The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-28T05:02:06Z Because dogs need trees! 2017-06-28T05:02:06Z because-dogs-need-trees Gourmet Pawprints and our Doggy Winery Tours takes climate change action with Green Fleet. At Gourmet Pawprints, we take to environmental responsibility seriously. This is why we’ve partnered with Greenfleet, an environment non-profit and Australia’s most trusted source of biodiverse carbon offsets, to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. Gourmet Pawprints and Bella the dog welcoming bus is donating one tree for every tour/event conducted, because dogs need trees and so do we. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our climate action provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. By offsetting our emissions with Greenfleet, not only do we take practical action against climate change, we also help to restore Australian landscapes by providing valuable habitat for native wildlife and transforming degraded land back to its natural state. Ushering in a new era after 10 years long service 2017-06-27T07:15:45Z ushering-in-a-new-era-after-10-years-long-service To mark 10 years of Making Enviro News (formerly Making Environmental News), Planning Results would like to salute all the journalist and writers who try to make sense of what constitutes environmental news. ‘During this time, we have observed many changing trends’ reflects Izabella Kobylanski Managing Editor of Making Enviro News.  ‘We have seen firsthand how more and more people have come to understand the need to sustainability manage our planet and ecosystem’. ‘We have come to appreciate that today environmental matters influence all human activities from the way we behave, the way we conduct business to our impact on the future of the space that we currently inhabit.’ With so much demand on our time, a major issue we face is the volume of information and knowledge that is imparted daily and how to stay on top of it. Keeping the finger on the pulse of the latest news in this area is a time consuming and a never-ending challenge. That is why Planning Results via Making Enviro News have dedicated the past 10 years to find ways to bring this information in an easily digestible format.  Our service is now available via the web so it is easier to view on various devices. Access to back issues are also now available. Specialist and sustainability reports are now accessible to everyone. Most importantly, this invaluable service is free. Since launch, Making Enviro News has remained the only news portal in Australia that delivers access to ‘envirobility’ (i.e. environmental + sustainability) news items every day. Articles that have appeared in the Australian media in the previous 24 hours are collated in an easy to access location. It contains the Headline and first paragraph to give the reader an idea of the content. The portal provides a link to the original article for further reading. Making Enviro News is available at To see today’s issue - -ends- Completion of Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-06-26T04:31:19Z completion-of-sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced the completion of the sale of its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  Details of the sale are set out in the Company’s announcement of 27 April 2017.   Robin Ormerod, Managing Director and Founder of EnviroSuite, said “This is a transformational transaction for EnviroSuite as it becomes a focused, well-funded, global SaaS technology business. I would like to thank the staff of EnviroSuite, our legal advisers Addisons, and corporate advisers TMT Partners, for their assistance in the transaction.  We look forward to working with ERM as one of our partners in the globalisation of the EnviroSuite platform.” - - -About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.  About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software-as-a-service platform. The EnviroSuite platform provides a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulators and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements. The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental science and engineering.  EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry. ENDS SLR Appoints New Air Quality Technical Lead 2017-06-23T03:36:09Z slr-appoints-new-air-quality-technical-lead Leading environmental and advisory consultancy SLR Consulting has this week announced the appointment of Graeme Starke to lead the firm’s Air Quality team.    Graeme brings more than seventeen years’ experience and has a particular focus in the assessment of the environmental effects of air discharges, emission inventories, atmospheric dispersion modelling, management plans and air monitoring.    Graeme joins SLR with a background in managing environmental projects for coal seam gas fields, power stations, oil refineries, mines, and aluminium smelters and other various industries.  He was also involved in the preparation of a national dioxin air emission inventory for Department of Environment and Heritage.    Regarding his move to SLR, Graeme commented: "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to work with both the local and international teams to provide our clients with a full range of Air Quality services and continuing the expansion of the great team of professional staff that SLR has built .” SLR has experience in providing expert advice across a wide range of services, covering all aspects of air quality assessment, and the sustainable management of operations.  “It’s a very exciting time for SLR’s technical growth and we are thrilled to have Graeme leading our Air Quality team”, commented Operations Manager, Shane Elkin. Graeme’s appointment at SLR follows the recent expansion of engineering and advisory services in the Asia Pacific region. Public backlash highlights CommBank’s toxic fossil fuel problem 2017-06-23T00:39:16Z public-backlash-highlights-commbank-s-toxic-fossil-fuel-problem Sydney, 23 June 2017: Community backlash against the Commonwealth Bank’s support of fossil fuels is now so severe that the bank has been forced to set up a special taskforce to handle customers threatening to close their accounts.   The revelation comes after continued pressure by customers and concerned community members who have staged numerous protests outside CommBank branches across the country and peppered the bank’s Facebook page with messages pleading for the bank to “dump coal” and “stop supporting the fossil fuel industry”.   “Despite clear proof that fossil fuel investments are toxic, the Commonwealth Bank would rather create a PR team than deal with their customers’ concerns,” Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Casule, said.   “Customers started out angry that the bank they trusted with their money is investing in fossil fuels that are damaging the environment and killing the Great Barrier Reef and now they are furious that those concerns are being ignored.   “The only substantial thing CommBank have done since their customers started telling them they wanted action on climate change has been to set up a team of people to try to convince people not to take their business elsewhere,” Dr Casule said.   The Commonwealth Bank made a public commitment to take action to limit global warming to no more than two degrees in late 2015, but last year lent a massive $3.886 billion to coal, gas and oil mining and infrastructure projects, making it the biggest funder of dirty fossil fuels in Australia in 2016.   Under questioning at a parliamentary inquiry in March, CEO Ian Narev was unable to provide a single example of the bank’s climate policy affecting lending decisions and last month it was revealed that CommBank had been secretly working with Adani to facilitate the construction of the Carmichael megamine. It has still not ruled out providing finance to the proposed mine.     A new international study into 37 banks’ fossil fuel lending policies by BankTrack yesterday put the Commonwealth Bank at the bottom of the pile because of its failure to evidence any policies to restrict coal, gas or extreme oil projects.   “I have been a CommBank customer for over 20 years. I have several mortgages and a business account,” Cabarita resident and business owner, Michael Rahme, said.   “Investing in new coal mines  and coal fired power stations has clearly and undoubtedly become an investment risk, a social risk, and an environmental risk that can no longer be ignored. The individuals on the Board of CommBank would be morally and ethically bankrupt to continue to do so.   “If Commbank do not publicly declare that they will no longer fund or lend or invest in new coal fired power stations, I will be leaving the bank and never coming back.”   Close to 85,000 people have signed a petition calling on CommBank to stop funding new coal, and over 4,500 CommBank customers have indicated they are considering changing banks over their support of dirty coal, oil and gas projects.   “Instead of action to address the concerns of their customers all we have seen is more empty repetition of the same PR rhetoric and spin in direct letters and emails to customers,” Dr Casule said.   “The Commonwealth Bank talks up the need to address climate change, invest in renewables and help us transition to a low-carbon economy, but they are not living up to their word.”   For interviews contact: Rachael Vincent, Media Campaigner 02 9263 0354 | 0413 993 316   Notes Market Forces’ research shows CommBank is Australia’s dirtiest bank, lending $3,886 million to fossil fuels in 2016 and a total of $20.5 billion between 2008 and the first half of 2016 (including $4.523 billion to coal mines, coal fired power plants and coal ports). Security One 2 One Now Offers Pest Control Solutions To All Its Clients In Australia 2017-06-19T00:15:09Z security-one-2-one-now-offers-pest-control-solutions-to-all-its-clients-in-australia Security One 2 One is a physical security service provider in Sydney - one of the few security service providers that are fully compliant with the Security Industry Legislation and Standards. Expanding its services, the One Group is now also offering several other services, including the pest control services and solutions. Having a pest problem can cause a multitude of issues, not to forget the health problems it brings with itself as a gift. Security One 2 One Group in Australia is now offering exclusive pest control services that can help you get rid of the issue in almost an instant! Our experienced and dedicated Pest Control Team will be able to identify the different species that have decided to attack your beautiful home or commercial or industrial property. "One 2 One Group Pest Control Team" will then provide the most appropriate solution depending on its preliminary analysis. With the safe use of controlled pesticides, this will send your unwanted critters on their way to their own homes. But what’s most important is the face that we will prevent any damage to your property and health issues to your family, neighbours, employees, or even the general public. At One 2 One Group we are offering the following pest control programs in Australia. Residential pest control Sydney: Houses, units, villas, townhouses, strata properties Commercial pest control Australia: We treat all commercial premises regardless of their size of type of business. Industrial pest control issues: We treat any industrial site – call us and see miracles happening! Office equipment: We provide efficient treatments for computer safety, document storage, along with any other similar causes of concerns. Food Processing: Security One 2 One Group offers a full range of Pest Control Services as defined in the Food Act, ISO 9000 and HACCP required treatments for food manufacturing or processing areas, warehouses, etc. We also provide pest control solutions to SCHOOLS, PRE-SCHOOLS, and CHILD CARE FACILITIES using only the non-toxic approved treatments. Our professional pest control solution includes: ·         Bait boxes ·         Flea and mite spray ·         Infestation control ·         Pigeon and bird control ·         Rodent control ·         Fly unit installation ·         Pest prevention Have had enough of the pest issue? Call at 1300 732 121 or visit us at today and talk to us to get rid of the problem in the most convenient and non-toxic way. Australians continue to get behind War on Waste with huge spikes in reusable cups sales and usage. 2017-06-15T10:11:53Z australians-continue-to-get-behind-war-on-waste-with-huge-spikes-in-reusable-cups-sales-and-usage Three part abcTV series War on Waste that aired a month ago highlighted that our waste is growing at double the rate of our population with 52 mega tonnes generated a year. Australia is ranked 5th highest for generating the most municipal waste in the world.   News for many from this series was the knowledge that most disposable coffee cups (i.e. 98%) are NOT recyclable due to a coating of polyethylene plastic and therefore ending up in landfill even when well meaning consumers recycle them. So with 1.2 of the 3 million coffees sold daily from cafes around Australia being poured into disposable cups, this is equal to close to half a billion disposable cups in landfill every year, in Australia alone.   What is encouraging to see, however, is the speed of action Australians appear to have taken in light of this new information with reuse manufacturers such as frank green in Melbourne noticing huge spikes in purchase of their SmartCupTM and SmartBottleTM directly following the airing of this series.   “The positive momentum this program has created is fantastic” says Ben Young, Founder and CEO at frank green. “We have seen sales for our frank green SmartCupTM increase more than ten fold in the last 2 weeks alone”.   “Furthermore, we are hearing from our café partners that reuse at the point of purchase in café’s is also on the rise as Australians get behind this “war on waste”. Mr Young estimates that typically only around 1.5-2% of all coffees sold are poured into reusable cups v 40% into disposable. Most recent estimates, however, show that reusable figures have risen to anywhere between 5% and 6% of all coffee sales.   Mr Darren Tiang, owner at Tom Thumb café in Melbourne’s CBD says “The impact this tv show has had on our customers behaviours is incredible. We sold out of our stock of frank green SmartCupTM within a week and we are filling all kinds of reusable cups in much higher numbers on a daily basis. It’s great to see our customers react with such positive change”.   When entrepreneur and reuse campaigner Ben Young couldn’t find a reusable coffee cup that had everything he needed – he made one. The frank green brand of reusable products began in 2014 with a desire to drive greater reuse among Australians with better product design, style and functionality. The multi-award winning frank green SmartCupTM and SmartBottleTM are both 100% Australian designed and made with a unique push button spill resistant lid.   “Our key challenge now” Mr Young states, ‘is to ensure this momentum continues through product innovation, by keeping the conversation going, and development of systems (such as CaféPay) that encourage and reward regular usage of reusable cups”   CaféPay, developed in partnership with frank green, is a payment system moving fast into cafes all around Australia.  In partnership with the leading café POS system Kounta, CaféPay reads the chip embedded in the frank green SmartCupTM, SmartBottleTM or SmartBandTM to take your order, make secure cash payments, store value on your cup and reward your loyalty with free coffees and special offers.   “The intention of CaféPay is to keep the need to reuse top of mind, everyday and why not reward reusers for their behaviour.”  Mr Young says.  “And given the rates of growth we are having with CaféPay, our café partners couldn’t agree more”.   The abc’s war on waste 3 part tv series is still available to watch on iview. frank green products are available from and selected cafes and retail outlets nationally. Follow them at (insta) @frankgreen_official (fb) frank green (twitter) @_FrankGreen.   Find out more at #waronwasteau #byocoffeecup  #reuserevolution #responsiblecafes Timber Firm Puts Customer Service Over Sales 2017-06-15T06:04:38Z timber-firm-puts-customer-service-over-sales Brisbane, QLD, 15 June 2017 - To many Australians, it seems like people don’t do business like they used to. It can seem like today’s world is is a never-ending maze of sales outlets where nobody remembers their customers’ names anymore and everyone is viewed as a revenue resource to be maximised when they walk in the door. It can seem like too many businesses are so focused on money that they forget to provide customer service. At Narangba Timbers, a timber sales outlet in Brisbane, this kind of behaviour is unacceptable. According to Jack Kyle, Owner of Narangba Timbers:  “As a third generation business that has been around since 1972, we have long-standing relationships with many of our customers. Some of our employees are third generation employees and some of our customers are third generation customers. Over time, many of our customers have become one large, extended family. We remember that every day when we open our doors.” Knowledge is the KeyAt Narangba Timbers, they pride themselves upon having what they see as the “most knowledgeable customer service crew in the business.” Their employees are “lifers” in the timber business and have dedicated themselves to providing the best customer service in the business. Younger employees always have older employees who have amassed decades of knowledge to rely on until they become the older employees and another generation of younger employees are asking them questions. This cycle has gone on for three generations at Narangba Timbers and Mr Kyle doesn’t see the cycle being broken anytime soon. According to Mr Kyle: “We make sure everyone here knows their timber and does their best for every customer who walks through our doors. We feel everyone deserves our best so we treat everyone like we would treat our own family. So many of the people who walk through our doors are family, friends and neighbours that treating everyone like family just becomes second nature to everyone here.” Case in Point: Timber DeckingAt Narangba Timbers, they have employees they call “decks-perts” who pride themselves in knowing all there is to know about timber decking. They also have a display deck at their facility that contains many different varieties of timbers and finishes so customers can experience for themselves how they would look in their backyards. They make it easy for the DIY builder by providing a decking calculator on their website, but most of their customers take full advantage of the knowledge and service provided onsite by their “decks-perts.” Mr Kyle concludes: “We have made it a priority to provide our customers with the best service in the business. When we combine literal lifetimes of knowledge with the professionalism and the motivation to help everyone who walks in our doors complete their projects successfully, the results are amazing. You really have to experience it for yourself.” Narangba Timbers are a timber sales outlet serving the Brisbane area. They have developed a reputation for providing world class customer service along with low prices and high quality timber. They provide a wide selection of timber and hardware for timber decking, timber flooring and timber fencing for their customers in the Brisbane area. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: Future of Indigenous forestry 2017-06-13T21:47:10Z future-of-indigenous-forestry Highlighting Indigenous forestry enterprises at the Institute of Foresters National Conference 2017 "Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region" is the theme for the Institute of Foresters of Australia’s conference on 14 - 17 August 2017 in Cairns.  This theme recognises the rich history of Australian Foresters who have contributed to the development of the professional practice of Forestry in South East Asia and the Pacific as well as at home. Tropical and temperate forest managers should attend the conference where they will find sessions covering subjects such as: ·       Indigenous commercial forestry, ·       Conservation management in the tropics, ·       Tropical plantation success drivers ·       Certification and sustainability impacts on forest practice, ·       Forestry role in emissions reduction, and ·       Innovative forest industry development Dr Kevin Harding, Convener of the conference said, ‘One session that delegates may find of particular interest is Indigenous Commercial Forestry. ‘Delegates will hear from speakers such as Rob De Fegely talking about Indigenous economic development while Mark Annandale will discuss Bauxite mining and Indigenous community forestry. ‘A session about Building Aboriginal enterprises in NSW state forests will be led by John Shipp and Kathy Lyons while David Lee gives a very topical perspective from Cape York about Sandalwood for Indigenous commercial forestry. ‘These presentations will follow nicely from the keynote address given by Noel Pearson, one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous leaders. ‘What a lot of people don’t know is that 30 per cent of Australia’s forests are owned, managed or controlled by Indigenous people’, said Kevin. Media contact: Dr. Kevin Harding 0410471957   Bedding industry joins together for environment and social good 2017-06-13T21:37:44Z bedding-industry-joins-together-for-environment-and-social-good The bedding industry meets in Melbourne next week to push forward a new scheme aimed at managing the responsible disposal of old mattresses. It is estimated 1.6 million mattresses are sent to landfills each year, where they can take more than 10 years to break down.  If all these mattresses were laid down head to foot, they would stretch from Darwin to Melbourne! As well as causing significant issues in landfill, there is also a growing problem of illegal mattress dumping by the community because they are bulky, heavy and difficult to dispose of.  All this leads to unsafe landfills, unsightly kerbsides and unnecessary carbon emissions. The Breakfast Briefing on Wednesday, 14 June,  is part of the Soft Landing Product Stewardship Scheme,  and will bring together leading bedding industry retailers and manufacturers including the scheme’s founding members; Harvey Norman, Domayne, AH Beard, Joyce Foam Products, Sealy, Tempur, SleepMaker, Thermotec, Covestro and the TIC Group.  The event will be opened by Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria. The Soft Landing Product Stewardship Scheme is designed for the bedding industry to take action and share  responsibility for the end-of-life mattresses they are manufacturing and selling.   There is a growing acknowledgement in society “that those involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products have a shared responsibility to ensure that those products are managed in a way that reduces their impact, throughout their lifecycle, on the environment and on human health and safety” (Commonwealth Department of Environment definition of Product Stewardship). “The bedding industry’s product stewardship scheme is unique in that it is partnered with a social enterprise”, said Janelle Wallace, Scheme Manager. “We are delighted to have Australia’s largest manufacturers, one of the largest retailers and key members of the supply chain driving this initiative, the objectives of which are to get mattresses off our streets and out of landfill, while supporting people who need a chance to get on their feet.” Soft Landing is Australia’s largest mattress recycler, last year winning Social Enterprise of the Year.   They divert waste mattresses from landfill and strip the components for reuse.  Soft Landing has developed closed-loop material recovery for mattress components and offers employment opportunities for people who experience barriers to gaining employment. Soft Landing has four key objectives: to provide employment and training; protect the environment; support local communities and Sustainability. “The Soft Landing Product Stewardship programme offers a range of benefits for the mattress industry in terms of responsible and sustainable manufacturing through to whole-of-lifecycle of product. This, combined with the social enterprise focus of Soft Landing, gives a full circle story that we know will resonate with all Australians”, said the Scheme’s Chair, Kathy Jack. Any business that is involved with the manufacture, import, sale or purchase of mattresses, such as hotels and hostels, is invited to take action and join the scheme.  The more businesses that participate, the more mattresses can be saved from landfill and the more jobs created for people who have barriers to gaining employment. The Soft Landing Product Stewardship Breakfast Briefing will be held on Wednesday 14th June from 7.30am to 9.30am at Sustainability Victoria, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest 2017-06-08T02:55:47Z wordstorm-pr-is-proud-to-be-representing-project-everest WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest, a social enterprise that aims to solve the world’s most complex development problems by building financially sustainable solutions. Managed by former army officer Wade Tink, Project Everest partners with universities all over Australia to create projects in developing countries to help solve local community problems. It is currently operating in Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Malawi and Vietnam with plans to expand to the Philippines. The company has been operating for four years with 450 students particpating in the projects. There are currently nine projects being undertaken with enrolments for trips in December closing in November 2017. WordStorm PR Managing Director Monica Rosenfeld said, “We’re thrilled to be spreading the word about Project Everest. This is such an inspiring venture and something we at WordStorm PR strongly believe in. We look forward to promoting the importance of looking outside the box and highlighting the benefits of a less traditional approach to teaching and learning.” WordStorm PR will be working with Project Everest on an ongoing basis to increase awareness and understanding of social enterprise and unconventional teaching methods. For all media inquiries please contact Rochelle on 02 8272 3208 or Root Vegetables Ebook 2017-06-07T04:47:05Z root-vegetables-ebook ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new ebook- Root Vegetables. Root vegetables from potatoes to taro and yams, are one of the most important food crops in many parts of the world. This book may surprise you as it explores not only the root vegetables you are probably familiar with, but also ones you might not have even encountered before. This is a valuable and unique reference for anyone with an interest in vegetable growing, from the commercial grower and serious horticulture student to the home gardener seeking to try things in their home vegetable garden that they had not previously tried. This ebook covers the following chapters: Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Chapter 2 POTATOES Chapter 3 CARROTS AND RELATED ROOT VEGETABLES Chapter 4 TURNIPS AND RELATIVES Chapter 5 BEETS Chapter 6 OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES   For more information on the Root Vegetables Ebook or to download, please visit our website: ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 20- hour short course on Land Degradation, Restoration and Management. 2017-06-06T04:17:06Z acs-distance-education-have-recently-written-and-released-a-new-20-hour-short-course-on-land-degradation-restoration-and-management ACS Releases New Short Course Land Degradation, Restoration and Management Short Course   Our 20 hour courses are a great way to get a snapshot of a topic and start to get an understanding of the area in your own time. Sustainable land management is the key to preserving our natural resources in a healthy state for the enjoyment of all - for cultural, social, and recreational pursuits as well as for agricultural and other commercial uses, now and into the future. Where land has been degraded or its use is not sustainable, rehabilitation is required to improve or restore the land to good health and ensure future sustainability. This course covers seven lessons including the scope and nature of land management, land degradation and rehabilitation, managing soils, managing water, managing plants, managing animal populations, maintenance and natural regeneration.  This course covers the following lessons: LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF LAND MANAGEMENT LESSON 2 LAND DEGRADATION & REHABILITATION LESSON 3 MANAGING SOILS LESSON 4 MANAGING WATER LESSON 5 MANAGING PLANTS LESSON 6 MANAGING ANIMAL POPULATIONS LESSON 7 AFTERWARDS Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed. For more information on the Land Degradation, Restoration and Management course, please visit our website: SLR Appoints Transport Advisor in Victoria 2017-06-05T04:07:01Z slr-appoints-transport-advisor-in-victoria SLR Consulting has this week announced the appointment of Andrew Joycey as Principal Consultant with the firm’s Transport Advisory team based in the Melbourne office.   With over two decades experience, Andrew has specialist expertise in a range of transport planning projects, including involvement in major development, road, rail, water, tunnelling and asset management markets spanning the public and private sectors. He brings significant depth to the business particularly in transport planning and modelling.   Andrew joins SLR having held various senior positions in Queensland and Victoria with firms including Halcrow / CH2M Hill and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld).  His diverse experience in the transport discipline has enabled him to provide strategic, practical solutions supported by robust evaluation and analysis.   Technical Discipline Manager Shane Healey commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Andrew to SLR and to expand the geographic coverage and technical capabilities provided by our team in the APAC region.  Andrew’s characteristics and experience align perfectly with our vision to provide clients with high calibre strategic advice with the identification and assessment of innovative transport solutions”. This appointment follows the announcement of the introduction of transport advisory services in the region in February 2017.  The team have a detailed knowledge of design standards, assessment techniques and procedures relating to transportation planning and have a proven track record in providing prompt strategic level advice with a sound commercial understanding.