The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-30T04:38:13Z Perth Residents Continue to “Escape the Ordinary” at The Retreat 2017-03-30T04:38:13Z perth-residents-continue-to-escape-the-ordinary-at-the-retreat Perth, WA, 30 March 2017 - Origin Projects started out as 4Land Property Group. They specialised in “land you can afford in places you’d want to live.” Origin Projects is still true to their old mission, but they have also added some boutique properties to their portfolio. One such property is The Retreat at Mandurah Quay.The Retreat at Mandurah Quay offers turnkey homes in a seachange destination starting at only $459,000. Mandurah Quay is located adjacent to Mandurah in Erskine, next to the Peel Inlet. The Retreat is within the Mandurah Quay resort and is only a minute from the highly-esteemed Waterside Restaurant. There are ample opportunities for fishing, crabbing, boating, golf and shopping, all within ten minutes of the resort. The Len Howard Conservation Park is within walking distance, as are a host of other parks and trails.The Halls Head Shopping Centre is only four minutes away and the Erskine Shopping Centre is eight minutes away. The Halls Head Bowls Club and the Mandurah Country Club are also just a few minutes away. Eight homes are currently left in Stage 1 of The Retreat. All have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. The smallest is 296 m2 and the largest is 336 m2. Prices are from $459,000 to $465,000.Travis Kell is the Development Manager for The Retreat at Mandurah Quay. According to Mr Kell: “Mandurah has made a huge transition from its roots as a small fishing village. Now, it’s one of the hottest seachange destinations in the Perth area. It really gives residents the best of both worlds. It is within ten minutes of the ocean and a host of recreational opportunities, but it is only an hour by train or by car to the Perth CBD.”Mr Kell continued: “The Retreat is another in a long line of successful land estates Origin Projects have created in the Perth footprint. Sales and enquiries have been brisk for two main reasons. First, we have a reputation for providing great value and reasonable prices. Second, The Retreat consists of high quality homes in a great location. This has resulted in us talking to a lot of people who are interested in a seachange without moving too far away from the CBD.”The Retreat is a master planned community. They have implemented “Estate Guidelines” and a “Community Development Plan” which ensure that all homes built there will adhere to the high standards in the area. The subdivision designs and house designs are created to fit within the environment. The homes are built to take advantage of the correct solar orientation and the result is a six-star energy rating.Mr Kell concluded: “The Retreat is one of the hottest land estates in the Perth area. If you ever thought of seachange but didn’t want to leave Perth behind, we can offer you the best of both worlds.”The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a land estate one hour away from Perth. It offers a seachange lifestyle within practical proximity to the Perth CBD. It is less than ten minutes away from the Indian Ocean, the Mandurah Ocean Marina and the Mandurah City Centre. To learn more, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Credit Union SA increases support of education community with new credit card 2017-03-06T01:47:51Z credit-union-sa-increases-support-of-education-community-with-new-credit-card Credit Union SA has increased its commitment to South Australia’s education community by introducing a new credit card designed specifically for teachers and employees of the education sector, and offering one of the lowest interest rates in the nation and no annual fee. Credit Union SA CEO, Mr Grant Strawbridge, said the new Education Community Credit Card, recently launched at an event in the State Library, had been developed in consultation with educators to deliver on their specific financial needs. “Credit Union SA has worked alongside and supported the education community for more than 50 years, so we are particularly pleased to build on that long-standing involvement by announcing the Credit Union SA Education Community Credit Card. This is our way of recognising and rewarding the efforts of teachers and education staff in nurturing generations of students,” Mr Strawbridge said. “To ensure an easy transition from any other financial institution, a 0%pa interest rate applies for a 6-month period that not only covers the entire balance transfer, but also extends to any purchases made during that time, before reverting to one of the lowest interest rates currently available on the market,” he said. “Our staff at Credit Union SA are very active in speaking with teachers and support staff in schools and staff rooms, and that feedback has directly influenced this exclusive card. The new Education Community Credit Card includes the following benefits: $0 annual fee; Low 9.99% pa interest rate; 0% introductory rate for the first 6 months; and No ATM withdrawal fees, including overseas ATM withdrawals; For teacher Angas Wallace, the introduction of the new Education Community Credit Card couldn’t have come at a better time. After graduating mid-2016, the 27 year old had several temporary teaching placements before recently taking on a permanent role as a Science Teacher for Year 8, 9 and 10 students at St John’s Grammar. “The teacher-specific benefits of the Education Community Credit Card all make a difference, and add up to some great benefits and savings over time which will help me to save for my first home. I had been with my previous bank for a long time, and in hindsight I had become a bit complacent with my finances – but the transfer process was very easy and my money is working much better for me.” The Education Community Credit Card is the latest in a number of initiatives by Credit Union SA to support the state’s education sector. The highly-successful School Community Rewards program has more than 18 schools now actively participating, as a way to bolster their fundraising efforts. Mr Strawbridge said the School Community Rewards program provided opportunity for a Credit Union SA member who has a savings account, home loan or any other product to nominate a participating school to receive financial contributions from Credit Union SA. “By members of the school community – parents, grandparents, teachers and staff – doing nothing more than putting their banking needs into the safe hands of Credit Union SA, a participating school can generate extra funds to buy computers for classrooms, playground or sports equipment, library resources or realise some other worthwhile project,” Mr Strawbridge said. “This program is good for the school and good for families, and as a member-owned organisation we are proud to give back profits to worthwhile community endeavours rather than having to focus on making profits and paying dividends to shareholders like the big banks,” he said. The Education Community Credit Card is the latest innovative product to be developed by Credit Union SA, which has previously been recognised as one of the nation’s top credit unions by consumers in the prestigious Mozo Awards in 2013 and 2015. In 2015 Credit Union SA scored gold in the ‘Best Low Rate Credit Card’ category in the Mozo Expert Choice Awards and in 2016 for the second year in a row, was named one of the country’s best value personal loans, taking out the top award in both the Car Loan and Secured Personal Loan categories. About Credit Union SA Credit Union SA is South Australia’s third largest credit union, with over $960 million in assets, around 49,000 members and proudly employs over 140 South Australians. Credit Union SA Ltd ABN 36 087 651 232 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 241066, Credit Union SA Centre, Level 3, 400 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000. GPO Box 699 Adelaide SA 5001. Go to https://www.creditunionsa.com.au/ to find out more. Action is Brisk at the Retreat at Mandurah Quay 2017-02-24T07:21:23Z action-is-brisk-at-the-retreat-at-mandurah-quay Perth, WA, 24 February 2017 - Origin projects is the successful developer of a series of land estates offering house and land packages in the Perth area. If current interest is any indication, The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is rapidly becoming another of those success stories. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is located in Erskine, within Mandurah Quay. It is less than one minute from the Waterside Restaurant at Mandurah Quay resort. Homeowners at The Retreat are also provided with optional access to the facilities at Mandurah Quay resort. The Mandurah Quay resort also offers many recreational opportunities such as a gym, swimming pool, volleyball courts, a BBQ and a function room. The boat pen provides instant access to boating, crabbing, fishing and other water activities.The Retreat is on the Banks of the Peel Inlet near Mandurah. It is less than one minute from the Len Howard Conservation Area. The Mandurah City Centre, the Indian Ocean and the Mandurah Ocean Marina are less than ten minutes away. The Retreat within ten minutes of shopping centres, medical facilities, schools, parks and restaurants. It is approximately one hour to the Perth CBD using the Mandurah Railway Line. House and Land Packages at The RetreatAs of this writing, there are nine finished turnkey homes available in Stage 1 of The Retreat. All have three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. The prices range from $459,000 to $465,000. The smallest lot is 296m2 and the largest is 336m2. The homes feature spacious floor plans, modern fittings and beautiful landscaping that is designed to integrate the community into its natural surroundings. They all have ample storage room, high ceilings and double garages. The Retreat is under a Local Development Plan which ensures that every home built within Mandurah Quay adheres to the high standards of the area. This guarantees an elevated quality of life within The Retreat. It also keeps property values high, maximising capital gain on resale.Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects, developer of The Retreat at Mandurah Quay.  According to Ms McErlain, “The Retreat at Mandurah Quay has a lot going for it. The Retreat offers a seachange lifestyle within the Perth footprint. For those who are looking for more out of life, it represents a chance to live at a world class resort for the price of buying a house.”Ms McErlain continued: “Most of our land estates have been closer to the Perth CBD, but we wanted to offer something a little different with The Retreat. We love the Mandurah area because it is so close to so many great watersport activities. It also has world class dining and plenty of great places to shop.”Ms McErlaine concluded: “If you want seachange, but you don’t want to say goodbye to Perth quite yet, The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is just what the doctor ordered.”The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a small community located within Mandurah Quay in Erskine. It offers house and land packages in the form of turnkey homes for as low as $459,000. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay offers a seachange lifestyle within an hour of the Perth CBD. To learn more, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. The Hottest House and Land Packages in Perth May be at Mataro Private Estate 2017-02-22T07:24:47Z the-hottest-house-and-land-packages-in-perth-may-be-at-mataro-private-estate Perth, WA, 22 February 2017 - Mataro Private Estate has become one of the most popular land estates in the Perth area. Origin Projects, developers of Mataro Private Estate, attribute this to a combination of location, pricing and a developer who is easy to work with. According to Madeleine McErlain, Marketing Manager for Origin Projects:“We have developed a number of successful land estates in the Perth area. From day one, our mission was to provide affordable housing in places someone would want to live. We have succeeded time and again because we do our homework. When we choose a location, we choose Perth suburbs that have their own infrastructure and provide reasonable access to the Perth CBD.”Ms McErlain continued: “The result has been a growing line of land estates that provide great lifestyles while producing capital growth when people decide to sell their homes. Some people have even found they had equity in their new homes by the time they moved in because the value had already increased.”Mataro Private Estate is located next to Swan Valley, which is the home of numerous restaurants and wineries. There are also shopping centres, schools and medical facilities nearby. Guildford and Midland are also nearby, as are the Caversham Village Shopping Centre, the highly rated Caversham Primary School, Guildford Grammar School & Montessori and Swan Christian College. A future community centre is planned on Coast Road. House and Land Packages at Mataro EstateMataro Private Estate is currently offering turnkey homes from a low price of $386,850 to a high price of $438,942. They are on 301m2 lots with three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. Design, fit and finish are the main differences in the homes. They are also offering lots starting at $197,000 for the month of February. The lots are 301m2, the same as those for the turnkey homes. A Haven for First Home Buyers?During the year 2017, the WA First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) has been raised to $15,000 for those purchasing new homes. According to the WA Government, this will allow as many as 650 additional homebuyers in the WA area to purchase their first homes. In addition, those who purchase new homes don’t pay any stamp tax duty up to $430,000, with reduced duty up to $530,000. Those who buy land don’t pay any duty up to $300,000 and reduced duty up to $400,000.All of the house and land packages in Mataro Private Estate are well within the requirements for the FHOG and reduced stamp duty. The result has been a healthy number of first home buyers making enquiries at Mataro Estate.Ms McErlain concluded: “Mataro Estate is a great place to buy a home because we have done all of the homework for you.”Mataro Estate offers house and land packages in the Perth suburb of Dayton, at the foot of the Swan Valley. They are close to numerous amenities and a wealth of infrastructure. Residents can enjoy the many opportunities for recreation and entertainment the Swan Valley has to offer or they can take advantage of easy access to the Perth CBD. To learn more, call (08) 6500 4411 or visit their website: http://www.mataroestate.com.au/. Millennials encouraged to take action on their wealth goals 2017-02-09T03:40:31Z millennials-encouraged-to-take-action-on-their-wealth-goals Millennials concerned about housing affordability need to take urgent action on their financial future, according to Gen Y property adviser Nidal Rasheed. Nidal is Managing Director of Silvertail Property Group and said Millennials were not the entitled generation but were living in an era where it was harder than ever to own a home and “things don’t look like they’re getting easier”. “We’re the ones who have to carry the debt for previous generations and I don’t believe our retirement will be same. However, we need to stop putting off decisions and act,” he says. “What we find with a lot of younger investors is: they wait for someone to inspire them to make a decision about investing. “Often a Millennial might hear success stories like ‘the 21-year-old who has bought seven properties’ and be inspired by that. They take a few steps into some financial planning, but the minute it gets hard, many of them give up. “Younger buyers and first home owners can in fact have some advantages other property investors because they may be eligible for a 97% loan and a grant from government for construction. They may also receive stamp duty concession. “This means they need very little money out-of-pocket to get into their first home which in many cases could serve as a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities later in life.” Nidal says younger investors could stick to a five-point plan: 1.       Become aware of your current financial position and be accountable to your financial future – “there’s no point trying to blame society or the Baby Boomers or the government, you need to take charge,” Nidal says. 2.       Decide how you want to improve your situation – do you want to work longer hours, set up an online business, invest in shares, invest in property? “If you haven’t mentally committed to some action, it’s never going to hold any weight”. 3.       Seek advice – find some professionals that have done what you want to do; or find a mentor or coach to guide you. “You could begin by meeting a financial adviser or accountant to start pointing you in the right direction”. 4.       Act – when an opportunity presents itself, take it. “Apply for that finance pre-approval, make an offer on a property, buy some shares.” 5.       Evaluate – this is where a lot of investors fail; they make a decision but if their investment plan doesn’t immediately work out, they give up. “If it’s not working as expected, you need to rejig your plan. It’s also vital to have the right expectations and understand there’s no such thing as overnight riches especially when it comes to property – it’s a long-term strategy,” Nidal says.   Minda announces appointment of Dr Susan Neuhaus as Board President 2017-02-02T22:06:28Z minda-announces-appointment-of-dr-susan-neuhaus-as-board-president Pre-eminent South Australian surgeon and distinguished ex-Army officer, Dr Susan Neuhaus CSC, has been announced as the newly-elected President of the Minda Board. In welcoming Dr Neuhaus to the key strategic role at the helm of SA’s largest non-government disability organisation Minda CEO, Cathy Miller, said the organisation would greatly benefit from her strong networks and experience across the defence, health, research, government and not-for-profit sectors. “Minda is most pleased to have Dr Susan Neuhaus commit to the pivotal role as President as we enter an exciting chapter in our organisation’s evolution in response to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and embark on Stage 2 of our Master Plan development at Brighton,” Ms Miller said. “Susan’s strategic input, wise counsel and extensive leadership experience at a Board level is invaluable, and her integrity, vision, passion and commitment to South Australia mirrors our own core values,” she said. Dr Neuhaus welcomed her appointment, saying it was Minda’s long-standing contribution to enhancing the lives of people with disability, their families and the broader South Australian community that affirmed her decision to accept the President role. ‘Minda has clearly been pro-active in responding to the challenges coming its way because of the NDIS, as well as recognising the demand on the not-for-profit sector to be far more innovative in finding ways to secure its future funding and sustainability,” Dr Neuhaus said. “At is core though, I have had the enormous privilege to have worked with vulnerable people in Australia and overseas, and I truly believe that people can do the most extraordinary things if you give them the opportunity and the resources to do so – and this is really what the Minda mission is all about – enabling people to reach their true potential,” she said. “I look forward to working with the Board and Executive team to build on the great work already underway, and I am deeply honoured at the opportunity to be part of Minda’s future success.” Dr Neuhaus is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and is a Consultant Surgeon in private surgical practice. She holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), an academic position in the Department of Surgery and Faculty of Medicine at University of Adelaide, and is appointed to the RACS Court of Examiners. Dr Neuhaus has also completed an Army career spanning over 20 years, consisting of command, clinical and administrative appointments in the Regular Army and Army Reserve. Her military service was recognised with the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 and in 2012, and she was South Australian finalist for the Australian of the Year. She remains a non-executive Director of the Cancer Council SA and has previous experience as non-executive director in several organisations, including Chairperson of the Repat Foundation. Also announced as joining the Minda Board is Ms Noelene Wadham. “In her previous role, Noelene was State Manager (SA) for National Disability Services and she has a strong understanding of the disability sector, having been appointed as the inaugural chairperson of the NDIS Working Group which supported the introduction of the 0-8 year age group rollout of the NDIS for SA children’s service providers,” said Minda CEO, Cathy Miller. “With extensive experience as a board member and private consultant to a range of management teams at top levels of government, Noelene offers excellent credentials across strategic planning, management and governance.” About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. Finished Homes Still Available at Popular Mandurah Land Estate 2017-02-01T08:22:45Z finished-homes-still-available-at-popular-mandurah-land-estate Perth, WA, February 01, 2017 - Whenever Origin Projects have offered finished turnkey homes in land estates in the Perth area, they have sold out quickly. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is becoming one of their more popular projects, with quality turnkey homes available for prices that are slightly below comparable properties in the area.The turnkey homes are on lots from 296m2 to 348m2. Homebuyers can choose from a selection of homes built by Adcock Homes, Aveling Homes or Ross North Developments. The lowest priced home costs $459,000 while the highest priced home costs $465,000. The homes have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a theatre and two car spaces. The homes are fully “turnkey”, meaning they are ready to move into. Everything is already done. All the homeowner has to do is turn the key and walk in. Mandurah Quay offers a “seachange” lifestyle, far away from the stresses of city living. It is less than a minute walk to the Peel Inlet, close to the Estuary and adjacent to Len Howard Conservation Park. They are less than a minute walk from the Waterside Restaurant and the rest of the Mandurah Quay Resort. Homebuyers are offered an optional membership at the Resort.Mandurah Quay is a controlled development that is surrounded by nature. There may be no more of a picturesque setting for a land estate than in Mandurah Quay. The homes are NBN ready, making it easy to keep in touch with old friends and new friends.Besides the community facilities within the resort, there are ample opportunities for recreation. Fishing, crabbing and boating can be done almost at one’s doorstep. There are also nature parks and landscaped parks nearby. Those who like to play golf will find golf courses less than ten minutes away.The Halls Head Shopping Centre is a four minute drive, as is the Erskine Central Shopping Centre, while it only takes eight minutes to drive to the Mandurah City Centre. The Mandurah Ocean Marina, the Mandurah City Centre and the Indian Ocean are barely ten minutes away.House and Land Packages that Integrate into Natural SurroundsAll homes in The Retreat at Mandurah Quay are built within the estate building guidelines, which adhere to the local development plan. This ensures that all apartments and houses are built to high standards. This not only makes for a great lifestyle now, but ensures that resale values will remain above average for the foreseeable future.Mandurah Quay is designed to respect and fit into the local environment. The streetscape is designed to integrate fully into the natural surroundings. Solar orientation is taken into consideration when building homes at The Retreat, resulting in the homes receiving 6 star energy ratings.The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is another in a long line of successful land estates in the Perth area from Origin Projects, formerly known as 4Land Property Group. It is located within Mandurah Quay in Erskine, next to the Mandurah Quay Resort and the Waterside Restaurant. Origin Projects land estates are known for affordable prices in attractive locations. To learn more about The Retreat at Mandurah Quay, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T04:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). House and Land Packages Disappearing Quickly at Mataro Private Estate 2017-01-31T07:35:23Z house-and-land-packages-disappearing-quickly-at-mataro-private-estate Perth, WA, January 31, 2017 - Mataro Private Estate is becoming a popular destination for people looking for house and land packages that are moderately priced but located within a reasonable distance from the Perth CBD. Mataro Private Estate is one of the latest in a long string of successful land estates in the Perth area developed by Origin Projects, formerly known as 4Land Property Group. Currently, lots at Mataro Private Estate are available for $217,000. The price includes a front landscaping package and Colorbond boundary fencing. Most of the lots are 301m2 with a few that are slightly larger.Mataro Private Estate is less than five minutes from attractions such as the Sandalford Winery, the Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery, Yahava Koffeeworks and the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. It is close to a number of other amenities, such as shops, cafes, parks and a number of other recreational opportunities. While the Estate offers easy access to the Perth CBD, the Swan Valley also has its own infrastructure. The Estate is a mere 300m away from Caversham Primary School and close to a number of landscaped parks with picnic areas. It is also close to the Guildford Grammar School and within a reasonable drive to the Caversham Village Shopping Centre, the Altone Park Shopping Centre and the Perth Airport. Ultimately, Mataro Private Estate provides easy access to Guildford, Midland and the Perth CBD. This provides access to numerous shopping centres, restaurants, wineries and entertainment opportunities besides those previously mentioned.House and Land Packages at Mataro EstateHouse and land packages are also available at Mataro Estate at prices which compare favourably to most in the Perth area. They currently have eight house and land packages available for prices ranging from $386,850 to $431,000. Each home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces in the garage. All are on 301m2 of property.Madeleine McErlain is the marketing manager for Origin Projects and is involved with all of their current projects. According to Ms McErlain: “Mataro Private Estate is well on the way to becoming one in a long succession of successful projects from Origin Projects. It is one of our favourites because it provides such great access to so many amenities. We also love the infrastructure that surrounds the Estate.”Ms McErlain continued: “One of the main reasons we have been so successful is that we do our homework when deciding where we want to develop land estates. We have done a great job of finding Perth suburbs that are poised for capital growth while providing a great lifestyle right now. Mataro Private Estate fits that description perfectly. It’s no surprise that so many people are enquiring about house and land packages here.”Mataro Private Estate is one of the latest land estates from Origin Projects, a highly successful developer of house and land packages in the Perth area. Mataro Private Estate is located at the foot of the Swan Valley. It combines the best Swan Valley has to offer with easy access to the Perth CBD. To learn more about Mataro Private Estate, call (08) 6500 4411 or visit their website: http://www.mataroestate.com.au/. Support service expansion ready to deliver real benefits for northern Adelaide families 2017-01-24T01:08:56Z support-service-expansion-ready-to-deliver-real-benefits-for-northern-adelaide-families Families living across Adelaide’s northern suburbs are set to be the big winners following news that Inclusive Directions has given the green light to establish a hub at Salisbury to deliver its successful range of quality programs for children with additional needs. Inclusive Directions Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jocelyn Graham, said the exciting decision to open the Commercial Road office was in response to growing demand from northern suburbs’ families wanting access to programs developed from the latest disability and development education research. “The Salisbury expansion is a logical next step for Inclusive Directions and is a significant milestone in our growth journey. Since opening a similar hub on Daws Road at St Marys in 2015 we have been continually approached by northern-based parents wanting local access to one of the few evidence-based early intervention programs in South Australia for their child,” Ms Graham said. “While we already support several families from as far away as Gawler and beyond, we know that such a long drive can be disruptive and challenging for parents and children alike, so offering a hub at Salisbury means that children get the critical development support they need to thrive without the added transport trauma on families,” she said. “We offer an extensive range of programs and support services from Salisbury, including our highly-successful Early Intervention Program, which has already assisted hundreds of South Australian children across the metropolitan Adelaide and regional areas with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” In addition, the Park Terrace facility will also be home to a newly-created clinical services team, which brings together some of South Australia’s leading specialists in childhood development, assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural issues.  “The Inclusive Directions Clinical Service operates under the guidance of Clinical Director and Speech Pathologist, Tanya O’Neil, who is joined by some of South Australia’s leading Clinical Psychologists,” Ms Graham said. “The team can draw on their extensive knowledge to share the skills needed to manage challenging events and emotions so that children are not overwhelmed and can lead a meaningful life. They work with families to help them understand the young person and help with their emotional, behavioural and skill development,” she said.  The announcement is welcome news for Athelstone mother Louisa Calabria, whose 3½ year old son Oliver attends the Salisbury hub for ABA and early intervention therapy twice weekly as well as an additional session at home. “After he was diagnosed as being on the ASD spectrum, Oliver did a two-week intensive therapy and it was like something inside of him woke up. We have seen him finally start to say words, learn and develop as part of the Inclusive Directions program,” Louisa said. “We continue to see improvements in Oliver. He now sits at the table to learn colours, numbers, use building blocks and a range of other teaching tools – which we then reinforce at home,” she said. “We have a window in which we can ensure that Oscar gets early intervention support through ABA, and having the convenience of taking him to Salisbury really lessens the impact on the family and lets me do the school run for my other two boys and still help run the family business.”  Ms Graham reinforced the need for a child living with autism to access enhanced professional early intervention support as soon as possible to assist their development.  “Seeing a family unit work more effectively together, watching a child grow and thrive, empowering parents with the skills needed to improve everyone’s quality of life – they are some of the outcomes that makes what we do so very special,” she says. “We are proud to have been part of the South Australian community for more than 30 years, and as demand grows we will continue to grow with it. Over time we can create additional local employment opportunities in response – so this is a win; win for local families and the local economy.” More about Inclusive Directions can be found at http://www.directions.org.au About Inclusive Directions Inclusive Directions is a not-for-profit, independent organisation with a long history of promoting and supporting children’s inclusion across a range of settings including education, care and community. The organisation provides individual assistance to children, coaching for staff, and support to families to build their skills and networks. It advocates for and support, strong communities through programs, services and training. Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406