The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-02-10T04:41:10Z Ethical Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Fight Global Warming 2016-02-10T04:41:10Z ethical-timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-fight-global-warming Brisbane, QLD, 10 February 2016 - At Narangba Timbers, they are committed to the ethical and sustainable harvesting of timber. As timber suppliers who serve the Brisbane area, they feel it is their responsibility to ensure that all of their products are ethically and sustainably sourced. According to owner Jack Kyle, “It is important not only to our own generation, but future generations of Australians that we take care of one of our most abundant resources: our forests. A lot of people don’t realise how vital the forests are to our lifestyle and our survival as a species. Forests not only provide many of the materials we use for building and the production of paper, they also reduce global warming and produce the oxygen we need to breathe.”What is Responsible Forestry?Responsible forestry is the ethical harvesting of timber. It is the only sustainable way to harvest timber. Trees are cut down after they have matured and are replaced by newly planted trees. Those trees are then allowed to grow to maturity. Why is Sustainable Harvesting Important?When a tree begins to grow, it does so by turning the carbon in CO2 into timber and leaves. The leaves act as the tree’s “lungs,” “breathing” air, using the carbon atoms to build itself and releasing the oxygen back into the environment. When humans and other animals breathe, they do the opposite: they use the oxygen and release carbon back into the air as CO2. The more trees there are in relation to humans and animals, the more oxygen we have to breathe. Conversely, a lower ratio of trees to humans and animals produces less oxygen and more CO2. Global warming is a direct result of a change in the ratio of CO2 to oxygen in the environment. This fact is so accepted in the scientific community that damage to the environment is now determined by our “carbon footprint,” or the amount of carbon we release into the environment. When trees are growing, they are storing carbon in the form of timber and releasing the oxygen into the environment. When they reach maturity, their metabolism slows and they don’t store carbon at nearly the rate as a younger tree. When a mature tree is cut and replaced by a young tree, the process starts over again and the new tree starts storing carbon at a faster rate than the mature tree did. While the carbon from the old tree is stored in the timber products that are then made out of the old tree, the new tree is busy storing new carbon and releasing more oxygen. Mr Kyle concludes: “At Narangba Timbers, we are fully committed to responsible forestry and sustainable harvesting. It is crucial to our future that all timber suppliers, in Brisbane and across the world, display the same commitment.”Narangba Timbers is a family-owned business. They are proud to be ethical timber suppliers. They serve Brisbane and the surrounding area. They offer a full range of Australian and imported timbers for building projects of all sizes and shapes, from timber decking to large, multi-unit buildings. To learn more or to speak with their professional customer service team, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. blueAPACHE rolls out WAN and Voice solutions for Melbourne City Mission 2016-02-08T04:00:08Z blueapache-rolls-out-wan-and-voice-solutions-for-melbourne-city-mission Melbourne, February 8, 2016 – blueAPACHE, the leading Australian-based provider of managed network, cloud and IT as a Service solutions, has today announced the successful deployment of their emPOWER Wide Area Networking (WAN) solution at Melbourne City Mission (MCM), linking critical IT services across 32 sites throughout the greater Melbourne area. The not-for-profit has also introduced blueAPACHE’s Voice solutions to one site, with plans to extend the telecommunication services as new offices are introduced and others redeveloped. MCM is Melbourne’s oldest charity, operating since 1854. The Not-For-Profit (NFP) assists Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Every week, they help thousands of people escape and avoid disadvantage, economic exclusion and social isolation. The WAN deployment allows MCM to scale for future growth, building in redundancy at the same time as simplifying network architecture. Approximately 740 staff at MCM are now connected to the enterprise via a fast, flexible and reliable network, with full access to applications and data. blueAPACHE’s emPOWER Network is an MPLS Enabled, Q-in-Q Network, powered by Cisco carrier-class infrastructure with ‘On-Net’ datacentre Points of Presence across Australia. It is integrated directly into NBN (National Broadband Network), Microsoft ExpressRoute, AWS Direct Connect and International Sub-Sea IP Transits. blueAPACHE monitor all connections involved in the network 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. IT Manager at MCM, Louise Segafredo, said “A change in the leadership of MCM ICT Services in August 2014 brought with it a change to the manner in which core ICT services were scoped, resourced and delivered.  This deployment is indicative of MCM making a move to manage the enterprise as a whole, as opposed to the component parts.” The deployment came about as the result of an independent RFP process by Dog and Bone consulting in late 2014. Ms Segafredo reports that moving MCM’s data network to blueAPACHE’s managed WAN solution will allow the NFP to: - Size the WAN to suit current and projected business needs (which are different across all 32 sites); - Simplify the data network architecture; - Build redundancy into the data network architecture (in line with MCM’s Business Continuity Plan); - Understand, document and modify data networking protocols (much of what we were changing was undocumented); - Improve their security posture through embedded next generation firewalls; - Take advantage of a superior, extended yet simplified VPN network; and - Manage one overriding contract. Chris Marshall, Managing Director at blueAPACHE said “We are delighted to assist much-needed organisations like MCM improve their technology platform. Our deep NFP experience proffers valuable insight to deliver the best return on investment – ensuring MCM can focus funding on the services that help those most in need.” Staff at MCM were involved in the deployment process by tracking and reporting issues, and have reported a “huge increase in the response rates of the network at sites where the network speeds have been increased,” according to Ms Segafredo. “The end result is a superior service delivered by a trusted partner.” This engagement follows another record year for the blueAPACHE. In 2015, the local cloud specialist grew over 30%, secured global recognition of their ITaaS model and was showcased by HP around the world for their cloud infrastructure.   About blueAPACHE Since 1998, the multi-awarded blueAPACHE has helped organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America leverage technology to their business advantage by delivering comprehensive IT Management, Cloud, Network, Voice, Software and Consulting as a converged service – when they need it, as they need it. This is IT. This is blueAPACHE.  To learn more, visitwww.blueapache.com About Melbourne City Mission MCM was established over 160 years ago and works with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. From children living with a disability, or young people with nowhere to call home, to people who need assistance into education or employment, MCM works alongside them, so they can build a better future for themselves. Melbourne City Mission help people find their own path to independence, providing them with the support they need along the way. In addition to directly supporting people experiencing disadvantage, MCM also advocates for social change to reduce the number of people experiencing disadvantage and to intervene as early as possible to limit the damage done by the experience. For more information, see www.melbournecitymission.org.au Warragul Bridal Expo 2016-02-08T03:13:40Z warragul-bridal-expo Lardner Park Convention Centre will become a buzz with bridal fever with the best wedding industry professionals from Warragul and surrounding areas. Experience everything for your wedding from live entertainment, hair and make up trials to venues decorators, cakes florist and so much more, whilst enjoying a wonderful fashion parade at 12:30pm which is not to be missed. The first 150 brides to-be to enter will receive a beautiful bound and exclusive copy of The Bride’s Diary, where you will go into the draw to WIN a romantic dream destination honeymoon to Angourie Rainforest Resort – where the rainforest meets the sea staying 7 nights valued at $3,100 courtesy of The Bride’s Diary. Exhibitor specials and discounts on the day only available at the fantastic Warragul Bridal Expo! Doors open at 10am and closing at 3pm. Tickets at the door $10 each, children under 15 years admitted free of charge. Celebrate our 3rd Bridal Expo at Lardner Park Convention & Exhibition Centre – see you all there! www.lardnerpark.com.au www.bridalexpos.com.au Ph: 03 9563 8001 TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL OPENS IN WAGGA WAGGA 2016-02-07T21:01:17Z travelling-film-festival-opens-in-wagga-wagga TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL OPENS IN WAGGA WAGGA   Sydney Film Festival’s 2016 Travelling Film Festival is coming to Wagga Wagga, with an impressive line-up of award winning cinema at Forum 6 Cinemas, 11 - 13 March 2016. Tickets to Australia’s longest running travelling film festival are on sale now, bringing world class, festival quality cinema to the largest inland city in New South Wales. The Man Who Knew Infinity will open the Festival. Starring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Academy award winner Jeremy Irons, the film is a biopic tracing the life of mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan.  Ramanujan made extraordinary contributions to the field by independently compiling nearly 3,900 new mathematical identities and equations. Together with Good Pitch Australia, the Festival will be offering $10 tickets to a special screening of Australian filmmaker Sophie Wiesner’s Call Me Dad. The ABC documentary highlights male domestic violence in Victoria; follows a group of men through a behaviour change program for family violence perpetrators who want to change.  Travelling Film Festival Manager Alicia Emery says the Festival is delighted to be coming back to Wagga Wagga in 2016. “We are so excited to be bringing five short films and ten feature films including three documentaries to Forum 6 Cinemas,” said Emery. “Between them these films have won 90 awards and received 124 nominations.  Film fans can be assured of a weekend jam packed full of incredible cinema,” she said. The eight feature length films include: ·         My Love, Don’t Cross That River, South Korean filmmaker Jin Mo-young’s debut is now one of the most successful independent Korean film of all time. The film has won multiple awards for best documentary, and is a heartbreaking portrait of a couple married for 76 years. ·         Phoenix, the multi award winning and sixth collaboration between German director Christian Petzold and actress Nina Hoss. The post-war drama follows a concentration camp survivor’s return to Germany to reclaim her life. ·         Mustang, described as ‘The Virgin Suicides in Anatolia’, is Turkish-French female filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s feature debut. The film has received 23 awards and 35 nominations including an Oscar, depicting the loss of sexual innocence in a sibling comedy-drama. ·         Rams, the multi award winning drama by Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson. Full of dry wit, the film follows the story of two ageing brother’s brought together because their livelihoods are under threat. ·         45 Years, the award winning and Oscar nominated ‘companion’ film to director Andrew Haigh’s critically acclaimed Weekend. The film paints a moving portrait of a very stylish 45-year marriage shaken to its core by an unexpected letter. ·         The Crow’s Egg, dubbed the next Slumdog Millionaire is a film by Indian filmmaker M. Manikandan. The funny family-friendly Tamil tale has won two prizes at the National Film Awards India, and follows two mischievous brothers from a Chennai slum on a mission to taste pizza for the very first time. ·         Song of the Sea, a wonderful family hand-drawn fantasy animation by Tomm Moore inspired by Ireland’s rich Celtic folklore. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 and won Best Feature at the Irish Film & TV Awards and Shanghai Film Festival in the same year. ·         Sherpa, the BAFTA nominated documentary by Australian director Jennifer Peedom was shot post Nepal’s 2014 Everest disaster killing 16 Sherpas. The film grippingly captures changing attitudes among Sherpa climbers, who take the biggest risks but reap the most meagre rewards, on the world’s highest peak.   With tickets sure to sell fast, Wagga film fans should book tickets well in advance. ’Subscribe and Save’ packages offer great value for multiple ticket purchases.   WHAT:                                 Sydney Film Festival’s Travelling Film Festival in Wagga Wagga WHEN:                                 Friday 11 March – Sunday 13 March 2016 WHERE:                               Forum 6 Cinemas, 77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 FACEBOOK:                        https://www.facebook.com/TravellingFilmFestivalWagga  SINGLE TICKETS:               $14 / $12 / $10 (Adult / Concession / Student & Kids) SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: 5-FILM FLEXIPASS: $53 Adult / $48 Concession                                                 Note: films must be selected at time of purchase                                                 9-FILM FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $81 Adult / $72 Concession   Film schedule & Editor’s notes HERE blueAPACHE and Microsoft extend relationship through Devices Program 2016-02-05T06:29:31Z blueapache-and-microsoft-extend-relationship-through-devices-program PRESS RELEASE Melbourne, 5 February 2016 – blueAPACHE, the leading Australian-based provider of managed network, cloud and IT as a Service solutions, has recently extended their relationship to include the coveted Microsoft Devices Program and the Surface range. Microsoft Surface is a series of Windows-based personal computing devices designed and manufactured by Microsoft under its hardware division, a part of the Windows and Devices group. It comprises hybrid tablets, 2-in-1 detachables, and interactive whiteboards. As a partner in the Microsoft Devices Program, blueAPACHE is able to provide businesses with a complete Managed Services solution - from device to datacentre - with the goal to support the expanding need for a mobile and agile workforce. The program includes multiple support options including coverage for accidental damage and extended support. With the recent launches of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, Microsoft has seen a year over year growth of 29% in Surface revenue, realising $1.35b in revenue. It is one of their fastest growing segments. “We have seen a huge demand for mobility implementations over the past year as the need for more flexible working devices continues to be a major focus for organisations” said James Hendry, General Manager Commercial at blueAPACHE. “The new Microsoft Surface devices enables businesses to deploy a laptop replacement that delivers the power, manageability and security needed to conduct business with confidence.” blueAPACHE have adopted the Surface Pro in their Standard Operating Environment (SOE ) for mobile staff, removing the need for both laptops and tablets. The range of Surface devices are also available to clients through blueAPACHE Procurement. This relationship extension follows another record year for the blueAPACHE. In 2015, the local cloud specialist grew over 30%, secured global recognition of their ITaaS model and became the only company in Australia to receive two CRN All Star awards.   About blueAPACHE Since 1998, the multi-awarded blueAPACHE has helped organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America leverage technology to their business advantage by delivering comprehensive IT Management, Cloud, Network, Voice, Software and Consulting as a converged service – when they need it, as they need it. This is IT. This is blueAPACHE.  To learn more, visit www.blueapache.com Aussie start-up ready to tackle 2016 fantasy football season with evolutionary new concept 2016-02-04T04:48:47Z aussie-start-up-ready-to-tackle-2016-fantasy-football-season-with-evolutionary-new-concept ZETLAND, NSW (February 4, 2016) – An Australian fantasy sports company may have found the key to unlocking the next stage in the evolution of one of the world’s fastest growing industries. The rise of fantasy sports from occasional office water-cooler conversation topic to burgeoning multi-billion dollar global juggernaut has resulted in myriad companies going off in search of the industry’s next great innovation.  If the recent success of Sydney-based startup Sports Fantasy Free is any indication that search may be over. “The response to our Big Bash campaign was just incredible,” said Daniel Simic, founder of Sports Fantasy Free, “We were amazed, we still are amazed at the numbers we got.” By engaging consumers on social media and promotion through broadcast partners Triple M, SEN and CricHQ, Sports Fantasy Free was able to attract thousands of sign-ups during the short five-week span. Fantasy sport is based on translating what professional sports people do in real life into points in a game – making watching sports even more exciting. Sports Fantasy Free enables fans to be a coach for a day by selecting favourite players and assembling their "fantasy team" to compete against other fans.   Using a competition format grounded in the increasingly popular “Daily Fantasy” concept, Sports Fantasy Free added an additional twist offering free entry into these challenges with the chance to win prizes.   “We gave players the best of both worlds,” Simic said, “All the fun and thrills of daily fantasy sport, for free, with daily and major prizes.” “The $20,000 BBL05 prize pool was made up primarily of Sony digital/electronic products with the overall winner walking away with a home sports entertainment package.” While some of the campaign’s success could be attributed to the massive increase in popularity of the Big Bash League itself, Simic said it was the new ideas worked into an existing popular concept that created the perfect formula.   “We found it was not just the hard-core fantasy players who got into it, we had many signups from the other end of the sporting spectrum – people who love the game and are experiencing fantasy sports for the first time.” A major ingredient of Sports Fantasy Free’s summer success formula is OneSport. A robust sports data feed, OneSport is the analytical power that helps Sports Fantasy Free deliver excitement and engagement to sports fans. Thrilled with how the new concept was experienced by users, Simic hinted that the success of the summer was only the beginning for Sports Fantasy Free.  “This winter is going to be huge,” Simic said. “The footy season is fast approaching, if we can get these sort of numbers over the summer imagine what we can do when the Aussie winter footy codes roll around.” “We’re already in full pre-season mode and seeking sponsorship partners for the 2016 NRL and AFL seasons. “It is very exciting times ahead.” About Sports Fantasy Free Sports Fantasy Free Pty Limited (SFF) is an Australian company that works with corporate sponsors to deliver easy-to-play fantasy sport competitions that are free to enter and offer major prizes. The goal of SFF is to make watching sports more exciting by allowing fans to be a coach for a day. Fans select favourite players and assemble their "fantasy team" to compete against other fans in the competition to win prizes. SFF uses OneSport, a robust sport data feed, to power competitions that deliver excitement and engagement to sport fans. SFF was launched in 2015 with cricket competitions, and in 2016 new sports including AFL and NRL will be added to the platform. https://www.sportsfantasyfree.com/ PILATES FRANCHISE FUSES TECHNOLOGY WITH FITNESS 2016-02-04T01:02:02Z pilates-franchise-fuses-technology-with-fitness Studio Pilates International has this week launched a whole new way of keeping fit.  The fast growing boutique Pilates offering has introduced innovative video technology into the studio, allowing clients to view a 360 degree instructional perspective of each exercise on digital screens around the studio. The technology complements the verbal cues of an instructor, whose main focus is to modify and adjust each client’s technique on the reformer, and motivate them to get the most of their workout. “The digital display screens allow instructors to correct clients on a one-on-one basis, without having to break the flow of instruction, which delivers greater focus and ultimately the best results to our clients,” co-founder of Studio Pilates, Jade Winter said.   The launch also sees a host of new exercises added to the daily offering of challenging workouts.  There are now a total of 150 exercises - using every plane of movement, from lying to sitting to standing - across multiple workouts, to keep client’s bodies guessing.  And just when they feel they can’t keep going, a countdown clock appears on screen to push them through to the end. The Studio Pilates blueprint has already amassed a large number of committed Pilates devotees, many surprised about how rigorous a Pilates workout can be.  But not only are they coming for the fast results they see, they are also coming  for the unique ambience of the glamorous studios, which are fitted out with polished floorboards, chandeliers and custom built reformers in its trademark black. High energy music greet clients from the moment they walk through the door, keeping the vibe uptempo and friendly.   “It’s everything people are looking for in a workout,” says Winter “but nothing they expect.” Exercise he claims, should be inspiring, not intimidating, which is why the studios are a “vibrant and full sensory experience.” The forty minute Pilates reformer classes are designed by physiotherapists  based on the most up-to-date scientific principles, and sequenced in such a way as to get the best results in the least amount of time.   Winter’s entrepreneurial flair, along with wife, Tanya, who heads up the education division of the operation, have seen the franchise double in 12 months to 8, with a further 3 more franchises to come online in the first quarter of 2016, including the group’s first interstate operation, in Adelaide. Interest is strong in other strategic intrastate and interstate locations, as well as internationally. “It’s a new era in workouts. The future of fitness,” said Jade. Background Established by Jade and Tanya Winter in 2002, Studio Pilates International offers clients a premium service and has taken in excess of 50,000 participants through their body-changing workouts. With Jade being a former Australian Olympian and fitness expert, and Tanya a qualified physiotherapist and former full-time Pilates instructor, their combined knowledge has them at the forefront of the Pilates industry. Their studios offer revolutionary Pilates reformer classes with a full body workout in only 40 minutes. The company claims that Studio Pilates radically sculpts, tones and reshapes the entire body in a very unique way, helping their clients become stronger, lose fat and change shape - ultimately giving them amazing results. Pilates also builds endurance, boosting both mental and physical stamina, improving body awareness, coordination and balance and the way one sits, stands, moves and hold themselves. Together, Jade and Tanya Winter share the dream of one day inspiring and empowering one million people to do their Studio Pilates International workouts on a daily basis, giving others the chance to live a life of health, happiness and well being. Studio locations: Adelaide (March 2016), Ashgrove, Brisbane CBD, Cairns, Coorparoo, Hamilton, Hawthorne, North Lakes, Nundah, Toowong (February 2016), West End (March 2016) -ends- For further information visit https://www.instagram.com/studio_pilates/https://www.facebook.com/studiopilates/http://www.studiopilates.com/ Couple Sold Everything and Have Been Traveling Nonstop for Four Years 2016-02-02T17:59:47Z couple-sold-everything-and-have-been-traveling-nonstop-for-four-years Nicole Connolly and Michael Wright, founders Freedom Junkies, are celebrating 4 years of nonstop travel. The traveling due have created a ‘freedom lifestyle’ that sees them living a life of adventure and freedom. With an insatiable desire to explore the globe, this unconventional lifestyle seems destined to remain ‘normality’ for the nomadic pair. Connolly says, “The first thing people want to know when they hear about our travel lifestyle is how we afford it.”  They did not win the lottery or inherit millions of dollars.  They have an online business which provides the income they need to pay for this extravagant lifestyle.   Originally from Australia, Connolly and Wright have ‘worked’ from 45 countries all over the globe, including the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Paris, Iceland, and many other exotic locations.   Wright says, “We happily traded our offices for laptops and a life of freedom and adventure.”   The nomadic couple launched their online business in 2012 to support their new lifestyle – their “laptop lifestyle” – a business that can be run from anywhere in the world.  They have replaced their 70 hour cubicle work week with a 20 hour online work week.   Connolly and Wright are living their dream and they want to inspire and educate others so they can have the same opportunity.   Wright says, “So many people out there want to quit their 9 to 5 and live life more deliberately but they just don’t know where to start.  It is our mission to help these people and offer advice and tips to help them achieve a freedom lifestyle.”   Connolly and Wright offer many free resources for anyone who wants to live a “laptop lifestyle”.  You can find their free Find Your Freedom Mini Course at http://FreedomFreebie.com       For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Nicole Connolly at info@freedom-junkies.com     Nicole Connolly info@freedom-junkies.com http://freedomjunkies.com     END ### Doggy Winery Cinema - Take the Lead on Date Night 2016-02-01T23:04:17Z doggy-winery-cinema-take-the-lead-on-date-night Fancy dinner, wine, tasting and a movie with your best friend? Join us for a night in the vines at our Doggy Winery Cinema. Witchmount Winery, only 25 minutes from Melbourne is the picturesque vineyard, where our unique and exclusive outdoor Doggy Winery Cinema under stars, will be hosted. Grab a blanket, a lead and your best friend, we have everything else sorted for you. The evening includes dinner, personalised wine tasting, a glass of wine/beer/cider/soft drink and the heartfelt movie – Oddball. Our caring team will be on hand throughout the night, helping you find that pawfect patch of grass, hold a lead or maybe just take your gorgeous pooch for a 5 minute walk while you grab another wine, no problem! An amazing array of 3 different paellas awaits you (vegan/vegetarian, meat and seafood) with only the most carefully selected ingredients which are 100% gluten free, dairy free, healthy, and very delicious!  It is aromatic, fresh, looks amazing and is a colourful delight on the plate, all created with theatrical flair by the chefs on the night. Come and experience a personalised wine tasting on the lawn before dinner then select a glass from  a range of local beverages to accompany your paella. Choose from a glass of Witchmount wine, Holgate beer, Daylesford cider or Hepburn soft drink. A complimentary gift bag includes a treat for the pooches and bottle of water. Read More Personal duress with a difference 2016-02-01T07:54:21Z personal-duress-with-a-difference Introducing the world’s smallest personal panic button! The React Sidekick is the fastest way to reach a wide network in an emergency. When an app alone is not enough – pairs with the React Mobile safety app via LE Bluetooth 4.0. Get help fast when your phone screen is locked or phone is out of reach with one click activation. The React Sidekick helps you reach a wide network so they know where you are and that you need help. Paul Delaney, Myionu Sales Director says " The React Mobile Sidekick package is a low cost low worker safety device that works in harmony with existing smartphone devices and is the ideal solution for business and groups such as students who need a safety solution but have been put off by ongoing service fees and charges"  The React Mobile Sidekick  is a one-off purchase with no monthly service fees or charges. The sidekick is priced at just $134.99 including GST ONE CLICK IS ALL IT TAKESWe’ve found the fastest way to reach a wide network of people when it matters the most. With just the click of a button, your custom contact list is alerted, giving you peace of mind.GPS AND TRACKINGWhether you’re on a nightly run, a first date, exploring the world abroad or working, your Sidekick will be with you when you need it.NEVER FEEL ALONEBuild your own custom list of contacts you trust the most. When an alert is sent your network is notified of your GPS location and that you need help.WEAR IT OR CARRY ITThe React Mobile Sidekick comes with both an activity clip for runners and athletes, and carabiner clip that is perfect to attach onto keychains, backpacks and purses. More info Cooking & Entertaining On The Road 2016-01-28T03:58:42Z cooking-amp-entertaining-on-the-road Good food, entertaining and outdoor living are quintessential elements of the Australian way of life.  And, with the modern design of current motorhomes and caravans, you don’t need to be tied to your home to enjoy these pleasures. Matt Sears from Albury Wodonga RV World advised that outdoor entertaining and being able to share a meal and socialise with friends was the greatest aspect of the caravanning way of life. He said, “The thing people love the most about caravanning and camping is the social aspect. You can spend time with family, old friends and even make some new friends too. “Caravans and motorhomes offer so many modern conveniences which allow travellers to be able to still enjoy cooking and entertaining.” Here are Matt’s top tips for enjoying cooking and outdoor entertaining when you are on the road: Maximise Space.  The more modern day motorhomes maximise space with essential items such as microwaves, fridges and cooktops incorporate into a sleek and functional design. Create extra bench or serving space by looking at after market accessories such as wall mounted picnic tables and use portable fridge / freezers to allow you to store additional cold items. Invest In Clever Kitchen Accessories.  Look for products like a thermomix or a magic bullet that have multiple purposes and will save you having to find space for ten other accessories.  A thermomix might be an expensive purchase but there are plenty of other similar gadgets on the market that will grind, blend, steam, cook, churn and even chop for you!  Think of the storage and bench space you will save. Get Organised.  Plan you meals for the week ahead of time so that you can ensure you don’t overbuy groceries that eat into your storage space.  Where possible try to opt for same failsafe perishables which won’t require cold storage and if you do buy fresh, why not research if there are any produce markets in the area? You’ll be supporting local growers and will have a fun day out also. Put Some Light On The Situation.  If you are planning on dining outdoors and enjoy your surrounds, then look at LED lights for your awning.  They’re inexpensive and easy to install and will allow you to comfortably cook and dine outside. Said Matt, organisation is definitely key to enjoying cooking and entertaining in a caravan or motorhome.  “Think beforehand as to how you wish to cook and entertain to determine the features you will need from your vehicle.  If you love cooking you might look for the most functional style of kitchen where as those who eat out might be happy for a smaller set up.  “Research and buy your accessories before you set out on your trip so that you can enjoy your travel.” ----   ENDS ---- About Albury Wodonga RV World: Albury Wodonga RV World is the largest caravan and RV dealership between Melbourne and Sydney. The company offers a range of motorhomes for sale, caravans for sale and campervans for both sale and hire.  The company stocks high quality Australian brands including Sunliner motorhomes, Royal Flair Caravans, A’Van, Golf and Winnebago. For further information regarding the company and their product range, visit www.awrvworld.com.au. Solo Female Travellers Hit The Road 2016-01-28T03:36:43Z solo-female-travellers-hit-the-road Forget the grey nomads, research is showing that female solo travellers are a growing market for the motorhome industry. Recent research compiled by Trip Advisor revealed that up to 81% of Australian women surveyed were planning to travel solo in 2015. Matt Sears, Managing Director of AW RV World advised his dealership had definitely experienced an increase in female buyers over the past 24 months. “It’s been an interesting trend to watch unfold actually.  Traditionally we have always marketed to retirees and grey nomads but solo female travellers are definitely a solid market for us also now. “Australian women are amazingly independent and they love the freedom and practicality that motorhomes can offer.  “A motorhome allows the solo lady to easily transport her vehicle without any hassles of towing, they can easily jump in the drivers seat and head away if they want a change of scene but have all the modern conveniences of a home such as a quality kitchens, bathrooms and fixtures.” Matt advised that hitting the road in a motorhome is also a cheaper way for women to travel in retirement. “Road travel and campsites are much cheaper than plane tickets and hotels, so if you’re planning on spending your retirement travelling, then investing in a motorhome is the way to go.   “While purchasing a new motorhome is an initial investment you will save money in the long run. And if you are a solo traveller considering purchasing a new motorhome, Matt advises to first try before you buy. “If you’re new to the world of RVs it is a good idea to rent before you buy.  This will give you a taste of life on the road and help you workout what you need from a motorhome in terms of layout and features.” AW RV World’s full range of motorhomes for sale and rent can be viewed online at www.awrvworld.com.au.  ----   ENDS ---- About Albury Wodonga RV World: Albury Wodonga RV World is the largest caravan and RV dealership between Melbourne and Sydney. The company offers a range of motorhomes for sale, caravans for sale and campervans for both sale and hire.  The company stocks high quality Australian brands including Sunliner motorhomes, Royal Flair Caravans, A’Van, Golf and Winnebago. For further information regarding the company and their product range, visit www.awrvworld.com.au. The Best Time To Buy 2016-01-28T03:33:10Z the-best-time-to-buy It may not be the typical pre Christmas purchase but the family caravan is fast becoming a popular item on Santa's list, as buyers look to snap up an end of year bargain. Matt Sears from Albury Wodonga RV World advised that December is a great time for families looking to buy a new caravan or upgrade their existing one as most dealerships are making way for new 2016 stock meaning big savings can be found at this time of year. “We definitely want to shift stock at this time of year as it allows us to clear the floor for new stock in January.  It’s a great time for buyers to get a solid deal or price matched offer.” “Many people take holidays from work at the end of the year which gives them time to shop around and start looking at options.” According to Matt, outdoor holidays have been regaining popularity, which is reflected in the steady growth of caravan production. 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