The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-09-22T22:28:22Z Aussies searching for clean and quiet accommodation 2014-09-22T22:28:22Z aussies-searching-for-clean-and-quiet-accommodation Dirty rooms and noisy neighbours top the list of hotel bugbears for Australians. That’s according to a new survey by customer satisfaction research company Canstar Blue, which also reveals that 30% of Aussies have asked to swap rooms after checking into a hotel and being left unsatisfied with what they found. Unhelpful staff and hidden costs also get the blood boiling, while comfortable beds, luxurious amenities and included extras like welcome gifts and treats received the most thumbs up. Room service, breakfast, a good location and knowledgeable staff also featured highly. The Canstar Blue survey, of more than 1,200 adults who have made a booking through an accommodation website in the last 12 months, shows that toiletries are the most common “freebies” taken from hotels by Aussies, followed by drinks and toilet paper. Pens, writing pads, slippers, shower caps, towels and even pillows are also commonly taken. The survey reveals that a third of Aussies try to hold off making a booking until as late as possible in the hope of securing a bargain, while four in five said accommodation websites generally offer accurate reviews. has received Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – Online Accommodation Booking for the third year in a row and earned five-star ratings across all survey categories, including ease of site navigation and booking, range of accommodation available and value for money. “Consumers are looking for easy to navigate websites and the best deals possible, and with plenty of choice on offer, they don’t mind shopping around,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Four in five survey respondents told us they use numerous websites to try and find the best accommodation deal possible, while 70% said that after finding offers, they check directly with the provider to see how the price compares. “In such a competitive market, consumers have the power to take their business elsewhere with just a couple of clicks. So for to win our Most Satisfied Customers award for the third year in a row is a truly fantastic achievement. Congratulations to everyone involved at – you are clearly keeping your customers very happy indeed.” The Canstar Blue survey also found that more than half of Aussies prefer international holidays to domestic travel. That number rose to 70% for Gen Y. Richmond Football Club Kicks Carbon Emissions with 99.77kW Enphase Microinverter System and Yingli Solar Panels 2014-09-22T01:40:00Z richmond-football-club-kicks-carbon-emissions-with-99-77kw-enphase-microinverter-system-and-yingli-solar-panels MELBOURNE, Australia. – September 22, 2014 – Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) and Yingli Green Energy Australia Pty Ltd* have announced the installation of a 99.77kW solar system using Enphase Energy® microinverters and Yingli Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, at Richmond Football Club. At the time of installation, the system was the largest solar system using Enphase Microinverters in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Metro Solar, a family-owned, national solar installer and official Sustainability Partner for the club, provided the solar solution to meet the high energy consumption of the iconic Punt Road Oval. Yingli Solar PV panels and Enphase microinverters now power the roof of the famous black-and-yellow ME Bank Centre, the club’s headquarters and training facility.  As one of the first AFL clubs to go green, the Tigers are proud of their decision to install solar and the example they are setting for the broader community. Club CEO Brendon Gale says, “Metro Solar was able to deliver a solar solution to meet the club’s power consumption and exploit the roof’s energy potential, using a top-quality solar system that can generate more energy than other systems.” The elite sports facility, housing a high-performance training gym, treatment and recovery clinic, education, workplace and retail spaces, has an extremely large base load, most of which is consumed during the day. To achieve maximum yield and performance for the system, Metro Solar utilised Yingli Solar’s high-efficiency multi-crystalline panels with the Enphase Microinverter System to produce the highest energy utilisation for the club. Enphase’s patented “Burst Mode” technology, which initiates during low-light conditions, allows the system to produce additional generation in the morning and at dusk, increasing overall savings for the Tigers. During “Burst Mode”, the microinverter stores a small trickle of power coming from the panel, until there’s enough to send a burst of energy. By doing this, the microinverter is able to maintain highly efficient operation during low-light conditions, extending the system’s daily production hours. Anthony O’Connell, CEO of Metro Solar, commented, “We’re proud to assist Richmond Football Club in becoming greener and of our role in giving them energy independence. On such a high-profile site, quality and reliability are paramount. Both Yingli and Enphase are world leaders, and their proven reliability is something we proudly stand behind as a solar installer.” Using Enphase Energy’s intelligent, cloud-based Enlighten software platform, Metro Solar was able to integrate powerful energy production data into their proprietary monitoring package. In real-time, the software reports on the performance and health of the Punt Road Oval solar system, which they proudly display to the public at the clubhouse. The solar system is part of a broader effort by the Tigers to make their 170-year-old training headquarters eco-friendly, and they are now considering ways they can promote renewable energy to the broader community through the example they have set. Yingli Solar has a long history of involvement with sporting organisations across the world in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions at stadiums and other sporting facilities. Most recently, as a sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Yingli Solar equipped the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Arena Pernambuco in Recife with over 5,100 Yingli Solar PV panels. * Yingli Green Energy Australia, known as Yingli Solar, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy, which is the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer.  ENDSAbout Richmond Football Club The Richmond Football Club, also known as the Tigers, is an Australian rules football club which competes in the Australian Football League. Since the club's inception in 1885, it has been based at the Punt Road Oval, formerly known as the Richmond Cricket Ground. The club's training and administration headquarters are at the Punt Road Oval and from 2011 are called the ME Bank Centre. For more information visit  About Metro Solar Metro Solar is the largest microinverter installer in Australia in residential and commercial installs.  With a national presence, they look to create bright and sustainable futures with solar providing the highest-quality solar products with the most innovative technologies. Metro Solar’s administration office and warehouse is located in Lynbrook, Victoria. For more information on Metro Solar please visit  About Yingli Green Energy Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), known as "Yingli Solar", is the world's largest photovoltaic module manufacturer in terms of production capacity and shipments. Yingli Green Energy's manufacturing covers the photovoltaic value chain from ingot casting and wafering through solar cell production and module assembly. Headquartered in Baoding, China, Yingli Green Energy has more than 30 regional subsidiaries and branch offices and has distributed more than 10,000MW  PV modules to customers worldwide. For more information please visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo.About Enphase Energy, Inc. Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Our semiconductor-based microinverter system converts energy at the individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation. Connect with Enphase on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. to Editors: Hi-res images from the installation can be downloaded here:  For further information, please contact: Olivia Smith, Enphase Phone: +61-402-044-811 Gabriel Wong / Gloria Lee Espresso Communications for Yingli Green / Phone: +61 2 8016 2200   Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc. Flatline Pest Control offers you huge discounts on the eve of Halloween 2014-09-19T11:42:53Z flatline-pest-control-offers-you-huge-discounts-on-the-eve-of-halloween Narara, 18.9.2014:  Flatline Pest Control has decided to announce huge discounts on the eve of Halloween. Halloween is the time of the year when every house hold in the world deserves to have a happy time. Flatline Pest Control has been operating in this area for the more than 10 years. “With Halloween round the corner, we have decided to put up special discounts for Halloween. Halloween has been that time of the year, where every home is put up in the celebration and needs to have their homes in the best possible support. The discounts as put up on Halloween are just a little gesture, from the part of the company to the people of the neighborhood of Narara; for their intense support to our business round the year.” “We at Flatline are dedicated to making homes in the suburb pest and tension free, while also being full of life. The support that we received from the entire community, throughout the time frame has been wondrous. We extend our total gratitude to the people of the community in return,” says Tod Sim, CEO Flatline Pest Control Central Coast. About Us Flatline Pest Control specializes in residential premises pest control methods. This is a fully licensed firm, with insured professionals that work round the clock. The methods that Flatline use are meant to be having the maximum impact on the pests that we find lurking around the corners of our homes. The reason is to have the least possible impact on the family which is then on the very festive mood. Our concern to our environment is as great as anyone else. This has led us to creating the least possible damage to the environment while we are actually working to keep your homes clean. Trained and adept professionals form our team, carefully making sure that your homes are completely free of pests. Ants, termites, wasps, bees, rodents, cockroaches, millipedes, spiders, fleas and bed bugs—name the pest and we have got the eradication methods to it. Our aim has always been to eradicate all types of pests from your homes, devise innovative methods to keep your homes pest free, care for the environment, quick service and an enviable reputation. For further information contact: Tod A Sim 45 Baree Avn, Narara, NSW 2250 451 677 228 Flatline Pest Control can get you pest free homes this Halloween. The service also comes at a discount, so there is absolutely no break in your Halloween joy. Dangerous personalities could be putting your workplace at risk 2014-09-19T02:49:43Z dangerous-personalities-could-be-putting-your-workplace-at-risk The study, of more than 1400 professionals across a diverse range of industries, found a strong correlation between an individual’s measurable personality and values and the likelihood that they will be safe or unsafe at work. According to the study, the types of personality traits that are associated with better safety behaviours include prudence, patience, fairness, diligence, social boldness and they tend to value security. The results revealed that men are more diligent and committed than women to being safe at work, in fact, women are less likely to participated in OHS practices and are more likely to disobey their organisation’s rules. Also workers which are older than 45 tend to display more safety conscious attitude and more display more attentive to safety behaviours than younger workers. The study highlighted that workers in the utilities, local government and FMCG sectors tend to have higher overall safety behaviours. Workers in these industries are more motivated to ensure safety at work, more likely to comply with workplace health and safety rules and to participate in improving safety at work.  State government employees tend to be less safety conscious and compliant than local government. This may be explained by a higher prevalence of office jobs in state government, which like professional services, arts and media communications are less concerned with safety compared with other industries.  Many local government roles, like utilities and manufacturing, involve physical labour and onsite jobs that tend to attract more safety consciousness. It's your responsibility to look after the safety and well-being of your workers. Now is the time to take action. WHS Solutions can provide you with the proper certification so you can operate in confidence allowing your employees to feel safe and act in their workplace.  If you are worried or unsure about how compliant your company is with workplace health and safety regulations, just 20 minutes with an experienced WHS consultant you can learn if your company is covered and how you can improve. Contact the team at WHS Solutions today for your free initial business consultation. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. This ensures that your employees are fully covered and working in the safety possible environment. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact: Email: Telephone: 08 9427 1788 Or visit MediaCom helps increase awareness of Queensland Government's new Bushfire Survival Plan 2014-09-18T00:59:32Z mediacom-helps-increase-awareness-of-queensland-government-s-new-bushfire-survival-plan In partnership with Queensland Government, MediaCom’s specialist division, MediaCom Beyond Advertising (MBA), has created a campaign that encourages people and families living in high-risk areas of Queensland to plan and prepare for bushfire season.   The campaign identified 100,000 properties at very high or high risk of bushfires – MBA then created and placed targeted and instructive information about how to prepare and what people need to do if they receive a warning.   Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the Rural Fire Service Queensland had used sophisticated mapping technology to identify the properties: “We want all Queensland families to remain safe this bushfire season and our mapping technology has allowed us to directly target properties at risk,” Minister Dempsey said. Having created a campaign based on the premise ‘understanding is surviving’, MBA in conjunction with Queensland Government, will educate families online by defining the three levels of bushfire warning; Advice, Watch & Act, and Emergency Warning.   This life saving campaign will ensure that Queenslanders are familiar with the official Bushfire Warnings System and have a completed Bushfire Survival Plan to action via radio announcements, online and social media advertising, an infographic film which details what the warnings mean as well as a dedicated website. For more information, visit   Recognised and respected by the industry’s best, this campaign sees MBA continue on the path of behaviour change with Queensland Government having successfully launched a campaign, ‘End HIV’ which helped change attitudes towards HIV earlier this year.  - ends -For  the video, see: For the microsite, see:  “Get the Most Out of Your Timber,” Supplier in Brisbane Says 2014-09-17T04:34:41Z get-the-most-out-of-your-timber-supplier-in-brisbane-says Brisbane, QLD, 17 September 2014 - Timber flooring, decking and fencing have become popular in the Brisbane area. Many homeowners find timber attractive because of its natural appearance, especially when the grain shows through. Timber helps a home blend into natural surroundings and, in the eyes of many decorators, can even help integrate the outdoors into the home’s decor. One of timber’s drawbacks is that if it isn’t properly treated, it becomes vulnerable to the elements, especially insects, fungi and water. Recently, Owner Jack Kyle of Narangba Timbers informed readers of his company blog about ways to ensure that timber lasts as long as possible. Mr Kyle centred his post around two aspects of getting the most out of timber: life-extending protective treatments and choosing the right timber for the right project. According to Mr Kyle:“When it is selected right and treated right, timber can last longer than the person who builds the project. If everything is done correctly, one can expect their timber project to be around for as long as they own their home, even if they stay in it for life.”Mr Kyle recommends that timber be treated for water and insects whenever possible, then protected with a finish such as varnish or paint. This dual-protection strategy protects timber on multiple levels from insects, water, fungi and excessive swelling or drying due to changes in heat and humidity.Fencing and CCA TreatmentFencing can be treated with CCA, which stands for Chromated Copper Arsenate. Although it isn’t cleared for applications in which any of the chemical can contaminate a home or its occupants, it is cleared for fencing because the amount of arsenic that bleeds into the earth doesn’t significantly raise the level of arsenic that is already present as a mineral in soil.CCA protects fencing from insects, moisture and fungi. In addition, it makes finishes adhere to the timber better. The only caveat is that one should dispose of old fencing at a facility instead of burning it in the yard due to possible toxic fumes when burning.CCA treated fencing can be purchased from many timber suppliers, including Narangba Timbers.Retail Timber TreatmentsRetail outlets have plenty of DIY timber treatments available for various insects and for water. They are all cleared for residential use with only one caveat: always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Timber FinishesThere are two ways to approach finishing timber. One can use paint to cover and protect it or one can use a varnish to protect the wood. Stains can be applied before varnish or the varnish can be applied over bare timber, allowing the natural colour of the timber to show through.  Varnishes can range from an “old school” oil-based varnish to a coating made of plastic such as polyurethane. Mr Kyle concludes, “If you protect your timber correctly, it will provide years of service.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier for projects such as fencing, decking and flooring. They have served the Brisbane area since 1972. They pride themselves in giving friendly, knowledgeable customer service. For more information or a quote, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Green Planet Grass Improving Lifestyles for Many Families 2014-09-17T02:54:26Z green-planet-grass-improving-lifestyles-for-many-families Perth, WA, 17 September 2014 - Artificial grass is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in the Perth area. There are many documented benefits to artificial grass, but Justin Everley, Director of Green Planet Grass, recently pointed out a benefit that is not often cited: enhancement of family life. According to Mr Everley, “The documented benefits of an artificial lawn are well-known, but each of those benefits also has its own benefit: improving family life.”The Documented Benefits of Synthetic GrassSynthetic grass have proven to be an effective solution for many homeowners who had problems maintaining a full, green natural grass lawn in the Perth area due to the climate. Here are some of the benefits of an artificial lawn from Green Planet Grass.SafetyGreen Planet Grass has a system called “PlayGrass” that is formulated to be the ultimate “safe surface” for children. It uses a combination of lush fibres, child-friendly infill and shockpads to provide a surface that exceeds Australian Critical Fall Height Standards. In addition, since an artificial grass surface doesn’t degrade from heavy use or extreme weather, the surface is always consistent. There are no slippery puddles or bare spots on a Green Planet Grass lawn. Pest-FreeGreen Planet Grass is manufactured using an antimicrobial agent that makes it resistant to bacteria and fungi. This makes it impossible for microbial pests to gain a “foothold.” Since there is no food for insects, they tend to stay away. There is nothing for vermin to eat, either, making Green Planet Grass unattractive to all pests. No ChemicalsGreen Planet Grass doesn’t require chemicals such as weed killers, pesticides or fertilisers. These are all chemicals that can be accidentally ingested by children and also contaminate the immediate environment. Minimal MaintenanceThe only real maintenance required to keep Green Planet Grass in shape is to keep it free of debris and take care of spills as soon as possible. This saves a lot of time and money.How Documented Benefits Create Family BenefitsAccording to Mr Everley, when the documented benefits of artificial grass are viewed through a “big picture” lens, they create a host of benefits for families:“Since we created our next generation artificial grass, we have known of these benefits. But the real magic happens when families take advantage of them. The inherent safety of Green Planet Grass PlayGrass makes it far less likely that their children will be injured while playing. Even if they do sustain bumps and bruises, they are usually less severe than on a natural grass playground.”Mr Everley continued, “Children play more on a Green Planet Grass lawn because it is so green and so soft. Usually, a Green Planet Grass lawn turns into the neighbourhood play hub. The kids get more exercise and have a better social life, as do their parents who can spend the time usually spent maintaining a natural lawn in their garden with their loved ones.Mr Everley concluded, “This is a family’s best-case scenario.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs artificial grass. Their offices are in Perth and their manufacturing plant is in WA. They provide synthetic grass for numerous residential, commercial and sport applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: Tall Trees Care Communities Encourage Friendship for Health’s Sake 2014-09-15T05:44:32Z tall-trees-care-communities-encourage-friendship-for-health-s-sake Australia, 15 September 2014 - Tall Trees Care Communities are known for their revolutionary approach in providing an alternative to standard aged care. Their model is based on consumer-directed care, which means that their residents elect the level of care they receive. Unlike standard aged care facilities or homes, residents of Tall Trees purchase their own homes and retain the same rights that any other homeowner would have.Residents of Tall Trees don’t feel like they are in an aged care facility because they aren’t. Tall Trees can be better described as a retirement community with the options for chef-prepared meals, 24 hour nursing care, world class medical care and amenities that encourage social interaction between residents. Those amenities include the community grounds, the community centre, a dining room, a lounge and other common areas. Recently, on the company’s blog, Co-founder Phil Usher explained why their approach is so centred on encouraging the residents to socialise and become friends. Mr Usher cited some well-documented conclusions that have resulted from studies concerning the relationship between friendships and health. The Relationship Between Friendship and HealthMost studies concerning the effects of social interaction and friendship on health, especially when compared to isolation and sadness, have concluded that positive emotions and events have a positive effect on health while negative emotions and events have a negative effect on health. The more scientific studies usually credit the positive effects of friendship and socialisation to the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and beta-endorphins. Negative effects are seen as being caused by stress-related hormones such as cortisol. The macro-analysis is that happy people live longer, better lives and sad people tend to live shorter lives with diminished quality of life.According to Mr Usher, savvy use of this information can help seniors live longer, happier lives:“Ten years ago, when we decided to create the kind of haven that our mums and dads would like to live in, we found out all we could about ageing, health and quality of life. Most of all, we asked our mums and dads what would make them happy. We found that independence, dignity and social interaction were very important to them. So, we decided we would create a model in which independence and dignity were valued and encouraged. We also decided that we would provide plenty of opportunities for social interaction and friendship.”Mr Usher continued, “We wanted to make sure that our residents could maintain their independence but avoid the isolation that so often happens to the elderly. At the same time, we wanted to maintain a standard of competent but non-obtrusive care.”Mr Usher concluded, “The result has been five communities that have exceeded my original expectations. We are proud to have the ability to make a difference in so many lives.”Tall Trees Care Communities are providers of an alternative to the traditional aged care and nursing home models in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. They currently have five locations where residents purchase their homes and determine their own level of care. To learn more, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: Home Extensions Improving Lifestyles of Many Perth Homeowners 2014-09-15T04:01:11Z home-extensions-improving-lifestyles-of-many-perth-homeowners Perth, WA, 15 September 2014 - Due to record high housing prices, home extensions are becoming a very popular item in the Perth housing market. The median price for a home in Perth is currently $565,000. Many families that find they have outgrown their homes don’t want to spend the time or money to sell their old home, buy a new one and move.This situation has made home extensions a convenient and economical option for many families looking for more living space. Here are some typical reasons why homeowners opt to expand their homes.Larger FamilyWhen a couple buys its first home, they often don’t expect their family to grow as large as it ultimately does. Many couples plan to have no children or only one, but end up with two or more. If they bought a two-bedroom home when they first got married, thinking it would be large enough for their needs, they find themselves needing more space.Many families opt to build a second storey addition with extra bedrooms and bathrooms. This provides enough bedrooms for children and gives parents some peace. Sometimes, the family decides to renovate the downstairs with an open floor plan or an extra family room while putting the master bedroom upstairs with the rest of the family. Both of these solutions provide enough extra space for a family to grow and thrive. More Entertainment SpaceOne of the more popular options is to expand the first floor to include a family room that transitions into an alfresco living area. This is for families that like to entertain guests often or find that their home has become a hub of their social group. Adding a party area that seamlessly integrates the outdoors into the home can create a lot more living space while making the living area look even larger than it is.Home Office or Hobby RoomsAnother use for ground floor house extensions is adding a home office and/or one or more hobby rooms. More and more Australians are working at home and the trend doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. The home office is becoming a popular addition to Perth homes. Hobby rooms are also popular, especially as baby boomers become empty nesters and reconnect with hobbies and pastimes of their youth. For example, a rekindled interest in art or music is well-served and nurtured by adding an extra room to the house. A husband and wife with different hobbies can add two hobby rooms to their home and have space left over for a family room. Craig Johns, Director of Next Level Extensions, a home extension builder from Perth, has helped numerous families achieve better lifestyles without moving from their current homes: “For someone who doesn’t want the monumental expense or hassle of selling, buying and moving, home extensions are a lifesaver.”Next Level Extensions provides home extensions in Perth. They are equally proficient in providing ground floor or second storey home additions. To learn more or for an obligation-free consultation, call their Perth office on 1300 948 094 or visit their website: Arena Business Technology leads the way with Webinar on Cross Platform Mobile Application Development 2014-09-12T10:31:10Z arena-business-technology-leads-the-way-with-webinar-on-cross-platform-mobile-application-development Arena Business Technology, Australia's leading provider of hardware, software and security for all business requirements recently announced that it will host a live, complimentary webinar titled, “Cross Platform Mobile Application Development”, on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will offer expert advice from host Steve Arena, Director of Arena Business Technology and The Continuity Group, Sam Ritchie, Mobile & Cloud Software Developer, Director of Codesplice, Organiser of Perth iOS Developers meetup group; and Scott Hollows, Delphi and Oracle Technologist, WA ADUG Manager, National Committee member for ADUG, and has been an advisor and developer for software used in EVA procedures in the space shuttle program as well as nuclear technologies. Five years ago, the Australian Smartphone App Developers industry barely existed. Since then, the industry is estimated to grow at an annualised 85.2% over the five years through 2013-14 to $391.9 million. This is mainly due to the increased use of smartphones in Australia and worldwide, raising the demand for app developers. Furthermore, consumers are more confident in shopping online, which has carried over to the purchase of smartphone apps.Many organisations have sought to take advantage of these trends by releasing branding tools, improving their overall product offerings or creating app marketplaces, which has boosted industry growth. Revenue is expected to increase 19.8% in 2013-14. An estimated 86% of 16+ Australian consumers in 2013 used their mobile phone for SMS/Texting (94%), email (55%), applications (59%), and web browsing (60%) and shopping (25%).Sam Ritchie will be discussing:- General industry trends and growth- Design trends- App Store process- Upcoming iOS8 release Scott Hollows will demonstrate some of the interesting capabilities of XE7 including:- Cross platform apps from a single code base- Database integration and data binding- Cloud service and storage- Monetisation with ads and in-app purchases- Tethering- Access device sensors- User interface features For more information and to register for the webinar, visit The event will also be recorded and available for event participants exclusively. About Arena Business Technology: Arena Business Technology Pty Limited has traded since 2003 with customers across government, education, business and not for profit. Dedicated to supporting Australian business in the acquisition and use of information technology Arena Business Technology has close business relationships with the major brands and their distributors. For more information, visit or call 02 4358 1700. Hardwood Flooring Supplier in Brisbane: “You Cannot Make Mistakes While Sanding.” 2014-09-12T01:50:22Z hardwood-flooring-supplier-in-brisbane-you-cannot-make-mistakes-while-sanding Brisbane, QLD, 12 September 2014 - The average hardwood floor is 19 millimetres thick. However, only 5 mm is available to be used as the surface of the floor. The other 14 millimetres consist of the tongue and groove configuration that provides structure and support for the floor. This means that, over the life of a timber floor, there are only 5 millimetres that can be removed for sanding, finishing and refinishing.Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber supplier that provides hardwood flooring in Brisbane, cautions his customers who prefer the DIY approach to be very careful when sanding and finishing a hardwood floor: “For a professional who has access to professional equipment, the 5 millimetre threshold never comes into play. But for an amateur who has to go to a hire shop for a floor sander, there is a lot less margin for error because a small mistake can have large consequences.”Mr Kyle recently provided two posts for readers of his blog. The first was an overview on how to sand and finish a floor and the second was about how to avoid the two most costly mistakes that amateurs tend to make when sanding a floor.Sanding a FloorThe steps to sanding a floor are simple but must be executed for a positive outcome. First, the room must be emptied of all furniture and possessions such as curtains and area rugs. Heating and cooling ducts, electrical outlets and light fixtures must be covered with duct tape and plastic to prevent saturation by grit and dust. The room must also be adequately ventilated. After every stage of sanding, dust and grit should be removed via a combination of sweeping and vacuuming. Sanding is done in three stages: rough, medium and fine. Rough and medium sanding are done in a diagonal direction and fine sanding is done in an up and down direction along the length of the boards. Sanding starts with 24 grit and 40 grit for rough sanding, 80 grit for medium sanding and ends from 100-120 grit for fine sanding.The Costly MistakesThere are two mistakes that can be costly when sanding a floor. The most common error is allowing the sanding belt of the floor sander to touch the floor while turning the machine on or off. The other mistake is concentrating on one area of the floor and creating a spot that is sanded too deep.According to Mr Kyle, “The machine should always be leaned on its rear wheels to remove the belt from contact with the floor when turning the machine on or off. And you should always run it all the way to the wall without stopping in the middle of the floor. That eliminates the two most costly mistakes amateurs make and gives you the best chance for professional results.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier that provides hardwood flooring in Brisbane. They are a third-generation family business that was established in 1972. They only carry the best timber and feature a strong commitment to providing great customer service. For more information, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Current releases for three Under The Sea Ball acts 2014-09-11T03:06:30Z current-releases-for-three-under-the-sea-ball-acts GAVIN CAMBPELL, TRENT McDERMOTT and SAM G WILL ROCK THEIR TUNES AT UNDER THE SEA BALL to aid Sea Shepherd Australia Saturday, September 20 at Melbourne Pavilion With Under The Sea Ball about to set sail on its maiden voyage, among the array of weird and wonderful entertainment in an under-the-sea fantasy environment, will be some of the best of Melbourne’s home grown DJs and hip hop acts, all coming together for a spectacular, queer friendly fundraiser event in aid of Sea Shepherd.  Three stand-outs have current releases making waves in clubs on their home turf and internationally. Diving in head first is Trent McDermott, whose tracks “Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness” and “For What It’s Worth” are two of his latest yet quite different combinations of trance and progressive house. Number 13 in Australia’s Sony InTheMix Top 50 DJ Poll, Trent’s compilations will keep the festivities going into the depths of the night with his equally as deep melodic house compilations. Melbourne-based DJ legend, Gavin Campbell will hit the decks at the Under The Sea Ball. The Poof Doof stalwart had a recent triumph with the Tasty Raid 20th Anniversary that saw thousands of clubbers flock together to pay tribute to the 1994 raid of the gay dance club, Tasty. Gavin’s track “The Saboteurs” featuringEvangeline has made a splash and is currently circulating the ARIA Club Charts. Fresh-faced hip hop artist Sammy G will be swimming in local waters at Under The Sea ball.  Sammy features on “Marathon”, the current track from Congo Tardis, which is making waves in Melbourne’s hip hop scene. A “song of this magnitude commands an equally overwhelming supply of remixes” that will keep Melbourne’s nightlife going all summer long.  Tickets from $60.00 are available through Eventbrite.  Early bird tickets have sold out.    VIP tickets are $85.00 and include a pre-party VIP soiree with canapés, exclusive entertainment and meet & greet opportunities with the heroic crews of the Bob Barker and Steve Irwin ships.   For ticketing and event details, go to Rochedale Morning Tea Provides Uplifting Experience for Seniors 2014-09-11T02:34:17Z rochedale-morning-tea-provides-uplifting-experience-for-seniors Australia, 11 September 2014 - Recently, the Tall Trees Care Community in Rochedale offered a morning tea and all day tour experience for prospective residents and interested family members. Co-founder Phil Usher was on hand to meet and answer questions. Attendees also had the opportunity to talk to staff members ranging from carers to administrative staff to maintenance personnel. They were given a full tour of the facilities, including dining rooms, a lounge, the community centre and the community grounds. During the later part of the event, they were given the opportunity to experience the apartments that are currently for sale. What are Tall Trees Care Communities?Tall Trees Care Communities are a group of five communities offering an alternative to traditional aged care and nursing homes in the Brisbane and Gold Coast markets. Mr Usher and his co-founders solicited the advice of their parents and asked them what they thought was most important to provide for the elderly.Most of the answers were centred around choices, dignity and independence. None of their parents wanted to feel like they were in an institution where they no longer had rights and were supervised all day, unable to have a free moment without a staff member breathing down their necks, telling them what to do.Mr Usher and his co-founders listened and made a promise that has become the company’s motto: “If it’s not good enough for our mums and dads, it’s just not good enough.” They decided to provide two features that are unique in the aged care industry: resident-owned apartments and consumer-directed care.Residents buy their apartments and have the same ownership rights of anyone who owns an apartment. They are allowed to have visitors whenever they want and are allowed to have pets. They have the option of purchasing meals cooked by a chef to eat in one of the dining rooms or in their own homes. They can also cook their own meals if they wish. Tall Trees aims to provide the “best of both worlds.” Residents retain their full independence and dignity but are around like-minded individuals in group settings as often as they wish to be. Residents are given plenty of chances to socialise during organised activities, but there are also plenty of opportunities to interact on the grounds and in the common facility. Why Tall Trees is So SuccessfulMr Usher is very happy with the way Tall Trees Care Communities have worked out and is excited for the future. According to Mr Usher, “When we started Tall Trees Care Communities, we wanted a place where our mums and dads could live out their lives with the care they deserved while retaining their independence and dignity. We never dreamed we would be able to help this many people. We are truly blessed.” Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to traditional aged care and nursing homes with five locations in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. 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