The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-22T23:19:16Z New Kickstarter Titanium Outdoors Filter Campaign Launched by Go Walkabout 2014-10-22T23:19:16Z new-kickstarter-titanium-outdoors-filter-campaign-launched-by-go-walkabout The outdoors lifestyle is pretty demanding on gear. The freezing cold nights, hot days, packing, unpacking and carrying gear around all cause a lot of wear and tear. The Australian Walkabout Ti filters have been developed and designed with this in mind and, with a successful Kickstarter campaign, they will be introduced as the world’s first Titanium personal water filter. According to Go Walkabout Engineering Manager Matt Munoz, "We have made and tested filters using a number of different metals. We know that weight, size and ruggedness are always considerations when looking at outdoor gear, so decided to use Titanium for the Walkabout line of personal water filters. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It is also the most hypoallergenic material known and doesn’t add any flavor to the water you drink.” A Titanium filtration membrane forms the core of Walkabout Ti filters. Sealed inside a tough Titanium casing, this membrane can be safely frozen or boiled. The filtration process involves pre-filtration and filtration stages to hold back harmful bacteria and particles. On the larger filter an activated carbon filtration stage removes chlorine, heavy metals and odors. The flexible and lightweight filtration system can be used in a variety of ways such as a squeeze filter, gravity filter, pumped filter, filter straw, or as an inline filter. Since the filters are Titanium inside and out, the only real weak point is the O-ring seal. With this in mind, Go Walkabout has designed in an integrity indicator. This means that if a seal starts leaking, water drips out of the filter instead of through to the clean side. While Go Walkabout’s current equipment has successfully produced prototypes, the manufacturing process in uneconomical, making Walkabout Ti filters too expensive to be a good value in the outdoor gear market. Go Walkabout has determined that minimal additional tooling and equipment will result in the production of readily affordable filters Adequate funding through their Kickstarter campaign will allow Go Walkabout to purchase the needed material and tools. The funding target for this campaign is $48,000, and it will close on November 18th, 2014. The filters are being offered in their campaign below the expected retail price. To find out more about the campaign, please visit the campaign The official website of Go Walkabout is http://www.wegowalkabout.com/ 24 Hour Gyms Increase to 26% of all Gym and Fitness Centres 2014-10-22T04:28:23Z 24-hour-gyms-increase-to-26-of-all-gym-and-fitness-centres According to the recent Fitness Industry Survey conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong,26% of the gyms and fitness centres now operate 24 hours a day.  This is up by 15% from last year when only 11% of all gyms and fitness centres were open 24 hours a day.   With over 11,000 members and nearly 1,000 clubs responding to the survey in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong the survey is the largest of it's kind in the world.  Now the 2014 Club Infograph has been compiled by the Fitness Industry Survey team and is available for download for FREE from the Ezypay website.The 2014 Club Infograph include data on gyms and fitness clubs for: The type of club or fitness centre you offer. Membership duration Why members stay at a club Why members choose a club Why members leave a club Top 4 issues facing clubs More infographs will follow including ones on: Members Past members Staff Salaries Personal Training Fitness Technology and Communication These will be released over the following weeks.  About EzypayEzypay is an outsourced direct debit service provider dedicated to offering a payment collection system that assists businesses in the regulation of their cash flow and revenue without the hassle of managing members' bills. With close links to the fitness industry Ezypay offer small to medium growth business of all types an easy online payment collection options at www.ezypay.com. Fitness Industry Survey Uncovers Why Over 60% of Gym Members are Satisfied With their Gym 2014-10-22T04:23:04Z fitness-industry-survey-uncovers-why-over-60-of-gym-members-are-satisfied-with-their-gym Since 2008, the Fitness Industry Survey has proven that gym member satisfaction has remained steady at a rate of 60%. This year, the survey delves deeper into what exactly determines the satisfaction of active gym members. The 2014 member infograph recently released by Fitness Industry Survey conducted by Australian-based Ezypay in collaboration with membership management software iconnect360 interviews over 11,300 respondents from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong on the main reason they signed up for a gym membership as well as what they like about their gym or fitness club. The latest findings also includes citations from current members on what they feel business owners of fitness centres and gyms should work on to further push the satisfaction rating above 60%. A gym with a strategic location remains as the number one reason over 50% of gym members continue to subscribe to a gym or fitness club. A survey respondent of the 2014 Fitness Industry Survey remarked: “It (the gym) is located across the road from my house and I have been using the facilities for 30 years”.  What is remarkable about this year’s data is that “value for money” is cited as the second highest factor in determining a member’s long-term commitment. Remarks such as “full range of equipment, types of classes, all forms of training range, swimming pool, women’s only classes, flexible class times after working hours and high quality training sessions” indicates that gym members are willing to invest in fitness clubs and gyms that provide greater perceived value, as opposed to training centres that provide only the most basic equipment and supervision. This data is further reinforced by members responding to the question on where their gym should be investing in 2015. 1 in 4 gym members believe that gyms and fitness centres should provide more group fitness classes whereas a substantial 41% of gym members believe that fitness centres should provide bigger facilities and better equipment for their members. The professionalism of the staff ranked in as the third determining factor of whether or not a member will prolong his/her membership at a gym or fitness centre. Over 60% of gym members believe that interaction with the fitness club staff during each visit is important, suggesting that staff should be trained to extend their service and dialogue with their clients past a successful sales pitch. A survey respondent best surmised this by saying, “Location, cleanliness and equipment are all good, but the instructor’s personality and ability to motivate is crucial to the participant’s enjoyment levels and desire to keep returning.” The 2014 Members infograph is one of the many free infographs available for download at the Ezypay website. Lauretta Stace, CEO of Fitness Australia says that, “The Fitness Industry Survey is the first class resource for the industry.” It is the largest fitness industry survey in the world and includes data on the latest fitness trends, past gym members, personal trainers, staff salary and marketing. Find Out What it Would Take to Win Back Ex-Gym Members 2014-10-22T04:18:41Z find-out-what-it-would-take-to-win-back-ex-gym-members An astounding 51% of past gym members in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia have admitted that they would return to their previous gym or fitness club under certain financial provisions. The 2014 annual Fitness Industry Survey conducted by Ezypay and iconnect360 indicates that in the midst of an increasingly competitive fitness industry, there is an untapped revenue source and growth opportunities awaiting gyms and fitness centres that can adapt to the hectic lifestyles and financial constraints of its past members. The latest infograph released by the Fitness Industry Survey offers in-depth insight on past members who feel that while being actively fit should be a lifestyle priority for the sake of long-term health, nearly 1 in 5 of these members also have difficulty balancing time to go the gym against work commitments and personal time.  Of the 1,325 respondents interviewed, 40% have paid for gym memberships for over 12 months whereas 21% were gym members for at least 10 to 12 months. This is another strong indicator that gyms and fitness clubs who can successfully woo these past gym members back into the club can increase their revenue by at least 40% to 60% in the next 10 to 12 months. When asked for the main reason he/she left the gym, a respondent of the 2014 Fitness Industry survey was cited as saying: “Too busy, could never get on equipment, spent more time waiting than working out.” Over 1,000 respondents from 5 countries similarly echo this remark – an indication that gym members who feel sidelined, undervalued or under appreciated are more likely to quit their membership in the long term, regardless of the gym equipment, classes or facilities provided. Interesting enough, the top three factors that would entice past members to re-join the same gym are all related to monetary gains. 25% of past members would re-join their club if the membership contract is waived, whereas 14% would re-join if there was no additional joining fee and another 14% would re-join at the same price rate as before. One other notable factor that can alter the past member’s decision to join or leave a gym is the personal training package and buddy promotion. 11% of past members would re-join a gym if they are offered free personal training sessions whereas 9% of past members are of the opinion that they would be much more likely to re-join a gym if they can invite a friend/family member along for the workout session. Taking into consideration that only 10% of the past members interviewed would never renew they gym membership, the latest Fitness Industry Survey indicates that it would be worth looking into winning over the other 90% of past gym members who would consider re-joining the gym under the right circumstances.    The 2014 Past Gym Members Infograph is a part of the annual Fitness Industry Survey conducted by Ezypay and iconnect360.  It is the largest fitness survey conducted with over 11,000 respondents from 5 countries. Within the next month, the Fitness Industry Survey will also release findings on personal trainers, staff salary and marketing.  Epson Sponsors AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 and launches Free Ticket Promotion 2014-10-22T01:37:54Z epson-sponsors-afc-asian-cup-australia-2015-and-launches-free-ticket-promotion Epson has launched its AFC Asian Cup Ticket Promotion as part of the company’s sponsorship of the event. The promotion entitles anyone who purchases a selected Epson WorkForce multifunction inkjet printer from an Australian Epson reseller or from the Epson Australia website between 1 October 2014 and 30 November 2014 to claim free category 1 or 2 tickets to the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.   From its humble beginnings in 1956, the AFC Asian Cup has grown into the continent’s biggest soccer event bringing together Asia’s top national teams every four years. The 2015 competition promises to be a global phenomenon with Asia's 16 top nations primed to participate in Australia in January 2015. The tournament’s qualifying nations include regional soccer powerhouses Australia, Japan and Korea Republic alongside Iran, Korea DPR, Kuwait, Oman, Uzbekistan, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China PR, Iraq, Palestine and Qatar.   When buying a printer there are also further tickets that can be claimed if an additional set of four Genuine Epson DURABrite Ultra ink cartridges are purchased along with the printer in one transaction:   ELIGIBLE PRINTER MODEL       PRINTER                       PRINTER & ADDITIONAL TICKETS                        INK TICKETS            Epson WorkForce WF-2650            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets Epson WorkForce WF-2660            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets                         Epson WorkForce WF-3620            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-3640            1 Ticket                        2 Tickets              Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630      2 Tickets                      3 Tickets Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4640      2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-7610             2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              Epson WorkForce WF-7620             2 Tickets                      3 Tickets              The AFC ASIAN CUP kicks off at 8pm on 9 January 2015 with Australia vs. Kuwait at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.   For more information on the Epson AFC Asian Cup Ticket Promotion go to: https://www.clubepson.com.au/competitions/data/2014_800433/promotion.asp The Selfie Stick Store Announces the Launch of New Online Store 2014-10-21T16:55:02Z the-selfie-stick-store-announces-the-launch-of-new-online-store Adelaide, SA - Australia- 22/10/14 -  Selfie Stick Store, a new online store providing the best range of quality selfie sticks & monopods, today announced the launch of a new website to provide their range of selfie sticks to help people take better selfies. The website can be viewed at http://selfiestickstore.com.au.   According to the Selfie Stick Store owner Jason Tran , the website will officially go live on 23/10/14.   "We are very pleased with the look, feel and usability of our new website" said Tran. "We are extremely excited with the frange of products on our new website and we think our customers will be pleased too"   More About Selfie Stick Store   Founded in 2014, Selfie Stick Store provides their range of selfie sticks to help people take better selfies. The company's mission statement is "Provide everyone a selfie stick to help their selfies worth sharing online". To learn more about Selfie Stick Store , you should visit them online at http://selfiestickstore.com.au QT Sydney Designer Baby Package welcomes Bugaboo & Milk Baby to the Family 2014-10-21T02:00:36Z qt-sydney-designer-baby-package-welcomes-bugaboo-amp-milk-baby-to-the-family For families that are a little more Beckham or Brangelina than the Griswolds, QT Sydney has always offered, and continue to offer the ultimate package for design conscious parents, BabyQ - one that keeps both mum and dad entertained well after the bub has gone to bed! In their most recent partnership, QT has welcomed Bugaboo, offering the exclusive use of two Bugaboo Bee3 stylish urban strollers; perfect for both adventure-seeking and design-loving couples with babies and toddlers. Eliminating the need to pack up and travel, QT Sydney helps ease the stress of lugging the little ones around with the ultimate set of wheels. Guests can now take the city's delights in their stride when cruising round town in the new 3rd generation urban stroller, along with a collection of ready-to-use baby gear. The new design, providing comfort, a smooth ride, and smart design, features a unique seat which can extend, reverse and recline, along with an easy to carry lightweight bassinet, complete with canopy that offers UPF50+ protection from the sun – proving it's easy to stay safe and stylish. “The collaboration between Bugaboo and QT hotels is a perfect fit; both companies offer the ultimate choice for design and lifestyle conscious families wanting to explore the city and seek an adventure. At Bugaboo, we believe it's not about where you are, but where you can go. Having our Bugaboo Bee3 as a part of the QT experience will allow parents to do just that!” said Justine Furman, Country Manager Bugaboo Australia & New Zealand BabyQalsowelcomesMilk Baby goodies into their nest, making it easy for both mum and bub to relax and recharge at the end of the day in the most natural way. The 'Take Me Away' travel pack, offers the essentials from the Milk Baby range; Bath Time Wash, Shampoozle & Conditioner, Moisturising Qweam and five handy anti-bacterial wipes, along with the indulgent Body Oil, from the Milk by Lindy Klim range. 'Travelling with the kids can be quite testing… my lot certainly keep Michael & I on our toes! Taking the kids along can be a real treat though - if you do it right,' said Lindy Klim, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Milk & Co. 'We're thrilled we can now find our Milk Baby products as part of the BabyQ Experience at QT Sydney - no more lugging around the kids bath time essentials when it's all there for us - and the knowledge that QT are looking after us in every way, too, is truly relaxing. The BabyQ experience is the ultimate package we can all enjoy together - and there's nothing better than that!' Combined with the luxury of a QT King Deluxe room, breakfast daily (including freshly-made baby food), spaQ treatments for him and her, and a bottle of bubbles; this two-night stay also includes specially sourced, designer furniture and innovative baby essentials. The perfect solution for parents on the go, a complimentary iiamo Godesigner baby bottle (valued at $129) is included as part of the package. Recently, iiamo Go was chosen as the No. 1 in Top 10 Parenting Gadgets in Australia - unique combination of simple, well-proven technologies, the bottle self-heats to the perfect temperature, allowing parents to feed their baby on the go. The iiamo Gois also completely free of BPA, parabens, phthalates, perfume and other harmful additives. Michael Bourne, Area General Manager QT Hotels said, "QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture. With the new addition of Bugaboo and Milk Baby to the designer baby package BabyQ, we can ensure families with a passion and commitment to style and design can enjoy QT Sydney's unique atmosphere and baby friendly service.” The BabyQ Package 2 night stay in a King Deluxe room Use of 'Bugaboo Bee3' stroller Milk & Co 'Take Me Away Travel Pack Milk by Lindy Klim's Body Oil Baby designer linen and baby cot in room upon arrival Iiamo self-heating baby bottle Stay includes breakfast, massage and bottle of wine Limited availability. -ENDS-   About QT Sydney Through extensive restoration, the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's CBD are artfully revamped to create Sydney's new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Gothic façades and features of the buildings have been returned to their former glory, bringing cutting edge art and interior design to the QT experience through LED digital art, bespoke furniture and bold colour. Located in the heart of the city, more than a place to lay your head, it is a creative space to dine, drink and live. QT Sydney opened September 2012 and is the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels group. QT Sydney George & Market Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 www.qtsydney.com.au +61 2 8262 0000 About Priority Guest Rewards (PGR) The Priority Guest Rewards Program is a popular hotel club which offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. As part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), PGR members also receive benefits at over 450 hotels, palaces and resorts, in 62 countries around the world across 25 brands including QT Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Alila Resorts and Omni Hotels & Resorts. Here's why you should join today: Membership is free! – Signing up is quick, easy, and best of all, completely free Our lowest prices guaranteed - Get at least 10% off the lowest rate available 
anywhere else. You won't find a cheaper rate on any other website. Rewards for overseas travellers – As part of the Global Hotel Alliance, PGR members 
receive benefits and rewards at 350 hotels around the world. 
You Want More? 20% off restaurants and bars – All members automatically receive 20% off food and drinks. Regular guests can save as much as 50%. Exclusive special offers – Members receive exclusive access to flash sales with savings of up to 70%. More free stuff – Every online booking earns points towards free nights, rewards, and extras for your next stay. For more information on PGR: www.pgr.com.au or click here to watch a PGR video SOUTHERN EXPOSURE FOR ATURA HOTELS 2014-10-21T00:05:52Z southern-exposure-for-atura-hotels A year after launching its flagship Atura Blacktown property in Western Sydney and just weeks after announcing expansion into regional NSW, Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) unveils plans for a third Atura Hotel in Victoria’s Dandenong region. In a recent acquisition by AHL will see the five-year-old Chifley Doveton rebranded and reimagined to become an edgy, high-design, high-value Atura Dandenong. With a philosophy to deliver a fresh, design-inspired approach to the mid-market accommodation offering, Atura Hotels delivers guests an affordable design hotel experience packed with unexpected surprises and the latest in technology. As Atura’s signage lights up the exterior of this central Dandenong hotel, changes will be afoot internally too.  Some of Atura’s signature elements will be a feature from day one, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the public spaces and internet access in all guest rooms.  Guest rooms will also feature coffee pod machines and bathroom amenities by leading New York skincare provider Malin + Goetz - also found in Qantas International Business Class.   Visitors to the hotel will enjoy genuine service and the connection with local communities that Atura has received several awards and accolades for. Over the coming months, the hotel will be reimagined and Atura’s signature style will be introduced throughout.  Planned refurbishment will include a renovation of the public spaces led by QT Hotels & Resorts and Atura Hotels interior designer Nic Graham- expect bespoke furniture and design-led finishes with an urban, industria and art-inspired edge.  Atura’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill, a little shop of grab and go treats plus state-of-the-art business centre with complimentary air-print printing and Apple hardware will take centre-stage in a high-energy, open plan lobby space.  Guest minibars will be stocked with funky, fun and functional provisions while complimentary Wi-Fi will be added to all guest rooms. “This property, our first outside New South Wales, is testament to the success of our flagship property Atura Blacktown and the growing appetite amongst young, savvy business and leisure travelers for unique, highly experiential mid-market accommodation,” said David Seargeant, Managing Director of AHL.  “With a focus on great design at affordable prices and packed with personality, Atura Hotels offers the design-savvy traveler a break from the everyday with a completely fresh take on mid-range travel. Taking the helm of Atura Hotel’s third property and overseeing the rebrand project is Lisa Parker - previously Assistant General Manager of Rydges Melbourne.  A seasoned hotel industry veteran, Lisa’s additional expertise in running leading hospitality venues in Queensland is anticipated to see Brownstone Micro-Brewery (currently known as Coldwater Creek Tavern), become one of the region’s most popular dining and entertainment destinations. “We’re excited about the launch of Atura Dandenong and believe the brand’s dynamic, urban style will be a great addition to the local accommodation, entertainment and dining offering,” said Lisa Parker.  “We are looking forward to growing the property’s appeal as a local conferencing, wedding and special events venue and accommodation destination for the local business community.” “From a local perspective we are particularly excited about our onsite micro-brewery which is now known as The Brownstone Microbrewery,” said Lisa.  “We have some great plans in place to see this become one of the region’s most popular casual, relaxed dining and ‘night-out’ destinations, not to mention the launch of Atura’s own brand of boutique, hand-crafted beers.” Atura Dandenong officially opens its doors for business on October 21, 2014. ENDS About Atura Hotels: Urban. Industrial. Art Inspired. Atura Hotels are where modern business and leisure travelers escape the predictable to embrace a new style of travel. This fresh take on the mid-market travel experience fuses dynamic spaces, hip styling and the latest technology at surprisingly affordable prices ensuring guests feel connected and energised.  Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits each time you stay.  Engagement with surrounding communities and active support of the local music & art scene are fundamental to the Atura brand philosophy. Over the next few years, Atura Hotels will be launched across Australia in select CBD locations, business park precincts and regional hub.  The first to open was Atura Blacktown in October 2013 and in July 2014 the property won Mid-Range Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence.  Atura Dandenong is scheduled to open in September 2014 and Atura Albury will open in late December 2014. Atura Hotels participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. About Priority Guest Rewards (PGR): The Priority Guest Rewards Program is a popular hotel club which offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. As part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), PGR members also receive benefits at over 450 hotels, palaces and resorts, in 62 countries around the world across 25 brands including QT Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Alila Resorts and Omni Hotels & Resorts. Why Should You Join PGR? Priority Guest Rewards guarantees members at least 10% off the lowest advertised rate at almost 50 hotels throughout Australia and New Zealand. It also gives access to an array of exclusive special offers, discounts, and rewards. Here’s why you should join today: •  Membership is free! – Signing up is quick, easy, and best of all, completely free •  Our lowest prices guaranteed - Get at least 10% off the lowest rate available anywhere else. You won’t find a cheaper rate on any other website. •  Rewards for overseas travellers – As part of the Global Hotel Alliance, PGR members receive benefits and rewards at 350 hotels around the world.   You Want More? •  20% off restaurants and bars – All members automatically receive 20% off food and drinks. Regular guests can save as much as 50%. •  Exclusive special offers – Members receive exclusive access to flash sales with savings of up to 70%. •  More free stuff – Every online booking earns points towards free nights, rewards, and extras for your next stay. For more information on PGR:www.pgr.com.au   For more information about Atura Blacktown: - www.aturahotels.com.au Granny Flats - No longer just for grannies 2014-10-20T23:15:58Z granny-flats-no-longer-just-for-grannies-1 From a humble shack for grandma to spend her last years to a micro home that accommodates singles, couples and families, the granny flat has come a long way and council papers show the trend. Recent development applications on council websites show an increase in the amount of people opting to construct granny flats at their homes. For some, it remains an extra room for extended family members to accommodate. However as rental prices surge, so do investment opportunities and the granny flat has become a way for residents to guarantee a fixed weekly income. Barjinder Pal from LJ Hooker Seven hills said granny flats are in high demand. “We have leased three granny flats in the last week and they go for around $360-$380 per week,” Mr Pal said. In 2009, the state government introduced the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy which allows granny flats, that meet regulations, to be approved faster and in turn house more local families. Although the regulation ensures a quick approval, the certification process can take months before the actual structure is even built and then it’s a matter of forking out over $100,000 for the flat to be constructed. Nevertheless landlords still see the benefits. “One common question when we sell a home is, will we be able to build a granny flat in the backyard?” Mr Pal said. “People want to live in a granny flat because they are brand new.” Granny flats can be constructed in accordance with the owner’s requirements.  Ranging from an ordinary cladded room to an ultra modern three bedroom brick mini home. George Elias from Inhouse Granny Flats in Castle hill said he has seen sales surge over the last few years.“Sales are very strong, we went from signingaround 10 contracts a year to the sameamount each month,” Mr Elias said. New Wave of Skateboarding 2014-10-20T04:13:53Z new-wave-of-skateboarding Over 10 years ago the owners of Holiway set their sights on producing quality outdoor products promoting a healthier style of living. With this goal in mind they were dedicated in researching and developing the equivalent to a land surfboard and finally reach excellence in the BeeBoard and Road Surfer skateboards. Now Holiway Australia has the great honour in providing the BeeBoard & Road Surfer to Australians of all ages. With the very unique 3 wheel design, Holiway Australia Skateboards have introduced a "New Wave" of skateboarding to the Australian public. Earlier in the year Holiway Australia showcased the BeeBoard & Road Surfer Skateboards to the public on the Gold Coast Queensland, both boards having the unique 3 wheel design which when ridden requires no kick skating, and were popular among all ages and skill levels. Holiway Australia Skateboards can be seen as the onshore surf like skateboards providing true stability and speed. The skateboards are designed with similar characteristics to surfboards and with the 3 wheel design offer very similar sensation to surfing on the streets. Your able to generate your own power to move forward, pumping the legs and rotating the body, just as if you were cutting through the waves. With the ease of manoeuvring to drive forward, stable and smooth skating, sensitive turning, quick acceleration, Holiway Skateboards can be seen as the "alternative" ride for skateboarders, surfers & snowboarders to enjoy. View the Holiway Australia Skateboards at www.holiway.com.au A new look Rydges with Free WI-FI? WI not! 2014-10-20T04:07:48Z a-new-look-rydges-with-free-wi-fi-wi-not Australasian hospitality and entertainment heavyweight Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) has cemented its reputation as an industry leader in the hotel guest experience with a refreshed look, feel and service offering through Rydges.  Known for being the hotel operators that consistently seek ways to add more for less, the current revitalisation of their high value Rydges brand concept heralds the introduction of a wide range of additions to the mass-market accommodation offering. The brief for the Rydges revitalisation was to offer genuine service, unique offerings, world-class facilities and top-shelf amenities all at surprisingly affordable prices.  The result is a multi-faceted overhaul of the guest experience, which is expected to strike a chord with the brand’s predominantly leisure and corporate guests. Guests to the new look Rydges properties will enjoy: -   Free WI-FI for all guests - whether visiting overnight or just for a coffee. -   A new ‘Rise Breakfast’ concept, which takes a nod from nutritionist recommendations around a healthful breakfast being the most important meal of the day.  While still buffet-style in nature, the Rise Breakfast includes freshly-squeezed juice shots, made to order smoothies & juice blends, super healthy cereals and fresh fruit as well as a great range of hot options including eggs cooked to individual preference. -   In trademark AHL style, even the mini-bar has undergone a quirky designer overhaul with Rydges branded sweets, nibbles & potato crisps plus fun games & add-ons add to the offering. -   An expanded wine list showcasing a broader range of Australian and international varietals will cater to more discerning taste buds. -   Stylish new uniforms with a relaxed yet ultimately professional vibe. -   A refreshed Rydges website that includes a blog with location specific information.  This enables guests to keep their finger on not only the Rydges pulse, but also what’s on in the local area that might be of interest. David Seargeant, Group Managing Director of AHL said, ‘The Rydges brand served our iconic Australasian hotel chain well for many years, but as we embarked on a project to expand the hotel offering, we felt the brand needed refreshing also to suitably reflect the significantly improved guest experience.’ Underpinning the expanded offering is a refreshed new brand, modern and inspired logo, colour palette and Rydges.com website. The upgraded website sees a refreshed design with a booking engine including very handy flexible-date search feature which allows the guest to search for the lowest room prices of the month and plan their trip around the most competitive rates. Revitalised website content has also been introduced and leaves no questions unanswered when it comes to finding out everything you need to know about each property without having to pick up the phone. No strangers to taking the lead with their hotel brands, AHL who also operate the multi-award winning hip QT Hotels & Resorts and new urban, industrial and art-inspired Atura Hotels guests to their properties complimentary WI-FI. “AHL is committed to staying in touch with its guests and offering them an overall hotel experience which is world-class whether it is at a Rydges, QT or an Atura property,” said David Seargeant added. “Through offering a complete hotel experience with Free WI-FI, our guest can be assured of a stay which is genuine value.” Become a Priority Guest Rewards member, and to start receiving these and other benefits today at all AHL hotels and resorts - www.priorityguestrewards.com.au - ENDS - About Rydges Hotels & Resorts: Rydges Hotels & Resorts operates quality city, suburban and resort style hotels in key destinations across Australia and New Zealand, and London in the United Kingdom. The group accommodates over one million guests each year across a range of market segments including corporate, conference, government, leisure, inbound and domestic groups and international travellers. Delivering exceptional service is a priority for the Rydges group with a genuine passion to accommodate guests and exceed their expectations. Rydges Hotels & Resorts participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. www.rydges.com.au  About QT Hotels & Resorts: QT Gold Coast, QT Port Douglas, QT Falls Creek and QT Sydney each adopt a unique personality and positioning. Their design, features and facilities is a reflection of each town or city, ensuring integrated, locally-focused service and ambience. QT Hotels and Resorts deliver an eclectic design experience teamed with bold entertainment offerings and unsurpassable service for corporate and leisure travellers. www.qthotels.com.au About Atura Hotels: Urban. Industrial. Art Inspired. Atura Hotels are where modern business and leisure travelers escape the predictable to embrace a new style of travel. This fresh take on the mid-market travel experience fuses dynamic spaces, hip styling and the latest technology at surprisingly affordable prices ensuring guests feel connected and energised.  Expect free Wi Fi and a host of other benefits each time you stay.  Engagement with surrounding communities and active support of the local music & art scene are fundamental to the Atura brand philosophy. Over the next few years, Atura Hotels will be launched across Australia in select CBD locations, business park precincts and regional hub.  The first to open was Atura Blacktown in October 2013 and in July 2014 the property won Mid-Range Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence.  Atura Dandenong is scheduled to open in September 2014 and Atura Albury will open in late December 2014. Atura Hotels participates in the free to join Priority Guest Rewards Program. This popular hotel club offers guests the ability to earn free room nights, 10% discount on our best flexible rates and leisure packages, food & drinks benefits, and reward points at over 45 hotels and resorts across 4 brands in key destinations across Australia, New Zealand and London, UK. www.aturahotels.com.au Tall Trees Teaches Elderly to Cope with Hay Fever Season 2014-10-20T03:29:43Z tall-trees-teaches-elderly-to-cope-with-hay-fever-season Australia, 20 October 2014 - Hay fever season is here, and one small network of independent living communities has provided a guide for the elderly for coping with it. Tall Trees Care Communities have five locations providing alternatives to aged care facilities in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. They are best described as independent retirement communities with 24-hour access to all levels of care that would be provided in an aged care facility or a nursing home. Phil Usher, co-founder of Tall Trees Care Communities, recently informed readers of his blog how to lessen the impact of hay fever. According to Mr Usher, “Hay fever is usually more prevalent in the 25-44 age group, but that is no consolation to elderly hay fever sufferers. At Tall Trees, we do everything we can to educate our residents on how to lessen the likelihood of a hay fever attack and provide the finest in medical care should they need it.”Hay Fever 101Hay fever is another term for allergic rhinitis, which is medical terminology for an allergy that affects the nose. Though it is usually caused by grass pollen, thus the name hay fever, it can also be caused by mould, dust mites or animal hair. Hay fever occurs when the immune system attacks the particles of pollen, mould, animal hair or dust mites that are breathed in. While six people out of seven have immune systems that don’t attack these particles, one in seven have immune systems that see them as a threat and attack them. This causes the symptoms with which hay fever sufferers are familiar: runny, blocked or itchy nose, watery or itchy eyes, itchy ears or throat or headaches. Symptoms can become so severe in some hay fever sufferers that it affects the ability to concentrate or fall asleep.Preventing or Lessening Hay Fever by Controlling Pollen ExposureDoctors advocate avoiding exposure to allergens as the best way to prevent hay fever. It is recommended that those who suffer from hay fever check the television or Internet each day to see how much pollen is in the air. On high pollen days, it is recommended to stay inside. This can be difficult since most spring days are high pollen days, but it can be necessary for those who suffer from hay fever. Other high pollen times are right after a thunderstorm or when the wind is blowing hard. Most hay fever sufferers are also allergic to the pollen produced by plants. Consequently, they should only have plants that are pollinated by bees instead of those that put seeds into the air.Mr Usher says, “Do whatever you can to limit your exposure to pollen. It’s the best way to avoid hay fever.”Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to aged care on the Gold Coast. Their model is called independent living with consumer directed care, meaning that residents own their homes, decide their own level of care and remain independent for as long as possible. To learn more or to arrange a trial stay, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: http://www.talltrees.net.au/. Green Planet Grass Provides Another Solution for a Local Hospital 2014-10-20T02:32:43Z green-planet-grass-provides-another-solution-for-a-local-hospital Perth, WA, 20 October 2014 - Recently, Green Planet Grass completed another artificial grass installation at a major Perth hospital. Green Planet Grass has completed many high-profile artificial grass installations in the last few years and has developed a reputation for solving problems and providing positive outcomes.The Problems Presented by Natural GrassHospitals in the Perth area face a similar set of obstacles when they have natural grass on their grounds. The climate in Perth isn’t friendly to grass in high traffic areas. In addition, Perth and its suburbs are on watering restrictions during the hot, dry summers. This creates a situation where grass doesn’t have enough water to grow. Conversely, in winter, foot traffic when the ground is wet kills the grass. Between the seasons, natural grass doesn’t have much of a chance.How Green Planet Grass Solves Those ProblemsArtificial grass provides a perfect solution for hospitals, sport teams and homeowners who find it hard to grow natural grass lawns. Once an artificial grass lawn is installed, it can last as long as twenty to twenty-five years. Every day, regardless of the Perth weather or foot traffic, Green Planet Grass provides a lush, green surface that never suffers from degradation. In addition, maintenance costs are lowered because the only maintenance required for a Green Planet Grass lawn is to pick up debris and hose down any spots where organic materials have stuck to the grass. This means Green Planet Grass doesn’t need mowing, watering, weeding or re-seeding. No expensive mowers or tractors are needed. No petrol, herbicides or pesticides are needed. This saves money on equipment, chemicals, water and labour. For schools and hospitals, this can represent substantial savings. Green Planet Grass had already completed previous installations of artificial grass for the Joondalup Health Campus and St John of God facility in Subiaco and had developed a great reputation within the Perth health industry for their high quality and great customer service. They find themselves being contacted a lot for high profile hospital, school, industrial and sport applications by people who know of one of their previous installations.Justin Everley is the director of Green Planet Grass. He is proud that his company has obtained such a hard-earned reputation in Perth:“We always strove to design, create and install the best artificial grass we are capable of. We committed long ago to environmental responsibility, too. We do the best we can to use as low a carbon footprint as possible”.Mr Everley continued, “The end result has been that, after more than 4,000 installations of Green Planet Grass, we have developed a reputation for quality and integrity. Companies and homeowners hire us now because they heard about us from a friend or colleague. We feel fortunate to have such great word of mouth advertising. At the same time, though, we’ve worked hard for it.”Green Planet Grass is an environmentally responsible artificial grass manufacturer in Perth. With manufacturing facilities located in WA, they provide synthetic grass for numerous uses, including hospital, industrial, sport and residential applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Caring For Dried Flower Arrangements 2014-10-19T23:34:43Z caring-for-dried-flower-arrangements Dried flowers arrangements will give you pleasure for many months or even years as long as they are kept in favorable conditions. These tips from Flowers Today Melbourne will help you to preserve dried flower arrangements. They will tolerate excessive dampness in the atmosphere - they reabsorb moisture and soon go mouldy - and so steamy kitchens and bathroom are out of bounds to all but hardiest of seed heads. Strong light is the other enemy. Dried flowers look enchanting on a sunny window-sill catching every shaft of the sun. But the sun will soon draw out the colour from the flowers and fade them, pinks and blues alike, to a pale cream. For this reason it is advisable to place dried flower desings in a part of the room, that does not catch direct sunlight. If this happens to be a dark corner of the room, select flowers in pale colours - soft yellow, pinks and cream - that will show up well, and brightly.When in the fullness of time you may tire of a flower arrangement and feel in needs of change, or when you start lighting fires and make the fireplace display redundant, you can take the design apart and re-use the materials. Dismantle the arrangements carefully, stem by stem, and ruthlessly discard any faded or damaged flowers. Cut off any florets or leaves that have been squashed or broken and generally trim and tidy up stems. Store the remaining "good" flowers between tissues in a box, or standing upright in a container until you are ready to use them again.If a flower arrangements begins to look rather dusty and lacks its original personality , take it to an open window and vary gently, blow off the dust using a hair dryer on the coolest , slowest setting.  Appraise the arrangement, and replace any stem which have lost their colour. It might amount to only half a dozen new flowers, but this could make all the difference, prolonging the life of the arrangement fr several years to come.  Timber Decking Oil Becomes the Popular Option in Brisbane 2014-10-17T03:14:43Z timber-decking-oil-becomes-the-popular-option-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 17 October 2014 - When it comes to finishing timber, one variety does not fit all. Different finishes are more appropriate for different applications. When it comes to timber decking, decking oil has become the decking finish of choice for many in the Brisbane area. Why Decking Oil is PopularDecking oil has properties and advantages that make it effective for protecting and finishing a deck. It is specifically created for outdoor applications and is readily absorbed into the timber. It acts as a filler and sealer that protects timber from fungi and dust. It also replaces the natural oil that tends to “bleed” out of timber over time, making it less likely dry out, crack or flake.Decking oil makes the surface of timber stronger by not only bonding to individual timber fibres, but connecting them. As opposed to finishes that cover or blanket timber, decking oil integrates itself into the timber and produces a stronger structure. How to Oil a DeckThe process of oiling a deck is simple, but must be followed and executed correctly for best results. The first stop is to clean the deck. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber decking supplier in Brisbane, recommends using two cups of Napisan with a half bucket of warm water as a cleaner for a deck with an area of 5 sqm. The cleaning solution should be spread lightly on the deck with a stiff bristled decking brush and allowed to sit for fifteen minutes. Then, the deck should be scrubbed with the brush, wetting it in the solution as needed. The deck should be allowed to sit and dry for an average of two days. This not only allows drying but also allows old oils from the timber to bleed out.A decking oil is then applied with a soft-haired brush that is much like a paint brush. The oil can be easily spread and excess oil can be sponged up with the soft-haired brush. For a 5 sqm deck, five litres of decking oil is recommended. The oil is applied in two coats. The first coat ideally takes an hour to dry. The second coat is then applied and the deck is allowed to dry. The Finer PointsMr Kyle provided some advice for the finer points of applying the perfect finish to a deck. According to Mr Kyle:“If you execute the fundamentals correctly, you can have a beautiful deck. You can use tinted deck oil for colours or you can use natural timber grain and colour. We recommend using merbau, which is an orange-brown timber when it is cut. As it matures, it tends to redden a bit. Merbau is a beautiful timber; it looks so good that you won’t need to use tint in your decking oil.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Merbau and decking oil are a perfect combination.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier. They provide timber for decking, flooring and many other uses to the Brisbane area. To learn more about what Narangba Timbers has to offer or to use their decking calculator, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.