The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-11T12:31:37Z Free speech should be free 2021-01-11T12:31:37Z free-speech-should-be-free Dear Editor, Great to see the Deputy Prime Minister declaring his fervent support for freedom of speech, following the Twitter bans in the USA. We wait with bated breath for his announcement that he will now fight to repeal all the “ag-gag” laws that the Federal and State governments have been enacting, the purpose of which is to deny free speech to those seeking to expose extreme examples of animal cruelty, neglect and violations of animal protection laws on Australian farms. If we are one and free, let’s also be consistent and caring. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Throwing cold water on lobster sales 2020-12-15T21:06:05Z throwing-cold-water-on-lobster-sales Dear Editor, Lobsters have been suffering in crates on Australian docks—the unwilling victims of a trade war with China. Vested interests have presented this cruelty as an opportunity for Australians to buy lobsters cheaply, but we should really view this trade breakdown as motivation to eliminate an appallingly cruel business. Researchers tell us that lobsters are amazingly smart animals who use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and establish social relationships. They have been shown to experience stress when confined in tanks, and to suffer agony, as any animal would, when cut up or thrown alive into boiling water. Invertebrate zoologists tell us that lobsters may feel more pain than other animals, since their nervous system does not go into shock if they are harmed. When dropped into scalding water, lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. A judge recognised lobster sentience in a ground-breaking Sydney case, in which Nicholas Seafood pleaded guilty to cruelty-to-animals charges after a video showed a staff member butchering a suffering lobster. 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “How cruel for one whose natural habitat is water to be made to die in boiling water.” Ninety-nine percent of Australians agree that unnecessary cruelty is wrong, so let’s just leave the lobsters in the ocean, where they belong. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Property Podcast Has Australia Talking 2020-12-04T02:22:21Z property-podcast-has-australia-talking If you’re looking for the right advice when it comes to property investment, transactional services and industry insights you can now enhance your knowledge listening to the best in the business. The Agribusiness Investor is a new podcast series launched in September by LAWD (Land, Agriculture, Water & Development) the real estate, property and advisory specialists. Available free on Spotify and Google the series provides a comprehensive analysis into the rural property market with a particular focus on the best regions to invest, when it’s a good time to sell and which types of farms are in most demand. In the first episode LAWD senior director Col Medway was joined by Delta Agribusiness executive director group manager advisory, Chris Duff. In the podcast Mr Medway said despite the prolonged drought land values along the east coast of Australia were continuing an unprecedented rise due to high commodity prices and the next generation of farmers returning home. Delta Ag maintains a full farm services business employing 280 staff across 43 locations from southern Queensland, NSW and north western Victoria.  According to Mr Duff from March to June trading was restricted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant it had to alter how it serviced its clients. But since then Delta Ag had been able to revert back to a more normal type of trading environment. The second podcast episode just launched features two other southern NSW based LAWD directors Ian Robertson and Tim Corcoran talking about the state of play in both those regions. Mr Robertson said the market in southern NSW was being held up in particular by local landholders looking to either expand their operation for a son coming home or increase efficiencies of scale. This was in turn providing confidence to vendors knowing there were people in the district looking to buy. To listen or download the podcast click here   Australian farmers named Supreme winners in the irrigation excellence awards 2020-12-03T02:21:17Z australian-farmers-named-supreme-winners-in-the-irrigation-excellence-awards (Australia) – 3 December 20 Tasmanian farmers Rob and Eliza Tole of Cressy have been announced as the Australian region and Supreme winners of the inaugural Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards.    Mr Tole is a third generation farmer on “Greenvale” a 560ha property with 350ha irrigated. He and his wife Eliza run an operation which includes lamb production and a cropping rotation of significant variety, including peas, seed potatoes, poppies, grass seed, clover seed, hemp, chicory and pasture.  The Zimmatic Trailblazer Sustainable Irrigation Awards, were created to celebrate excellence and recognise farmers leading the way in responsible irrigation, innovative water management and environmental stewardship. The Awards were open to irrigating farmers in Australia and New Zealand and were assessed on four key components: ·        Sustainable irrigation management, ·        Irrigation-driven improvements, ·        Waterway protection; and ·        Environmental stewardship “We were surprised and honoured to win this award.  There are so many farmers around who I look up to and seek advice from who could easily have won it, so for us to be named Supreme winners across Australia and New Zealand was very humbling.  Mr Tole said. “We also acknowledge the dedicated staff within our operations because without their commitment to achieving our goals, these results wouldn’t be possible and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are now.  Head judge for the Awards Ms. Keri Johnston noted that judges were looking for innovation in water management, steps taken to ensure sustainable water use on farm, and an obvious passion for protecting one of our most precious natural resources. “The Tole’s exemplified all of these attributes both on their own farm and through their work supporting other irrigators. Being on the front foot in adopting new technology and ideas has been pivotal to their success. Mr. James Craft of Zimmatic ANZ, says that the Awards acknowledge innovative farming operators and reward them for the vital role they play in the primary sector. “We were extremely impressed by the calibre of applications for the Award and the excellence being practiced by these farmers who are focussed on improving their irrigation and water management,” he said. “The Awards are an opportunity to help showcase the innovative farming operators who will influence future generations and play a role in strengthening Australia’s success story as global leaders in sustainable and profitable farming. We really look forward to the Awards becoming a regular feature of the agricultural calendar in Australia and New Zealand. Having worked in various agricultural roles on broadacre, feedlot and intensive industries in Tasmania, WA and NZ and studying at agricultural college, Mr Tole returned to the family farm in 2000.  With only a small amount of irrigation in place he started with a clean slate in terms of irrigation layout which has evolved over time to achieve the irrigation operation they have today. When asked what he believed set him apart from the other finalists Mr Tole said it was a combination of things such as their focus on efficient drainage systems, application of variable rate irrigation and an enthusiasm for technology and innovation.  Mr Tole runs his own irrigation contracting business installing surface drainage and leveling for other farmers and he also volunteers for a number of community and industry organisations. Encouraging other irrigators to enter the Award in future Mr Tole said, “Even though I was hesitant at first myself, I would absolutely encourage other farmers to enter and give it a go as you learn so much about your own operation in the process of applying” “It is also really important to get the message to urban communities and our customers, that irrigation farmers are managing the water and soil resources really well and this Award helps to do that. “We also acknowledge Zimmatic for running the Trailblazer Award and the organisations who have supported them such as Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd, Ag Logic Pty Ltd and Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) because without them the Award simply couldn’t happen.  We were pleasantly surprised by the prizes that were given to us, not only as the Award winner, but even for being named as finalists – the Award partners were very generous. As the overall winners we have won, among other things, an overseas trip for two to the USA, when international travel is once again feasible” In the New Zealand category of the Awards, Ted and Sue Rollinson of mid-Canterbury, NZ took out the honours having impressed judges with their complete conversion of their 380ha flood irrigation system to spray irrigation. - End – For information about the Awards: About Lindsay Corporation Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fibre and transportation needs of the world's rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® centre pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world's roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit FieldNET, Zimmatic, Barrier Systems and Road Zipper are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lindsay or its subsidiaries. Meating the future 2020-12-02T20:53:59Z meating-the-future Dear Editor, 2020, the year of fires and pandemics, has not offered us a lot of good news stories. But here’s one: Aussie Olympian swimmer Matthew Dunn and his dad Steven have opened an eleven million dollar business called Proform Foods that will manufacture some 5,000 tonnes of plant-based meat each year. The global meat-free meat market is expected to be worth over five billion dollars this year and to grow by almost twenty percent each year thereafter, reaching eighteen billion in seven years. The huge growth is driven by consumer awareness of the cruelty, health issues and environmental impact of consuming animal flesh. Nick Hazell, founder of another Aussie plant-based meat business v2food, suggests that Australia could be a world leader in this industry. This is not just great news for Australian business. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of emerging diseases originate in animals. On factory farms, animals suffer short, brutal lives, crammed together in unnatural situations, increasing the risk of human diseases emerging. Eating plant-based foods therefore makes sense for our health, the environment, and of course alleviates enormous suffering for animals. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Farmer-led traceability platform to eliminate food fraud and drive Australian Agricultural and manufacturing jobs 2020-12-01T12:59:22Z farmer-led-traceability-platform-to-eliminate-food-fraud-and-drive-australian-agricultural-and-manufacturing-jobs An independent​ report​ conducted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) recognised product integrity as a major purchase driver for consumers and cited the need to enhance product integrity systems of the Australian red meat industry.The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the economy and intensified the need for traceability and provenance of Australian red meat products sold in Australia and in new export markets.Aglive​, an Australian-based world-leading product traceability platform, is working alongside the MLA, Australian farmers, producers and agricultural industry bodies to provide food provenance to Australian produce and brands.“If there is one positive to come out of this pandemic, it’s a vital recognition that our supply chain systems are outdated. Australians deserve the right to purchase high-quality, premium products and know that’s exactly what they’re getting. Farmers deserve to know that their premium products are not compromised along their journey. This is where Aglive steps in,” said Paul Ryan, Managing Director of Aglive.Aglive’s platform was developed in collaboration with the MLA and has received strong support from leaders in the agricultural sector, including the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Macquarie University, AusTrade, and the National Party.The technology delivers solutions to supply-chain disruptions while protecting job security, as well as bringing vital income opportunities into the Australian economy.Fourth generation Australian Black Angus Beef farmer, Robert Mackenzie, has used Aglive’s traceability platform to successfully open new export channels to China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Palestine.“There is huge demand for premium Australian products in international markets but fraudulent and mislabelled products are threatening Australia’s reputation for high quality produce,” said Robert Mackenzie, of Macka’s Australian Black Angus Beef.“Fraudulent parties mislabelling products as a premium Australian product is a crime, and a major national concern. Supply chain provenance and transparency will bring more revenue back into Australian businesses and generate new job opportunities. We are in full support of this vital initiative,” said the Hon. Dr. David Gillespie, Federal Member for Lyne.Consumers are demanding more traceability and information on food provenance which is harming brand owners and the industry. The report points to Aglive’s traceability platform as a necessary solution.“Aglive’s technology gives Australian farmers, producers and processors confidence in the global supply chain. The Department of Primary Industries are committed to innovation for the agricultural industry, especially those that protect and promote the providence of NSW Food and fibre. We are excited to be involved in this supply chain innovation developed by Aglive,” said Chris Celovic, National Liaison Manager, NSW Department of Primary Industries.Aglive’s traceability platform can be applied to many packaged products to ensure traceability and provenance from their source right through to the end consumer.As the global economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian farmers and brands must be able to guarantee the quality of their produce, to grow the industry and keep Australian manufacturing jobs. Aussie crops set to be saved with school leavers ‘PickPacking’ their way around the country 2020-11-26T01:58:44Z aussie-crops-set-to-be-saved-with-school-leavers-pickpacking-their-way-around-the-country With international backpacking no longer an option, a new initiative by social enterprise Thankful4Farmers is calling on school leavers to create an alternative rite-of-passage by PickPacking their way around the country for the adventure of a lifetime, while helping save the livelihoods of farmers facing unparalleled labour shortages as a result of COVID-19. A dedicated Go and Pick website, launched today, is a one-stop information platform for 18-25 year olds to connect with employers, review job opportunities and a suite of support resources, including government relocation grants, Austudy benefits and more. Thankful Founder and CEO, Kim McDonnell said: “There has been widespread public discussion about the potential impact of harvest labour shortage on Australia’s farmers and their crops, and the flow-on effects on availability and cost of fruit and veg for consumers. Go And Pick aims to tackle these issues by tapping into new gap year options for Australian school leavers with the intention that, over time, the campaign will reduce Australian farmers’ long-term reliance on overseas and seasonal labour. Ms McDonnell acknowledges that in the past fruit picking has been regarded the poor cousin to overseas gap year travel but says the tide is turning. “There are some fantastic opportunities for school-leavers including benefits and rewards plus it’s a wonderful way to meet new people, make some money, and travel around one of the most beautiful countries in the world”. Sydney raised 19 year old, Guy Nicol, is currently at university in Canberra and looking to be a PickPacker to support his studies in environment and sustainability. “I’ve just finished my first year at uni and I’d really like to get out into regional New South Wales and work at either a cherry or tomato farm as it is relevant to my degree. “I’m currently researching accommodation and then I’ll be able to decide where to go. I’m really excited by the opportunity and what I will learn,” said Guy. Discussions are currently in place to create labelling on the fruit and veg with QR codes that show the personal journey of the PickPacker and creating opportunities for proud PickPacker parents to share their child’s accomplishments. “Ultimately we want our PickPackers to receive the acknowledgement their hard work deserves and to feel a strong sense of pride knowing the difference they’ve made to farmers and consumers,” Ms McDonnell added. To find out more information and follow the journey visit -ends- About The New GAP Year – Go and Pick Each year Australian farmers rely on overseas seasonal workers and backpackers to help harvest fruit and vegetables. COVID-19 has closed borders and The Seasonal horticulture labour demand and workforce study, completed by EY, estimates that Australia's fruit and vegetable farmers need an additional 26,000 workers to harvest their crops. The New GAP Year aims to fill the labour void with Australian school leavers unable to fulfil their traditional rite-of-passage by heading overseas backpacking; instead they are being encouraged to become PickPackers- doing good, while earning money, learning new skills and having an Aussie adventure of a lifetime. #thenewgapyear #goandpick #pickpackers #thankful4farmers #thankful4pickers About Thankful4Farmers The Thankful4Farmers initiative aims to celebrate the important and significant contribution of farmers and agriculture to Australia’s culture and economy. Through Go and Pick, Thankful4Farmers is unifying brands and industries to amplify support and multiply the impact, bringing industries together to make the BIGGEST difference to address this national challenge to encourage Aussies to PickPack in regional and rural Australia. For more information visit Aussie tech start-up’s Wi-Fi solutions recognised by prestigious US ag-tech competition 2020-11-24T05:55:13Z aussie-tech-start-ups-wi-fi-solutions-recognised-by-prestigious-us-ag-tech-competition An Australian company focused on resolving inadequate internet and phone connectivity in rural and remote Australia has claimed one of the top prizes in the hotly-contested US food and ag-tech competition, Grow-NY, taking home US$500,000.   Zetifi is based in Wagga Wagga and has developed new technology to solve connectivity problems in areas with limited access to suitable broadband and little or no mobile coverage. Dan Winson is the tech start-up’s founder and is thrilled with the huge win in a market the company has its sights set firmly on. “Connectivity is not only an issue for rural and regional Australia, it’s an enormous challenge for countries around the world, including the United States,” Dan said. “The contacts we’ve made through the Grow-NY competition and of course the $500,000 in prize money, will allow us to establish a presence in Upstate New York and take our solutions to farmers across the US, sharing with them the technology we’ve developed and have been trialling successfully here in Australia.” Zetifi has conducted numerous trials with farmers in Victoria and NSW and are on track to commercialise a viable model for eliminating mobile blackspots across Australia’s primary production areas.   One of these trials is with the support of Birchip Cropping Group, a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria, with the company commencing a pilot program that’s delivering cost-effective Wi-Fi solutions across a number of large farming properties while solving the mobile blackspot issues between Birchip and Sea Lake. Grow-NY is a high-profile food and agriculture business competition that identifies, supports, and funds the top food, beverage, and agriculture innovations across the globe, with more than 260 companies putting entries forward this year. The competition includes prize money, mentorship, training, business development support, and tax incentives.   Being named in the top three is an enormous opportunity for Zetifi, Dan says, with the company now poised to establish a team in Rochester, in New York State and start trials of its products with agricultural machinery dealership, Monroe Tractor, a Case IH dealer that has multiple locations across New York State and whose customers often confront the same connectivity challenges faced by their Australian counterparts. “We recognise the challenges and frustrations poor connectivity presents to farmers, who are being offered increasingly sophisticated technology in the likes of agricultural machinery but lack the access to the connectivity to take full advantage of it,” Dan said. “we know access to reliable internet and phone coverage is a game-changer for these areas, increasing productivity and profitability for farm businesses, as well as enhancing quality of life and the safety of rural residents, particularly on the farm and on the roads.” The benefits of improved connectivity are reflected in research undertaken by Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), estimating that poor mobile reception and internet coverage has the potential to reduce farm profitability by about $5/hectare across the grain belt of the Wimmera/Mallee region, equivalent to $15,000 a year for the average (3000ha) Victorian grains property.   As part of the BCG trials, Zetifi is trialling its ZetiCells and ZetiRovers, the former a long-range solar powered public Wi-Fi hotspot and the latter a portable Wi-Fi repeater fitted to a piece of machinery or vehicle. The ZetiRover is also the focus of a series of trials Zetifi is conducting in conjunction with Case IH Australia/New Zealand, with dozens of Case IH customers and several large Case IH dealerships involved. “Fast and reliable in-field connectivity is key to realising the full potential of precision agriculture, and as a direct result of that, improvement in the profitability of farm businesses. That’s a major concern for our customers so we’re keen to work with companies that are devising ways to improve this connectivity,” said Pete McCann, General Manager for Case IH Australia/New Zealand. “We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen to date with the ZetiRover and its ability to enable a machine’s telematics, remote support and data transfer capabilities, along with Wi-Fi calling, messaging, email and internet access for the machine’s operator. The solution Zetifi is bringing to the market is unique and the involvement of stakeholders at every step means a product that reflects the needs of the farmer, for the benefit of agriculture.” For Cameron and Rachel Ferrier, who farm 1600ha between Birchip and Sea Lake in the southern Mallee in Victoria and own one of the BCG trial properties, Zetifi’s technology has allowed them to finally make phone calls and access the internet across about 85 per cent of the farm. Prior to the trial, as much as 40 per cent of the property had very poor or no mobile coverage.   “Every second counts in farming, and at sowing, harvest or when you’ve got a couple of hundred tonnes of fertiliser to spread before it rains, even the slightest delays can cost you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. You don’t want to be running around the farm trying to find reception or dropping calls to suppliers or truck drivers,” Cameron said. “Using the gateway, I can comfortably make phone calls and access the internet from anywhere inside the house as well as the shearing shed and workshop. Using the Rover, I can also make calls from here to Sea Lake or Swan Hill, which there was no way I could do before. It’s made a huge difference to us.” Zetifi, with the support of Birchip Cropping Group are scoping a larger deployment of Zetifi’s technology that will provide benefits not only to disadvantaged farmers in target regions but to the wider community, enabling a viable model for eliminating mobile blackspots across many of Australia’s primary production areas. “It’s such an exciting space to be working in and such an important challenge to be addressing. Cost-effective and reliable connectivity is something all Australians have a right to and we’re confident we have the solutions to make this possible,” he said. ENDS For media inquiries please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) on 0421 672 162 or Kylie Galbraith (Seftons) on 0411 480 208. About Zetifi At Zetifi, we connect people in rural, regional, and remote areas with the latest and best digital technology for their specific needs. We are a wireless networking company, developing and supporting solar-powered wireless network devices for anyone experiencing limited or sub-standard voice, video, or internet services. Based in New South Wales, Australia, our team understands the day-to-day challenges of accessing reliable, affordable and secure broadband internet and we are committed to improving farm-wide and region-wide connectivity for those living and working in rural and remote areas. For more information go to:   Don't have a pig 2020-11-19T23:45:03Z dont-have-a-pig Dear Editor, It’s easy to forget (since we can’t go overseas) that we live in a different hemisphere and climate zone to many of the shows we watch on TV. While the northerners shiver in Arctic conditions for Christmas, we try to escape heatwaves. So why blindly follow foreign eating habits? Ham, the flesh of the pig, is still promoted as a Christmas food, despite the fact that it is apparently an ancient pagan ritual – a sacrifice to the Norse god Freyr, associated with harvest and phallic fertility. Too hot here for any of that in December! Pigs are friendly, loyal, and intelligent animals. But ninety percent of pigs in Australia are kept on factory farms, where they spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses suffering intensive confinement, the mothers in gestation and farrowing crates, where they can hardly move. Their babies are forced onto trucks at just six months of age and sent for slaughter. Video footage from the gas chambers used to stun them shows pigs screaming and writhing in pain as they suffocate. If that’s not bad enough, the majority of ham and bacon in this country is imported, from countries where the welfare and hygiene conditions are usually even worse. This is supposed to be the season of peace on earth, not torture in a cage. For a truly compassionate Christmas dinner, skip the pork aisle and check out “The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cooking Guide” on the website Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 $2.4 MILLION SERIES A FUNDING ROUND 2020-11-12T04:57:44Z 2-4-million-series-a-funding-round This influx of capital will facilitate the further expansion of the business and fast track the production of Attapure- the company’s proprietary filtration technology – which is removing 100% of PFAS compounds from contaminated bore water via a novel PFAS removing Point of Entry water filtration system.  Since seed funds were invested in early 2019 the business has experienced phenomenal growth (X12) as it has grown from WA to now commencing its expansion into the Eastern States via Brisbane and Sydney.  Complete Home Filtration specialises in whole of home water filtration systems that deliver freshly filtered water to every tap in the home. This upstream solution for household water ensures customers experience the luxury of showering, bathing and drinking high quality premium water which is better for both health and home.  “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Andrew Sypkes of the Sypkes Group as an investor and to see the team at BetterLabs invest again after a successful seed round. It has been a pleasure having the expertise and advice of both Derek Gerrard and James Edwards at BetterLabs over the last 18 months"  "These funds will really help us to accelerate our growth, in terms of new technologies and new markets and increase our manufacturing capabilities right here in Australia. We are super excited to be able to help more everyday Australians take control of their water and experience the best water quality possible from every tap in their homes”  Suzanne Dodds: Complete Home Filtration Managing Director  Suzanne Dodds has over 13 years experience in water filtration and has been internationally recognised as a thought leader in the water filtration space, winning a “First Among Equals’ and a Tech 20[+] award from Women in Technology in 2019 for her development of Attapure – the PFAS removing point of entry system.  This product has also been supported by Government and the Defence Force through grant funding via Accelerating Commercialisation and The Defence Science Centre. With over 90 PFAS contamination sites across Australia and over 700 in the US the market for this product is enormous.  “With a rapidly growing team across the country we are looking forward to delivering exceptional products and customer service to our customers nationally and to providing jobs and opportunities to our staff”. Mrs Dodds said.  Find out more about the business at JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T05:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the page. New 'strategic' property alliance a win-win! 2020-11-04T05:23:07Z strategic-rural-property-alliance-a-win-win LAWD (Land, Agribusiness, Water and Development) and Delta Agribusiness today announced a strategic alliance to provide an enhanced rural real estate services offering across NSW, southern Queensland and Victoria. The agreement will enable Delta Agribusiness and LAWD to offer a full suite of services that deliver wide-ranging benefits for clients of both companies. Melbourne based LAWD, a major new player in the land transaction, development and valuation market, has achieved strong growth to date in the NSW rural property market since it began operations in June. It is aiming to grow from a team of eight to 25 by year’s end at which time an office will be opened in Brisbane. Delta Agribusiness is a leading independent rural services company, with about 300 employees, including 60 farm consultants and agronomists, serving 8000 clients in 42 locations across southern Queensland, NSW and north-western Victoria. Its diverse rural services platform encompasses merchandise, agricultural chemicals, agronomy and precision agricultural technologies, animal health, seed and fertiliser, grain marketing and real estate, finance and insurance. The agreement will enable LAWD to offer its agribusiness transaction-based real estate services to Delta Agribusiness’ extensive client network. In return, LAWD’s broad service offering will be provided to Delta Agribusiness clients. LAWD senior director Colin Medway said the strategic alliance highlighted LAWD’s commitment to growing its agribusiness platform. “NSW is the largest rural transactions market in Australia, and this new relationship with Delta Agribusiness will provide considerable penetration into this important market,” Mr Medway said. “We are confident this strategic alliance will ensure an exciting growth period for LAWD and Delta Agribusiness,” he said. “Together, we look forward to developing the mutual opportunities presented by this agreement.” Delta Agribusiness executive director group and co-founder, Chris Duff said the farm services company was proud to team up with LAWD. “LAWD has a history of expertise in skills with its people, which provides opportunities with our farmer clients. “We have a lot of well-founded relationships and trusted advisors to combine with LAWD’s reputation in the rural property market, which is a win for all parties. “Through Delta’s extensive agronomic and advisory network and client relationships, we believe we can add significant additional value to prospective vendors and buyers through a pooling of knowledge, technology and expertise to maximise results.”   Need a Tutor founder recognised 2020-10-27T23:43:21Z need-a-tutor-founder-recognised Bronwyn Covill, the founder of a social impact tutoring program for Indigenous and remote students, is one of 40 outstanding individuals sharing in $1 million of grants from the AMP Foundation’s Tomorrow Fund this year. The Melbourne entrepreneur will use her grant to further develop Need a Tutor’s capacity to connect young people outside our big cities with high-quality tutors. Since 2014, this AMP Foundation grants program has provided $7 million in grants to more than 300 Australians who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities. Known as AMP Tomorrow Makers, these inspiring award winners work across a range of fields and disciplines, including science, social innovation, sport, technology, disability advocacy, education and more. The grants are designed to help talented Australians to take their passion projects to the next level. Bronwyn founded and funded Need a Tutor, to provide online support to Indigenous and remote children in all subject areas including literacy and numeracy with 2020 seeing high demand as a COVID catch up option. Bronwyn’s social enterprise now works with a range of charities to tutor Indigenous students across the nation, safely connecting young people with experienced educators. With online learning now widespread, Bronwyn believes Need a Tutors’ personalised approach has great potential to engage more young learners and strengthen communities across the land – especially given the focus on remote learning. “We focus specifically where other organisations don’t – working with people who are disadvantaged because of their postcode,” Bronwyn said. “Need a Tutors’ interventional tutoring has been shown to positively impact individuals living in remote and regional areas, particularly Indigenous children living in remote locations.” Our 2020 Tomorrow Fund recipients range in age from 15 to 62 and come from across Australia - from Perth to Townsville, rural Victoria to inner-city Sydney and regional New South Wales.  $3.85m to restore habitat for threatened species in the Discovery Coast 2020-10-26T02:32:56Z 3-85m-to-restore-habitat-for-threatened-species-in-the-discovery-coast The Australian Government has announced $3.85m of funding awarded to the Burnett Mary Regional Group to restore habitat for threatened species in the Discovery Coast over the next three years.   As part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, the Discovery Coast supports a range of threatened habitats and species including marine turtle nesting sites, dugong and a variety of fish and migratory shorebird species.   Burnett Mary Regional Group is leading delivery of the project through the newly formed Discovery Coast Consortium, which includes key members from Central Queensland University’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC), LESS industries, Gidarjil Development Corporation and Alluvium Consulting.   The consortium will deliver on objectives for the Integrated Habitat Restoration for the Discovery Coast project. These objectives will address issues facing threatened species by removing causeways in the Rodd’s Harbour Fish Habitat Area, rehabilitating shoreline on the Kolan River and installing marine turtle nest cages to protect nesting sites at Wreck Rock.   CMERC, directed by Dr Emma Jackson from Central Queensland University are a key member within the consortium. CMERC is the newly established headquarters for practical and sustainable solutions for coastal and marine environments. This will support the project by bringing cutting edge scientific insight and knowledge within this space.   The project will also be supported by LESS Industries, who will supply their latest sensory technologies for monitoring and evaluation through each of the project sites.   Burnett Mary Regional Group’s well established partnership with Gidarjil Development Corporation will ensure Traditional Owner knowledge and practices will be integrated within delivery of the project, in particular Gidarjil’s new water quality monitoring laboratory led by all-female indigenous sea rangers.     BMRG CEO Sheila Charlesworth says:   “BMRG is proud to have formalised the Discovery Coast Consortium which will focus on the restoration of habit for threatened species along the Discovery Coast. Collaboration is the key to successful resource management; through this newly formed consortium we will achieve great things with the range of expertise and knowledge of all the members within.”   CMERC Dr. Emma Jackson says:   "The consortium arrangement fits well with CMERC’s holistic approach to working in coastal and marine ecosystems, recognising the integral part communities and industries play in coastline environments."    "While CMERC research focuses on the coastal fringe and the impact of catchment management on the marine environment, BMRG has a long history of working with land managers in the catchment and promoting land management strategies known to improve water quality."   “Sustainably managing our coastal ecosystems requires collaboration and scaling up. This partnership provides both and will make a real difference for the health of our coastal ecosystems and the benefits they bring to our coastal communities”   The project will be funded under the Reef Trust and delivered through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Regional Land Partnerships Program.     Top left to Right (Nick Maclean – BMRG, Nadia Campbell - Goondicum Pastoral, Kerry Blackman – Gidarjil) Bottom left to Right (Prof Emma Jackson – CQU, Sheila Charlesworth – BMRG, Tony Ricciardi – BMRG)   Is this the best kept secret in NSW property investment? 2020-10-20T06:18:04Z is-this-the-hottest-real-estate-market-in-nsw Helped by a recovery from the prolonged drought the south west slopes of NSW has become one of the hottest rural real estate markets in NSW, according to Yass based LAWD senior director, Col Medway. With commodity prices, apart from wool, remaining high mixed farming properties in the region had jumped substantially in the last 12 months and were now making $5000 to $6000 an acre ($12,355 to $14,826 a hectare), he said. By contrast similar country on the northern slopes of the Liverpool Plains with the same 600mm annual rainfall was fetching between $2000 to $2500 an acre ($4942 to $6178 a hectare). Mr Medway said the “disconnect” between the two was probably due to the more prolonged drought in the north. With most of NSW now out of drought this provided an opportunity for buyers of northern slopes mixed farming properties. He predicted prices on the northern slopes would soon rise to be more in line with those in the south. “If history is any guide the market is unlikely to retreat,” he said. Mr Medway said there had been an unprecedented rise in land values across the eastern states despite the drought. “We thought there would be a flood of properties come onto the market after the drought broke but despite that the market has continued to rise,” he said. While prices were likely to plateau, Mr Medway believes they were unlikely to fall while commodity prices remained high, a good winter grain harvest was likely and there was continued low interest rates. Family farm businesses, he said, remained the main buyers. It was quite evident that many farmers were looking to expand their holdings to maintain economies of scale with many from the next generation returning to the land. Among the main property listings LAWD has under offer is Cavour, a 500ha almond orchard at Euroley, near Narrandera on the Murrumbidgee River in the NSW Riverina. Owned by Folium Capital, a US hedge fund, the farm, which has good ground and river water security, is expected to fetch about $30 million. Expressions of interest close on October 22. Another major listing under LAWD is a newly constructed goat abattoir at Bourke. Mr Medway said feral goat numbers were now rebuilding after the drought. The herd if not interfered with would double within the next 18 months. Further evidence of the strength of mixed grazing land on the south west slopes has been the sale last week of Moeyan a 625ha property located at Berthong near Young NSW, which was expected to sell for about $5500 per acre ($13,590 a ha).  While the sale price cannot be disclosed at this time, LAWD has advised that contracts were exchanged well above expectations.