The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-11T23:50:26Z World’s Largest Champagne Tasting 2020-08-11T23:50:26Z world-s-largest-champagne-tasting G.H. Mumm Champagne in collaboration with Atout France, the official tourism bureau for France, has today released an exclusive virtual champagne tasting to be held in Australia on September 10th 2020. The live virtual event hosted by online experience company, Drinks With Dave is set to be the world’s largest Champagne tasting ever held with over 10,000 people registering their interest within the 2 weeks leading up to the launch. “Champagne traditionally has been enjoyed when bringing people together and I'm excited to be sharing the joys of champagne and G.H. Mumm with this virtual event” ​says G.H. Mumm Australia’s ambassador Emmanuel de Madre who will be guiding the virtual tasting on September 10th. “Having produced champagne since 1827 and celebrated by Illustrious royal families across Europe we will explore the history of G.H. Mumm and what makes it the number one champagne in Australia whilst tasting two unique champagnes”. In the live and interactive virtual champagne tasting participants will receive two bottles of G.H. Mumm’s finest champagne - the iconic Cordon Rouge NV and the exceptional 2012 Vintage of Maison Mumm, the 60th since the creation of the House. Tickets to the event also include access to the more in depth online Drinks With Dave champagne course as well as the chance to win a range of prizes including a 3L Jeroboam bottle of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge NV champagne. Registration for the G.H. Mumm Champagne event is open until August 28th with tickets available for $149 from ​www.drinkswithdave.com.au 5 REASONS TO HANG OUT IN THE HUON VALLEY TASMANIA 2020-08-11T23:43:58Z 5-reasons-to-hang-out-in-the-huon-valley-tasmania 5 REASONS TO HANG OUT IN THE HUON VALLEY TASMANIA August, 2020 - As the world adapts to a new normal, Tasmania’s Huon Valley is quietly readjusting too. There’s plenty of reasons to hang out in the region; some are new and some are as old as the mighty forests that flank its townships. The Huon Valley has been social distancing long before it was on trend, sitting on the edge of World Heritage Wilderness and often popping whole paddocks between neighbours. By its very nature, the valley is drawing visitors and a swag of new locals. Find out why with our top five picks: Wilderness and wildlife – you’ve seen the pics; this patch is naturally epic. South West Wilderness Heritage Area is on the doorstep. Summit Hartz peak in a day, wander down to South Cape Bay or perch 30-metres above the forest floor at Tahune Airwalk. Venture underground at Hastings Caves and take a dip in the thermal springs. Don’t be surprised if wallaby eyes are watching on, the Huon Valley teems with wildlife. From migrating whales to Wedge-tailed eagles and wandering wombats, there is no shortage of impromptu appearances of the wild variety.   For the love of water vistas – they’re everywhere! Sip morning coffee served with mirror reflections on the Huon River. Dip a kayak paddle in lesser-known waterways deep in the Far South. Watch Huon pine boats bob down Cygnet or Franklin way, likely built near their mooring. Snap your Insta-worthy sunrises across winter misted waters or pour a Valley wine at sunset by the Southern Ocean. Water views come standard in these parts, punctuated by the hues of seasonal changes.   Delish produce – arrive hungry. That is all. This is ocean to plate, farmer to mouth kind of amazing. Pull on gumboots and meet rare pig breeds with Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans or find out why Massaki Koyama’s Geeveston sushi is hailed by some as Australia’s finest. Meet craft cider makers, where apples don’t fall far from the ciderhouse at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Frank’s Ciderhouse & Cafe or Pagan Cider. Meet the innovative food and drink producers who choose the Huon Valley as home from Hansen Orchards apple growers to Tas Saff, now selling saffron nationwide through Coles and Woolworths, to the roadside stalls with produce and local blooms.   Creative inspo – there’s a bounty of prominent artists and makers in the valley; some national treasures who love the anonymity, others recent locals like potter Bronwyn Clarke, who found a natural clay seam running beneath her Deep Bay studio. Wander the artist studios and galleries, bring your sketch pad or sign up for a workshop. Lots is happening in the creative space including acclaimed producer and writer Posie Graham-Evans embarking on a McLeod’s Daughters TV series spin-off. Settle in to this inspiring hub and let the creativity flow. Did we mention Posie has accommodation known as the Writer’s House?   End of the road – that’s right, you can’t drive further south in Australia. Cockle Creek is literally the end of the road. Park your car at Australia’s southernmost parking lot and pull on your boots. The 4-5hour return walk to South Cape Bay is a cracker. When you get there, next stop is Antarctica. Breathe deeply – it’s some of the freshest air on the planet.   Keen to find out more about any of our five reasons to hang out in the Huon Valley? Pick your fave and we’ll handpick more detail to send your way. If it’s the southern wilds that take your fancy, let us shoot you the latest short walks. Want to connect with our creative community? We’ll fill you in on the current visitor offerings or an emerging landscape artist. If it’s food and drink experiences, we’ll provide your fill from cooking classes to our Pinot labels. For more information visit: www.huonvalleytas.com/ ENDS Image Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uf1j1a2at40rbw6/AABbs0WfLv9d8GpJhN6JQflpa?dl=0 Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehuonvalley/ Insta: www.instagram.com/huonvalleytas/ For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023 SUSTOMi’s Top 5 Easy DIY hacks for the home 2020-08-11T23:40:25Z sustomi-s-top-5-easy-diy-hacks-for-the-home SUSTOMi’s Top 5 Easy DIY hacks for the home   SUSTOMi founder, Bronwyn Kidd, shares top 5 eco habits to start at home.Encouraging singles, couples and families spending more time at home in 2020 to make incremental eco lifestyle changes to reduce plastics consumption.Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset.   Chasing silver linings for this year? With so much additional time spent at home, it’s likely you’re far more conscious now of your consumption habits than this time last year. Perhaps you’ve even developed an appreciation for creating, recycling or upcycling?   Founder of eco company, SUSTOMi, Bronwyn Kidd, has recently shared her top five (easy!) DIY eco hacks for around the home. This list came about after receiving a growing demand from her community to share ideas on homemade alternatives to products commercially sold in plastic.   “We were really thrilled to see how much feedback we received from our DIY tips on social media. People are really taking notice of their plastic habits and making small changes at home is the best way to start,” Kidd said.   SUSTOMi’s TOP 5 (EASY) DIY ECO HACKS FOR YOUR HOME Make your own beeswax wraps! If there was ever a time to swap out cling wrap for beeswax wraps, it’s now. Whilst you can also buy these super stylish SUSTOMi wraps ready to use, why not try the DIY option and enjoy a therapeutic crafternoon session? Available online via sustomi.com.au. A few containers or wraps short for fridge items? Use a glass jar as your quick fix! A tall jar is another fantastic option for fridge storage. ⁠Your saved glass jars are also perfect for storing preserved fruits, fresh lemon curd and jam! Or alternatively, because let’s face it you deserve it this year, serving up that delicious homemade cocktail on a Friday night. Dry shampoo, come at us! What’s not to love? You’re saving water and time with this useful hack. All you need to make dry shampoo is found in your kitchen: a base of arrowroot flour or cornstarch, with additions of cocoa powder and cinnamon (for darker hair), ginger root for blonde hair and ginger and cinnamon for red hair.⁠ Apply the dry shampoo directly to your hair with a makeup brush and use a comb or brush to spread it. ⁠Then, enjoy a day with fresh hair!⁠ No more leaky pot plants! With more time at home this year to nurture her house plants, Bronwyn created pot bases using older beeswax wraps, saving a trip to the nursery to buy more bases. They are water-resistant and fit snug around the base, not to mention stylish. Regrow veggies and herbs from your kitchen scraps!⁠ While composting is far better than throwing kitchen scraps in the bin, this hack is even better! This leek pictured will live on and keep providing simply by being placed in a jar of water! This is as simple as it gets! Yes to more broths and soups this season.   “Those seeking to challenge their plastic consumption habits one step further can reinvent their fridge space with our clever Organised Fridge Set. It comes in a bundle including beeswax wraps, silicone covers, silicone food pouches which is a favourite of ours as they are fridge, freezer and oven safe. Importantly, the set also comes with eco produce bags for grocery shopping,” Kidd mentioned.   Wanting to make a change in your home but watching your pennies? SUSTOMi’s New Leaf Kit is on sale online now.   Learn more about adapting to a low waste lifestyle through SUSTOMi’s podcast, Life Freshly Sorted: https://sustomi.com.au/podcast/ or follow their Instagram page for more DIY eco goodness @sustomi   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/ #sustomi #lowwaste #DIYhacks #ecohome   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.  https://www.dropbox.com/home/SUSTOMi/SUSTOMi%20PR%20IMAGES Hinfo Guest Digital Compendium: Scheduled Notifications and New Activities Section 2020-08-11T01:43:02Z hinfo-guest-digital-compendium-scheduled-notifications-and-new-activities-section Hinfo is the contactless guest digital solution for all property types and sizes, without the need to provide dedicated resources, such as printed room compendiums or hotel tablets. Hinfo now supports scheduled notifications, with some unique benefits. Properties can now personalize their account to include a dedicated ‘Activities’ section to list all on-site activities they offer to their guests.   Even during the current global pandemic, Hinfo (hin-fo) continues to add more benefits to their contactless solution, which is accessible from guests own devices and provides even more benefits and value for money compared to other hotel compendium formats. Hinfo is releasing their next major update today, with support for scheduling notifications to appear in a timely manner, wherever guests are.   Properties can now include notifications to appear on guests’ devices at pre-set times with the following unique benefits: Not internet dependent for appearing in a timely manner, after guests initially download the property’s details. Setup notifications to appear weeks or months in advance. Ability to repeat each notification individually, at the same time each week or same weekday occurrence each month. E.g. Local Market on 1st Sunday Every Month. More valuable and meaningful for guests to see notifications at any time, wherever they are.   Providing scheduled notifications to all guests that opt-in to receive these notifications, wherever they are, is only possible via a mobile app on their own smartphones and tablets.   Hinfo has also extended this feature to work with upcoming events that guests can choose to be reminded of, individually.   “Allowing for timely relevant notifications on each of guests own mobile devices, is only possible via a mobile app, particularly if they do not have Hinfo opened.” Says Neil Houlston, Founder of Hinfo. “The benefits for management are endless including generating more revenue, from promoting a properties own services and in-house restaurants, to events and local offers, such as discounts at local restaurants and bars.”   With a growing list of properties, such as resorts, joining Hinfo without any local restaurants, supermarkets or local attractions to recommend, a new ‘Activities’ section has also been introduced today. Properties can opt-in to replacing the Near Me section, designed for recommending local places and events, to an alternative label of ‘Activities’ to highlight activities such as boat rides, movie night and other recreational and sporting activities.   Both of these major additions are available to all properties on Hinfo today.   Hinfo solves the limitations found in other hotel compendium formats, with its contactless digital solution that is quick and easy to update, requires no dedicated resources in each guest room and most importantly, allow guests to stay connected to the property and local area details and services beyond their guest rooms.   To learn more about Hinfo (developed by App IT Byte), please visit their Hinfo.com website. Protech Health expand mask range to keep up with demand 2020-08-10T23:00:29Z protech-health-expand-mask-range-to-keep-up-with-demand Due to the increasing need for face masks across the country, Protech Health has announced an expansion in the range to ensure there is a mask for everyone in the family. Developed in 1998, Protech has long been known for providing Australians with everyday health essentials. As increased restrictions are imposed, alongside their regular 3-layer disposable face masks, they have now launched a new smaller, 5-layer and less claustrophobic feel option, the Protech+ KN95 Protective Face Mask, with children’s mask now also in production. All products in the range are currently in stock and available today online from protechplus.com.au as well as via independent pharmacies. The children’s masks are expected to be ready for orders from the end of the month. Jodie Phillips, Chemcorp International General Manager says, “Our Protech range has been around since 1998 and has, over the years, included similar products. The new additions to the current range ensure that families can ensure there is a mask to suit all, especially those who have felt claustrophobic when wearing the regular masks. “Something we’ve also noticed out in the community is the fact that many are wearing their disposable face masks the wrong way, we want to stress that disposable masks are to be worn with the blue side out to maximise protection and are single use only,” adds Jodie. The new Protech+ protective face mask range includes: Protech+ KN95 Protective Face Mask This 3D disposable protective face mask is specifically designed for smaller faces and for those who feel claustrophobic wearing a regular face mask. Offering 5 layers of protection, each mask provides superior filtration, and a comfortable close fit seal for added protection. RRP: $9.99 for a 2 pack. Protech+ Disposable Face Masks Lightweight, odourless, and hypo-allergenic to help reduce the risk of spreading cold and flu germs. Comfortable to wear, breathable and fits snuggly around the ears with loops. The enclosed wire nose piece forms a strong, comfortable seal for maximum protection. RRP: $14.99 for a 6 pack. RRP $17.99 for a 12 pack. RRP $29.99 for a 25 pack. RRP $49.99 for a 50 pack. For further information go to: www.chemcorp.com.au Brownes Dairy launches the only large scale WA-made cheddar cheese on supermarket shelves 2020-08-10T06:41:44Z brownes-dairy-launches-the-only-large-scale-wa-made-cheddar-cheese-on-supermarket-shelves Brownes will become the only WA-based company producing cheddar cheese on a large scale from fresh Western Australian milk in a move that is expected to grow the dairy industry and create jobs along the supply chain. “Brownes Dairy has a rich history of making cheese, which dates back to the 1930s. We want to bring cheddar cheese back to WA because we know there is demand for it and we are keen to invest in WA dairy,” said Brownes Dairy CEO Tony Girgis. The WA-made cheddar from Brownes Dairy will use old style cheddaring techniques, including long and slow maturation at low temperatures. Last produced in WA for local consumers in 2006, Brownes Dairy has made significant investment at its Creamery in Brunswick in WA’s South West to make traditional cheddar from local milk. “It’s exciting to be going back to our roots and giving the people of WA a local product that they’ve certainly missed,” said Mr Girgis. While there are other cheddar brands in WA, the vast majority is made elsewhere and then imported to WA and branded for sale in WA supermarkets. “Consumers probably don’t think about their fresh cheese travelling across the nullabor, but until now that’s what has been happening. We are supporting the local dairy industry by introducing a family staple back into WA supermarkets,” said Mr Girgis. WA currently imports 15,000 tonnes of cheddar cheese a year. Total cheese imports into the state amounts to about 50,000 tonnes of cheese annually. A couple of small cheese manufacturers in WA also produce high quality, speciality cheese from WA milk, contributing to the availability of locally-made cheese products to WA families, however, this is in small volumes. The Brownes range includes a mature cheddar cheese aged for 12 months, which is perfect for everyday cooking. There is also a vintage heritage reserve cheddar, aged between 24-36 months – perfect for pairing with a great South West red wine and friends. The return of WA-made traditional cheddar cheese comes after Brownes Dairy revived another old classic, bringing back the “Milko” delivery service, initially to households self isolating due to COVID-19.This service has proved so popular, it is set to continue. Brownes Dairy is committed to evolving its business and ensuring WA consumers have the freshest dairy products to choose from, both instore and through online ordering. – ENDS – About Brownes Dairy Brownes Dairy is Australia’s oldest dairy company, established in 1886. Brownes Dairy operates out of its main site in Balcatta with a second site in Brunswick collecting about 150 million litres of milk each year from more than 50 dairy farms located in WA’s South West. Brownes Dairy has a diverse portfolio of dairy including milk, cream, yoghurt, flavoured milk, juice and desserts. Brownes Dairy was named as one of the country’s most innovative companies as part of the Australian Financial Review’s 2019 BOSS annual awards, and was the only dairy company to make the list. The JURA E6 just got better! 2020-08-10T02:55:16Z the-jura-e6-just-got-better The ever-popular JURA E6 household coffee machine has had an upgrade, making the convenience of owning an automated machine at home, that much better. Featuring an additional product page on the modern TFT display, users can now enjoy up to 11 different ground coffee specialities, while maintaining the simple operation and superior coffee result the E6 is known for. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s Managing Director says, “The E6 is the perfect entry-level machine for the household that enjoys their coffee but likes the convenience of being able to make one at home. This machine is so easy to set up, use and clean, which is why it has been so popular over its lifetime. The updates offer more variety, which is perfect timing with some of the newer specialities growing in popularity such as the espresso doppio and macchiato.” Key features of the new and improved E6 include: An additional product page ­extends the selection to a total of 11 different specialities. Boasts four additional specialities: Caffè Barista, Lungo Barista, Espresso Doppio and Macchiato. Espresso Doppio grinds, tamps and brews twice with just one touch CLARIS Smart provides perfect water quality for the perfect taste. The Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.®) automatically detects filter presence. Integrated maintenance programmes and the interchangeable milk spout guarantee perfect hygiene. The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®) optimises the extraction time and guarantees the very best aroma even for short speciality coffees. The premium, chrome-plated cup grille serves as the perfect stage to showcase each and every speciality. Operating concept with controls on the front of machine, with a 2.8" TFT colour display The JURA E6 in platinum is available for RRP $1,699 online at www.au.jura.com as well as selected independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. 40% Money Back on Police Checks for Healthcare Workers | KONCHECK 2020-08-07T07:43:47Z 40-money-back-on-police-checks-for-healthcare-workers-koncheck 1 August 2020: KONCHECK, a police check service offered by Konze Enterprise Pty Ltd, has released a 40% moneyback offer for Healthcare Workers applying for a police check to help support the current COVID situation. Who will be eligible for this? Health care workers across Australia can avail this offer, including but may not be limited to: •   Public and private hospital clinical or non-clinical healthcare workers •   Paramedics and patient transport officers •   Frontline workers in hospital laboratories •  Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation workforce •  Private & Public sector residential aged care workforce •  Pharmacy workforce •  Workers in aged care facilities •  Student Placements in Healthcare •   Support workers How does it work? Applicants can fill the online application form in as little as five minutes. During this, they should select the checkbox “I am a health care worker”. After uploading the documents, signing, and submitting their form, they are contacted by the KONCHECK team within 24 business hours upon verification and lodgement of their application.  They will receive notifications over their phone and email regarding approval of the eligibility of the offer. Upon approval, 40% of the payment will be refunded to the same bank account the purchase was made. KONCHECK is an accredited body of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), which offers Standard Employment and Volunteer Police Checks in a completely online and secure way. With a super quick turnaround time, most result certificates are delivered within 1-2 business days. They have a dedicated customer support team during this time to help assist people in need of a police check, and can be contacted through their online chat support, email or by phone. Visit their website now to know more: www.koncheck.com/npc/healthcare-workers-offer EcoTools release new spa and body essentials 2020-08-05T04:17:57Z ecotools-release-new-spa-and-body-essentials EcoTools, the leader in eco-conscious beauty products, most notably known for their incredibly soft cosmetic brushes, is excited to launch their new range of spa and body essentials. The new facial and body cleansing accessories are the perfect way to look and live beautifully this winter, and are available now from www.ecotools.com.au. Erica Galea, Chemcorp International Marketing Director, the local distributors of EcoTools says, “The new range of spa and body products are a great addition to the EcoTools range and further enhance the DIY at-home beauty experience. “The new products now offer users the opportunity to create their own, eco-friendly at-home day spa which can be used in conjunction with their regular cleansing and exfoliating products or by creating their own home-made masks and scrubs,” said Erica. The new products in the range include: EcoTools Deep Cleansing Brush – RRP $12.95: This soft bristle brush delivers a deep skin cleanse by not only helping the skin looked polished at a surface level but reduces congestion and pore size. Simply use the brush whilst damp, apply cleanser and exfoliate the skin using circular motions. Available in pink, green and grey. EcoTools Charcoal Infused Bath Cloth – RRP $12.95: Made with recycled fibres and designed with bamboo charcoal to help purify, enrich and restore balance back into the skin, this 100% vegan and latex free woven cleansing cloth gently exfoliates the skin. Use whilst wet and apply cleansing product. EcoTools Facial Konjac Sponge – RRP $12.95: The new Facial Konjac Sponge cleanses and exfoliates in one simple step, giving the skin a smooth and glowing look, without the harsh irritation of a physical scrub. Designed with natural root vegetable fibre to gently remove dirt, oil and makeup, dampen the sponge, apply cleanser and use circular motions to lift and remove makeup. EcoTools Polishing Facial Cloths – RRP $11.99: These muslin polishing facial cloths are designed with organic cotton to remove dirt, oil and makeup for fresh and revived skin. To use, apply and massage cleanser onto face as usual, run the cloth under warm water and lightly wring out, then use the cloth to wipe away the cleanser. Rinse and repeat as needed. All EcoTools products are available online now at www.ecotools.com.au. About EcoTools: Founded over a decade ago, EcoTools has always been passionate about the use of sustainable materials. Each makeup brush is made from bamboo and recycled aluminium, with cruelty-free synthetic bristles. The packaging has been constructed using tree-free paper and vegetable-based inks. And, with every new product innovation, the brand endeavours to further reduce its carbon footprint. EcoTools believe that when an individual truly feels beautiful, the world becomes a more beautiful place. NEW ‘HEALTH REPORT’ CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO QUEENSLAND’S CONTAINER RECYCLING SCHEME 2020-08-03T06:20:26Z new-health-report-calls-for-improvements-to-queensland-s-container-recycling-scheme Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme (CRS) has come under fire in an independent health report that calls for greater transparency and reporting, an increased number of refund locations and expansion to the types of bottles and cans which can be returned. Total Environment Centre (TEC) has today released the comprehensive report with information from its own investigations, public data and the Queensland Productivity Commission. TEC compiled the report after an independent critique conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers last year into the system’s operations was never released, despite continuous calls to make the data available. Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme has now been operating for two years and in its report, TEC found serious inadequacies with the system, including that it is more expensive than the New South Wales scheme, and has an unacceptably high ratio of refund points to population (1 refund point per 39,000 people in SEQ, compared with 1 for every 12,000 in NSW and 1 for every 2,500 in best performing European countries). TEC Executive Director Jeff Angel said the purpose of the report was to highlight the challenges the system faces to ensure Queensland has the best possible recycling scheme. “Queenslanders currently return about 40 per cent (%) of eligible containers via the new network but the scheme has a target return rate of 85%, or 2.5 billion containers every year, by the 2021/22 financial year, so there’s still a long way to go,” Mr Angel said. Mr Angel said the report contained eight recommendations. “Some of those recommendations are very practical, like calling for more refund points to be located at key retail centres and supermarkets, so Queenslanders can recycle their containers as part of their weekly shop,” Mr Angel said. “We also want the Queensland operator to work with other States to look at expanding eligible containers to include things like wine and milk bottles to greater reduce litter and waste.” Mr Angel said several of the recommendations centred around the way the private group, Containers for Change (CoEX) operated the system. “There needs to be greater transparency regarding the system’s progress and performance, and CoEX, which is registered as a not-for-profit, should publish public reports which include budget and strategies.  The Qld Productivity Commission was very strong on this. Scheme data should be subject to an independent audit to ensure its accuracy.’’ “CoEX should also engage in consultation with the public, including environment and community groups, on the effectiveness and expansion of the Container Refund Scheme. This dialogue has been noticeably absent over the past two years.” TEC’s full Health Report can be accessed here. What to expect when selling during a pandemic 2020-08-03T04:11:28Z what-to-expect-when-selling-during-a-pandemic Adrian Wilson, Principal and Director of AYRE Real Estate, shares what he and the team at Sydney’s awarding-winning apartment focused agency have experienced through the pandemic to date, and advice for homeowners selling now. “The Covid-19 pandemic has no doubt had a significant impact overall on the Australia property market, however within our inner-city marketplace we’re finding that what many may initially perceive to be a negative is turning into a positive for vendors. “It’s a fact that one impact has been the reduction in the numbers of people inspecting properties, and although there have been less, we’re actually getting more qualified and serious buyers, rather than the window shoppers or existing building residents which is great,” says Adrian. Adrian Wilson’s 5 things that homeowners selling now should expect include: Longer days on market for private treaty and shorter days on market for Auction. Many sellers are accepting pre-auction offers, which is reducing the days on market. Whether you’re selling via Auction or Private Treaty, often the best offers come in within the first week or so, so be prepared to jump on a genuine offer at the right level. Unlike in a booming market where you might expect more buyer interest or competition in the weeks leading up to auction, that’s not necessarily the case right now and many qualified, ready-to-go buyers are usually inspecting and offering in week one, or even pre-market. Less buyers through the door. But don’t panic, even though we are experiencing lower numbers, those who are coming through are generally more qualified. This isn’t a bad thing, as it means that serious buyers have a better opportunity to engage with the agent and inspect the property in detail. Increased advertising. Now is not the time to skimp on the advertising budget. Your agent should be proposing a well-rounded, wide-net approach or its likely you will be missing crucial buyer opportunities. It’s more important than ever to invest in a quality campaign. Surprises! Some properties are still running away at auction, achieving price records and setting new benchmarks, while other properties that should sell really well are falling flat. Sellers need to be realistic but also open to the element of surprise, in this market, anything can happen. More scrutiny. If you were planning on changing the curtains and carpet, then do it. Every hurdle in today’s market means buyers calculate price revisions. Have the property presenting its best. If it’s a strata scheme, make sure you have a strata search report done pre-market or if it’s a home have a pest and building report done, so buyers can easily review the property and you can attract higher levels of interest quickly. About Ayre Real Estate: Ayre Real Estate has been founded by multi-award-winning Real Estate Agent, Adrian Wilson, a pioneer in the Sydney City apartment market with nearly 20 years’ experience and perhaps one of the most strategic thought leaders in the industry. The Sydney City apartment specialists deliver apartment focused services that are smarter and simpler, yet deliver beyond expectations for both owners and landlords while elevating the lives of the clients and communities they work in. They were also recently awarded Best New Office in the REB Awards 2020. www.ayre.com.au Top 5 Op Shop Delights with Justine Wilson 2020-08-03T02:58:54Z top-5-op-shop-delights-with-justine-wilson According to Sydney Property Stylist and Interior Designer Justine Wilson, now is the time to Op Shop, with ‘through the roof’ sales reported this month. Due to the lockdowns across the country, many have had the time to finally Marie Kondo or simply did a clean-up out of sheer boredom. Due to this, places like Vinnies, the Red Cross and local charity shops are full to the brim with new stock. Justine Wilson, Founder of Vault Interiors says, “There are many amazing interior finds at these places, especially as many people have been clearing out, decluttering and redoing their interiors over the quarantine period. “Any good stylist will tell you they not only source beautiful home decor at top end shops, but they also enjoy the hunt and thrill of finding home decor bargains at Op Shops. It’s also a great way to create a more authentic gathered and travelled home feel, without the price tag. Plus, it’s a good way too epicycle and be more sustainable in the home,” said Justine. Justine’s top five items to shop for at Op Shops - that look top end when styled, include: 1. Wooden bowls, platters and serving trays. These were big in the 60’s and 70’s and have made a comeback as we lean more towards natural and organic interiors. You can find many cool shapes and wooden tones from whitewash and teak, to stained woods. Wooden bowls make great fruit bowls for your kitchen, it’s even nice to have a cluster of sizes and separate your fruits in an aesthetic manner. 2. Crystal. All types! This extends to decanters, glassware, bowls and cute little catch-all trays. Etched crystal is beautiful and can be a great way to display jewellery on your dresser, or use a crystal vessel with lids in the bathroom filled with q tips and cotton balls. Or, a crystal decanter and glass set will jazz up your bar cart with a nod to old-world glamour. 3. Design books. Trade secret shhh! I source a lot of beautiful coffee table books from Op Shops. The trick is to buy the large oversize books and preferably with dust jackets - sure the jacket may be torn so the trick is to throw it away and you have a lovely hardcover book left. They are usually solid linen covers underneath, and look great stacked on your bookshelf, coffee table or console table. 4. Pottery. Who doesn’t love finding vintage pottery! they make the best bookshelf styling pieces or for your floral displays. Neutral tone pottery is very in right now and very expensive to buy new, whereas I have found beautiful pottery vases for around $8 at op shops. There are many options, bowls, vessels, vases, small coasters. It will introduce a more earthy, handmade element into your home. 5. Ceramics. 80’s shape vases and bowls in geometric or rounded patterns are very in, think ribbed lines, or fan shapes, colours come in in peach, white, black and terracotta pinky tones. They make great standalone decor items but also wonderful table centrepieces, especially if you pair them with pretty olive tree branches or similar greenery. For further tips and topics from Justine Wilson go to: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Pizzini Wine's new Care & Share packs are like sending a ‘hug from Nonna’. 2020-07-30T22:04:01Z pizzini-wine-s-new-care-amp-share-packs-are-like-sending-a-hug-from-nonna Generous hospitality has always been front and centre at Pizzini Wines, the King Valley winery in North East Victoria, owned and run by the Pizzini family who have farmed the land there for three generations. Before the COVID pandemic hit, that often started with a true Italian-style, warm welcome to cellar door that could sometimes feel like a hug from Nonna. During these crazy times a big hug from Nonna is exactly what many of us crave. So today, Pizzini have launched a series of carefully curated ‘Care & Share’ packs designed to encourage people all over Australia to send some warm Pizzini hospitality to those who might need a little boost. You might even need it yourself. Natalie Pizzini, third generation family member and Marketing Director of Pizzini Wines says that being kind and generous right now – both to others and to ourselves – is a powerful antidote to everything that’s going on. And it’s exactly this type of care that her grandparents famously modelled. “Nonna and Nonno’s kindness and generosity was legendary and still to this day we have people drop into cellar door to tell us stories of when their mum and dad worked on our farm in the 60s and 70s alongside our family. They were told the stories of how Rosetta and Roberto Pizzini helped them during tough times whilst they were working hard share farming to establish a new life in Australia” said Ms. Pizzini.  “We wanted to create an easy way for people to send some of this Pizzini hospitality to those who might really appreciate it right now,” continued Ms. Pizzini. “So, we gathered some of our favourite products from our cooking school and our cellars and packaged them together for the first time.” Pizzini’s range of Care & Share packs start from $68.00 which includes delivery anywhere in Australia, and you can have a personal message included so your recipient knows you are thinking of them. You might even want to treat yourself! To spread the Pizzini hospitality even further, Pizzini are also offering you the chance to tag a friend and use the hashtag #pizzinicareandshare which will automatically put them in the weekly draw for a special 'care and share' pack from the Pizzini family.    Reconciliation in Education and Art in Public Spaces is an important part of acknowledging Black Lives Matter 2020-07-30T07:42:29Z reconciliation-in-education-and-art-in-public-spaces-is-an-important-part-of-acknowledging-black-lives-matter At the launch of the 2020 Schools Reconciliation Challenge and exhibition of student artworks in the lobbies of International Towers, Barangaroo. A panel discussion with CoChair Reconciliation NSW, Professor Lindon Coombes, Lendlease’s Charles Prouse and Summer May Finlay, moderated by Jodie Taylor will emphasise the importance of reconciliation in education as part of every Australian child’s learning journey. “All Australian children deserve an education that is whole, inclusive and an accurate portrayal of our true shared history” says Professor Lindon Coombes “Reconciliation in education leads to respect and understanding of First Nations peoples and while it is now included in school curriculum we still see many students entering university with very little real knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s cultures, knowledge and contributions. This needs to change.”  The Schools Reconciliation Challenge has been offering schools ways to engage in this learning for the past 11 years and with the partnership of International Towers has the opportunity to demonstrate students’ understandings and connection to reconciliation. The exhibition continues the existing tradition of International Towers’ support of young Indigenous talent, and of the broader dialogue surrounding reconciliation. On August 4 at 9:00am on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day this online event will include a live-stream Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Jimmy Smith and students from Fort St Public School, Observatory Hill, followed by a dance performance by the Burrundi Theatre. Everyone can view the online Welcome To Country and hear from The Hon. Minister Harwin, and the reconciliation in education panel discussion that follows.  https://www.facebook.com/reconciliationNSW/ or https://www.facebook.com/IntlTowers/ The Exhibition of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge finalists is open to the public from August 4 – the end of NAIDOC week 15 November from 7.30am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday in the International Towers lobbies 2 & 3 at Barangaroo. Photo Opportunities – 9:00 am Tuesday 4th August Observatory Hill Smoking Ceremony, Dance performance and Caring for Country workshop with Uncle Jimmy Smith and Burrundi Theatre and Fort St Primary School students. Media Contacts: Reconciliation NSW Thea Butler – 0450 188 554  International Towers Malcolm Nixon 0411 445 486 internationaltowers.com  2020 is tough. Wine chicks are tougher. The 6th annual Australian Women in Wine Awards open next week. 2020-07-30T05:51:12Z 2020-is-tough-wine-chicks-are-tougher-the-australian-women-in-wine-awards-open-next-week In a year where few things are going ahead as planned, the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) proudly announces that it opens for entries on Tuesday 4th August.  The ravaging impacts of drought, fire, flood and a global pandemic mean that, in 2020, stories of ‘success’ may not necessarily mean what they have in the past. Staying in business, creatively retaining staff, pivoting to find new markets, navigating times of uncertainty, utilising leadership skills, breaking new ground and holding your space. These are just some of the achievements the AWIWA wants to uncover through the awards in this most unprecedented of times. “We need stories of celebration and triumph this year more than ever,” says Jane Thomson, AWIWA founder and chair. “We’ve amended our criteria for each award to reflect the situation we’re all now living in. We think that 2020 could actually be the most powerful year yet for these awards as they reveal the stories of grit and determination by the women in our industry that may perhaps otherwise go untold.” The 2020 award categories are:  ·      Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin ·      Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia ·      Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination ·      Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Langton’s ·      Champion of Diversity and Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape & Wine ·      Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Bacchus Academy ·      Woman of Inspiration - a judges’ choice award (no entry required) Entries close on 29 September, and the winners will be announced in a livestream broadcast on Tuesday 24th November. Once again, cities, towns and wine regions will be encouraged to host their own awards party whilst tuning in. The AWIWA pioneered this style of online wine awards ceremony when the awards launched in 2015, and again in 2016. It was not until 2017 (in London with Wine Australia) that there was a traditional, real-life awards ceremony. “We’re going back to where it all started,” continued Ms. Thomson. “This method of announcing the winners actually ensures more people can participate and be part of the excitement of the evening. It will also allow gatherings of people in small numbers - dependent on the COVID restrictions in each state at that time.” The awards are entirely funded by sponsorship. This year the AWIWA is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Platinum Partner is Portavin. While the 2020 Gold Partners are Hydra Consulting, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Langton’s and Wine Business Magazine.     *** ENDS ***   About the Australian Women in Wine Awards Started in 2015, and now in its sixth year, the Australian Women in Wine Awards are the world’s first and only awards platform for women in wine. The AWIWA works to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.   The awards are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and conducted with the assistance of an advisory board of industry leaders. This 2020 board includes Jeni Port, Corrina Wright, Toni Carlino, Sarah Collingwood, Alexia Roberts and Shirley Fraser. Media contact - Lara Jago 0416 355 070 laraj@fabulousladieswinesociety.com