The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-04-29T23:46:24Z Tech start-up offers a unique and creative gift that's our of this world. 2016-04-29T23:46:24Z an-idea-that-s-out-of-this-world-finally-a-love-byte-that-won-t-get-you-in-trouble Love locks have become a worldwide phenomenon, plastered across bridges and in towns, only to be removed once they become an eyesore and threaten the natural environment. What if there was an alternative? Rocket Locket™ is a one-of-a-kind virtual love lock that offers a way to capture that special moment, without the bad karma. Using Telstra Space Technology, your encrypted message will be beamed into the cosmos, in a gesture that will never be torn down, break away or drift apart.  Entrepreneur Alex Szewach was moved by the removal of the love locks at the iconic Pont des Arts in Paris. We need to protect our urban environments, but we also need to protect those heart-warming gestures of hope, affection, respect and love. “For me, it seemed so wasteful to just tear down the special moments people have created. We need to practice sustainability, but we also need to remember the power of humanity. I wanted people to be able to mark that special moment , by providing a harmless yet powerful alternative and maybe even offer something they never imagined was possible.” Assisted by developer Aaron Busary from iNNsite, Luv Bytes  have created a one-of-a-kind product to bring people together from all around the world. The very first launch will coincide with Global Love Day on May 1st, supported by The Love Foundation – inspiring people to love unconditionally. The process is simple send in your details, your message of love and include a photo if you wish. The rest is left to the Rocket Locket team, the satellites fueled by Telstra and the forces of time and space. You will receive confirmation once the launch is complete and your message leaves the Earth, plus you will receive a certificate and unique serial number for your message. At Luv Bytes, we believe in the power of good will and the importance of sentimentality. So send out your love, dream, wish or memory to the universe on a Rocket Locket. Create Your Rocket Locket now at www.rocketlocket.com TigerTurf Tells the Ecocept Story 2016-04-25T05:01:23Z tigerturf-tells-the-ecocept-story TigerTurf recently published a blog on their UK website featuring an interview with the head of TigerTurf R&D about Ecocept (a TenCate shock pad and drainage base product) and the benefits of this system. This product is exclusive to TigerTurf worldwide and to Greenfields (TigerTurf’s sister company). With the first generation of artificial grass pitches coming to the end of their life cycle, the issue of sustainability in sports construction has never been so prominent, and with this in mind, TigerTurf’s Head of Research and Development, Robbie Craven explains why the revolutionary new TenCate Ecocept could be just the answer the industry has been looking for. As Craven puts it, “Essentially, Ecocept is a replacement base layer that acts as a substitute for the many separate elements of traditional sports pitch base construction, such as crushed rock, drainage, tarmac and shock pads. The system can provide a closed loop solution to the accumulation of end-of-life pitches, and has been designed to enhance sports performance, improve water management and save on costs traditionally associated with base construction.” Regarding the issue of the waste accumulated by end-of-life pitches, Craven says, “All artificial grass pitches (AGPs) have a life cycle, and funding bodies estimate that around 5,000,000 sq. m of synthetic turf, or roughly 120 pitches a year, will soon need to be uplifted and replaced. The recycling of this material presents us with a significant problem. While the rubber infill material can be separated, cleaned and reused, the reprocessing of the grass itself is a mix of plastics, latex and so on, and is extremely difficult to recycle via traditional means. We wanted to find a way to take materials from end-of-life turf, along with other recycled plastics that would normally go for incineration and landfill, and turn them into a useful, functional base layer for artificial grass pitches. “Traditional base constructions require a lot of quarrying, landfill and vehicle movement, so to get maximum value from an investment, it was necessary to find ways of getting the same results as traditional base construction without the associated costs. Equally important was the need to find sustainable ways of minimising impact on the environment. By designing a thinner base layer with superior shock absorption and drainage properties, we were able to reduce the scale of work required at the construction stage – giving AGPs a smaller carbon footprint and lower installation costs.” Craven went on to explain that Ecocept’s properties can be manipulated, either for individual sports or, perhaps most excitingly for investors, to accommodate the widest range of sports possible, and that those manufacturing synthetic turf consider what will happen to the material they produce once it has come to the end of its natural life. The Ecocept system means that older pitches which have had their day can now go toward the construction of new facilities. That said, innovation and sustainability must be economically viable to be successful: Ecocept combines all three of these factors. For further information on TigerTurf and Ecocept please visit the website at http://tigerturf.com/au/ . Is new battery energy storage right for you? 2016-04-22T03:41:19Z is-new-battery-energy-storage-right-for-you The surge in rooftop solar systems is about to extend to energy storage systems as Australians come to grip with rises in energy prices which increased by 61 percent between 2008 and 2014 despite a 7 percent fall in consumption (Australian Bureau of Statistics).    Around one in seven homes in Australia have a solar photovoltaic system installed and many are now considering newly-released battery back-up storage systems to extend their home-grown energy usage after the sun stops shining.  South Australia and Queensland lead the nation with 25% and 24% of homes respectively having a rooftop solar system with southern states like Victoria (11%) and Tasmania (10%) recording significant penetration when compared with other nations.   However, installing solar systems caused grief for many with over-engineered systems being pushed to households, unreliable installer arrangements and products that were second-rate in terms of performance and reliability.   Now that residential energy users have the opportunity to store the energy they generate but don’t consume during daylight hours, Australian company 360Energy is urging people to first determine if a battery back-up storage system is right for them and if so, which one and of what size.   Michael Anthony, 360Energy CEO says, “While we would be delighted to install as many systems as we could, we must satisfy ourselves that what we are recommending is viable for the customer.  That means the size of the system, the storage system recommended and there being transparency about the payback period.   “To help make a wise decision about energy storage, 360Energy has developed software that takes potential customers through a process to allow them to understand and appreciate precisely what installing an energy storage system means for them, including financial considerations.   “Few people will be able to justify becoming self-sufficient in electricity to allow them to disconnect from the grid; our monitoring software helps customers understand how to utilise the 360Energy system to use energy in the most efficient way, even prior to purchasing your system.   “The goal is for our customers to achieve 80-90% energy savings from their own power station with the cheapest possible capital outlay.   “When financial incentives to embrace solar were offered, many adopters were provided with inappropriate systems in terms of efficiency or functionality, which means many systems today are not performing or underperforming.   “While we have recently been appointed as an Authorised Reseller of the Tesla Powerwall, our company has been in servicing the storage market for the last 2½ years, and last year achieved 65 percent market share through our 360Storage dealer network, Mr Anthony says.   Regardless of whether or not energy storage makes financial sense for a customer, the next step in establishing a customer relationship will be home automation where appliances and services can be activated remotely from a mobile phone.  The oven can be pre-heating, air conditioning cooling the home or the swimming pool cleaner activated; 360Energy’s systems are all ready for our customers to upgrade to such innovations.   About 360 Energy   360Energy provides products and services to our customer that empowers their ability to deliver energy independence, save money and improve the quality of life to transform customers’ energy experience.   Just Water Supporting 'Water Only' Schools 2016-04-21T05:20:56Z just-water-supporting-water-only-schools Auckland is very fortunate to have Tony Falkenstein becoming involved in the ‘water only’ schools project. Tony is an Auckland based entrepreneur, philanthropist and Chief Executive at Just Water International Limited and Just Water pioneered the delivery of chilled drinking water to businesses throughout New Zealand and Australia, and remain New Zealand's leading supplier of drinking water to the corporate sector. Just Water has been supporting schools that have become ‘water only’ schools and run a healthy living programme. Yendarra School has run a programme for over five years and, together with the community, have taught parents how to provide healthy lunches that cost far less than unhealthy ones.  The kids are advocates of water, and have a hatred for Coke and other sugar loaded soda waters, and this is where Tony and Just Water come in with their water coolers. Being a ‘water only’ school, combined with healthy food and daily exercise is reflected in the happy tone that permeates the Yendarra School classrooms and playground, with the water only policy being adopted after suggestions from the staff. The water was having other benefits as well. Visitors had commented on how calm the environment was and one student had said her classmates "did not get so high". On other matters ‘water’, this summer has been one of the hottest on record and also one of the busiest for water companies, with the hot humid weather contributing to a 40% increase in sales of water to businesses and homes. As Tony says, even the CEO had to deliver water the week before Christmas. Just Water’s range of water coolers suit any office environment or workplace with flexible rental or purchase options to meet their customers’ needs. People can choose from Plumbed–in Water Coolers, Bottled Water Delivery or Easy Fill Options. With the Plumbed-in Water Coolers, the connection to the mains water supply is easy, non-permanent and eliminates the water bottle altogether and customers remark it’s just like having a pure water spring in their office! Bottled Water Delivery provide high quality, great tasting water delivered direct to the doorstep and is an easy way to care for customers and keep staff hydrated and productive with three crisp, refreshing waters to choose from. Easy Fill is the portable, inexpensive way to transform our tap water into crystal clear, spring-like drinking water. Just Water provide their customers with a cooler and filter that attaches to the tap so people can easily refill their bottles. So, if you think your employees would benefit from pure drinking water from Just Water in the office, please visit the website at http://www.justwater.co.nz Custom External Doors Win the Day for Perth Homeowners 2016-04-07T04:46:50Z custom-external-doors-win-the-day-for-perth-homeowners Perth, WA, 07 April 2016 - A builder and installer of custom external doors in Perth is seeing a rise in their popularity. The builder, Fremantle Door & Window Company, uses strong, solid external grade timber from sustainable sources and heavy duty glass specially manufactured for them at a facility in WA. Every door and window they offer is custom made according to exact measurements of the client’s home.Custom external doors are seen by many as one of the most cost-effective ways to modernise a home. While they can seem expensive, they are a bargain for a number of reasons. Custom doors offer seemingly-infinite design options, limited only by the imagination of the homeowner. While renovation and rebuilding can be so costly they often require refinancing a home loan, custom doors can modernise a home without costly structural alterations.Bifold doors and sliding doors are extremely popular choices because they allow more light into a home than a conventional door. This can have a number of effects. It can make a home look larger because the light and view of natural surroundings make a home look bigger. In addition, the extra light has been proven in many studies to help ward off depression.Bifold doors are often used to make a seamless transition from a family room, living room or kitchen to an alfresco living or dining area. Bifold doors fold together and can be removed, leaving the entire width of the door open. This is effective at integrating the alfresco living area into the home, basically increasing the size of the home’s living area for nowhere near the cost of an addition.Custom built external doors can also help lower energy costs by lowering energy consumption. Timber is a natural insulating material. In addition, their specially-made, extra thick glass is also very efficient at minimising the transfer of heat in or out of a home. But maybe the most underrated quality that makes custom built external doors so energy efficient is their “build.”When a custom door is made for a home, the door fits snugly and perfectly into the jamb, ensuring that no extra air goes in or out of the home. This provides maximum energy efficiency. Custom Built External Doors a Hit with Perth HomeownersTish Thompson is the Office Administrator for Fremantle Door & Window Company. She is involved with every custom built door or window they provide for their customers. In addition, she receives feedback from customers after their work is completed. According to Ms Thompson: “We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction and that is exactly what happens. Sometimes even we are stunned at the high quality and quantity of positive feedback we get from homeowners when we are checking back with them a month or two later to see how they like their doors.”Ms Thompson concluded: “We always get 100% customer satisfaction. If the customer isn’t satisfied, we fix it. Anything less is unacceptable.”Fremantle Door & Window Company builds custom external doors and windows for homeowners in the Perth area. They use ethically sourced timber and heavy duty glass that is manufactured in WA. They offer a wide range of designs, including bifold doors and windows, sliding doors and windows, pivot doors and servery windows. To learn more or to request a free design consult, call their location in Perth on (08) 6500 6888 or visit their website: http://www.fremantledoor.com/. Innovative Glow Systems to be showcased at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2016-04-06T08:34:19Z innovative-glow-systems-to-be-showcased-at-the-middle-east-smart-landscape-summit Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 06, 2016: Middle East Smart Landscape Summit is thrilled to announce The Glow. Pro Company, a leading provider of glow systems for different applications, as a Gold Sponsor for the upcoming edition of the summit that will be held on 25-26 April 2016 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. With the aim of fostering innovation and discussing trends shaping the landscaping industry in the region, the summit will bring together key stakeholders from across the GCC. As a Gold Sponsor of the event, The Glow. Pro Company will showcase its solutions and key offerings, including its glow systems for the Middle East market. Announcing on the partnership, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit in its fourth year, presents an ideal platform to showcase cutting-edge solutions in the landscaping industry. At the summit, The Glow. Pro Company will introduce its innovative product line up to an audience based across the GCC and gain extensive opportunities to connect with new prospective clients and further expand their outreach. We welcome aboard The Glow. Pro company as a Gold Sponsor and look forward to a long and fruitful association with them.” With extensive experience in sports and landscape floorings in the Middle East and Asia regions, Mr. Michael Polat, Director, The Glow. Pro Company will present a 20 minute video presentation titled ‘Exploring new and innovative technologies for making outdoor projects glow at night’ on Day 1 of the summit. The presentation will conclude with a live product demonstration. Designed to use in outdoor spaces, these unique eco-friendly solutions illuminate the surroundings in the dark thereby adding beauty to the surroundings.  “At the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, we aim to introduce our revolutionary glow systems for different applications to senior decision makers within the Municipality and Government along with consultants across the GCC region. We want to let the people know how they can create special effects for their flooring or project during night-dark, by using some of our innovative glow systems for outdoor and indoor areas.” said Mr. Michael Polat, Director, The Glow. Pro Company. More information on the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit is available now at http://www.landscapesummit.com. Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MESLS2016. About Glow. Pro The Glow.Pro Company provides high performance luminescent systems and decorative glow effects for outdoor uses such as landscape projects and not only. These systems produce glow after exposure to daylight and sun and are very applicable in the region of Middle East due to the continuous sunlight. They are source of light in the dark, eco-friendly and energy saving and can glow for many hours and last for years under a 20 year guarantee. It can be used to highlight areas like hotel swimming pools and corridors, sport projects with jogging and running tracks, playground floorings, total buildings, roof-gardens and also are perfect for landscape use loose laid. For more information, please visit www.kdf.gr About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 15 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com New Home & Renovation Electrical and Lighting Design 2016-04-05T03:31:09Z new-home-amp-renovation-electrical-and-lighting-design Building a new home or renovating? Something that is often overlooked is the importance of your home’s lighting and electrical design. The lighting and electrical design can make the world of difference in your home. The first thing you need to consider in the lighting design for your home is function. The lighting in your home should allow you to go about your everyday routine and keep your rooms well lit. Lighting should also add flare by highlighting decorative objects, changing the mood of certain rooms, and increasing the perceived size of smaller rooms. When the right lighting is achieved, there should be a seamless combination of functionality and style. Your home’s electrical system also needs to be carefully designed in order to deliver all the power you need in the safest way possible. As it is more difficult to change key elements of your electrical design once installed, it is very important to plan this out thoroughly prior to building your home. You will want to consider factors such as the placement of outlets, light fixtures, switches, and hard-wired appliances. Many decisions will depend on how you intend to use each room, and where items like furniture, appliances, and electronics will be located. The overall goal for a home’s lighting and electrical design is that it should be safe, comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient. Sources: RWT Design & Construction and DIY Network At AMP’D Electrical & Solar, we believe energy efficient homes not only cost less to run but are more comfortable to live in. We specialise in the latest in energy efficient products and lighting, and can save you thousands of dollars in the building stage and well into the life of your home. Some of our services for new home developments include: Lighting and power Home theatre and multi-room audio Security systems, alarms and CCTV Energy efficiency and solar power NBN, phone, data and TV Air conditioning Our ultimate goal is to work together in partnership with you to help make your vision a reality. We will consult with you to plan, design and install a customised electrical system for your home; one that is practical, flexible and in line with your lifestyle. We will work with you through the initial planning stages up until the last cable is connected, with reliable professionals who will complete work in a thorough and efficient way, ensuring that time-critical projects are completed on schedule. So let us take the stress and talk to your builder about lighting and electrical design! If you are planning on building a new home and wish to speak with a qualified, licensed electrician, contact AMP’D Electrical & Solar (your local Gold Coast Electricians) on 0475 415 414. You can also email us at info@ampdes.com.au. Follow our social pages to stay informed on the latest in efficient electrical solutions. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmpdElectricalandSolar Twitter: https://twitter.com/ampdelectrical New Heatstrip outdoor heater a world first 2016-04-05T01:01:51Z new-heatstrip-outdoor-heater-a-world-first After three years of product development, Thermofilm is set to launch Heatstrip® Elegance, the world’s first true outdoor-rated strip heater that is off-white rather than the traditional black. Available from May 2016, Heatstrip Elegance radiant heaters blend in seamlessly with most white ceilings in any al fresco, verandah and patio areas for both residential and commercial premises. Thermofilm, a world leader in electric heaters, worked with coating technology experts to develop a unique composition that has driven a new generation of outdoor heater. The Heatstrip makeover has extended to its effectiveness with a new heating element design that produces a more even temperature distribution and allows the energy efficient heater to operate at higher temperatures thereby providing greater comfort. The new heaters are also approximately 12 per cent shorter than the traditional black Heatstrip heaters and therefore take up less space. This shorter, more compact design has less surface area than others on the market and can help transform an al fresco area into a stylish, vibrant and sophisticated space with more effective heating comfort. New coating Greg Trezise, Thermofilm’s national sales manager, said it has taken years to get the right formula for the new coating of the Heatstrip heaters, which have to withstand constantly high surface temperatures. “There’s no other off-white outdoor heater in the world that does not discolour through the constant heat it produces. By virtue of the material composition, white is the hardest colour to operate at a high temperature and ensure it doesn’t lose its colour,” he said. Thermofilm’s R&D has extended to making the new off-white coating flexible so that it doesn’t crack. Other strip heaters on the market use traditional paint coating technology, which cracks at normal operating temperatures. Other highlights of the Heatstrip enhancements are equally innovative and market-leading, namely: With several several mounting options available, the Elegance series can be tailored to any space. The new bracket will allow both ceiling and wall mounting at various angles as well as suspension by chains, wires and metal rods for use with higher ceilings. All accessories and brackets are colour coordinated with the Heatstrip Elegance range. All three new models are IP55 rated, which means they are protected from water ingress from all directions. The 1800W and 2400W models come with convenient DIY installation while the 3600W model needs to be hard wired. Heatstrip Elegance strip heaters suit most white ceilings in any al fresco areas with ideal ceiling heights of 2.1 to 2.7 metres. They are corrosion protected so even suitable for seaside locations. In addition to trade outlets, Heatstrip heaters are available nationally from Bunnings as well as specialty outdoor living, electrical and heating stores. The RRPs are: 1800W-$699 (974mm length); 2400W-$799 (1204mm length) and 3600W-$899 (1804mm length). They come with a two year residential warranty and a one year commercial warranty. The 3600 watt model is the first true 3600W heater offered in the world in the electric radiant strip heater category. Details about the earlier models of Heatstrip can be seen here: www.heatstrip.com.au/ and more information about Thermofilm is available at www.thermofilm.com.au ends About Thermofilm: With more than 25 years manufacturing innovative, stylish and energy efficient products, Thermofilm Australia has supplied to residential, commercial and institutional markets both in Australia and around the world. The Thermofilm range includes the award-winning Heatstrip heaters, Bliss indoor and outdoor series, Envirotouch energy saving timer switches, and timer and thermostat controllers. In 2014, Thermofilm won the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Victorian Government’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards and in 2013, the Heatstrip range was awarded the Australian Business Award for Product Value. Thermofilm will continue to maintain its position as a market leader in heating products by listening to its customers and focusing on continuous improvement and innovative product development. General enquiries to Tel: 03 9562 3455 Fax: 03 9548 3979 and info@thermofilm.com.au www.thermofilm.com.au Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of Thermofilm Australia, 17 Johnston Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175 by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 or Greg Trezise, National Sales Manager, Thermofilm Australia. Tel: 03 9562 3455. http://wmcpr.com.au/new-heatstrip-outdoor-heater-a-world-first/ Please contact Wendy to request the high res images you require. NEW EDEN B2B DETOX DIET IS FULL OF FOOD! 2016-04-05T00:13:18Z new-eden-b2b-detox-diet-is-full-of-food NEW EDEN B2B DETOX DIET IS FULL OF FOOD!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />   Beyonce, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Megan Fox , Uma Thurman, Amanda Seyfried and Salma Hayak have all used detox diets to lose weight, detox and cleanse their bodies . They’ve also all probably starved while doing it . The new Eden B2B ( B2B stands for Back 2 Basics) detox diet is actually full of food that you eat and chew.   Unlike other detoxes EdenB2B is not a liquid shake, tea, drink or pill. It’s  holistic, 100% natural, vegan and is made up of raw nuts and seed mix . There’s no pesticides, hormones, GMO ( genetically modified organism) and is 100% Australian handcrafted organic food product produced using the finest organic Australian ingredients.   The ingredients that help you with clearer and brighter skin, improved brain function, improved sleep, fat burning, extreme weight loss and increased energy are raw organic cashew , raw organic walnut, dried organic goji berries, dates, organic coconut and linseed, flax seed and sunflower seeds.  These specially chosen foods help shed weight and completely cleanse, detox and heal the body.   The creator of Eden B2B , the 7 day journey through the garden of life is Sydney’s George Younan who needed a detox but couldn’t find one that he liked. So he experimented with a wide range of products over the last 2 years before finally coming up with the Eden B2B formula. “ I have always looked after my body and believe that it’s necessary to regularly cleanse and detox. Eden B2B is vegan and is tasty, enjoyable and definitely not like any other detox anywhere in the world. More importantly it works. We’ve had positive feedback and reviews from hundreds of people who swear by it ” says George.   To unleash your inner Beyonce, Megan, Gwyneth and Salma the seven day extreme weight loss pack is $209.65 from www.edenb2b.com   TO INTERVIEW GEORGE YOUNAN or to receive samples  for yourself to try or for media giveaway contests please email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412501601         Max Markson 0412501601   FRANK IFIELD REMEMBERS SYDNEY + PENRITH MAY 7+8 2016 www.frankifield.com   Million Dollar Listing LA’s JOSH ALTMAN LIVE IN AUSTRALIA SYDNEY MELBOURNE BRISBANE JUNE 14-19 2016 www.joshaltman.com.au   REESE WITHERSPOON AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND JULY 12 – 18 2016 BRISBANE SYDNEY MELBOURNE AUCKLAND www.simpaticoconnect.com   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 Fax: +61 2 9281 7999 www.marksonsparks.com       The Battle for Food Security 2016-04-04T23:56:10Z the-battle-for-food-security-1 The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre are inviting local community champions and food heroes to take part in a major artist-led project: ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’. The project takes a socially engaged approach to raising awareness and stimulating conversations about a hidden issue: food security and access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food for everyone in Liverpool and South Western Sydney. It will include a series of community engagement workshops and culminate in a major public event in Bigge Park, Liverpool, on Saturday 30 April (5-8pm). The project, which is part of the MCA’s C3West program, is led by Sydney artists Diego Bonetto and Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters), in collaboration with designer Genevieve Murray of Future Method Studio. ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’ has been developed in partnership with Liverpool City Council and builds on Council’s long standing commitment to facilitating equitable access to food. This has been demonstrated through initiatives such as the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub and the Bill Crews Charitable Trust food van. Council was a member of the Right to Food Coalition that organised the inaugural Right to Food Conference in October 2014. The conference involved over 200 people including local and national policy makers, academics, health promoters and community development workers. The conference was successful in highlighting food insecurity at a national policy level.  “Council has played a crucial role in bringing our community partners together to address this issue locally,” said Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun. “These partnerships have been instrumental in servicing over 800 hot meals to disadvantaged community members through local free food services.”  Anne Loxley, Senior Curator for C3West at the MCA, explains: “C3West is based on the idea that contemporary artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery. We create contexts in which artists are placed at the core of projects that address social issues, and then work strategically with local communities, businesses and arts partners across Western Sydney to give these issues a voice.” “When we started researching the FOOD FIGHT project and looking at data,” Loxley continues, “it was really sobering to realise that the issue of food security is in everyone’s backyard… For instance, did you know that: ·    - Nearly one million Australian kids go without breakfast or dinner every day ·         - Two million Australians rely on food relief every year ·          - Australians throw out one of every five shopping bags As part of the project development, the artists will conduct a series of community engagement workshops with local partners such as the Liverpool Girls High School, Inspire Community Services and the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub and Foodbank NSW., Food Bank, OzHarvest and Youth Food Movement Australia – to name a few. Tony Gatt, Business Development Manager at Foodbank NSW, comments: “The issue of food security barely raises an eyebrow in our society. Yet it is an issue which continues to worsen, with the rise of the casualised labour force and the ‘working poor’ – people who have a job and a roof over their head, but who simply do not make enough money to feed their families adequately. In NSW alone, over 90,000 people rely on Foodbank’s emergency food relief each month.” “This is why initiatives such as ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for food Security’ are so important: anything we can do collectively to break down the veil of ignorance about food security, build empathy and address the stigma associated with food relief is a step in the right direction,” he adds. The event itself will take place in Bigge Park, Liverpool, on Saturday 30 April (5-8pm). It will include a night market with local and healthy food stalls, live cooking shows, a DJ set, soap box performances by ‘Food Warriors’, nutrition chats with roaming ‘Food Security Guards’ and a dramatic finale involving a short artist-choreographed food fight and a 100-seat al-fresco banquet designed by the artists and cooked by local food heroes from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds – giving policy makers, stakeholders, recipients of food relief and community champions a chance to engage in meaningful dialogue. Artist Diego Bonetto, one of the creative minds behind this project, concludes: “Our aim with this FOOD FIGHT project is twofold: we want to create a fun and engaging event that serves as a wake-up call and conversation starter on a hidden issue; whilst also celebrating the community champions and everyday heroes who fight for food security in the local area, one meal at a time.” www.foodfight.org.au  HOW TO GET INVOLVED? 1. JOIN THE EVENT AT BIGGE PARK, LIVERPOOL ON 30 APRIL as we bring the park to life with a spectacular performance featuring food stalls, live cooking shows with local heroes, a DJ set, and conclude with a dramatic finale. 2. STEP IN THE RING Are you a community champion passionate about food security? A top cook with treasured recipes handed down from one generation to the next? Keen to fling a flan? Raise your hand to be involved. 3. GET SOCIAL Register now at foodfight.org.au or contact us at c3west@mca.com.au or 02 9245 2466. #foodfightliverpool For any media request, interview or images, please contact: MCA: Myriam Conrie / Claire Johnson Ph: 02 9245 2434 / 2417 E: myriam.conrie@mca.com.au E: claire.johnson@mca.com.au   Access PR: Sarah Shields / Emma Reyes Ph: 02 9292 7007 / 7006 E: sarah@accesspr.com.au ABOUT C3WEST One of the MCA's key programs, C3West is based on the idea that artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery. C3West creates contexts in which artists work strategically with communities, businesses or non-arts government organisations, and arts partners across Greater Sydney. Since 2006 C3West has developed more than a dozen partnerships with companies and communities in Penrith, Liverpool, Goulburn, Blacktown and Hurstville. C3West places contemporary artists at the core of these projects – giving voice to local issues and collaborating with the business sector in new ways. Our business partners work with us to define each project's scope. Furthermore, the business partners’ knowledge of participating communities is of great value to the commissioned artists. With a number of major arts awards under its belt, C3West has established a reputation for developing ethical partnerships with Western Sydney partners and communities, delivering uniquely creative and strategic outcomes. In late 2014, Crown Resorts Foundation awarded C3West substantial ongoing funding until 2019. This unprecedented funding security represents a new stage for C3West, considerably expanding the capacity of the program to undertake projects of significant scope and scale.   CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES   ANNE LOXLEY, Senior Curator, C3West, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Anne Loxley is a curator and writer who works with contemporary artists both in and outside gallery contexts, in communities and in public spaces. As Senior Curator, C3West, for the MCA, she develops innovative ways for artists to work with businesses and non-arts organisations to address strategic issues and engage with communities. Recent C3West projects include the conference Civic Actions – Artists Practices Beyond the Museum, and the art projects Blacktown Native Institution Artists Camps (2014-15), Ivan and Heather Morison’s Sleepers Awake and Michel Tuffery’s Transforma (both 2014). Previously she directed Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, the Olympic Co-ordination Authority’s Public Art Program and the National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery. A founding member of the City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel and a former Sydney Morning Herald art critic, her work has attracted numerous awards. In 2011 Anne Loxley was named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people. In 2014, she featured in Jess Scully’s 20 Influential Creative Women list for 2SER’s celebration of International Women’s Day.   DIEGO BONETTO Diego Bonetto is an artist, father, forager and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney. Diego is a key member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. Diego's art practice encompasses collaborative socially engaged projects like the Green Bans Art Walk and the Redfern/Waterloo Tour of Beauty, to environmental campaigns like the Weedy Connection and Wild Stories projects, celebrating and fostering culturally aware interpretation of the landscape. Diego has a keen interest in creating platforms that enable convivial conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency. Diego works with chefs, scientists, academics, herbalists, brewers, soap makers, producers, educators and land owners, providing programs, workshops, community engagement strategies and exhibitions. He regularly presents at conferences and symposiums on the ecological and cultural value of botanical species. http://www.diegobonetto.com/   http://squatspace.com/   http://bigfagpress.org/   BRANCH NEBULA (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters) Branch Nebula is one of Australia’s most dynamic companies, pushing at the boundaries of theatre. Working at the nexus between theatre, dance, sport and street-styles, BN takes audiences into the extreme creativity of urban landscapes, and immerses them in real time experiences. BN works across disciplines in performance, dance and design to challenge mainstream cultural conventions. We work with non-conventional performers to collaboratively devise work that defies categorization. We interrogate the audience experience and explore contemporary culture as a means of creating access and speaking to a broad audience. We work with street-style artists to create new visions for engaging with BMX, skating, parkour, tricking, and contemporary dance. Recently BN premiered Artwork, and the Whelping Box film at the 24 Frames Per Second Exhibition, both commissioned by Carriageworks; collaborated with Wade Marynowsky on the Robot Opera for Performance Space’s Liveworks festival; conducted Snake Sessions, a residency in a skatepark, with Critical Path Choreographic Research Centre; and created Bush Sessions for Bundanon Trust’s Site Works festival. In 2014, s.l.o.a.p. (space left over after planning) was presented in Hong Kong for the West Kowloon Cultural District’s Freespace Festival; and the Helpmann nominated Concrete and Bone Sessions toured to Santiago, Chile for the Santiago a Mil Festival. http://www.branchnebula.com/   GENEVIEVE MURRAY, Director, Future Method Studio Future Method is a collaborative and interdisciplinary design practice working across research, activism, architectural, speculative and installation projects. The focus of the studio is on material culture and creative methodologies that are process and impact driven. The studio has collaborated with Dutch design group FOUNDation Projects, Archival (Venice Biennale 2012), Studio BOUM & Rikkert Paauw (Theo’s Restaurant London), Alvaro Carrillo (WATERTOPIA) and FAKE industries. Current collaborations and research include work with The New Landscapes Institute, photographer Tamara Dean, poet Tom Lee, and artist Kelly Doley amongst some residential projects in Sydney and Alice Springs. Future Method's work has been nominated for the Conde Naste Design Innovation Award 2010 and shortlisted for the Designboom competition Design For Death 2013. Before founding Future Method Studio, Genevieve worked with Glenn Murcutt, Ric Leplastrier, Rod Simpson and as a research assistant to Professor Michael Ostwald. She has taught at the University of Newcastle, University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney and currently writes for Architectural Review Asia Pacific and Melbourne based Assemble Papers. http://futuremethod.com.au/ WORLD’S FIRST FLYING SELFIE STICK COMING SOON TO A WORLD LEADER NEAR YOU! 2016-03-31T22:35:48Z world-s-first-flying-selfie-stick-coming-soon-to-a-world-leader-near-you WORLD’S FIRST FLYING SELFIE STICK COMING SOON TO A WORLD LEADER NEAR YOU!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />   26 year old Australian businessman Simon Kantor has invented the world’s first affordable flying selfie stick and he’s sending the first ones built to world leaders US President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as US Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton!   “The ROAM-E Flying Selfie Stick is compatible with  any IOS and Android smart device.” Says Simon Kantor Executive Director of Product Development at the IOT Group ( IOT stands for Internet Of  Things) “It’s portable and compact design means you can take it anywhere and use it anytime. It's the size of a 600ml bottle of water and fits in your pocket.  It’s easy to use. It flies itself so you literally just Throw. Hover. Capture. It can go at speeds of up to 25km per hour and at distances of 25 metres with a flying time of 45 minutes. It has a built-in Crystal Life Cam & GPS functionality and it detects & avoids any objects. The Follow Me functionality allows the Roam-E Flying Selfie Stick to track you without a tether and its speed is controlled by your speed or throttle. The selfie stick on steroids is here!”   “ IOT’s mission is to make tomorrows technology affordable today.” Says Ian Duffell IOT  Director and global marketing expert “We were just sitting around thinking how can we improve on the selfie stick? I mean millions of those have been sold worldwide and the appetite for selfies isn’t going away with everyone using social media like instagram, facebook and twitter to show their selfies! Who doesn’t like a selfie? Our company already makes a whole host of smart phones and watches and home automation systems. “   The ROAM-E Flying Selfie Stick retails for $349 Australian dollars ( US$ 265) and is available now at www.flyingselfies.com for delivery in June 2016.    TO INTERVIEW ROAM-E FLYING SELFIE STICK INVENTOR SIMON KANTOR OR IAN DUFFELL email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson + 61 412 501 601 also contact Max to receive further information, photos or to test drive the ROAM-E flying selfie stick.    ABOUT SIMON KANTOR : Founder and inventor of the ROAM-E Flying Selfie stick, Simon Kantor has spent the past 12 years working around the globe with leaders of innovative technology. With a degree in computer science and a MBA under his belt, Simon’s extensive experience includes working for some of the world’s biggest tech companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft as well as government agencies like NATO. Simon is a true global citizen and a leader in the tech industry.   ABOUT ROAM:   Roam is the brains of the IoT Group utilising industry specific innovation in mobility computing. Over the past few years, ROAM has designed and developed a range of consumer electronics, hardware and software. Unique to the ROAM product range is utilising industry specific innovation in mobility computing.  ROAM is the nerve centre of the IoT Group and from mobile phones and smart watches to home automation systems, we have more than 40 devices across the range of the IoT Group. ABOUT THE IOT GROUP:    The IoT group has recently listed on the Australian Stock Exchange ( ASX:IOT ) and is committed to making tomorrows technology affordable today with a host of incredible new products already on the horizon.       Max Markson 0412501601   LEGENDARY VOICES OF ROCK Featuring the music of Journey and Kansas AUSTRALIA APRIL 8-24 2016 www.janstephensonevents.com   FRANK IFIELD REMEMBERS SYDNEY + PENRITH MAY 7+8 2016 www.frankifield.com   Million Dollar Listing LA’s JOSH ALTMAN LIVE IN AUSTRALIA SYDNEY MELBOURNE BRISBANE JUNE 14-19 2016 www.joshaltman.com.au   REESE WITHERSPOON AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND JULY 12 – 18 2016 BRISBANE SYDNEY MELBOURNE AUCKLAND www.simpaticoconnect.com   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 Fax: +61 2 9281 7999 www.marksonsparks.com       BCT enables Ride 2 Recovery #‎powerofthebike to heal 2016-03-31T09:26:06Z bct-enables-ride-2-recovery-powerofthebike-to-heal This weekend Ride 2 Recovery is fielding a very special team of riders in a 24hr mountainbike event in Canberra with the support of Australian company Business Critical Technology (BCT) Solutions. Business Critical Technology (BCT) Solutions is owned and operated by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and is deeply committed to supporting the community. “When we heard Ride 2 Recovery were fielding a team and needed support we jumped at the chance. "We maintain a close relationship with the Defence community and support the Ride 2 Recovery Australia model. We are a veteran owned company that is a trusted ICT integrator for our land forces,” said BCT Solutions Managing Director - Mr Angus Heatley.  “We are continually inspired by the work of Ride 2 Recovery - a grass roots movement genuinely helping veterans return to life with challenges – both physical and emotional.”  According to Adam Evans of Ride 2 Recovery, the support BCT has provided us has enabled Ride 2 Recovery to support a team in this weekend’s #mont24hr race in Canberra. “Our aim is to say yes more often to more men and women from our veteran community wanting to connect and rediscover themselves through bike riding. Ride 2 Recovery is seeking the support of other Australian corporates looking to support the veteran community. For further information visit the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Ride-2-Recovery-Australia-1592610477694611/  ENDS About BCT The BCT Solutions mission is to integrate Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enable the land force. www.bctsolutions.com.au About Ride 2 Recovery Ride 2 Recovery Australia is all about the bike. Providing networking for riders to connect and form a #veteranteam to strengthen the veteran community. Ride 2 Recovery will be completing in ‪#‎mont24hr ‪#‎veteranteam in Canberra. Timber Supplier in Brisbane Provides the Ultimate DIY Timber Guide 2016-03-31T05:27:42Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-provides-the-ultimate-diy-timber-guide Brisbane, QLD, 31 March 2016 - There are a lot of timber suppliers in Brisbane but one in particular consistently goes out of their way to educate their customer base and make it easier for them to understand the process of selecting the right materials for the right job: Narangba Timbers. Recently, on his company blog, Narangba Timbers owner Jack Kyle provided a guide for DIY enthusiasts to help them select the right timber for various DIY projects. The guide, called “An Overview of Timber for DIY Projects,” explained the various varieties and grades of timber in “plain English” without turning it into a tech manual. It revealed an insider’s viewpoint of why certain timbers are better than others for various projects.According to Mr Kyle, “We love timber and we wanted to make it easier for DIY enthusiasts to select the right materials. We wanted them to understand the basics of which timbers work the best for which projects. But because most of the DIY enthusiasts we know would rather get busy than spend a lot of time reading, we made it short and easy to understand without a degree in physics.”The guide covers various varieties of timber. For example, varieties of engineered timber include veneers, plywood, laminated timber and reconstituted timber products. It then explains solid timber and how it is divided into softwood and hardwood. Softwoods are from the pine family. They aren’t as strong as hardwoods, aren’t as durable and don’t have the rich, dark colours that hardwoods do. However, they are the easiest timbers to work with and are appropriate for all non-structural indoor projects involving timber.Hardwoods provide more strength and durability. They also contain the grains and colours that provide the classic timber aesthetic. They are used for most structural projects, though some softwoods and engineered timber have the strength to provide structural support. Hardwoods come with four durability ratings from 1, which is the most durable, to 4. Narangba Timbers only carries hardwoods with a rating of 1 or 2.Timber decking and timber flooring are usually completed with hardwood. Merbau is a favourite for timber decking in Brisbane while many different hardwoods are used for timber flooring. Timber fencing is built with CCA treated pine or hardwood. The CCA treatment is necessary to protect against termites. It isn’t appropriate for timber decking or flooring because it can be toxic to both humans and animals with prolonged exposure. Mr Kyle concluded: “We are glad to provide our readers with a basic guide to selecting timber for their DIY projects. We have a customer service staff that we really feel is second to none in the industry and we feel it is even easier for them to give great customer service to a customer who already has access to some information before talking to them.”Narangba Timbers are the leading timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They stock timber for all projects, including timber decking, timber fencing and hardwood flooring. To learn more about Narangba Timbers, you can visit their Brisbane location, call them on (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Timber Decking Supplier in Brisbane Warns Customers: “Be Careful When Building a Timber Deck in a Bushfire-Prone Area.” 2016-03-24T04:11:32Z timber-decking-supplier-in-brisbane-warns-customers-be-careful-when-building-a-timber-deck-in-a-bushfire-prone-area Brisbane, QLD, 24 March 2016 - Timber decking is a popular DIY project in the Brisbane area and across Australia. For many Australians, there is nothing quite like enjoying BBQ and cold beverages on a timber deck. However, according to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, those who want to build a timber deck need to know if they are in a bushfire-prone area.According to Mr Kyle: “It is crucial for anyone building a timber deck to know their home’s Bushfire Attack Level. Once they know their Bushfire Attack Level, they can decide what precautions to take and what materials. If there’s one really good thing that has come out of the bushfires over the last seven years, it’s the raising of building standards in bushfire-prone areas.”The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a number that reflects the risk of a home being damaged by a bushfire. It measures the threat that radiant heat, ember attack and direct flame contact pose to a home. The most important factor in determining the BAL is the area’s Fire Danger Index. Other factors are also important, such as: the slope of the land on which the building is constructed, the buildings that are nearby and the vegetation that surrounds the dwelling.The scale for BAL is simple and takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding what materials to use for a timber deck. Those whose homes are rated as “BAL Low” can use whatever materials they want with no special consideration to bushfires. Those whose homes are rated BAL 12.5-40 need to use building materials that are either bushfire resistant or non-combustible. It is also necessary to enclose the space below the timber deck to prevent ember attacks from starting a fire underneath the deck.If a home is rated as a BAL Flame Zone, every precaution must be taken to prevent combustion. The space below the deck must be closed and the materials must be non-combustible. The deck should contain steel framing and no timbers can be exposed. The decking boards should contain no gaps. Both the decking boards and the sub-floor should be made of dense timber.According to Mr Kyle: “Even with stringent standards, there are still plenty of timber decking options for homes in the Brisbane area. We are happy the standards are there because they protect homeowners and their families. I like to see homeowners build a bit above the standards. For example, merbau is a popular timber choice. It is naturally fire-resistant and makes a beautiful, solid timber deck that lasts for years. It is a great choice for most timber decks, even those that are in BAL Low zones.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Whatever you build, do it right. Keep your home and your family safe in all conditions.”Narangba Timbers is the leading supplier of timber decking in the Brisbane area. They carry a comprehensive inventory of timber for all building uses. Their customer service staff is second to none. They have a display deck on which customers can view various timbers and finishes for a timber deck. They also have a decking calculator which calculates how much timber is needed for any given project. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. LG Chem Expands Footprint into Australian Residential Solar Storage Market Company poised for five-fold growth in 2016 2016-03-24T01:04:53Z lg-chem-expands-footprint-into-australian-residential-solar-storage-market-company-poised-for-five-fold-growth-in-2016 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 24 March 2016 – LG Chem, Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries has announced its plans to expand its footprint into the Australian residential solar storage market. With its expertise and legacy in the IT and Automotive battery industry, LG Chem has more recently established itself as a clear leader in the energy solar storage (ESS) market today.  LG Chem entered the Australian residential storage market in July 2015, with the RESU6.4EX. The product has the highest energy density in the world, which means it is the smallest in volume compared to the amount of energy it can deliver. Its quality has already been proven in Germany and Japan - the two markets where LG Chem has seen the most uptake of its residential storage systems to date. The company has also seen exponential traction for the RESU6.4EX in Australia more recently. Untapped opportunity in Australia for solar energy storage  LG Chem believes it can play a key role in Australia’s solar renaissance. In a less than year since the company’s entry into the Australian market, LG Chem is already making significant strides. Supported by its two main distributors Solar Juice and Supply Partners, the company supplied 600 units since it launched in Australia and expects to see a five-fold increase in growth this year, supplying more than 3000 units in 2016. Once the feed-in-tariffs (FiT) come to an end in Australia in 2017, the company expects to see even greater growth.   “This could be a critical decade for Australia. There is a massive sustainability potential that is yet to be fully tapped”, said Changhwan Choi, Manager for Australian business development. “We see a quiet solar revolution brewing and we strongly believe that LG Chem will be at the forefront of this transformation to help unlock the true value of solar storage and better enable the ecosystem. We welcome competition too. We are positive that when more people adopt the RESU6.4EX in Australia, the market will appreciate the quality, efficiency and cost competitiveness of our offering”. LG Chem’s decision to expand into the Australian market is fueled by the country’s increased recognition of the importance of solar power generation and storage given the highest average solar radiation per square metre of any continent in the world. Solar energy systems will also play a critical role in tackling climate change. According to market research company Navigant Research, the ESS market is set to grow from its current level of 1.1 billion US dollars (1.0 billion euros) to $7.4 billion within the next five years. A new policy paper released this month by the Clean Energy Council of Australia entails a slew of initiatives that would help increase the uptake of the battery storage in the country. One of the key support measures is to design new “tariffs that can allow consumers to realise the economic benefits of an investment in the technology”. LG Chem’s list of global customers in the automotive industry has broadened over the years since it began delivering its lithium ion battery, such as GM, Ford, Chrysler, Audi, Daimler, Renault, Volvo, Hyundai, and various Chinese manufacturers. About LG Chem LG Chem, Ltd. is Korea’s largest diversified chemical company which operates three main business units: Petrochemicals, IT & Electronic Materials and Energy Solution. The chemical business manufactures a wide range of products, from petrochemical goods to high-value added plastics. It also extends its chemical expertise into high-tech areas such as electronic materials and rechargeable batteries field. Based on the many years of experience in the development and production of batteries, LG Chem is one of the world's leaders in energy storage systems. As such, the company is a primary supplier for the mobile and automotive industry around the world. Entering the business of ESS in 2012, LG Chem has constantly developed and supplied innovative solutions for the ESS market segments such as Grid, Residential and UPS. Throughout multiple production facilities and an extensive distribution network globally, LG Chem strives to become a global leading company. The product portfolio includes solutions from the ESS market segment like grid, residential and UPS, and offers a variety of possible applications for partners and end customers.