The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-26T02:32:56Z $3.85m to restore habitat for threatened species in the Discovery Coast 2020-10-26T02:32:56Z 3-85m-to-restore-habitat-for-threatened-species-in-the-discovery-coast The Australian Government has announced $3.85m of funding awarded to the Burnett Mary Regional Group to restore habitat for threatened species in the Discovery Coast over the next three years.   As part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, the Discovery Coast supports a range of threatened habitats and species including marine turtle nesting sites, dugong and a variety of fish and migratory shorebird species.   Burnett Mary Regional Group is leading delivery of the project through the newly formed Discovery Coast Consortium, which includes key members from Central Queensland University’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC), LESS industries, Gidarjil Development Corporation and Alluvium Consulting.   The consortium will deliver on objectives for the Integrated Habitat Restoration for the Discovery Coast project. These objectives will address issues facing threatened species by removing causeways in the Rodd’s Harbour Fish Habitat Area, rehabilitating shoreline on the Kolan River and installing marine turtle nest cages to protect nesting sites at Wreck Rock.   CMERC, directed by Dr Emma Jackson from Central Queensland University are a key member within the consortium. CMERC is the newly established headquarters for practical and sustainable solutions for coastal and marine environments. This will support the project by bringing cutting edge scientific insight and knowledge within this space.   The project will also be supported by LESS Industries, who will supply their latest sensory technologies for monitoring and evaluation through each of the project sites.   Burnett Mary Regional Group’s well established partnership with Gidarjil Development Corporation will ensure Traditional Owner knowledge and practices will be integrated within delivery of the project, in particular Gidarjil’s new water quality monitoring laboratory led by all-female indigenous sea rangers.     BMRG CEO Sheila Charlesworth says:   “BMRG is proud to have formalised the Discovery Coast Consortium which will focus on the restoration of habit for threatened species along the Discovery Coast. Collaboration is the key to successful resource management; through this newly formed consortium we will achieve great things with the range of expertise and knowledge of all the members within.”   CMERC Dr. Emma Jackson says:   "The consortium arrangement fits well with CMERC’s holistic approach to working in coastal and marine ecosystems, recognising the integral part communities and industries play in coastline environments."    "While CMERC research focuses on the coastal fringe and the impact of catchment management on the marine environment, BMRG has a long history of working with land managers in the catchment and promoting land management strategies known to improve water quality."   “Sustainably managing our coastal ecosystems requires collaboration and scaling up. This partnership provides both and will make a real difference for the health of our coastal ecosystems and the benefits they bring to our coastal communities”   The project will be funded under the Reef Trust and delivered through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Regional Land Partnerships Program.     Top left to Right (Nick Maclean – BMRG, Nadia Campbell - Goondicum Pastoral, Kerry Blackman – Gidarjil) Bottom left to Right (Prof Emma Jackson – CQU, Sheila Charlesworth – BMRG, Tony Ricciardi – BMRG)   EHS Data announces new project with existing client, Evolution Mining. 2020-10-21T16:13:51Z ehs-data-announces-new-project-with-existing-client-evolution-mining Evolution Mining has evolved from a mid-tier gold producer into a global gold mining business with a reputation of sustainable excellence and outstanding environmental performance. Embracing technology and innovation is important to the success of Evolution Mining, and the MonitorPro environmental data management solution is already active in all of their Australian operations. The environmental monitoring and reporting at their newly acquired asset in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada has been streamlined in accordance with their environmental assurance program, with effective management and monitoring of the environmental risk across the entire organisation. "We are proud that out MonitorPro system is highly regarded by Evolution Mining and we look forwrd to working with the new Canadian environmental team." Phil Ely - Managing Director, EHS Data. Using the latest version of MonitorPro, the environmental team will benefit from powerful satellite imagery and state-of-the-art mapping technology that will further optimise their environmental data. Combined with the EHS Data perpetual hosting option, the MonitorPro solution will assist with long term data monitoring plus the management and reporting of obligations and compliance. Over the past 20 years, EHS Data has developed a set of innovative tools and dynamic dashboards which provide environmental teams across a variety of industries, and easy to use and highly configurable centralised source of data, eliminating the manual process of inputting data into spreadsheets. About Evolution Mining Evolution Mining is a leading, growth-focused, mid-tier Australian gold miner. Evolution operates five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales, Mt Carlton and Mt Rawdon in Queensland, Mungari in Western Australia, and Red Lake in Ontario, Canada. In addition, Evolution holds an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in Queensland. In FY20 Evolution reported an underlying net profit after tax of A$405 million. The focus of Evolution Mining is on operating its projects safely and sustainably in the community and developing them to their full potential. About MonitorPro The complete, professional environmental data monitoring solution, MonitorPro is the IT solution trusted by environmental teams worldwide to manage their environmental compliance and data collection. MonitorPro is a web-based or locally hosted solution for the collation of ALL sources of environmental data, where it is generated by loggers, laboratories, weather stations, calculations, or other data repositories. MonitorPro is the first EHS Software solution to receive an MCERTS accreditation from the Environmental Agency.  Q CELLS launches first ‘made for Australia’ solar module the Q.MAXX-G2 and boosts product warranty to 15 years 2020-10-15T10:22:36Z q-cells-launches-first-made-for-australia-solar-module-the-q-maxx-g2-and-boosts-product-warranty-to-15-years Sydney 15 October 2020] Q CELLS has launched a new market-entry solar panel, the Q.MAXX-G2, backed by a 15-year product warranty that is the first module by the globally recognised total solar energy solutions provider’s to be exclusively manufactured for the Australian market.   The launch comes as Australians further embrace rooftop solar. In August 2020 new records for solar power generation have been set across the country, with the Australian Energy Market Operator announcing a new record for the amount of solar energy coming into the grid and new record low winter-demands for traditional energy, with rooftop solar a key driver for both events.   Q.MAXX-G2 is the second generation of the market entry level Q.MAXX range offering a powerclass range between 350-360 Wp and its new extended 15-year product warranty reflects a three-year increase on the previous model.    At the core the Q.MAXX-G2 is a specific set of selected components, built using optimised product and processes, that is custom made for Australia’s harsh conditions. This comes in addition to Q CELLS’ unique Yield Security on its proprietary Q.ANTUM DUO technology-based modules.    Speaking of the new product launch, Head of Business for Q CELLS Australia Peter Bae said that the new panel is part of Q CELLS strong, 10-year plus commitment to the Australian Market.   “Q CELLS is delighted to be launching its first solar module to be manufactured exclusively for Australia’s harsh climate, reflecting the growing importance of Australia in the global solar market,” Mr Bae said.   “For over ten years, Q CELLS has maintained a full Australian office including engineering and technical staff, so this new Australian-exclusive panel is an exciting next step.    “The Q.MAXX-G2 has been developed using selected materials enabling us to extend the warranty to 15 years, tailored for Australian conditions.    ‘This means that are consumers not only getting access to Q CELLS’ globally recognised manufacturing and engineering quality but additional piece of mind from an extended product warranty, created specifically for Australia.”   The new Q.MAXX-G2 is also backed by 25 year performance warranty underpinned by the new extended 15 year product warranty. Q CELLS’ performance and product warranties are built on its 21 year history in R&D history, extensive quality testing which exceeds international standard two-three times over for all modules supplied, Australia-specific design and testing, and local support available in Australia for all models imported and supplied by Q CELLS Australia.   Further underpinning the confidence Q CELLS’ has in the Q.MAXX-G2’s ability to perform longer the extensive local testing the Company undertakes at various independent assessment centres in Australia.   Since 2010, Q CELLS’ modules have consistently performed at or amongst the top group of PV modules in the Desert Knowledge Solar Centre in Alice Springs.    Q CELLS also submits each module, including Q.MAXX-G2, to cyclone testing at James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Centre in Townsville. Here, modules are tested at four-times the pressure of IEC standards for three cycles instead of one for IEC standards.   Q CELLS is the first of the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) manufacturers to offer 15 and 25 year product warranty products. Q CELLS was the very first SMSL member to offer a 25 year product warranty product with the launch of Q.PEAK DUO-G5+ in late 2019.    The Q.MAXX-G2 panels with the extended 15 year warranty are on sale from October 1st. For further information on the Q.MAXX-G2 visit www.q-cells-australia.com   JWA PARTICIPATES IN BHP’S 2020 FATALITY REDUCTION PROGRAM 2020-10-14T11:32:16Z jwa-participates-in-bhp-s-2020-fatality-reduction-program JWA has entered two submissions to BHP’s 2020 safety initiative aimed at reducing workforce risks and eliminating mining fatalities across its global operations. Mining giant BHP has partnered with Australia’s leading mining equipment and technology body, Austmine, to launch a program inviting suppliers to develop innovative solutions to top ten safety risks faced by the miner, such as safety of vehicles and mobile equipment operating in pit or underground, fire and explosion, falling objects or electrical hazards.  The submissions put forward by JWA aims to reduce traffic-related accidents in underground coal mines as well as provide stable ground access for haul roads, which are prone to accidents as erosion or soft ground conditions after heavy rains increase the likelihood of slippage, rollover or bogging of heavy machinery.  NAVIGATING IN UNDERGROUND COAL SHAFTS Studies conducted by the Australian Coal Industry's Research Program (ACARP), show that shuttle car movements in underground development roads is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in underground coal mining, from potholes created from constant heavy-machinery traffic. Moreover, the use of water sprays to control coal mine dust also results in the roadways becoming a slurry mix of coal, clay and water overtime. The combination of soft floor conditions with pothole-riddled roads is a hazard for shuttle cars with 4-wheel steering, which increases the risk of the cars skidding and causing crush injuries. JWA’s DURA-BASE Composite Matting, which has been utilised for load spreading applications of over 3,200 tons, offers a ready solution to this commonplace hazard. DURA-BASE’s 105mm thick HDPE modular panels interconnect to form a solid surface to drive on, immediately improving road conditions to ensure workplace safety. Crucially, without the need for frequent pothole repairs required of concrete roads, combined with more efficient travel times by the shutter cars, the use of DURA-BASE mats can increase a mine’s production efficiency by six percent.1 The second pitch submitted by JWA offered a solution to ensure stable ground access for haul roads and heavy lift areas at mine sites.  HAUL ROADS - LIFELINE OF MINES Haul roads are the lifeline of all open pit mines and having a smooth and durable road profile is key to keeping productivity at an optimum. Having good roads are also key to increasing tyre-life of haulage machinery. JWA’s DURA-BASE matting provides a solid continuous stable surface that, unlike the current practice of using crushed rocks, is not subject to erosion and degradation due to use or heavy rainfalls, thus eliminating the need for frequent maintenance.  Importantly, matting effectively reduces the risk of loss of vehicle control and accident. Having a solid and durable roadway mitigates against serious incidents occurring due to vehicles encountering unexpected soft-sections of road, potholes and lack of visibility due to dust. The current practice of using crushed rocks require frequent repairs due to potholes, ruts or depressions that form because of damage from tracked machines, wheel rutting, spillage of material from trucks or most commonly, heavy rainfall turning the road into mud or flooding of the pavement. Crushed rocks and fill material also lead to excessive dust being kicked up in the air by moving vehicles, which is a safety issue due to visibility hazard. Dust also puts stress on machinery by clogging air filters, brakes and other moving parts.  Unfortunately, the practice of watering haul roads to control dust has created its own problems, such as roads becoming too slippery, paving the way for road degradation and loss of traction for mine vehicles.  “It is absolutely crucial that every worker has the safest working environment possible and we look forward to working with the mining majors to minimise traffic hazards in the industry,” said Hensley Wee, JWA’s Business Development Manager.   ABOUT JWA JWA is an Australian company committed to providing innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to the resources and industrial sectors. Our company has supported major energy and infrastructure projects across the country, including the construction of LNG projects, road and rail programs and renewable developments. For more details on the use of DURA-BASE mats in underground coal mines, click on:https://www.jwaoil.com/news/eliminating-hazards-in-underground-coal-mine-devel For more on BHP’s 2020 Fatality Elimination Program, visit:http://www.austmine.com.au/Next-Steps-Towards-Fatality-Elimination AUSSIE MUM’S NEW SUSTAINABLE SWIMWEAR LABEL 2020-10-14T00:31:26Z aussie-mum-s-new-sustainable-swimwear-label-1 Stay-at-home mum of two, Megan Davis, was ready to launch Ellenny Swim when the bushfires hit in January. Now that its Spring she’s coming out of Covid-19 hibernation with her label already growing a strong fan base online.    Megan says the swimwear is made from material from recycled nylon, such as discarded fishing nets and tulle, which gives women a sustainable and durable alternative to fast fashion.     “Most women dread shopping for swimwear, and I was one of them. I wanted to create swimmers that lasted more than a season and that were designed to provide support and sun protection while looking good,” Megan said.    As a former graphic designer, Megan said attention to detail was everything.    “The swimsuits have everything I was desperately looking for. One example is the rashie has a built-in bra and the padding is sewn in so it doesn’t move. The fabric is from Italy and it doesn’t shrink or sag, and the style supports women from size 8 to 18.”    “A lot of fashion labels don’t cater for women who are a little bit busty and curvy. It was really difficult for me to find swimwear that was comfortable and supportive and not made for impossible beauty standards.”     Ms Davis spent years developing the design. “I created the swimsuits using myself, an average-sized woman, as the sample size. I’d scale the sizing from there and next season we introduce sizes up to 22.”     Sustainable – made from recycled fishing nets    Ellenny Swim’s swimsuits are made from recycled nylon products, such as discarded fishing nets and tulle. They are also sun safe with a UPF50+.    “It was really important to me not to create more problems for the earth. I wanted to introduce a swimsuit label that was in line with my personal ethos, which is to be environmentally friendly.”    Ms Davis uses material from Italian textile manufacturer, Carvico, and all of her prints are exclusively designed for Ellenny Swim.    “I’m proud to be re-using this waste to create ethical fashion.  Since 2013, Carvico has collected 510 tonnes of discarded fishing nets from the ocean floor, equivalent to the weight of four Blue Whales. When women choose Ellenny Swim I know they’re getting swimwear that can survive the ocean and they’re doing something that is helping the planet.”    Hi-res images of swimwear and founder Megan Davis available here in the Media Kit.  All media enquiries to Adoni Media. Sunshine Coast-based Dairy-Free Butter Business Set To Spread Globally 2020-10-12T23:47:16Z sunshine-coast-based-dairy-free-butter-business-set-to-spread-globally-1 Sunshine Coast business Phyto is looking to spread the plant-based love through its dairy-free, natural butter, and show the world that real-food alternatives don’t have to come with a compromise on taste or health.  The Phyto Plant Butter has created a new class of butter replacement by using real foods, avoiding nasties such as canola, rapeseed, and palm oil, and uses 13 times less water to grow and produce.   Founded and developed by Sunshine Coast locals, Ashley Jubinville (The Kitchen Coach) and Matt Weller, Phyto was created from Ashley’s home kitchen and now sold in 10 Queensland independent retailers. It now looks at its potential for global expansion as Ashley joins the FLAIR Incubator program.  The FLAIR Incubator, which is led by a number of international entrepreneurs, including Ian Mason who was part of Sir Richard Brandon’s not-for-profit Virgin StartUp, works with the selected female-led businesses over a four-month period and provides them with the skills and knowledge needed to grow their business on a global scale.   “Queensland has a unique opportunity to drive it’s economic recovery and future growth through realising the substantial global potential of its food and agri-business sector,” says Ian Mason, Entrepreneur in Residence for the FLAIR Incubator.   “Companies such as Phyto, that are developing and launching innovative, on-trend food products, will be a vital part of that recovery and I’m thrilled not only to have them in the FLAIR Incubator, but to see them raising the vital funds they need to realise their vision of creating healthier families through real alternatives to everyday processed foodstuffs.”  “I am so excited that we got accepted into FLAIR! Having access to all their incredible brains, networks and support is exactly what we needed to create the impact we are seeking with Phyto,” says Ashley, Phyto Co-Founder.   Ashley, who has changed the lives of more than one thousand families across the country by helping them rediscover healthy, whole foods in just a few simple steps through her business The Kitchen Coach, says health is her number one priority.  “Humans choose better when they know better, however most people don’t know the signs of chronic inflammation in the body from eating certain foods. 65% of the world’s population are intolerant to dairy and no one benefits from transfats, but that’s not including the un-measured number of people that would feel better if they avoided dairy and margarine, if only they knew,” says Ashley.   Phyto has been in development for 12 months and has quickly progressed to the market. Now, in its next phase, the local-owned business is seeking expressions of interest from investors with a goal to become a staple brand in 10 million fridges worldwide.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PHYTO (www.phyto.kitchen) OR TO REQUEST AN INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEY JUBINVILLE CONTACT ANNA KANTILAFTAS ON 0419 018 993 OR MEDIA@PHYTO.KITCHEN  Regional Victoria benefits from Providence’s plans to power a sustainable renewable energy future 2020-10-11T23:58:45Z interview-opportunity-regarding-new-solar-farms-ground-breaking-hydrogen-storage-technology-for-victoria Victoria is the latest state to benefit from an ambitious solar farm roll-out by Providence Asset Group and follows last month’s announcement of plans for 28 solar farms across NSW, incorporating ground-breaking hydrogen storage technology that will be a first for Australian solar projects. A leading Australian Environmental, Social and Governance investor in renewable and clean energy projects, Providence has announced it’s extending its footprint into regional Victoria with an initial five solar farms that are already operational and a further six farms now under construction.  The Providence-owned farms at Katamatite, Numurkah, Echuca West, Echuca and Stanhope are an exciting addition to Providence’s growing portfolio of regional, community-based solar projects, now the largest of any renewable energy investment company in Australia. Like the NSW solar farms, the game-changer for the Victorian sites will be the construction of innovative storage facilities based on hydrogen technology that’s being pioneered here in Australia. A total of 30MWh of advanced hybrid storage technology – including hydrogen storage and traditional Li-ion batteries - will be attached to each site. Providence is a leading investor in the area of hydrogen storage innovation, working with the University of NSW to develop the technology, which enables the storage of surplus electricity more cost-effectively than the lithium batteries currently in use. The hybrid battery storage system developed at UNSW is known as H2Store, a compact and transportable hydrogen storage solution that has proven highly effective in storing and generating renewable energy, reducing the fluctuation of renewable generation and increasing confidence in the security of energy supply. Under Providence’s plan for NSW, and now Victoria, the storage component could accommodate up to 1.2GWh of clean energy, or enough energy to power 40,000 homes for six hours during the peak demand period.  Providence Asset Group CEO Henry Sun said the development of low-cost hydrogen storage meant exciting opportunities for Australian residences and businesses. “It will help establish Australia as a leader in the evolution of renewable energy and Providence is proud to be at the forefront of this transition,” he said. Henry said for the Victorian communities hosting the solar farms there are potential opportunities for local investment in the projects, and the prospect of cheaper electricity under a future power purchase agreement. He said given the devastating impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Victoria, it was also positive news for the state’s ailing economy. “Providence recognises the enormous opportunities that exist in our regions and we’re excited to be partnering with regional communities and offering opportunities for more affordable energy and even local investment. It’s particularly gratifying for us to be making this investment in Victoria at this time, too, which has suffered so badly at the hands of this pandemic,” he said. “It’s also a partnership in furthering the potential of renewable energy, both in terms of its generation and also its storage, helping Australia towards a cheaper, greener and more reliable solar energy supply future.”   ENDS   For interview requests please contact Sonia Morris, Seftons, on 0421 672 162, or Kylie Galbraith, Seftons, on 0411 480 208.     About Providence Asset GroupProvidence Asset Group are an innovation led investment firm, financing and managing multiple assets in renewable energy generation, storage and technology. Providence invest by following a patient and disciplined investment approach. Our projects and funds are purposefully chosen to drive long-term societal value and attractive returns for our fund investors. Providence value collaboration as a key component of business transformation, growth and success. Providence have developed a wide range of strategic partners and capabilities across multiple sectors who are leaders in their fields of expertise, including a 10-year joint collaboration with UNSW founding the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre (HERC), and a five-year joint initiative with UTS to establish a co-branded AI, Data Science-based Smart Future Research Centre. Visit www.providences.com.au for more information.  $9.4M Water quality project stopping 26,000 tonnes of sediment polluting our Reef annually 2020-10-06T02:55:04Z 9-4m-water-quality-project-stopping-26-000-tonnes-of-sediment-polluting-our-reef-annually The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has announced $9.4M of funding for a program of work to stop 26,000 tonnes of sediment at its source every year in the Wide Bay area. The Mary River Recovery Consortium led by Burnett Mary Regional Group is using this funding to deliver on the Mary regional water quality improvement program over the next four years. The MRRC consortium is a formal delivery group partnership between Burnett Mary Regional Group, Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and Alluvium Consulting. The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s irreplaceable ecosystem, but poorer water quality from runoff is one of a growing combination of threats to its health. This project will build on the high calibre of work already being undertaken by Queensland's farmers and agricultural community to help reach the targets set out by the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan. The main aim is to stabilise and revegetate badly eroding sections of the Mary River by working directly with cooperative landholders. BMRG CEO Sheila Charlesworth says: The catchment modelling states that around 70 per cent of the fine sediment from the Mary River that enters the Great Sandy Strait comes from streambank erosion. BMRG are thrilled to have received funding from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to formulate the Mary River Recovery Consortium and work with MRCCC, Alluvium Consulting on addressing this. MRCCC Brad Wedlock says “We have a very well developed and engaged network of landholders who understand these issues and are ready to work with us on their properties to restore their riverbanks.” Great Barrier Reef Foundation Managing Director Anna Marsden said, “This program builds on the high calibre of work Queensland’s farmers and agricultural community are already undertaking to safeguard the future of our Reef.” “By working with farmers and scientists we’re not only improving conditions for the Reef’s precious corals, we’re also saving endangered turtles and dugongs that feed on the region’s seagrass beds that need clean water to thrive,” Ms Marsden said. “We need less sediment running into the Reef’s waters in large plumes which smother the corals and seagrass, preventing them from receiving the natural light they need to survive. “These projects are an important part of our ambitious plan to prevent 500,000 tonnes of fine sediment from polluting the Great Barrier Reef each year by 2030.” The Mary River Recovery Project is funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s partnership with the Australian Government’s Reef Trust. New Plant Taxonomy Course 2020-10-01T00:45:41Z new-plant-taxonomy-course Media Release- For Immediate Release   1 October 2020 New Plant Taxonomy Course- Understand the essentials of plant naming and classifying We are excited to announce that we have released a brand-new Plant Taxonomy course. This 100- hour course extends our popular 20-hour Plant Taxonomy short course.  Plant taxonomy is the science and practice of naming and classifying plants. It relies on accurate descriptions and rules of nomenclature to facilitate plant identification. Knowledge of plant taxonomy is important for anyone working with plants, especially in horticulture. It is more than just a means of avoiding poisonous plants. Plant taxonomy skills are required to correctly select, grow, and use plants in any context. In commercial horticulture, plant taxonomy skills are also economically important, e.g. in the development of new plant cultivars.  This is such a unique opportunity to study plants and get a thorough understanding of scientific systems of classifications and learn how to identify plants yourself using your own observations. There are few courses offered around the world that go into so much depth. This course is a great way to learn and understand plant taxonomy.  Anyone who works with plants should understand how critical it is to have an understanding of plant taxonomy and plant identification. Those who work in the horticultural, environmental or agricultural sectors, should be able to identify parts of a plant or have the ability to place plants into higher level scientific classifications such as a family or class. Taxonomy trains people to observe the finer details that separate one plant cultivar from another. It provides a framework that makes the process of identifying plants systematic.   Our 100-hour Plant Taxonomy course covers the following lessons:  1.       Introduction to Taxonomy   2.       Describing Plant Parts   3.       Recording & Analysing Plant Descriptions   4.       Taxonomic Techniques   5.       Primitive Plants   6.       Seed Plants   7.       Phylogeny of Land Plants   8.       Monocotyledons   9.       Dicotyledons (Part I)   10.   Dicotyledons (Part 2)  More details on this course are located here: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/plant-taxonomy-833.aspx  With ACS, you are guided through the course with the assistance of your tutor and get the opportunity to practice what you are learning in a number of different ways. More information on how our courses work is https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/faqs.aspx    If you are interested in offering this course to your own students, we also offer course content licencing, for more information, https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/course-content-licence.aspx   Animal Rescue: FOUR PAWS rescues ‘President Bears’ Leo and Melanka in Ukraine 2020-09-23T22:39:33Z animal-rescue-four-paws-rescues-president-bears-leo-and-melanka-in-ukraine Global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS has successfully rescued two brown bears from an unusual location in Ukraine and brought them to its BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr near Lviv in Western Ukraine on 22 September. ‘President Bears’ Leo and Melanka have spent 14 years in small concrete enclosures at the president residence of Syniogora in the village of Huta, southeast of Lviv. Multiple Ukrainian presidents have visited the residence for meetings, holiday retreats or hunting, and have witnessed the cruel keeping. Following years of tireless efforts and negotiations with the authorities, FOUR PAWS will now protect the two bears from further suffering. However, an estimated 80 bears still live in cruel captivity across the Ukraine, most of them as visitor attractions near restaurants and in circuses and up to 20 on hunting stations. FOUR PAWS prompts the responsible authorities to effectively enforce its existing laws against cruel bear keeping across the country. According to the authorities, Leo and Melanka were found exhausted and alone as cubs in 2006, before the authorities relocated them to the president residence of Syniogora. They were kept in a small, dirty enclosure, without any vegetation or activities to engage their natural behaviours. In addition to the lack of any stimulus the food and water containers were filthy. Both bears spent every day on concrete floors, without protection from the sun or rain. The authorities rejected and delayed FOUR PAWS’ rescue attempts multiple times over the last few years, before it was finally approved following tireless efforts and public pressure. On 22 September, a FOUR PAWS team made the four-hour journey from BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr to Huta to free them from these cruel conditions. “Leo and Melanka have arrived safely at their new home. They were vaccinated and chipped before departure and will receive a thorough medical examination once they have settled in. As a result of the poor conditions they have been kept in and lack of enrichment, both bears are showing stereotypical behaviour. Now they are being given time to rest and will receive all the care they need after the years of neglect they had to endure,” says Ihor Nykolyn, Site Manager at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr. Uncontrolled breeding and illegal bear baiting in Ukraine The private keeping of bears was forbidden by law in Ukraine in 2011 unless the owner has official permission from the authorities and keeps the bears in conditions that meet their biological and individual needs. However, due to a severe lack of enforcement, bears are still traded and bred without any oversight. “Melanka gave birth multiple times in the past. Unfortunately, we do not know the whereabouts of those bears and cannot rule out the possibility that they might have even ended up at hunting stations as baiting bears to train hunting dogs. Sadly, bears in Ukraine continue to suffer because the law is neither enforced effectively nor appropriate punishments administered,” says Nykolyn. Although the abuse of bears for baiting was banned in 2015, bears are still kept on hunting stations as pets. Whilst bear keeping on hunting stations remains legal, the bears are most likely still abused for illegal baiting activities. 19 rescued bears at species-appropriate sanctuary BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, run by FOUR PAWS, opened for visitors in October 2017. Including new arrivals Leo and Melanka, 19 bears rescued from catastrophic keeping conditions now live on the 10.5-hectare site. Once all construction work has been completed over the next few years, FOUR PAWS will provide space for up to 30 rescued bears. With the construction of BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, FOUR PAWS has created a species-appropriate home for rescued bears, helping the Ukrainian government to enforce the ban on keeping baiting bears in the country. In addition, the bear sanctuary provides a home for individual animals from other cruel and inappropriate forms of bear keeping as well. Images of the bear rescue available on request. About FOUR PAWS FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects focus on animals used for textiles, stray dogs and cats as well as pets, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, orangutans and elephants – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. Disposable facemasks are uncovering a harsh reality for the future of our planet, but there is a sustainable solution from CREAM Collection 2020-09-21T22:37:14Z disposable-facemasks-are-uncovering-a-harsh-reality-for-the-future-of-our-planet-but-there-is-a-sustainable-solution-from-cream-collection With demands for disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment increasing at exponential levels around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against plastic pollution has become a more significant battle than ever before. CREAM Collection, manufacturers of sustainable aprons, chef jackets and workwear, is working to reduce the alarming number of disposable masks ending up in landfill, and ultimately our oceans, together with the rest of plastic waste that already threatens marine life; by encouraging consumers to wear reusable masks. With September’s Zero Waste Week highlighting the increasing issue of environmental waste and pollution, Pam Burnett, founder of CREAM Collection is encouraging people to purchase an alternative cost-effective solution in the form of sustainable 100% organic cotton reusable facemasks. Pam comments: “Wearing a mask has become so important, and mandatory for some, throughout this pandemic, but after already seeing the negative impact on the environment of disposable masks, choosing what to cover your face with has become a much greater issue.” Since the significant effects of COVID-19 unravelled in March, CREAM Collection has been designing and making sustainable facemasks to enable the wider community to safely interact outside of their home and has already sold thousands to environmentally conscious Aussies. CREAM Collection’s facemasks are ethically made from 100% organic cotton and purposefully designed to biodegrade beyond its use. The masks feature adjustable elastic head straps for a comfortable fit, and a removable aluminium strip allowing the mask to sit snugly across the nose and can also be recycled afterwards. Pam adds: “When we throw something ‘away’, we don’t always think about where it goes and what impact it has on our environment. It is our role to think about what we can do to reduce the waste we dispose of every day, which at the moment includes an increasing number of single-use facemasks – and mask wearing is something that will continue for the foreseeable future.” Dedicated to providing sustainable aprons and jackets to some of the most well-known chefs and restaurants in Australia and overseas, including Rockpool, Jackalope Hotels, Cumulus Inc, Muse Dining, Tetsuya’s and Josh Niland from Saint Peter in Paddington, CREAM Collection has always been committed to ensuring practical, long-lasting solutions exist in an industry that currently relies on so many pollutive materials. With 8 million tonnes of plastics entering the ocean every year, it is estimated around 75 per cent of single-use masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas spanning a life of 450 years. CREAM Collection’s facemasks can be washed (at a temperature of 60 degrees or using a hot steam iron) and sanitised and re-used to provide an easy solution for people who want to protect themselves and each other during these uncertain times. It’s not just the chefs that love CREAM’s masks, Louise Etchell, owner of HairFreaks2 in Newcastle is prioritising their customers’ safety and commented: “Not only are they incredibly soft and breathable, they hold up like new with daily laundering so we can wear them with confidence. Our clients love that we are prioritising hygiene and their safety but what’s important to us is that we are leaving less of an environmental footprint at the same time.” CREAM’s facemasks are available to order at $19.95 each, with the option to personalise and embroider with a name or initials. For more information or to purchase CREAM Collection face masks, please visit https://www.creamcollection.com.au/collections/face-masks. For more information, please contact: Amy Cox @ CRE8IVE on T: 0431 223 105 or amy.cox@c8.com.au Pacific Green Marine Technologies, Inc. Installs its 100th Envi-Marine(TM) Exhaust Gas Cleaning System 2020-09-08T20:17:05Z pacific-green-marine-technologies-inc-installs-its-100th-envi-marine-tm-exhaust-gas-cleaning-system      Sept 9, 2020 - Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. (the "Company" or "PGTK", (OTCQB:PGTK) announces that it has successfully installed its 100th ENVI-Marine(TM) exhaust gas cleaning system.PGTK's industry leading ENVI-Marine(TM) exhaust gas cleaning systems have now been installed on more than 40 different ship types, including containers, bulk carriers and oil tankers. The installations have been completed predominantly in China shipyards in conjunction with PGTK's joint venture partner, PowerChina SPEM.Scott Poulter, PGTK's Chief Executive commented: "We are very proud to have reached this milestone in our marine division. Although the industry has been in turmoil so far in 2020 with oil price pressure and the consumer demand effects of Covid-19, we have started to see positive signs with a significant increase in enquiries over the past few months for our ENVI-Marine(TM) System."PGTK has continued to expand its technologies through its acquisition of ENGIN in December 2019 so that its portfolio now includes Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Water Desalination. PGTK continues to actively seek complementary technologies to add to its Cleantech portfolio.Scott added: "Pacific Green is now targeting specific industries and sectors where its technology enhances the growing trend for Cleantech solutions. As well as having the capability and resources to carry out whole large scale projects, Pacific Green will continue to develop and produce new cutting edge products as we expand into new areas."PGTK's joint venture with PowerChina SPEM, one of the world's largest engineering, procurement and construction companies with annual revenues of around $50 billion, combines elite technical expertise with unrivalled production capabilities in China ensuring PGTK can scale efficiently in each industry sector.PGTK will continue to adhere to a high-quality development strategy, implement improved processes in all disciplines, and provide state of the art professional and efficient products and services for its customers.About Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.Pacific Green Technologies Inc. is focused on addressing the world's need for cleaner and more sustainable energy. The Company's strategy is to build through organic development and acquisition, a portfolio of patented competitive cutting edge technologies designed to meet increasingly stringent environmental standards. For more information, visit PGTK's website: www.pacificgreentechnologies.comAbout POWERCHINA SPEM Co. LtdPOWERCHINA SPEM is a subsidiary of POWERCHINA, the largest power equipment manufacturer in the PRC. With abundant resources, expertise, strong manufacturing capacity, domestic sales channels and rich experience, POWERCHINA SPEM is in a strong position to deploy PGTK technology throughout the PRC.Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:This news release contains "forward-looking statements," as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this news release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, the ongoing effects of the pandemic on delays and orders regarding Pacific Green's emission control system, potential business developments in India and future interest in our solar and desalination technologies.Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, general economic and political conditions, the continuation of the JV with POWERCHINA SPEM, and the ongoing impact of the pandemic. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Contact:Scott Poulter, Chairman & CEOPacific Green TechnologiesT: +1 (302) 601-4659SOURCE: Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. GECA Joins Call for Federal Government to Adopt Policies for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 2020-09-08T00:21:25Z geca-joins-call-for-federal-government-to-adopt-policies-for-a-sustainable-recovery-from-covid-19 In a letter to the Prime Minister the group called for the Government to use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for policies that would strengthen the economy and ensure “a better future for all”. “Creating a fairer, more resilient and cleaner economy does not require the reinvention of frameworks or agreements,” the letter says. “Instead, we are in a unique position to use the SDGs as the basis for a socially just and green recovery.” The 48 signatories to the letter include Optus, SunRice, Nestle Australia, Konica Minolta Australia, Intrepid Travel, Pacific Hydro, IKEA Australia, the University of Melbourne, Country Road Group, Chartered Accountants ANZ, ACFID, World Vision, Global Impact Initiative, The Governance Institute, Clifford Chance, the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA) and the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI), which includes the major banks and insurers. The letter was coordinated by the Global Compact Network Australia, the local network of the UN Global Compact— the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. “It is clear that many aspects of our lives will change permanently,” the letter says. “Some industries may never be the same again. We must use this challenging situation as an opportunity to work together with our global and national partners alike to build a stronger and more resilient economy with the SDGs at its heart.” The executive director of the GCNA, Kylie Porter, said the letter reflected a growing awareness of the significant benefits associated with aligning future policy frameworks with the SDGs. “There is a clear desire among business and civil society organisations to see Government policies that encourage and foster support for a sustainable future,” Ms Porter said. The 17 SDGs are an internationally agreed framework for urgent action to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all UN member states in 2015, including Australia. The goals address global challenges, including those related to global inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The SDGs are all interconnected and aim to leave no one behind. The letter also asks the Government to build policies that will aid the transition to net zero emissions by 2050. “We must balance social and economic needs with the needs of our planet, protecting and managing nature and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” it says. “The SDGs provide a way to create co-benefits on the path to net-zero by 2050 and enable a framework for coordinated and holistic policy design.” Developing, purchasing and using products that meet the strict requirements of a type-1 ecolabel such as GECA’s, is one clear way to support the SDGs. You can read the full letter here. GECA’s new Green Star recognised standards can help Australia to build back better 2020-09-04T04:53:16Z geca-s-new-green-star-recognised-standards-can-help-australia-to-build-back-better Buildings and the construction industry in Australia have a significant environmental footprint, including waste generation, water consumption, energy usage and greenhouse emissions. Building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world. GECA is thrilled to announce Green Star recognition for six new standards, which make it easier for architects and other building professionals to select products and materials that are better for people and planet.  Launched by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in 2003, Green Star is Australia’s only national, voluntary rating system for buildings and communities. A Green Star rating provides independent verification that a building or community project is sustainable across all stages of the built environment lifecycle.   The newly recognised GECA standards include:   Building Insulation Materials  Cement, Concrete and Concrete Products  Steel and Steel Products  Recycled Products  Waste Collection Services  Sustainable Products and Services (Lifecycle Assessment Based)  GECA licensees certified under these standards will be rewarded for demonstrating their ongoing commitment to having a lower environmental, health and social impact!   “We congratulate GECA on achieving Green Star recognition for six new standards, as well as approval of revisions to existing furniture standards. GECA now has 22 standards that contribute towards buildings and fitouts achieving Green Star credits – this is a remarkable achievement,” said Nicole Sullivan, Senior Manager – Green Star Solutions.  The recent bush fires and the current pandemic have further highlighted the need for a new era that celebrates the benefits of building with sustainability in mind. Green Star-certified buildings and communities can lower operating costs and increase asset value, use less electricity, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, consume less water, boost productivity, improve the health and wellbeing of occupants and much more.    GECA's standards provide the building industry with an independent, reliable and credible way to source products and materials for their Green Star projects. We’ve developed our rigorous standards, following ISO 14024 principles and ISEAL frameworks for global best practice in ecolabelling, which are then independently assessed by our Assurance Providers.  “Our newly recognised standards promote best practice in areas that we know are of great impact on the environment,” said Michelle Thomas, GECA CEO. “For example, the production of a tonne of steel generates almost two tonnes of carbon emissions, accounting for as much as 5 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse-gas emissions. Cement is the source of about 8 per cent of the world's emissions. Our standards place clear restrictions on carbon emissions, helping the industry to reduce its impact.”  GECA will continue to develop standards that are rigorous, scientific and relevant to key Australian industries as part of its commitment to offering sustainable solutions for consumption and production.   “We look forward to continuing to work with GECA toward a more sustainable future,” said Sullivan.   --ENDS --  GECA is a purpose-driven not for profit helping individuals and organisations to make, buy and do better for people and the planet. We offer a suite of services designed for anyone committed to continuous improvement in their sustainability, including our multi-sector ecolabelling program. Our team are highly skilled and approach sustainability with a holistic outlook that encompasses – environment, human health, social impacts, and fit-for-purpose - www.geca.eco  CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T22:25:25Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-2 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/