The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-08-17T07:41:49Z It’s all about balance: Using an offset account to your advantage 2018-08-17T07:41:49Z it-s-all-about-balance-using-an-offset-account-to-your-advantage Want to avoid sinking your entire savings balance into your mortgage? An offset account could be the solution you’ve been looking for. An offset account is straightforward to set up and easy to understand. It also has the potential to save you thousands of dollars and could shave years off your mortgage. Got your interest yet? Yup! But what’s an offset account? Basically, an offset account is a regular transactional account which is linked to your home loan. The advantage is that you only pay interest on the difference between the money in the account and the mortgage. Banks usually offer two types of offset accounts – full offset account, or partial offset account. A full offset account means that the entire amount in the account is deducted from the principle before you start to pay interest. In a partial offset account, a reduced interest rate on the mortgage is offered on the equivalent amount in the offset account. Whichever you choose will depend on the bank and the type of mortgage you have. How does it work? Say you owe $350,000 on your mortgage, and have $50,000 in a savings account that you currently use for regular transactions. If you move that $50,000 into a full offset account, you’ll only pay interest on $300,000 (which is the difference between that amount and the loan principle). The offset account can then continue to be used for all your daily needs, like receiving your salary and withdrawing cash. This sounds great! Now where can I find a cheap home loan rate with a 100% offset account? Homestar Finance, who have received 5 Star Ratings from Canstar, are offering an owner occupied variable interest rate of only 3.54% with a comparison rate of 3.59%. This loan product comes with a 100% offset account and $900 cashback upon settlement! Find out how you can save here: Regional Australia Bank’s innovative Community Partnership Program turns 10 and gives back over $18,500 to the Werris Creek community 2018-08-17T04:47:32Z regional-australia-banks-innovative-community-partnership-program-turns-10-and-gives-back-over-18-500-to-the-werris-creek-community Our Community Partnership Program is now in its tenth year, and we’re delighted to tell you that it continues to grow from strength to strength. In fact, this year’s community donations smashed the million-dollar milestone for the first time, with a whopping total of $1,028,402.00. Now that’s something to celebrate. Werris Creek certainly got into the spirit of things, with Regional Australia Bank awarding $18,863.50 to the local community at the Werris Creek Community Partnership presentations event held at the bowling and tennis club. The donations will be divided amongst a number of worthwhile local organisations and businesses. Some of this year’s recipients include: Werris Creek & District Pre-school Association Inc Werris Creek & District Preschool is a community based, not for profit, preschool, with the committee 100% made up of the parents of the children attending preschool. They have been involved with the Community Partnership Program for the last 8 years. In the past donations have gone towards funding a wish list that would otherwise have been outside the financial scope of the school. In the last few years they have used the money to redo the outside area at the pre-school. With this year’s donation, the plan is to refurbish all the sand pit equipment. As you can imagine, this gets used exhaustively by the kids and it is in dire need of being renewed. Julia Cameron of the pre-school said, “we enjoy a very good, reciprocal relationship with the local (Regional Australia Bank) staff and we are very appreciative of this type of program. A donation like this represents an awful lot of cake stands and raffles.” Cancer Patients’ Assistance Society of NSW – Werris Creek Can Assist Werris Creek is a charity which provides accommodation, support and financial assistance to local families affected by cancer. They have held an account with Regional Australia Bank for many years and were first told about the program by bank staff. They first joined the program about 7 years ago and have used the donation money to help cancer patients and their families with bills, accommodation costs, transport to and from their treatment, medication and fuel cards. To date they have managed to help cancer patients to the tune of over $120,000. A fantastic effort. This year’s donations will continue to be used for the same purposes. Aside from celebrating 10 years of our Community Partnership Program, 2018 also represents the 50th anniversary of Regional Australia Bank. And for us, the greatest gift is the knowledge that the bank has been able to contribute more than 2.5 million dollars to deserving community groups over the last few years through the Community Partnership Program. As Joe Coppola, Branch Operations Manager, Regional Australia Bank explains, “we’re hugely proud of our ability to deliver social and environmental returns to our regional communities. We are passionate about giving back to our community and empowering our customers to support local community groups they feel strongly about.” The Community Partnership Program allows new bank customers to open a transaction account and at the same time pledge their support for a group or organization close to their heart. Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates 1% of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent. With more and more people getting on board, the Community Partnership Program has continued to grow at over 30% per year ­– and provides invaluable donations to various local grass roots clubs and community groups. “The Community Partnership Program is just one of the ways in which we assist our customers and communities,” said Kevin Dupé, Regional Australia Bank CEO. “Regional Australia Bank is proud to continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2018, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves. “Our customer owned structure means that not only do our clientele benefit from fairer fees, competitive interest rates and the local expertise, they also know they’re benefiting Regional Australia by helping it prosper and thrive.” In addition to the Community Partnership Program, Regional Australia Bank also gives 5% of its net profits back to the community through sponsorships to local clubs and community organisations, as well as contributing to regional infrastructure projects. The Community Partnership Program represents community activism at its best and we want to thank all our loyal members. Because without your ongoing support, this invaluable donation scheme would not be able to thrive. To quote Joe again. “After all, it’s the opportunity to make a difference, to build better communities and to create better places to live that drives so many of us – so it’s fitting that our customers, who are also members of our communities, lead the way in initiatives like this one.” Here’s to the next 50 years! A full list of Community Partnership Program Werris Creek beneficiaries has been included below. - Ends - Contact: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0438 197 559 Airlie Horton, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0412 037 908 It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shortened to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. Werris Creek Community Partnership Beneficiaries: Werris Creek & District Pre School Association Inc Werris Creek Rugby League Football Club Cancer Patients' Assistance Society of NSW - Werris Creek Werris Creek Golf Club Anglers Club Werris Creek Bowling And Tennis Club Ltd Inter-Schools Horse Extravaganza (Ishe) Country Women’s Association of NSW Werris Creek Branch Werris Creek Golf Club Ltd The Scouts Assoc. of Aust 1st Branch Werris Creek Werris Creek Rural Fire Service Werris Creek Swimming Club Incorporated Lions Club of Werris Creek Incorporated Werris Creek RSL Sub Branch Ladies Auxiliary Werris Creek Community Shed Incorporated Werris Creek Public School P & C Association Friends of Werris Creek Library Werris Creek Minor League UHA of NSW Werris Creek Branch Liverpool Plains Equestrian Interschools Incorporated St Bede's Anglican Womens' Auxiliary Angus Australia highlights home grown beef science at ICoMST2018 2018-08-17T04:33:24Z angus-australia-highlights-home-grown-beef-science-at-icomst2018 As National Science Week draws to a close, Angus Australia’s Strategic Projects Manager Christian Duff appeared at ICOMST2018 on the 14th of August to present the innovations made in Angus beef genetics through Angus Australia’s science-based initiatives to likeminded scientific meat experts.  ICOMST2018 is the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology and attracts delegates from around the world to converse and exchange information about the world of meat science and technology. Mr Duff represented Angus Australia and the University of New England at the conference event and presented a poster regarding the prediction of Carcase Intramuscular Fat and Marbling based on research made using live-animal ultrasounds in Australian Angus.  The conference themes for this year's gathering put a highlight on the next generation technologies to assess carcases and meat, which is an integral focus at Angus Australia in terms of breed development and the research into herd improvement.  The information put to the forum by Mr Duff highlights the results and conclusions drawn from research undertaken as part of the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program, that had the objective to estimate phenotypic and genetic parameters for two live animal ultrasound systems (CUP and PIE) and determine their relationship with carcase IMF and marbling scores.  Conclusions drawn find that both ultrasound systems were useful early predictors of final carcase IMF and marbling, particularly on the genetic level.  However the CUP system had a significantly higher heritability and would be more generally suitable for genetic evaluation and early selection of Angus breeding animals for carcase IMF and marbling score.  Mr Duff said that attending the conference was necessary for the continued growth of the science-based initiatives at Angus Australia.  “The Consumer is king. Our industry programs, including genetic evaluation programs, need to further focus on providing consistent beef with high quality attributes for the consumer both domestically and internationally,” Mr Duff said.  ”There are many next generation objective carcase quality measurement technologies being developed and assessed such as DEXA, NIR, Hyperspectral and MIJ,” Mr Duff said. “This also includes new ultrasound scan technologies for predicting IMF in live cattle which was the focus of the paper I presented at ICOMST2018. “Angus Breeders are well placed to take early advantage of new technologies to assess carcase quality through Angus Australia’s collaboration with R&D groups such as the University of New England, Murdoch University and the ALMTech program. “The next area of cutting edge research in the meat science space is understanding the flavour notes and profile of beef.  Like wine, could beef be labelled for the consumer on its flavour profile? If so, could the flavour profile also be manipulated through genetic selection.” Giving a voice to the emergency service volunteers 2018-08-17T02:45:00Z giving-a-voice-to-the-emergency-service-volunteers When disaster strikes in the regional and suburban communities of Western Australia (WA) we rely heavily on volunteers to execute the emergency response plan. There are over 26,000 emergency service volunteers in WA, but average annual volunteer turnover is around 15 percent across all volunteer services, and it has fluctuated between 12-18 percent since 2006. In the State Emergency Service (SES), this turnover rate is even higher, with 24 percent leaving each year. Extensive training coupled with high turnover means there’s a significant financial and time cost, potentially jeopardising the ongoing delivery of SES services. The Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC’s Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), will explore what improvements are needed to better recruit, train and retain volunteers in WA at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ next month. Dr Kragt’s presentation, ‘Lived Experiences of Emergency Services Volunteers In Western Australia’ will reveal insights from interviews with volunteers in suburban and regional areas of WA, understanding how the ‘meaning, identity and emotions shape volunteer experiences at the SES’. “We focused on volunteers’ expectations and stereotypes around SES volunteering prior to joining the service; the meaning that volunteers derive from being a part of likeminded community; emotional experiences; issues surrounding volunteer recruitment, induction, and training. We find it interesting that volunteers perceive disaster response as a positive experience. But like many of us, they dislike bureaucracy and boring training. “These insights provide real reasons why volunteers leave the SES and identify areas of the recruitment and the training process that could be improved,” said Dr Kragt. Karen Roberts, Human Resources Director, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said state and national trends show a decrease in emergency services volunteering across Australia, which poses a challenge for hazard management agencies. “We rely on volunteers to build more resilient communities. We train volunteers to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies, providing training in first aid, navigation, administration, communications, marine rescue, community engagement, prevention and mitigation incident management, leadership, management and support. “Since forming in November 2012, DFES has made considerable progress in identifying ways to improve how it recruits, prepares and supports its volunteers. “These insights are vital to increasing retention across not only WA, but Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Roberts. Other topics exploring how to expand and work with volunteers across Australia will include: Kevin Walsh AFSM, Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, QFES Volunteerism Strategy Kerry Laurie, Country Fire Authority, Brigade viability: using evidenced based data to identify risk and improve service delivery Andrew McCullough, Volunteer Strategist, NSW State Emergency Service, Creating partnerships to drive Volunteer capability James Butterworth, Paramount Projects, The role of volunteers in community risk assessments - Volunteer Marine Rescue Resource to Risk Model Dr Tarn Kruger, RMIT University & Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Volunteering into the future – disaster events, local governments & communities Charlie Moir ESM, President National SES Volunteers Association and Gordon Hall ESM, President, SES Volunteer Association WA, changing lives through volunteering Ken Middleton, Chair, Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Association, representing volunteers Leaders including Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources, DFES WA and Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement, Bankwest, will continue the discussion on volunteering in ‘The State of Volunteering in Australia’ panel on Friday 7 September. The panel will explore new and emerging factors influencing emergency management volunteerism. Dr Kragt will present during AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ on Thursday 6 September, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information on the program visit: -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA) HI-RES Image 3. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: YouTube: Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: LinkedIn Grand Mirrors Inc. Launches Etch Mirrors, a Stylish Mirror Made to Measure 2018-08-17T02:01:34Z grand-mirrors-inc-launches-etch-mirrors-a-stylish-mirror-made-to-measure Grand Mirrors Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality and made to measure mirrors since 2012, launches its newest addition to it’s product line called Etch Mirrors. Etch Mirrors are lighted mirrors offered in a wide variety of existing designs and styles. It allows customers to showcase their creativity by sending their own pattern for customization. Etch Mirrors also uses a unique Diffusion Light Technology that equally spreads out the LED light resulting in a beautiful, high-quality and efficient lighting. With 50,000 hours LED life expectancy, Etch Mirrors comes with 4 lighting options such as cool, warm, true light and multi-color. Etch Mirrors is available with optional touchless on and off sensor with easy installation that usually takes 30-40 minutes. For more information about Grand Mirrors Lighted Mirrors, please visit   About Grand Mirrors Inc.: Grand Mirrors designs and manufactures the highest quality lighted mirrors for customers around the world since 2012. With their innovative craftsmanship and superior customer service, they aspire to deliver made to measure lighted mirrors fit for any space in your home, spa, stores, hotels or restaurants.   Media Contact Details Albert Lammens, Grand Mirrors Inc. Cerritos, California, USA (562) 666-4046 $566,000 Grant For Innovative Dental Product Inventor 2018-08-17T01:01:34Z 566-000-grant-for-innovative-dental-product-inventor The Australian Government has awarded an Accelerating Commercialisation Grant worth over $566,000 to HyGenie Australia Pty Ltd, an innovative small business dental product manufacturer and member of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). The grant was awarded to support the commercialisation of a world-first innovative device that cleans, stores, and protects removable oral appliances such as dentures relied upon by millions in Australia and overseas. “ADIA congratulates HyGenie Australia on being awarded this substantial grant from the Australian Government in recognition of the innovation and global export potential of this small business,” said Mr Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. The grant is part of the Accelerating Commercialisation component of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme which is designed to help small-medium businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers to access expert guidance and find the right solutions for novel products, processes, and services. “Australia has a reputation for developing innovative products that deliver enhanced dental and oral healthcare and supporting this sector is a high priority for ADIA. It’s in this context that we couldn’t be more pleased that the Australian Government is backing this product to ensure that it’s available to patients across Australia and overseas,” Mr Williams said. The device’s inventor, Dr Mark Wotherspoon, and the business' Managing Director, Steve Plakotaris, said the grant will support the advancement of consumer and clinical trials for the innovative device that will begin in September 2018. This will facilitate a national and, eventually, an international launch of the device in 2019. “There is still a lot of work to do and no doubt some challenges lie ahead, however we have made a good start to becoming a worldwide brand,” Mr Plakotaris said. ADIA will continue to support HyGenie Australia, and other local dental product manufacturers through policy advocacy efforts to cut the red-tape associated with dental product development, manufacturing and commercialisation. Support for export activities is also provided through ADIA’s pavilions at key international trade shows. “ADIA’s commitment to supporting local dental product manufacturers is strong and it’s great when businesses such as Hygenie Australia are recognised for their innovation and receive assistance from the Australian Government to tackle international markets,” Mr Williams said. Ends. .Image —■ Hygenie Australia Product Graphic [.JPG] .Media Contact — Brittany ButterworthADIA Communications Officert: 1300 943 094.....e: IMB BANK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HELPS NSW & ACT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET MAD ABOUT MONEY! 2018-08-17T00:59:24Z imb-bank-community-foundation-helps-nsw-amp-act-high-school-students-get-mad-about-money The IMB Bank Community Foundation has once again partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to deliver its financial literacy live-sketch comedy program, Mad About Money during the 2018 school year. During the life of the program, the partnership will have educated more than 7,000 high schools students in 30 schools across the Illawarra, the Sutherland Shire, Sydney’s South West and Canberra. Mad About Money teaches high school students crucial financial literacy skills as they participate in a 40--minute performance divided into segments that humorously address topics like wages and deductions, the difference between needs and wants, cash and credit and the importance of forming a savings habit. The program provides educational and entertaining messages to young people who are emerging as consumers. The latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report on financial literacy found that Australian 15-year-olds were declining in their financial literacy knowledge with scores falling significantly since 2012.  IMB Bank Chief Executive, Robert Ryan, said the Mad About Money program was just one of many initiatives IMB had developed to assist young people with financial literacy. “We realise that educating young people about money not only helps them today but also provides them with skills for tomorrow. “IMB Bank has supported this very successful program for more than a year and we are proud that by the end of 2018, we will have impacted so many students across the areas in which we operate,” Mr Ryan said. “It is just another way that IMB Bank works hard to stay connected with local communities.” “Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC Managing Director, Tobias Benn. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. It is a high-energy, interactive experience where the students get to help shape the show and so the information sticks with them because learning and laughter blend so seamlessly. The concepts examined in Mad About Money are aligned with the Australian curriculum and reinforced by free student workbooks and teacher guides for teachers to use in their lessons. Schools also gain access to digital learning materials to supplement their lessons with interactive classroom exercises, quizzes and games based around the program. IMB Bank further extend the educational experience and knowledge bank for young people with its web portal The Money Tree by IMB Bank – – which is loaded with useful tips and information to help add additional value to the financial literacy programs. The school tour begins on Monday 20th August and will visit schools across Picton, Camden, Wollongong, Nowra, Ulladulla as well as Canberra and surrounding suburbs. Did you know IMB Bank... ·         Was established in 1880 and is one of Australia’s leading mutual banks, regulated by APRA and ASIC ·         Was named Mutual of the Year at the 2018 Australian Retail Banking Awards ·         Has an overall customer satisfaction rating of 95% and assets over $5.7 billion ·         Offers a comprehensive range of retail banking, small business banking and financial planning products and services ·         Has home loans, personal loans and deposit products awarded five-star ratings or ‘Best in Category’ by various independent financial services reviewers ·         Offers internet and mobile banking and has a branch network of 48 operating in Illawarra, NSW South Coast, ACT, Sydney and Melbourne ·         Has granted $9.3m to almost 680 community projects during the past 18 years via IMB’s Community Foundations ·         Merged with The Shire…Local Banking in July, 2016   About NTC Since 1978, NTC has dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world. Impressive Indigenous student outcomes attract more auditions 2018-08-17T00:40:09Z impressive-indigenous-student-outcomes-attract-more-auditions With an average Indigenous completion rate more than 50 percent greater than national figures for Diploma and higher level courses, the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) is expecting record numbers of applicants to audition for its 2019 intake.  ACPA CEO, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis, said regular opportunities to perform at major venues and with high-profile artists helps motivate ACPA students to commit to their studies, resulting in a steady retention rate of 80 percent. “With 80 percent of recent graduates continuing on to higher education and 17 percent securing employment in the performing arts and other industries, ACPA is proving to be an attractive option for school leavers,” Dr Kopanakis said. “University isn’t an option for everyone, and we offer an accessible, affordable alternative for talented school leavers who want to find a career path for their creativity.  “What makes ACPA a popular choice and truly unique is that we’re the only Registered Training Organisation in Australia offering nationally accredited courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion. “And while our programs honour such a rich heritage, we’re focused on preparing students for careers in today’s global performing arts and entertainment industry, exposing them to a wide range of performance scenarios,” he said. ACPA will hold auditions for future dance, acting, music and singing students on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September 2018 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.  The auditions are open to all aspiring performing artists, including non-Indigenous students, who want to learn from with award-winning teachers and a practical curriculum. “We offer excellent vocational education courses that are industry-relevant, with a strong emphasis on public performances to build confidence and capability,” Dr Kopanakis said.  “We are looking forward to meeting a whole new class of rising stars at the auditions in September, then welcoming the successful ones to ACPA next year.” Applications to audition can be downloaded from  ACPA will also offer auditions in some regional centres between August and October. More information is available on the ACPA website or by calling 07 3216 1490. LUKE KENNEDY CELEBRATES A TRUE AUSSIE MUSICAL ICON 2018-08-17T00:02:53Z luke-kennedy-celebrates-a-true-aussie-musical-icon From Johnny to Jack features Australian vocal superstar Luke Kennedy (The Voice, The Ten Tenors, Swing On This) and his world-class band. 20 years before ‘Whispering Jack’ became the highest selling album in Australian history, a teenager named Johnny Farnham stormed onto the Australian music scene with the unconventional smash hit Sadie (The Cleaning Lady). This show canvasses the incredible rollercoaster journey of a teen pop idol’s rise and fall, and the making of a rock and roll icon who would become known as “The Voice”. HOTA are delighted to be hosting ‘From Johnny to Jack’ on Saturday 6 October at 7.30pm. “After shooting to fame in 2013 on The Voice Austraia, Luke has become a household name. He’s one of Australia’s most versatile performers and the perfect person to showcase the musical journey of John Farnham. “We are hoping that John Farnham fans from all over the Gold Coast will come and enjoy this musical journey with Luke and join in as he sings a fantastic selection of hits including Playing to Win, One, Don’t You Know It’s Magic as well as smash hits Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Sadie and everyone’s favourite - You’re The Voice,” said HOTA Senior Producer, Vicki Buenen. For more information and to book tickets visit Date: Sat 6 Oct Time: 7.30pm Cost: Adults $45 / Seniors / Children and Friends of the Arts $40 * Image available to download - ** Luke available for interviews on request Luke Kennedy Biography Australian recording artist and television presenter Luke Kennedy shot to international attention in 2013 as Ricky Martin’s grand finalist on season two of television phenomenon The Voice Australia. As series runner-up, Luke was the first artist to secure a #1 single on the iTunes charts for his stirring rendition of Time To Say Goodbye, with an additional six live performance tracks hitting the iTunes Top Ten throughout the series. Luke was also the first artist to have a Top Ten hit in the ARIA charts. Prior to his star turn on The Voice Australia, Luke had extensive international touring experience with Australia’s most successful classical crossover group The TEN Tenors, including performances in Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Peru, Norway, Germany, Russia, South Korea, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Australia. Luke is also an accomplished music theatre performer, with iconic performances in Les Misérables, Chicago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Last 5 Years, Songs for a New World and Grease. He has also headlined six productions across Australia of Jesus Christ Superstar as the title role, most recently at AIS Arena in Canberra in 2015. Following his success on The Voice Australia, Luke performed with Ricky Martin as a special guest on his 2013 Australian tour and also completed a solo tour to promote his debut album with Universal Music, ‘A Time For Us’, which debuted at #6 on the ARIA charts. Luke frequently joins Australian music theatre, television and film superstars Rob Mills, Ben Mingay and Michael Falzon as a founding member of the exciting new Big Band group Swing on This. The quartet debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2014, and gained national attention for their thrilling vocals, smooth moves and trademark humour through sold out shows and major television appearances including Woolworth’s Carols In the Domain in 2015 and 2016. You can find Swing On This on Facebook, to stay up to date with their upcoming performances. The stage is not the only place you might see Luke appear. Luke is also a regular TV Presenter on Channel 7’s newest travel and variety show The Great Day Out. Luke’s latest music release, ‘Skin & Scars – EP’ which was co-written by Luke Kennedy and Mark Sholtez, was independently released in August 2015, and reached the Top 5 of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. ‘Skin & Scars – EP’ is available on iTunes. Tamworth receives over $64,000 as Regional Australia Bank’s Community Partnership Program turns 10 2018-08-16T23:32:33Z tamworth-receives-over-64-000-as-regional-australia-banks-community-partnership-program-turns-10 This year marks the tenth straight year we have been running our Community Partnership Program, and it just continues to go from strength to strength – with this year being the first time we’ve broken the million-dollar mark - with a grand total of $1,028402 being donated to back to our local communities. For us, that’s the best gift of all. At Gregory’s restaurant in Tamworth, Regional Australia Bank presented Tamworth community groups with a donation of $64,404.37 to be divided up amongst a number of different charities and organisations. As you can imagine, the community was thrilled, and a most enjoyable evening was had by all. With many beneficiaries of this donation, we simply could not list them all here, but this year’s main recipients include: United in Compassion Ltd United in Compassion advocate patient access to full spectrum herbal medicinal cannabis to alleviate suffering in a compassionate and dignified manner. They first became involved with the Community Partnership Program two years ago. The donations received so far have been used to put on 3 international symposiums, (in Sydney and Melbourne) with a panel of experts and health professionals presenting case studies from other countries, dispelling myths and taking questions from the general public. Some of the money has also been used in the funding of a voluntary Medical Advisory Panel to help educate and raise awareness. This year’s donation will go towards another symposium and to continued education and awareness. Lucy Haslam, founder of United in Compassion was full of praise for Regional Australia Bank, saying, “it’s fantastic to have the bank supporting us on this issue. It sends a strong message. This is about looking after the community. Something that Regional Australia Bank and United in Compassion are both passionate about.” The Brain Foundation The Brain Foundation is a nationally registered charity dedicated to funding world-class research Australia-wide into neurological disorders, brain diseases and injuries. They have been participating in the Community Partnership Program for the last ten years. The donations they have received go in large part towards paying for advertising costs and raising awareness for the annual Christmas Fair held in November. Anything left goes towards research and development. Philippa Warner, the President of the Northwest Branch of The Brain foundation said, “we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Regional Australia Bank every year. It allows us to run our very successful event annually which raises funding for research into brain diseases and injuries.” Friends of Nioka & New England Palliative Care Serv Incorp Friends of Nioka specialise in palliative care for people with a terminal illness. They focus particularly in providing relief from the symptoms and the stress associated with the disease and on improving the quality of life for both patient and family. They first joined the Community Partnership Program at its inception ten years ago, having heard about it through the staff in the local branch. The donations they have received over the years have been put to a wide range of uses, including decking out the Nioka ward in the hospital with beds, tables, scoop chairs, oxygen concentrators, bladder scanners and a whole range of other items. Some of the money has also been used for the further education of the staff. This year’s donation will be used to purchase similar items as and when the Nioka Ward requires them. In addition to celebrating the tenth birthday of our Community Partnership Program, 2018 is also a special year for Regional Australia Bank for a different reason. It’s our 50th anniversary. And what better way to celebrate it than knowing our Community Partnership Program has been able to give back over 2.5 million dollars to deserving community groups over the last few years. As Joseph Coppola, Regional Australia Bank Branch Operations Manager explains, “we’re hugely proud of our ability to deliver social and environmental returns to regional communities. We’re passionate about giving back to our community and empowering customers to support local community groups they feel strongly about.” The Community Partnership Program allows new bank customers to open a transaction account and at the same time pledge their support for a group or organization close to their heart. Regional Australia Bank then calculates the average annual balance of all supporters’ accounts and donates 1% of the total to the cause on the customers’ behalf – all without costing them a cent. With more and more people getting on board, the Community Partnership Program has continued to grow at over 30% per year ­– and provides invaluable donations to various local grass roots clubs and community groups. “The Community Partnership Program is just one of the ways in which we assist our customers and communities,” said Kevin Dupé, Regional Australia Bank CEO. “Regional Australia Bank is proud to continue delivering the Community Support Program in 2018, enabling it to continue enhancing the quality of life and a strong sense of community for the regions it serves.” “The program comes at no cost to our customers and it authenticates our promise to operate in the best interests of our customers and communities. “Our customer owned structure means our customers not only benefit from fairer fees, competitive interest rates and the expertise from local specialists, they know they’re benefiting Regional Australia by helping it to prosper and thrive,” said Dupé. In addition to the Community Partnership Program, Regional Australia Bank also gives 5% of its net profits back to the community through sponsorships to local clubs and community organisations, as well as contributing to regional infrastructure projects. “The Community Partnership Program represents community activism at its best and we want to thank all our loyal members. Because without your ongoing support, this invaluable donation scheme would not be able to thrive. “After all, it’s the opportunity to make a difference, to build better communities and to create better places to live that drives so many of us – so it’s fitting that our customers, who are also members of our communities, lead the way in initiatives like this one,” Mr Coppola. Here’s to the next 50 years. A full list of Community Partnership Program Tamworth beneficiaries has been included below. - Ends - Contact: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0438 197 559 Airlie Horton, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0412 037 908 It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shortened to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. Tamworth Community Partnership Beneficiaries: United In Compassion Limited Brain Foundation Friends of Nioka & New England Palliative Care Services Inc. Friends of Marsupial Park Tamworth Regional Landcare Association Inc Tamworth Regional Wellness Network Inc. CONNECT Tamworth Women's Network Challenge Community Services Zonta Club of Tamworth Inc. Tamworth & District Prostate Cancer Support Group Inc. Nundle CWA Pre-School Kindergarten Kootingal/Moonbi Rural Fire Brigade Nundle Go for Gold Festival Committee Peel River Artist Blacksmiths Tamworth Meals on Wheels Inc. Northern Inland Football Inc Kootingal Moonbi Swimming Club Inc. Barnard River Wild Dog Control Association Inc. North Companions Football Club Inc. Scripture Union Tamworth Tamworth Regional Horse Drawn Club Inc. Tamworth & District Breast Cancer Support Group Tamworth Basketball Association Tamworth Veteran Cricket Oxley Vale P&C Association Tamworth Regional U3A Inc United Hospital Auxiliaries 360 Scully Park Swimming Club Incorporated Birrelee Multi- Functional Aboriginal Children’s Service Gowrie Rural Fire Service Bendemeer P&C Association Inc. Tamworth & District Model Engineers Inc Dungowan Parents & Citizens Association NORTH & NORTHWEST SHOWJUMPING CLUB Girl Guides Assoc. (NSW & ACT) Tamworth Support Group Nundle Public School P & C Ass Tamworth & District Highland Society Pipe Band Tamworth & District Minor Rugby League United Hospital Auxiliaries OF NSW INC Currabubula Public School P&C Association Inc. ADFAS Tamworth Region Coledale Communal Garden Group Inc. Tamworth & District Family History Group Inc. West Tamworth Women’s Bowling Club Tamworth and District Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association Tamworth Phys Culture Club Inc. Cornerstone Church Inc. Loomberah War Memorial Hall S355 Committee Dungowan Public Recreation TAMWORTH CLAY TARGET CLUB INC. Currabubula Bush Fire Brigade Tamworth Peel Evening View Club Bendemeer Art Show Committee Tamworth Sub Junior Golf Group Tamworth Tidy Town Committee Central North Women’s Rugby Club Currabubula Common Trust DUNGOWAN JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPS, CRAMPS, & CHALLENGES FOR MND TAMWORTH COMMUNICATORS Friends of Tamworth Libraries Tamworth Roller Derby League Inc United Softball Club Tamworth Tamworth Regional Council Social Club Tamworth Rugby Football Club LTD Recognised Market Leader BeyondTrust Announces Significant Growth in the 1st Half of 2018 2018-08-16T19:50:33Z recognised-market-leader-beyondtrust-announces-significant-growth-in-the-1st-half-of-2018 SINGAPORE, August 16, 2018 – BeyondTrust, the leading cyber security company dedicated to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorised access, today announced extremely strong second quarter and 2018 year-to-date results, with a significant revenue increase, hundreds of new customers, accelerating growth outside of North America, and a growing channel. 2018 1st half highlights include:     • Over 100 percent revenue growth in PowerBroker Password Safe, the company’s comprehensive Privileged Account and Session Management (PASM) solution      • 60 percent revenue growth in multi-product business, highlighting the breadth and depth of BeyondTrust solutions and indicating strong demand for the PAM platform      • Over 25 percent growth in revenue from cross-selling new products to existing customers, highlighting the value customers receive from BeyondTrust solutions and the ease of plugging new solutions into the central PowerBroker platform      • Nearly 200 new organisations added to the growing family of BeyondTrust customers      • Accelerating growth outside of North America, driven by 50 percent+ growth in EMEA and Asia-Pacific, and 80 percent+ growth in Latin America, demonstrating continued high global demand for privileged access management solutions  With these results, the company extended its leadership position with the most comprehensive privileged access management (PAM) solution available today. As IT leverages next-generation technologies including cloud infrastructure and IoT, and business processes like DevSecOps in their environments, enterprises are optimistic about the business benefits these technologies can bring. In fact, in a recent BeyondTrust survey, 90 percent of enterprises are engaged with at least one next-generation technology or process, yet 78 percent of respondents cited security risks associated with next-generation technologies as somewhat to extremely large. Privileged access management solutions like BeyondTrust’s unified platform ease this transition for IT and facilitate the move to these technologies according to 82 percent of respondents. “With over 100 percent growth in our privileged password and session management solution and the addition of several blue-chip customers it is clear that our products and vision are resonating in the marketplace,” said Kevin Hickey, President and CEO at BeyondTrust. “We are excited to help address our customers’ current security needs and look forward to addressing their future needs as they deploy the critical privilege security layer across their on-premise, cloud, and hybrid environments.” “The continued expansion of more than 20 new partners in BeyondTrust’s global partner network alone thus far in the first half of the year has been an exciting development,” said Joseph Schramm, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at BeyondTrust. “In addition, our consulting and Global SI program continues to show continued accelerated growth and has delivered nearly a dozen key customer wins.” About BeyondTrust   BeyondTrust is a global information security software company that helps organisations prevent cyber-attacks and unauthorised data access due to privilege abuse. Our solutions give you the visibility to confidently reduce risks and the control to take proactive, informed action against data breach threats. And because threats can come from anywhere, we built a platform that unifies the most effective technologies for addressing both internal and external risks: Privileged Access Management and Vulnerability Management. Our solutions grow with your needs, making sure you maintain control no matter where your company goes. BeyondTrust’s security solutions are trusted by over 4,000 customers worldwide, including half of the Fortune 100. To learn more about BeyondTrust, please visit Follow BeyondTrust Twitter: Blog: LinkedIn: Facebook: ### For BeyondTrust: Liz Drysdale Marketing Director - APAC P: (61) 422 109 704 E: LOVE ISLAND WINNER GRANT CRAPP FINDS NEW LOVE! 2018-08-16T07:54:21Z love-island-winner-grant-crapp-finds-new-love LOVE ISLAND WINNER GRANT CRAPP FINDS NEW LOVE! Love Island winner Grant Crapp  has found a new love! After leaving his “friend with benefits” Lucy Cartwright before going on Love Island , then hooking up  and dropping Cassie on the show he paired up with Tayla to win the programme and $50,000 …but then split from her once back in Australia to re-connect with Lucy. Are you still with me ? Grant has now fallen in love again with ………Steinbok Schnapps new Coldpresso Martini! It’s an Espresso Martini in a bottle …..just shake it with ice and it’s the best Espresso Martini on the planet according to Grant! “ I love it!” says Grant Crapp “ it’s the best Espresso Martini I have ever had. I made one on Love Island for Tayla but that involved pouring vodka, coffee liqueur, making an espresso coffee, chilling the coffee, adding ice and shaking it etc. With Steinbok. an Australian company,  you can just pour their readymade ColdPresso Martini straight from the bottle, add ice, give it a shake and you’re in heaven!” Check out Grant’s post to his 146,000 Instagram followers this evening Thursday 16th August.   For a copy of all the images click here Steinbok flavours available include Butterscotch, Peach, Watermelon, Peppermint, Chilli, Instant ColdPresso Martini, Banana, Mango and Strawberry schnapps also a mix of old style liqueurs! TO INTERVIEW GRANT CRAPP, GAVIN YATES or for samples of Steinbok email or call 0412501601 This message is for Adults 18+ and over. Drink responsibly. History of Steinbok Bootlegger and Cocktail King Gavin Yates started producing mini jams on NSW’s Central Coast in 1992, which then gave Gavin the idea to create miniature shots, which sold out due to popular demand. Gavin decided to step into the liquor business and  Steinbok was born, subsequently becoming the second largest manufacturer of schnapps in Australia. Gavin has invented new products including Granny Smith Sour Apple Schnapps, Resort’s Long Island Tea, and the Barman’s Choice Cordials range. “I’m truly thrilled by our success, People love our schnapps. Steinbok liqueurs are now extensively found in bars all over Australia , online at and our Granny Smith Sour Apple schnapps is also available in Coles’ Liquorland.” Said Yates.         Booking Accomodations in Papua New Guinea Online Now Easy with 2018-08-16T06:00:44Z booking-accomodations-in-papua-new-guinea-online-now-easy-with-pngbooking-com, the first online website to easily, quickly and securely book all accomodation types in Port Moresby and all provinces of Papua New Guinea. Hotels, motels, lodges, guesthouses, transit houses, resorts and other accommodations. It has always been an issue to book accomodations in Papua New Guinea, both for local travelers as well as foreigners. And with a fast growing industry, both from local and international travelers, some local entrepreneurs have just started to develop the first and only online platform in PNG to solve that problem. From 105,000 international arrivals in 2007, PNG has received just under 200,000 international arrivals in 2017, mainly coming for Business, Tourism and Employment reasons in the country. With only a few accommodations bookable online in main towns such as Port Moresby, Lae and some others, Papua New Guinea has been waiting for a long time for a first unique and wide booking platform. The travel and tourism industry is already directly and indirectly about 2% of the whole PNG economy, a little bit more than 1 billion kinas in 2017. The forecast is also very positive, ranking PNG 48th above 185 countries for the 2017-2027 long-term growth, on the World Travel & Tourism Council last report. The platform is now in its beta phase, with more than 300 subscribers already, and more than 1,500 followers on its Facebook page already ( “For local travelers in PNG, it is extremely frustrating to search and find affordable lodges and motels. And the problem is not because they aren't enough lodges, motels and transit homes. The problem is that there is no information available in one place to search, find, compare and book accommodation in anywhere around PNG.” as explained Ian Hetri, the CEO of The first version of the platform is about to be released in August, including online payment capabilities with local banks and more than a hundred local accommodations. Ian Hetri, CEO of will also speak at one of the next APEC 2018 events in Port Moresby on Tuesday 14 August about challenges faced by local entrepreneurs in doing business in the digital space in Papua New Guinea. QLD Labour Hire License Registration Approved for Youngbrook Recruitment 2018-08-16T04:13:59Z qld-labour-hire-license-registration-approved-for-youngbrook-recruitment MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 May 2018   Youngbrook Recruitment acquired registration under the new compulsory Qld Labour Hire License on 15 May 2018 through the business’ demonstrated ability as an ethical and responsible labour hire provider in Queensland that complies with all relevant workplace laws. The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 was introduced on 16 April 2018 and is supported by the Labour Hire Licensing Regulation 2018. All labour hire agencies operating in Queensland must possess the license by 15 June 2018 to legally operate in Queensland. Simone Young, Managing Director of Youngbrook Recruitment said the labour hire industry regulation changes have not had a significant effect on Youngbrook Recruitment’s operation, as the quality systems already in place have met or exceeded the regulations. “Youngbrook Recruitment is certified as an ISO 9001 Quality Management System and has maintained a reputation for quality and ethical dealings with both clients and candidates across trades and supply chain,” said Ms Simone Young. “Recently celebrating 11 years of success in the Australian recruitment industry, the company’s growth from a start-up to an industry leader with exclusive contract on major projects has been fuelled by referrals in response to our quality service delivery.” “The new Labour Hire license will ensure that labour hire providers who give the industry a bad reputation will need to improve or will be forced to leave the industry,” she said. To obtain the license Youngbrook Recruitment have demonstrated compliance with all relevant laws, financially viability, have been deemed as fit and proper to hold a Labour Hire Licence, and have committed to report regularly on our operations. For more information about the new QLD Labour Hire License’s visit   QLD Labour Hire License Number: LHL-00321-S5H5W ENDS   About Youngbrook Recruitment Founded in 2007, Youngbrook Recruitment is a Bulimba, Brisbane based recruitment agency hiring across trades, supply chain, business support, sales, marketing and senior appointments. For more information visit   For further information, images or interview request please contact: Eloise Brooks Marketing Coordinator Youngbrook Recruitment P: 07 3399 6899 F: 07 3399 8699 E: Sydney Kings and Cover-More Travel Insurance announce new partnership 2018-08-16T04:07:51Z sydney-kings-and-cover-more-travel-insurance-announce-new-partnership Australia’s leading travel insurance provider, Cover-More, has signed a one-year partnership with the Sydney Kings basketball team for the 2018-19 National Basketball League (NBL) season. The tie-up with the Sydney Kings complements Cover-More’s two other sporting partnerships announced in 2017: with Arsenal Football Club in the English Premier league and with the Gold Coast SUNS AFL team. Cover-More Group CEO, Mike Emmett, said the new partnership with the Sydney Kings recognised both Cover-More’s origins and also the group’s aim to partner with sporting teams with similar values. “While we’re now spread across the globe in 22 countries, Cover-More was created in Sydney in 1986 and Sydney remains our head office. So it’s natural that we wanted to partner with a sporting team in our home town.” “And we genuinely like what we see in the Sydney Kings. They are a club with big dreams and an even bigger focus on teamwork, talent development and making the most of opportunities,” Mike said. Sydney Kings GM of Basketball, Jeff Van Groningen welcomed Cover-More to the Kings family. “We’re very excited to have Cover-More Travel Insurance as a new partner. They are a Sydney-born brand that has had amazing success in Australia and globally in the 30 years since they began.” “2018 is the Kings’ 30thanniversary as well and we believe our partnership with Cover-More will deliver strong commercial and brand benefits for both of us,” Van Groningen said. The Sydney Kings made NBL history in April this year with the signing of Andrew Bogut, one of the most decorated stars in Australian basketball, with a career spanning 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the USA and Australian Olympic representation as a Boomer. The new look Sydney Kings will make their debut against the Adelaide 36ers at Qudos Bank Arena in the opening round of the 2018-19 NBL season on Saturday 13 October 2018. ENDS For more, contact Cover-More: Angela Cross, Pilot PR, +61 412 929 397 or Sydney Kings: Ashley Stewart, Sydney Kings, +61 423 851 711 or  About Cover-More GroupCover-More Group is a global specialist and integrated travel insurance, medical assistance and employee assistance provider. Cover-More is the leading travel insurance provider in Australia with partnerships with many well-known brands including Flight Centre, the Commonwealth Bank, Virgin Australia, Helloworld Travel, Australia Post and NRMA Insurance. Cover-More has operations in a total of 22 countries across five continents with leading market positions also in India, in the USA where the group owns Travelex Insurance Services, and in Latin America with Travel Ace Assistance and Universal Assistance. Cover-More was acquired by Zurich Insurance Group in 2017.  Cover-More is also the Official Travel Insurance Partner of Arsenal and partner of the Gold Coast SUNS AFL team. About Sydney KingsThe Sydney Kings are a professional men’s basketball team which plays in the National Basketball League (NBL). Currently entering the 30thseason since their inception in 1988, the Kings have a long rich history and three Championships to their name. The Kings currently play all home games at their 15,000-seat stadium Qudos Bank Arena.