The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-09-27T01:47:04Z Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T01:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. Lucerne a stand-out performer for grazing tolerance 2016-08-16T02:00:46Z lucerne-a-stand-out-performer-for-grazing-tolerance PGG Wrightson Seeds Stamina® GT5 has emerged from long testing processes, both locally and internationally, as a standout performer delivering excellent persistency, acceptable winter dormancy, strong pest and disease resistance, and yields equal to the best standard cultivars. James Sewell, PGG Wrightson Seeds Research and Development Manager, says that there are a lot of lucerne products that claim to be ‘grazing tolerant’ but the fact is not many have been tested under the internationally recognised ‘Standard Test Protocol’ in the same way Stamina GT5 has. “The results of this rigorous testing, along with the subsequent trials and published literature clearly show that Stamina GT5 is one of the best lucernes for grazing tolerance,” said James. South-west NSW producers Steve and Genevieve Affleck, turned to Stamina GT5 four years ago to improve their prime lamb production and haven’t looked back. “What started out as an experiment across five hectares of our property in Wombat, has genuinely paid off,” says Steve. “We started using Stamina GT5 four years ago when we needed to improve our pastures for persistency and to establish a high tolerance to grazing. Stamina GT5 lucerne has certainly delivered that.” The husband and wife team run a first cross ewe enterprise with some composites. Running two lambing seasons; in autumn and spring annually meant they needed consistent feed throughout the year. “Our biggest issue for pasture management is the region’s dry summers and wet winters. Here like most of NSW once the real summer bites a lot of your grasses are just useless. This is when the persistence of Stamina GT5 comes into its own,” says Steve. “Stamina GT5 has been a great way to help bridge the gap in the feed when other grasses and clovers are not available,” he said. Initially, Steve and Genevieve trialled dual pasture options on their property. The first, a pure lucerne stand that comprised 5ha of Stamina GT5 lucerne sown in the autumn four years ago. This was sown at 12kg/ha and was primarily for finishing lambs. Another 10ha was sown in 2015, and a further 15ha this year in 2016. The second was a pasture mix incorporating Stamina GT5 lucerne (3kg/ha), sub clover (2kg/ha), tall fescue (3kg/ha) and phalaris (2kg/ha). Steve sowed 10ha in 2015, primarily for his joined ewes and to provide high-quality feed during lambing. Both pastures were sown using a small air-seeder with a five-inch spacing to keep plant population dense per square metre, and to have a high level of ground cover. “It’s only a very small spacing but the resulting ground coverage and grazing tolerance in both pasture options have been exceptional,” Steve says. “We are lucky if we give the stand two weeks’ rest between grazing. It’s still really thick and dense. We wouldn’t have lost more than 2% coverage even after four years of hard grazing and we have had no issues with pests in the pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand.” Sheep performance is another area Steve and Genevieve have experienced outstanding results. Steve said: “On the 5ha of pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand, we turned off more than 400 lambs in the last year, while the same area carried up to 20 lambs/ha at any one time.” He added that lambs also gained an extra 2kg of weight and turned off two weeks earlier than lambs that were finished on oats. “We found that finishing on the Stamina GT5 lucerne actually gets better quality lambs quicker than having them on grazing oats. That’s why we’re pushing now to put so much Stamina GT5 in. It just gives us that flexibility with a quality feed and the sheep perform well on it.” Steve and Genevieve are also upbeat about hay harvested from the Stamina GT5 lucerne. “With our last cut we averaged nine five-foot-round bales/ha of excellent quality hay,” said Steve. “We had just sold the lambs and thought, we’ll lock it up and see what it does. After some timely rain, it took off and we decided to cut it for hay. The sheep eat the lot so it’s beautiful hay, it really is and it retains its leaf really well,” Steve added. James said: “it’s great to see Steve and Genevieve achieving such excellent yield and quality over the warmer months with Stamina GT5.” “It demonstrates that maintaining stand density, improved persistence, quality and yield can be achieved in lucerne cultivars that have been selected for grazing tolerant characteristics.” James explained that unlike Stamina GT5, many cultivars have not been subjected to the standard test protocols under the harsh Australian conditions and as such, producers should be cautious when assessing and purchasing cultivars claiming grazing tolerance. “If this claim is made, it is strongly recommended that producers request evidence and data to prove that it was run according to the industry standard test protocol,” he said. For more information on how Stamina GT5 grazing tolerant lucerne can improve your farm grazing productivity and profitability, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist as listed at www.springpasture.com.au ENDS. Media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T00:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ SAI Global recognised as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms 2016-01-29T04:10:54Z sai-global-recognised-as-a-leader-in-independent-analyst-report-on-grc-platforms MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT 29 JANUARY 2016 SAI Global recognized as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms Noted for having an extremely diverse and happy customer base SAI Global, a leading provider of solutions that help organizations manage risk, protect reputation and optimize performance in an increasingly complex ethical and regulatory environment, has been recognized by independent analyst firm, Forrester Research Inc., as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™ : Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 report. The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 is one of the industry’s most thorough and detailed analyses, based on briefings, demonstrations, customer surveys, interviews and analyst access to demo environments of each vendor’s product. Vendors are rated on 30 criteria that cover current offering, strategy and market presence. SAI Global was evaluated for its Compliance 360 Platform, a comprehensive software solution that streamlines governance, risk, compliance and internal audit processes for clients across the Heathcare, Life Science, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Automotive and Retail, Agri-Food industries. The report says that: “SAI Global has an extremely diverse, extremely happy customer base”. The report noted, SAI Global is among vendors that have a “solid value proposition and philosophy of GRC success that make them an overall strong pick.” Peter Mullins, SAI Global Chief Executive Officer said: “I believe that our recognition as a ‘Leader’ in this analysis validates our strategy and investment. The result we are most proud of is our customer references score, which is among the highest in the report, together with the commentary which cites our extremely happy customer base.” Mullins noted that strong, responsive and honest relationships between clients and providers are the cornerstone of successful GRC platform implementations and evolution. “I believe this result is a testament to the relationships we build as well as our technology, and we would like to thank our customers for enabling us to get continually better in what we do”, he said. Elisabeth Gehringer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Realogy Holdings Corp. said: ”Our implementation of Compliance 360 has supported our keen focus on ethics and risk management. It’s been integral to managing supply chain risk at our subsidiary Cartus, and ensuring that our clients are working with compliant vendors. The capabilities provide us with a number of business benefits which we continue to expand upon, and the SAI Global team is responsive and knowledgeable.” According to Forrester’s TechRadar™: Risk Management, Q4 2015 , a separate report analyzing GRC technology trends, GRC platforms are poised to act as the central hub to all risk data and that they are well positioned to add more value if they can become platform of choice to aggregate risk data.” Jan Kruger, Head of Risk, SAI Global, noted: “Constant regulatory change, new and emerging risks, and ongoing business transformation means companies need scalable, flexible platforms that deliver immediate business value and protection,and also adapt and grow with them. This corresponds well with our own offering of service-based software solutions that enhance compliance, integrate the various components of compliance and risk programs, and allow organizations to scale at their own pace with minimal overhead. It is my view that we received the highest of all strategy scores in the report in reflection of this.” To access a complete copy of The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, go to www.saiglobal.com/forrestergrc2016 “The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, 22 January 2016. Copyright (c) 2016, Forrester Research, Inc. - ENDS – About SAI Global SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, protect reputation and perform better in an increasingly complex and interconnected ethical and regulatory environment. The company’s solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia. saiglobal.com Media enquiries: Tamsyn Alley, Porter Novelli Sydney on behalf of SAI Global T: +61 478 474 634 Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia 2015-04-29T03:02:13Z ground-breaking-floating-solar-technology-launches-in-australia ADELAIDE, Australia, 29 April 2014 – Infratech Industries launches Australia’s first floating solar system today which will generate an estimated 57 percent more power than fixed land-based systems. The proprietary tracking, cooling and concentrating technology uses water to counteract the gradual loss of output caused by overheating solar panels to create a better performing and more efficient system. Based in South Australia’s Jamestown, the Northern Areas Council Waste Water Treatment Plant is the first to implement the new system which is expected to exceed the plant’s high energy needs and will feed through to the surrounding local communities and Council buildings. Infratech Industries Director Felicia Whiting said the benefits extend beyond energy efficiencies to improve the treatment plant’s water quality and create nearly 70 new jobs for the local community as a result of the project. "Blue-green algae is a major concern for wastewater treatment plants and the shade produced by the floating solar panels combats this problem by limiting the photosynthesis process. The energy goes into the panels, not the water, so the surface stays cool which helps to lift the quality of treated wastewater.” she said “On a broader scale, the technology is suitable for any body of water including drinking water and moving water bodies such as lakes. Since it reduces evaporation by up to 90 percent, it can have a powerful saving for areas affected by drought and dry climate such as Australia and California, Indonesia, Singapore and Philippines,” she said. The Northern Areas Council will reap additional economic benefits with a cost saving of approximately 15 percent on their current energy expenditure plus an additional one percent margin on the excess energy provided to the local community. No small undertaking and privately funded, more than15 Australian engineers and research scientists in the Nano Science and Technology Department in Adelaide’s Flinders University were involved in the project’s technological and engineering development. The development team will remain involved as research and development continues into integrated water treatment, phosphorous treatment systems and energy storage. Jon Dee, Australia’s leading expert in energy efficiency, author of 'Energy Cut' (EnergyCut.info/SME-book), and co-founder of the Planet Ark and DoSomething organisations, has applauded the innovation and leadership of Infratech Industries. “Solar PV panels currently generate renewable electricity on more than 1.36 million Australian rooftops, so we’ve more than shown our acceptance of solar technology” said Dee. “However, many people want to see more solar innovation being undertaken in Australia by local companies, in a way that helps the environment and generates local jobs at the same time.” “The development of Australian-owned, researched and developed floating solar is to be applauded as it shows that Australian companies can be leaders in the transition to economies that are powered by increasing amounts of renewable energy. In addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, there is also strong potential to export this technology to other countries which can only lead to even more jobs.” As such a major milestone in the renewable energy movement, Whiting expects a national and international spotlight will be focused on Jamestown with visiting ambassadors from South East Asia, France and the Hon. Minister Ian Hunter MLC for Climate Change attending the launch with key members of the SA Cabinet having already visited the site. “Just how strong Australia's post-2020 emissions reduction targets remain unknown however we do know solar innovation is a milestone towards Australian councils, communities and businesses making a difference. As Australians evangelise this type of technology, it is our hope that renewable energy becomes the mainstream rather than niche solution. Change is not beyond us and this is definitely a strong step forward,” Whiting said.   Infratech Industries Pty Limited has offices in Sydney, San Diego and Singapore. For more information on Infratech Industries and the Floating Solar technology please visit www.infratechindustriesinc.com or follow Infratech @Infratechind. Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 targets $20,000 for animals 2014-11-05T20:41:11Z inspiring-women-calendar-2015-targets-20-000-for-animals THE first Inspiring Women Calendar aims to raise $20,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Qld (AWLQ) to re-home 40 pets when it is officially launched on November 14 at the Urban Paradise Gallery in Surfers Paradise. Calendar founder Karen Low, of Inspiring Change Now, said the idea came to her ‘within five seconds’ at an Inspiring Women of the Gold Coast event in May this year. “I’m passionate about animals, the environment, supporting people to achieve their goals, making a positive, sustainable difference and I’ve always wanted to be body painted!” Ms Low said. “It’s about inspiring women who are community minded and supporting animals.” The calendar features women body painted by artist Robyn Janetzki as animals to raise funds for animals and most feature in the month of their birthdays. They include for January - Aldwyn Altuney (lion); February - Trudy Vesotsky (peacock); March - Donna Fisher (weedy seadragon); April - Jo Kane (bilby); May - Julie Kay (golden retriever); June - Annette Spanski (rainbow lorikeet); July - Kobe Steele (orangutan); August - Ro London (sea turtle); September – Karen Low (tiger); October - Kerry Fitzgibbon (southern corroboree frog); November - Simone Sleep (lizard) and December - Taflyn Fiola (sugar glider). The cover photo is model Alana Nicholls, who was painted as a butterfly. Ms Low said the AWLQ cared for about 10,000 stray and abandoned animals annually from south-east Queensland.  “They receive no government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support,” she said. “The AWLQ cannot continue its welfare work, caring for homeless animals without the financial support of the community.  The direct costs involved in re-homing each animal are about $500.” She said the charity fundraising project was important to support animals and raise awareness for amazing organisations and people within the community, who often gave so much to others without acknowledgement or recognition.  “The Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 acknowledges inspiring women supporting the welfare and humane treatment of animals and pets that need re-homing,” she said. “I plan to continue releasing a calendar each year, supporting a charity or community organisation, as animals, community and making a difference are important to me and close to my heart.” The calendar launch on Friday, November 14, will be at the Urban Paradise Gallery, in Piazza building, 3221 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, from 7-10pm. Entry is $25, which includes a calendar, drink on arrival, nibbles, art auction, live body painting, laser light show, music and raffles. To book or purchase a calendar for $15, go to www.inspiringchangenow.com.au and connect on www.facebook.com/InspiringChangeNow   Waste Choices Brings A New Competitive Edge to Australia's Waste Management Industry 2014-09-08T23:26:13Z waste-choices-brings-a-new-competitive-edge-to-australia-s-waste-management-industry Sydney, Australia – September 9, 2014 – Waste Choices, Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling was launched today for businesses wanting a simple, fast, transparent, cost-effective and compliant solution for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.   Through Waste Choices, businesses of any size have the flexibility of posting a one-off project or an ongoing contract for the management of over 30 waste streams. A range of reputable waste management providers across Australia including URM, 1300 Rubbish, Action Waste, Waste 2 Resources, State Waste Services, Bingo and smaller providers will bid for posted projects and businesses can select whom they wish to work with.   Small and medium businesses, hospitality, food services, property management and construction companies would stand to benefit most from working with Waste Choices. Joel Harrison, Co-Founder of Waste Choices said, “Waste Choices simplifies the management of waste by providing businesses the choice and flexibility of working with different service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner.  The cost of managing and disposing waste has increased over the years. Waste Choices offers businesses a better way to manage their waste streams by providing more options and access to a wider range of service providers.”   Businesses can post a waste project in three simple steps: entering the pick-up location, type of waste to be collected from general waste, liquid waste, recycling to hazardous materials and selecting a bin size to represent the volume of waste. They will be able to select from a range of competitive bids from 14 national and state-based waste management providers with the flexibility to award a project based on price or reputation of the provider.   Christine Ford, General Manager of Trio Packaging and a foundation client of Waste Choices said, “Before Waste Choices, it would take more than two days for us to call and secure a service provider to provide a quote and to confirm a job. Since we’ve started using Waste Choices, we receive a range of competitive bids from different providers for one-off or ongoing projects. Waste Choices has not only reduced my waste costs, it has also reduced the time it takes for us to identify a reputable service provider.”   Waste Choices offers an automatic alert feature that notifies businesses that are on annual contracts with service providers when they are about to expire. This avoids businesses getting automatically rolled into new contracts with their existing providers which would generally attract price increases of between 10-25 percent on average annually.   Harrison added, “Many businesses get stuck with their existing service providers because their annual contracts are automatically rolled over. Australia has over 2 million business waste generators and Waste Choices will free them from long term fixed contracts, help drive down the cost of waste management and increase the transparency through a system of bidding.”   “Waste Choices brings a new competitive advantage to the industry by opening the waste disposal market to smaller service providers who want to grow their market share and to target new customers without making additional capital constraints such as hiring sales people or leasing trucks to manage waste collections. This is a win-win solution for both businesses and service providers.”   According to IBISWorld, the industry is valued at over A$2.5 billion in Australia. There has been a concerted effort by state and local governments to increase targets for recycling and waste recovery with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. However, with Australia’s growing population and business activity, the demand for waste management services is expected to continue to grow.   To post a project as a business or service provider, visit www.wastechoices.com.au. Waste Choices will be available as an iOS and Android app by December.   ENDS  About Waste Choices Waste Choices is an online marketplace that provides a simple, fast and cost-effective solution for businesses looking to collect and dispose waste. Businesses have the choice and flexibility of working with a range of reputable service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner. Through Waste Choices, service providers can grow their market share, access new customers and increase their efficiencies in waste collection.