The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-02-23T03:22:38Z SENEC Australia expands its operations with new GM appointment 2020-02-23T03:22:38Z senec-australia-expands-its-operations-with-new-gm-appointment A world-leader in innovative energy and storage solutions, SENEC Australia has expanded its operations by opening an office in Sydney and appointing Patrick Duignan as general manager of sales & service. The German solar battery manufacturer set up its regional head office in Perth two years ago and has been making inroads into the home, apartment and mining battery storage market since then. SENEC has just doubled the warranty for its new hybrid battery to 20 years, which alone is expected to be a major impetus for all homeowners with rooftop solar to take the next logical step and add a battery. Interestingly, in Germany more than half of PV (photovoltaic) rooftop purchases include a battery for energy storage. However, in Australia the total number of households with solar batteries is a low 8 per cent. Mr Duignan is well known in the solar industry having previously worked for Hanwha Q Cells Australia (Managing Director) and SMA Technology (Sales Manager). He has a proven track record in managing multi-million-dollar accounts and securing new business to underpin both revenue and financial success. A priority for Mr Duignan in his new role at SENEC will be to continue to build and grow strong partnerships and encourage more solar PV suppliers to take advantage of the support, training, education and technical assistance available to them from the SENEC team. "It is rare to be able to join a company that has embraced the needs of the market and developed a premium product and service solution that is tailored based on those needs," Mr Duignan said. “This, combined with the backing of EnBW and the ability to offer a 20-year warranty, makes SENEC a very strong and attractive choice for the Australian residential market. “We look forward to growing the team on the eastern seaboard with a new business development manager joining us in March.” SENEC launched its new SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery in late 2019, which offers home owners extensive benefits including 90 per cent solar power self-sufficiency, even in blackouts. The combined photovoltaic inverter and battery inverter of this model delivers savings of approximately $4,000 per installation due to its simplified installation and design aggregation. 2020 Excellence Award Innovative design and engineering has seen SENEC receive the German Excellence Award 2020 in the Products and Services B2C category for its SENEC.360° solution, a comprehensive offering that enables home owners to supply themselves completely with self-generated solar power. The SENEC.360° complete solution comprises high-performance photovoltaic modules, intelligent power storage and SENEC.Cloud To Go for charging on the go. This electric mobility solution becomes part of the energy ecosystem with the SENEC.360° comprehensive package unique in the world. https://senec.com/au ends Note: Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) supplies electricity, gas, water and energy-related products and services to 5.5 million customers. It has a workforce of 21,775 and generated revenue of some 20.62 billion euros in the 2018 financial year. About SENEC: SENEC is one of the world’s most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. The company has been repeatedly honoured by EuPD Research as a Top PV Brand Power Storage. With its sophisticated storage-based energy solutions, SENEC gives people the freedom to generate, use and share their sustainable energy. Since March 2018, SENEC has been a wholly owned subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW is resolutely focused on the transition towards a renewable energy future – with the tradition of the company always focusing on the customer. SENEC Australia was established in 2017 and is based in Perth. https://www.senec.com.au/ Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of SENEC Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Karan Nagrani, Marketing Manager, SENEC Australia on 0430 954 922 or contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Selection of high res photos available Epson launches new, ultra-efficient, heat-free A3 multi-function printers 2020-02-20T22:44:13Z epson-launches-new-ultra-efficient-heat-free-a3-multi-function-printers Epson has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable business solutions with the launch of seven new WorkForce devices, all powered by its innovative, ultra-efficient PrecisionCore heat-free print technology. The new range starts with the compact WorkForce Pro WF-878R desktop printer, ideal as either the main print device for smaller businesses or as a workgroup device for larger business and culminates with the WorkForce EnterpriseWF-C21000, an ultra-fast 100 ppm device designed to easily handle large print volumes and tight deadlines. Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “Business inkjet is expected to account for over 40% of developed business print solutions within the next five years[1]. As a result Epson has taken steps to now to help the market with its requirements in this area, placing particular emphasis on heat-free and energy efficient solutions. These new products perfectly position us and our channel partners for future growth as they provide a sustainable, economical print solutions for organisations that are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprint, while at the same time seeking ways to reduce operating expenses.” The WorkForce Pro WF-C878R, WF-C878RTC, WF-C879R and WF-C879RTC models deliver enviable price performance. Extraordinarily high ink yields delivering up to 86,000 pages in black and up to 50,000 pages in colour mean minimal staff disruptions to attend any of the devices and, combined with aggressive price points, present a very compelling lower cost of ownership proposition. Where time and deadlines are important or finishing options are required, the WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20600 (60 ppm), WF-C20750 (75 ppm) and WF-C21000 (100 ppm) models come into their own. Comprehensive finishing options that include offset finishing and stapling, booklet-making and automatic hole-punch complement a total print solution that supports any busy work environment. Where organisations are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, meet their corporate social responsibility objectives, or just play their part in reducing CO2 emissions, these new Epson devices are the ideal choice to help address all of these goals and more.  Epson PrecisionCore Heat-Free print technology uses no heat in the printing process and up to 87% less energy to print a page than a comparable laser-based device2. This energy saving translates into reduced CO2 emissions and directly reduces printer-related electricity costs. Availability and pricing The new range of Epson WorkForce Pro and Enterprise business print devices will be available to Australian customers from April 2020. Purchase prices start from $4,995 ex. GST. All models are available as part of managed print service plans and flexible finance arrangements through Epson Premium Partners nationally. For further information on Epson WorkForce Pro solutions go to: https://www.epson.com.au/products/A4_Colour_Printers/ For further information on Epson WorkForce Enterprise solutions: https://www.epson.com.au/workforce-enterprise Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust MEDIA RELEASE: Top Margaret River winemaker achieves carbon negative status 2020-02-20T02:40:01Z media-release-top-margaret-river-winemaker-achieves-carbon-negative-status Cullen Wines in Margaret River Western Australia is now ''carbon negative''. The company has offset its carbon emissions since 2006 and has successfully reduced its carbon footprint so that they take more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit. To compensate for their carbon emissions, Cullen Wines has been buying carbon credits which support tree planting in Carbon Neutral’s Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor 400km north of Perth. The distinguished winery is a leader in biodynamic, sustainable and solar-powered practices. Cullen Wines Managing Director and Chief Winemaker Vanya Cullen said the company's philosophy of "quality, integrity and sustainability" led it to approach carbon solutions provider Carbon Neutral. "It is the way forward and our little piece to balance carbon and climate change," Ms Cullen said. Carbon Neutral identified and calculated the emissions associated with Cullen's day to day operations. Tractor use, agricultural practices, air miles, packaging and freight, were among the components measured. Carbon Neutral Chief Executive Officer Ray Wilson said “the fact that Cullen Wines is now carbon negative is impressive. This is a great case study of how a business has reduced carbon intensity over time through production efficiencies and has now become 'carbon negative' through soil carbon sequestration.” Carbon Neutral studied the amount of organic carbon stored in the soil of Cullens’ 31ha vineyard over the five years from 2014. “Broadly, it is well recognised the amount of organic carbon stored in Australian soils could be increased by changing land management practices”, said Mr Wilson. “This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase farm productivity and potentially create offsets.” Moves towards reducing – or even eliminating – a carbon footprint align with the West Australian State Government’s push for WA farmers to adopt regenerative agriculture practices, said Mr Wilson. The Government estimates land degradation to cost WA's agricultural production sector more than $2 billion each year. Cullen Wines implemented dedicated changes, including intensive soil management and composting alongside the existing biodynamic methods. The amount of soil organic carbon (SOC) at testing sites on the Wilyabrup winery indicate that soil in the ground has increased more than 2602 tonnes between 2014 and 2019, on average 520 tonnes a year. Wine critic and writer Ray Jordan said Cullen Wines’ focus on environmental benchmarks is to be commended. “By any measure, winemaker Vanya Cullen’s decision to adopt a rigorous biodynamics approach in the vineyard and winery, together with other environmentally sound initiatives aimed it eliminating carbon footprint, has been a resounding success,” Mr Jordan said. “But it is in the quality and consistency of the wines that the impact is most profound. The flagship Diana Madeline is among Margaret River’s elite cabernets with its brightness and energy features of the biodynamic approach. The chardonnays share a similar status with the purity and precision capturing the best of this variety.” “This has really opened our eyes to what you can do,” said Mr Wilson. “The numbers around soil carbon achieved by Cullen’s has astounded us.” Cullen Wine’s environmental success shows how reducing an organisation's carbon footprint without compromising mission or profit is within reach. Ms Cullen urges fellow growers and producers to “go carbon neutral now”.   BACKGROUND • Carbon Neutral aims to reduce and repair the consequences of the impact of the human race on the planet. • Carbon Neutral works with organisations to help them minimise their impact on the environment by measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. • The Carbon Neutral group has planted more than 30 million trees. • A tonne of organic carbon equates to 3.67 tonnes of carbon dioxide drawn out of the atmosphere. • Cullen Wines was established in 1971 and moved to total organic viticulture in 1998. • In 2004, the Cullen Vineyard became certified A Grade Biodynamic by the BFA of Australia and its Mangan Vineyard and Winery was certified in 2008. • The first major goal of the revived Soil and Land Conservation Council in 2019 was to implement the draft State Soil Health Strategy, addressing key soil issues in WA such as salinity and soil carbon. • Action on climate change was a prominent subject covered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month.   Supercharged medical community to unite against urgent threats to global health 2020-02-20T01:03:39Z supercharged-medical-community-to-unite-against-urgent-threats-to-global-health-2 Inspired to make meaningful change on global health issues, Intensive Care Specialists, Oliver Flower and Roger Harris from Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital have founded Coda – a global community of medical professionals dedicated to generating, proving and sharing revolutionary health care ideas for societal change. Backed by global health organisations, hundreds of volunteers and built on the highly successful conference series SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care), which travelled the globe from 2013-2019 accumulating 50,000 members, Coda begins where SMACC left off. The first-ever Coda conference will be held in Melbourne from 28 September to 2 October, uniting the entire healthcare community unbound by critical care. Each year, Coda will identify a specific and urgent threat to global health and deliver a draft set of tangible, achievable and sustainable actions for the community to build upon prior to the major event, with final action plans presented at the Coda conference for rapid adoption. Published via academic journals and disseminated across the community, these actions will be open for industry-wide comment, engagement and discussion via social platforms. In 2020, Coda will focus on an action agenda for climate change. Asking for a call-to-arms, Roger Harris said, “There are 60 million health care workers around the world, and as an industry, we’re leaders in society – the people who the public trust with their health, wellbeing and their lives. “Imagine if this community could come together as one to make positive and actionable change on global health crisis. We as a medical community can change humanity’s global footprint. We have the power to inspire, revitalise and provide hope for the future.” Connecting this to how Coda 2020 will have an impact, Oliver Flower said, “Coda was created to accelerate progress toward better health outcomes for all. We exist to create a healthier world together, however, to make real changes – we need fast action, not just talk. We will use Coda 2020 as a launchpad to mobilise our local and global communities – it will be the benchmark for real change.” Over an intensive five days, beginning with 40 CPD workshops, more than 50 expert speakers from across the globe will connect across four central domains at Coda 2020: Coda Earth: Threats to humanity from climate change, water and food shortages, and air pollution. Coda Cure: Threats include sepsis, pandemics, trauma, communicable disease. Coda Educate: Threats include equitable access to learning, knowledge dissemination, harms of medical misinformation particularly on vaccine hesitancy and antibiotic resistance. Coda Ethics: Threats include equity within healthcare itself, artificial intelligence, end of life care, population and genetic modification. Coda 2020 will provide a hub for the medical profession to come together to accelerate change, be empowered and make a real impact on local and global health issues. You can be the first to secure your seat at Coda 2020 from 1st April (no joke) – get in quick at codachange.org #Coda2020 @codachange -ENDS- Notes to editors: Interviews are available upon request with Coda Co-Founders Roger Harris and Oliver Flower About Coda: Coda is a global community that comes together to generate, prove and share revolutionary ideas to solve urgent global health challenges. Founded by the same team that created the SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care) worldwide conference series - which ran from 2013 – 2019 visiting Australia, Chicago, Ireland, Germany - the Coda community is driven by four key values: collaboration, action, creativity and humanity. Coda 2020 is a supercharged medical conference for professionals in the health community. It is built on a desire to improve health outcomes across the world, and the opportunity to convert that desire into action. Coda 2020 will deliver: A captivating and thought-provoking healthcare program. Incredibly inspiring speakers with compelling messages. A huge variety of program formats to stimulate and engage. Unparalleled production qualities guaranteed to capture your attention. Unforgettable social events to relax, recharge and connect. A community experience that is diverse and inclusive in every way. Roger Harris Roger Harris is a senior staff specialist in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN). He is dual qualified in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. Roger is one of the co-founders of Coda and SMACC (Social Media and Critical care). He is passionate about education, his five children and especially his beautiful wife Georgie. Oliver Flower Oliver Flower is a staff specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He is an intensivist in Sydney who’s been driving SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care), and now Coda, from their beginnings. He has steered the creative side of SMACC & Coda, from the graphic design elements to the style, marketing, website and social platform strategies. He has an interest in neurocritical care and has shaped the neuro workshops. Media Contacts: For further information, images, interviews or industry commentary, please contact ZADRO: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director | 0420 761189 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Event Contacts: For event and registration, please contact Coda: Phone +61 2 9431 8600 Email coda@codachange.org Website codachange.org Demineralised Water Treatment plant Dispatched from Burton, South Australia 2020-02-19T03:44:27Z demineralised-water-treatment-plant-dispatched-from-burton-south-australia-1 A Containerized Demineralised Water Treatment plant was recently manufactured and shipped to a Power Station in Victoria.   After engaging with the client and using our knowledge and experience in executing water treatment plants within the Australian Power Sector, our highly skilled sales personnel we were able to demonstrate to the client that an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) model would be the best way forward in delivering the plant in time. The client engaged us under an ECI contract, which enabled rapid preliminary engineering and selections to be made in a collaborative environment, resulting into well researched and mutually acceptable price, to deliver this fast-track project. Osmoflo team went on to execute the project, complete the site install and commissioning, to the agreed time schedule. The system is now ready to support the upcoming high demand period in summers. Osmoflo has also received confirmation on the contract for on-going operations and maintenance support for the facility. Yowie Group Donates to WIRES Wildlife Rescue to Aid in Australian Bushfire Relief 2020-02-18T22:35:26Z yowie-group-donates-to-wires-wildlife-rescue-to-aid-in-australian-bushfire-relief Feb 19, 2020 - Yowie Group, the confectionary company bringing families sweet treats combined with an educational experience, today announced the donation of $20,000 to WIRES Wildlife Rescue as a result of their charity donation competition. Over the holiday season, Yowie gave their fans the opportunity to vote for an eco-conservation organization of their choice. The majority of fans directed their votes to WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization, in the wake of the bushfire crisis.WIRES Wildlife Rescue is the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity in Australia. It is a non-profit organization providing rescue and rehabilitation for all native Australian fauna. All animal rescuers and caretakers are volunteers. Recently, Australia has faced its worst national emergency to date, with bushfires impacting and destroying ecosystems and species across multiple states."With headlines reaching the United States about the tragic bushfires in Australia, Yowie fans were quick to want to help the animals from down under," said Cynthia Thayer, Global CMO of Yowie Group. "We are happy to be donating to WIRES on behalf of our consumers."With the fires destroying unprecedented amounts of habitat, food shortages have increased and lack of suitable habitat will be a significant long-term challenge for surviving wildlife. The money donated to WIRES by Yowie Group will be directed toward the relief and recovery of the animals and ecosystems affected by the bushfires.For more information about Yowie Group or WIRES, please visit yowieworld.com or wires.org.au.About YowieYowie is best known for its flagship product, the Yowie surprise inside chocolate. Each Yowie product is created in the shape of the Yowie characters (Yowie is what they call Bigfoot in Australia) and contains limited-edition collectible animal toys and a full color leaflet featuring a picture of the real-life animal, its profile and level of endangerment. Our social media channels and website allow collectors to learn more about the animals and their world while having loads of fun through games and competitions. The combination of tasty, clean-label treats, fun animal toys and an educational experience encourages kids to learn about wildlife and the threats endangered animals face. Yowie surprise inside chocolates, Yowie Bites and Yowie Gummies are available in more than 30,000 retail outlets across the U.S. For more information visit www.yowieworld.com. Bundle & Save: Solar & Pool Heat Pump 2020-02-10T06:20:59Z bundle-amp-save-solar-amp-pool-heat-pump SEA is excited to announce a new special offer for customers where they can combine solar panels and a pool heating pump in one affordable, convenient and simple bundle. What does the limited time offer include? The bundle is the perfect solution for homeowners offering customers a competitively priced solution meeting the needs for those looking to go solar as well as greener solutions to heat their pool. Prices start from $9,870 for our entry-level 6kW solar PV system + 9kW Summer Eco pool heating installed by SEA. The offer is available from now until the 29th February 2020. Contact SEA on 1300 732 679 or at info@smartenergyanswers.com.au for more information about our terms and conditions. Which solar panels are eligible? SEA offers high quality and efficient solar panels from leading manufacturers. Our range of solar panel products includes the LG NeON 2, REC Solar, Seraphim and Canadian Solar. We're proud to be a CEC Approved Solar Retailer as well as certified installers of Tesla Powerwall, LG Chem and Sonnen batteries. All our products and services are subject to strict quality control to ensure our customers receive the best possible service. SEA is the number one ranked solar energy solutions provider in Australia*. We've achieved this standard through our dedication to providing energy saving solutions which benefit our customers and demonstrates our commitment to a more sustainable world. *August 2019: SolarQuotes #1 National Installer - All Time *Highest Ranked Solar Installer in Australia on ProductReview.com.au Key Features - Madimack Summer Eco Heat Pump Madimack is Australian owned and operated, providing high energy-efficient solutions for homes, offices and other commercial spaces. They offer an excellent solution for customers looking for efficient, affordable and greener alternatives to heating their pool. Madimack's pool heat pumps harvest natural heat from the air, which makes them highly eco-friendly. As they are energy efficient, the cost of running one is relatively low, especially when combined with solar.  Their Summer Eco Series is perfect for energy-conscious minds enabling you to enjoy a relaxing and regenerating swim all year round despite the absence of heat and sunshine. Built with state of the art anti-corrosion casing to last you season after season. The series includes wifi control allowing you to switch your pool temperature and timers whether you're at home or work. The models also come with an industry-leading 4 year warranty on all parts and 25 year warranty on the heat exchanger. Take advantage of the new Solar & Pool Heat Pump Bundle before the limited time offer ends. For more information, contact us on 1300 732 679 or at info@smartenergyanswers.com.au. Time’s up for bees 2020-01-29T00:01:12Z time-s-up-for-bees Continued and expanded access to public lands was identified in June as the number one concern across Australia by professional beekeepers and there is no more time for decision makers to delay. Peter McDonald, Chair of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) said, ‘The bee industry, like so many others, has been devastated by the fires and while I’m pretty sure that decision makers know the extent of the damage they don’t necessarily understand the implications for our almond and avocado growers - even those that have not been burned out. ‘No bees, means no pollination. ‘Where honey-bees have escaped the blazes, they will starve before Spring unless urgent action by both industry and government is taken to save them,’ said Peter. Two things need to happen, in order: 1.        Hives need sugar syrup and pollen patties. These simulate pollen and can be used in the short-term to keep bees alive. They are expensive and Government subsidies would help.  The NSW Department of Primary Industries has already provided a short-term food source of sugar supplements for bees in the affected fire areas. Even with supplements some mortality is expected because of the extended period. Pollen patties contain pollen or a substitute. It should be noted that crops such as almond and avocado will provide pollen for some bees but only for the short period of flowering, not for the rest of the year. 2.        Alternative nectar and pollen sources must be found and for this, access to National Park areas that have not been burned is vital. This is not a 12-month panacea, it will be an ongoing requirement for years to come as the natural bush regenerates. Peter said, ‘The AHBIC is seeking urgent action from the Federal Government to coordinate State Government land managers in providing immediate and ongoing access to unburned public land such as National Parks and State Conservation areas over autumn and winter. ‘This is a national problem which threatens food crop production and will also lead to shortages of Australian honey,’ said Peter. Individuals and corporations can also help struggling beekeepers, sometimes referred to as Australia’s “Forgotten Farmers”. Hive Aid is a drought and bushfire relief campaign managed by Rural Aid, one of Australia’s largest rural charities, Hive Aid contributes financial assistance and practical support to professional beekeepers impacted by the ongoing drought and bushfires and donations can be made at https://www.ruralaid.org.au/donate/?supporter_id=14254 The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) aims to ensure the long term economic viability, security and prosperity of the Australian Honey Bee industry in Australia. Vision Direct Donates Proceeds of Sales to WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund 2020-01-23T11:59:16Z vision-direct-donates-proceeds-of-sales-to-wwf-s-australian-wildlife-and-nature-recovery-fund The drought that has hit Australia over the last few months has been one of the most extreme ever experienced. Temperatures have soared to over 40 degrees and bushfires have spread rapidly across the entire country. So far 29 people have lost their lives, an estimated 1.25 billion animals have perished and hundreds of homes, as well as millions of hectares of Australian land, have been destroyed. Despite the heavy rains, the crisis is far from over with two months still left of the bushfire season.  To help contribute to the relief effort, Australian online eyewear retailer Vision Direct will be donating all proceeds of sales from the Arise Collective brand for a limited period of time. The fundraiser will run from Australia Day (January 26th) until the end of the month.  “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy unfolding in Australia. As a partner of WWF-Australia, we are honoured to be able to contribute to its tireless efforts through our own sales campaign,” said David Menning, Co-CEO of Vision Direct and a native Australian. Vision Direct and WWF-Australia recently partnered to produce ReefCycle with the Arise Collective brand. The sunglasses were made from an upcycled gill net retrieved from the Great Barrier Reef.  “Social responsibility is part of our DNA as we believe in driving positive change in the world. As such, it is important for us that we stand by and support our local community by raising awareness and reinforcing our partnership through these actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been affected and we look forward to contributing financially to WWF-Australia.” Many other Australian businesses are also assisting in bushfire relief efforts to help raise awareness of the extent of the damage, as well as donating proceeds of sales.  For more ways to support the Australian wildlife and community, read more here. Designing gardens that are more fire-proof 2020-01-21T05:00:01Z designing-gardens-that-are-more-fire-proof Media Release- For Immediate Release               20 January 2020   Designing gardens that are more fire-proof Some gardens increase fire risk. Other gardens may diminish fire risk and even reduce the damage caused when a fire does occur. Knowledgeable gardeners – amateur or professional – can make better decisions about garden design and ongoing maintenance when they consider fire risk. Ill-informed people might think the best way to avoid a fire is to clear all trees and tall plants away from their house. Reality is a little more complicated though. When a building doesn’t have plants around it, it becomes more exposed to wind and heat. Embers can be carried long distances by wind in a firestorm, and buildings can ignite up to tens of kilometres from a fire front. Totally eliminating a garden does not guarantee protection from fire. Smart landscaping may not guarantee 100% fire protection, but it is probably a better solution. Ignorance of plant selection, garden design and property maintenance can often heighten fire risk in fire-prone areas. Fire can damage gardens horribly, some gardens more than others.  Some plants and landscape materials will burn far more readily. There are three important areas that need to be considered-- garden design, plant varieties used, and garden maintenance. 1. Garden Design. In some ways, plants can help in fire zones, so long as they don’t catch on fire themselves. Plants keep an area significantly cooler, and filter pollutants including smoke from fires. Placement of plants can change the way air moves through and over a property. Clear access routes need to be designed into a garden. A wide track with stone walls on either side will give better access than a narrow track with overhanging, highly flammable trees. When choosing landscape materials, favour materials that are less likely to fuel a fire or be damaged by a fire.  Wood decking will burn, but masonry paving won’t. Some mulches burn more readily than others. Some soils hold more moisture than others. Water features may offset flammability. Extra water storage may enable better firefighting. Irrigation systems can be used to wet a garden when fire approaches. 2. Plant Selection Some plants are less likely to burn or may not burn as fast. These include plants with watery foliage like cacti, ones with a high salt-content (e.g. Tamarix), ones with dense, insulating bark and ones with dense crowns. Plants that burn more readily include ones with volatile oils in their foliage such as eucalypts, and those with fibrous loose bark, dry foliage, or resinous foliage like conifers. Some plants can recover better from fires than others. Knowing how well a plant can recover is an important consideration when choosing plants to grow in fire prone areas. A very high level of plant knowledge is critical to better fire management through better selection of plants for gardens, farms and landscapes. Sadly, there has been a decline in teaching this aspect of horticulture over recent decades in many countries. 3. Garden Maintenance It is paramount to keep burnable material cleared from gardens as much as possible during fire seasons. Remove low hanging branches and flaky bark that might ignite trees. Keep trees and shrubs watered, if possible, over summer with drip systems located on the windward side of the garden. This keeps water levels higher in plants and makes them harder to ignite. Dig in any dry mulches or leaf litter that might ignite. Flammable mulches such as lucerne hay are better used after a fire season. They can then settle and largely decompose before the next fire season. This can improve a soils capacity to hold water; and plants therefore may have higher water content if faced with fire. After a fire, act to help a garden revive as soon as possible. Adding biostimulants, mulching, watering and pruning can help damaged plants revive.  Sometimes though, a burnt soil can develop water resistance. If this occurs, digging the soil surface and/or using a soil wetter may be needed.   Written by John Mason, Principal, ACS Distance Education, www.acs.edu.au https://www.acs.edu.au/info/horticulture/gardens/designing-a-more-fire-proof-garden.aspx For any comments, please contact our Marketing & Public Relations Department admin@acs.edu.au or telephone 07 5562 1088. Sustainability driving the subscription trend, predicted to increase by 70% in 2020 2020-01-14T22:16:23Z sustainability-driving-the-subscription-trend-predicted-to-increase-by-70-in-2020 With Australians living busier lifestyles than ever, the rise in subscription options is a warmly welcomed and long-loved concept across all areas from meals and household goods and beauty products. Convenience, variety, and affordability have traditionally been the three main reasons why everyone loves a good, trusty subscription. However, there is a new trend in subscriptions that you need to know about for 2020 – sustainability. Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club says, “In 2019, we saw an increase in subscribers by over 54% which is our largest increase yet. The end of this decade signified a noteworthy shift in attitudes towards sustainability, foreseen to be a key factor in the increase of our subscription club members. We predict a larger increase of up to 70% in 2020, with the exponential trend of Australians being more eco-conscious and actively choosing products and life actions based on sustainability – and the ability to reduce the environmental footprint as a result of their actions.” So, you’re passionate about making positive steps towards living a more sustainable lifestyle? Here are Christina’s top 5 benefits of a toilet paper subscription and why it’s the way to go in 2020: Yes, you can actually get eco-friendly, plastic-free toilet paper on subscription. Plastic pollution is causing irreversible damage to our planet at an alarming rate; go plastic-free today to protect the Earth’s future! All Pure Planet Club toilet tissue is 100% plastic-free, tree-free, septic-safe, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, BPA-free and biodegradable. You’re more likely to stay sustainable and be green all year round. You won’t need to stray and contemplate other options! If you order on a subscription basis, you don’t need to think about it. Out of sight, out of mind. You know your toilet paper will be on the way soon, the one you researched and chose because you want to be more sustainable in 2020. So, it’ll be easier to stick to it, stay green and stay passionate about saving the world! Convenience is king. Imagine that, you never need to carry a big bundle of toilet paper back to your home or car again after a trip to the shops! Or if you always opt for the small packs, surely you’re tired of going up to get another 6-pack every week. Another trip to the toilet paper aisle – no longer! You can have it all delivered to your door and made from renewable and recycled materials. Just like a king, you’ll get the royal throne service on a subscription. No more impulse buying or excessive shopping. Say goodbye to temptation! When you’re on a subscription, you won’t need to put yourself in the situation of standing in the supermarket aisle, considering whether you should just buy a big bundle of toilet paper (likely to be made from our precious trees and non-sustainable materials) while you’re there. There will be no need, making it easier to sticking to the most sustainable choice. Reduce the need for excess storage space. On a toilet paper subscription, you will receive a delivery at the right time, calculated based on usage and number of household members. Your regular delivery will arrive with perfect timing before your supply runs out. This means you don’t receive crazy amounts of toilet paper rolls and end up stumped on where to store all these rolls, without creating your own toilet paper roll castle. You have one job – your toilet paper choice could save the world. 15% of the world’s deforestation is from the creation of toilet paper, yet trees are vital to combat Global Warming as they lower the air temperature from evaporating water in their leaves. Using Pure Planet Club toilet paper saves wiping out 27,000 trees per day as it is tree-free and made from 100% plant-based materials, bamboo and sugarcane waste. Pure Planet Club’s new Marine Collection toilet paper is available now online for RRP $48.00 per 36 pack carton, or $43.20 per carton on subscription. www.pureplanetclub.com.au For more information, product samples, hi-res imagery or to interview Christina Kjaergaard please contact: 360 PR – Rachel King – (02) 9571 4448 – rachel@360pr.com.au EXODUS TRAVELS COMMITS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE 2020-01-13T21:00:14Z exodus-travels-commits-to-fight-climate-change Global adventure travel company, Exodus Travels has today announced they are one of the founding signatories of the ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’ pledge, in an effort to fight climate change and significantly reduce the growing environmental footprint of the tourism industry.  In October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a crucial report on global warming, noting a consistent increase in global temperatures that is anticipated to result in a devastating impact on people and the planet by 2050.  In response, a new network of organisations, companies and individuals working in the tourism industry have come together to declare a climate emergency, launched at www.tourismdeclares.com.  Exodus Travels is committed to becoming an advocate within the travel industry by collaborating with other sustainable travel companies - including Intrepid Travel and ResponsibleTravel.com - who have signed the pledge and will be collectively working towards reducing the environmental impact across the travel sector.  As a founding signatory, Exodus Travels recognises there is an urgent climate emergency and is committed to making a proactive change within the next 12 months to measure, reduce and mitigate their carbon footprint. They also commit to setting carbon reduction goals in line with the IPCC advice to gut global emissions to 55% below 2017 levels.  As a company, Exodus Travels already tirelessly works to minimise their carbon impact through a holistic and sustainable travel approach across all of  their trips. This is done through partnering with eco-friendly, locally owned and run accommodation providers such as the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica, visitation to local restaurants and food markets that source food locally rather than importing, and supporting the protection of carbon-capturing biodiversity such as in Finland through the Wild Oulanka Foundation. By signing the pledge, Exodus Travels is taking a powerful step forward to creating a sustainable tourism industry across the world.   Full details of the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency pledge are available at www.exodustravels.com/sustainable-travel/declaration.  ENDS For all media enquiries, please contact: Erin Sing | erin@moderncurrency.com.auAshlee Marsico | ashlee@moderncurrency.com.au About Exodus Travels Celebrating 45 years, leading adventure tour operator Exodus has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica. Whether it is solo travellers, couples, groups or families, Exodus offers an incredible choice of trips for all ages and activity levels. Exodus has hosted 250,000 + happy travellers on extraordinary adventures across the globe. Operating in 90+ countries with 500+ tours, Exodus insists on low impact tourism and contributing to local communities. Learn more at www.exodustravels.com. CITY TATTS LITRES FOR THE LAND FUNDRAISER 2019-12-10T01:23:36Z city-tatts-litres-for-the-land-fundraiser-2 # LITRES FOR THE LAND XMAS FUNDRAISER  # CITY TATTS HELP OUR COUNTRY COUSINS # COFFEE & PAVLOVA THIS THURSDAY DEC 12   City Tattersalls Club at 194 Pitt St Sydney is joining with Clubs NSW to raise funds to buy LITRES FOR THE LAND to help farmers fighting the drought through NSW and the rest of Australia.    Launching this Thursday 12th December there will be complimentary coffee from 6.30am to 10.30am in the City Tatts foyer, pavlova In Zest Kitchen for $10 and purchase a Young Henrys tinnie for $5 in Lime Bar to quench your thirst. All monies go to buy Litres  for the Land.    The campaign continues on Thursday night in the Lower Bar when the CTC Young Professionals Network will have their Xmas party and all bar takings from 7.30pm onwards will be donated to the cause as well.    The City Tatts fundraising campaign will run all the way to Christmas Day and continue throughout the Summer with ongoing activities.  DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT ANY POINT OF SALE MACHINE IN THE CLUB.   TO INTERVIEW CITY TATTS CLUB CHAIRMAN PATRICK  CAMPION  email Shannon@marksonsparks.com or call Shannon on 0459 513 862.   QUEEN OF CLEAN SAYS “SAVE THE REEF. BAN OXYBENZONE” 2019-12-06T06:12:30Z queen-of-clean-says-save-the-reef-ban-oxybenzone A growing body of evidence is pointing to synthetic sunscreens containing chemical absorbers Oxybenzone and Octinoxate that may harm our coral reefs and sea life. Hawaii and the Western Pacific nation of Palau has banned the use of Oxybenzone in skincare products to protect our oceans.   Australia’s Green Queen of Clean, a trailblazer of the natural beauty phenomenon, Irene Falcone, believes Australia, home of the Great Barrier Reef, should be following suit. “It’s time to dispel the myths around natural sunscreen being expensive or less effective. All sunscreens sold in Australia must be listed by the TGA and comply to strict testing guidelines, so consumers can confidently choose natural sunscreens over the traditional chemical based options”.   “Natural sunscreens use active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide to create a physical barrier instead of using chemical absorbers to help protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays, these can be a terrific reef safe and family friendly option”     TO INTERVIEW IRENE FALCONE email shannon@marksonsparks.com or call Shannon Hynes 0459513862 About Irene Falcone  In 2012 working mum of 4, Irene Falcone started her natural beauty product online retailer nourishedlife.com.au as a side hustle in her garage with $100. Five years later it was worth $20 million and Irene now stocks over 6,000 products, has 120,000 reviews and 5,000 items go in and out of the warehouse every day with one item sold every 6 seconds.  Irene sells ranges from Oliva Newton-John, Miranda Kerr and Elle Macpherson as well as the Bindi Irwin designed zero waste haircare range. Nourished Life is a one-stop-shop for natural skincare, body care, hair care, makeup, sun care and eco-friendly homewares and clothing brands.  Local Sunshine Coast Businesswoman Delivers Only Healthy, Natural, and Environmentally-Conscious Products in New Gift Box Business 2019-12-05T12:08:29Z local-sunshine-coast-businesswoman-delivers-only-healthy-natural-and-environmentally-conscious-products-in-new-gift-box-business Queensland-based small business, The Wholesome Gift Box, is passionate about supporting other local businesses and leaving as small a carbon footprint on the world as possible. Sarah Watts, The Wholesome Gift Box Owner and Founder says, "We make a commitment and conscious decision to deliver gift boxes that only contain local, healthy, and natural products which are also good for the environment. And we do this by partnering with other like-minded Australian businesses who are as equally passionate about supporting similar social justice movements as we are." Sarah aims to work with brands who make a commitment to growing and harvesting produce in a way that reduces any negative impacts on the environment. She recognises that by committing to natural products, and by offering healthy gift boxes, The Wholesome Gift Box also empowers customers to be a part of a movement that has many environmental benefits. Products are carefully paired to compliment each other, are wrapped in recycled materials, and cushioned in crinkle cut paper. All wrappings are free from plastic and tastefully decorated.  Available pre-designed gift boxes in the collection include: - Thank you gift box - Home body gift box - Mother and baby gift box - Treat someone special gift box - Pamper time gift box - Just because gift box - Vegan-friendly gift box Customised gift boxes are also available. All gift boxes are delivered free of shipping charges. About The Wholesome Gift Box Based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, The Wholesome Gift Box curates natural, healthy, and environmentally-friendly products from other like-minded Australian small businesses to deliver tasteful, beautiful, and wholesome gifts. https://www.thewholesomegiftbox.com.au