The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-07-29T05:23:07Z Are you experiencing a personal situation change? 2015-07-29T05:23:07Z are-you-experiencing-a-personal-situation-change Life is always changing and our situations rarely stay the same. Major life changes can affect you personally as well as financially. It could be that you are facing retirement, redundancy or maybe you have received a large amount of money through inheritance or windfall. These situations can leave anyone feeling dumbfounded without a clear plan for the future. Sorting out your finances may seem daunting but it is extremely important you make plans sooner rather than later. If you don't have a financial plan for the future you can potentially lose a lot of money. Getting the right financial advice can make all the difference maximising your finances and keeping you and your family comfortable in the future.   If you are facing Retirement, Redundancy or have received a large amount of assets through Inheritance or Windfall it may be beneficial to consider the following and talk to a financial advisor to assist you further in your decisions.  Redundancy Redundancy is happening more often now and just about anyone can be affected. If you are facing redundancy or might be affected, financial advice can help you make the right decisions when it comes to your redundancy payment. Some people spend their redundancy payment without considering long term plans which is a huge mistake as it could potentially leave them at loss. Some things to consider when facing redundancy: Do you have money to live off in case you cannot find another job right away? Did you know that you may be able to maximise your payment by reducing tax on your payout? Some people may be eligible for Centrelink support following redundancy Some are not eligible for Centrelink support and should consider carefully how to spend their redundancy payout                                                                        If you get the right advice fast you will be able to maximise your payout without losing out in the future. Inheritance Losing a loved one is hard enough and dealing with your finances would be the last thing on your mind. That’s why getting professional advice can make this process much easier for you and your loved ones. To make sure that the assets left to you by a loved one are used efficiently it is important to consider the following: Did you know that you may get taxed depending on the type and amount of assets received? How do you plan to use your inheritance? - You may want to invest, pay off debts or maybe give it away to charity etc. There are also different laws and regulations that needs to be followed when it comes to inheritance payouts. These issues need to be considered carefully to make the most of the assets your loved one has left for you. Retirement Retirement should be a relaxing time in your life. Ideally by this stage you should have enough money to live comfortably and still enjoy life. Some questions to ask yourself before retiring: What do you want to do in retirement? How much money will you need to do it? Do you need regular income? Where will this income come from? When can you retire? How and when will you be able to access your super? What Government support will you be eligible to receive?  Windfall If luck has blessed you with a large sum of money your first reaction may be to go on a spending spree. Remember that it is easy to overspend and be left with nothing if you don’t have a solid plan. Similar to Inheritance you may want to think about the following: How much money will you actually receive after tax and regulatory costs? What do you plan to do with your money/assets? How can you make the most of this good fortune? Speak to John from  If you are going through personal situational life changes we recommend you talk to John Addario, our new Financial Planner. He has been helping clients achieve their financial goals since 1996. John has a wide range of experience when helping clients sort out finances in life changing situations. As a member of LCU the initial consultation is complimentary and obligation-free. Make an appointment with John by calling 02 9906 8005 Building a good credit score 2015-07-29T05:20:30Z building-a-good-credit-score When applying for a loan, lenders will conduct a credit check on you. The credit check evaluates your overall credit activity from various credit files which then converts to a number known as a credit score. What is a credit score? A credit score assesses the credit risk of the individual. At LCU, we use Veda Advantage to calculate credit scores for loans. Veda scores can range between 1 and 1200. The higher your score the better your credit score. With higher scores, you will be eligible for more loans and may even receive better rates on your loans.  So before you apply for a loan it might be a good idea to build a good credit score. How to build a good credit score? Building a good credit history starts with paying your bills on time and avoiding debts. Other things that can influence your credit score may be how many times you have requested for a loan or credit. Pay your bills on time: You can start to build a good credit history by having your phone, electricity, the internet and other bills in your name and pay them off responsibly on time. Avoid debts: Any debts you have will lower your credit score so it is important that if you do have debts to pay them off as soon as possible and not to miss repayments. It is also important to keep your credit card limit as low as possible. Whatever your credit card limit is, it will be included as a potential debt when applying for a loan so it is very important to keep it as low as possible. Loan and credit enquires: The number of loan or credit card enquiries made can also affect your credit score. If you have made many enquiries it could lower your score especially if the loan was rejected.  If you want to find out more about credit scores or if you would like to find out your credit score check out Child Care Centre Director in Perth: “Arts and Crafts Help Preschoolers Develop Faster.” 2015-07-27T03:12:27Z child-care-centre-director-in-perth-arts-and-crafts-help-preschoolers-develop-faster Perth, WA, 27 July 2015 - Cuddles Childcare Centres have three locations in the Perth area. They are passionate about helping children learn through play and through the arts. Long before Australia began their National Quality Standard and National Quality Framework for child care, Cuddles Childcare Centres were already offering a program where children were encouraged to develop through play instead of “just being babysat.”Cuddles Childcare Centres offer a plethora of programs for preschoolers, such as Shake ‘n’ Bake, Friday Fun Day, Junior Soccer Goals, Messy Play, Jolly Phonics and Happy Feet Fitness. But they may be the proudest of two that encourage artistic expression and development: Jessie’s’ Art Time and Let’s Squiggle.Jessie’s Art Time provides a different opportunity for children to grow through art every week. Activities can range from making collages to drawing pictures to painting. Let’s Squiggle is for babies, who are provided with crayons or small amounts of finger paint and encouraged to “draw” or “paint” on paper. Michelle Coleski, the Operations Manager of Cuddles Childcare Centres, feels that arts and crafts are not only fun for everyone, but help preschoolers develop a lot of skills they will need for school and eventually result in higher achievement. According to Ms Coleski:“Children are developing a lot of skills they will need later in life when they engage in artistic activities such as drawing, painting and cutting images out of magazines or newspapers to put in a collage. If they were just having fun, it would still be great, but this kind of fun is putting children in a position to succeed later in life.”In a recent piece on the Cuddles Childcare Centres’ company blog, Ms Coleski referred to numerous studies, both in Australia and across the globe, which indicate that children who participate in the arts are higher achievers in school and in life. She cited one US study which found children who participate in the arts to be four times as likely to receive recognition for academic achievements. Skills Enhanced by ArtWhen children are participating in art, they are learning to hone their fine motor skills. Whether painting, drawing or cutting images to paste onto paper, they are developing the coordination that will eventually help them write. They are also developing hand to eye coordination and helping themselves develop their visual-spatial skills, holding images in their minds and transferring them to paper. Art also helps children learn to create and innovate, two traits which help immeasurably in school and in life.Ms Coleski concludes, “Since our inception, we have been committed to helping our children express themselves and learn through art. Even if there weren’t so many documented benefits, it would still be more than worthwhile because the kids love it.”Cuddles Childcare Centres offer child care services at three locations in the Perth area. Their motto is “Learning Through Play” and they provide numerous opportunities for supervised play during the day. Their arts and crafts offerings include “Jessie’s Art Time” for toddlers through 4 year-olds and “Let’s Squiggle” for the babies. To learn more or to arrange for child care, contact any of their locations in the Perth area through their webpage: Aussie solar car startup to showcase in Vegas 2015-07-27T01:38:42Z aussie-solar-car-startup-to-showcase-in-vegas Melbourne-based electric vehicle technology startup EVX ( has announced it will be exhibiting its scaled down model custom solar car and spin-off technologies at the world’s largest automotive speciality parts trade show in the world, the SEMA Show 2015 (Speciality Equipment and Marketing Association) ( at Las Vegas Convention Center, USA in November. The SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from around the world from more than 100 countries. EVX is a collaboration with the leading electric vehicle R&D group at Swinburne University of Technology and experienced local engineers who have designed and produced award winning solar racing cars. The engineering team at EVX is led by electric vehicle expert Dr Clint Steele. Co-Founder & CEO of EVX Barry Nguyen said “Without government funding so far, we have made significant progress in our R&D and getting closer to turn our ambitious vision into a reality. With the strong leadership of Dr Clint Steele, we have succeeded in keeping our approach lean through working with final year engineering students and new graduate engineers. ” Unlike the soulless and impractical nature of solar racers which have appeared in the World Solar Challenge for the past 25 years, EVX claims their solar car ‘The Immortus’ will be aesthetically pleasing, have true sports car performance and be able to make drivers completely independent, so they don’t need to rely on service stations in certain environmental conditions. “The Immortus is a limited edition bespoke sports car powered by the sun - a world first in this category. Inspired by the world portrayed in post-apocalyptic movies, the Immortus is designed to exhibit a toughness that no other car has: endurance.” Whilst designing the solar car technology platform, EVX has identified several innovations which has global commercialisable potential. This includes: - A hybrid retrofit kit concept - enabling current petrol cars, light trucks and fleet vehicles to be converted from being petrol powered to plug-in hybrid. In addition, the kit can increase acceleration after braking and turn 2 wheel drive vehicles into all wheel drive. - Lightweight air cooled battery box with multi-industry applications. - Regenerative shock absorber technology - recharging batteries from absorbing the bumps on the road with also multi-industry applications. “The hybrid retrofit kit concept has recently attracted interest from a prominent Melbourne-based OEM auto parts manufacturer. This is a promising sign for EVX, poised to disrupt the 34 billion dollar aftermarket parts and 9 trillion dollar auto global industries. We look forward to exhibiting at the SEMA trade show to develop new global partnerships, seek further customer feedback and attract pre-sales for our breakthrough products. ” says Nguyen.   Below is the latest render of The Immortus. A SMORGASBORD OF SCIENCE AT SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2015-07-23T05:22:22Z a-smorgasbord-of-science-at-sydney-science-festival The Sydney Science Festival has just released its inaugural program; and it is astronomical. In venues across Sydney from 13 - 23 August during National Science Week, the Festival program is full of events, tours, workshops, exhibitions, and fun science activities for kids and science fans of all ages.  A stellar Festival lineup will include talks from some of the world’s leading names in science, including astrophysics’ pop hero Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, space tweeting and singing astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, andStanford University’s own genetic guru Professor Kelly Ormond;alongside home-grown science brain Dr Karl. Leading local researchers will tackle topical issues from alternative energy solutions and sustainable food production to bringing science to wellness. Rising Sydney science stars will also present their cutting edge findings. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend 70 events across 34 venues in Sydney, including The Powerhouse Museum, The Australian Museum and The Australian National Maritime Museum, university campuses and local libraries. “The Sydney Science Festival extends our mission of inspiring curiosity and creativity in our community” said Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Rose Hiscock. “We’re delighted to be connecting community, research organisations and industry partners under the banner of the Festival during National Science Week.”   NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane said National Science Week is a chance for everyone to experience the wonder of science and its relevance to everyday life. “With events happening across Australia and throughout New South Wales, National Science Week is a great opportunity for people everywhere to discover the wonders of maths, science and engineering, and how these disciplines solve pressing problems.” National Science Week celebrations across the state include science festivals on the Sapphire Coast and in Newcastle, Lismore, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, Albury Wodonga and Armidale.  The Powerhouse Museum opens National Science Week in New South Walesand the Sydney Science Festival, with an official launch: a free over 18s science-themed party, MAASive Lates: Science, on Thursday 13 August. The event will be launched by special guest, UK space scientist and presenter of The Sky at Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock The party will be a cold fusion of performances and hands-on activities, with music, drinks and delicious eats. The first weekend of the Festival begins in a super collider of imagination and invention with the Sydney Mini Maker Faire (15 and 16 August) at the Powerhouse. The Faire is a family event for kids of all ages, where science fans can meet, greet, and see Sydney’s most innovative makers and their inventions. Astrophysicist and social media juggernaut Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson will bring his Ship of the Imagination to The Hordern Pavilion on Saturday 22 August on a world mission to progress critical thinking, and to shine a light on the importance of science in our modern-day landscapes. The star talk will continue with famed Astronaut, New York Times bestselling author and YouTube sensation Colonel Chris Hadfield, who willtake part in a live interview with veteran TV journalist Ray Martin for: A Spaceman’s View of the Planet on Tuesday 18 August at the State Theatre. Australian spacewomen Amanda Bauer, Katie Mack, Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer and Venessa Moss, will talk stars, galaxies and black holes, with ABC’s Wendy Zukerman in Space Jam. This panel of leading Australian astronomers will endeavor to answer the age old question of what’s going on (with the universe)? Australia’s most notorious science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki willspeak on the strange and wonderful things that can go wrong with the human body. His talk, Health and Medicine Questions: Snake Oil to Sex to Sneezes, addresses everything from diet and drug myths, to brains, breasts and bowels, backaches, bone-breaks and bacteria. For those who would prefer to shoot the breeze on energy and ecology over polymers, the Wesley Conference Centre is hosting a Q&A forum with top scientists and engineers, led by ABC science journalist and broadcasterRobyn Williams. The session will discuss cutting-edge, alternative-energy technologies available for a sustainable Sydney. Kids and their grown-ups can join in with Science in the Swamp! at Centennial Parklands. Meet a dinosaur, discover the science of bread making, or see how honey is made in a native beehive. Head to the Australian Museum Family Science Day for super shows, wonderful workshops and daring demonstrations or to Redfern Community Centre to experience bush teas and medicines, make Aboriginal tools or try your hand at boomerang making at the Indigenous Science family Fun Day. The Festival will finish up with a big bang during Explode it with Science, Sunday 23 August. This fiery day of demonstrations, workshops and interactive performances, from a safe distance at the Powerhouse Museum, is just the way to blast over the nearest event horizon and into a black hole, just for fun.  The full Sydney Science Festival is available online at  For more information about regional National Science Week events visit The Sydney Science Festival is organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, supported by major partner, Intel and is an Inspiring Australia initiative supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week. ENDS 'Code Like A Girl' Launches 2015-07-22T01:14:36Z code-like-a-girl-launches Founded by Ally Watson, female developer ataward-winning digital agency Deepend, Code Like A Girl is an online inspiration network and blog for female coders and women in the wider tech industry.  As part of the ongoing programme of activity, Code Like A Girl will host monthly events and meet-ups, bringing their members together to celebrate and discuss their passions and expertise.     The inspiration behind setting up the Australian arm of this global initiative, has been Watson’s own experiences in the male-dominated industry over the last five years.  There is an ongoing diversity problem within the technology and development sector, driving two key trends; not enough women are getting into development and when they do, there is a limited long term career path. In 1991 women held 37% of all computing jobs, today they hold just 26%.  56% of women in tech leave at the mid-level point of their career, compared to 17% of men, when the loss of their skills is most costly to companies[1].   With numerous initiatives taking place around the globe to encourage women to enter tech, Watson wanted to create a network closer to home; within the creative hub Melbourne where she lives and works.    Expanding on tech’s gender divide, founder Ally Watson said: “Unconscious bias means that from a young age girls are not exposed to problem solving and electronic based games in the way boys are.  This disparity has led to a greater number of boys being interested in technology and pursuing the sector as a valid education and career path. My core focus for Code Like A Girl is to help likeminded women in the sector grow and support one another, in what can sometimes be a daunting industry for females.“   Coding is one of the most important skills of the 21st century and there is a significant talent drought, the industry needs more computer scientists.  Research indicates that the sector is heading towards a skills crisis; by the year 2020 there will be 1million more jobs than there are people with the skills to fill those jobs.[2]    Deepend, Australia’s largest independent digital agency is the primary sponsor and a key driving force behind Code Like A Girl.  Kath Blackham, Managing Director of Deepend and board member of SoDA has offered her full support to the initiative as a mentor.   With a career that has spanned over 15 years at the forefront of the digital industry, Blackham has provided a wealth of knowledge and guidance.   She comments, “As a team made up of digital innovators and technology leaders, the broader Deepend Group and I, are proud to support such an inspirational network. Code Like A Girl provides a central hub to connect and meet with others to network and discuss current trends and issues within the digital industry.  Women are hugely under-utilised when it comes to the sector and have so much to offer. We need to turn the sliding trends of women in technology around and Code Like A Girl is a fantastic way to tackle the problem.”   Deepend are leading the charge with their diversity numbers with female developers working across both their Sydney and Melbourne offices, almost 50% of the technical producer team women.   Code Like A Girl’s official launch event will take place on August 6th   Event: Code Like A Girl launch event To RSVP: Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm Date: Thursday 6th August 2015 Location: Deepend Melbourne, 1 Cubitt Street, Cremorne, VIC 3121 Speakers: Ally Watson Founder of Code Like A Girl,  Jo Cranford, Development Team Lead at Culture Amp, Shevaun Coker Senior Developer from Envato, Giselle Rosman Director IGDA Melbourne Chapter, and Johana Foster Vice President for the RMIT Society for Women in Information Technology Sponsored by Deepend, GitHub, Treehouse    Code Like a Girl Links:   Deepend is proudly part of a four-agency collective, the Deepend Group, an independent, digital communications and innovation consultancy group. The Deepend Group portfolio includes the leading specialist agencies Deepend (Digital), How To Impact (Innovation), Nomad (Mobile) and History Will Be Kind (PR/Social Media).  [1] Harvard Business Review: [2] A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF HORROR HITS QUEENSLAND 2015-07-22T00:02:56Z a-whole-new-level-of-horror-hits-queensland A whole new level of horror to hit Queensland - Scream Farm announces Gold Coast Launch on 7th August 2015. Thrill seekers after a unique thrill will soon have a new attraction to conquer. Opening on The Gold Coast atCarrara Markets on the 7th August, Scream Farm will offer a fully immersive haunted attraction designed to scare to the very core.  Set in the heart of a zombie outbreak, Scream Farm is staged as a treating facility for the infected. Victims will experience first hand thrills, scares and an attraction not to be soon forgotten. Based on a purported zombie outbreak in the Queensland area, Scream Farm is a holding cell for beasts and zombies that have been found in the area. Scream Farm guests can expect a five-star attraction that offers suspense, fright and above all horrific fun. “This attraction is really something else, thrill seekers can expect to be scared on another level. Be prepared to be immersed by scenes and sounds of horror, and prepare to be surrounded on all sides by a crop of beasts” said Attractions Manager Nathan Pinkstone.  Queensland’s all new horror attraction will scare it’s guests with a frightening cast of ghoulish characters and scenarios - It is not for the faint hearted. Opening at Carrara Markets, Gold Coast (Cnr Gooding Drive & Manchester Road, Carrara) from 7th August, Scream Farm will be open for screams and feedings every Friday and Saturday night from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 online and $25.00 at the gate, for all booking enquiries click here.  Stay connected with Scream Farm via Facebook & #ScreamFarm. Connecting communities with live streaming for the Desert Harmony Festival 2015-07-17T04:40:28Z connecting-communities-with-live-streaming-for-the-desert-harmony-festival Celebrating its 26th year, the Desert Harmony Festival is presented by Barkly Regional Arts in beautiful Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. The festival runs from 31st to 5th August 2015 and delivers a diversity of artistic and cultural programs, celebrating the Barkly region’s unique Indigenous and multicultural demographic. This year, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has come on board as Major Supporters and the theme is to reflect key disability messages. The Desert Harmony Festival will be a great opportunity to reach out to the community about how the NDIS can support people with disability in the Barkly region in the Northern Territory. The Desert Harmony Festival successfully introduced live streaming in 2012, and will be broadcasting a few key events to a global audience again this year on our website to allow communities who do not have direct access to the Festival remotely to tune in from the comfort of their own home. This is an opportunity for local artists in the community to showcase their arts practice in the wider community.  Barkly Regional Arts will partner with TiLT Vision in streaming live content online. The Media Mob crew is a group of Indigenous youth training in digital media who are also be onboard to help the team. The webcast will cover The Footy Show presented by the Stronger Sisters, one of the biggest nights of the festival and BAMFestwhere talented musicians from all over the Barkly take to the stage, the AFL Grand Final Match. Check out our program on our website and remember to tune in online!  The line-up for 2015 is nothing short of spectacular and audiences will be treated to a diverse range of cultural and contemporary events and workshops. With music and dance performances, cultural activities, sporting and lifestyle events, theatre, film, youth events, visual arts and great food, the 2015 Desert Harmony Festival will be an inspiring, unique and truly memorable experience. Tennant Creek is truly a beautiful landscape and also offers visitors plenty of spectacular scenery, attractions and experiences to fully immerse in and enjoy the festival environment. Third round of tickets are now available at festival website or at the Barkly Regional Arts office (65 Staunton Street, Tennant Creek). Contact: Kathy Burns Festival Manager Ph: (08) 8962 2799 Fax: (08) 8962 1283 IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOOGLE, THEN IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR US... 2015-07-17T01:34:49Z giddy-up-podium-events-is-now-idiom-events Media Release 17/7/15 Did you know that Google used to be known as BackRub?  The world's #1 search engine was created in 1996 and changed to Google in 1998.  Also, Pepsi-Cola was initially called Brad’s Drink. Well Podium Events has expanded and we too have taken the plunge and changed our name.  Effective today, we will be known as IDIOM EVENTS. Idiom /ˈɪdɪəm/ is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning We still have the same team, same service, same office, same everything really. Just a brand new name (with new email addresses and a new website address to boot!) In the coming weeks we have some HUGE event announcements to share with you, so watch this space! For all your event, corporate hospitality & ticket enquiries, contact Idiom Events on 03 8488 7998 or -  End  - ABOUT IDIOM EVENTS: Idiom Events provides high end Corporate Hospitality packages, Premium Reserved Seating and VIP Access to local and international clients at events across Australia and the world.Drawing upon over 20 + years of experience in all facets of the industry including Hospitality, Conferencing, Event Management, Sponsorship, Logistics and Operations, Idiom delivers our clients, and in-turn their clients and guests, an experience that exceeds all expectations.We provide Corporate Hospitality across the range of major sports, lifestyle, arts and fashion events throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. No matter what your needs are, we tailor packages to meet our clients requirements and budget.We work with our corporate clients and match them with the best hospitality events for their staff and/or clients – always ensuring they align with their business needs.  We have an in-depth knowledge of the best packages available and have a strong affiliation with only the best venues and partners ensuring that our packages are MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Maree 446 484 It’s Time for our Four Legged Friends to Shine 2015-07-16T04:03:39Z it-s-time-for-our-four-legged-friends-to-shine Exmouth PCYC and the Shire of Exmouth partnered together to host a Dog Show on Thursday 16 July, to offer a free and entertaining event to the community during the School Holiday period. The event has been run in previous years and proved again to be very popular this year, as the locals certainly love to show off their dogs. “The Dog Show is a bit of fun for the whole family, and it’s great to celebrate our dogs as they add so much to our lives,” said PCYC Centre Support Officer, Lauren Rampling. Shire Ranger David George and Vet Nurse Shayne Napier had the unenviable task of trying to decide who is top dog, as the Judges for the Show. The winners were: Best Exmouth Special Ginger runner up - trigger Best Pedigree – Summer – runner up -  leo Obstacle Course – Lulu – runner up - Summer Best Trick – Ruby runner up - Lulu Most Obedient Ruby & Toby joint winners Best Dress Up – Lulu runner up – Pea Diddler Cutest Dog – Toby runner up Ceaser Saddest Eyes –Leo runner up - Jewels Waggliest Tail – Pea Diddler runner up – Lulu PCYC would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time and expertise, as well as the Exmouth Gymnastics Club, who lent some equipment for the Obstacle Course. PCYC is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the help of donors, sponsors and volunteers to keep its activities and programs operational.  If you can offer your assistance in any way, please contact Lauren on 9949 2441 or email Spring Doggy Winery Tours - Yarra Valley 2015-07-15T22:55:10Z spring-doggy-winery-tours-yarra-valley Give your best friend out a day to remember and join us for our Yarra Valley Dog Friendly Winery Tours. Bella – our dog welcoming bus will chauffeur you and your pooch for a day of food, wine and walks. Stretch your 2 or 4 legs at Lilydale Lake where all the pooches just love romping and exploring. This is an iconic parkland for dogs and our dogs are so excited to be running around playing together. Then we are off to our first tasting venue with the pooches perched on their very own seat looking out at scenery. A well-deserved two-course lunch and a glass of wine awaits next with a personalised wine tasting experience awaits us. Our exhausted best friends get to lounge around as we relax with their own dog carer, lots of treats, pats and cuddles. We take a short walk after lunch to our next tasting venue where the local wines are show cased for all to try. Then  it is time to let our exhausted pooches curl up on Bella for the journey home. Our staff will take care of every detail of the day, so all you have to do is relax, explore the venue and enjoy being in the company of dog lovers on our Doggy Winery Tour. The James Bond Collection Launches 2015-07-15T22:35:31Z the-james-bond-collection-launches SPECIAL EDITION BOND BLU-RAY & DVD RELEASES ARRIVE THIS SEPTEMBER  BOND COLLECTIBLES WITH NEW SPECIAL FEATURES RELEASED AHEAD OF UPCOMING 24th JAMES BOND ADVENTURE, SPECTRE Sydney, Australia (July 16, 2015) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing a special edition collectible box-set on Blu-ray and DVD on September 23rd, ahead of the November 6th global release of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure.   Included in the Blu-ray boxset are two new featurettes are based on interviews with renowned Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. “The Shadow of SPECTRE” concentrates on the history of SPECTRE, the fictional global criminal syndicate and terrorist organization. The second featurette, “The Story So Far”, recaps and relives the significant moments from the previous three Daniel Craig Bond films.The James Bond Collection features all 23 iconic Bond films together in one collection, which includes a 24th space for SPECTRE.  Also included on both Blu-ray and DVD is a bonus disc exclusive featuring “Everything or Nothing”, a 90-minute documentary on the untold story of 007.Available now on pre-order at JB Hi Fi -Ends- ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family.   Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising.   EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films.   The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE & SKYFALL. They are currently producing the 24th film, SPECTRE.  ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels and is the majority owner of and distributor for United Artists Media Group (UAMG). For more information, visit  ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and DigitalHD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.  CONTACT:   Lauren Braid – T: +61 (0) 2 8353 2124 Nicola Franklin - : T: +61 (0) 2 8202 0555     Australia’s first app-building workshop for women entrepreneurs. Now in its 3rd successful year! 2015-07-15T20:16:42Z australia-s-first-app-building-workshop-for-women-entrepreneurs-now-in-its-3rd-successful-year SYDNEY: 16 July 2015 – Consumers now spend more time consuming digital content via smartphones and tablet apps than they do via surfing the web — either on a smartphone or on the desktop. The average U.S. smartphone user now spends 88 percent of his or her time when using a mobile phone within an app and just 12 percent using the web browser. To give women an opportunity to be in this revolution TiE Sydney is again running Create-a-thon, an intensive workshop specifically tailored for non-technical women entrepreneurs to go through an intensive experience to pitch for and draw up their app. Women install 40% more apps than men and spend 87% more ( That is a great opportunity for apps that appeal to this market. Create-a-thon is a workshop to help women get the ideas out of their heads and into the world. This intensive 3 day workshop brings successful non tech women entrepreneurs into the app development eco system. To apply visit Create-a-thon is proudly sponsored and supported by Commonwealth Bank, Hatching Labs, Leaders in Heels, oDesk or now Upwork, Fishburners, Women as Entrepreneurs, the Velvet Onion and Heads over Heels. Considering that women account for 85 per cent of app purchases, bringing entrepreneurs into the app development eco-system looked like the perfect powerhouse for creative innovation. Participants are given a crash course on app building, fundamentals of designing, marketing, business validation and investment pitching. Many will finish ready to take their app ideas to market with the confidence and skills obtained from the workshop. The three-day workshop, culminates in a pitching competition prizes are awarded to the winning concept. There is an extensive line up of speakers who are all seasoned app entrepreneurs – Fiona Anson, Co-Founder & Director, Workible. Kristine Howard, Canva. Ben Levi, Renting Smart. Tara O'Connell, The Baby Diaries. Natasha Rawlings, CEO,  Heads over Heels, and Nic Wright Founder, AppInstruct, Mora Gago, Business Analyst, Empire One and other critical professionals important in the App building space - Robyn Heard, Senior Associate, Patent Attorney, Griffith Hack, and Katie Prendergast City Manager, oDesk   Ends   Media enquiries Ambika Malvia Director, TiE Sydney Mob: 0404 711 771 Email:   About Create-a-thon event   The event is organised and hosted by Ambika Malvia, Director, TiE Sydney, Co-founder and Aleksha Meheta, Strategic Relationship Manager, TiE Sydney.   TiE Women TiE Women is a community within TiE Sydney – a not for profit dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs in Australia and around the world.   About Ambika Malvia Ambika is passionate about encouraging women in tech. She runs a price comparison site and is the Director for women entrepreneurship at TiE. Home Renovation Firm in Perth Warns: “Always Get a Quote for a Home Extension.” 2015-07-13T04:45:09Z home-renovation-firm-in-perth-warns-always-get-a-quote-for-a-home-extension Perth, WA, 13 July 2015 - Next Level Extensions is a firm that provides home renovations such as second storey additions and home extensions in the Perth area. They specialise in home renovations and have more than 70 years of combined industry experience. They are adamant at recommending a firm quote before agreeing to have any home renovation completed. According to Craig Johns, Director and one of the owners of Next Level Extensions, “When looking for the right builder, it is important to get a quote that tells you exactly how much it is going to cost to get the work done. There are a lot of reasons for this. First of all, you need to know if you can afford it. Second, you need to be able to budget and apply for a loan if necessary.”Mr Johns continued, “The last thing you can afford is surprises. A lot of builders give estimates but no firm quotes. Then, you find yourself suddenly being asked to come up with more money. A reputable builder will give you a firm quote telling you exactly what your home renovation is going to cost and how long it is going to take to do the work.”Factors to ConsiderBefore getting a quote, homeowners need to figure out whether they want to rebuild, build up or build out. If a homeowner has a large land block, they are usually recommended to build outward with a home extension. This is usually less expensive because there isn’t as much structural work to be done on a ground floor as there is with a second storey addition.Many homeowners choose to modernise by combining a second storey addition or home extension with a full renovation of the current living space. Some also choose a knockdown and rebuild, where the entire home is knocked down and rebuilt from scratch.Mr Johns recommends deciding what would constitute one’s dream home and go from there. According to Mr Johns: “You need to ask yourself what you really want. How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? Do you want a living room and an extra family room? Do you want a home office? How about an alfresco living area? An upstairs deck? Do you want a lounge area on your roof?”Getting the QuoteAt Next Level Extensions, they have a five part process from beginning to completion. After initial contact, a consult is arranged with award winning home renovation designer Max Sardi. After ideas are discussed, Mr Sardi provides an estimate of approximate costs. After plans are drawn, a firm contract is presented with actual costs and time within which the renovation will be completed.Mr Johns concludes, “After the contract is signed, your home will be completed for exactly what we told you it would cost in the amount of time we told you it would take.”Next Level Extensions provides home renovations, home extensions and second storey additions in Perth. They have assembled a highly talented and professional crew of the finest builders in the Perth area and built their reputation by providing top notch work and always coming in on time and on budget. To learn more or for a free consult, call 1300 948 094 today or visit their website: Time Out to Crown 2015’s Culinary Kings and Queens 2015-07-08T23:03:37Z time-out-to-crown-2015-s-culinary-kings-and-queens Gastronomes of Australia clear your calendars; Time Out have announced two hot new venues will host the 2015 Time Out Food Awards, and tickets to the party are going on sale now. Greek gastro-legend George Calombaris,and Gazi, his latest dining den with a cheeky twist; will play host to Melbournites on Monday 17 August, in a tasty celebration emceed by comedian slash DJ Andrew McClelland.  Sydneysiders, see you a week later, on Monday 24 August, where the party will be hosted by prime Yorkshire-export/chef Sean Connolly and his sexy new oyster and ale house the The Morrison, emceed by DJ and chef Andrew Levins. These are most important dates in the culinary year so trim your beard, tame your locks, and grab your frock; it’s almost time to celebrate with the country’s best taste titillators. On Thursday 16 July (Melbourne) and Thursday 23 July (Sydney) voting for the People’s Choice Award top ten nominees opens, giving everyone a chance to vote for the restaurant that blew them away this year. The full awards categories and nominees are still to be announced so stay tuned. "Time Out's Awards pay tribute to the places we love to visit and the chefs who are delighting our palates without costing us the earth,’’ said Freya Herring, Time Out Sydney’s Restaurants & Cafes Editor. “But we also have awards for the extremes – high-end restaurants, cheap eats – plus the city's best cafés too." "The Time Out Food Awards are about celebrating excellent but also accessible restaurant culture," said Larissa Dubecki, Time Out Melbourne’s Restaurant Critic. "In Melbourne we are blessed with a huge number of top-class affordable restaurants – places that Time Out's readers love to visit every week, not just on special occasions – and the scene is getting more exciting every year." The Time Out Food Awards are an industry-recognized celebration of talent, voted on by independent editors and reviewers.  The Awards are an incredibly fun night out and an opportunity for the restaurant industry to rub shoulders with the people who love their food.   Joining the celebration so far are Appletiser Sparkling Apple, Yenda beer and Cargo Crew Apparel. Early bird and VIP tickets are now on sale for both Sydney and Melbourne. Keep up to date with news and nominee announcements for Sydney and Melbourne. TICKETS: Standard Tickets: $60 + BF (after Thursday 23 July: includes food, drinks, good times + a copy of TOFA issue worth $4.95) Early Bird Tickets: $55 + BF (valid from Thursday 9 – Thursday 23 July) VIP Tickets: $80 + BF (includes Time Out Melb or Time Out Syd subscription worth $34.95 + bonus bag on the night!) SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: TIMEOUTSYDNEY + TIMEOUTMELBOURNE Twitter: @SydneyTimeOut + @TimeOutMel Facebook: Time Out Sydney + Time Out Melbourne Hashtag: #TOFoodAwards EDITORS NOTES: Time Out is the best of what’s happening in your city. They are an independent voice for maximising your experience in your city. They provide independent, authoritative reviews and recommendations when it comes to the best in food and drinks, arts, culture, music, travel and more.