The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-28T00:22:35Z Meet the Bondi local who could fund your next summer getaway via Airbnb 2017-03-28T00:22:35Z meet-the-bondi-local-who-could-fund-your-next-summer-getaway-via-airbnb Airbnb has frequented the limelight as the innovative online marketplace that has effectively created a new market of short-term property rentals, driven by the value of unique experiences and authenticity. Airbnb hosting can, however, prove to be a particularly challenging undertaking — especially for home owners who are strapped for time or occupied with other commitments.  For a fee of 15 per cent of each booking, Sarajinsky’s HomeHost eliminates all labours associated with Airbnb property management — offering a complete management service including guest screening, key exchange, and around-the-clock responses to guest queries. HomeHost also offer a range of optional extras such as professional cleaners, photography, laundry services and airport shuttles to create a uniquely tailored management package for each client. “Effortless income is waiting to be unlocked in the form of your spare room or investment property,” says Sarajinsky. “Our clients find that they can sit back and relax while we do the hard work for them, and eventually generate the thousands of dollars worth of extra income that send their family on holiday. Sydney home owners have so much to gain financially by making the best use possible of their spare rooms and rental properties.”  This message has certainly resonated with Sarajinsky’s clientele — the number of properties under his care has increased five-fold over the span of one year, with plans for HomeHost to expand nationally in the works. About Launched in November 2015, Gabriel Sarajinsky’s HomeHost is the industry leader for Airbnb property management in Sydney. Offering booking management, guest screening and 24/7 guest support — plus a range of optional extras to suit your needs — HomeHost manage your short term rentals in order to create strong listings, optimise your financial return, improve your guest ratings and simplify the process of Airbnb hosting.  We manage your Airbnb so you can manage other things. To learn more about our services, visit www.homehost.com.au or call 1300 17 17 18 - ENDS - For media and all other enquiries, contact: Alexa Painemilla ph: 1300 17 17 18 e-mail: alexa@homehost.com.au  Are we travelling in right direction to cure our diseases? 2017-03-24T06:33:10Z are-we-travelling-in-right-direction-to-cure-our-diseases There are many medicines and advancements in treating diseases, but are we cured completely? I have a friend who suffered from severe tonsillitis. He had a surgery after which he faced endless pneumonias and bronchitis. Removing the protective barrier (tonsil tissue) has enabled a free-flow of germs and caused more inward infections. So what is the right cure?  A healing process should proceed from center to circumference says Homeopathic theory. When there is a skin disease,  suppression of the itching and rashes happens with conventional medicine and we are happy about it. But, the disease energy travels inward and gives rise to many other problems.  Confused? Alternative medicine and therapies come to our rescue here. Dr. Sajimon George is a devotee of Nature's healing powers. He is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Director of one of the successful alternative clinics in Melbourne, Australia -  Ayurclinic. He operates with ten different practitioners in Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Yoga. His association with Ayurveda began from his childhood and has firmly established the power of natural healing with the people of Australia.  Foxtel and Business View Oceania has recently featured his hard work and success. His passion towards natural healing has enabled him to gain the trust of many clients .  Finally it is worth a try for us all to believe in Nature. Local Glebe Burger joint “Burger 10” Champions FINALIST at Australian Small Business Awards 2017 2017-03-23T16:06:22Z local-glebe-burger-joint-burger-10-champions-finalist-at-australian-small-business-awards-2017 The 2017 Australian Small Business Champion Awards marks the 18th birthday of the awards which celebrate and recognise the achievements of outstanding small businesses from all states and territories across Australia. Developed and managed by Precedent Productions, a small business it its own right with 30 years experience in managing successful awards programs. "The awards seek to acknowledge the hard work that business owners contribute to the local community in generating employment for millions of Australians, as well as their contribution to the Australian economy," said Steve Low, Awards Partner & Managing Director of Precedent Productions. The Australian Small Business Champion Awards is the pinnacle of business success. They recognise the values associated with successful small businesses. These values include service, commitment, leadership, endurance, courage, innovation, performance, persuasion and generosity, Steve concluded. “We are extremely thrilled to be selected as Finalist from over 1,400 entries received this year. It is such an honour to be nominated and acknowledged as an elite Australian small business in the Fast Food/ Takeaway Store category, said Hussein Jaber, Director/ Executive Chef of Burger10. Burger 10 staples ten uniquely handcrafted burgers bringing the best flavours of 10 different countries from across the globe. Burger 10 has recently been awarded as 2016 City of Sydney Business of the Year & Outstanding Fast food and Takeaway by Inner West Local Business Awards.The awards gala presentation is to be held at The Westin in Sydney on Saturday 1 April 2017 and promises to build on the event's reputation as the "Oscars of Small Business". For further information on Local Business Awards, visit http://www.businesschampions.com.au/awards-nightFor Burger10 Media Enquiries:Contact: Sheryl JaberCo-Founder/ Marketing DirectorPhone: 0405611192/ 02 8283 3878Email: sheryl@burger10.com.auAbout Burger10 10 Burgers. 10 Countries. 10 Flavour Journeys.We are a gourmet burger restaurant in Sydney that prides itself on providing customers with a unique burger tasting experience. There aren't any other restaurants in Sydney where you can try the flavours of the best 10 burgers in the world. At Burger 10 we offer unique signature burgers, handpicking famous ingredients of a country and creating that unforgettable burger tasting experience.For more information contact us on email: info@burger10.com.au or call (02) 8283 3878.Connect with Burger10 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+.    Manly Iconic Building Ready For A New Lease Of Life 2017-03-23T00:16:48Z manly-iconic-building-ready-for-a-new-lease-of-life Call for Expressions of Interest Lease of The Officers' Mess & Annexe: Buildings 44 & 46 at North Head Sanctuary 33 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095 The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is seeking expressions of interest to lease two landmark former defence buildings, Buildings 44 and 46, at North Head Sanctuary in Manly. These two buildings form part of the complex of original defence buildings known as the Barracks Precinct, reflecting the rich military history and natural serenity of North Head Sanctuary. Framing the historic Parade Ground at the centre of the Barracks Precinct, once home to Australia’s School of Artillery, the purpose-built Officers’ Mess (Building 44) and Annexe (Building 46) are now being presented for expressions of leasing interest. “This a rare opportunity for the right tenant to lease significant heritage buildings in close proximity to the Sydney Harbour foreshore and the thriving community of Manly”, the Harbour Trust’s Acting Executive Director Susan Culverston said. “We’re looking for suitably qualified tenants, to join this unique tenant community, whose activities complement the commercial businesses and education organisations already based at North Head Sanctuary”.  “We welcome adaptive re-use proposals that are sensitive and in balance with the Sanctuary’s distinctive natural environment. The tranquil bushland setting makes this an ideal place for relaxation and respite, or for education and research facilities related to the natural environment. Health and wellbeing practitioners, accommodation providers, restaurant groups, event’s organisers, educators or administrators would find themselves at home in this peaceful precinct”.  Building 44, the Officers’ Mess, is one of the original set of 1930s Barracks Precinct buildings strategically designed along western-sloping dunes to fall below the trajectory of enemy naval fire. With many of its authentic Art Deco features intact, Building 44 holds considerable heritage significance, both as a stand-alone building, and as part of the entire complex layout. As the School of Artillery grew, and visiting Officers came to attend special training courses, an adjacent Officers Annexe - Building 46 - was added for their temporary accommodation from the 1960s until the School relocated in the 1990s.  “The Harbour Trust is committed to preserving, managing and promoting all of our extraordinary former defence sites along the Sydney Harbour foreshore. As a self-funding government agency, leasing repurposed buildings is integral to this ongoing mission, and all revenue contributes to conserving, protecting and improving public access to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust lands” Susan Culverston said.  The link below contains EOI1701 Main Document – in both hi-res (PQ for Print Quality) and lo-res (WQ for Web Quality) formats - Please note that this main doc contains the Site Map. Floorplans for B43/B44/46 – including historical floorplan for B44 Image Bank – 21 numbered and captioned images  https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/FVGkd  Video link to drone footage of North Head Sanctuary Manly and Buildings 44 & 46:  https://youtube/FO4CngOpoj8  Media enquiries: Tracey Leitch, (02) 9969 2042, 0415 290 023 or tracey@impressionsmc.com.au  The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is a self-funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. Our ten sites are Cockatoo Island and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay and the Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay. These public spaces and parklands offer major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy. www.harbourtrust.gov.au         Last Minute Day Tours Are Here To Offer Green Island Day Tour! 2017-03-20T10:31:44Z last-minute-day-tours-are-here-to-offer-green-island-day-tour To go on a vacation with the family is what we all look forward to and that is why, we hire the help of the right service provider who will make the whole deal worth the money and we can enjoy the time of our lives without any hassle. When it comes to such organizers of tour, there are many and in the area and you need to consider the ones that will work best for all and that too at the right price. Last Minute Day Tours are here to cater such needs and since many years of expertise in the area to offer such outcome, you will be glad that you have hired the right services and that too in the budget. They have the tendency to cater the needs of any ones who wants tailor made service sand they offer Green island day tour of the best rated standard. The best part is that, they are located in each state and that is why, they are able to offer more inclined services and they will make the whole experience of sightseeing worth the money. No matter the tour that you select and want to go forward with, they will help select the best one and they in turn will make the whole trip worth the while and you will come home feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. The best looking and working luxury coaches tours, small group adventure tours and eco tours where you can get up, close and personal with the nature are here for the offering. The price tags are different for all and as per your need and what you are looking for; you can choose the right one. Hobart day tours that they offer will cover all the facets of such place and they are one of the best medium to hire and look at the best things in the nation’s capital. You can get close to the history of the country and you will see many things that were not known to you before. The best part about Last Minute Day Tours is the level of expertise they have and they will cater end to end needs of all. They will offer tailor made needs for all and you can call them anytime and state your requirements. The Cairns city tour is one of the prime examples of it along with all others that they offer. In the end, if you decide to go with them, then you have made a right choice and you will enjoy at the fullest. THAT IS FOR SURE!! Give them a call today and sate the place you want to go to. NOW! About Company Last Minute Day Tours have been the final destination for all who are looking for best in class tours in budget price. We offer tours across the country in many manner and you can choose the ones that will work best for you. Call our people today to know more in detail. Oryx Adventures Launches Thrilling Motorcycle Tours in Oman 2017-03-18T02:52:28Z oryx-adventures-launches-thrilling-motorcycle-tours-in-oman An unforgettable off-road motorcycling experience across breath-taking desert and striking mountain terrain is on offer for the first time in Oman on the ancient Arabian peninsula. Oryx Adventures, a specialist enduro bike tour company based in the Omani capital, Muscat, gives riders a unique selection of competitively-priced trips that each capture the exhilaration of Oman’s rugged natural beauty. From entry level introductions on flat gravel, desert scrubland and dry wadi beds to more demanding tours traversing challenging scree, shale and steep, rock-strewn cliffs to 7,000 ft pinnacles, the half, full and two-day tours are designed to give motorcycle enthusiasts and tourists with motorcycling experience the journey of a lifetime. For adventurers with enough stamina, tours from five to 10 days are also offered.  All riders require a full, current motorcycle licence from their country of origin to take part. Awe-inspiring Hajar mountains scenery, remarkable regional wildlife - including magisterial sea eagles, curious shaggy-haired mountain goats and fleeting houbara bustards - plus adrenaline-fuelled excitement are guaranteed. Boasting eight hardy, British-built CCM 450 adventure bikes with handy push-button ignition delivering a powerful 52bhp, Oryx Adventures kits out all riders with terrain and climate-specific clothing: comfortable, light-weight and breathable Alpinestars protective suits; professional off-road Bell visored crash helmets; sturdy Gaerne off-road boots; and effective leather gloves for real throttle, brake and clutch ‘feel’. Given the isolated nature of the tours, the motorcycles are each GPS tagged, while bike-mike radio contact is maintained between all riders and the tour guide. And with the characteristic balmy, bright and dry weather conditions prevailing in Oman, cool water back packs are issued as standard. Rare rain falls and flash floods in the country don’t stop play – the routes simply change to avoid dangerously deep wadis and sandy quagmires. For all overnight tours, a dedicated support truck is on hand at all times for riders, while their non-riding families can also enjoy the dramatic landscape in a fleet of 4x4 follow-up vehicles. Bespoke shelter from leading camping equipment firms Vango and Eezi-Awn is available for memorable overnight desert pitches, and partnerships have been struck with decent hotels en route. Run by English bike enthusiast and former oil industry mechanic and executive Peter Middleton and his Omani wife Haima al Khusaibi, Oryx Adventures has ambitious plans for expansion throughout the region and into Iran and Southern Africa. Salmon & Bear donate $2 from each poke sale to the NCC 2017-03-18T01:36:15Z salmon-amp-bear-donate-2-from-each-poke-sale-to-the-ncc On any given night in Australia about 1 in 200 people are homeless (105,000 people). Around 28,000 people are experiencing homelessness in NSW - more people than any other state. Key factors contributing to homelessness include domestic violence and relationship issues; accommodation issues such as housing crisis or inadequate/inappropriate dwellings; and financial difficulties such as housing stress or unemployment.  The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre helps by offering a First Response Program and has a Boarding House Outreach Service. The First Response Program ensures that anybody who is homeless leaves NNC with a pathway to getting a roof over their heads. No one is turned away and everyone who comes in will speak to somebody who’s job it is to help them.  At Salmon & Bear we felt compelled to get involved with this amazing service. We want to help and we're going to donate $2 from every new Kingfish Poké sold, across both our Newtown & Zetland restaurants, to the First Response Program. This new dish will be available from Wednesday 15th March. We're hoping to raise over $2700 which will help get a roof over 20 heads. So, next time you're at Salmon & Bear, make sure you order the new (and very delicious) Kingfish Poké.  You can donate directly to this amazing cause here Enhance your performance on the road with Nulon Engine oil 2017-03-16T09:01:40Z enhance-your-performance-on-the-road-with-nulon-engine-oil When it comes to car parts we all know that we need to approach quality first for smooth and easy ride on the road. There are many companies selling all kinds of car parts but when you really want to take good care of your car you need to go for the best part that make you and your car both comfortable on the road. CarBitz has been providing such quality parts for more than thirty years and the company has long list of satisfied clients. For better performance you need ignition coils that can give your car a kick start. You can look on the company’s website for varieties of ignition coils. The company offers best quality NGK ignition coils to their customers. If you are looking for Hitachi power tools in Australia to have a best support in emergency, then you will find it all here at affordable price. These tools are lighter in weight and cordless so you can work comfortably with them. With good quality battery it becomes standard tools for any vehicles. We are all aware that we need to have good quality of engine oil for our cars. The engine oil keeps the engine in proper working condition and the life of engine is depended on the quality of your engine oil. The company is providing Nulon Engine oil which is the first choice of many professional car drivers. If you have to travel a lot then you have to be confident during the journey and you can ensure the safety of your engine with premium quality engine oil for your car. CarBitz also offers good range of other parts for your car. You can replace your belts, braking system, cooling system, gaskets, wipers and other things easily. You will find all the general accessories for your car here and you don’t have to worry about the quality of anything that you purchase from the company. To keep the car shining, you can buy washing accessories too. Along with all these you can also have good options for lighting and electrical parts like globes. About Company: CarBitz is in the industry for more than thirty years. Automotive parts is not just the business but the company has been passionate about it and they work by providing only premium quality car parts to their customers in retail and trades. The company has good range of quality parts for cars such as Holden, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and many others. Live bacteria system presents a new solution for treating wastewater 2017-03-16T03:32:43Z live-bacteria-system-presents-a-new-solution-for-treating-wastewater Sydney, Australia – NCH recently unveiled its environmentally friendly solution for the treatment of trade wastewater, and it’s being adopted on a global scale. Growing vast amounts of natural bacteria each day, the BioAmp system directly targets fats and greases in wastewater, also reducing biological oxygen demand levels.   NCH’s key objective is to provide solutions for the management of trade wastewater, and this new forward-thinking biotechnology provides great advantages to Australian businesses. As the President and CEO of NCH Asia, David Weiss explains: ‘In BioAmp, we have new technology developed that involves automatically delivering live bacteria into the trade waste system, which in turn produces huge economic and environmental benefits for manufacturing industries across Australia.’   While BioAmp is set to revolutionise the treatment of wastewater, NCH continues to invest in advancing complementary solutions. Every business has its own wastewater processing challenges, and the company provides onsite analysis and tailored programs that take an integrated approach to the issue. Specifically, drain maintenance, lift stations, grease traps and the reduction of COD and BOD are all utilised by NCH, along with the new BioAmp technology.   A comprehensive program implemented by NCH aims to improve the quality of trade waste effluent, reduce odours and keep drains flowing. Advising manufacturers on the most effective methods to reach particular wastewater benchmarks, NCH specialists ensure legal standards are adhered to, and trade waste costs kept to a minimum.     For more information about NCH solutions, contact NCH by clicking here.     NCH CONTACT INFORMATION   EMAIL Marketing.australia@nch.com   FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/NCHAustralasia/   WEBSITE http://www.nchasia.com/en-au/ NZ MARKETING AND PR AGENCY ESTABLISHED TO FOCUS ON FOOD, DRINKS AND LIFESTYLE 2017-03-15T05:56:55Z nz-marketing-and-pr-agency-established-to-focus-on-food-drinks-and-lifestyle Two of New Zealand’s specialist marketing and PR practitioners have joined forces establishing Marvellous Marketing an agency to work with food, drinks and lifestyle brands. Despite both having worked at Corbans Wines, Kathie Bartley and Nicola McConnell only meet when they worked on the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Blenheim in February 2016. It didn’t take long for them to realise their skills were complementary and immediately they began a dialogue about collaborating on projects. Being ambitious they launched their first significant project the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards in association with NZ Life & Leisure just before Christmas last year. The inaugural winners of the 2017 Awards will be announced on Thursday 27 April 2017. Kathie says establishing Marvellous Marketing was the most effective way to leverage the pair’s combined 45 years experience working with food, drink and lifestyle brands.    “Between us, we’ve learned a thing or two. It’s this depth of knowledge that we use to help propel our clients’ businesses.” Nicola says, “as small business owners we experience the resource constraints and growing pains which all small businesses face. That’s why Marvellous Marketing will work on a fixed fix basis, allowing clients to manage costs.” Kathie adds we also guarantee people will deal with us. “We won’t run the charm offence to win business and then when the contract dries, hand clients over to junior account executives. We value our clients’ business and will work on it ourselves.” Marvellous Marketing will focus on working with food, drinks and lifestyle business and will offer the full suite of strategy and implementation including; brand planning, brand management, PR and media relations, social media management, content creation, sponsorship, design and event management. When Marvellous Marketing does not have the skills in-house – such as website development – they will work with clients and leverage their contacts and connections throughout New Zealand to find the right provider for the task. An accomplished marketer Kathie Bartley has more than 30 years marketing New Zealand food, wine and hospitality. Her resume is a roll call of the country’s most loved brands including: Good Group Hospitality, Silver Fern Farms, Kapiti Cheese, Yummy Fruit,  Cuisine magazine, Ngatarawa Wines, Saint Clair Family Estate, Burn Cottage Vineyard, Tiki Wine & Vineyards, Villa Maria Estate Wines, Stoneleigh and Corbans.  She also has experience working with businesses suppling services to the wine industry including steel grape vine posts with ECO TRELLIS ® and has been a part of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards team since 2004. Nicola McConnell loves working with food and drinks clients while she lives the New Zealand dream. After 15 years working in the fast-paced Australian market, she have brought her contacts and skills back to New Zealand’s lower South Island where she’s using them to support Kiwi businesses here and across the Tasman. As a small business owner and former country kid she can roll up her sleeves and get the job done, while her time as a senior executive in large FMCG companies has given her a great understanding of business strategy and the importance of planning. Visit Nextrend Furniture at the Australasian Hospitality & Gaming Expo 2017-03-15T02:50:50Z visit-nextrend-furniture-at-the-australasian-hospitality-amp-gaming-expo-1 Nextrend Furniture Address: 2/471 Tufnell Rd, Banyo QLD 4014Phone: (07) 3257 7272 https://nextrend.com.au/blog/nextrend-furniture-ahge-march-2017/ Nextrend Furniture is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Australasian Hospitality & Gaming Expo. The two days will be very exciting with over 250 stands. The 2017 Keno Australasian Hospitality and Gaming (AHG) Expo is hosted in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition (BCEC). Visiting this show is the perfect way for everyone that is involved in the hospitality and gaming industries, clubs, pubs, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues to keep up to date. When: Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 March Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Nextrend’s Stand Number: 224     Destination Phillipines : Palawan Islands 2017-03-12T21:04:35Z destination-phillipines-palawan-islands El Nido based luxury glamping resort, The Birdhouse El Nido, has projected into the limelight with their unique experience currently being offered in the highly sought after Palawan Islands. Using the momentum of that success, owner operator Mark Villaflor has recently kickstarted Tour El Nido with his cousin Karen Bersabe, to cater to the tourist seeking the very best experiences from this region. Each experience being offered breaks free from the homogeny seen in many other island destinations and is in the truly an extension of the wild imagination and passion he has for the Palawan region.   ‘Clients contact us due to our approachable & adaptable nature. Our ethos is to drive the kind of tourism that benefits this area and we provide our clients with meaningful holidays with memories that last a lifetime. We encourage clients to approach us who have a deep desire to uncover Palawan, especially through sustainable local providers,’ says Mark.    The  Birdhouse El Nido designed by Camille Villaflor is a signature project along a long line of masterpieces – including travelling the world on a 16 month honeymoon dubbed 365traveldates, part of a successful travel blogger media duo. This experience on the road and in tourist destinations around the world has allowed Mark to set this business up from a strong client centric model.   Together with his wife the industrious pair have a clear love and passion for the Palawan islands and it’s great to have these kinds of new breed business operators ushering in an era of sustainable tourism that is both exciting and unique.   To find out more about the types of adventures being offered by Tour El Nido, head over their homepage here (www.tourelnido.com) or for all media enquiry please contact derek@worldsbestdestinations.com HTM K.K. takes over Skybus transfer and Sprint taxi operations in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan 2017-03-10T01:43:32Z htm-k-k-takes-over-skybus-transfer-and-sprint-taxi-oerpations-in-niseko-hokkaido-japan HTM K.K. is delighted to announce that it will take over Skybus and Sprint Taxi operations from Skybus K.K. in June 2017. Airport transfers, Kutchan taxi services and area tours will continue to operate as now with Skybus booking transfers direct with guests and through a wide range of travel and hotel companies. Founder and managing director of Skybus, Jeremy Churchill, will continue as manager of Skybus and Sprint Taxi, as will the drivers and staff of Skybus.  Chris Pickering, Director and General Manager of HTM, said: “Airport and local transport impact all visitors to Niseko so this is an area which is very important to our customers and the continued success and growth of the resort. HTM and Skybus have worked together for many years and extending HTM’s services to transfers and taxis for guests was a step that we have been considering for some time. Skybus and Sprint Taxi operations and staff will remain based in Kutchan and we will bring the back office resources of HTM to grow the business and improve services for all visitors to the resort." Jeremy Churchill commented: "I'm excited to see the next step in the evolution of Skybus and Sprint Taxi and believe that the company is in the right hands going forward. The whole team are very much looking forward to being part of the HTM group." For any queries or information please contact Chris Pickering. OPEN HOUSE AT COCKATOO ISLAND – SUNDAY 26 MARCH Explore Sydney Harbour's Unique Sleep Options 2017-03-06T05:57:53Z open-house-at-cockatoo-islands-sunday-26-march-explore-sydney-harbour-unique-sleep-options-1 For one day only, we’re opening up our houses and apartments to the public. You’re invited to step inside and see why our heritage accommodation is the perfect choice for your next short-stay Sydney getaway.  DATE:                              Sunday 26 March 2017 TIME:                              2pm to 5pm INFO BOOTH:               Biloela Veranda (pick up a map at the Visitor Centre first)  This is a rare opportunity to sneak a peek and see how our island’s beautifully-restored heritage houses and apartments offer an unforgettable holiday experience right in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Our Accommodation Manager will be at the info booth to answer any queries.  Surrounded by landscaped gardens and offering sweeping Sydney Harbour views, our charming Federation-era houses and apartments retain their heritage character while offering guests all the modern amenities.  Find out more about our houses and apartments at: http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay/heritage-holiday-houses http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay/apartments  Open House Exclusive Special Offer – full details available on the day  An exclusive special accommodation offer will be available on the day so come along and find out why Cockatoo Island is such a great choice for your next getaway, family gathering, or special occasion.  Cockatoo Island Accommodation – The History Our accommodation was built in the early 20th Century during the expansion of the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. The Heritage Holiday Houses were once home to the Island’s Medical Officer and Engineering Manager; the Harbour View Apartments were formerly the residences of the Launch Driver and Coxswain; the Garden Apartment originally housed the dockyard’s Medical Officer’s Assistant and the Police; while the Firestation Studio near the Parramatta Wharf was added in 1973, to garage the Cockatoo Island fire truck.  Images Houses/Apartments https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/Ht3VM Generalhttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/pvpo50cavo347wj/AAC4ppH1jUpr9VSM2Bs6Y7DDa?dl=0  Media enquiries: Tracey Leitch, (02) 9969 2042, 0415 290 023 or tracey@impressionsmc.com.au  Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour is open to the public daily, offering major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy. It is one of the ten magnificent sites managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, a self-funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. The other public spaces and parklands managed by the Harbour Trust are North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour. www.cockatooisland.gov.au     Spare Room? Try Hosting an International Student. 2017-03-06T04:13:25Z spare-room-try-hosting-an-international-student BRISBANE, Australia – 6 March 2017: The Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is making it easier and safer for property owners to capitalise on the booming sharing economy. The company has its niche in placing international students with AHN-certified hosts who provide visitors with the essentials they need to live and learn in Australia. AHN Founding Director, David Bycroft, said Australia’s popularity as an education destination has seen growing demand for the authentic homestay experience offered by AHN. “International education is Australia’s third-largest export earner; it’s bigger than tourism. More than half a million international students were living in Australia in 2016 and this number is expected to climb,” he said. Mr Bycroft said homestay is becoming an increasingly viable way for people to turn their spare rooms into an asset, with the added benefit of a positive cultural exchange. “The demand for affordable student accommodation close to major educational hubs is extremely high,” he said. AHN, which has placed over 40,000 students in homestay environments since 2008, needs more hosts to accommodate Australia’s thriving international student population. Key regions include Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane as well as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. “AHN guests come from all over the world – China, Japan, Latin America – and for some of them it’s their first time away from home. We’re looking for ambassadors to welcome these students to Australia,” Mr Bycroft said. “The right people will be willing to share their homes, treat students like they’re part of the family and show them what living in Australia is all about.”AHN pays ambassadors what is considered a non-taxable host reimbursement for the household’s contribution to the student’s living requirements. Mr Bycroft said AHN’s full-service approach and unique placement program reduces most of the risk associated with participating in the global sharing economy and gives hosts peace-of-mind when opening their homes to international students. [REFER TO LINK] “Our mission is to provide a safe, comfortable and enriching homestay experience for our hosts and our students,” he said. “AHN is setting a global standard with our proprietary HMS (Homestay Management System) technology, tailored insurance coverage and localised support.” Mr Bycroft said the company’s preference-based matching process ensures both approved hosts and student guests know what – and who – to expect before the homestay begins. “The goal is to match the right hosts with the right students. If there’s a good connection from the get-go we’ve established the foundation for a positive homestay partnership.”  - ENDS -