The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-23T04:31:02Z Collaboration with Rockhampton school launches trial to support agriculture’s leaders of tomorrow 2019-08-23T04:31:02Z collaboration-with-rockhampton-school-launches-trial-to-support-agricultures-leaders-of-tomorrow Leading global animal health company Virbac Australia’s new collaboration with The Rockhampton Grammar School has just launched, with a trial conducted at Belmont Research Station on Wednesday 21st August. Designed to assist Year 11 students in determining the impact of internal parasites and managing drench resistance in cattle, the school has been working with Virbac Australia to conduct a product evaluation trial testing different worm treatment methods. The trial has involved administering and monitoring 200 head of cattle, split into four groups and treated with different products, before being monitored over the next 84 days. The results should demonstrate which products work best to keep down worm count and boost weight gain, with the data then being available for students to analyse and be assessed on as part of their Certificate 3 curriculum. It’s envisaged that the project should help determine the importance and impact of worms in Central QLD. With drench resistance being a current hot topic for producers, this trial is designed to continue the conversation about cattle drench resistance, and further investigate whether north Australian producers should be concerned about worms in their cattle. As Virbac Australia Technical Services Manager Dr Matthew Ball explains, “this is a unique working collaboration to support students in becoming industry experts and future leaders in Australia’s agricultural sector. We’re pleased to be able to highlight some of the key issues surrounding internal parasites for the students as well as hopefully shed light on best practice worm control practices for the wider region of central QLD.” For Rockhampton student Henry Gray the trial has so far been a great opportunity to learn more about what’s becoming an increasingly important issue for QLD farmers. “This trial is important to the agricultural industry as it will help us improve our productivity and how we manage the resistance of worms and other parasites. I look forward to gaining more knowledge of controlling parasites so that I can implement new practices my own property to improve production.” Student Sara Schottelius also spoke of her experience being part of the unique new collaboration: “I hope to gain new knowledge that I can take home to my own property to improve how we control parasites. This trial is important for the agricultural industry to help us gain new information about the best methods to combat key issues in cattle productivity.” For additional information about the trial, contact Dr Matthew Ball at matthew.ball@virbac.com Ends MEDIA CONTACT Kate Munsie, 0421 935 843 ABOUT VIRBAC AUSTRALIA Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of petcare products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Photo captions: Virbac’s Territory Sales Manager Victor Moffroid leading a product demonstration Students from The Rockhampton Grammar School take part in product application methods Emergency management volunteers: local heroes the new normal in Australia’s response arsenal 2019-08-22T02:41:50Z emergency-management-volunteers-local-heroes-the-new-normal-in-australias-response-arsenal Volunteers from across Australia’s emergency services will drive a surge in attendance for this years’ AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference, to be held in conjunction with the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) in Melbourne at the end of August. An estimated 87 per cent of the Australian emergency management sector is made up of volunteers, with AFAC reporting that of their 296,000 members, made up of fire, SES and land management agencies, 254,000 of these members are volunteers, and 100,000 of these are based in Victoria[1]. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Victorian State Emergency Services (SES), along with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will be in attendance at the largest event of its kind to date. In AFAC19’s host state of Victoria, the CFA alone is comprised of over 60,000 volunteers, across 1,200 brigades, who provide the state with emergency services valued at $1billion[2] annually, as well as untold millions in property, environment, and natural resources across the state. They also assist to prepare, educate and support prevention in local communities, as well as build resilience and recovery, therefore, playing a key role in protecting the state economy. Similarly, 95 per cent of the Victorian SES is made up of volunteers, with a team of 5,000 in 149 units spread across the state. Dr Faye Bendrups, Vice-chair, National SES Volunteers Association says, that the average age of volunteers is going up, as fewer young people are coming through the ranks to replace them. “The average age of an emergency services volunteer firefighter is 48 years[3] and we aren’t seeing them being replaced at the rate we need. This is partly due to the perceived lack of flexibility that is offered and the changing nature of the younger workforce, with many young people on casual contracts which means they are not regularly available for training and frontline response work. “Other reasons cited for the ageing volunteer population are potentially a lack of gender and cultural diversity in the sector, especially when compared to other non-emergency service volunteer sectors,” said Dr Bendrups. These challenges will be discussed at AFAC19, with the overall theme for the conference riding the wave of change and how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in response to factors creating significant change within communities, and the issues impacting the volunteer emergency management sector. Local and international speakers will explore big topics including: Andrew McCullough & Katie Moulton NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Department of Justice, Harnessing Community Spirit in Berowra – Redefining how NSW SES use community resources during disasters Jill Downard Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia Virtual Operations Support Team: harnessing corporate volunteering to create social media response surge capacity during incidents Jon Kneebone Fire and Emergency New Zealand Encourage, maintain, and strengthen the capability of volunteers Anastasia Bougesis Team Rubicon Australia Team Rubicon Australia: Empowering Communities to Recover through the Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disaster Relief Operations Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC said emergency management volunteers not only help in disasters but help to build more resilient communities. “Volunteers are trained to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. They are highly skilled and are trained to provide first aid, navigation, administration, communication, incident management, support and leadership and marine rescue, as well as playing a leading role in community engagement and education, incident prevention and mitigation. “AFAC19 is an important opportunity to bring together staff and volunteers from across the many segments of the emergency management sector, to discuss important issues specific to them and the vital role they play in crisis response and day-to-day in their local communities,” said Mr Ellis. AFAC19 will also feature the largest exhibition to date including an Expo Stage program with 30 practical presentations, and a show floor with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest in emergency management products and services. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and the Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ENDS- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ [1] https://www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/become-emergency-services-volunteer [2] https://www.vfbv.com.au/index.php/about/ourvolunteers/aboutvolunteers [3] https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/future-volunteering-fire-emergency-services-australia-wide MEDIA INVITATION: The largest most diverse showcase of fire and emergency management equipment, expertise, and research at AFAC19 2019-08-20T05:10:08Z media-invitation-the-largest-most-diverse-showcase-of-fire-and-emergency-management-equipment-expertise-and-research-at-afac19 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend the region’s largest fire & emergency management conference, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Local and international emergency services leaders will come together under the theme of this year’s conference A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change. For the first time, AFAC19 will run concurrently with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and will once again open with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, highlighting the many and varied segments that make up Australia’s emergency management industry. In addition to the 120 expert speakers, the event will feature the largest exhibition ever, with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest innovative products and services that help protect our country against natural disasters, an Expo Stage program with over 30 practical presentations, and world-first announcements and displays currently under embargo. Event: AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ When: Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 August 2019 Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre PHOTO / BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Highlights for media: Press conference: Launch of the Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 Wednesday 28th August, 11 am (AEST) The Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 will be released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as part of AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Senior representatives from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, the Bureau of Meteorology and fire agencies from across Australia will provide information about the bushfire risk in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia this fire season. Ministerial announcement and media address: Exclusive details of an innovative partnership to design a first-of-its-kind response vehicle in Australia. Wednesday 28th August, 11.30 am (AEST) on the exhibition show floor. NOTE: All details of the Minister’s announcement are currently under embargo, however media resources will be provided on the day. Daily Live Demonstrations NOTE: Live demonstrations can be set up outside allocated times and pre-arranged for broadcast. Portable RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) ESS Weathertec Wednesday, 28 August, 3.00pm Thursday, 28 August, 11.30am Direct from Canada, the FTS Quick Deploy portable weather station is the fire community’s most widely used weather station for prescribed burns and temporary monitoring applications. It offers the same scientific-grade accuracy and reliability as our full fixed RAWS in a portable form, which can be set up completely in 15 minutes by one person, with no tools and no technical training. Note to Media: demonstrations can be organised to correspond with live-cross broadcast opportunities, including weather segments. Images above: supplied Land and air extrictions Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Severe car crash extrication simulation Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Edge Training & Simulation Flight crew extrication from a helicopter Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Images above: supplied Plus, rescue equipment, security systems, fire station equipment, disaster relief technologies, and dozens of vehicles ranging from vintage fire trucks, to the new Tesla Model X recently deployed for use by Victorian Police. Images above: supplied Images: All images (not noted as supplied) can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free. Conference speaker and interview opportunities: Dr. Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Building Australia’s resilience in the era of disasters Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Andy Pittman Director, Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Order of Australia (OA) 2019 Progress, potential and challenges for predicting future weather and climate extremes Bronwyn Weir Lawyer, co-author of the Shergold Weir report, legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Improving compliance and enforcement in the building sector through cultural change Dr Lance O’Sullivan Medical Innovator, former New Zealander of the year Positive Disruptive leadership All speakers are available for interview on request. View the full program here. Exhibiting companies may also provide media spokespeople– view list here Interviews available before, during and after AFAC19. Let us know your preferences and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desks upon entry to AFAC19 and they will supply you with your media pass and lanyard. For more information: http://www.afacconference.com.au/media/ Looking forward to hearing from you. Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schleglemilch | Account Manager yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 The Big Secret Behind Our Self-Help Culture 2019-08-14T21:53:15Z the-big-secret-behind-our-self-help-culture What if the $10 billion self-help market actually harboured a secret, that it's not designed to actually help people resolve past hurts and emotional afflictions? According to mindset coach, thought leader and author, Maria Boznovska, the self-help industry, popularised in 1980s, enables people to remain in their comfort zones, seeking “perpetual change and quick fixes”, rather than truly doing what it takes to live the life they think they desire. It is an industry, she explains, essentially profiting from people’s emotional discomforts. “The self-help movement is about getting what you want, making things happen in the world, attracting things to you that are outside of yourself, and achieving goals—that approach is based on a false premise,” Maria says. “The premise is that if you get what you want, it will make you happy. The truth is that if you do get what you want, it will make you feel good for only a short time, until you want something else.” Maria’s Non-Self Help Keys In a social media landscape that loves to-do lists, which are said to lead to a happier everything, Maria says there need not be such goal setting or step-following. Rather, she says, it comes down to two very simple yet deeply powerful keys: Forgiveness. It may sound simplistic, however, if we can forgive others and ourselves, much of what seemed difficult in our lives can dissipate. The more you get used to looking at the world as not coming “at you”, but coming “from you”, the more impossible it becomes to react in the way you used. It is then we hop off the merry go round of self-help. Belief. It is our belief that determines if someone or some-thing has power over us, or not. Our beliefs put us at effect of it. Our job is to work on the cause by how we think about ourselves, our belief system, healing the past, letting go of limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviours and returning to ourselves. When we do that, the effect will take care of itself. “Humanity is ready to surrender to a greater wisdom within itself and lay down the weapons against ourselves,” Maria says. “For many years I was at war with myself, like many. When we feel cut off from our source—love—we experience scarcity. But the scarcity is within—not without. When we feel this lack we try to fill this void externally. This is symbolic of the self-help vicious cycle.” ENDS Media contact: Shannon Dunn, Communeco, shannon@communeco.com Media Notes: • Maria Boznovksa is available for interview, and also as a guest writer. Diversity and inclusion changing Australia’s emergency management sector for the better 2019-08-13T23:04:32Z diversity-and-inclusion-changing-australias-emergency-management-sector-for-the-better This year’s AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, brings together a host of speakers and experts from across emergency management disciplines, to address how the sector can better embrace change and create a more robust sector, that better represents the wider community. The conference and exhibition held in Melbourne in August will explore how inclusion and diversity can lead to innovative approaches towards disaster prevention, response processes, and connecting with all communities to build resilience and aid recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. There will be a strong focus on cultural fire management and the knowledge and history to be shared by all Australian communities. Speakers will discuss new ways of looking at responsibilities and connection to the environment and how this can be incorporated into fire prevention, planning and community recovery. This will also include a panel discussion about how fire management has changed in the ten years since Black Saturday. The cultural burning stream will be supported by an offsite excursion as part of the Professional Development Program designed to educate participants on ancient land management practices. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on the importance of having more diversity and inclusion in the emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues impacting the community including population growth, climate change and technological advancements. But we’re also challenging the sector to examine ourselves, including traditional areas of responsibility, agency capability, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to better reflect the communities we serve. “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together the many segments that make up our evolving fire and emergency management sector, to discuss all issues that have become the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Sandra Robinson Aviation Coordinator, Parks Victoria Women in Aviation - #socanshe Jamie Bertram Environment Officer/ Aboriginal Liaison Officer, NSW Rural Fire Service Rekindle country: Jubullum combined Hotspots and Community Protection Plan project Donna Wheatley Commander, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne Inclusion in the Fire Service - Storming to Norming AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Josephine Reynolds Sandra Robinson Jamie Bertram Donna Wheatley About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Riding the waves: Extreme weather, climate change and disaster resilience at AFAC19 2019-08-13T04:35:26Z riding-the-waves-extreme-weather-climate-change-and-disaster-resilience-at-afac19 Leading Australian and international emergency management professionals from climate, weather and natural hazards sectors will gather in Melbourne in August, as AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is held alongside the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. This year’s AFAC19 Conference will explore the impact of nature, climate and the environment on disaster prevention, early warning and response processes, as well as the long-term implications on community and environmental recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on how emergency services are adapting to prepare for and address the challenges that come with more frequent extreme weather events and natural disasters, and how this is shaping the national emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues affecting the wider community including population growth, climate change and, extreme weather and how we can adapt, prepare for and better manage these events.” “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together leaders from across a variety of disciplines that make up the evolving fire and emergency service sector, to discuss issues that are becoming the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Dr David Jones, Manager of Climate Services, Bureau of Meteorology State of the Climate 2018: Climate change and it’s impact on emergency management John Nairn, State Manager of South Australia, Bureau of Meteorology South Australian heatwave forecasts and warnings: performance and some impacts during January 2019, Australia’s hottest month on record Prof. Lesley Hughes and Greg Mullins, The Climate Council Coping with the ‘new normal’ in changing climate This year’s AFAC19 conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, embraces the evolution, diversity and inclusion of all industries working together to form a robust emergency management sector, and the communities it represents. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Dr David Jones John Nairn Prof. Lesley Hughes Greg Mullins About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Spotlight on prevention, compliance and infrastructure as engineering sector strengthens AFAC19 2019-08-06T02:37:35Z spotlight-on-prevention-compliance-and-infrastructure-as-engineering-sector-strengthens-afac19 Leading Australian and international representatives from the engineering, infrastructure and construction industries will gather in Melbourne in August, as AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is held alongside the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. This year’s IFE Conference will explore building, facilities and engineering issues including disaster prevention and resilience, early warning and response processes. The event will also tackle the big issues affecting the industry head-on covering governance, compliance and enforcement issues in the construction and engineering sector. Construction codes and standards as they pertain to real events will be discussed, such as an in-depth examination of the use of building cladding in the wake of the London Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency services and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. AFAC19 and IFE keynote speaker Bronwyn Weir, Lawyer and legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce commented on the impact the London Grenfell Tower fire has had on the Australian building sector regulation and best practice. “The circumstances surrounding the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne and the tragic Grenfell Tower fire prompted an assessment of building regulations across Australia which included consideration of the role that fire authorities play in the building design and approvals process.” “We recommended that, consistent with the International Fire Engineering Guidelines, the early engagement of fire authorities in the design process with regards to fire safety matters be required. Quality fire safety engineering is vital to building safety and to prevent such events happening in Australia,” said Weir. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 and IFE will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including: Rt Hon. Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne Future Melbourne: Growing Our City Safely Marianne Foley, Arup Fellow, Arup 22 years of performance-based fire engineering: Where did it get us? Neil Savery, Chief Executive, Australian Building Codes Board National Construction Codes – Future Directions Dr Angus Law, Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh Field of application: Test results in Fire Engineering This year’s AFAC19 conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, embraces the evolution, diversity and inclusion of all industries working together to form a robust emergency management sector, and the communities it represents. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. Institution of Fire Engineers National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Lord Mayor Sally Capp Marianne Foley Neil Savery Dr Angus Law About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T22:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Osmoflo awarded contract for RO plant Upgrade on Hamilton Island 2019-08-02T03:30:56Z osmoflo-awarded-contract-for-ro-plant-upgrade-on-hamilton-island Osmoflo has been awarded the contract for an RO plant upgrade on Hamilton Island, in the Whitsundays in Queensland. This project is the result of more than 5 years of “optioneering” and technical /commercial investigation to ensure the most appropriate solution was selected and the best overall value for the client.   The water treatment plant will be located at Hamilton Island, which is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. It is positioned approximately 887kms north of Brisbane and 512kms south of Cairns.   Osmoflo’s scope of supply includes a 1 MLD SWRO skid, as well as a standalone and containerised 1.6 MLD Brackish Water RO, that will provide Hamilton Island Enterprises (HIE) with the ability to produce high quality potable water from alternative sources. HIE provide all utilities and services for the 5000+ guests and staff on the Island, including water supply. The BW container will diversify their supply options and enable full utilisation of the Brackish Water reservoirs - which receive runoff from non-porous surfaces that then suffer from seawater intrusion & high evaporation rates whilst stored in holding dams. Expanding the useable capacity is becoming increasingly important as they are more reliant on the Brackish Water storages with increasing occupancy levels and reduced catchment yields due to lower than average rainfall over the past several years. The contract award is an excellent example of how Australian companies can come together in a mutually beneficial relationship towards the overall good of Australian Industry and wider community. Through this award, Osmoflo has demonstrated its continued strength and world class expertise as a leading water technology provider. It also illustrates Osmoflo’s ability to provide the highest levels of plant reliability and availability for all water treatment facilities, no matter how remote or isolated they may be.   Osmoflo’s regional operations and maintenance teams will continue to provide technical support remotely and conduct site visits for more specialised services.   Client & Osmoflo: Our client is looking forward to an energy efficient and high performance facility providing a noticeable improvement in potable water aesthetics for our guests, residents and staff as we, at Osmoflo, are looking forward to continuing our long association as their “Technology Partner” for desalination requirements on the Island.   Interview: Western Australian Belinda Lay has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:39:26Z interview-western-australian-belinda-lay-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, Western Australian Belinda Lay is seeing if she can become the third West Australian to see if she can also scoop the national title. Last year’s national runner up and 2017’s national winner are both accomplished West Australian women. Belinda is available to talk about her work involving using Internet of Things to geospatially track sheep with the help of specially designed collars likened to “fitbits”. She will use her Westpac bursary for her project which is designed to provide real-time information about the location, temperature and activity of sheep, using specially designed collars imported from Spain. Please find attached further information about Belinda and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: South Australian Deanna Lush has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:37:27Z interview-south-australian-deanna-lush-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, South Australian Deanna Lush is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can also scoop the national title. Deanna is available to talk about her work involving establishing a network of ag specialists who have the tools, knowledge and confidence to engage with non-agricultural audiences. Ms Lush will use her Westpac bursary to increase awareness of the need to build trust and provide training and mentoring to producers, helping them to engage and communicate with these audiences. Please find attached further information about Deanna and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: New South Wales winner Jo Palmer has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:35:18Z interview-new-south-wales-winner-jo-palmer-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, New South Wales winner Jo Palmer, is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can also scoop the national title. Jo is available to talk about her work involving her project - an online platform that facilitates remote work opportunities by connecting businesses all over Australia with talented professionals living in regional, rural and remote regions. She will use her Westpac bursary to create a portal within Pointer’s platform that will help to alleviate road blocks that hold many rurally based professionals back from engaging with remote work. The portal’s resources and training will also educate and support businesses to adopt remote employment. Barriers such as a lack of confidence and understanding of new technology will be addressed through online resources, training and formal certifications for professionals looking to engage in remote work as well as for business owners managing remote employees. Please find attached further information about Jo and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: Queenslander Natasha Roebig looking to create a buzz by vying for the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T01:32:27Z interview-queenslander-natasha-roebig-looking-to-create-a-buzz-by-vying-for-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, Queenslander Natasha Roebig is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can become Queen Bee by scooping the national title. Last year’s national winner is a proud Queenslander, will this year make it two wins in row for the state? Natasha is available to talk about her work which looks at encouraging a new generation of beekeepers into the industry, especially women and youth and mentoring and up-skilling industry newcomers. Mrs Roebig’s business, Bee All Natural has been instrumental in the creation of her project, falling into the world of honey and bees six years ago when her daughter Miranda was born and diagnosed with the skin condition eczema. She says she will be using her Westpac bursary to partner with the Australian Technology and Agricultural College campus, who provide vocational and educational pathways for tertiary students from years ten to twelve. She will have access to the college’s state-of-the-art classroom facilities, which will be used to facilitate an education and mentoring program. The program is for people of all ages and backgrounds, and she plans to develop classes for women, children and those who live with physical disabilities, including a program for those living with PTSD. Please find attached further information about Natasha and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Reaching for guns and poisons 2019-07-25T11:32:53Z reaching-for-guns-and-poisons Dear Editor, There are reports that the South Australian government may be considering culling koalas and other native animals. Once again, simplistic solutions are being offered to complex problems. Instead of considering the ecological breakdowns and imbalances that result from centuries of unsustainable land use, the politicians reach for guns and poisons. South Australian children, who recently witnessed corellas falling from the sky screaming with pain and with blood gushing from their eyes and beaks, will now see koalas, kangaroos and seals being shot, many to die slowly and in agony. "Culling", or what it should rightly be called, killing, doesn’t work because as long as an area remains attractive, more animals will move in to take the place of those killed, or those who remain will breed more quickly with the increase in resources, creating a perpetual killing cycle. Lethal methods of species control are as inhumane as they are short-sighted – ecological harmony will never be achieved through the barrel of a gun. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Consultant, PETA Australia PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (+618) 8556-5828 mimib@peta.org.au