The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au 5 Reasons To Sell Your Home In Winter 2017-06-07T23:02:04Z 5-reasons-to-sell-your-home-in-winter While many vendors hold off selling their homes until the peak spring selling season, what many don’t know is that winter is actually a prime time to sell. With less competition from other vendors, you’ll be able to take advantage of the benefits and you could secure a real win! Justin Ferguson, Founder and Principal of Ferguson Property Agents, says, “Over the years, there has always been a big misconception that selling your property in winter is a bad decision, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In my experience, there are actually so many benefits to selling now, rather than waiting until spring. It’s time vendors finally realise the true potential of winter sales.” Justin explains 5 key reasons why winter is a great season to sell your home: Attract Genuine Buyers: With low supply and therefore minimal competition, you will be able to attract real, genuine buyers. As there are fewer options for buyers out there, your property will appear more desirable. You’ll be able to capture the full attention of serious buyers who mean real business – cutting the nonsense and timewasters out of the equation for good! Psychology of Home: Buyers are attracted to a cosy, comforting haven, so take advantage of the chilly days and dress your home to show it off as warm and welcoming. This can be a very powerful time to sell and to sell quickly and everyone wants to feel comfortable, warm and safe in their own home; winter draws on these psychological underpinnings of the meaning of home. Sell For More: You can actually list your property at a slightly higher price point during winter. Reduced inventory, typically lower mortgage rates and being tired of the property hunt through the cold winter days acts as a strong motivator for winter buyers to take the leap and “impulse buy” if they have positive feelings about your property. Unveil True Potential: Buyers can see the true potential of your property, despite the gloom of winter! If they like your property when the weather is not so pleasant, they’re bound to fall in love when the sunshine and warmth returns. Get Ahead: Take a step ahead of the crowd by getting in early and placing your property on the market before spring selling season. This way, buyers will notice your home first and your property will stand out before the market becomes more crowded. There is no reason to change your plans and force yourself to wait! For more information about Ferguson Property Agents: www.fergusonproperty.com.au For further information or to speak with Justin Ferguson, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 One step closer to marriage equality - The Evermore Pledge confirm first ‘Marriage’ 2017-06-01T02:37:10Z one-step-closer-to-marriage-equality-the-evermore-pledge-confirm-first-marriage The Australian Marriage Service officially introduces the 'Evermore Pledge', a groundbreaking social enterprise, providing an independent and legal alternative for same-sex couples who wish to wed. The first ‘Marriage’ conducted using the Evermore Pledge will be held in 1 July 2017 on the Gold Coast. Michelle Anderson, Founder and Celebrant from The Australian Marriage Service says, “We are thrilled to offer a legal alternative to traditional ‘marriage’. The Evermore Pledge consolidates an array of legal and financial components which, when affirmed at a ‘wedding’ ceremony, provides couples with a love contract that replicates traditional marriage as closely as possible. “Until marriage equality is embraced by the Australian Government, this is THE way for couples to gain equal rights,” said Michelle. The Evermore Pledge was established with three main objectives: To provide an interim solution for LGBTIQ couples that wish to marry but cannot, by giving them a legal, educated and ethical alternative. To expediate the government to amend the Marriage Act 1961, encompassing equal marriage for all; an overdue social change needed to grant basic human rights that are currently denied to a significant number of Australians. Profits generated by the Evermore Pledge will be donated to associated charities and organisations with aligned goals. The ‘Evermore Pledge’ blends romance with a legally binding contract that addresses the components that fall under the Australian Marriage Act 1961 such as wills, beneficiaries, power of attorney, next of kin, superannuation, finances, estate planning etc. Michelle, a leading Queensland civil marriage celebrant, is already an innovator in the industry, with her no-frills express wedding business, run like the registry office, but at a beach side location. The Evermore Pledge initiative, however, stands aside from her core business as a social enterprise with profits going to associated charities. Alee Fogarty and Carly Naughton are set to be the first couple to be ‘Married’ under the Evermore Pledge on 1 July 2017. Alee says, “We are beyond excited and already know of many couples like us who have registered their interest to finally be able to demonstrate our love for each other as a couple in a legally binding way!” About The Evermore Pledge: The M2.1 Independent Legal Evermore Pledge has been formed with the cooperation of Melbourne-based law firm Nevile and Co., and will become available Australia wide as celebrants from around the country become familiar with the concept and incorporate it into their existing commitment ceremonies. For futher information go to: www.newwaytowed.com.au Turn your home into a winter haven! 2017-05-31T22:51:11Z turn-your-home-into-a-winter-haven With the colder, shorter and darker days under way, making sure your home is well prepped can truly make or break your winter happiness. Whether you like it or not, winter is here to stay for the next few months, so it’s important to make some little changes to your home now and create your own cosy haven before hibernating for winter. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors shares her top winter styling tips, “Since we tend to spend a lot more time curled up indoors than any other season, your home needs to feel extra inviting and comforting. Making a few changes around the home can also help with your energy bill, so try bringing in large rugs, runner rugs for cold floor hallways, introduce thick curtains and bring out the winter doonas to feel warmer without turning up the air con. 1. Bring the outside in Fight off the housebound feeling by bringing in fresh flowers, succulents or floor standing plants that will breathe life into your home, can assist in filtrating the air, and they look amazing! By bringing the outdoors in, you are also less likely to open windows so less likely to feel the cold chill. 2. Layer to create a cocoon-like space Winter is all about comfort, so choose a variety of different textures and fabrics to trap heat inside. Heavy thick curtains will also help contain warmth. Layering throws, blankets and cushions on your bed and sofa will instantly warm up your rooms and help you get cosy. For a plush looking sofa, mix fabrics such as wool, faux fur and velvet for a really glam winter look. Ensure you have enough storage solutions (such as baskets) to store extra throws and blankets, it’s good to have them at the ready in your bedroom or living room and they can still present well if placed in the right basket. 3. Add warmth to your interiors Adding warm coloured tones to your décor is a great way to bring warmth to your interior. Select rich tones, which are also on trend and lux, such as copper, burnt orange and mustard, and maroon. These deep tones are great for winter styling and in contract to summer months; these changes alone can completely freshen up your interiors! This is also a good time to introduce the depth of colour to feature walls to make your home feel more intimate and dramatic. Having a visually warm palette will enrich all the senses. 4. Accessorising with colour pops If you prefer not to paint or wallpaper something permanent, you can introduce colour through accessories, blinds, cushions and rugs. Metallic pops like gold, copper and brass will also add a hint of drama and a feeling of richness. Think about accessories, vessels, candles or small occasional furniture like side tables. 5. Brighten up your mood with lighting and beautiful scents Soft lighting will help to make your home feel brighter in the cooler months and in turn, lift your mood too! Table lamps and floor lamps are essential as the light is murkier and darker in winter, so you will need the warm glow of a statement table lamp. Candles are also essential to resist the urge to turn on every light in the house. Candles also assist in masking damp or unpleasant smells that come with having a house shut up tight during the gloomy weather. 6. Rearrange your layout for a fresh mind Orient items in a way that maximises the heat from fireplaces or heaters. As you won’t be opening doors or windows as much, you can place sofas, armchairs or consoles in front of these otherwise dead spaces. This may double your feeling of space as you wouldn’t normally opt for blocking access, but in winter is not such an issue. It will allow you to get creative and refresh your living and bedroom spaces. A fresh mind and a happier, warmer home! For more information, please visit: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Living vs Fake Greenwalls 2017-05-29T18:45:00Z living-vs-fake-greenwalls There is no doubt that the popularity of greenwalls has significantly grown over the past few years. However, Mark Paul, horticulturist and Australian greenwall pioneer warns the hidden dangers of going fake versus living.   Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company says, “Although the aesthetic of a fake greenwall can be appealing and the faux plant choice has expanded over the years, there are a number of things to consider.   “Aside from the lack of health benefits, they are a fire hazard due to the chemicals they are treated with and the dust they collect. The same dust can cause an increase in allergies, especially when placed in closed office spaces. After a number of media reported “greenwall fires”, all in fake greenwalls, many commercial property managers have banned them and had existing ones removed,” said Mark.   The benefits of a living greenwall include: Improved air quality in urban environments – Living walls will actually filter out harmful pollutants [VOCs] and dust rather than attracting them. Aesthetically appealing – Greenwalls can be designed as a standout feature or blend into the natural environment. Lower power bills – Living greenwalls help to regulate the temperature of the building they are installed on. Sound insulation – Living greenwalls can absorb up to 10 decibels of sound, which is why they are a great option for office environments. Lower maintenance – Living greenwalls are fitted with an automated irrigation system enabling them to essentially look after themselves. About The Greenwall Company: The Greenwall Company are the pioneers of greenwalls and green roofs in Australia. Founded by Mark Paul, a horticulturist, designer and advocate for greening cities, The Greenwall Company use award winning design techniques across both residential and commercial projects, bringing greenwalls to a new level of integration within the urban environment. Their vision is to reclaim the urban environment, wrapping facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic plants creating living, breathing architectural function.  www.greenwall.com.au   Mathletics gets even better! 2017-05-29T01:44:39Z mathletics-gets-even-better 3P Learning, Australia’s global leader in education technology and creator of Mathletics, has today announced the launch of new Mathletics. According to the 2016 NAPLAN results, 75% of Australian primary schools that ranked in the top 40 schools* for numeracy use Mathletics as part of their maths programme. This maths resource has recently undergone a massive transformation and now features a new and improved user experience for teachers, who can access additional support to ensure the best possible outcomes for their students. Recent studies have revealed startling results. Only one-third of teachers claimed they feel prepared and equipped with the knowledge and tools to teach numeracy1, while 40 to 50 percent of graduate teachers are leaving the job within the first five years due to reasons of excessive workload, anxiety and lack of adequate support and guidance3. New Mathletics has arrived at the perfect time to provide extra support to every teacher and equip them with the tools needed to not only aid the learning experience for students but deliver improved results in every classroom. Rebekah O’Flaherty, CEO & Executive Director at 3P Learning says, “We are proud to be a part of the evolution of education, while providing schools and teachers with a solution that addresses rigorous curriculum demands and meets the needs of all learners. With this in mind, we’re proud to bring you a new and improved Mathletics experience, redesigned to be as user- friendly, supportive and targeted as possible. “3P Learning has spoken to teachers, parents and students to find out how best to continue providing all the tools learners need to be successful, both in the classroom and beyond. In-depth research helps us make sure we keep the learning curve as simple and easy to manage as possible, while still delivering seriously powerful learning management tools,” adds Rebekah. Key features of New Mathletics include: Flash to HTML – Mathletics has been converted from Flash to an all-new HTML experience, so Mathletics is now more accessible and compatible with a wide range of devices including iPads. Intuitive Interfaces – Redesigned from the ground up to be as user friendly as possible, addressing the balance between teacher-led instruction and independent, student-driven learning. Modern & Fresh Layout – Vibrant and easier to navigate with more graphic feedback on results and reporting. Integrating Technology – With new accessibility options, Single Sign On integration, mobile and tablet ready, integrating Mathletics into the classroom is now easier than ever. Big changes to the Mathletics Teacher Console, including: Natural Design Flow – Mimics how teachers use Mathletics, whilst placing curriculum activities at the core. Teachers can create personalised learning pathways for students by tailoring content through courses, assigning activities and viewing results and reporting at the touch of a button. Time Saving – All of that extra time and energy spent planning, marking and managing data takes time away from your students. New Mathletics has put teachers at the heart of it all, saving teachers valuable time. Simple Navigation – The new left-hand navigation is designed to guide teachers and make frequent tasks easy to find. Plan With Ease – Plan ahead by scheduling activities to start at a future date. All activities are automatically marked so students will receive immediate feedback whilst you can view their results in real time. New Results Tools – Not a digital mark book, this active diagnostic tool gives a snapshot of each and every student’s understanding and skills so you can see who needs more help to master activities. New Powerful Reporting Toolkit – Immediately gives you the evidence so you can report within your school or district, or sit down one-to-one with students and parents to look at improvements and support needed. To celebrate the launch of New Mathletics, schools across Australia are invited to experience Mathletics for free during Open Month (16 May – 16 June) and represent their school in a free and fun Australia-wide maths competition. It includes access to the Mathletics platform used by over 5 million students and prizes to be awarded to the top performing schools! For more information, please click here. WA Government implement $200 rebate on Shark Shield 2017-05-25T20:30:10Z wa-government-implement-200-rebate-on-shark-shield In a world first, the West Australian government have today implemented their election policy promise of a Shark Deterrent Rebate. The first 1000 West Australian residents to purchase the Shark Shield FREEDOM7 the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent device, will receive a $200 rebate. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, “From today, all West Australian residents will have the opportunity to receive the $200 rebate on purchases of our Shark Shield FREEDOM7. “This is a significant step forward for governments in recognizing that those most at risk, surfers and divers, need individual deterrent protection and I commend Premier Mark McGowan for delivering on his policy promise. Ensuring proven electrical deterrent devices such as Shark Shield are more readily available to those most at risk will greatly improve ocean sport safety and save lives,” said Lindsay. In order for customers to receive the $200 rebate, the rebate needs to be applied at the point of sale at a registered Shark Shield retailer. The retailer will then be reimbursed by the Western Australian Department of Fisheries. Rebates are also limited to WA residence and one per person. About the Shark Shield FREEDOM7: With over twenty years of world-class research and independent testing, including the University of Western Australia Ocean Institute, the FREEDOM7 is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter. It is the chosen safety device of professional divers in the US and Australian Navies and has become mandated equipment in the Australian Professional Abalone Diving Industry. Features include: Comfortable, lightweight with an easy to wear neoprene velcro pouch Lithium rechargeable battery Longlife battery, lasts up to 6 hours Depth rated to 50 meter 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – if you don’t feel more confident in the water with Shark Shield About Shark Shield: Shark Shield is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. www.sharkshield.com First Of Its Kind Epsom Salt Soap Bar 2017-05-11T00:23:32Z first-of-its-kind-epsom-salt-soap-bar Chemcorp International is pleased to announce their first Bathefex Epsom Salt Soap Bar. Joining the wonderful at-home, do-it-yourself Bathefex range, this soap bar is the first of its kind in Australia. Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, Erica Galea, says, “Formulated with the perfect combination of ingredients, these new products bring a little relaxation to every day cleansing. Epsom Salts are continuing to become more popular as everyone is learning the benefits are limitless. This new soap bar is soothing, cleansing and smells amazing with the inclusion of Lavender Oil and Shea Butter.” The luxurious Epsom Salt Soap Bar has been formulated for daily cleansing, or to complement a Bathefex™ Epsom Salt Bath. A daily cleansing bar with luxurious body benefits: • Epsom Salt to soothe muscles • Lavender Oil to relax & calm • Vitamin E & Shea Butter to nourish Bathefex Epsom Salt Soap Bar – RRP $3.49 Pamper your body, mind and spirit with our unique combination of Epsom Salt, Essential Oils and nourishing ingredients chosen to effectively cleanse, remove dead skin cells and retain skin moisture to leave skin glowing and lightly scented. Bathefex is available in now at www.chemcorp.com.au How To Integrate Your Pets Stylishly 2017-05-09T23:36:09Z how-to-integrate-your-pets-stylishly Whether you like it or not, your furry family member’s water bowl you kick over every day is there to stay, so why not incorporate your pets needs into your home styling, making you both happy. Stylish and sophisticated, and most importantly… practical! “As a pet lover and owner, I know how important it is to make sure your pet feels comfortable and part of the family home. Just because your place needs to be pet friendly, there is absolutely no need to compromise on style or quality! There are so many options for integrating your pets into your home and trends show pet owners are now being bolder than ever before to make a big statement when it comes to pet styling,” says Justine. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors shares her top tips: 1. Designer Accessories Beauty Sleep: We know that no matter how much you spend on your pet’s bed, they will always choose your lap, face or your bed over their own. However, it’s worth a try to get them to find their sleeping spot, and when they do it may as well be a stylish one. Custom Made Furniture: With interesting designs can act as décor and not just a paw-printed bed to kick out the way. Cabinets holding food bowls, cat litter trays or all their accessories from leads to collars and brushes are essential! Jonathan Adler: Vault Interiors love his pet designs, which show that practical pet design can definitely be stylish too, putting pet accessories on display as part of your home. 2. Pet-Friendly Furniture Patterns: Fabrics with patterns are a good option to consider for hiding evidence of pet fur. It can help to camouflage the fur as well as marks and stains. Leather: Pet owners love leather. It is somewhat resistant to odour and it doesn’t attract pet fur. Stains, spills and fur wipe off easily with a cloth. If your dog does happen to leave a scratch, you can usually buff it out. Vault interiors suggest hardwearing leather over a soft and delicate one. Go for distressed leather; it will draw less attention to scratches and scuffs. Furniture Protection: If your furniture came before your pet and it isn’t quite pet-friendly, it is best to protect what you can and scotch guard the upholstery. Slipcovers for couches and throw blankets will also help if your pets won’t stay off the couch… or if you can’t resist the cuddles! Fabrics: Avoid chenille, velvet, wool, linen, silk, and tweed. 3. The Right Pet For Your Home Flooring: Hardwood and carpet floors call for smaller pets, which won’t scratch or dirty it. If you have stone, tile or laminate flooring, you could be coming home with a big furry friend and not have to worry about scratches or damage. Pet Choice: If you are looking into getting a pet but don’t have any specifications, you will want to look at your home design to see what best suits. If you have light lounge sofa set, a black cat probably won’t be the best idea. A fish tank or aquarium is a great low maintenance option as it acts as a design focal point and animal companion. www.vaultinteriors.com.au Australia and New Zealand’s finest hair talent – 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards finalists announced in Sydney 2017-05-02T07:28:08Z australia-and-new-zealand-s-finest-hair-talent-2017-schwarzkopf-professional-hair-expo-awards-finalists-announced-in-sydney Tuesday 2 May 2017, Sydney: More than 300 of the industry’s most influential names in hair from across Australia and New Zealand gathered at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Monday night for the much-anticipated finalists’ announcement of the esteemed 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards. For more than 30 years, the coveted awards have been elevating those in the hair industry by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is. A judging panel of 12 international and 12 local judges, consisting of prominent hair and fashion icons from across the industry, anonymously assessed the photographic collection entries across 14 creative categories, as well as the written submissions of four business categories. The 2017 awards received 235 entries, a huge 40 per cent increase from 2016, meaning tougher competition in some categories. The finalists of the awards’ highest honour, the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Australian Hairdresser of the Year are: ·         Dave McCulloch from Wild Life Hair, Milsons Point NSW ·         Frank Apostolopoulos from BIBA Gertrude St., Fitzroy VIC ·         Jason Fassbender from Parlour Unley, Malvern SA ·         Joey Scandizzo from Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC ·         Jules Tognini from Togninis, Fortitude Valley QLD ·         Kobi Bokshish from Intershape Hairstylists, Bondi Junction NSW ·         Shane Henning from Noddys on King, Newtown NSW ·         Uros Mikic from Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA A full list of Finalists in all categories is listed from page 2. Previous winners of the award include Frank Apostolopoulos, Caterina Di Biase, Dmitri Papas, Joey Scandizzo, Jayne Wild, and Shane Henning.                                                                                          “The 40 per cent increase in entries this year is extraordinary and attests to how those in the hair community crave to be recognised for the entirety of their achievements. The Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards represent exactly this; they are the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is, and we couldn’t be more proud to be celebrating our 2017 finalists this evening!” said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “It was great to see that there were so many impressive entries, and there is always exceptional work – in many categories, the bar has really been raised. I think that Apprentice of the Year and New Creative Force were a really big stand out for me this year. It’s really good to see that people are entering on that level, because this is the generation of the future… It’s also good to see so many entries in Australian Hairdresser of the Year, because that keeps competition tough at the top.” added Caterina Di Biase, one of the Hair Expo Awards judges for 2017. “I've been deeply impressed by the quality of all the entries this year. Australia/New Zealand continues to prove that it is right up there with the best in the world. Creativity and the ability to build and drive a sustainable business are the key attributes of a strong hairdresser. These qualities are what is being recognised in the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards judging process and are eventually driving the growth and success of the industry we all love. That’s why we continue to recognise the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards as the premier awards in Australia and New Zealand.” said David Hahn, General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional ANZ, which has been a sponsor of the awards for many years. Gala Awards Event  The winners of the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards will be announced at a lavish gala ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney in Darling Harbour on Monday 12 June 2017. The illustrious gala night is the pinnacle event of Hair Expo’s three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’. - ENDS - Notes to Editors: Hair Expo Australia: 10 – 12 June 2017 ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour www.hairexpoaustralia.com #HairExpoAustralia / #HairExpoAwards For all media enquiries please contact Hair Expo Australia: Belinda Craigie PR & News Editor: Belinda.Craigie@reedexhibitions.com.au; +61 2 9422 2986  A gallery of all finalists' collections is available now at: http://www.hairexpoaustralia.com/en/hair-expo-awards/Awards-Information/gallery/2017/2017-Finalists-/ 2017 SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS FINALISTS CREATIVE CATEGORIES AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Dave McCulloch ·         Frank Apostolopoulos ·         Jason Fassbender ·         Joey Scandizzo ·         Jules Tognini ·         Kobi Bokshish ·         Shane Henning ·         Uros Mikic   NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Ann Marie Young ·         Danny Pato ·         Kylie Hayes ·         Natasha King   COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Adrian Rotolo ·         Chinney Yeap ·         Christina Charalambous ·         George Giavis ·         Kristie Kesic ·         Mathias Te Moananui ·         Sanja Scher ·         Steve Corthine   MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Asuka Aoki ·         Joe Ribera ·         Jules Tognini ·         Kaleb Pritchard ·         Melissa McAuley ·         Michael Johnson ·         Uros Mikic   NEW CREATIVE FORCE 2017 ·         Brooke Hayward ·         Cherie Falco ·         Hermiz Daniel ·         Hiroko Okada ·         Kiri Roberts ·         Nicole Bosenburg ·         Phoenix Ly ·         Teagan Cousins ·         Travis Bandiera ·         Yuki Kano   APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Amy Motteram ·         Jo Woon ·         Liana King ·         Mario Fioravanti ·         Mary Millsteed ·         Nathan Smith ·         Nicolas Reyes ·         Nikki Hazell ·         Sharne Rizzo ·         Tima Tagoai   SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington New Zealand ·         D&M Hair Design, Auckland New Zealand ·         Dharma, Auckland New Zealand ·         Dharma Ellerslie, Auckland New Zealand ·         é SALON, Wahroonga NSW ·         Ella&Jade, Algester QLD ·         IBIZA HAIR, Albert Park VIC ·         Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC ·         Noddys On King, Newtown NSW ·         Revolution Hairdressing, Teneriffe QLD SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Daren Borthwick ·         Koh Sataporn Tanyawanichapong ·         Sarah Laidlaw   BEST SALON DESIGN 2017 ·         Allure Hair Bar, Terrigal NSW ·         Barbery, Marcus Beach QLD ·         BIBA Eastland, VIC ·         BIBA St Kilda, VIC ·         Blonde, Henley Beach SA ·         Elliott Steele, Eaglemont VIC ·         Rixons 343 Newtown, VIC ·         Salon Kiin, Penrith NSW ·         Sweeney Todd's, Brighton VIC ·         Tao of Hair, Perth WA ·         The New Black Industries, Newcastle NSW   CREATIVE STATE CATEGORIES NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Adam Ciaccia ·         Craig Rhodes ·         Scott Sloan ·         Travis Bandiera ·         Zoe Wilde   SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Cherie Falco ·         Sam James VICTORIAN Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Alexandra Newman ·         Hermiz Daniel ·         Joe Habbaki ·         Mariam Enegd ·         Michael Piastrino ·         Sanja Scher   WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Daniel Yap ·         Hayley Keep ·         Jo Banks ·         Michael O'Dowd ·         Pauline McCabe   QUEENSLAND Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Brodie Lee Stubbins ·         Laura Hudson ·         Sandra Faiva ·         William Webb   BUSINESS CATEGORIES EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         DCI Education ·         Sharon Blain Education ·         TONI&GUY Education   EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Caterina Di Biase ·         Dario Cotroneo ·         Jules Tognini ·         Katy Reeve ·         Lauren McCowan ·         Lyndal Salmon   INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         EcoHeads ·         Excellent Edges   SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Elysium Hair Brisbane, QLD ·         Luke Reynolds Hairdressing, New Farm QLD ·         Pierrot's Hair Studios, Kalamunda WA ·         Prema, Darlinghurst NSW ·         Rubi Hair, Windsor VIC Chemcorp International enter the world of wellbeing 2017-05-01T05:54:08Z chemcorp-international-enter-the-world-of-wellbeing Leading Australian beauty distributor Chemcorp International has today announced the acquisition of the Natural Health Company. The move into the health and wellbeing category will see them take over the Natural Health Company’s already successful range of natural and organic weight loss products. John Fisher, Chemcorp International CEO says, “We’re thrilled to announce this move into the health and wellbeing category. When we started the business 25 years ago the focus was looking good on the outside. Today we’re very aware that our customers now want to look good from the inside out. For us, Natural Health Company was a perfect fit within our current portfolio of brands.” Chemcorp International is an Australian owned and operated company with over 25 years’ experience across various industries, including beauty, hair and wellbeing, as both a manufacturer and distributor. Every Natural Health Company product is made with the best quality natural or organic ingredients. The protein used in the natural range, is a Whey Protein Isolate, which come from grass-fed cows, therefore is lower in lactose, and easier to digest. The organic protein range contains a combination of pea and bio fermented brown rice protein, flavoured with locally sourced organic dried fruits. The fat burning coffee range, Skinny Bean, uses the finest instant Brazilian coffee. The Natural Health Company product range currently includes: Protein Range: Organic Fusion, Diet Slim, Body Shape Natural Fat Burning Coffee: Skinny Bean – Mocha, Espresso & Chino Superfood Detox: Skinny Detox, Greens & Berries Natural Health Company products are Australian made, gluten free, sweetened naturally and contain a range of weight loss ingredients, antioxidants and essentials. They are designed to help consumers reach their weight loss goals faster and keep them feeling naturally energised all day. “We have some exciting new product developments already in the pipeline that we’re looking forward to releasing very soon – so stay tuned,” said John. The Concealed Reality of Short-Stay Rentals 2017-05-01T03:40:48Z the-concealed-reality-of-short-stay-rentals The Australian property market is always a hot topic up for debate in the media, but what is not usually brought to light is the effects of short-stay rentals, specifically Airbnb. Justin Ferguson, Founder and Principal of Ferguson Property Agents, raises the issues that have developed as a result of the burgeoning popularity of new age, short-stay renting services. Justin Ferguson says, “As the sharing economy of Airbnb continues to boom, there are increasing issues that come with the management and legality of these properties. “Currently, local councils and governments are struggling to keep up with the growth of short- stay rentals and are increasingly put under pressure to implement laws to make this sharing economy explosion fair for everyone.“ he continues. Some key factors that are raised when it comes to Airbnb rentals: As per The Tenants Union, sub-letting must be approved in writing, by the property manager or landlord, which is a step that is largely being skipped by the majority of Airbnb rentals – this breaks the terms of the lease and brings issues of insurance coverage and security. If you are a host of property on Airbnb and you have not declared participation in the sharing economy, then you may be subject to hefty fines from not just the council but the Australian Taxation Office and State Revenue Offices. There is currently a severe lack of understanding between local governments in each state. The NSW government is yet to enforce legislation for short-stay rentals with only six councils within Sydney stating they allow short-term rentals with some requiring permission to be given. 60.8%* of properties available in Sydney are now whole residential properties with body corporates and property managers concerned that the vast expansion of properties are being rented out illegally and disturbing traditional rentals. Justin adds, “The main issue I see with Airbnb in the rental market is that it is unregulated and confusing. Increasingly, we are seeing hosts being fined for not declaring their extra income from their Airbnb rental, as it is technically ‘unauthorised’. “On top of that, the housing market is already in very high demand and challenging to break into without properties being acquired for the purpose Airbnb rentals,” he states. For more information about Ferguson Property Agents, please visit: www.fergusonproperty.com.au * http://insideairbnb.com/sydney/ For further information or to speak with Justin Ferguson, contact 360 PR: Rachel King – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 Shark Shield Announces Breakthrough Long Range Shark Deterrent 2017-04-30T20:00:00Z shark-shield-announces-breakthrough-long-range-shark-deterrent Media Release - 1 May 2017 Following their presentation at the Senate inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures last week, Shark Shield, manufacturers of the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent, has today announced the pre-production release of a long-range version of its technology. The new Shark Shield Ocean Guardian is based on 20 years of research and utilizes a patented Metamaterial Electromagnetic Transducer, with expectations of repelling sharks within a 100-meter diameter of each unit installed. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, “The Ocean Guardian has been many years in the making and has come about through a partnership with leading physicists and biologists. We have been able to produce a long-range shark deterrent solution to not only protect beach goers but significantly reduce the environmental impacts caused by using shark nets, drum lines and culling.” The new transducer form is based on technology used to treat patients in the medical field including, oncology, urology and other chronic diseases, with clinical studies demonstrating that the electromagnetic field does not affect the health of humans or ocean life, such as sharks or dolphins. “Sharks have small short range electrical receptors in their snouts used for finding food. Shark Shield’s electromagnetic field causes unbearable spasms in these sensitive sensors, which turn sharks away, this has been well proven over the past twenty years. The Ocean Guardian leverages this weakness in sharks to not only deter them, but in the long run we hope to teach them to stay away from beaches protected by Shark Shield,” says Lyon. “Classical conditioning, also known as Pavlovianor respondent conditioning, refers to a learning procedure in which a biologically potent stimulus, such as food, is paired with a previously neutral stimulus, such as long term use of Shark Shield Ocean Guardian. With our Ocean Guardian in place, over time sharks will learn to not enter the area and over time will avoid the area due to the unpleasant effects of the electromagnetic field,” adds Lyon. Facts about the Shark Shield Ocean Guardian: The Ocean Guardian transducer utilizes Metamaterials, or sometimes also known as Artificial Electromagnetic Materials, these are new materials, which have anomalous interaction with electromagnetic fields. The engineering of these unique materials results in physical properties not otherwise obtainable with natural materials enabling advanced improvements in the performance of conventional electromagnetic devices. Starting from these concepts and theoretical background of artificial electromagnetic materials and metamaterials, Shark Shield has developed a transducer with significantly improved losses. The creation of this negative index material has resulted in a reduction of transducer losses in producing electromagnetic fields, this innovation has led to the new long range technology in the new Shark Shield Ocean Guardian Shark Shield is seeking a $1M in investment capital to complete the commercialization of the Ocean Guardian, which will also be targeted at the global luxury yacht market, and will be partnering with independent scientists to further validate the company’s own extensive testing. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. www.sharkshield.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon from Shark Shield, please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR: 0423 833 814 or rachel@360pr.com.au Inner West Trends from Q1 with Cameron Nicholls 2017-04-27T03:07:32Z inner-west-trends-from-q1-with-cameron-nicholls Abbotsford based property expert and founder of Nicholls & Co Estate Agents, Cameron Nicholls, recaps the results from the first quarter of 2017 and shares his predictions for the inner west in the run to the end of financial year. Cameron Nicholls, Founder and Principal of Nicholls & Co Estate Agents, says of the next quarter (Q2), “With Easter and Anzac Day at the start of the quarter, the market will start off quite unsettled as with the holidays usually comes a slower start in the housing market than normal.” No need to fret, Cameron reassures, “I expect that there will be a flurry of new listings in the form of one and two bedroom apartments hitting the market at the beginning of the second quarter. So, it’s looking up for people looking to enter the property market or downsizing from the family home to apartment living.” Abbotsford Property Statistics for Q1: Total properties sold - 21 Highest sale price - $2,060,000 Median sale price - $1,317,083.33 Percentage of houses vs units: 90.5/9.5 The most recent sales from Nicholls & Co include: 27/16 Orchards Avenue, Breakfast Point - $990,000 101/4 Lewis Ave, Rhodes - $1,530,000 11/33 Peninsula Drive, Breakfast Point - $2,700,000 13/22 Harrow Road, Stanmore - $425,000 368 Georges River Road, Croydon Park - $1,251,000 203/12 Orchards Avenue, Breakfast Point - $990,000 For more information go to www.nichollsandco.com.au.