The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-20T23:15:58Z Granny Flats - No longer just for grannies 2014-10-20T23:15:58Z granny-flats-no-longer-just-for-grannies-1 From a humble shack for grandma to spend her last years to a micro home that accommodates singles, couples and families, the granny flat has come a long way and council papers show the trend. Recent development applications on council websites show an increase in the amount of people opting to construct granny flats at their homes. For some, it remains an extra room for extended family members to accommodate. However as rental prices surge, so do investment opportunities and the granny flat has become a way for residents to guarantee a fixed weekly income. Barjinder Pal from LJ Hooker Seven hills said granny flats are in high demand. “We have leased three granny flats in the last week and they go for around $360-$380 per week,” Mr Pal said. In 2009, the state government introduced the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy which allows granny flats, that meet regulations, to be approved faster and in turn house more local families. Although the regulation ensures a quick approval, the certification process can take months before the actual structure is even built and then it’s a matter of forking out over $100,000 for the flat to be constructed. Nevertheless landlords still see the benefits. “One common question when we sell a home is, will we be able to build a granny flat in the backyard?” Mr Pal said. “People want to live in a granny flat because they are brand new.” Granny flats can be constructed in accordance with the owner’s requirements.  Ranging from an ordinary cladded room to an ultra modern three bedroom brick mini home. George Elias from Inhouse Granny Flats in Castle hill said he has seen sales surge over the last few years.“Sales are very strong, we went from signingaround 10 contracts a year to the sameamount each month,” Mr Elias said. NEWS: Karidis chooses Jobpac to drive performance and growth 2014-10-20T20:30:00Z news-karidis-chooses-jobpac-to-drive-performance-and-growth Sydney, Australia, October 21, 2014 - Jobpac International Systems (Jobpac), the leader in construction software solutions for the Australian construction and civil engineering sector, announced today that Karidis Corporation has chosen Jobpac construction software to achieve its strategic vision of delivering project performance and efficiency. Karidis Corporation is one of the largest property development companies in South Australia, involved in all facets of residential and commercial development, including retirement villages and car parks. With the company’s growth in Retirement Villages and Serviced Apartments, it required a software solution that would support its need for increased performance reporting, document control and cost management. Previously operating on a combination system that consisted of multiple different software systems to manage its accounting, projects, estimating and business intelligence. “Karidis has recently expanded its attention to more commercial work, particularly retirement villages, and multi-level serviced apartment complexes so we wanted a solution that provided us with the type of performance reporting, forecasting and cost management this type of work demands,” said Peter Karidis, Executive. “Jobpac was our preferred choice as it met our strict guidelines for document control and business intelligence. It offered a user-friendly, structured solution that will grow as we grow, and it is supported by an experienced team with comprehensive industry knowledge, and a loyal customer base.” Ian Desbrow, Chief Executive Officer of Jobpac says, “Jobpac is sincere in its commitment to the construction industry and the success of our customers, always striving to improve and customise our solution to the client’s needs.” “We’re excited to support Karidis in its current expansion with our attentive client service, strong and flexible platform to support multiple business areas and our best-in-class construction management solution.” Jobpac specialises in providing integrated market-leading construction management software tailored to the Australian construction industry. Its modular design ensures the flexibility and scalability needed as a company's business grows. For more information, visit   -- ENDS -- About Jobpac Jobpac International Systems Pty Ltd (JIS) develops, services and supports integrated accounting and project management software for the construction industry to give customers better control and visibility of project costs and profitability. Jobpac construction management software is feature-rich and based on deep industry knowledge. Suited to all types of construction companies – medium to large – from civil to commercial and industrial, subcontract to maintenance works, the Jobpac web-based platform is easy to install and use. JIS is the region’s leading construction software solution. In 2013 Jobpac was used to help manage and control more than AU$86 billion of works.About Karidis Corporation The Karidis Corporation Ltd is one of the largest and most dynamic property development companies in South Australia, building a reputation for its visionary economic planning with its team of highly skilled and competent staff—all committed to the success of the company and its projects and drawing on a wealth of 50 years’ experience in all facets of property development. The Corporation’s core business has always been in developing carefully selected landmark sites and converting them into spectacular office buildings, retail shopping complexes, hotels and towers, car parking stations, retirement villages or residential developments. Shuba Paheerathan Progressiva M: 0438 606 424 E:   A new look Rydges with Free WI-FI? WI not! 2014-10-20T04:07:48Z a-new-look-rydges-with-free-wi-fi-wi-not Australasian hospitality and entertainment heavyweight Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) has cemented its reputation as an industry leader in the hotel guest experience with a refreshed look, feel and service offering through Rydges.  Known for being the hotel operators that consistently seek ways to add more for less, the current revitalisation of their high value Rydges brand concept heralds the introduction of a wide range of additions to the mass-market accommodation offering. The brief for the Rydges revitalisation was to offer genuine service, unique offerings, world-class facilities and top-shelf amenities all at surprisingly affordable prices.  The result is a multi-faceted overhaul of the guest experience, which is expected to strike a chord with the brand’s predominantly leisure and corporate guests. Guests to the new look Rydges properties will enjoy: -   Free WI-FI for all guests - whether visiting overnight or just for a coffee. -   A new ‘Rise Breakfast’ concept, which takes a nod from nutritionist recommendations around a healthful breakfast being the most important meal of the day.  While still buffet-style in nature, the Rise Breakfast includes freshly-squeezed juice shots, made to order smoothies & juice blends, super healthy cereals and fresh fruit as well as a great range of hot options including eggs cooked to individual preference. -   In trademark AHL style, even the mini-bar has undergone a quirky designer overhaul with Rydges branded sweets, nibbles & potato crisps plus fun games & add-ons add to the offering. -   An expanded wine list showcasing a broader range of Australian and international varietals will cater to more discerning taste buds. -   Stylish new uniforms with a relaxed yet ultimately professional vibe. -   A refreshed Rydges website that includes a blog with location specific information.  This enables guests to keep their finger on not only the Rydges pulse, but also what’s on in the local area that might be of interest. David Seargeant, Group Managing Director of AHL said, ‘The Rydges brand served our iconic Australasian hotel chain well for many years, but as we embarked on a project to expand the hotel offering, we felt the brand needed refreshing also to suitably reflect the significantly improved guest experience.’ Underpinning the expanded offering is a refreshed new brand, modern and inspired logo, colour palette and website. The upgraded website sees a refreshed design with a booking engine including very handy flexible-date search feature which allows the guest to search for the lowest room prices of the month and plan their trip around the most competitive rates. Revitalised website content has also been introduced and leaves no questions unanswered when it comes to finding out everything you need to know about each property without having to pick up the phone. No strangers to taking the lead with their hotel brands, AHL who also operate the multi-award winning hip QT Hotels & Resorts and new urban, industrial and art-inspired Atura Hotels guests to their properties complimentary WI-FI. “AHL is committed to staying in touch with its guests and offering them an overall hotel experience which is world-class whether it is at a Rydges, QT or an Atura property,” said David Seargeant added. “Through offering a complete hotel experience with Free WI-FI, our guest can be assured of a stay which is genuine value.” Become a Priority Guest Rewards member, and to start receiving these and other benefits today at all AHL hotels and resorts - - ENDS - About Rydges Hotels & Resorts: Rydges Hotels & Resorts operates quality city, suburban and resort style hotels in key destinations across Australia and New Zealand, and London in the United Kingdom. The group accommodates over one million guests each year across a range of market segments including corporate, conference, government, leisure, inbound and domestic groups and international travellers. Delivering exceptional service is a priority for the Rydges group with a genuine passion to accommodate guests and exceed their expectations. Rydges Hotels & Resorts participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK.  About QT Hotels & Resorts: QT Gold Coast, QT Port Douglas, QT Falls Creek and QT Sydney each adopt a unique personality and positioning. Their design, features and facilities is a reflection of each town or city, ensuring integrated, locally-focused service and ambience. QT Hotels and Resorts deliver an eclectic design experience teamed with bold entertainment offerings and unsurpassable service for corporate and leisure travellers. About Atura Hotels: Urban. Industrial. Art Inspired. Atura Hotels are where modern business and leisure travelers escape the predictable to embrace a new style of travel. This fresh take on the mid-market travel experience fuses dynamic spaces, hip styling and the latest technology at surprisingly affordable prices ensuring guests feel connected and energised.  Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits each time you stay.  Engagement with surrounding communities and active support of the local music & art scene are fundamental to the Atura brand philosophy. Over the next few years, Atura Hotels will be launched across Australia in select CBD locations, business park precincts and regional hub.  The first to open was Atura Blacktown in October 2013 and in July 2014 the property won Mid-Range Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence.  Atura Dandenong is scheduled to open in September 2014 and Atura Albury will open in late December 2014. Atura Hotels participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. Workers, businesses and economy to benefit from NSW Government workplace health initiative 2014-10-20T03:29:58Z workers-businesses-and-economy-to-benefit-from-nsw-government-workplace-health-initiative Industry and business leaders gathered in Sydney last week for a special briefing on Get Healthy at Work, a free NSW Government service offering businesses all the tools, resources and support they need to address lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic disease in the workplace.  Hosted by WorkCover NSW in partnership with NSW Health, the business community heard how the innovative new service would improve the health of workers, enhance the competitiveness of NSW businesses and deliver long-term benefits to the State’s economy.  In his opening address, Safety, Return to Work and Support CEO, Vivek Bhatia said the NSW Government had put healthy workplaces on the agenda of every small, medium and large business in the State.  Building upon much of the work both WorkCover NSW and NSW Health do in the community, Mr Bhatia said the new workplace health service helps deliver on a number of NSW Government commitments. “NSW is committed to reducing the burden of chronic disease and reducing smoking rates, overweight and obesity rates and total risk drinking. In doing so, it is hoped these changes will drive economic growth and increase the competitiveness of doing business in NSW,” he said.  “Get Healthy at Work is a $12 million investment by the NSW Government that is geared towards achieving these important goals.” Get Healthy at Work will improve the health of working adults by making it easy for businesses to develop and implement a customised workplace health program that focusses on healthy eating, healthy weight, physical activity, active travel, smoking and harmful alcohol consumption.  An important component of the program is a free, confidential and voluntary health check available for workers at participating businesses. Completed either online or with a trained health professional at the workplace, the health check helps individual workers understand their risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes and offers lifestyle advice and referrals as required.  WorkCover NSW General Manager, Peter Dunphy said four industries - transport, construction, manufacturing, and primary production - had been identified as a priority for the new service, and encouraged all businesses to participate. “These four industries were highlighted as their workers are most at risk of chronic disease, the main cause of death and disability in Australia. But we want all businesses – regardless of size or industry – to benefit from this significant investment in preventive health,” Mr Dunphy said.  “Get Healthy at Work represents a significant opportunity for NSW workplaces to enhance their health, safety and performance. All they have to do is register at” Sixteen companies including TNT Australia, Woolworths, James Hardie, Nestle, and Australian Financial Services participated in a pilot of the program ahead of its official launch in July 2014. Speaking at the event, TNT Australia outlined a number of changes the company had made at its Enfield worksite as a result of Get Healthy at Work. These changes included: •Overhauling its canteen menu boards to offer healthier options •Placement of ‘traffic light’ stickers in each truck to remind drivers of healthy eating choices •Partnerships with local associations, gyms and health insurers to offer better deals for employees •Creation of a smoke-free environment “Feedback from staff indicates they are healthier, they tend to be happier and more are making informed food and lifestyle choices,” TNT General Manager – Workplace Risk Chris Zichy-Woinarski said. Employee engagement was another benefit the business attributed to the enhanced focus on health.  “The minute you start to take a sincere interest in your people, in turn they take a more sincere interest and investment in the company,” Mr Zichy-Woinarski said. Workplace health programs can deliver additional business benefits including improved morale, productivity, staff attraction and retention and corporate image. Businesses could also expect to see reductions in absenteeism as well as workplace injuries and claims. Businesses can learn more about the service and register to participate at  Media enquiries: WorkCover NSW Media Unit: 02 4321 5474 or 0413 186 799 test 2014-10-20T02:34:46Z test-72 test Green Planet Grass Provides Another Solution for a Local Hospital 2014-10-20T02:32:43Z green-planet-grass-provides-another-solution-for-a-local-hospital Perth, WA, 20 October 2014 - Recently, Green Planet Grass completed another artificial grass installation at a major Perth hospital. Green Planet Grass has completed many high-profile artificial grass installations in the last few years and has developed a reputation for solving problems and providing positive outcomes.The Problems Presented by Natural GrassHospitals in the Perth area face a similar set of obstacles when they have natural grass on their grounds. The climate in Perth isn’t friendly to grass in high traffic areas. In addition, Perth and its suburbs are on watering restrictions during the hot, dry summers. This creates a situation where grass doesn’t have enough water to grow. Conversely, in winter, foot traffic when the ground is wet kills the grass. Between the seasons, natural grass doesn’t have much of a chance.How Green Planet Grass Solves Those ProblemsArtificial grass provides a perfect solution for hospitals, sport teams and homeowners who find it hard to grow natural grass lawns. Once an artificial grass lawn is installed, it can last as long as twenty to twenty-five years. Every day, regardless of the Perth weather or foot traffic, Green Planet Grass provides a lush, green surface that never suffers from degradation. In addition, maintenance costs are lowered because the only maintenance required for a Green Planet Grass lawn is to pick up debris and hose down any spots where organic materials have stuck to the grass. This means Green Planet Grass doesn’t need mowing, watering, weeding or re-seeding. No expensive mowers or tractors are needed. No petrol, herbicides or pesticides are needed. This saves money on equipment, chemicals, water and labour. For schools and hospitals, this can represent substantial savings. Green Planet Grass had already completed previous installations of artificial grass for the Joondalup Health Campus and St John of God facility in Subiaco and had developed a great reputation within the Perth health industry for their high quality and great customer service. They find themselves being contacted a lot for high profile hospital, school, industrial and sport applications by people who know of one of their previous installations.Justin Everley is the director of Green Planet Grass. He is proud that his company has obtained such a hard-earned reputation in Perth:“We always strove to design, create and install the best artificial grass we are capable of. We committed long ago to environmental responsibility, too. We do the best we can to use as low a carbon footprint as possible”.Mr Everley continued, “The end result has been that, after more than 4,000 installations of Green Planet Grass, we have developed a reputation for quality and integrity. Companies and homeowners hire us now because they heard about us from a friend or colleague. We feel fortunate to have such great word of mouth advertising. At the same time, though, we’ve worked hard for it.”Green Planet Grass is an environmentally responsible artificial grass manufacturer in Perth. With manufacturing facilities located in WA, they provide synthetic grass for numerous uses, including hospital, industrial, sport and residential applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: Join us for an 'Outstanding' celebration of NSW #TopWines 2014-10-20T01:21:27Z join-us-for-an-outstanding-celebration-of-nsw-topwines    Media release 20 October 2014       Join us for an ‘Outstanding’ celebration of NSW #TopWines   All 148 award-winning wines for the NSW Wine Awards have been named, now it’s time to celebrate at ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ on Thursday 30 October. Lovers of wine will delight in this unique opportunity to taste the State’s #topwines in the second year of the much anticipated large format consumer tasting event in the heart of Sydney.   The NSW Wine Awards, which have been running since 1996, culminates in a trophy presentation recognising NSW Top Wines, taking place over lunch at Simmer on the Bay on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Friday 31 October 2014.   NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant said, “The NSW Wine Awards showcase the diversity and quality of NSW wines, while also giving consumers an opportunity to meet producers and discover what makes NSW wine regions such wonderful travel destinations.”   “The NSW Government is proud to support the 2014 NSW Wine Awards, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, in recognition of the importance of food and wine experiences in attracting overnight visitors to the State,” Mr Grant said.   Held at Pier 2, Walsh Bay, “Outstanding on the Pier” gives consumers the ultimate tasting experience. Not only can attendees exclusively taste NSW’s 148 #topwines, “Outstanding on the Pier” showcases an excellent selection of NSW seasonal fare from producers including Pepe Saya, Olsson’s, Alto Olives, Brasserie Bread, The Loch, Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Poachers Pantry and Dessertmakers. In addition, attendees can keep their Riedel tasting glass (valued at $20).   Consumers can vote for their favourite of the #topwines for a chance to win an outstanding prize! One lucky guest will win a #topwines package including a fabulous selection of this year’s Top NSW wines and a Riedel glassware package – all valued at over $1500!   The highly sought after tickets are now $50 and give wine lovers access to several hours tasting the 148 Gold, Silver and trophy winning wines and experiencing some of NSW’s best regional produce.     ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ is open to the public from 5.00pm – 9.00pm on Thursday 30 October, and members of the media and trade are also welcome between 2.30pm and 4.00pm at which time the NSW Wine List of the Year will be awarded. The NSW Wine Awards presentation lunch at Simmer on the Bay will kick off from 12.00pm, for 12:30pm on Friday 31 October.     Ticketing information   Tickets to ‘Outstanding on the Pier’ Top Wine Tasting are available now at   Tickets to the trade and media events comprising the NSW Wine List of the Year presentation are limited to trade and media only. Please contact for further information.   Limited tickets to the NSW Wine Awards Presentation Lunch at Simmer on the Bay will be available from 5 October 2014.     ENDS     For media enquiries, photos or further information please contact Kylie White, White Ink  Ph: 0401 408 080   For further information regarding these events please contact Cristy O’Sullivan, NSW Wine Ph: 0409 535 120   Grand Opening of Park Lane Jewellery Western Australia 2014-10-18T00:36:45Z grand-opening-of-park-lane-jewellery-western-australia Schaumburg, IL USA- October 16, 2014 – Pioneer in the direct sales industry for 59 years, Park Lane Jewellery, has officially launched the newest franchise in Western Australia beginning October 16th, 2014.  With Western Australia experiencing its first dip in the full employment rate in years, Park Lane will be committed to offering all of Australia the opportunity to own a home-based enterprise backed by a well-established, debt-free company.    Shirley & Russell McKinnon will be among the first Park Lane Jewellery (Subsidiary of Park Lane Jewellery US) Franchise Owners/Operators of Australia, operating in Perth, Australia. Shirley & Russell have a long history of success within direct sales and business. Shirley has been recognised nationally and worldwide as a top direct sales leader and success coach, building and mentoring multi-million dollar businesses with more than a dozen Worldwide Direct companies. Shirley is also a best-selling International author, including her direct-selling book Running My Own Show. Russell is an International sports media professional and entrepenuer, and a member of the world aquatic body FINA as a member its Media Committee since 1998. He is also an International Swimming Hall of Fame selection committee leader and has worked for the International Olympic Committee. Russell has traveled the world for major sporting events from five Olympics to numerous World Cups and World Championships, and is excited to be grounded and working with his wife and business partner.   “We very are excited to have Shirley & Russell as franchise owners in Western Australia,” said Park Lane’s Vice President of International Field Sales Tom Judson. “Taking all that the World’s leader in Direct Sales jewellery offers, and partnering it with such exceptional leaders creates the most amazing opportunity in Australia, and now in Perth and all of WA.”   Park Lane Jewellery, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA is a second-generation family-owned-and-operated company.  Park Lane was founded in Chicago, in 1955, by Shirley and Arthur LeVin.  Through their efforts, the company is today recognised as the leading fashion jewellery direct sales company, known especially for its generous representative, hostess, and customer programmes which include guaranteed products, no-product buy-in at startup, and high-quality fashion jewellery.   Park Lane offers the perfect solution to mothers who wish to spend time with their children yet want the opportunity to generate income for their families.  It also can be a great part-time endeavor for anyone wishing to supplement income, start their own business, or create financial independence.  If you are looking to create your own work schedule, earn trips, jewellery and prizes, then explore the opportunities available at Park Lane Jewellery. To find out more about earning free jewellery by hosting a Park Lane fashion jewellery get-together, or to learn about the new opportunities in Park Lane, Australia, contact at 0405 155 245.  Visit the Park Lane website at to see what all of the excitement is all about. Teks Mobile Australia Breaks Into Top-20 App Companies In Oceania 2014-10-17T09:06:50Z teks-mobile-australia-breaks-into-top-20-app-companies-in-oceania Within five months of starting commercial operations, Teks Mobile Australia is zooming its way towards the top. A recently conducted market survey has shown that this Sydney-based mobile app company has already entered the list of top 20 companies in Oceania in this domain. A visibly excited Amber Blumanis - the COO of Teks Mobile Australia - attributes much of the rapid growth of the company to her award-winning ‘Stopover’ application. The airport travel app helped Ms. Blumanis earn the coveted ‘Rising Star’ award at this year’s Talent International competition. Words of high praise from dignitaries like Steve Wozniak and Richard Branson have been instrumental in making people sit up and take note of Teks Mobile Australia, feels the young Aussie entrepreneur. Initially started as an iPhone app company in Australia, Teks started making Android apps within two months of its start. Specialization in cross-platform mobile app development has played a pivotal role in pulling up the popularity of the agency. In hindsight, it was a smart decision on the part of Ms. Blumanis and her team of mobile app developers to not stay limited to any particular platform. The wide and varied app development portfolio has definitely helped. Featuring among the top-20 mobile app companies in Oceania is not an achievement in itself, according to the head of Teks Mobile Australia. Instead, this news should spur her team on to reach even greater professional heights, over the next year. By the end of 2015, Ms. Blumanis wishes to see her mobile app company among the top-3 in Australia. Going by how strongly the company has started, that looks like a pretty reasonable target. The collaboration with Teknowledge Software, one of the premier Asian iPhone and Android app development companies, has helped a great deal as well. Interestingly, Ms. Blumanis had first contacted Teknowledge for developing ‘Stopover’. Impressed by the quality of service provided by the mobile app developers at the India-based company, Ms. Blumanis suggested the idea of a strategic business partnership to Teknowledge CEO, Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin. Everything fell in place soon, and there has been no looking back. It’s still early days for Teks Mobile Australia - and Ms. Blumanis has identified two key areas of business to focus on. The first is recruiting and maintaining a group of dynamic and experienced mobile app developers - who would be able to deliver customized solutions to clients. Weekly app development training sessions are being conducted at Teks, to familiarize employees with the latest developments in mobile technology. By the first quarter of next year, Ms. Blumanis hopes that her company would have a strong core group of workers. They would be able to handle projects without having to rely on the Indian professionals. The second, and probably even more important, area where Teks Mobile cannot afford to slip up on is customer-satisfaction. For this, the iPhone/Android app company in Australia started providing free app quotes to prospective clients from the very outset. Ms. Blumanis emphasized on the fact that Teks offers services across 18 different time-zones - which makes reachability extremely easy. The mobile app testing procedures at Teks are also at par with international standards. In the era of fierce professional competition, bad word-of-mouth publicity can spell doom for any business, and Ms. Blumanis is not taking any chances with that. For Amber Blumanis as well as Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin, the swift entry of Teks Mobile Australia in the top bracket of app agencies in Oceania is welcome news. The bigger challenge, however, lies in sustaining, and gradually improving this position further. Both of them are aware that this is not going to happen overnight (Teknowledge Software took half a decade to get global recognition). The robust start of the Australian company has made things slightly easier though - and with sincerity, dedication and unwavering work-ethic, both of them believe that they can scale the summit of professional success. To get more details about Teks Mobile Australia, visit Those who want to make an iPhone app/Android app can contact the company at +61-04-23521035. Ms. Blumanis can be reached directly at If Teks is able to keep up the good work, there is no reason why it cannot bolster its rankings further in Oceania. Timber Decking Oil Becomes the Popular Option in Brisbane 2014-10-17T03:14:43Z timber-decking-oil-becomes-the-popular-option-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 17 October 2014 - When it comes to finishing timber, one variety does not fit all. Different finishes are more appropriate for different applications. When it comes to timber decking, decking oil has become the decking finish of choice for many in the Brisbane area. Why Decking Oil is PopularDecking oil has properties and advantages that make it effective for protecting and finishing a deck. It is specifically created for outdoor applications and is readily absorbed into the timber. It acts as a filler and sealer that protects timber from fungi and dust. It also replaces the natural oil that tends to “bleed” out of timber over time, making it less likely dry out, crack or flake.Decking oil makes the surface of timber stronger by not only bonding to individual timber fibres, but connecting them. As opposed to finishes that cover or blanket timber, decking oil integrates itself into the timber and produces a stronger structure. How to Oil a DeckThe process of oiling a deck is simple, but must be followed and executed correctly for best results. The first stop is to clean the deck. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber decking supplier in Brisbane, recommends using two cups of Napisan with a half bucket of warm water as a cleaner for a deck with an area of 5 sqm. The cleaning solution should be spread lightly on the deck with a stiff bristled decking brush and allowed to sit for fifteen minutes. Then, the deck should be scrubbed with the brush, wetting it in the solution as needed. The deck should be allowed to sit and dry for an average of two days. This not only allows drying but also allows old oils from the timber to bleed out.A decking oil is then applied with a soft-haired brush that is much like a paint brush. The oil can be easily spread and excess oil can be sponged up with the soft-haired brush. For a 5 sqm deck, five litres of decking oil is recommended. The oil is applied in two coats. The first coat ideally takes an hour to dry. The second coat is then applied and the deck is allowed to dry. The Finer PointsMr Kyle provided some advice for the finer points of applying the perfect finish to a deck. According to Mr Kyle:“If you execute the fundamentals correctly, you can have a beautiful deck. You can use tinted deck oil for colours or you can use natural timber grain and colour. We recommend using merbau, which is an orange-brown timber when it is cut. As it matures, it tends to redden a bit. Merbau is a beautiful timber; it looks so good that you won’t need to use tint in your decking oil.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Merbau and decking oil are a perfect combination.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier. They provide timber for decking, flooring and many other uses to the Brisbane area. To learn more about what Narangba Timbers has to offer or to use their decking calculator, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Biogas CHP Is A Win-Win For Aussie Agribusinesses And The Environment 2014-10-17T02:05:24Z biogas-chp-is-a-win-win-for-aussie-agribusinesses-and-the-environment After the Abbott government's controversial carbon tax repeal, there is a general consensus in the clean energy industry that businesses need to innovate and collaborate or fail. Australian-owned and run company Evo Energy Technologies would like to propose a solution: Biogas Cogeneration. Biogas Cogeneration is suitable for use in food processing facilities, livestock and dairy farms, agribusinesses; and also food waste and treatment facilities. This technology is currently used in more than 3,000 facilities across the world and provides 40% more energy efficiency compared to ultra low efficient micro turbines. The commercial and environmental benefits of this technology are enormous. Biogas CHP has up to 90% energy efficiency resulting in low carbon emissions. It diverts organic waste from landfill. Decentralised power generation means less reliance on the national grid. Therefore biogas CHP is a highly reliable and sustainable energy solution. Evo Energy Technologies partnered with the German company 2G this year to bring world-class biogas cogeneration to Australia for the first time. Biogas CHP is available from EvoET in fully customisable configurations between 50kWe to 3,000 kWe, with larger sizes available on request. In the post-carbon repeal environment, the clean energy industry urgently needs innovative projects to be established. Evo Energy Technologies are one of the innovators and change-makers appearing at All-Energy Australia 2014. They will showcase their cogeneration technology to agribusinesses, waste and food treatment clients. Along with their other core energy reclaim solutions. Their goal as exhibitors is provide reliable, long-term power generation solutions that are low emission, commercially viable and environmentally sound. A triple win. Evo Energy Technologies are a 100% Australian owned and operated company specialising in cogeneration, trigeneration and integrated power generation solutions for commercial industries.  The Evo group has been in business since 2006 and are respected for their high-quality, reliable equipment and end-to-end solutions. They service and supply equipment in Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Thailand, Vietnam and India. NetDespatch and Blackbay announce global strategic partnership 2014-10-16T20:57:10Z netdespatch-and-blackbay-announce-global-strategic-partnership NetDespatch, the leading Software as a Service (SaaS) parcel data management platform and Blackbay, the leading provider of mobility-enabled solutions for the transport and logistics industry, today announced a global strategic partnership that will greatly expand collaboration between the two organisations.    NetDespatch provides postal and parcel carriers with a state-of-the-art SaaS web shipping, systems integration and parcel tracking platform, helping them to speed on-boarding of new customers, reduce operational costs through compliant address labels and customs documentation, make tracking available from point of despatch to final delivery, and crucially enable them to bring new business ideas, such as Click & Collect, to market without any major up-front investment. Blackbay’s Delivery Connect gives instant visibility of all in-depot and driver activity to the carrier, delivering track-and-trace, dispatching, on-the-road processes and routing and scheduling capabilities to enable operations, drivers and other mobile workers to optimise the delivery and pick –up process. Information captured throughout this process is then made available to consumers in real-time, enabling them to manage their relationship with the carrier and eliminate delivery failure.  Between the two companies over 15 Million shipments are created, tracked and managed each day in the UK, Asia Pacific and North America Regions.   The combined systems provide end to end management and visibility of all stages of a shipment including warehouse despatch, carrier labelling, manifesting, and pre-advice, and then all carrier activities, including exceptions, with hand over to the collecting driver, depot inbound and outbound processing and finally delivery to the consumer or alternate delivery point.   “There has always been a natural affinity between Blackbay and NetDespatch with Blackbay being the largest pure play mobility provider in the industry and NetDespatch the major player in SaaS web shipping, e-commerce integration, data management and tracking systems,” commented Becky Clark, CEO of NetDespatch. “We already have a number of major clients in common, and the partnership will see the early launch of new products and services, as well as a partnership approach to key clients and markets in the future”.   Nigel Doust Blackbay CEO comments, “We are delighted to be partnering with NetDespatch. We will be able to deliver, as an unrivalled single solution, configurable end-to-end products that ensure first time, on time, every time delivery, and full tracking visibility, by connecting the shipper, carrier and crucially the consumer, with real-time knowledge  and to create smarter delivery companies”. For more information about NetDespatch please visit the website at or for Blackbay visit About NetDespatch: Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Marlow, NetDespatch is recognised as one of the top Cloud Computing providers in the UK, provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) shipping, tracking and systems integration platform for postal and parcel carriers worldwide. The platform currently enables carriers to provide more than 120,000 of their business customers with solutions to seamlessly integrate ecommerce websites, sales order processing and warehouse systems at point of despatch. Users can print the correct shipping labels, customs documentation and manifests, and automatically pre-advise their carrier of incoming parcels.   About Blackbay: Blackbay is the leading provider of mobility enabled solutions for the transport and logistics industry. The company’s configurable end-to-end products ensure first time, on time, every time delivery by connecting the shipper, operations, management, drivers and crucially the customer with real-time information and flexible workflows to create smarter delivery companies. Blackbay, headquartered in London, operates across APAC, EMEA and the USA, supporting over 145,000 drivers delivering in excess of 6 million deliveries per day. For more information Or follow Blackbay on Twitter @BlackbayLtd CAN MONEY BUY A BRAND? 2014-10-16T07:45:34Z can-money-buy-a-brand When it comes to branding there is one question that we keep coming across time and time again. If the likes of Bunnings, Chemist Warehouse, Nike or Coles didn’t have multi-million dollar marketing budgets sitting behind them would their logos and branding be as successful? Despite their histories and presences would their brands be as well known?   Can the value of a brand come down to the amount of money invested in promoting and advertising it? Whilst we don’t comment on their logo’s, there are a number of people who question the look, feel and aesthetics of a number of leading brands out there, and question how their brand came to be so successful from the way they look. There are a number of interesting thoughts on this… No matter how uninspiring a logo or company brand is to some people, are they able to overcome this by spending vast amounts of money on the different advertising mediums?  Can anyone with deep enough pockets develop a successful and well-known brand?  A brand is a quantifiable intangible asset, so perhaps we can consider the monetary montage behind it and reflect on what has been invested.   The unfortunate reality is that whilst branding, look and feel are extremely important, the majority of the time it does come down to how much money you have to advertise your brand. The more exposure and money a brand has, the more relevant it can become to its consumers.   We have come across many fantastic products and businesses and will attest to the fact that you can have the best product in the world but lose out to a competitor who advertises and markets more smartly than you do.   This does not mean you should forgo the expense of creating a great looking brand and do it yourself. You most definitely need the experts in the industry to do what they do best; but what the above is trying to illustrate is that you need to understand your “business existence” in the market place. Just because you have a million dollar looking blog, branding and website doesn’t mean you will be an overnight success. That will come with hard work and effort. The goal should be that you set realistic goals and points of difference to compete with the major players in your market. You should have a well-considered marketing plan that diversifies your budgeted spend across all relevant advertising mediums.  If you go out on looks alone it will be a search for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow that never existed to start with.   Realistic strategies with realistic timeframes create sustainable brands and sustainable businesses. As does clear and consistent messages to a well-considered target audience. Successful Perth Property Developer Introduces New Community in Sinagra 2014-10-15T03:19:12Z successful-perth-property-developer-introduces-new-community-in-sinagra Perth, WA, 15 October 2014  - 4Land Property Group is a successful property development firm. Most of their communities are land estates in Perth suburbs that their research has determined are primed for long term capital growth. They strive to offer reasonable prices in family-friendly areas and are especially adept at working with first time investors and home buyers. Their mission statement is reflected by their motto: “Land you can afford, in places you’d love to live.”This approach has made 4Land Property Group consistently successful, developing a track record of communities filled with happy homeowners and producing a plethora of testimonials. They have already developed seven successful communities and recently added an eighth to their “family”: Lago Vista, Sinagra.Lago Vista Lago Vista is located in Sinagra, and is surrounded by quality homes and numerous parks. The elevated blocks provide views of Lake Joondalup. The green titled blocks are classified in the R30 zoning code. The lots are only five minutes from the Wanneroo Town Centre and Drovers Market, and only ten minutes away from Joondalup. The freeway is also easily accessible. The limited first stage release comprises four green-titled land blocks of 350 sqm each, with prices starting from $289,000. Future Growth4Land Property Group has displayed a talent for developing land estates and creating communities. Every community they have developed so far has produced capital growth for their homeowners. They have been so successful that investors are purchasing many of their properties for rental purposes. Lago Vista will eventually consist of 55 blocks, offering a variety of house and land packages, and presenting a great opportunity for both home buyers and investors alike to invest in an affordable yet top-quality Estate. Madeleine McErlain, 4Land Property Group’s Marketing Manager, sees Lago Vista as another in a long line of “success stories”. According to Ms McErlain:“We have set up Lago Vista for success. We conduct exhaustive market research when deciding where to develop our land estates. We won’t reveal our formula for success, but the result of our research is that we find Perth suburbs and areas that are primed for long term capital growth.”Ms McErlain continued, “A large part of our research involves finding locations that offer a family-friendly lifestyle with a lot of infrastructure and amenities. In other words, we develop in places where families want to live and can enjoy a wonderful lifestyle. Then we do everything we can to keep the prices low enough for young families and first time home buyers. The result has been seven thriving communities with Lago Vista about to become number eight.”Ms McErlain continued, “All of our communities are within ten minutes of infrastructure and amenities. We always make sure our homeowners have easy access to shopping, medical care, parks and transport.”Ms McErlain concluded, “We provide an irresistible combination: the best locations and affordable homes.”4Land Property Group is a Perth property development firm specialising in house and land packages. They currently offer property on eight land estates around the Perth area and one in Geraldton. To learn more about them, drop by their website: or contact them on (08) 9301 4445. Green Planet Grass Installs Match Cricket Wicket in East Fremantle 2014-10-15T02:43:31Z green-planet-grass-installs-match-cricket-wicket-in-east-fremantle Perth, WA, 15 October 2014 - Recently, Green Planet Grass installed the match cricket wicket at Preston Point Reserve in the Town of East Fremantle. Green Planet Grass had previously installed wickets for the Town of East Fremantle as well as several southern suburbs including Thornlie and Baldivis. We were delighted that once again the Town of East Fremantle chose Green Planet Grass to install an artificial grass cricket wicket.The Town of Fremantle had the same problems that many other facilities in the Perth area do. Their natural grass playing surface suffered from degradation due to weather, play and lack of water. The Town of Fremantle, like many Perth suburbs, is under severe watering restrictions during dry months. As a result, it is difficult to water the surface enough to properly maintain it in the hot Perth sun. In addition, the nature of cricket, where people run fast and change directions, is tough on natural grass. The end result is a wicket with too many brown patches. This can cause bad bounces and can even be dangerous to players under certain conditions.The Green Planet Grass SolutionEnter Green Planet Grass, who have provided solutions for over 4,000 sport teams, sport venues, homeowners, schools and business owners. Artificial grass is an effective solution for so many different applications around Perth for many reasons. It doesn’t require watering, mowing, replanting, weeding or insecticides. Not only does this save a lot of labour hours for sport, school and industrial applications, it removes the need for expensive lawn equipment, petrol and other chemicals involved in maintaining a natural grass surface.The most-cited benefit is that Green Planet Grass is perfect, 365 days a year. It is green, lush and unchanged by heavy foot traffic or extreme summer heat. For sport applications, there is a huge added bonus: it retains perfect playing characteristics 365 days a year. Artificial grass surfaces can now be “tweaked” to provide virtually the same playing conditions as a perfect natural grass surface, but without the imperfections and “bad bounces.”Justin Everley, Director of Green Planet Grass, is proud of the installation and the results:“We are proud of the cricket wicket installation in East Fremantle. We always enjoy sport installations because we enjoy all sports. We have worked very hard to make our sport surfaces play as close to natural grass as possible”.Mr Everley continued, “This was a great job to be awarded as we have installed other cricket wickets in the area and it was nice to keep that relationship in full swing. We are proud to have provided a solution for the Town of East Fremantle.”Mr Everley concluded, “They now have a wicket that will give them years of perfect performance. We are glad we could help.”Green Planet Grass proudly bears the Australian Made and Owned logo, with manufacturing facilities in WA. They manufacture and install environmentally responsible artificial grass for commercial, sport, industrial and residential applications. To learn more, call (08) 9209 2669 or visit their website: