The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-12T01:35:23Z CA Technologies announces a new goal to reduce GHG emissions 40 per cent by 2030 2017-07-12T01:35:23Z ca-technologies-announces-a-new-goal-to-reduce-ghg-emissions-40-per-cent-by-2030 SYDNEY, July 12, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company’s continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report also demonstrates how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts are linked to CA’s business and positively benefits customers, employees and communities around the world. “We are exceptionally proud of the progress we’ve made over the past several years towards our sustainability goals, and this expanded commitment to reduce absolute GHG emissions is further evidence of how important these global issues are to CA Technologies,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Just like our customers, CA must continue to embrace change and adapt to the environmental and social challenges in the marketplace, and we are committed to making the strategic investments that will advance sustainability for our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. Report highlights include: GHG emission reduction and target. Since 2006, CA has reduced its GHG footprint by approximately 37 per cent, an amount equivalent to powering 5,218 homes for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. After achieving its first GHG reduction target in 2015, CA set a second absolute reduction target of 40 per cent by 2030, based off a 2015 baseline. STEM education. CA is committed to building the STEM pipeline and increasing educational and professional participation by underrepresented groups, particularly women and students of color. This includes the Tech Girls Rock initiative CA created with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our partnerships with nonprofits like 100Kin10, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Code for America,, Girls Who Code, NPower, and PENCIL, and CA’s support of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. UN Sustainable Development Goals. We carefully consider the relationship between our business and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the SDGs, Quality Education and Gender Equality (SDG 4 and 5) are core to CA’s commitments around diversity and STEM education. CA is also strongly committed to Affordable and Clean Energy and Climate Action (SDG 7 and 13). We have historically sought out Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)—with nonprofits, nongovernmental organisations, government agencies and other companies—to amplify our impact within our primary areas of concern. Water and waste management. CA data centers utilise closed-loop water systems for cooling, minimising water use. In addition, CA reclaims 100 per cent of rainwater from surfaces at its Hyderabad, India facility. The company also reclaims water from parking rooftops at its Islandia, New York facility for landscaping needs. Green buildings and green leases. CA incorporates sustainability elements into new leases, including provisions requiring the use of cleaning materials that are Green Seal-certified, inclusion of building-recycling programs, use of lighting sensors in common areas, and landscape irrigation systems that utilise rain sensor devices to minimise water use. Beyond traditional efficiency projects, CA combines telemetry with process automation to create bots that monitor demand and usage patterns to shut off and turn on servers. Employee generosity. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, CA matched more than $1.6 million in employee donations to more than 1,700 nonprofit organisations. The company's worldwide employee volunteer initiative, CA Together in Action, takes place during the week of Earth Day in April. CA employees take time out of their workday to give back by participating in environmentally-focused volunteer projects and supporting the advancement of STEM learning. Inclusion and diversity. CA's THRIVE program helps create an inclusive and flexible workplace by attracting, nurturing and retaining a diverse workforce. In the United States, CA utilises a diversity candidate slate program to ensure all open requisitions have at least one diverse candidate for consideration in the interview process. The company always hires the best candidate for the job, and the program has strengthened its ability to do that. CA Technologies believes that today’s world needs products that are sustainable by design, with the inherent agility to take advantage of the application economy. Agile development contributes to sustainability by maximising resource utilisation and minimising unnecessary expenses. At the same time, a world driven by software must put people at the center. That’s why CA Technologies CSR efforts combine environmental benefits with societal programs that transform lives. This report, which covers the 2016 calendar year, was drafted in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standards at the Core level and incorporates the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. For the sixth consecutive year, the report includes independent external assurance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: Branching Out This Christmas With A Real Tree 2016-12-12T00:46:23Z branching-out-this-christmas-with-a-real-tree Here’s the big question as we roll into the Christmas season … what type of tree should you put up? A multi coloured plastic tree or a real tree? The Christmas tree market is booming but when it comes to choosing between real or fake, the Real Christmas Tree Company says there is no competition. Stefan Aleksiev, owner of the Real Christmas Tree company, said: “There are clear differences between real and fake trees. I like to look at it from a sustainable angle in terms of the carbon footprint created from both and the proof is clearly in the pudding that real wins’ hands down over fakes any day.” A study in America found people keep fake (plastic) tree up to 10 years to offset the carbon footprint of real trees and, although plastic trees can be recycled year on year in the home, they always end up in landfill, unlike real trees. Stefan said plastic trees are made from non-biodegradable plastic, and once thrown away end up in landfill. “They also release dioxins over time, potentially causing health implications and are a fire hazard. They have no smell and no authenticity,” he said. “Whereas real trees offer just that and the Monterey pines used by the Real Christmas Company are more durable shedding fewer needles – making less mess on your floor.” Monterey pines also smell great. “There is a fragrance you can only get from a real tree. Plastic trees after a few years start to smell musty and dusty,” Stefan said. “Handled with love and care, a real tree up it will last the Christmas season.” While Monterey pines are native to California, they do grow well in Australia. “The cooler climate gives the tree a lush foliage so all our trees are brought in from Victoria. They have that wonderful, traditional Christmas tree shape,” Stefan said. “So many people comment on the fresh pine smell and how it takes them back to their childhood. Christmas is a time for connecting with family and friends and celebrating life. It can be a time to relive treasured childhood memories when life was a little simpler.” “When it comes to the “real” versus “fake”, I’ve always been a huge fan of real trees and this is how the Real Christmas Tree company was formed. I think the environmental advantages to buying real trees far outweigh the yearly cost of the tree. Plus, real trees look amazing.” Ivan Mateo named Society of Food Hygiene and Technology’s Auditor of the Year honouring food safety and sustainability 2016-11-25T03:54:15Z ivan-mateo-named-society-of-food-hygiene-and-technology-s-auditor-of-the-year-honouring-food-safety-and-sustainability-professionals Ivan plays an integral role at SAI Global assessing the sustainability of fishery stocks against global standards such as the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainable fishing standard and the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. “I’m honoured to receive this award for the work I do on behalf of SAI Global and on behalf of the specialist group of fishery assessors working to assist fisheries around the world demonstrate their sustainability credentials against globally recognised standards” said Dr Mateo.  “Not only does certification help protect global marine ecosystem biodiversity, it provides consumers with confidence selecting seafood that has been sustainably managed and responsibly fished.” SAI Global’s Senior Seafood Consultant, Dave Garforth said “To have such a reputable organisation as SoFHT recognise Ivan’s work is fantastic.  It also serves to highlight the enormous contribution standards and certification make to ensure responsibly managed and sustainable fisheries. With good marine science, sound fisheries management and careful stewardship of the world’s marine resources, seafood has the potential to feed the world’s population now and in the future. Standards such as MSC and RFM are pioneering the attainment of these values and we’re proud to be part of this marine sustainability agenda.” Dr Mateo has a strong academic and professional background in fishery science, fish bioenergetics, fish stock assessment modelling and marine conservation.  Familiar with fisheries of all sizes across a diverse range of marine ecosystems including tropical, temperate and artic environs, Ivan’s knowledge of fish species and fishing methods is exceptional.   Ivan leads a number of MSC and RFM fishery certifications and pre-assessments including: Pacific Albacore Tuna, Scotia Fundy Haddock, Gulf of Saint Lawrence Snow Crab, Alaska Salmon and Pacific Halibut.  Of note, on behalf of WWF-Canada and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor), Ivan lead a pre-assessment of Newfoundland’s Northern Cod Stock. This was part of a collaborative project to improve fishery sustainability through attaining MSC certification.  This project seeks to reverse the current state of this fishery stock; largely regarded as one of the world’s most iconic, fishery stock decimations resulting from decades of unsustainable over-fishing. SAI Global delivers audits and certification to the world’s leading seafood standards; MSC, Alaska RFM, Iceland RFM, G.U.L.F RFM, GAA BAP, ASC, Global GAP, IFFO RS, Organic as well as the full suite of GFSI benchmarked and relevant supply chain standards such as BRC, IFS and ISO, CoC and internal retail/customer specific standards.  SAI Global seafood personnel are sector and program specific specialists in seafood.  Academically accomplished and professionally adept, the team are courteously objective and passionate about the business of seafood sustainability.  Established in 1979, international membership organisation SoFHT supports the work of food industry professionals involved in all aspects of food hygiene.  The SoFHT Awards, as judged by a panel of experienced industry professionals celebrate outstanding achievements by businesses and individuals to food safety and sustainability. BREMONT IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016 2016-11-10T00:23:43Z bremont-is-thrilled-to-announce-the-winner-of-the-australian-geographic-adventurer-of-the-year-award-2016 Bremont Watch Company is proud to present Michael Smith with a Bremont Supermarine S500 as the recipient of the Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award for 2016. Read about Michael's story here. We would also like to congratulate all the winners from the AG Society Gala Awards. Bremont is also offering the chance to win a trip for two to Bermuda for the America's Cup Qualifiers in 2017, click here to enter.  AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR 2016-11-10T00:22:28Z australian-geographic-adventurer-of-the-year On Thursday 27 October at the Sofitel Wentworth, the who’s who of Australian adventuring and conservation assembled to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have triumphed in areas of preservation and adventure.  Bremont was proud to be returning as a partner of the Australian Geographic Society Awards in 2016 for the third consecutive year. The AG Society, established in 1987 by Dick Smith, is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to supporting Australian environmental endeavours and honouring those that have achieved in the fields of adventure and conservation. To read the complete press release please click here Discover a different nature park in each book! 2016-11-08T04:11:48Z discover-a-different-nature-park-in-each-book Dr Richard Whitlow (Dr R) is the author of the Walkabout series, a fun and informative children’s picture book series. Readers of the series explore different botanical gardens and nature parks with the characters in the book. Along the way, the characters discuss the flora and fauna that the reader would discover in this garden. Full of not only pictures but scintillating scientific and botanical conversation, the vibrant books of the Walkabout series will entertain young readers. Each book contains a puzzle to engage inquisitive minds, using the new information they have learnt. For readers wishing to continue the journey of learning, a list of handy online resources is included at the end of each book. Dr Whitlow is a retired geographer and was inspired to write about gardens when he met a young ‘gardener girl’ who attended a talk he gave at his local library on native plant gardening. Following this, Dr Whitlow combined his love of geography, and the English language, to write the Walkabout series. Dr Whitlow delivers talks about gardening for young children at libraries. The Nerang, Helensvale, and Upper Coomera libraries are currently on his library visit list. He also delivers talks in places that are similar to those seen in the Walkabout series, such as botanic gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, and nature parks. ISBN: 9780994599650 (Blue Mountains) 9780994599674 (Mt Coot-tha) 9780994599698 (Bunya Mountains) Price: $10 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 210mm x 210mm Contact author: Contact publisher:        Website: Konica Minolta sets the gold standard for environmental leadership 2016-11-07T02:14:54Z konica-minolta-sets-the-gold-standard-for-environmental-leadership Konica Minolta has been recognised for its commitment to producing products that meet exacting environmental standards throughout their lifecycle, becoming the only company of its kind to achieve the highest possible certification from the world’s foremost environmental accreditation body for electrical products. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system rates electronic products against a range of environmental performance criteria. Products must meet all required criteria to be registered in EPEAT at the Bronze level. They may then be registered as Silver or Gold based on the percentage of optional criteria they meet above that baseline. Konica Minolta has been awarded Gold Status for meeting strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials reduction to product longevity and end-of-life management. EPEAT is a free source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that support organisations’ IT and sustainability goals. Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT currently tracks more than 4,400 products from more than 60 manufacturers across 43 countries, and is the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics. Bill Christoforou, Product Marketing Manager, Konica Minolta, said, “This level of accreditation is rare, particularly in the Australian market. We have received Gold Status on the majority of our range, including our A3 multifunction devices. The fact that we are the only printer manufacturer in the country to attain Gold Status is something we are very proud of, as being environmentally conscious underpins everything we do.”About Konica Minolta  Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation. Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information: Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Push for Sustainable Lifestyle 2016-09-14T05:34:08Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-push-for-sustainable-lifestyle Brisbane, QLD, 14 September 2016 - There are plenty of timber suppliers in Brisbane, but none seem to be as aware of environmental issues as the management of Narangba Timbers. They have produced numerous informative articles on their company blog about sustainable forestry and its positive effects on the environment, while decrying the deleterious effects of non-sustainable harvesting of timber.They have made it a point of pride to only carry ethically-sourced timber of high quality and selling it for low prices. Recently, they published a piece on their company blog reacting to a study that was recently revealed to the public. The study was conducted by QLD Government and is called the Statewide Landcover and Tree Study (SLATS). According to the study, nearly 296,000 hectares of trees were cleared in QLD during 2014-15. This is only a small rise from the numbers for the previous year, but they are nearly double the amount of trees cleared in 2011-12.Both the Queensland Conservation Council and the Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, issued statements saying that the level is too high and is not sustainable for Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef lost 108,000 of those hectares via catchment areas, a figure that Ms Trad found “alarming.”Dr Tim Seelig of the Queensland Conservation Council was the most aggressive towards the need to decrease this number. He sees the clearing as a threat to many native species, citing “devastating effects.” He also sees the Great Barrier Reef as being put in jeopardy by indiscriminate clearing of trees. Dr Seelig wants to see regulations tightened on tree clearing, reversing a decision by the previous government to allow farmers to clear all the trees they want for “high value agricultural projects.” Jack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers. According to Mr Kyle: “From an early age, I have been taught to respect the forest and respect the environment. I was taught to conduct business in a way that makes the world a better place afterwards. For us, that means only doing business with firms that harvest timber in a sustainable manner.”Mr Kyle continued: “This path has forced me to stay on top of environmental issues. I know most of the trees we are losing are not being sold as timber, but losing 300,000 hectares of forest a year is a big environmental problem and needs to be addressed.”Mr Kyle added further: “The entire idea behind sustainable forestry is that trees which are cut down need to be replaced by newly-planted trees. That continues the cycle of carbon storage and ensures that our trees can still benefit the environment. When this principle is violated, it contributes to global warming. Losing 300,000 hectares of trees a year definitely violates that principle.”Mr Kyle concluded: “We want to leave Australia better for our kids than it was for our generation. Losing 300,000 hectares of trees a year isn’t going to cut it.” Narangba Timbers are the most ethical timber suppliers in Brisbane. They pride themselves on unparalleled customer service, great selection and low prices. They obtain their timber from ethical, sustainable sources. To learn more or to enquire about timber for your next project, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Ahura Resorts Fiji Leads Rare Iguana Rescue & Research Program 2016-06-27T05:53:06Z ahura-resorts-fiji-leads-rare-iguana-rescue-amp-research-program Ahura Resorts are delighted to announce the arrival of a research specialist to Malolo Island to undertake an analytical survey of the island's rare and endangered iguana population.   Adam Clause from The University of Georgia (USA) is undertaking this exciting three month research project based at Likuliku Lagoon Resort that will include surveying, DNA testing and the electronic tagging and releasing of iguanas. His work will also include a detailed analysis of the tropical dry forest areas that are classified as one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet.   This incredible journey of discovery would not be where it is today without the support and enthusiasm of Steve Anstey, Group General Manager, Ahura Resorts.     “As a resort company operating in a pristine, sensitive environment such as ours, with ocean and coral reefs on one side and land flora and fauna on the other, we fully recognize the importance of sustainable tourism and believe that development in such areas carries both a legal and moral responsibility to ensure our environment is not degraded through irresponsible activities and practices” comments Steve.   “Our aim is to not only minimize our impact on the extraordinary nature that surrounds us but also, through a range of activities, programs and initiatives, to improve and enhance the environment for challenged species and future generations. The significant work we have done to date with the iguanas and now the launch of Adam's research project demonstrates our serious commitment”   Adam's scope of work will include training of Ahura staff as their support, understanding and engagement is vital to the future of this program. He will also develop a tropical dry forest restoration plan for Ahura Resorts, as well as undertake Fijian crested iguana surveys to estimate their population size and distribution across the Ahura resort leases and surrounds. “This project is a fantastic example of integrative conservation and I’m thrilled to be a contributor. The warm and productive collaboration between the US Geological Survey, San Diego Zoo Global, Mamanuca Environment Society, Taronga Zoo and of course Ahura Resorts has brought a stimulating diversity of expertise and a new focus on Fijian crested iguana conservation on Malolo Levu. This is exactly the sort of work I’ve wanted to do all my life!” comments researcher Adam Clause.   The Journey – A Disappearing Species – The Discovery – The Sanctuary The Malolo Island Iguanas are of the crested variety Brachylophus vitiensis and were considered extinct until 2010 when an injured one was discovered at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. It was sent to Kula Park on the main island for care but unfortunately died shortly after arrival. The curator of Kula Park advised visiting researchers Robert Fisher of the US Geological Survey and Peter Harlow of Taronga Zoo of the find and they took the iguana to Suva where it is now a part of the University of South Pacific vertebrate collection. A tissue sample was taken and sent to San Diego Zoo for DNA analysis. There was bittersweet excitement when six weeks later the results indicated it was a species thought to be extinct. Fortunately, three months later another junior iguana was found at Malolo Island Resort and then a second at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Others have since been found and seven are now held in captivity at Likuliku Lagoon Resort for research and breeding purposes. Despite these rare, ad-hoc finds that clearly indicate a small iguana presence in the area, the early surveys undertaken to find more failed to produce sightings in their natural habitat. Working closely with researchers from the US Geological Survey, Taronga Zoo and San Diego Zoo Global, immediate steps were taken by Ahura Resorts to identify the major threats that may be affecting the iguana population.  The first item on the agenda was to control the feral cat and rat populations and secondly to introduce an ongoing tropical dry forest reforestation program on the resort leases. In June 2015, three years after these programs were implemented, a survey of the tropical dry forest areas revealed six new iguanas. Much to everyone's excitement, it appears that the programs have made a positive impact. Two of the six iguanas were captured, DNA samples taken and then tagged and released back into their natural habitat. It is hoped that the next survey will show continued success of the programs and a further increase in the iguana population. The preservation of the iguanas and the tropical dry forest vegetation on Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Malolo Resort leases is an ongoing environmental initiative of Ahura Resorts in partnership with US Geological Survey, Taronga Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global and the Mamanuca Environmental Society. ENDS Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.  www.ahuraresorts.comFor further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – 0415 290023 More shots are available upon request. AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 New Heatstrip outdoor heater a world first 2016-04-05T01:01:51Z new-heatstrip-outdoor-heater-a-world-first After three years of product development, Thermofilm is set to launch Heatstrip® Elegance, the world’s first true outdoor-rated strip heater that is off-white rather than the traditional black. Available from May 2016, Heatstrip Elegance radiant heaters blend in seamlessly with most white ceilings in any al fresco, verandah and patio areas for both residential and commercial premises. Thermofilm, a world leader in electric heaters, worked with coating technology experts to develop a unique composition that has driven a new generation of outdoor heater. The Heatstrip makeover has extended to its effectiveness with a new heating element design that produces a more even temperature distribution and allows the energy efficient heater to operate at higher temperatures thereby providing greater comfort. The new heaters are also approximately 12 per cent shorter than the traditional black Heatstrip heaters and therefore take up less space. This shorter, more compact design has less surface area than others on the market and can help transform an al fresco area into a stylish, vibrant and sophisticated space with more effective heating comfort. New coating Greg Trezise, Thermofilm’s national sales manager, said it has taken years to get the right formula for the new coating of the Heatstrip heaters, which have to withstand constantly high surface temperatures. “There’s no other off-white outdoor heater in the world that does not discolour through the constant heat it produces. By virtue of the material composition, white is the hardest colour to operate at a high temperature and ensure it doesn’t lose its colour,” he said. Thermofilm’s R&D has extended to making the new off-white coating flexible so that it doesn’t crack. Other strip heaters on the market use traditional paint coating technology, which cracks at normal operating temperatures. Other highlights of the Heatstrip enhancements are equally innovative and market-leading, namely: With several several mounting options available, the Elegance series can be tailored to any space. The new bracket will allow both ceiling and wall mounting at various angles as well as suspension by chains, wires and metal rods for use with higher ceilings. All accessories and brackets are colour coordinated with the Heatstrip Elegance range. All three new models are IP55 rated, which means they are protected from water ingress from all directions. The 1800W and 2400W models come with convenient DIY installation while the 3600W model needs to be hard wired. Heatstrip Elegance strip heaters suit most white ceilings in any al fresco areas with ideal ceiling heights of 2.1 to 2.7 metres. They are corrosion protected so even suitable for seaside locations. In addition to trade outlets, Heatstrip heaters are available nationally from Bunnings as well as specialty outdoor living, electrical and heating stores. The RRPs are: 1800W-$699 (974mm length); 2400W-$799 (1204mm length) and 3600W-$899 (1804mm length). They come with a two year residential warranty and a one year commercial warranty. The 3600 watt model is the first true 3600W heater offered in the world in the electric radiant strip heater category. Details about the earlier models of Heatstrip can be seen here: and more information about Thermofilm is available at ends About Thermofilm: With more than 25 years manufacturing innovative, stylish and energy efficient products, Thermofilm Australia has supplied to residential, commercial and institutional markets both in Australia and around the world. The Thermofilm range includes the award-winning Heatstrip heaters, Bliss indoor and outdoor series, Envirotouch energy saving timer switches, and timer and thermostat controllers. In 2014, Thermofilm won the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Victorian Government’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards and in 2013, the Heatstrip range was awarded the Australian Business Award for Product Value. 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Timber Supplier in Brisbane Provides the Ultimate DIY Timber Guide 2016-03-31T05:27:42Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-provides-the-ultimate-diy-timber-guide Brisbane, QLD, 31 March 2016 - There are a lot of timber suppliers in Brisbane but one in particular consistently goes out of their way to educate their customer base and make it easier for them to understand the process of selecting the right materials for the right job: Narangba Timbers. Recently, on his company blog, Narangba Timbers owner Jack Kyle provided a guide for DIY enthusiasts to help them select the right timber for various DIY projects. The guide, called “An Overview of Timber for DIY Projects,” explained the various varieties and grades of timber in “plain English” without turning it into a tech manual. It revealed an insider’s viewpoint of why certain timbers are better than others for various projects.According to Mr Kyle, “We love timber and we wanted to make it easier for DIY enthusiasts to select the right materials. We wanted them to understand the basics of which timbers work the best for which projects. But because most of the DIY enthusiasts we know would rather get busy than spend a lot of time reading, we made it short and easy to understand without a degree in physics.”The guide covers various varieties of timber. For example, varieties of engineered timber include veneers, plywood, laminated timber and reconstituted timber products. It then explains solid timber and how it is divided into softwood and hardwood. Softwoods are from the pine family. They aren’t as strong as hardwoods, aren’t as durable and don’t have the rich, dark colours that hardwoods do. However, they are the easiest timbers to work with and are appropriate for all non-structural indoor projects involving timber.Hardwoods provide more strength and durability. They also contain the grains and colours that provide the classic timber aesthetic. They are used for most structural projects, though some softwoods and engineered timber have the strength to provide structural support. Hardwoods come with four durability ratings from 1, which is the most durable, to 4. Narangba Timbers only carries hardwoods with a rating of 1 or 2.Timber decking and timber flooring are usually completed with hardwood. Merbau is a favourite for timber decking in Brisbane while many different hardwoods are used for timber flooring. Timber fencing is built with CCA treated pine or hardwood. The CCA treatment is necessary to protect against termites. It isn’t appropriate for timber decking or flooring because it can be toxic to both humans and animals with prolonged exposure. Mr Kyle concluded: “We are glad to provide our readers with a basic guide to selecting timber for their DIY projects. We have a customer service staff that we really feel is second to none in the industry and we feel it is even easier for them to give great customer service to a customer who already has access to some information before talking to them.”Narangba Timbers are the leading timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They stock timber for all projects, including timber decking, timber fencing and hardwood flooring. To learn more about Narangba Timbers, you can visit their Brisbane location, call them on (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Timber Decking Supplier in Brisbane Warns Customers: “Be Careful When Building a Timber Deck in a Bushfire-Prone Area.” 2016-03-24T04:11:32Z timber-decking-supplier-in-brisbane-warns-customers-be-careful-when-building-a-timber-deck-in-a-bushfire-prone-area Brisbane, QLD, 24 March 2016 - Timber decking is a popular DIY project in the Brisbane area and across Australia. For many Australians, there is nothing quite like enjoying BBQ and cold beverages on a timber deck. However, according to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, those who want to build a timber deck need to know if they are in a bushfire-prone area.According to Mr Kyle: “It is crucial for anyone building a timber deck to know their home’s Bushfire Attack Level. Once they know their Bushfire Attack Level, they can decide what precautions to take and what materials. If there’s one really good thing that has come out of the bushfires over the last seven years, it’s the raising of building standards in bushfire-prone areas.”The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a number that reflects the risk of a home being damaged by a bushfire. It measures the threat that radiant heat, ember attack and direct flame contact pose to a home. The most important factor in determining the BAL is the area’s Fire Danger Index. Other factors are also important, such as: the slope of the land on which the building is constructed, the buildings that are nearby and the vegetation that surrounds the dwelling.The scale for BAL is simple and takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding what materials to use for a timber deck. Those whose homes are rated as “BAL Low” can use whatever materials they want with no special consideration to bushfires. Those whose homes are rated BAL 12.5-40 need to use building materials that are either bushfire resistant or non-combustible. It is also necessary to enclose the space below the timber deck to prevent ember attacks from starting a fire underneath the deck.If a home is rated as a BAL Flame Zone, every precaution must be taken to prevent combustion. The space below the deck must be closed and the materials must be non-combustible. The deck should contain steel framing and no timbers can be exposed. The decking boards should contain no gaps. Both the decking boards and the sub-floor should be made of dense timber.According to Mr Kyle: “Even with stringent standards, there are still plenty of timber decking options for homes in the Brisbane area. We are happy the standards are there because they protect homeowners and their families. I like to see homeowners build a bit above the standards. For example, merbau is a popular timber choice. It is naturally fire-resistant and makes a beautiful, solid timber deck that lasts for years. It is a great choice for most timber decks, even those that are in BAL Low zones.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Whatever you build, do it right. Keep your home and your family safe in all conditions.”Narangba Timbers is the leading supplier of timber decking in the Brisbane area. They carry a comprehensive inventory of timber for all building uses. Their customer service staff is second to none. They have a display deck on which customers can view various timbers and finishes for a timber deck. They also have a decking calculator which calculates how much timber is needed for any given project. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: