The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-15T22:00:57Z Tree and Stump Removal Arborist Vegetation Pruning South East Melbourne Victoria 2019-06-15T22:00:57Z tree-and-stump-removal-arborist-vegetation-pruning-south-east-melbourne-victoria Pruning tips for tree health and safety Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure and is done for a variety of reasons. Removing dead, dying or diseased branches improves the health of the tree and promotes healthy growth. Dead branches also pose a danger to people and property. In urban areas, branches may get too close to electrical lines or block traffic views. In areas prone to cyclones, pruning dead limbs and thinning out branches is a good idea before cyclone season begins. Excess foliage can result in trees being top heavy and being more vulnerable to toppling over in storms, with the additional danger of falling branches that could damage buildings or other property. RELATED ARTICLE: Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OB Trees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria Pruning may also be done to regulate the size and shape of the tree, or to improve the quality of the flowers, fruit or timber. Other specific types of pruning may be undertaken to maintain a mature tree in a safe, healthy and attractive condition. Knowing the basic terms commonly used to describe tree work operations will allow you to ask for what you want and understand what your arborist recommends for your tree requirements. Thinningis a process of selective branch removal to improve the structure of the tree, reduce weight on heavy limbs and to increase light penetration and air flow throughout the tree. This can also increase foliage and decrease the risk of disease. Crown Thinning involves theremoval of a portion of smaller branches, usually from the outer crown, to create a uniform density of foliage and an evenly spaced branch structure. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree, but does allow more light to pass through the tree and reduces weight and wind resistance. Crown Lift or Crown Raising involves the removal of the lowest branches, to effectively increase light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, people, and vistas. Good practice dictates that crown lifting should not typically include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk, as this can lead to long term problems with disease and decay or biomechanical instability in the short term. In mature trees lifting should be restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than removal of the whole branch. Crown Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for power line clearance. This is achieved via a reduction in height and/or spread of the crown of a tree. A crown reduction may be undertaken to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, reduce shading or to make the tree more suited to its immediate environment. Pruning in young trees Proper pruning of young trees is essential to developing a strong structure and desirable form. Pruning trees correctly while they are young will ensure that they require less corrective pruning as they mature. For most young trees, it’s essential to maintain a single dominant leader growing upward, and secondary branches should be pruned so as not to outgrow the main leader. Leading Australian arborist James O'Brien has been providing high-quality tree care to Melbourne clients for nearly a decade, including pruning, landscaping and tree removal. “The best time for pruning most trees is in late winter when the tree is dormant. Tree work undertaken in the spring may cause a tree to become more vulnerable to attack by pests and disease, and if done in autumn the tree may not be able to get all the nutrients that it needs and suffer undue stress. Pruning should also be avoided during periods of seasonal weather extremes such as drought or heavy frost, or during a period of physiological stress following previous tree work, or construction-related damage. Pruning should always be preceded by a proper evaluation of the tree’s condition, and significant pruning such as a crown lift, reduction or crown thinning should be carried out by a qualified arborist. Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten the tree's life,” says O'Brien. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, stump removal, risk management, vegetation management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialistsor call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. SE Melbourne Tree Trimming Surgeon and Stump Removal Vegetation Pruning Arborist 2019-06-10T22:00:41Z se-melbourne-tree-trimming-surgeon-and-stump-removal-vegetation-pruning-arborist Choosing a qualified arborist is a wise decision People and companies offering tree work abound, but owning a chainsaw and a ladder doth not an arborist make! Leaving your tree work to an inexperienced or unaccredited tree feller could result in serious injury to people, damage to property and harm to your trees that have taken many years to grow. To avoid ill-advised and poorly executed tree work, it’s essential to check that contractors have the necessary skills and competencies carefully. Tree work can be hazardous and requires extensive training and experience to be done safely. RELATED ARTICLE: Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OBTrees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria It’s therefore recommended to confirm the following with any prospective contractor before commencing with tree work: Evidence of insurance; Relevant qualifications (ask to see certificates for chainsaw and other machine use, arboricultural knowledge and training); Confirm quotations will be in writing; Membership of industry associations; and Provision of references with telephone numbers. When satisfied the contractor meets these requirements, obtaining a quotation is the next stage, which should reflect the following information: Clear and full specification of the work to be undertaken. What will happen to the timber, brushwood and tree stumps. Who will be responsible for obtaining permission if the trees are protected. What steps will be taken to protect you and your property, and whether GST is included. Tree work contractors should always be equipped with the following protective clothing and equipment: Industrial chainsaw helmet; Full-face visor including eye protection; Ear defenders for hearing protection; Rope and harness for fall protection; Chainsaw trousers and boots for cut protection; and Modern chainsaw with safety features. Melbourne specialist arborist James O'Brien of OB Trees, comments, “Where tree pruning or felling is concerned, economising on safety will generally cost more in the long run. There are a multitude of risks that need to be taken into account, especially if a large tree needs to be cut down. If the tree is at the roadside, traffic protection must be in place, including road signage and traffic management. Ensuring that pedestrians and vehicles are not at risk of being hit by falling timber and that neither buildings, fencing, other trees or street infrastructure will be damaged is imperative. The last thing needed is for someone to be injured on site. And it’s not only the climber that needs protective gear, but the groundsman should also always have head injury protection too and high visibility clothing if necessary.” OB Trees guarantee the highest safety standard and work under the stringent Occupational Health and Safety Standards. Details of their numerous qualifications which make their work risk-free can be found on their website. OB Trees have been established arborists in Melbourne for almost 10 years and guarantee high quality, professional service. Their areas of expertise include risk management, emergency management and vegetation management for both residential and commercial clients. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, stump removal, risk management, vegetation management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists or call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Southeast Melbourne Tree Trimming Services Stump Removal Vegetation Management 2019-06-05T22:00:17Z southeast-melbourne-tree-trimming-services-stump-removal-vegetation-management The many benefits of planting trees A garden enriched with trees is always a welcome site. Trees appeal to our sense of beauty, provide pleasant shade and are often a haven for birds and other species. They have a calming effect and allow us to connect with nature. But there are even more good reasons to plant trees in your garden. By now, most people are aware that climate change is underway globally, and this is due in large part, excessive carbon dioxide emissions by human activity. Higher temperatures have significantly increased incidents of extreme weather, causing drought, wildfires, hurricanes and flooding. RELATED ARTICLE: Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OBTrees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria Trees mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. One tree can absorb up to 150kg of CO2 per year. Studies by climate change ecologists have concluded that the most sustainable and effective action to fight climate change is to plant trees, and this is a solution that everyone can get involved in. The organisation Plant for the Planet says the best places to restore trees are on degraded land such as abandoned farms or where deforestation has occurred, rather than agricultural or urban areas. But what better place to start than around your own home? Trees purify the air by absorbing pollutants and filtering fine particulates. Planting trees around your home will also provide natural air conditioning. Urban trees can cool the air by between 2 and 8 degrees, reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save energy used for heating by 20 - 50%. Trees also act as rainwater interceptors, filtering the water and allowing it to seep into the ground. In areas denuded of trees, stormwater flows unfiltered into rivers and oceans and can be full of phosphorus pollutants and nitrogen. Trees help to reinforce the soil by reducing erosion, and positively affecting nutrient levels. Fallen leaves help to keep the soil cool and prevent moisture loss. They also play an essential part in defence against flooding - trees can reduce the risk of flooding by up to 20%. Planting trees in your garden requires some forethought and planning, with consideration to the surrounding landscape, the soil type and the amount of space available. Selecting an appropriate species for the location will give the tree the highest chance of establishing successfully and growing well. If you're looking to get planting, a qualified arborist can advise on which indigenous trees would be most suitable for your garden, school, park or farm. Arborist James O'Brien of OB Trees has been providing specialist tree services and arboricultural consulting in Melbourne for nearly 10 years. “It’s essential for young trees to be given every opportunity to survive planting. Poor planting can result in long-term problems and even the death of the tree. In the first few years following planting, maintenance is crucial to ensure the tree is established correctly. Trees can become ill due to pests and diseases or following climatic or environmental changes. If your tree looks unwell, different to normal or as if it might require tree work, we can assist. For older, established trees often some proper pruning might be in order,” says O'Brien. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, stump removal, risk management, vegetation management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists or call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Franking Credits for Change 2019-05-29T04:58:58Z franking-credits-for-change Biolinks Alliance is calling on disillusioned Australians, who may have been prepared to lose their franking credits in this month’s federal election, to donate them to the environment. The organisation has set up a crowdfunding goal of $50,000 which represents 0.001% of the $5 billion that were spent on franking credits in 2018. Dr Sophie Bickford, Executive Director of the Biolinks Alliance said that “Three more years of inaction by our Federal government will have real consequences. Climate change isn’t an abstract concept anymore, it’s very real, and the impact of it on threatened species is already playing out in Victoria and across the country.” Platypus, Brush-tailed Phascogale (or Tuan), Greater Gliders and Barking Owls are just four of the 198 native animals under threat in Central Victoria. Another, the Regent Honeyeater is Australia’s most threatened songbird. Once common throughout the south-east (including suburban Sydney and Melbourne), the population has crashed since the 1960’s due to extensive land clearing. It is now on the verge of extinction, listed as critically endangered under national and international legislation. Best available data suggest that fewer than 400 individuals remain and population decline is ongoing.  Biolinks Alliance is working from the grassroots to turn this grim story around so our children and grandchildren can see Platypus in our creeks and rivers. Protecting the planet is the best legacy that people can leave for their kids and grandkids. Biolinks Alliance is ensuring that the significant momentum there is for community-driven conservation on public and private land in central Victoria is supported, coordinated and amplified - to restore the landscape at scale and address species extinction. Dr Bickford said the money raised will go towards the continued work of the organisation. “We’re looking down the barrel of another 3 years of hand-to-mouth existence and, frankly, we're not sure we’re going to make it without this support. And there are plenty of other organisations in the same boat.”  Find out more about the #franksgiving campaign, and make a tax-deductible donation at https://chuffed.org/project/franksgiving OZTENT MATES RATES CAMPAIGN 2019-05-27T23:48:25Z oztent-mates-rates-campaign At The OZTENT Group we love sharing the wonderful experience and spectacular beauty of the outdoors during winter. So, we’ve designed a new promotion to encourage more people to go bush through the fresher months. To run nationally from Monday 6 May to Sunday 30 June, through all reputable camping stores, the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign encourages people to stock up on the latest Oztent products and earn some money back for their investment. “While winter camping is very popular in other parts of the world, Aussies tend to like the warmer months, primarily because most products are not as comfortable, reliable and easy to use all year round, as ours”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. We also recognised that leading into the end of the financial year people appreciate a good deal; and by combining these two facts we could create something that rewarded our mates for getting out and enjoying the bush during winter.” Unlike most consumer promotions the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign is not about slashing prices. It is designed to add value by rewarding people for buying more high-quality products that encourage more adventure and better experiences. While people can spend as little as $250 and redeem their invoice for cold hard cash, if they are serious about camping, they can earn up to $400 back for an investment that would see them completely kitted out and comfortable for winter. For more details pop into your local outdoors/camping specialist or visit http://www.oztent.com.au. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au. OZTENT MATES RATES CAMPAIGN 2019-05-27T23:48:22Z oztent-mates-rates-campaign-1 At The OZTENT Group we love sharing the wonderful experience and spectacular beauty of the outdoors during winter. So, we’ve designed a new promotion to encourage more people to go bush through the fresher months. To run nationally from Monday 6 May to Sunday 30 June, through all reputable camping stores, the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign encourages people to stock up on the latest Oztent products and earn some money back for their investment. “While winter camping is very popular in other parts of the world, Aussies tend to like the warmer months, primarily because most products are not as comfortable, reliable and easy to use all year round, as ours”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. We also recognised that leading into the end of the financial year people appreciate a good deal; and by combining these two facts we could create something that rewarded our mates for getting out and enjoying the bush during winter.” Unlike most consumer promotions the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign is not about slashing prices. It is designed to add value by rewarding people for buying more high-quality products that encourage more adventure and better experiences. While people can spend as little as $250 and redeem their invoice for cold hard cash, if they are serious about camping, they can earn up to $400 back for an investment that would see them completely kitted out and comfortable for winter. For more details pop into your local outdoors/camping specialist or visit http://www.oztent.com.au. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au. Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OBTrees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria 2019-05-17T22:00:53Z melbourne-arborist-vegetation-management-expert-specialist-james-obrien-tree-removal-obtrees-stump-removal-pruning-victoria All about backyard fruit trees One of life’s greatest simple pleasures must surely be picking and eating fruit straight off the tree, and better yet, your own trees. While once most people had at least a couple of backyard fruit trees, these days fewer people are growing them. Often this is due to a lack of space, or an aversion to the mess of fallen fruit. But there are ways around these issues, and plenty of good reasons to plant fruit trees. Community fruit and nut trees used to be highly valued as providing a core part of people’s diets, and a valuable supplement in times of seasonal scarcity. Planting fruit trees is a good move towards community food security, for both current and future generations. And it's not only people that benefit - bees, butterflies and other pollinators will value the pollen and nectar of the flowers. Bees especially like apple and peach trees, as well as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Consider at least two trees of the same variety, as well as some herbs and wildflowers to create a haven for some very happy bees. Fruit trees also attract other insects and caterpillars that are an essential food source for birds. Picking the fruits of your labours might also not take as long as you think - using grafted fruit trees, you could be seeing your first harvest within two to three years for most varieties. And a great idea for small spaces is multi-grafted trees or multi-planting (where up to four different fruit trees are planted in the same hole) - this way you’ll be getting a range of fruit and cross-pollinating varieties, a veritable fruit salad tree! Another excellent option for growing fruit trees in a small space is to use the espalier form, which is the ancient horticultural practice of controlling plant growth by pruning and tying the branches in such a way that they grow into a flat plane, usually against a structure like a wall, fence, or trellis. Deciduous fruit trees are also often available as dwarf trees, reaching only 3m in height, and can be grown in a large pot if they are pruned well. Fallen fruit should be picked up as soon as possible and either used up or composted. If you have the space for a few chickens, let them run under the trees, and they’ll soon take care of any windfall. Avoid waste by diligently picking off ripe and near-ripe fruit. Australian expert arborist, James O’Brien of OB Trees, is passionate about growing trees of all kinds and has extensive experience in fruit tree management and pruning as well as tree removal, vegetation management and landscaping. “With the largely temperate climate we enjoy in Melbourne, plenty of fruit tree varieties can flourish here. Planting fruit trees requires a bit of planning, and you need to know how big the tree will get to ensure you have enough space, as well as which direction it faces to ensure the area gets enough sun. Most fruit trees prefer a full days sun if they can get it, as well as a wind-protected spot. Deciduous fruit trees such as apples, plums, nectarines, peaches and pears require pruning and shaping to maximise fruit production, to ensure a good size crop and to keep the trees healthy. They may also need a cross-pollinating tree to be planted nearby,” says O'Brien. Whether you have existing fruit trees that need pruning or are just starting out with planting fruit trees in your garden, OB Trees can assist with their professional expertise and friendly service. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, risk management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialistsor call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. OZTENT LAUNCHES SUPER STRETCHER 2019-03-05T23:57:47Z oztent-launches-super-stretcher At The Oztent Group we live and love the outdoors, especially lying under a mass of stars soaking up the night sky, a sky that has inspired us to create the biggest and best stretcher yet to hit the market. Our new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher is the perfect option for big sleepers, and the only one on the market with a 200kg weight rating. At over one meter wide and two meters long, it is also one of the largest. In fact, it is so large and strong that campers can attachthe award-winning OZTENT RS-1 King Single Swag to it for a comfortable, covered and secure sleep 51cm off the ground. “At The Oztent Group, our love for the outdoors means that we are always striving to improve camping products – both ours and others – and stretchers are the low hanging fruit of the camping world.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. “During our development we have found that too many stretchers promise the world but under perform, so we simply looked at all the issues we found in other products and solved them. We’re so happy with the design and quality that we’ve given it a five-year warranty.” The new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher is made of 3000D Polycotton canvas over a steel frame yet packs tight and weighs on 14kg. With anti-sway stabiliser bars, its size, design and durability make it the perfect platform for any brand of swag a camper may have. The OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher retails for $229.95 and is available nationally this month. For more information on the new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 [0]2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke +61 [0]438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Solid 2018 for Gold Coast New Apartment Market, With a Hint At 2019’s Prospects 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z solid-2018-for-gold-coast-new-apartment-market-with-a-hint-at-2019s-prospects 2018 has been a great year for the Gold Coast new apartment market, as revealed in the latest release of the Apartment Essentials by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Gold Coast recorded 1,010 sales in 2018 – 24 per cent higher than 2017’s performance. On average, there were 252 sales each quarter, however the first three quarters showed stronger sales rates. In other years, Urbis has seen growth in the final quarter, however 2018 saw a slight fall, with 156 sales. ‘Urbis is monitoring 75 new apartment projects across the Gold Coast, a post GFC record. While the number of apartment projects has risen, the projects are generally containing less apartments than was seen in previous cycles’ said Lynda Campbell, Senior Consultant at Urbis. ‘We have seen a shift away from the mega-towers and sites with numerous buildings toward smaller boutique style apartment buildings.’ 2018 saw 33 new apartment projects launch across the Gold Coast. Two projects sold out in the quarter, bringing the annual tally to nine projects sold out and 30 per cent of this quarter’s surveyed projects are over 75 per cent sold out. The Gold Coast recorded weighted average sale prices in the low $700,000s over the course of 2018, whereas 2017 recorded low to mid $600,000s. The gradual increase in apartment prices is consistent with the higher concentration of luxury apartment projects on the Gold Coast, highlighting the move towards larger, owner occupier buildings. Southern Beaches recorded the highest weighted average sale price during the quarter ($797,500), based on 40 sales, coinciding with the precinct’s larger proportion of 3-bedroom products (23 per cent of future supply). 12 months ago, this precinct had 14 projects being actively marketed – it now has 24. ‘Apartments in this precinct tend to have larger floor plates and are suitable for owner occupiers, hence the higher price points’, Ms Campbell commented. The Gold Coast Central precinct recorded the highest sales rate with 87 sales, dominated by high rise projects and selling mainly two-bedroom, two-bathroom products. Interstate investors and owner occupiers made up the majority of sales in the quarter, with 41 per cent and 38 per cent respectively. Owner occupiers made up the majority of sales in 2018 with 38 per cent, followed closely by interstate investors 36 per cent of total buyers in 2018. 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Gold Coast’s new apartment market, with approximately 2,000 new apartments expected to launch their sales campaigns in the first half of 2019. Strong population growth and an increase in interstate migration should see demand continue into 2019. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $715,865 7 project launches in the quarter: 412 new apartments 709 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. National new apartment market set to show signs of recovery in 2019 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z national-new-apartment-market-set-to-show-signs-of-recovery-in-2019 Australia saw a lot of new things in 2018: a new prime minister, tightening lending controls, debates around housing affordability and thousands of new apartments launched across Australia. But how did each market compare and what does 2019 have in store? Urbis’ Apartment Essentials brings together the sales and supply data from five markets across the country, revealing the quarterly wins and losses in the many new apartment markets. Today’s release provides a yearly review as the fourth and final quarter brings perspective to the recently departed 2018. Sales With new stock coming in and sales experiencing speed bumps, national apartment sales as a percentage of available stock surveyed has dropped to a new low of 7.7 per cent in quarter four. Clinton Ostwald, Director at Urbis, commented, ‘we’ve seen fluctuating results around the country. In many markets, buyers are soaking up the existing completed stock as the brakes have been put on new launches. In other markets, new projects are still being launched to market, replenishing the supply and leading to steady sales. Sales rates have been dropping for the last two years, so it’s no surprise that 2018’s results were lacklustre in comparison to 2017. In Sydney, surveyed sold stock averaged 21 per cent of available supply throughout each quarter in 2017 whereas this dropped to 5.5 per cent in 2018. Melbourne and the Gold Coast followed in this same pattern with sales as a percentage of available stock dropping by around 4 per cent over the same period. Brisbane and Perth, the markets that have seen the least new stock enter, have reversed this trend and have seen slight increases in 2018. Stock It’s not the stock crisis we imagined one year ago. Lower levels of new stock entering the market has continued to replenish the slow sales throughout 2018, with 24,000 new apartments launching throughout the year. The two biggest markets saw the most impressive figures; Melbourne took the cake with over 11,244 new apartments entering the market in 2018, while Sydney placed second in the country with 4,810 new apartment launches. There was a surprising standstill in Brisbane with no new launches in the quarter, however the first half of 2019 will likely bring over 1,000 new apartment launches for the sunny city. Apartment approvals are at their lowest in the history of Urbis’ Apartment Essentials, sitting at 4,576 in quarter four 2018. With new design specifications and planning requirements in some jurisdictions, we’re likely to see this number continue to fall in 2019. In relation to the falling levels of new launches and apartment approvals, Mr Ostwald observed, ‘we need to keep an eye on supply levels as ongoing population growth, particularly on the East Coast, will quickly take up available supply. This may result in a housing supply shortage in the next 12 to 18 months as we are also seeing fewer completions in the greenfield house and land market.’ Buyer Profile It truly was a year for owner occupiers, with 46 per cent of total sales for 2018 attributed to this buyer type. Interstate investors leapt up by 10 per cent in 2018, accounting for 19 per cent of sales. Local state investors, who previously accounted for 30 per cent of the market in 2017, dropped down to 17 per cent in 2018, in line with foreign investors. Q4 2018 Apartment Essentials Snapshot 7.7 per cent of the surveyed available stock was sold in the December quarter across the five markets: Sydney (6 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 977 new apartments launched) Melbourne (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 2781 new apartments launched) Brisbane (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, no new apartments launched) Perth (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 464 new apartments launched) Gold Coast (6 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 377 new apartments launched) National weighted average sale price recorded at $705,226 for Q4 Sydney – $899,793 Melbourne – $656,739 Brisbane – $831,884 Perth – $602,524 Gold Coast – $715,032 The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – One-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments – 48% Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments – 44% Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom 53% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 41% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 66% 25% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 26% are recently built. For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Brisbane Soaking Up the Stock As New Apartment Launches Dry Up 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z brisbane-soaking-up-the-stock-as-new-apartment-launches-dry-up-1 Today, leading property experts, Urbis released their latest update of the Apartment Essentials, Australia’s most comprehensive new apartment survey. This latest release features a 2018 summary as well as a look into what 2019 has in store. The Inner Brisbane region recorded 138 sales in the fourth quarter of 2018, dropping back down after a stand-out quarter three result. There was a total of 840 new apartment sales in 2018, almost 30 per cent lower than 2017. Paul Riga, Director at Urbis, summarised, ‘the fourth quarter result was to be expected, with no new projects launching, buyers are essentially soaking up the current projects on the market’. Across Inner Brisbane, new apartment launches dropped off in 2018, down by around 35 per cent on 2017 launches. Available stock has fluctuated throughout the past two years, however after a peak in 2017 Q2 with a record 3,243 apartments available at the start of the quarter, available stock has hovered around the low to mid 2000s throughout 2018. Sales as a percentage of available stock have also dwindled, dropping to a record low of 9.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2018. The downward movement in available stock highlights the continued absorption of this product, and importantly that demand for new apartments is still present in the market. Whilst the depth of the investor market is still subdued, owner occupiers are the key target market, with many projects now boutique in nature and catering to the needs of a longer-term resident. This can be noted in the results, as despite the drop in the volume of sales, the weighted average sale price was significantly higher than 2017’s quarterly reports, indicating that the style and quality of stock currently selling has changed. Whilst the latter half of 2018 saw conservative developer activity, many developers are being buoyed by the levels of sales absorption, low vacancy rates and stable growth drivers for Brisbane. Approximately 2,000 apartments are anticipated to launch in the three quarters of 2019, and with a replenishing pipeline, it is likely to register a pick-up in sales. ‘Ultimately it will be access to finance (for buyers and developers) that will temper the inner Brisbane market in the short-term,’ said Mr Riga, ‘but the drivers of demand are there, and smart developers are already looking at opportunities for their next move’. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $831,884 48% of buyers were owner occupiers 674 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Melbourne Apartments: Posing Questions & Answers on Housing Affordabilit 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z melbourne-apartments-posing-questions-answers-on-housing-affordabilit Today, leading property consultants, Urbis released the 2018 summary for Melbourne’s new apartment market, featuring the latest results for the December quarter. The Urbis Apartment Essentials has been a trusted source of information for new apartment sales and supply for four years, using survey data and detailed research to provide an accurate look at today’s new apartment market. Urbis analysed 230 sales from a sample of 48 projects, comprising almost 10,000 apartments in Melbourne in quarter four 2018. Coupled with detailed analysis of 1,140 sales across the year, Urbis Apartment Essentials has sampled between 15 to 20 per cent of new apartment projects in the city in each quarter. Melbourne’s weighted average sale price hovered around the mid $600,000s throughout the year and recorded a weighted average sale price of $657,000 in quarter four. Despite prices appearing to hold steady at a market level, affordability is still very much in focus, with housing emerging as a core battleground in the upcoming federal election. The proportion of sales in more affordable apartments has increased, with apartments priced beneath $400,000 accounting for 12 per cent of all sales in quarter four, a stark difference to the 5 per cent recorded in 2017 quarter four. This coincided with one-bedroom apartment sales accounting for one third of sales in quarter four, having fluctuated between one quarter and a third of sales throughout 2018. Consistent with national trends, sales of two-bedroom apartments continued to make up the majority of sales in Melbourne at 60 per cent in Q4 2018 compared to 57 per cent for the full year. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments remained a buyer favourite, accounting for 44 per cent of all sales, up from 34 per cent in the third quarter. Sales of three-bedroom apartments accounted for 10 per cent of off the plan transactions. The market pivot to owner occupiers is increasingly apparent with 54 per cent of new apartments purchased throughout the year to this segment, while overseas investors dropped down from 40 per cent in 2017 to 23 per cent in 2018. Despite a series of initiatives aimed at dampening overseas investor demand and fears emerging in recent years over settlement, it is encouraging to see that major central city towers are settling as planned, with developers getting on the front foot with buyers well in advance of settlement. However, with funding challenges in both the development and purchaser markets, measures aimed at testing serviceability in the short-term risk having adverse affordability effects in the longer run. This is becoming increasingly clear as future housing supply is being held up by reduced lending and uncertainty in the lead up to the federal election. In line with the wider residential market, the pace of sales dropped in the last quarter, dipping below 10 per cent of available stock sold for the first time. That said, Melbourne has maintained a more rapid rate of sale than other Australian markets in the quarter, but also for the year, averaging 12.4 per cent of available sold per quarter throughout 2018. Amid the tougher conditions, there are projects that are managing to stand out from the crowd. Typically these are delivering either one or a combination of the following: A relatable scale, close to existing amenity and jobs, with views Precinct renewal, bringing new amenity in areas where there is limited housing supply or diversity of product Delivering client service and customisation at an attractive price point Approvals continued to decline, with just over 1,800 apartments approved in the last quarter of 2018 representing one third of the volume approved in the equivalent quarter a year earlier and well below the average quarterly volume over the last two years (5,400). In summary, while apartments present a much-needed affordable option into the housing mix, the slowdown in credit and repercussions in the wider residential market, continue to impact upon the delivery of housing in the inner city and middle ring. As population growth continues amid sound economic conditions, the stall in supply stemming from the standoff between lenders, regulators, policymakers, developers and most importantly buyers, risks accentuating the demand to supply imbalance in the medium term. This brings risks of flow on consequences to housing affordability as the market regains traction. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $657,000 14 project launches in the quarter: 2,781 new apartments 1,827 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. 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For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Renowned Urban Designer Chris Melsom joins Urbis 2019-02-13T23:25:07Z renowned-urban-designer-chris-melsom-joins-urbis Urbis is thrilled to announce the Director appointment of Chris Melsom, an esteemed architect, planner and urban designer with 30+ years of experience delivering strategic urban change. Chris brings significant local and international experience to the Urbis National Design team. As an urban design specialist, Chris has worked in senior roles at HASSEL, Tract (WA) and East Perth and Subiaco Redevelopment Authorities, unlocking the potential of cities, places, and sites across Australia and South East Asia. He was recently the Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, where he also taught in the Master of Urban Planning program at The University of Western Australia before joining Urbis. With 30+ years of experience in strategic urban design, Chris brings to Urbis broad expertise in the leadership and management of multi-disciplinary design teams for large scale, complex projects. His arrival complements the National Design team’s already diverse range of skills and will cement Urbis as an industry leader in the arena of city shaping and place building. Ray Haeren, Regional Director Perth said, “We are pleased to welcome renowned Urban Designer Chris Melsom to Urbis. His skills and experience will be a fantastic complement to the diverse and talented team locally, nationally and internationally. “Chris is more than a designer, he brings a strategic perspective and insight… with a grounded personality to boot,” said Ray. James Tuma, Group Director National Design added, “We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Melsom to the growing international team of designers at Urbis. Chris brings a wealth of local market knowledge and a design pedigree that cements our position as the strongest urban design and strategy advisors in the West Australian market.” Carl Thompson, Director National Design said: “It’s an exciting time for Urbis in Perth. Chris has a strong urban design presence in Western Australia and South East Asia and brings both an international perspective and a deep appreciation for the local context to the table.” “Chris is a city-shaping expert of the highest calibre and we look forward to his design leadership as we continue to deliver great outcomes for our clients,” said Carl. On his appointment, Chris Melsom said, “It’s no accident that Urbis is becoming one of the leading thinkers in the urban design space, locally and abroad, combining economics, planning and a passion for creating places that really work.” “I’m looking forward to joining the bright minds of Urbis and contributing to the important goal of shaping cities and communities for a better future.” Reflecting on his career, Chris added: “The best solutions aren’t always the ones we thought we’d find. Sometimes, it’s having a good process of exploration, rigorous testing and engaging with real people that opens up all sorts of possibilities for creating more liveable and resilient outcomes.” “I think it’s fantastic that Urbis sets its sights on city-scale thinking, so that projects not only work independently to exceed our clients’ needs and aspirations, but work together to create something that enriches its context socially, culturally, economically and environmentally as well,” said Chris. “The Urbis Design team is well placed to bring together strategic planning, urban economics and design thinking for new communities, whether developing a complex urban renewal strategy, preparing a site development master plan or building an integrated landscape and built form solution.” “Having worked on large scale urban renewal and development projects internationally for over 30 years, I look forward to making the most of that background with the Urbis team in Perth,” said Chris.