The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-08-01T06:06:33Z Picture framing Melbourne- Made Special with Italian Classics 2014-08-01T06:06:33Z picture-framing-melbourne-made-special-with-italian-classics Mahoneys Framing are now providing picture framing Melbourne services using the newest innovations of custom framing. Whether it be sleek and modern frames made with precision to compliment office and home décor or classic timber frames that add sophistication, the new Bellini range is sure to impress any onlooker.  Bellini frames have had a long standing reputation as being the best hand crafted mouldings due to the fine detail precision that is applied to their creation. The new Italian Classics range includes a variety of mouldings that can be fitted to any picture. Mahoneys Framing, as a leading custom frames Melbourne provider are now offering this exclusive range. Bringing the ultimate in style, each frame consists of hand crafted detail, from stately grandeur, to contemporary sophisticated mouldings for the urbane. Each frame embodies a vision, sourced only from the most talented craftsmen whom are third and fourth generation artisans, that take traditional ideals and skills to create the most stunning and dynamic display of moulding. The mouldings are all individually sculpted, using century old techniques to deliver a product of the utmost quality and aesthetic appearance. Bellini frames do not simply create beautiful displays and preserve your pictures to the highest quality, but they are also the easiest way to bring a touch of sophistication to uplift décor and improve overall appearance of a room. For all discerning picture framing Melbourne clients, these frames are definitely the best option. Custom picture framing is an Art, and therefore, the attention should be in the detail of the frame to bring out all the design elements to enhance the picture. Bellini frames are sculpted in a way to transcend the beauty of your image into a room like a beaming light. These frames are truly unmissable in a room. Bring sophistication to your space today!About UsPicture Framing in Melbourne by Mahoney’s Framing gives your artwork professional framing that preserves and adds to their beauty. Mahoneys Framing are your Melbourne picture framing experts for new, elegant and updated picture frames in a variety of contemporary, classic and traditional styles. Visit our website at or call us at +61 3 9642 1148. ENTERTAINMENT GALORE AT FERRAGOSTO 2014-08-01T02:11:10Z entertainment-galore-at-ferragosto “We are entering the 17th year of Ferragosto and there is so much Italian talent and activities, it’ll make festival-goers feel as though they have left Sydney and are enjoying a vibrant Sunday in Italy,” Mayor Tsirekas said. Ferrafesta (main stage) will bring the Italian party to life with stand-out performances by EuroLatino. The combination of romantic Italian sounds with pulsating Latino rhythms will excite audiences. The party will continue at FerraMusica and FerraGiovani with all-day entertainment by home-grown entertainers that will get the festival moving with dancing and music. “There is something for everyone at Ferragosto, from the staged entertainment to the roving performances, trivia and competitions. However, what’s really exciting this year is all the new additions which will bring more fun to an already great day out,” Mayor Tsirekas said.   “What better way to soak up the Italian atmosphere than with a coffee, pastry (or slice of pizza) and an Italian film? We will be showing two Italian films through-out the day on Garfield Street. “Don’t miss the free Carnival Mask making workshops, or grab a picture posed as a pizza maker or gondolier. The street soccer will be great fun and you can choose your opponent and see who can score the most goals”. As always, stop by FerraPiazza, the traditional Italian square and enjoy the wine market where you can sample some wine while soaking up the Italian atmosphere. Ferragosto will again be an environmentally friendly event and Mayor Tsirekas said we are committed to organising events that minimise environmental impact. “Ferragosto is plastic bag and polystyrene free, we have free bicycle parking, water stations to refill water bottles, we use biodiesel generators to power the stages, our promotional material, flyers and programs are printed on recycled paper and we reduce our carbon footprint offset through Climate Friendly,” he said. “I urge the community to help us in keeping the event environmentally friendly by riding your bike to Ferragosto  and parking it for free and bringing your own reusable carry bag. If you visit the Eco-Hub on the day and show your reusable bag or bike helmet, you could win a $100 voucher from a local bike store or the online eco store Biome.”   Ferragosto will be held on Great North Road, Five Dock on Sunday, 17 August from 10am-4pm.   The event is brought to you by the City of Canada Bay and is supported by Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Canada Bay Club, Cleanaway, Club Five Dock RSL, Inner West Courier, italianicious magazine, Community Relations commission for multicultural NSW, Channel Nine, St George bank, Leichhardt Fiat Alfa and Five Dock Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Canterbury BMW, Adshel and Aqua Source.   For more information on the event, please visit our website: **Ends** Story Time Announces Monsoon Camp In August 2014-07-30T05:11:14Z story-time-announces-monsoon-camp-in-august Story Time Publications, which specializes in the publication of paperback and hardcover books for kids, is all set to take monsoon fun in Kolkata a couple of notches higher. A three-day monsoon camp has been scheduled to be held in August - and it promises to be a first-of-its-kind children’s event in the city. The Story Time Monsoon Camp will be conducted on the 15th, 16th and 17th of August, at Tender Care Montessori School (at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Park Street). The head of Teknowledge Software, the mobile apps company which is in charge of organizing the event, explained that the entire thing would be on the lines of the various summer camps regularly hosted in Kolkata. Kids in the 5-12 age group can attend this Story Time extravaganza. To keep the proceedings systematic, the event planners at Story Time have divided the event days into two batches. The first - from 10am to 12 noon - will be mainly for the younger set of children (who fall in the 5-8 years age range). The afternoon session, from 2pm to 4pm, will witness the presence of kids aged 9-12. On special requests, toddlers around 3-4 years of age would also be admitted. An impressive line-up of fun activities await the little attendees at the Story Time Monsoon Camp. Mr. Hussain Fakhruddin, the CEO of Teknowledge, informed us that there would be a magic show, an art and craft session, and a drawing/painting competition at the show. Given the unprecedented levels of success that the digital storytelling sessions at Park English School and International Public High School (conducted by Story Time over the last couple of months) enjoyed, it is only natural that such story sessions will feature during the camp as well. When contacted, the organizers of Story Time Monsoon Camp 2014 highlighted another small session that is likely to witness active participation from the visiting children. It has been named ‘2 Minutes To Fame’ - and would serve as a platform for kids to do basically whatever they want to - right from dressing up in superhero costumes, and doing poem recitations, to singing and giving short extempore (kid-style!) speeches. There is going to be a freestyle dance session as well. At most summer camps (or other such similar seasonal camps), the health factor of the attending children is often a tad neglected. Story Time has made sure that parents won’t have any cause for complaint in this regard, at the Monsoon Camp. Free health and dental checkups have been specially highlighted in the program itinerary. Parents/guardians have been requested to be present during these medical checkups, to collect reports and stay updated about their little ones’ health. As per early reports, the announcement of Story Time Monsoon Camp has generated an extremely positive response among parents in Kolkata and the suburbs. The first two days (15 and 16 August) of the event, in fact, have already been sold out. Queries and registration requests are flying in for the sessions on the 17th. Encouragingly, both individual parents as well as nursery schools/kindergartens are showing willingness to make their kids/students a part of the show. Given that it is the exam season at most schools - this is indeed remarkable. Thanks to the volume of interest about the event, organizers have lowered the registration charge from Rs. 500 to Rs. 300 (full package; per kid). Story Time Monsoon Camp is a brave and innovative endeavor on the part of Story Time/Teknowledge Software, to add that extra dash of fun and frolic during the monsoons. If it is a hit (and all early indications do point towards that), more corporate houses, NGOs and the like will be encouraged to organize such kids’ events. All the details about the Monsoon Camp (including registration information and program schedules) can be seen at Parents can clarify all queries via email, to For direct bookings, 9433138173 and 9433193640 are the numbers to call. This one really promises to be an occasion to remember for the kids of the city. Most of them are counting down the days! Regional Real Estate Outperforms Capital Cities 2014-07-28T05:36:14Z regional-real-estate-outperforms-capital-cities Geraldton, WA, 28 July 2014 - A recent report that regional real estate markets, including Geraldton, had outperformed Perth for the month of May surprised a lot of economists across Western Australia, but not those in Geraldton. In fact, regional real estate markets outperformed capital cities in the Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria as well as in Western Australia. Superior NumbersWhile the market flattened in most parts of Australia during the month of May, regional WA saw an increase of 2.38% for the best performance in Australia. Madeleine McErlain, Marketing Manager for 4Land Property Group, who are developing a master planned estate called Geraldton Heights Estate in Geraldton, is not the least bit surprised and continues to be excited at how lively the property market is in Geraldton. According to Ms McErlain, “We love the Geraldton market because it represents the best of both worlds for first home buyers, young families, those who want a sea change and retirees.” The properties cost much less than they do in the capital cities, but are experiencing capital growth at a higher rate. Since even the most conservative estimate projects 42.8% population growth in Geraldton by 2026, we can’t see the growth rate going anywhere but up.”4Land Property Group develops land estates in the Perth market and Geraldton Heights Estate is their first real estate venture in the regional areas. They have been very successful in the Perth market and are experiencing success in Geraldton that is similar to what they have achieved in Perth suburbs such as Pearsall, Munster and Mandurah. Low Regional PricesOn the Geraldton Heights company blog, Ms McErlain recently noted that the median price of a home in Pearsall is $500,000 while it is only $360,000 in Geraldton. According to Ms McErlain, “We have helped many first home buyers and young families in the Perth market purchase homes when they thought they couldn’t. Sadly, though, we can’t help everyone in Perth because even with our low prices, Perth prices too many people out of home ownership.”Ms McErlain continued, “In Geraldton, the entry threshold is much lower than in Perth, providing younger families and first home buyers more opportunity to break into the market and have their own homes. Better yet, once they buy in Geraldton, they will find that they experience much more capital growth than they would have in Perth because Geraldton is undergoing such a growth cycle.”Investors AgreeMany Perth investors are investing in Geraldton property because they perceive the prospects for capital growth to be the best in WA. According to Ms McErlain, “Just as it is for young families, Geraldton real estate is attractive to small investors, too. They can enter the investment market for a lower price and their investments have the potential to experience a much higher percentage of capital growth.”Ms McErlain concluded, “The Australian Dream is alive and well in Geraldton.”Geraldton Heights Estate is a planned real estate community overlooking the Geraldton CBD and the Indian Ocean. For information on any property they have for sale, visit their website: or give them a call on (08) 9301 4445. Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship shortlist announced 2014-07-28T01:54:04Z templeberg-residential-writing-fellowship-shortlist-announced Now in its second year, the fellowship will send an Australia writer to Templeberg Villa in Galle in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for two- to four-weeks to work on a writing project. The international fellowship is a philanthropic initiative of the Australian based owners of Templeberg Villa, Christopher Shields and Brent Carey. The winning writer will receive return airfare from Melbourne to Colombo in Sri Lanka, a 30-day tourist visa, internal transfer costs, accommodation, full board (all meals) and an A$1,000 spending allowance. For the 2014 fellowship, the shortlisted writers are: ·         Aden Rolfe (NSW) ·         Chris Armstrong (NSW) ·         Christy Collins (VIC) ·         Gloria Meltzer (VIC) ·         Greg Woodland (NSW) ·         Lenny Bartulin (TAS) ·         Lisa Walker (NSW) ·         Lucy Nelson (ACT) ·         Richard Newsome (QLD) ·         Sophie Overett (QLD) ·         Virginia Jealous (WA) “This is a truly national shortlist,” said Christopher Shields from Templeberg Villa, “Projects imagined and inspired by writers and poets from states as far apart as Queensland and New South Wales on the east coast and Western Australia right down to Tasmania.” “There is also an eclectic selection of poems, short stories, new fiction and a performance piece," he said. Several of the shortlisted applicants are previous winners of other leading writing prizes. Emerging poet Aden Rolfe has been shortlisted four times for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and is a past recipient of the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry. Greg Woodland is a 2014 LitLink and Varuna Writer’s Fellowship recipient and won Best Drama Manuscript in the 2005 National Literary Awards. The international judging panel chaired by acclaimed Sri Lankan-based author Royston Ellis also includes Victorian travel writer Michelle Aung Thin, winner of last year’s fellowship Michelle Wright, and the owners of Templeberg Villa, Brent Carey and Shields. The judges will select one winner, who will be announced at a special event hosted by Writers Victoria at The Salon on Tuesday 12 August. Silver Anniversary of Phenomenon Creative Event Services: Something to Celebrate! 2014-07-25T01:39:19Z silver-anniversary-of-phenomenon-creative-event-services-something-to-celebrate Perth, WA, 25 July 2014 – Now beginning their second quarter century in the events industry, Phenomenon Creative Event Services are considered Western Australia’s go-to event styling and theming professionals.Phenomenon’s Director, Paul Cumming says “Now is as good a time as ever to look back at our journey during the past twenty-five years. We’re enjoying reminiscing, but also looking ahead into the future and wondering what ‘will be’.”The Phenomenon story began in a humble garage in Perth, by founders Paul Cumming and his business partner Steven Power. They hit upon the idea of a mobile disc jockey business that would service anything from parties to large scale corporate events and other celebrations.Eventually, both gentlemen brainstormed with ideas on how to expand the business beyond simple disc jockey talent. What they needed to find was a reliable team of hardworking, talented and creative people who could help them grow the business into something ‘phenomenal’.Cumming says, “The resounding message coming through on this point in time is that our current success is based on brilliant people doing equally brilliant work even in the early days.”In 2000, “Phenomenon Creative Event Services” was officially born, when Cumming and Power expanded the business to include photography, videography and event theming. In more recent years, the DJ, photography and videography arms of the business were sold and our primary focus became what it is today, to specialise in four key areas - event theming & styling, furniture hire, corporate branding and prop hire. Phenomenon do however work in tandem with other like-minded professionals to deliver event services such as entertainment, photography, videography, audio visual, lighting and the like."After so many years, Phenomenon has witnessed trends and changes come and go. What remains, they say, is their commitment to excellent customer service and delivering superior events in Perth and the surrounding area.“If you’ll forgive us and let us brag for a bit, we are proud of the evolution of our company,” Cumming says. “Each one of the changes and tweaks we have made means that we are never still and never complacent.“Looking ahead, our end goal is still no more solid than it was 25 years ago. Every year, we adjust our mindsets to pursue new looks and new markets and to become more efficient and deliver more creative options to our clients.” he says.When asked what exactly has changed in the last quarter century, Cumming stands firm with his answer.“Many, many things have changed, but not our attention to detail and customer service. Creating amazing events and ensuring people leave an event having had an experience is what we enjoy doing the most.” he says.“We have phenomenal clients who have pushed us to achieve more, and awesome vendors and suppliers, who have helped us realise our needs and goals. We couldn’t have achieved this without them because it’s definitely teamwork all the way round.”“And we never forget that even if it’s a business, we have to have fun,” he adds.Cumming says, “To our equally phenomenal clients who have pushed us to achieve more with each coming year. To our vendors and suppliers, who have helped us realise our clients dreams and needs, and of course, to the staff who have worked so hard at meeting and exceeding this dream. Thank you - we wouldn’t have achieved any of this without you!”Phenomenon Creative Event Services has earned its reputation for excellence in the Perth area. Now twenty-five years strong in the industry, the Phenomenon team will make your next event one to be remembered for years to come. Visit their website at, or phone them on 1300 33 9000. The Custom Trend - Its all About me 2014-07-23T05:41:37Z the-custom-trend-its-all-about-me Customise this, personalize that, selfie here and a quick upload there and the social world of me is in full swing. As a matter of fact, this focus on social media images and instant up loadable pics has driven the growth of the personalised products industry. Picabu Australia Pty Ltd is capitalising on this industry by offering Australia's largest range of customisable phone and tablet cases (nearly 150 devices available). You can now upload any image on the device of your choice at and it will be printed and shipped to you within 24 hours. Picabu has two mainstream products - custom cases (silicon tough cases with your image printed on them) and 3D Skins (3M adhesive material with your image printed on them for the front, sides and back of your phone - like a 'skin'). All of Picabu's custom products are actually printed and packaged in Australia. The popularity of this custom product has taken off in Europe and America in the last 5 years and has just recently hit Australian shores. Picabu Australia's GM, Pascal Gouel believes the Australian market is ripe for growth, "Australia has 30 million active mobile phones in operation, equivalent to 1.33 per capita and one of the highest in the western world. Add to this the need to purchase an average of 2 cases per phone per year and you have a large ready-made case market in Australia. Picabu Australia is well positioned to grow the custom phone case trend by offering the largest available devices that can be customised - currently we have nearly 150 of the most popular devices on our site and its being increased on a weekly basis". Picabu Australia is one of the first to offer the 3D skin product. The 3D skins are made from 3M adhesive material (world patented) and have an air bubble release technology embedded in the material. Picabu Australia effectively prints your image on this material which is then adhered to your phone / tablet case like a 'skin' (Front, Back and Sides). The application of this product is not only for social and personal use, but has a wide attraction in business: "Many of our customers are actually businesses who have printed their logo and marketing material on their phone and tablet cases. If you think about it, a custom phone case with your company logo is a walking billboard that scores hundreds of impressions per month. We are finding that companies are being attracted to this new, low cost and effective means of marketing, by providing them to their employees and as promotional giveaways". In addition to their custom cases and 3D Skins, Picabu Australia also has ready-cut 3D skins made from glitter, wood finish, metal brush and carbon fiber material. It's now easy and quick to just change your phone skin based on the mood you are in. According to Pascal Gouel, the key to success to this kind of business is marketing and user experience. We have gone to great lengths to develop a professional, easy to use website that allows customers to upload their image and immediately see how their custom case will look like. Overseas competitors have only done this for the major 15-20 device products, but we have done it for all. Like any online product nowadays, social media marketing and word of mouth is critical to its success.  Its very important to us and our customers that we are an Australian company that prints and packages the product in Australia. This is great for quality control, great for customer service and great for Australia" New Product combats Non-Compliant Phone Chargers 2014-07-22T04:37:04Z new-product-combats-non-compliant-phone-chargers If you have seen the news in the past few days you would have heard about the risks of non-compliant phone chargers. Unapproved phone chargers have flooded the market with very little way of knowing what's approved and what isn't. A great way to ensure you are not getting dodgy non-compliant chargers is to have a quality Clipsal USB installed by Reactive Energy. You can't put a price on safety. New to the market:The Clipsal USB Charger Outlet – the perfect answer to the "where is the charger?" question!  Designed in Australia for Australian conditions. Clipsal's innovative 30 Series USB Charger Mech provides an adaptable, efficient and reliable solution. Use to charge phones, tablets and other consumer electronic devices in a wide variety of market segments, without needing the manufacturer's original charger. It will change the way people charge their devices. • Conveniently charge multiple electronic devices, simultaneously and quickly.• Safe to use and reliable.• Fits multiple wall switches and power outlets that you may already have in your home.• Install or upgrade today. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 859 882 or email us How the 1 July QLD Electricity Price Rises affect you 2014-07-22T04:34:48Z how-the-1-july-qld-electricity-price-rises-affect-you You may or may not have heard that electricity prices have gone up once again, 13.6% from the 1st July 2014!  The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) says bills have risen by about 50 per cent over the past three years. We encourage our customers to shop around for a better deal with retailers. There are comparison calculators now available, however we have found these to be hard to understand and compare apples with apples, especially for customers with solar or off-peak tariffs. This is why we have created our own comparison with all the correct up to date information. We can sit down with you and compare your figures and help you choose the right retailer to suit your needs. Let's hope the Federal Government's carbon tax is repealed, to eliminate this portion of your bill! Contact Joe or Luke at Reactive Energy on 1300 85 98 82 to book in your one on one appointment today.  FILTER STUDIO – LONGBOW BUSINESS CARDS 2014-07-22T04:30:17Z filter-studio-longbow-business-cards Claire Hamiltion from Filter Studio approached us with a very cool idea for a business card. We were more than happy to work with her to make these unique cards. As you can see, it worked! And  we couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. ROYAL QLD YACHT CLUB – TROPHY DESIGN & FABRICATION 2014-07-22T04:23:20Z royal-qld-yacht-club-trophy-design-amp-fabrication Here is a mirrored pair of trophies that we were asked to design and fabricate for the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. We incorporated laser cut stainless steel, laser cut acrylic and 2 pac base; and got creative with the design and construction. We are all very happy with the end result!   HLT STUDIO’S SECOND PRODUCTION SHOWS HOW SECOND BEST CAN BE A BITCH 2014-07-22T04:12:57Z hlt-studio-s-second-production-shows-how-second-best-can-be-a-bitch The second production from the new HLT Studio gives Auckland theatre goers the rare chance to experience a work by one of America’s leading contemporary playwrights. The Understudy – Second Best Can Be a Bitch by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Amie Bentall, is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles that mount until all anyone can do is dance. Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the Broadway premiere of a previously undiscovered Kafka masterpiece, Roxanne has one afternoon to get it right. There’s just one problem – nothing goes right. Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and also her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lighting operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to shutter the show and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. Launched as the centrepiece of Howick Little Theatre’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the HLT Studio is a smaller theatre experience where experimental and innovative productions can be staged. The HLT Studio aims to encourage new and returning actors, new directors, new writers and new designers to experience community theatre in an environment tailored to nurture emerging talent. HLT Studio Artistic Director, Terry Hooper explains: `Our mission is to present three short seasons of plays and a series of regular staged readings each year. We introduce new talent to all aspects of theatre, from the technical designers and crew to the production team, directors, actors and more. `Our first production features a first-time director, with an established (usually NZ-based) play. The second production is an established play selected for emerging actors to shine, with an experienced director. Finally, the third production is a new work written by a new local playwright, supported by an accomplished production team – both on and off stage.’ HLT President, Rae McGregor explains: `For 60 years Howick Little Theatre has been producing high-quality, entertaining, accessible and enriching theatre as well as creating an environment that encourages and recognises the artist in each of us. Throughout its history, Howick Little Theatre has been a committed champion of New Zealand theatre, premiering a number of local productions and nurturing our native talent. We wanted to mark this special year by introducing the HLT Studio, which aims to bring new talent to community theatre as well as persuade old friends to come back, by getting involved in shorter and less demanding productions.’ HLT Artistic Adviser, Alison Mudford adds: `Our five main productions each year are some of the best and most professional community theatre experiences in New Zealand. In 60 years the theatre has evolved to become one of Auckland’s best-known and most respected community theatres. The HLT Studio is designed to be a less intimidating, more intimate, but no less professional introduction to theatre and we are thrilled that Terry Hooper and Nick Martin brought the concept to us and have volunteered to help bring it into being.’ THE UNDERSTUDY – Second best can be a bitch. By Theresa Rebeck Directed By Amie Bentall Season – August 6th to August 9th, 8pm Matinee – August 9th, 2pm Bookings: Tickets: $18 (adults), $15 (concession) and $15 (for groups of 6+). General admission with no allocated seating. Door sales will be available on the night.Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval) For more details check out:   Legal action against drone operator who allegedly hit a triathlon runner 2014-07-22T03:27:02Z legal-action-against-drone-operator-who-allegedly-hit-a-triathlon-runner The runner, Raija Ogden, sustained head injuries during a triathlon in Geraldton this year after the drone flying over the race crashed into her.  The drone, filming the race, is owned and operated by videographer Warren Abrams.Mr Abrams initially claimed that someone nearby may have “channel-hopped” his device, taking over control and crashing it. However it has since been found that neither Mr Abrams nor his company appear on the list of 92 safety CASA certified drone operators. CASA is now gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses in order to request the matter goes to court.Recently the CASA has relaxed the rules covering the use of drones, removing the need for commercial operators to have a licence for remotely piloted aircraft under two kilograms. However the drone-users group, Australian Certified UAV Operators, say two kilogram units are still dangerous and these new regulations could open up the skies to more rogue, untrained operators.To avoid facing these charges and increase the workplace safety and health of your employees WHS solutions can work side-by-side with you to manage your occupational health and safety systems.In order to maintain the highest levels of protection for your employees we consistently check and monitor what we have implemented, guarantying full attention to your safety needs. This ensures that your company is complying with the most up to date regulations and reduces the risk of injury to your employees. Don’t let time fly by, be proactive and invest in health and safety management system! Pets Continue to Prove Beneficial to the Elderly 2014-07-21T03:09:24Z pets-continue-to-prove-beneficial-to-the-elderly Australia, 21 July 2014 - Tall Trees Care Communities are a small network of communities that provide an alternative to traditional aged care. Their residents actually own their homes and are free to come and go as they please. They select their own level of care in a model called “consumer directed care.” Not only are residents allowed to have visitors such as grandchildren over whenever they want, they are also allowed to have pets.While the logistics of a traditional aged care facility make it nearly impossible for anyone to have a pet, the fact that residents live in homes more befitting a high-end retirement community than an aged care home makes it easier for Tall Trees to allow pets. Recently, on the Tall Trees company blog, co-owner and co-founder Phil Usher recommended five particular breeds of dog as great pets for the elderly due to a combination of factors. Most important is the dog being small enough and calm enough for an elderly person to be able to take care of them. In addition, the dog’s ability to provide companionship is very important. Here are the five breeds recommended by Mr Usher with brief descriptions of their “personalities.”TerriersBoston, Jack Russell, Scottish and Yorkshire Terriers are at the top of the list. These dogs, while occasionally energetic, are also docile and small enough to climb into their owners’ laps. Terriers are very affectionate dogs and usually like to stay very close to their owners. They are protective and alert. They also encourage their owners to exercise because they need a short walk every day.PugsPugs can be a bit energetic and rambunctious and are at the top of the “cute” scale. They are also some of the most loyal and affectionate dogs on the market. They make very devoted and protective pets. They also require a short walk every day to use up some of their excess energy. They are also great conversation starters when being taken for a walk because most people like them and think they are cute.Shih TzuThese dogs are from China. They are very mellow and have long coats that need to be maintained daily. Luckily, these dogs are patient and love the attention. They are very affectionate and great for those who need a mellow pet.Toy PoodleToy poodles love their humans but aren’t all that keen on other dogs. They are great for the person who wants to groom their dog on a regular basis. Many women make poodles their top choice of dog breed.ChihuahuaChihuahuas have a loud bark which is “worst” than their bite. They are natural protectors and make great watchdogs.According to Mr Usher, “Ultimately, we encourage most pets because they improve our residents’ quality of life.”Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to aged care in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast with locations in Logan, Sunnybank, Holland Park and Tweed Heads. To learn more about their communities in which residents own their homes and choose their own level of care, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: Synthetic Grass Becoming More Popular in Perth 2014-07-21T01:49:16Z synthetic-grass-becoming-more-popular-in-perth Perth, WA, 21 July 2014 - The business climate has become more competitive in recent years. Businesses scramble to lower operational costs to compensate for decreasing margins and harried owners and executives have less and less free time to spend on items such as making sure their grounds look good. That is why many business owners and managers are turning to synthetic grass for their properties. Why Synthetic Grass?Synthetic grass provides a stable, low-maintenance solution for many businesses. While a lawn wouldn’t seem to be of much importance, appearance means a lot for many businesses. If a business lets up on the maintenance of a natural grass lawn for even a week, it starts to look extremely unprofessional. In other words, an unkempt lawn can do a lot of harm to a business, turning its "best foot forward" into an eyesore. Synthetic grass looks the same, day in and day out, every day of the year: like a perfectly-groomed lawn. This is one less thing for an executive or business owner to think about during the typical long day of multitasking, "putting out fires" and decision-making.A natural grass lawn requires a lot of maintenance. While many businesses hire landscaping companies to do the work, many choose to do it "in house." Either way, it costs a lot of money to maintain a natural grass lawn. For all of that money, the business gets a lawn that may look its best for six months out of the entire year and is plagued by barren and brown spots the rest of the year.For a business on a large piece of property, such as a hospital, the costs of equipment and materials alone can be staggering. A tractor or heavy duty lawn mower is first, followed by fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides. It also costs a lot to water a large property on a daily basis. It costs even more for the labour over a longer period of time.Synthetic grass requires minimal maintenance and doesn’t need mowing, fertilising, weeding or seeding. That considerably reduces costs for equipment, materials and labour. Justin Everley is the Director of Green Planet Grass and a veteran of over 4,000 artificial grass installations. According to Mr Everley, "Businesses are becoming aware of the fact that an artificial lawn looks great 365 days a year and is almost maintenance-free after it has been installed. After the initial cost of installation, Green Planet Grass pays for itself in a few years due to all of the money saved in watering, materials and labour."Mr Everley continued, "Green Planet Grass provides a one-stop solution for many businesses. Once we have installed their synthetic grass, maintenance is a matter of keeping it free of debris and cleaning the trouble spots with soap and water."Mr Everley concluded, "Synthetic grass provides a comprehensive, problem-free solution for any business."Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs synthetic grass. They serve the greater Perth area and offer a full range of artificial grass products for residential, business and sport use. To learn more about Green Planet Grass, call (08) 9209 2669 or visit their website: