The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-09-26T06:32:04Z Petplan Best In Show! 2016-09-26T06:32:04Z petplan-best-in-show  The Prestigious Royal Melbourne Dog Show competition concluded on Saturday the 24th of September with the Best in Show Championship. Here, the dogs judged to the best from each of the 7 groups based on the individual breed standards and conformation competed against one another for the major prize. From over 3,700 entrants in the beginning, Supreme Champion Tullane Pomp N Ceremony the Irish Setter owned by Ms C Paine, was finally crowned Best in Show at the Royal Melbourne Show All Breeds Championship Show. Petplan Australia were proud sponsors of the Best in Show first prize, with directors Doug and Gwen Ford on hand on Saturday to award the winner with a $2,000 giant cheque, a custom made Petplan rosette, and a free yearly policy with Petplan.  “We are proud to be able to continue to support the pet industry in Australia and continue to promote positive pet welfare” said Gwen Ford, director of Petplan Australia. Petplan is the largest and most experiences pet insurance provider worldwide. Over the past decade, the company has become the leading pet insurance partner for Australian pet owners. Give Dad A Galactic Gift This Father’s Day From Stardome 2016-09-26T02:59:48Z give-dad-a-galactic-gift-this-father-s-day-from-stardome For anyone thinking of taking Dad somewhere special for Father’s Day, what about another planet? Kids can make Father’s Day out-of-this-world with a special trip to Stardome and Dads and Granddads can chill out and relax in the reclined seats (Dads love these) while watching a show about the stars about us.   There’s a great line up of shows playing in the 360-degree planetarium theatre: 1pm - Magic Sky Magic Sky brings the magic of the sky closer with fantastic images and delivers facts in a fun way, with songs and introductions to “night-time friends”. 2pm - Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Join two young adventurers for a breath-taking, up-close look at each of our Solar System’s planets with guidance from a wise astronomy book. 3pm - Starry Tales The characters of ancient Greek legends are brought to life in the elaborately detailed, richly coloured animation of this beautiful, poetic and philosophical show. 4pm - We are Astronomers ‘We are Astronomers’ reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. 6pm - Natural Selection Join the young Charles Darwin on a voyage of exploration, circumnavigating the World abroad the HMS Beagle. 7pm - Dream to Fly Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. 8pm - Spring Night Sky Join us at 8pm to learn about the planets, stars and constellations that are visible in the night sky this spring in this presenter-led show. 9.30pm - Seven Wonders and Stars of the Pharaohs double feature Stardome takes Dads and Granddads on a journey to the seven wonders of the ancient world and the marvels of the universe revealed by modern astronomy.   Sunday 4 September Bookings essential. Call 09 624 1246 to book a seat, and for more information please visit the website at http://www.stardome.org.nz .   Find a happier, healthier you at the Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival 2016-09-23T01:58:45Z find-a-happier-healthier-you-at-the-sydney-mind-body-spirit-festival Across four days, the MindBodySpirit Festival is set to enrich over 12,000 Sydney-siders looking for a healthier, happier life from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October.  The event, which is now free to attend, will bring together the very best of healthy foods and supplements, organics, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, spirituality and personal growth. The 2016 Seminar Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest speakers who will share their international and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual guidance, alternative health and nutrition. Special guest speakers include lifestyle coach Desiree Taylor, Ascension Activator and Shaman Raghida and spiritual leader Kasi Kaye Iliopoulos. Find empowering entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including celebrity spiritual medium Mitchell Coombes, Psychic of the year Debbie Malone, international musical performer Lou Van Stone and coffee cup reader Kiero Raphael.  For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies will also be tempted with the range of raw, vegan and nutritious demos at the popular Soul Kitchen from experts including fermentation expert Sharon Flynn from the The Fermentary and nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton. It’s a great day out filled with shopping, new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier, more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how. Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 72,000 visitors nationwide. The 2016 Festival will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Doors open 10am daily.  Tickets (valued at $20) are FREE by registering online at mbsfestival.com.au. - ENDS -  KEY FACTS: DATE: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 October 2016 VENUE: Exhibition Hall 3, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park TRADING HOURS: Thurs - Sat:10am – 7pm | Sun: 10am - 6pm TICKETS: Free tickets available at mbsfestival.com.au The new Gramovox Floating Record Player now available in Australia 2016-09-22T05:04:28Z experience-the-art-and-sound-of-vertical-vinyl-with-the-new-gramovox-floating-record-player See the sound and experience the art of vertical vinylGramovox Floating Record Player The official data is in. The popularity of vinyl in Australia is sky-rocketing. After two years of steady growth, vinyl sales in Australia now represent close to 15% of the music industry’s physical sales. Australian vinyl sales overall are up around 80% in 2016 and this isn’t an anomaly – it follows sales growth of 38% in 2015 and a staggering 127% in 2014. It’s a trend across much of the western world. Vinyl sales in the U.S. have increased for a tenth straight year, now selling more than 2.8 million units per year. The UK is close behind, with sales also growing for the eighth consecutive year, and over 2 million units sold annually. All this comes as no surprise to the owners of Gramovox, the Chicago-based firm behind the ground-breaking 2013 Bluetooth Gramophone, who set out on their next mission to reimagine the turntable. The result is this visually stunning Floating Record player which combines the beauty and nostalgia of yesterday’s turntable with modern sound technology and cool, contemporary design. Whether you are playing vintage vinyl or a freshly pressed new release from today’s hit makers, the sleek design of the Floating Record will spoil your ears while treating your eyes. Experience the design and fall in love with the Floating Record player here And the only place to get your hands on a Floating Record player is at Australia’s leading online vinyl store The Sound of Vinyl – the only authorised stockist in Australia. The Sound of Vinyl is Australia’s most comprehensive online offering of new release and limited edition vinyl spanning all genres of music, so it makes sense that they provide music loving fans with a player that’s not only worthy of their vinyl, its sound quality and design also fits in with their contemporary world. Gramovox Co-Founder and CEO Pavan Bapu explains: “We treat vinyl as the art form that it is. Watching the vinyl as it spins, which always looks so different from record to record, is all part of the experience. We wanted to create a visceral vinyl experience that showcased the record as both art and a medium to produce fantastic sound. And we’re proud that we spared no resources in ensuring the engineering was perfect, so it plays flawlessly in this vertical format. “We want our products to evoke nostalgia, to bloom in the design space, and allow you to rediscover the way you experience your music. The result is a high-performance turntable that plays your records vertically—producing the illusion that it’s floating.” The quality craftsmanship means each player is hand-assembled in Chicago, with electro-mechanical engineers hand-tuning each product before they leave their door. There’s also almost no setup required when it arrives, it’s simply taken out of the box and ready for you to play. And because it’s made by music-lovers, The Floating Record player is a high-performance turntable that comes complete with dynamic full-range stereo speakers. But of course, with built-in RCA line out ports, you can also choose to bypass the integrated speakers and use your own existing audio set up. Additionally, you can use your headphones through the built-in 3.5mm stereo jack. You can easily switch between formats too, catering for both 33 ⅓ or 45 RPMs by moving the silicon belt over the inner or outer groove of the middle gear, plus record clamps for both types of records are provided. Features: Easy to use, all-in-one system Walnut or Maple Veneer Wood Base Carbon-Fiber Tone-Arm Hi-Fi Phono Pre-amp International Voltage Compatible Built-in 2" full-range stereo speakers - Tymphany 2" neodymium speakers driven by a 15w per channel digital amplifier Belt-Drive System (catering for both 33 1/3 or 45 RPM) RCA Line Out Vibration Dampening Feet Pre-installed AT95E Cartridge Hand-assembled in Chicago, IL Rediscover the joy of a music experience that engages your senses. Touch, see and feel the soul of your favourite music as you immerse yourself in the rich, unique sound of vinyl, played like never before. About The Sound of Vinyl The Sound of Vinyl is Australia’s leading online vinyl store and the only authorised Australian stockist of Gramovox’s Floating Record turntable. About Gramovox Gramovox is a consumer electronics start-up that reimagines vintage audio design with modern technology. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Gramovox strives to build quality-manufactured goods with premium materials. *** For more information, interview opportunities with the founders of Gramovox Floating Record Player or Sound of Vinyl, or for review or styling loan opportunities, please contact The Comms Department: Yanna MoutzourisPH:  0410 678 918 E: Yanna@thecommsdepartment.com.au Brisbane Gala Ball a celebration for all abilities 2016-09-21T00:06:14Z brisbane-gala-ball-a-celebration-for-all-abilities The ball provides a unique opportunity for people with disability to dress up, engage with their local community and enjoy a night of great food, fun and company. This is an opportunity not often made available to people with disability. Avegates is Multicap's very own Social Experience Network empowering people with disability to live more vibrant and meaningful lives. Avegates has become well known across Queensland for making anything possible including team sports, holidays and even tandem skydiving. A two-course dinner, live music and photo-shoot opportunities await, before guests hit the dance floor! This includes guests using wheelchairs as the Gala Ball is an event where possibility, opportunity and equality are celebrated. Avegates coordinator Nick Martin said “At Avegates we’re all about giving people with disability unforgettable social experiences and building friendships. “The Gala Ball is when all our efforts really pay off and we see people with disability feeling included, dressing up and having a fantastic night out.” Brisbane Gala Ball event details: Saturday 8th October 2016 at 6pm Colmslie Hotel: Cnr Junction and Wynnum Roads, Morningside Dress – Formal Cost $65 per person Tickets will not be available on the night. Pre purchase tickets through Avegates. Contact Sharon Dekoke on 0428 768 346 or email sthsocialsupport@multicap.org.au to reserve your place. Find out more about Avegates by contacting Avegates Coordinator, Nick Martin at nickm@multicap.org.au or call 07 3340 9012.  About Multicap Multicap is a not-for-profit organisation supporting individuals with disability.  Operating for over 50 years, Multicap is one of the top disability service providers in Queensland offering individual and group day programs, supported employment, respite, social support and much more. Our passion is for every individual’s right to connect and realise the possibilities available to them and this drives us to always believe there is a way.  We create opportunity. We are champions of possibility. We inspire partnerships of support. Our door is always open.  Nominations Open for 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest 2016-09-20T01:30:37Z nominations-open-for-2017-queen-of-country-music-quest Nominations for the 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest have opened, with local businesses and community groups urged to get involved in the event that’s been supporting local women since 1984. Now in its 32nd year, the Queen of Country Music Quest empowers young women from the Tamworth region to develop important personal and professional skills like public speaking, networking and community service. This year, the Quest has been given an added boost with the announcement it will be run by the Tamworth branch of international female advocacy group Zonta, which empowers women through service and advocacy. Tamworth Zonta Club president Deb Maes said she was excited about taking the Quest forward. “The club is committed to expanding the Quest and are joining collaboratively with others in the community so the Quest can be an even more valuable experience for the entrants, sponsors, employers and the whole community,” Deb said. Nominations close September 30, and is open to women aged 18-35 years who must be nominated and sponsored by their employer, a local business or community organisation to get involved. All Quest nominees will receive professional development in October and November including workshops on etiquette, grooming, personal presentation, media training, confidence coaching and a six-week public speaking and leadership course from The Tamworth Communicators. In December, 15 Quest finalists will be named, then officially “sashed” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert on Friday 20 January. These finalists will act as advocates of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and also of Tamworth as a destination of choice in NSW. The major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- will be announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday 27th January 2017. The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2017 Gore Country Music Festival. Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2017, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions. Last year’s Quest Winner, Madeline Lang, encouraged local women keen on personal and professional development to seek nomination from their employer or community group. “The Quest is a unique experience and I would absolutely encourage anyone who is interested in personal development to get involved. It’s also a great chance to learn new skills, gain professional and personal confidence and make some good friends along the way,” Madeline said. Entrants must be available to attend all scheduled events throughout the Tamworth Country Music Festival and later events throughout 2017. Nomination forms can be found at the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth website located here. >ENDS< Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Sommeliers Australia Ball selling fast 2016-09-19T01:46:26Z sommeliers-australia-ball-selling-fast SOMMELIERS AUSTRALIA REVIVE THE SWINGING 60’S Sommeliers Australia’s ‘Night of Nights’ returns on Sunday September 25, to be held this year at Melbourne’s Rendezvous Hotel in Swinging 60’s style. Think Bond’s London, Bardot’s Paris, Hepburn’s Hollywood or Sinatra’s New York. Celebrate a night out, with Champagne, gin and canape’s on arrival as you sip your way in to a spectacular night of four courses of fine dining and a selection of premium wines. The Jackson Four will provide an opportunity to dance the night away, and 2016 Tasting Education Scholarship National Dux will be awarded after a live 'Somm-off' Dress to impress in 60’s chic, or you can arrive in style in black tie. Sommeliers Australia is the principal industry association for Australia’s wine loving community. Whether you work in the industry or are a wine enthusiast, Somms Aus membership is available to everyone. The Sommeliers Australia ‘Swinging 60’s’ Ball is a feature on the Australian wine calendar and is a night not to be missed. What:                      Sommeliers Australia Annual Ball Where:                   Rendezvous Hotel                                     328 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Vic When:                     Sunday September 25                                    6.00pm – late Cost:                      Tickets $155pp + booking fee                                     Group bookings available at discounted rates https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-ball-tickets-27086967850 For more information, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au|0409142365|039092846 The Sommeliers Ball is proudly supported by Riedel  NZ Music Festival Tour 2016-09-15T12:34:51Z nz-music-festival-tour Music festival culture website Festivalworlds.com goes into their second year of guerilla style, immersive journalism aimed at showcasing the best festivals in the world. After kickstarting in Canada and covering Canada and Australia for the first year and half they've decided to focus on the lush shores of New Zealand.  "There's undeniably a ton of great acts that come out of NZ, my favourite set year on year at my favourite festival Shambhala in Canada is consistently Truth, who hail from NZ but spend most of the year travelling around the world playing at festivals" said Derek Burchell Burger, founder of festivalworlds.com. "I met Aaron actually on tour in BC, he's the perfect observer to send down there, a true hippy at a heart, I reckon he's gonna love NZ culture". NZ has a unique sound, the perfect landscape and environmental concioussness to produce world class events and Aaron will be looking to experience the full spectrum.  For all media enquiries relating to this tour, please contact aaron@festivalworlds.com 1 Week Until 12 Comedians Try to Figure Out Who the Bloody Hell Australia Is! 2016-09-15T04:11:20Z 1-week-until-12-comedians-try-to-figure-out-who-the-bloody-hell-australia-is 15 September 2016 1 Week Until 12 Comedians Try to Figure Out Who the Bloody Hell Australia Is! There’s only one week to go until the Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Comedy Gala, hosted by award-winning comedian, Tom Ballard. Ballard will be joined by 11 of Australia’s most talented comedians including Tripod, Nelly Thomas and Shiralee Hood as the Gala encourages people to place our national identity, values and global citizenship under the microscope. “So our election was pretty much a draw, the Census was an #EpicFail and I'm still not Prime Minister: truly, these are confusing times to be an Australian,” said host, Tom Ballard. “In such an atmosphere, I'm very happy indeed to be hosting the Campaign for Australian Aid's inaugural Comedy Gala, Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We?”  Mr Ballard added: “I'll be bringing on a spectacular bill of funny friends who'll make us all laugh and remind us that we have been, occasionally still are, and definitely should aim to be a great country that helps out others when we can.  “We normal people are actually in charge of defining who we are as a nation, not the soulless suits in Canberra, so why not do it while laughing?” With less than 100 tickets left, and 700 excited Australians already attending, supporters need to get in quick to score their free laughs by going to comedygala.org and inviting their local MP. Prizes will be given away on the evening with Australians encouraged to drive the issue via social media using the #WhoAreWe hashtag.  “We’re using humour to shine a light on our common humanity and what unites us rather than what divides us. Comedy can help us explore Australia’s performance as a global citizen and on challenges that cross borders such as global inequality, climate change, refugees and Australian aid,” said Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.  -Ends- If you’d like to attend the Gala or arrange an interview or photo opportunity with the comedians or Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133 Event details: Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Comedy Gala Location: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne Time and date: 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm sharp start, Thursday 22 September Tickets: invite your local MP via comedygala.org to get a free laugh Event hashtag: #WhoAreWe Full talent list:  Tom Ballard (Host) Nelly Thomas Tripod Shiralee Hood Geraldine Hickey Umit Bali Laura Davis Osamah Sami Michael Chamberlin Busty Beatz Randy (the Puppet) Demi Lardner About Campaign for Australian Aid The Campaign for Australian Aid is a movement of people, organisations, communities and businesses who believe that our country can and should do more to help build a better, fairer future for all. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.  Celebration of the new era of Sydney Olympic FC and must see Legends Game 25 September! 2016-09-14T01:41:26Z celebration-of-the-new-era-of-sydney-olympic-fc-and-must-see-legends-game-25-september Sydney, Australia 14 September 2016. After a spate of bad weather postponed the original date, the Sydney Olympic FC’s End of Season function and Legends versus NSL All Stars game will be held on Sunday 25th September, 2pm kick off, Belmore Sports Ground.   “We’re so excited to be staging this significant event to celebrate the new era of Sydney Olympic FC, including our new brand” said Bill Papas, President, Sydney Olympic FC. “Unfortunately, bad weather meant we had to postpone the original event – but I’m pleased to say that now it will be even better and a fitting end to the season we’ve had” “The event will be filled with entertainment for the whole family” said Papas. With the Legends game, great food, fun atmosphere -  it’s certainly a date that no Sydney Olympic FC supporter, past or present, would want to miss”   Supporters will get to see past greats such as Marshall Soper, Gary Meier, Mark Kousas, Peter Katholos, Ken Wilson, Derek Laing, Danny Moulis, Jim Ziras, Terry Patalis, Abbas Saad, Robert Hooker, David Barett, Ztlako Nastevski, Jim Patikas, Pablo Cardozo, Scott Baillie, Angelo Petratos, Steve Chilas, Blago Milicevic, Vince Savoca, Peter Tsekenis, Eric Hristodolou, Joe Rizoto, Claudio Canosa , Nelio Borges, Dez Marton, Gus Cerro, just to name a few. And of course the legend Andreas Megale is looking to make a cameo appearance. Former national coaches Rale Rasic and Raul Blanco will be there on the bench calling the shots,. Con Diomis  ex NSL referee will be refereeing the game with fellow referees from the NSL days Andy Paschalidis will do the live commentary and interviews one of the best in the business. “We’d also like to thank Paul Kougias and our sponsor Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club for providing the kits for the day” said Papas. “This is a once in a lifetime event so I encourage all fans to come along, see our past greats and other football personalities and relive some great memories”. All roads for families, friend and supporters of Sydney Olympic Fc lead to Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday 25th September for a 2 pm kick off . The social event for the re-launch of Sydney Olympic will follow the game with many VIPs and special guests  -        ENDS - History Will Be Kind Strengthens Entertainment Portfolio 2016-09-12T23:28:25Z history-will-be-kind-strengthens-entertainment-portfolio Award winning integrated communications agency, History Will Be Kind (HWBK), is continuing its stellar year with the addition of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to its growing client roster for a one off integrated project to support one of the studio’s key Home Entertainment releases. Following a competitive pitch, HWBK will partner with Fox Home Entertainment’s PR agency Frank PR to deliver an integrated strategy designed to support the digital and Blu-ray/DVD launch of X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest instalment in the successful X-Men franchise. Campaign activity will cover a range of initiatives across social media, content, activation and communications amplification. Kristen McGrath, Associate Director of Publicity and Promotions at Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment, said: “The HWBK team not only have expertise in both traditional and digital media activations, but have proven themselves to be innovative and strategic thinkers. With their unique creative approach the highly anticipated release of X-Men: Apocalypse on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital is sure to be a compelling campaign.” Emma-Jane (EJ) Granleese, Managing Partner of HWBK, said the team is thrilled to be collaborating with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Our exciting new partnership is a clear testament to our team’s strengths and unique offering. HWBK is dedicated to creating, planning and executing high impact, content driven communications programmes and our channel agnostic approach means we can quickly and easily adapt to the evolving media landscape. This is a fantastic opportunity and we are delighted to be working with such a high calibre client who shares both our values and our commitment to creating great work.” The win is the latest in a line of new business partnerships, including Steptember (Cerebral Palsy Alliance), Brown Forman and Merlin Entertainments Groups’ SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.                                                                                       The HWBK hybrid offering of social media, traditional and digital communications is supported by in-house production, design and digital build capabilities. The company is proudly part of the Deepend Group, an independent, digital communications and innovation consultancy group which includes leading specialist agencies Deepend (Digital), How To Impact (Innovation), Nomad (Mobile) and History Will Be Kind (PR/Social Media).    ENDS   For further information or images please contact: Cara Heasmen Account Executive T: (02) 8046 4848 Cara.heasmen@historywillbekind.com.au   About Deepend Group: The Deepend Group is an independent, digital communications and innovation consultancy group. Our specialist companies are a new breed of business innovators, fluent in the ever‐changing digital and technology landscape. They analyse, create and measure successful outcomes that transform businesses. Our business portfolio includes: History Will Be Kind www.historywillbekind.com.au A new breed of communications agency, operating at the crossroads of public relations, social media & digital communications. We create stories that people want to share and conversations that you want to be part of, that tap into trends and drive opinion. Deepend www.deepend.com.au One of the most established digital marketing & communications agencies in Australia with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. We help businesses succeed with great engineered ideas and innovations, which have people at their heart. Nomad www.nomadagency.com.au Work with clients & agency partners to create products and solutions for personal devices. This includes apps, mobile websites, tablet development and Smart TV solutions. We do this through a process of exploration, design, development and marketing activity. How To Impact www.howtoimpact.com  A dedicated innovation agency, operating since 2008 in Australia. Our aim is to raise the bar on the effectiveness of innovation in Australia, by coming up with ideas that stick. We believe that the right process, structure & behaviours can unlock growth and a greater return on innovation investment. Veterans Film Festival shines the light on LGBT veterans’ experiences 2016-09-12T22:07:02Z veterans-film-festival-shines-the-light-on-lgbt-veterans-experiences The Veterans Film Festival is excited to announce the Australian premiere of The Camouflage Closet, (USA, 45mins) a documentary film about trauma and recovery among nine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) veterans. The film was created as a community-based, participatory art project with the goal of increasing awareness among medical providers, veterans, and LGBT communities regard­ing their unique experiences of serving under LGBT-related military policies. “The festival aims is to spotlight fascinating stories and up-and-coming talent from around the world” said Festival Director, Tom Papas, “The Camouflage Closet is an insightful documentary” Made by director Michael Nedelman and producer Heliana Ramirez, the film unfolds in nine vignettes. This project incorporates the firsthand perspectives of LGBT veterans, who were provided with cameras, tools, and training to create video narratives. The collaboration of Stanford School of Medicine and VA Health Care System, which produced this captivating documentary, also produced LGBT Veterans Educational Resource material. The Camouflage Closet aims to raise awareness among the medical, LGBT and veteran communities, foster discussion about future opportunities for research, growth and advocacy in addressing LGBT veteran's health issues. The Camouflage Closet has screened at a variety of venues including the Na­tional Queer Arts Festival, the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stanford University, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). Audience feedback at these screenings has suggested that prior to seeing this film, viewers felt they had lim­ited knowledge about LGBT veterans. “It is our hope that this ground breaking expose will support a deeper understanding of the needs and strengths of LGBT veterans”, said Papas. Screening: The Camouflage Closet - Friday, 14 October 2016 at 6:30pm Venue: BAE Systems Theatre, Australian War Memorial, Canberra Tickets available on line: www.veteransfilmfestival.com For Images…. http://bit.ly/2cSVxxW Media Contact: Tom Papas, Festival Director - Mob: 0407 295 520  About Veterans Film Festival The Veterans Film Festival (VFF) presents an annual program that showcases the human experiences of our serving and ex serving military personnel and their families. We also include stories about the influences, impact and complex situations before, during and after war. The ‘Red Poppy Awards’ represent the high point of our festival program, with awards going to the Best Australian Feature Film, Best International Feature Film, Best Australian Short Film, Best International Short Film. The VFF is curated by a not for profit creative enterprise that engages, entertains and educates audiences by showcasing films made by creatives of all ages, cultures and abilities around the world.       11 SECOND TEASER OF MICHAEL HUTCHENCE UNRELEASED MUSIC HAS BEEN RELEASED ! 2016-09-11T01:50:27Z 11-second-teaser-of-michael-hutchence-unreleased-music-has-been-released 11 SECOND TEASER OF MICHAEL HUTCHENCE UNRELEASED MUSIC HAS BEEN RELEASED !   Sydney entrepreneur Ron Creevey, who runs Kings Cross studio and venue The X Studio and Helipad Records, has been working with LA-based record producer Danny Saber to release the unreleased music of Michael Hutchence under Helipad Records, as well as a documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Hutchence.   Creevey is exciting Michael Hutchence fans by unexpectedly dropping an  11-second teaser for the stunning unreleased song ‘Kik It’ – on his Facebook page. “I would say ‘Kik It’ is one of the best songs I have heard in a very long time. Michael’s fans are hearing all sorts of stories in the media so today we are going to give them that 11-second sample. This will give fans a teaser to what is coming.” Says Studio X founder, Ron Creevey.     LISTEN HERE: https://www.facebook.com/bonditimes   ‘Kik It’ will be featured in full when the final recordings of Michael Hutchence are released throughout 2017, leading up to the 20th anniversary in November 2017. In addition a TV documentary is close to being finished and will be released globally in the first quarter of 2017 featuring a host of Michael’s never before seen personal possessions and documents relating to his life, including the last roll of film shot by Michael, several valuable guitars and a piano that has been in storage for over 20 years.   Michael Hutchence spent  some of  the final weeks of his life in Los Angeles with Danny Saber, writing and performing for his last time at the Viper room. There are 15 songs to be released.   TO INTERVIEW RON CREEVEY PLEASE EMAIL MAX: max@marksonsparks.com OR CALL MAX: 0412501601       WHAT DO KATY PERRY, DONALD TRUMP, RICHARD BRANSON, LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND AUSTRALIA’s LAURA LYDALL ALL HAVE IN COMMON? 2016-09-11T01:44:43Z what-do-katy-perry-donald-trump-richard-branson-leonardo-dicaprio-and-australia-s-laura-lydall-all-have-in-common WHAT DO TOM HANKS, KATY PERRY, DONALD TRUMP, RICHARD BRANSON, LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND AUSTRALIA’s LAURA LYDALL ALL HAVE IN COMMON? Australia’s international cover girl and TV personality Laura Lydall has won a worldwide beauty contest to be crowned Miss Jetset 2016 by the international luxury lifestyle publication Jetset Magazine.  Laura has won $100,000 US along with the title of Miss Jetset 2016, as well as a cover shoot for the October issue of Jetset Magazine – joining many A-List celebrities including Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Donald Trump, Richard Branson and Leonardo DiCaprio who have previously appeared on the cover. Jetset Magazine will host a private party this Saturday the 10th of September to celebrate the crowning of Laura Lydall and to present a cheque for over $200,000 to the B+ Foundation to help fight paediatric cancer. Laura Lydall just filmed another Ultratune commercial last week, starring alongside international superstar Jean Claude Van Damme! Ultratune Ambassador and model Laura Lydall has won the crown for Miss Jetset 2016 by international publication Jetset Magazine, beating over 10,000 worldwide applicants for the title. She will be flown by private jet to receive her crown. “It is an incredible honour to receive this title, it is an amazing achievement as I was competing alongside over 10,000 talented women from all around the world! I am very excited to be crowned this weekend!” Says Laura Lydall, Miss Jetset 2016. Jetset Magazine will host a private party this Saturday the 10th of September in the US for 500 prominent VIP guests to celebrate the crowning of Laura Lydall and present a cheque for over $200,000 to the B+ Foundation to help fight paediatric cancer. The celebratory event will feature live music, gaming, and be attended by numerous local athletes, business luminaries, and celebrities – with Laura arriving by private jet at 9pm PDT. TO INTERVIEW LAURA LYDALL email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601 About Laura Lydall Laura went to school in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula and started modeling at 17, she gave it up to work at the Commonwealth Bank as a home loan lender but relaunched her modeling career three years ago. A passionate advocate for ending domestic violence Laura is a supporter of White Ribbon. She is an Ultratune Brand Ambassador, and is well known in Australia as one of Ultratune’s controversial “rubber girls”. Laura has appeared on the cover of over 10 magazines in the past 15 months including this months Maxim Dubai, and she is about to appear on the front of Maxim South Africa and Maxim Nigeria – the shoot for which was photographed in Nicholas Cage’s Las Vegas Mansion. About Jetset Jetset is one of the world's preeminent luxury lifestyle publications. Founded in 2008 and located in Scottsdale, AZ. Today Jetset reaches over 200,000 private jet travellers each quarter, and has the most affluent readership of any publication. The average Jetset reader has an annual income of approximately $5 million. Jetset has a massive following on social media, and such business luminaries as Daymond John (Shark Tank) and Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) write for the magazine. TO INTERVIEW LAURA LYDALL email max@marksonsparks.com OR CALL MAX 0412501601   RICHARD BRANSON KOALA CONSERVANCY AT MAKEPEACE ISLAND 2016-09-09T05:52:47Z richard-branson-koala-conservancy-at-makepeace-island Makepeace Island is throwing open its doors to host a ‘Save the Koala’ fundraising luncheon on 30th September 2016 as part of its critical effort to help save the Noosa region’s koalas from extinction.  Friday 30th September is recognised nationally as ‘Save the Koala Day’.  This fundraising initiative follows the recent establishment of the Richard Branson Koala Conservancy and a commitment by Makepeace Island owners, Sir Richard Branson and Brett Godfrey, to fund koala research. The 5-year grants program will focus on mitigating koala mortality, with an emphasis on koala health, as well as investigating areas within the Noosa region, for its suitability as long-term koala refugia.  One hundred percent of proceeds from the luncheon will be directed to this important work and will add to monies already committed by the owners. Makepeace Island will serve as a base for scientific koala research projects given its proximity to koala habitat along the Noosa River catchment. Koala experts Professor Peter Timms, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FASM – Professor of Microbiology, University of the Sunshine Coast and Dr Jon Hanger, BVSc BVBiol PhD MACVSc, Managing Director, Endeavour Veterinary Ecology Pty Ltd will lead the program. Richard Branson said, “Animal conservation is one of my greatest passions. I wholeheartedly believe that protecting endangered species is one of the most important things any of us can do.” Richard continued, “We felt compelled to act given the dire state of koalas in the region and with this in mind, we have offered my family’s Australian home, Makepeace Island, as a central site for koala research.” Brett Godfrey added, "We believe we all have a responsibility to help to protect the koala. More work is required to clearly understand why numbers have declined to crisis levels in the Noosa region.  By working with koala experts and other stakeholders over the longer term, we are committed to support reversing the downward trend.”  The Conservancy will establish an advisory board led by Dr. Hanger and Professor Timms. The board will be a collegial forum for encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach to local koala efforts and will work collaboratively with government, as well as scientific and community groups. Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said, “Like Sir Richard and Brett, the Queensland Government takes the protection of the State’s iconic and much loved koalas very seriously. The Sunshine Coast is an area where we’d really welcome a koala refuge. Not only are we offering our support, but we have been approached to make available the government’s scientific expertise and information regarding koalas, which we will gladly do.” ‘Save the Koala’ fundraising luncheon tickets are $250 each and bookings are available online at www.makepeaceisland.com.  Event patrons will experience an exclusive island tour, indulge in seafood stations and wines and be entertained by XFactor stars ‘Soulcutz’. Island co-owner Brett Godfrey, Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles and koala experts Professor Peter Timms and Dr Jon Hanger will address the luncheon. Ticket holders will receive a special invitation to return to the island for an update on the program. ABOUT MAKEPEACE ISLAND Makepeace Island is owned by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia co-founder Brett Godfrey. Nestled amidst the Australian wilderness near Noosa, Queensland, the 25-acre heart shaped island luxuriously accommodates up to 20 guests. Featuring stunning open plan entertaining areas, exquisite gardens, carved volcanic boulder bathtubs and waterfall entry foyers, a stay at Makepeace Island is a unique barefoot luxury experience completely tailored to your needs and desires.