The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-10-19T09:23:08Z Great Ocean Road Tours | Small Business News 2016-10-19T09:23:08Z the-changing-tourism-dynamic-of-the-great-ocean-road-1 A Great Ocean Road tour is an iconic staple for many international travellers coming to Australia and for many years the dominant country of origin of these independent travellers visiting the region came from Europe, most notably Germany and Great Britain. Over the years as the tourism market has shifted to cater to the needs of a rising middle class in China, the landmark strip has seen a steady rise in Chinese tourists YOY, who traditionally prefer to avoid the backpacker styled accommodation and tourism providers, however  making an exception for one operator, Ride Tours. Todd Baker who owns Ride Tours has for many years prided himself in providing a truly unique experience, with one of the hallmarks of his trip being that they do the tour in the opposite direction to all the other major tour companies. Being a small independent provider as well has meant he can focus on providing an experience that is more client centric and this is evident in the way people communicate with each other on the tour, choose their own music, stop off for picnics along the way and see a side of the Great Ocean Road that is both memorable and authentic. Ride Tours is also one of the few independent providers largely favoured by both Chinese and Europeans alike, and with no marketing presence in China markets Todd believes the Chinese tourists are a result of a solid reputation earning him credit in that market. A sentiment which echo'd in Courier mail article which highlight Ride Tours achievements in maintaining a steady flow of backpacker clientele over the years. Weekend tours have just started again for November and if you're interested in knowing more about Ride Tour's plans to further enrich their backpacker centric experience for international travellers coming to Australia please head over to for more. 15,000 Sydneysiders unite to help Taronga Stand Up #FortheWild 2016-10-19T04:01:28Z 15-000-sydneysiders-unite-to-help-taronga-stand-up-forthewild MEDIA RELEASE The streets of Sydney came to life with a spectacular parade to celebrate Taronga Zoo’s Centenary year supported by Centenary Presenting Partner ANZ. The parade, hosted by Taronga ambassador Rove McManus, recreated the historical moment 100 years ago, when the animals walked from Moore Park to Taronga Zoo’s new site in Mosman. “I’m very proud to have been part of this celebration. As a Taronga ambassador, the Zoo’s conservation efforts are very close to my heart,” said Rove McManus, “It was great to see so many Sydneysiders helping Taronga Stand Up For the Wild.” 10 giant animal light sculptures led the parade, followed by over 700 school children in wonderfully wild costumes, and 450 staff and volunteers. They made their way from Hyde Park, down Macquarie Street, to the Opera House for a grand finale performance. Taronga Zoo’s CEO, Cameron Kerr said: “The Centenary in 2016 has been a cause to reflect on the role of our organisation, the evolution of our activities and our legacy for wildlife for the next 100 years. This evening has allowed us to motivate a new generation to protect wildlife now and into the future. Taronga’s wildlife conservation, education and research efforts are increasing every year and tonight has helped inspire wildlife champions across the globe.” The illuminated sculptures and the costumes represented the 10 Centenary Legacy species Taronga has made a 10-year commitment to protect and save from extinction. These include the Asian Elephant, Platypus, Sumatran Tiger, Corroboree Frog, Regent Honeyeater, Pangolin, Sun Bear, Greater Bilby, Sumatran Rhino and Marine Turtles. Australians showed their commitment to Stand Up #ForTheWild, by donating towards Taronga’s Centenary Commitment to continue to protect and save critical species. Creative Director, Ignatius Jones, said: “Seeing the parade come to life was a wonder to behold. It really was a spectacular display of lights, dancing and music. Considering the parade is for such a terrific cause made it all the more magical!” For anyone who didn’t attend, it’s not too late to donate $10 to help Taronga ensure the future of these 10 endangered species by visiting:  Image Gallery Links Video Gallery Links  Socially Conscious Backpack Business Helping Build Entreprenuers In Nepal 2016-10-19T03:45:40Z socially-conscious-backpack-business-helping-build-entreprenuers-in-nepal Brisbane-based Mountain Yak today officially launch a range of 100% wild hemp backpacks that are fashionable and durable but also embrace the principles of fair and ethical trade. The Trailblazer Series will only be available through the largest global crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Mountain Yak co-founders Mickey Pascoe and Andy Sutton have been working tirelessly with the communities in Nepal to bring this exclusive range to life. After two years in business, Mountain Yak wants to bring hemp into the mainstream market as it is the strongest known plant based material, ideal for backpacks and bags. Andy said they have worked collaboratively with the Nepalese to source materials using sustainable and ethical practices. “The hemp we use grows wild in the jungle and the community we work with picks and processes it turning it into the fabric for the backpacks,” he said. “Then the artisans weave their magic creating the three designs that are available on Indiegogo. The result is an entirely handmade, socially conscious, and environmentally sustainable hemp backpack.” “What is incredible about the Indiegogo launch of these three designs is you know that every single one has been touched by a community in Nepal. And by buying one of these bags you are helping a community grow and thrive.” The communities Mountain Yak have partnered with were initially assisted by aid agencies such as the UN and AusAid to work as collectives, representing themselves to create industries and business opportunities so they do not have rely on charity or continue to live in poverty and hardship.  While Andy and Mickey acknowledge that they could get the backpacks made for far less with other neighbouring countries, that is not their philosophy. Mickey said since they started working with the Nepalese collectives they have witnessed the incredible impact and ripple effect working in their own businesses has. “These communities now have a livelihood, they are unified, their children do not need to leave home for the city as the skills are being passed on to the next generation,” he said. “It is powerful thing to see communities supporting each other like this. The money they make as a community is used within the community to develop their own infrastructure and to do things they believe are meaningful and empowering.” Andy said Mountain Yak has worked to build solid relationships with each of the communities they work with. “We know these people; they treat us like family. We value their skills as artisans and creators. We never tell them how much we want to pay; they tell us how much the product is worth and we pay it,” he said. The Trailblazer series was originally launched on another crowdfunding platform but when Indiegogo saw what Mountain Yak was doing, their philosophy and purpose, they approached Mickey and Andy to move across. The Trailblazer series offers three very distinct and practical backpacks, that are both as comfortable as they are versatile; The Pioneer - it’s the everyday backpack for the minimalist, The Adventurer - a top loading rucksack for anyone on the move, and The Explorer - with loads of space and convenient compartments suitable for any occasion.  About Mountain Yak Mickey and Andy met at the popular West End markets in Brisbane. After some good conversations over coffee, they realised how their philosophies and values of social justice, environmental, ethical, and sustainable business aligned. Two years ago they teamed up to bring Mountain Yak to life – sharing their hemp backpacks and bags at markets and festivals. They work tirelessly with communities in Nepal to cultivate strong relationships; founded on trust, mutual respect and understanding. Mickey and Andy are driven by the change they can facilitate by working with these communities to create opportunities that both sustain and help them grow.  Check out the crowdfunding campaign here Forestry and water catchments 2016-10-18T23:33:56Z forestry-and-water-catchments More than 80 people attended a workshop about forestry and water catchments in WA last month which covered important issues such as bushfire management, rehabilitation after bauxite mining and enhancing ecosystem health. Hon Rick Mazza, Hon Mick Murray and Hon Nigel Hallet along with former-MPs Dr Chrissy Sharp and Bernie Masters attended the forum titled Managing forested catchments- threats and opportunities, which was organised by the Institute of Foresters in WA. Other attendees included people with interests in conservation and ecosystem health, staff from a range of Government departments, representatives of industry, academia, biologists and foresters. IFA spokesman Frank Batini said, ‘It was a pity that no Government Ministers attended, though several were invited, but I think the importance of effectively managing water catchments was well understood by the Shadow Minister for Forestry and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party representatives who came along’. ‘Water catchments for domestic and irrigation use cover a million hectares of jarrah forest between Mundaring and Collie. Water catchments integrate a range of land uses- water supply, biodiversity, ecosystem health, bauxite mining, recreation and silviculture; and require protection from wildfire, disease, pollution and reduced stream-flows’, said Frank. Speakers addressed changes in ecosystem health due to lower rainfall and the need to protect catchments from wildfire - noting that unless you can manage wildfire, you cannot effectively manage for any other value. The need to thin-out rehabilitation after bauxite mining was emphasised along with the need for appropriate silviculture to enhance ecosystem health and stream-flow, the value of lower-slopes and stream-zones for protecting biodiversity of flora and fauna and the much higher costs faced by irrigators when their water-supply is reduced. Frank said, ‘Beneficial changes to catchment management, such as thinning vegetation to improve stream-flows and effective fire management, could be implemented at no nett cost which would greatly reduce the current costs to Treasury of desalination and wildfire suppression’. The workshop concluded with a half-hour discussion from the participants that produced useful advice on the next steps. There was support for continued involvement by establishing a broader advocacy group, to develop proposals and to lobby Government.   Media contact: Frank Batini (IFA - WA): 08 9457 1952 Growing and Using Mushrooms 2016-10-14T03:32:08Z growing-and-using-mushrooms The much anticipated Growing and Using Mushrooms ebook is out now and available and for download from the ACS online Bookshop. This ebook has been written by John Mason and the staff of ACS Distance Education. The Growing and Using Mushrooms ebook is aimed at readers who would like to be either home or professional mushroom growers. Mushrooms are highly prized for cooking and eating are not plants, but a fungus. This book touches on other genera and species, but is mostly about “Agaricus bisporus”. Despite this focus though, learning to grow and use one species of mushroom is an excellent foundation for growing and using other genera and species.   In the style of many of our ebooks, this ebook is a comprehensive guide to knowing about, growing and using or commercially selling mushrooms. If you have ever considered growing mushrooms, reading this ebook is great place to start. Some topics covered in this ebook include: The Nature and Scope of Mushroom Production Spawn Production Compost Production Structures and Environmental Control Growing Methods Mushroom Health- Pest and Disease control Harvest, Processing and Storage Using Mushrooms   This ebook is now available for purchase for $34.95 including GST from our online bookshop:   If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact . Merbau a Popular Choice for Timber Decking in Brisbane 2016-10-10T05:48:09Z merbau-a-popular-choice-for-timber-decking-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 10 October 2016 - Timber decking is one of the most popular large DIY projects for homeowners in the Brisbane area. According to one timber supplier, Merbau may be the most popular timber of all for timber decking. Merbau is also called Kwila and grows in northern Queensland, most of Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. It provides a rare combination of strength, durability and aesthetics. This makes it suitable for a number of projects besides timber decking. It is also used in structural engineering, residential construction, marine applications, furniture making, timber flooring and outdoor projects such as balustrades, rails, pergolas and exterior stairs.The heartwood is the most popular timber taken from Merbau. It is a combination of orange, yellow and brown when first harvested, but as it ages, it deepens and acquires a reddish hue. Its grain is both wavy and interlocked, giving it a distinctive aesthetic that is unique among timber species.Merbau takes well to any finish, but most prefer a deck oil or a light stain over paint, because paint covers up the natural beauty of Merbau. Merbau affords natural protection against everything that usually attacks timber decking in the Brisbane area: lyctid borers, termites, rotting and bushfires. While Merbau is highly rated for both strength and durability, it is easily workable with hand tools. This makes it a lot easier for timber decking and other projects on that scope, but it also makes it much easier for furniture, balustrades and smaller projects such as cabinetry. Merbau is also a popular choice for timber windows and doors. Many Australians are choosing to replace their spec home aluminium windows and doors with timber to give their homes a more modern, prosperous look while visually and aesthetically integrating their homes into nature by making timber more prominent in their homes’ interiors and exteriors.Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, who are timber suppliers for timber decking and other projects in the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle: “Timber decking has always been a popular project among Brisbane area homeowners and Merbau is one of the most popular choices in building materials.” Mr Kyle continued: “We love Merbau because there is nothing like the look of a perfectly done timber deck made of Merbau. That reddish-brown colour and unique grain structure are so distinctive that people who know timber can spot it instantly. Merbau is so beautiful that paint isn’t necessary. In fact, most people choose to use a clear finish or a very mild stain to make sure the colour, the grain and the depth come through.”Mr Kyle concluded: “There are plenty of great timbers to use for timber decking and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. But a lot of homeowners feel that none of them match the quality and beauty of Merbau.”Narangba Timbers provide timber decking, timber flooring, timber fencing and other timber materials to the Brisbane area. As a third generation family business, they pride themselves on providing the best customer service in the timber business. They are also known for high quality timber at low prices. To learn more or to speak to customer service, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: The Franchise Shop to recruit franchisees for Bug R Off! 2016-10-10T00:36:01Z the-franchise-shop-to-recruit-franchisees-for-bug-r-off The Franchise Shop is very pleased to announce that Bug R Off! Pest Busters have chosen them as their franchise sales consultants and are ready to expand their exciting new and very different franchise concept. Bug R Off! Pest Busters are Victoria's leading regional Pest Control Company servicing Albury / Wodonga through Benalla, Wangaratta, Myrtleford to the Wimmera, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Edenhope, Nhill and Kaniva. We are specialists in the detection, removal and prevention of spiders and insects, termites, mice and cockroaches, using our highly trained Sniffer Dogs The team at Bug R Off! Pest Busters are made up of experienced and highly qualified experts Pest Control. ”The buck stops with us!”  Steve Olver - Director The Bug R Off! Pest Busters franchising package offer is unique to the market place - with a combination of low initial fees and ongoing fees, great outstanding training, sourcing and training your sniffer dog team, and a team of industry experts to support their franchise owners. The franchise offer includes everything you need to get your Bug R Off! Pest Busters franchised business started, including access to the Intellectual property, admin systems, training and marketing.  “We are absolutely delighted to be able to assist Bug R Off! Pest Busters with their franchisee development and recruitment” said consultant Grant Garraway from The Franchise Shop. “I have been involved in the franchise sector for more than 30 years, and we always look for businesses with a unique offer – a genuine point of difference, and Bug R Off! Pest Busters has real pest control expertise and can assist their new franchise owners with the location and training of their sniffer dogs using the best dog trainer in this type of work in the country.” said Garraway. “Bug R Off! Pest Busters brings a unique offering of very high levels of technical competence and an absolute commitment to outstanding service for their customers.” Steve Olver - Director of Bug R Off! Pest Busters, says “After many years of developing and refining our pest control techniques and more recently our franchise and business model we believe we now have a franchise model which will prove highly attractive and successful for our new franchise owners, be very effective for their clients and we are now very excited to share our new franchising concept with potential franchisees. Our first franchise owner is now up and running in Albury”. Bug R Off! Pest Busters are looking for franchisees throughout Australia. Expressions of interest can be registered by contacting Grant at The Franchise Shop on 1300 139 557 or for more information go to Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Continue to Help the Environment 2016-10-06T07:11:55Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-continue-to-help-the-environment Brisbane, QLD, 06 October 2016 - Some timber suppliers in Brisbane feel a responsibility to always do business in an ethical and sustainable manner. Narangba Timbers is one of those timber suppliers. Located in Brisbane, they have built a reputation for low prices, stellar customer service and their commitment to ethical harvesting of timber.Why Ethical Harvesting of Timber Helps the EnvironmentWhen timber is harvested ethically, it has a positive effect on the environment because timber stores carbon. The carbon footprint of a process is currently deemed the most accurate way to assess positive or negative environmental impact. The more carbon a process produces, the more damaging it is to the environment.Carbon is the main component of greenhouse gases that cause global warming or climate change. Most processes produce carbon and therefore have a negative effect on the environment. Trees store carbon. They have a negative carbon footprint. They “breathe” in our air and take carbon out of it to produce timber fibres. All of the weight of a tree, all of the timber, is made of carbon. When trees are ethically harvested, each tree is cut down when its peak period of carbon storage is over. It is then replaced by a new tree and the cycle starts over again.Plantations are designed to keep the cycle going with little to no change. New trees keep storing more carbon, people get their timber to build with and everyone is happy. Ideally, timber plantation is large enough that there are always trees to be harvested and the plantation never runs out of land or trees. Plantations help the environment as a whole, but they also help it in smaller ways such as maintaining a home for animals and other species of plants. When timber is unethically harvested, it can destroy large segments of the environment. When trees aren’t replaced, the carbon storage cycle is broken, more oxygen is used and more carbon is put back into the environment. It also causes many species of animals and plants to be endangered because their living environment has been destroyed. A Timber Supplier’s Point of ViewJack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle: “We believe wholeheartedly in sustainable timber because we want to leave a decent world for our grandchildren. At the rate the world is going, our climate is going to be a lot different for our children than it was for us. Think about how bad it could be for their children. Something has to be done about it.”Mr Kyle concluded: “ We can’t change the entire world, but we can certainly do our part and tell as many people about it as possible. It is our duty to future generations to leave the best world we can leave for them.”Narangba Timbers are the premier timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They pride themselves on low prices, great customer service and a commitment to ethical and sustainable forestry. They offer timber for construction, timber decking, timber fencing, timber flooring and a host of other projects and applications. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Someone is Giving Away an Entire Kitchen on Ziilch! 2016-10-03T09:48:39Z someone-is-giving-away-an-entire-kitchen-on-ziilch When someone decides to Ziilch something, it's because they've deemed it too good to throw out, but can't be bothered selling it and just want it gone.This is another great example of that.A Brighton East household has just today listed their entire kitchen to be given away to make way for renovations. Bench tops, oven, exhaust fan, it's all up for grabs and they're in great condition.This is a wonderful example of somebody not wanting to see great stuff go to landfill. And a great example for others to follow.We would love to work with you on a story to help share this example and lead the way for others to follow.Regards,Don MilneZiilch From Great Barrier Reef to Lake Eyre Basin: one Aussie icon helping another 2016-09-29T20:42:36Z from-great-barrier-reef-to-lake-eyre-basin-one-aussie-icon-helping-another A best practice program developed to help graziers farm alongside the Great Barrier Reef is now being used by outback graziers to build the resilience and productivity of producers and communities. Australia’s oldest organic beef marketing company, OBE Organic, has pioneered a partnership with Grazing BMP to extend the program from the Fitzroy Basin, where it was developed, to western Queensland to help producers pinpoint what they can do to build productivity and profitability. OBE Organic has delivered its latest OBE Organic Grazing BMP Forum to a bumper crowd of 24 outback graziers managing about 7.25 million hectares and over 70,000 head of cattle who attended two days of best practice benchmarking and training in Birdsville on 27-28 September.  OBE Organic General Manager Dalene Wray told producers Grazing BMP is also very useful for capturing on-farm sustainability information. “The Meat Industry Strategic Plan aims to build efficiency and integrity in the red meat industry, and central to both of those goals is having better data and information along the industry’s supply chains,” Ms Wray said. “OBE Organic has developed a sustainability program called FLOURISH in the past 18 months to identify and manage the opportunities and risks we see right along our value chain, with the aim of making us more likely to achieve our mission and more likely to maximise returns to organic cattle producers. “An important part of our value chain is of course cattle properties, and at Birdsville we’ve spoken to producers about how the existing information already captured in organic management plans or collected by Grazing BMP is a powerful asset for monitoring performance and telling our stakeholders what we are doing well and what we are trying to do better. “We’ve also asked producers to think about starting to share a little bit of this information with OBE Organic so we can tell that story without them having to fill in extra forms or surveys – it’s just part of good business.” All OBE Organic employees have been involved in developing FLOURISH using an internationally recognized sustainability standard, and the company aims to slowly build the rigour of the program over time as people become accustomed to using sustainability to manage risk, improve productivity, or find new value. An additional day of NRM Hub spatial mapping training in Birdsville on 29 September attracted 19 participants, underlying the massive demand to make better use of data in remote Australia. OBE Organic is running Grazing BMP forums and training every six months to continually improve beef industry performance, and to raise awareness of the need for more organic cattle suppliers to meet demand.  Organic producers wanting to sell cattle or participate in the OBE Organic Grazing BMP Forum can contact Livestock Coordinator Ross Mackenzie on 0409 960 084 or email To stay up-to-date with news and information about organic beef production, join the Organic Beef Producer Forum on Facebook which has over 400 members, or follow OBE Organic on twitter @obeorganic. <end> For more information, please contact: Dalene Wray.   0439 224 968. About OBE Organic.  OBE Organic is Australia’s oldest organic beef marketing company, established by a group of family farmers.  It sources certified organic cattle from Queensland, NSW, and South Australia.  OBE Organic helps organic beef producers flourish by providing consistently high organic premiums, tool to improve producer’s profitability, and support for producers to convert to organic.  OBE Organic’s safe and nutritious organic grassfed beef is sold to rapidly growing markets in Australia, Asia, North America and the Middle East. Web - Twitter @obeorganic - Instagram @obeorganic - Facebook About Grazing BMP.  Grazing BMP is a government and industry-funded voluntary online self-assessment and planning tool.  It benchmarks graziers’ current grazing and business practices against an industry-developed set of standards, compares their performance to peers, and automatically creates action plans for improvement in areas that are below industry average.  The Grazing BMP program is a partnership between AgForce, Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.  For more information visit What the future holds for OHS 2016-09-29T14:45:24Z what-the-future-holds-for-ohs A safe work environment , plus a healthy workforce, minus accidents equals high business performance. With all the changes occurring in the 21st Century, what are the realities facing this assertion? Occupational health and Safety as we know it, is primarily about detection and prevention of hazards at work. A popular tool used for this process is risk assessment which aims to ensure that hazards are eliminated and risk is reduced to as low as possible. In a bid to safe guard his environment and ensure continuity in all ramifications, Man has basically been a risk assessor. Safe to say that this intelligent act of assessing risks and taking relevant steps to minimize them, has been the foundation for Man’s successful existence and entrepreneurial growth. A 2014 report by the university of Melbourne for Safe Work Australia provides a strong correlation between Workplace Health and Safety and Business productivity. In order to sustain this healthy existence and economic growth, swift action is imperative so as to consider changes that will create positive outcomes in the future. some factors to consider: Technology and science brings new opportunities, innovations and fresh approaches but also renders certain practices and procedures obsolete. Changing climate will lead to extreme weathers, increased frequency of catastrophic floods, storms, fires especially for outdoor industries like mining and resultant new industries like renewable energy. In a release by the International Labor Organization, Excessive heat resulting from temperatures above 35º Celsius, creates occupational health risks and affects work capacity and labor output. Globalization and its attendant competition is also bringing about the increase in labor flexibility- unspecified Employer/Employee work agreement, Insufficient work protection for immigrants, self-employment, multiple jobs. Safety Legislation/Regulation – Governments should use case studies to develop specific regulations that can directly cater to these changes. A collective effort is required to conduct scenario planning, build on successes and learn from failures. HSEQ cloud based solutions drive accountability, allow people to be involved and to participate in an organisation’s safety. Reporting tools are easy to use and accessible to everyone. Actions, Investigations and accountability are tracked while, dynamic and intuitive dashboards allow leaders to measure and analyse. Critical issues are prioritised and addressed, giving the organisation a clear understanding of their risk profile. For more information on risk and productivity management, visit for medium to large business and for small business. Author: Christopher Okorafor and Sarah O’leary for myosh References: Curious Traveller Presents Plover Lovers Unite 2016-09-28T05:56:17Z curious-traveller-presents-plover-lovers-unite This November Curious Traveller rolls up its sleeves for another of its renowned scientific expeditions: a journey along Tasmania’s shining east coast to assist researchers who are studying and protecting the bewitching hooded plover, Thinornis rubricollis.   ‘Hoodies’ are small cheerful shorebirds that nest in sand hollows on picturesque sandy beaches; about 40 per cent of Tasmania’s hoodie population occurs in just four locations along the east coast. Unfortunately, hoodies’ favoured habitat is also prized by humans for beach visits in four-wheel-drives and dog walking, and it’s activities such as these that are contributing to the species’ decline. Hoodies are thought to be at risk from “blink” extinction: a species that seems numerous only to vanish in a single season. It’s all about breeding success – individuals can live for up to 16 years, but if breeding fails over that period, it’s hard to notice they’re going till they’re gone. A 2015 breeding-season study reported limited success for many pairs, with one laying 16 eggs, but producing no chicks.  The aim of the expedition is to physically fence active breeding areas to measure the effect on nesting and chick numbers. We’ll also contribute to the knowledge of hoodie behaviour by observing them during breeding season. Among things yet unknown are which partner takes primary responsibility for the nest, and how long each bird’s “incubation shift” lasts.   The expedition’s lead scientist is ecologist Dr Eric Woehler, Birdlife Tasmania convenor and a research associate at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and University of Tasmania. Eric has studied Tasmanian shorebirds and lobbied for their protection for 30 years. His numerous field trips have provided essential data for shorebird management and care, and his knowledge and passion for them is both entertaining and inspiring.  The trip will take in some of Tasmania’s most beautiful east-coast landmarks, including Great Oyster Bay, which flanks Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island’s Reidle Bay, and Marion Bay – one of only two places the Abel Tasman expedition in 1642 came ashore. Guests will also get the opportunity to visit the hidden lagoons and beaches that Eric monitors and which are essential to the hooded plover’s survival.   Guests will have the chance to see a lot of birdlife, including endemics such as the Tasmanian native hen, Tasmanian thornbill and yellow-throated honeyeater, as well as shorebirds such as fairy terns, red-necked stints, sooty and pied oystercatchers and black-fronted dotterels. Close encounters with mammals such as wombats and forester kangaroos have been a feature of Maria Island for decades. Now, it’s also possible to see wild and healthy Tasmanian devils there.  Guests need no special skills: just a willingness to carry survey gear and an interest in learning more about hoodies. They’ll be given training by scientists and will spend time learning about the region’s plants and birds, and the work that’s being done to protect them.   The trip is aimed at curious people who ·        Would like to assist with genuine wildlife conservation and research, and through their participation to donate to ongoing work. ·        Have a particular interest in nature, ecology and conservation. ·        Are interested to see and experience Tasmania’s east coast, including Maria Island National Park  Cost and booking info $3400 per person, twin share. Maximum group size 12 people. (Previous CT expeditioners or Birdlife members $3100). All delicious ‘Tasmanian’ inspired meals are included and accommodation will be enjoyed via a number of local comfortable cottages close to the sites.  Special dietary needs are happily catered for.  Booking enquiries Call 03 6234 4918 Email About Curious Traveller’s founders and expert hosts Ian Connellan’s past jobs include ski sharpener, bicycle and ski magazine editor and Lonely Planet writer and photographer. Before co-founding Curious Traveller he worked at Australian Geographic for more than a decade – writing stories, publishing books, as an editor and ultimately as group editor-in-chief. As a photographer and writer Ian has explored, told stories about and taken others to visit some of the most unusual and interesting places in the world. He loves to share his knowledge and experience, whether on the best knot for myriad occasions, or the sneaky tricks for framing the perfect photo on your phone.  Gail MacCallum has spent nearly two decades as a book and magazine editor and publisher, in which capacity she’s worked with noted writers such as Les Murray, Peter Robb, John Birmingham, Ashley Hay and Tony Wright. More recently Gail’s written about and photographed various out-of-the-way places, including some to which she and Ian now lead guests. She was raised and educated in Canberra, which may in part explain her lifelong devotion to politics, design and mathematics. Her current obsession is temperate-climate botany, and she’s the woman most likely to have a cocktail shaker and deck of cards handy if you’re stuck by bad weather in, say, the flood-drenched Kimberley.    About Curious Traveller Curious Traveller is a specialist travel company dedicated to scientific tourism and a love of the world’s recognised natural history hotspots.  Founding partners Gail MacCallum and Ian Connellan were spurred by the idea of “burning the library" – that is, of parts of the world’s natural treasures disappearing before we even know they exist. They wanted to help scientists catalogue as much of the natural world as possible. “People talk about the ‘undiscovered frontiers of space’,” says Gail, “but there are places on Earth we know less about.”  In Australia, Curious Traveller runs expeditions in which volunteers help scientists with valuable field research, such as conducting fauna counts and flora surveys, and assisting with animal trapping and data collection. Curious Traveller also makes direct contributions to fund science and conservation from volunteers’ trip payments. Over the past three years, the Arthur River Tasmanian devil expedition alone has contributed nearly $20,000 to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal and University of Tasmania, Trowunna Wildlife Park, Preminghana Indigenous Protected Area and the Australian Geographic Society.  Overseas, Curious Traveller takes small groups on journeys to remarkable places that have already been identified as extraordinary for their plants, animals and natural processes. For further information/images/interviews Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions  - 0415 290023       State and Federal Forestry Ministers in Launceston in October 2016-09-28T00:10:57Z state-and-federal-forestry-ministers-in-launceston-in-october Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources will officially open the Australian Forest Growers National Conference 2016 running from 23 – 26 October in Launceston, Tasmania. Internationally recognised key note speakers include Professor Barry Brook, Chair of Environmental Sustainability and Professor Ted Lefroy, Director, Centre for Environment, both from the University of Tasmania, as well as David Evans, Senior Director Marketing, New Forests Timber Products. The Hon. Guy Barnett, MP, Minister for Resources, Tasmanian Government, will address the Welcome Function before the international premier of ‘Agroforestry in Australia’. Dr Kevin Harding, National President said, ‘The Conference helps landholders manage their forests for a wide range of conservation and production benefits while achieving the wider environmental and social values that the community now expects.’ In 1803 tree harvesting purportedly began in Tasmania after 40 000 years of sustainable land management by indigenous peoples.  Today, over 50 per cent of Tasmanian forests are in reserves on both public and private land.  Private land holders in Tasmania are arguably some of the best contemporary land mangers on Earth as they strive to sustainably manage their native forests and plantations on a landscape scale for complementary objectives including Landcare, conservation, environmental services, recreation, agriculture and timber.  Australia’s major National Forestry Conference run by Australian Forest Growers (AFG) exposes these practices and current learnings.  Delegates can now attend single events and or just a one-day field tour or the full three-day Conference.  The tours, hosted by individual and company leaders in agriculture, native forest and plantation management, conservation and restoration, planning, harvesting, timber production and manufacture, exhibit the best Tasmania has to offer the world. A Conference highlight not to be missed will be the showcasing on the finalists and presentation of the National Tree Farmer of the Year Award at the Conference Dinner. This is a unique opportunity to see, hear and learn from Australia’s leading farmers/private forest growers, scientists and industry.  Full Conference details and registration options are at -Ends- Media Contact: Kevin Harding, President Australian Forest Growers Tel: 0410 471 957 Sustainable Timber Fights Climate Change 2016-09-16T05:37:36Z sustainable-timber-fights-climate-change Perth, WA, 16 September 2016 - A lot of people talk about climate change but fewer actually try to do anything about it. One firm which creates custom built doors and windows in the Perth area is putting their money where their mouths are. The firm is called Fremantle Door & Window Company. They provide custom built doors and windows for Perth homeowners and builders. They are fully committed to leaving the world a better place than they left it. While some people talk about it a lot, Fremantle Door & Window demonstrates their commitment in two ways. They use their company blog to educate readers about sustainable timber and they only use sustainable timber with locally-sourced glass for their custom built doors and windows.Tish Thompson is the Office Administrator for Fremantle Door & Window. That makes her the person who is the interface between the builders and both sides of the supply chain: material providers and end users. According to Ms Thompson: “We have made a conscious decision as a company to only buy timber from sustainable sources. We have been contacted by people who take shortcuts and we could save a little bit of money if we took them up on their offers. However, we are committed to doing things right and leaving the world a better place than we found it. The two best ways we can do that are to reduce our carbon footprint and tell everyone why we are doing it, hoping to set an example and inspire others to action.”What is Sustainable Timber?Sustainable timber is timber that has been grown and harvested in sustainable plantations and forests. When a tree is cut down and not replaced, it adds to climate change because it interferes with carbon storage. Under the sustainable timber model, trees are only cut after their peak carbon storage years and are replaced with new trees that are at the beginning of the carbon storage cycle. Under this model, every tree cut down is replaced in an infinite cycle.Why is Carbon Storage Important?The negative environmental effect of any process is measured by its carbon footprint: the amount of carbon it releases into the environment. However, trees actually take carbon from the environment and use it to make timber fibres. This is called “carbon storage” and has a negative carbon footprint.Timber is the only building material that stores carbon and has a negative carbon footprint. This has two effects. First, it keeps carbon out of the environment. Second, it turns CO2 into oxygen that is released back into the environment, making the air we breathe more oxygen-rich.Ms Thompson concludes: “We realise we aren’t going to save the world, but we hope we can set an example and inspire others to do the same just by doing our part.”Fremantle Door & Window Company provides custom built doors and windows for homeowners in the Perth area. They create every door and window by hand, using old world craftsmanship. They use sustainable timber and locally sourced glass panes to create a full menu of custom built doors and windows, including bifold doors, sliding doors, french doors, servery windows and more. To learn more or for an obligation-free consult, call (08) 6500 6888 or visit their website: HRL sponsors 7th Annual Power & Electricity Indonesia Week 2016-09-15T00:06:35Z hrl-sponsors-7th-annual-power-amp-electricity-indonesia-week HRL is delighted to be a table top sponsor the 7th Annual Power and Electricity Indonesia Conference in Jakarta on from the 18-20 of October this year. The Conference is a global gathering of power and electricity producers and suppliers who are being impacted by new regulations, developments and consonsequent opportunities to meet the power demand in Indoenesia. This event will spotlight projects across coal fired power plants, solar, renewables, hyrdo and biomass. Over 200 high level decision makers will meet to take part in round table discussions, design strategies and learn from local experts. Steven Kulibaba General Manager of HRL comments "our expertise in optimising coal fired thermal power plants to increase efficiency, increase output and availability with our unique combustion optimisation performance testing services makes us an ideal partner in this space."  Learn more by downloading our Flyer (Indonesian version) (English version) For the full agenda please visit