartedly”, he added.
The screenings include:
REMEMBERING THE MAN – a bittersweet documentary further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man. This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival. Friday 11 March, 7pm.
The winner of My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize, will be shown on Friday 11 March along with REMEMBERING THE MAN. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).
LIZ IN SEPTEMBER - The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in this Venezuelan lesbian film. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating. Saturday 12 March, 6pm.
BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING - Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, this movie is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine. Saturday 12 March, 8pm.
TCHINDAS – A sensual and transporting documentary that reveals an open and multicultural corner of Africa seldom explored, follows the life of three queer artists as they prepare for a spectacular Carnival. Sunday 13 March, 2pm.
THAT’S NOT US – With beautiful cinematography, and nuanced and natural performances, this engaging dramedy about relationships is a breath of fresh air. Three couples – one gay, one lesbian, one straight - are on a weekend away at a beach house managing the intricacies, vulnerabilities, laughter and connection that comes with relationships. Sunday 13 March, 4pm.
Louise Nealon, CallidusPR
T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177
Mardi Gras Film Festival Popping at the Seams!2016-01-14T23:58:26Zmardi-gras-film-festival-popping-at-the-seamsWith 20 additional screenings, 4 new venues, 9 international guests, countless Australian premieres and an increased cash prize for the My Queer Career winners, the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is set to be the biggest year yet in the Festival’s history. The full program and all tickets are now on sale at queerscreen.org.au or through the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.
Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016, the Festival will feature 75 screenings at Event Cinemas in George Street and new-to-festival venues the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, the Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Surry Hills and The Harbour. From mid-March to early April the Festival will travel to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta and for the first time, the Carrington Hotel in the Blue Mountains.
“Every year we aim to be bigger and better than before and this year we have nailed it,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “We have more diversified content including a lot more lesbian films, more transgender films, more documentaries, more international guests, more masterclasses and more screenings at more venues including two free community screenings. There is absolutely something for everyone in this year’s line-up and we are really excited to launch the full program today”.
An absolutely jam-packed program offers LGBTIQ stories across the whole spectrum from fantastical feature films to raw documentaries and promises to make audiences laugh, cry, think, be inspired and engaged. Highlights include:
CHEMSEX - a fascinating and honest insight into the lives of modern gay men in the UK who engage in weekend-long, drug fueled orgies, a.k.a ‘chemsex’ or ‘wired fun’. Participants hold nothing back and the documentary offers untouched, gritty and sometimes confronting point of view from a variety of lives within the London chemsex scene. The screening will be following by a panel discussion.
Andrew Steggall’s DEPARTURE is a visual delight bringing us to the peaceful French countryside where Elliot on holiday with his mum is awakened to previously unknown desires. With a surprisingly honest portrayal of family, young love and self-discovery, this film will haunt you in the best possible way. Filmmaker Andrew Steggall will be at the Festival and participating in a Q&A after the screening.
THE GIRL KING tells the story of the real life Queen Kristina of Sweden a brilliant 17th century monarch who fought the conservative forces of her court to modernize Sweden. Shocking the court with her refusal to marry, Kristina fell for her lady-in-waiting and names her as the Queen’s bed companion. This is the first film to delve deeper into the Queen’s sexuality and won Best Actress award at the Montréal World Film Festival.
Sure to become an audience favourite, Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett give stellar performances in THE LADY IN THE VAN, fresh from the Toronto Film Festival. This is a quirky, true story about a homeless elderly woman called Mary Shepard who moved her battered van into Bennett’s driveway and refused to leave.
A superb Australian feature from 2013 My Queer Perspective winner Grant Scicluna, and featuring actors Reef Ireland, Kerry Fox and Tom Green, DOWNRIVER is a mysterious story that follows protagonist James as he is released on parole for the murder of a child as a young boy and turns the idea of coming of age on its head. The cast and crew will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
The visually stunning GIRLS LOST is an emotionally raw Swedish urban fantasy film where three teenage girls are given the bodies of cisgender men for the night. When they realise how different they are treated as men then gain a new confidence as women while one realizes he may have been a boy all along.
A fascinating Australian documentary, ECCO HOMO asks a range of famous and not so famous people including U2 and INXS, the impossible question who was Troy Davies? Artist and performer, provocateur and chameleon, Davies charmed his way through a lifetime of fame, art, secrets, HIV, abuse and gender fluidity.
Starring Dianna Agron from Glee, BARE explores the vastness of Nevada’s landscape and the neon lights of its seedy nightlife as country girl Sarah is drawn unto a world of drugs, stripping, spirituality and sex by squatter Piper.
Exciting news for fans of hit online drama STARTING FROM…NOW!, the Festival presents the world premiere of the fourth season in one glorious sitting followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. Following the complicated lives of four inner-city Sydney lesbians, the drama has amassed 20 million views over its first three seasons.
International directors and actors will be arriving from all over the world including from Germany: Marco Kreuzpaintner(director) and Kostja Ulmann(actor) of COMING IN and previously SUMMER STORM; Spain: Actor Marcal Forés from EVERLASTING LOVE; the UK Andrew Steggall (Director) DEPARTURE; Canada: Christina Zeidler (Director) PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST; Switzerland Claudia Lorenz (Director) WHAT'S BETWEEN US and from the US Ray Yeung, Director and Chowee Leow - Co-Producer of FRONT COVER and Nneka Onuorah Director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE. All international guests will participate in a Q&A discussion with the audience after their film screenings
My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize has now been increased to a prize of $14,000 in cash and support and automatic nomination to the world-renowned Iris Prize competition. This year the eight finalists are:
Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).
Thanks to Screen NSW, Queer Screen is hosting four free events for local film makers with Australian and international talents. These include a production masterclass with US based director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE Nneka Onuorah; a masterclass in directing actors and your crew from COMING IN director Marco Kreuzpaintner and actor Kostja Ullmann; developing a strategy for the film festival circuit with DOWNRIVER director Grant Scicluna; and an industry forum on trends in LGBTIQ cinema.
In partnership with the City of Sydney, two free community screenings will be shown. WHAT’S BETWEEN US looks at the aftermath of a straight husband coming out as gay as Frank admits to sexual attraction to men after 18 years of marriage and three children. THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE is a documentary following the personal lives of members of True Colours, a Boston based LGBTIQ youth troupe and delivers a powerful message on social change.
The always popular shorts section has been extended with this year with the exciting addition of the first ever Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts – a selection of the best shorts from a new alliance of 11 Asian queer film festivals.
There will also be a screening of Mixed Shorts featuring a collection of the year’s best lesbian, gay and transgender films; a special late-night collection of international Gay Shorts, and returning after a four year absence a great collection of Lesbian Shorts.
The Festival Bar will run every night from 6pm to late.
The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George Bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, AGL, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Optus, City of Sydney, Screen NSW, South Australian Tourism and the Star Observer.
Tickets for all films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit queerscreen.org.au or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app to book or call (02) 9332 4938 to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.
Note to Editors:
Directors and actors from most films are available for interview
Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication
Louise Nealon, CallidusPR
T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177