The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-14T02:37:19Z Holiday Inn Resort Phuket announces Grand Re-Opening with Exclusive Offers after $4.6 Million Make-Over 2019-11-14T02:37:19Z holiday-inn-resort-phuket-announces-grand-re-opening-with-exclusive-offers-after-4-6-million-make-over Sydney, Australia, 14th November, 2019 - The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket today announced its grand re-opening after undergoing a USD$4.6 million renovation process in the last 7 months. An oasis of tranquility in bustling Patong, the refurbished resort successfully combines the established reputation of Thai hospitality with a calm, relaxed and luxurious ambience.   Having undergone a transformative make-over in its Busakorn Wing, the resort strives to provide guests with unrivalled high-end service, personal welcome facilities, premium-use swimming pools and a host of indulgent packages.   “Offering a fabulous resort within a resort experience, we are thrilled to unveil the newly renovated Busakorn Wing where tropical sophistication meets traditional Thai luxury. Offering a fresh guest experience for our new and returning guests, the beautifully appointed Studio Rooms and Villas meld heritage-inspired décor but with Modern Thai elegance,” said Bart Callens, General Manager of the Resort.    As Patong’s first international hotel, Holiday Inn Phuket Resort has been serving guests for over 30 years becoming one of the most well-known hotels in the region. Located centrally in Patong with direct access to prime dining, entertainment and shopping locations, the hotel is sheltered from the crowds and provides a restful ambience. As part of its re-launch, a total of 104 studio rooms, including 17 new poolside rooms, have been renovated. The new refurbishments also offer an adult-only villa area with pool access and pool view rooms, new facilities and exclusive indulgence packages. “The interior design draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of Thailand’s cotton traditional weaving styles and careful attention has been paid to the finishing touches to create a truly distinctive holiday experience for our guests. Rooms overlook tropical swimming pools framed by landscaped gardens to create a peaceful oasis right in the heart of Patong. The Busakorn Wing has its own entrance and reception, and two additional swimming pools for the exclusive use of Busakorn guests,” Callens added. Living up to Thailand's reputation as the Land of Smiles, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket aims to leave its guests with lasting smiles for the duration of their stay. The friendly and courteous staff is a reflection of the warm Thai hospitality and aligns with the highly-esteemed global reputation of The Holiday Inn Resorts as an attentive and customer-centric brand.     Guests can find a special re-opening offer here: https://phuket.holidayinnresorts.com/special-offers/busakorn-studio-re-opening-offer   About Holiday Inn Resort® Phuket Located in the heart of Patong, Phuket’s most famous beach, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is an oasis within walking distance to key shopping such as Jungceylon Shopping Centre, vibrant restaurants and bars and the upbeat Soi Bangla nightlife. Just steps away from the beach, this beautiful tropical Resort features contemporary-styled rooms with four beautiful pools in a lush garden setting.  Holiday Inn Resort Phuket has since built a solid reputation for personalised and genuine Thai hospitality, delivering an exceptional resort experience to ensure a memorable and fun stay for guests of all ages, many of which have been loyal returning guests since its opening. About Holiday Inn® Started over 60 years ago and with nearly 1,200 hotels worldwide today, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognised lodging brand in the world. During that time, it was the first hotel brand to launch a computerised reservation system in 1965, one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984 and the first to take an online booking in 1995.   The ‘Kids Eat & Stay Free’ programme available at every Holiday Inn® property, and KidSuites® rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort® hotel, demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn® brand to serving family travellers, along with a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax. One Aussie couple share their inspirational tale of how to do a sabbatical just right 2019-11-12T12:40:07Z one-aussie-couples-share-their-inspirational-tale-of-how-to-do-a-sabbatical-just-right Taking sabbatical leave is something many people dream of, but making it a reality can often feel a lot more complicated. However, one Aussie couple have found a new solution which is perfect for budget-conscious travellers, giving them the chance to travel the world and save money in the process.  Now, they’re ready to share their own travel success story with a wider audience – helping to inspire anyone approaching burnout to take a break, reset and refresh!  Stepping away from life as we know it comes with many great benefits, as two London-based Australians, Sarah Blinco and Cooper Dawson, know all too well. Battling anxiety and stress caused by their 21st-century lifestyles, the pair quit their jobs to travel and pet-sit.  Today’s estimates suggest that modern 30-somethings won’t retire until they reach their 70s, which seems a long time to live with discontent and a couple of short breaks per year. This is what prompted the pair, both in their 40s, to make a leap of faith. Determined to show others what’s possible, they sold everything and have now been on the road for more than six months.  “There’s lots of misconceptions about travel for extended periods of time,” says Sarah. “We wanted to show that it’s possible to take a career break at any age. I turned 40 and applied for sabbatical leave from my busy communications job in London. My job is held for me for a year, and I have the chance to reset, re-frame and do something amazing with my time. Cooper has done the same thing, taking time away from his teaching career.” The couple are eager to stress that any obstacles can be got around with some ingenuity and imagination. “We always wanted to travel beyond a week here or there, but we were stopped by the usual fears,” says Sarah. “What if the work world changed while we’re gone? Now we’re making it happen – and we’ve never been happier.”  Their plan has so far seen them embrace travel as an opportunity for growth, applying to house sits and quickly accumulating a long list of bookings. They’ve since taken care of more than 20 dogs, two horses and a cat – all while saving thousands per month in accommodation costs.  Some of the major benefits of taking a sabbatical include improved confidence, and the space to explore new ways of working, too. While travelling, Sarah and Cooper are experimenting with online businesses and freelancing. CN Traveller reported in early-2019 that by 2020, more than 50% of the UK and USA’s workforce would be freelance. It may sound like a staggering figure, but this represents larger societal changes which are prompting more and more people to adopt a new approach to both life and work.  Sarah and Cooper are happy to discuss how they planned their sabbatical, travel and house-sitting. They have plenty of advice to share and are available for interviews or to be used in case studies.  To find out more about their unique journey, head to their online home at travellivelearn.com or find them on YouTube at youtube.com/travellivelearn. Life Legacy Love Book 2019-11-03T22:10:51Z life-legacy-love-book When Tania Howard began working in the funeral industry in her 20s, her healthy and vibrant mother suggested now was a good time for them to have a talk about life and death. There were many things her mum wanted to share about her life and arrangements for when one day in that very distant future that time came in her life. This conversation was the inspiration for a new book Tania has published to help other families prepare to meet their loved one’s final wishes. As they explored her life and legacy, gathering photos, sharing stories, experiences, wishes and ensuring all documents where in order and easy to find. Together they realised the power of having all this information in one place, removing any additional burdens when the time came. Little did Tania and her brother realise her end would be sooner rather than later, when just weeks after her 50th birthday, their healthy vibrant mum suddenly died. “It was out of the blue. One day I was talking to her and then the next she was gone. It was the worst feeling being told there was nothing that could be done, and we made the decision to turn off the machines,” Tania said. “But despite how horrible we felt, because mum and I had spent time talking about her wishes, I knew exactly what to do. I knew how to access her money to fund the beautiful memorial for her, what she wanted to be buried in, what stories to share at her funeral and little bits about her life that I would never had known about if we had not have those conversations.” Realising how hard it is for people to discuss death and the passing of a parent with their children, Tania and her mum, Ceridwen created Life, Legacy and Love – a record of my life and final wishes as  guide and tool to use to gather the important information such as personal details – tax file number, Medicare number, wedding date, occupation, assets list, where important documents are stored but also highlights from their life, bucket list items and the family tree. “So many think the moment you talk about death, you are being morbid or signing your life away, or all of a sudden if you make arrangements you will suddenly catch “death” but it is more about getting on with life and letting more people know about who you are. Not having these conversations leads to more stress at a time when it is not needed, legal disputes or family arguments over who is doing what,” Tania said. “By taking the time to have these conversations, it can save a lot of pain and confusion. “When my mum died, I knew she didn’t want to be dressed in her best. We have talked about it and she wanted to be buried in her favourite tracksuit and Ugg boots. I would never have known that if we hadn’t talked about it.” Stage one of Life, Legacy and Love is in print but Tania has plans to publish the book digitally. “My children never got a chance to meet my mum, but they can look at the book and see photos of her and read about what she loved doing, things she liked and disliked,” Tania said. “I know we all think are parents are invincible, but we are all going to go one day. Being able to help people make informed decisions is in power and this free book is my way of giving back and sharing my mum’s legacy.”  Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T07:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.   www.lauderandhoward.com.au    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or enquiries@lauderandhoward.com.au   SYDNEY FISH MARKET HOOKS DEC PR AS AGENCY OF RECORD 2019-10-10T06:05:34Z sydney-fish-market-hooks-dec-pr-as-agency-of-record p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {color: #0000ff} October 2019, Sydney, Australia – Australia’s home of seafood, Sydney Fish Market, has appointed independent agency DEC PR to manage its public relations, following a recent competitive tender process. Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere; a one-stop-shop for 3 million food lovers from Sydney and beyond. Having been the flagship commercial hub for the New South Wales fishing industry for more than 70 years, today more than 13,300 tonnes of seafood is traded through the wholesale market, annually. Stephanie Margrain, Marketing & Communications Manager at Sydney Fish Market says: “Our team was impressed with the professionalism as well as the strategic and creative thinking that DEC PR showed during the tender process.” “We are excited to partner with an independent agency with such strong capability spanning consumer and corporate communications – one that will be able to support and shape stories across our seasonal events, but also work closely with our internal team and our retailers, to drive earned media outcomes that champion the consumption of seafood and promote the world-class sustainability of the industry," added Margrain. Renowned for its 36-Hour Seafood Marathon held annually from 23 to 24 December, and Good Friday Trading at Easter, Sydney Fish Market is an iconic Sydney destination for locals and tourists alike, but also aims to educate consumers on the wide range and seasonality of quality, sustainable seafood available. Agata Kenna, Managing Director at DEC PR, says: “Food and tourism are categories that the DEC PR team is incredibly passionate about, so Sydney Fish Market combines two of our favourite pastimes. We have extensive experience building brands, safeguarding reputations and cultivating genuine engagement in this space, and are looking forward to collaborating on campaigns that attract Australians from near and far to this iconic destination.” DEC PR commences work immediately. -ENDS- For more information or any media enquiries, please contact: Sarah-Ann Taylor via sydneyfishmarket@decpr.com.au or +61 2 8014 5033 For more information please visit www.decpr.com.au. STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia launches today with Stephanie Sanzo on the cover 2019-10-02T22:27:00Z strong-fitness-magazine-australia-launches-today-with-stephanie-sanzo-on-the-cover    THE COUNTRY’S LATEST HEALTH AND FITNESS MAGAZINE, STRONG FITNESS MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA UNVEILS SWEAT TRAINER STEPHANIE SANZO AS THE FACE OF THE FIRST ISSUE HITTING STANDS TODAY.    Mother of two, power-builder and all-round strong woman, Stephanie Sanzo embodies the essence of STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia’s mission to showcase a range of strong Aussie women! Originating in Canada and the US, STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia has built a reputation as a trusted source of cutting-edge fitness and health information for the strong, resilient, and modern woman. An ecstatic Stephanie Sanzo said, “To be chosen as the very first cover model for STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia is incredibly humbling and exciting. I can’t wait to share my journey and passion for weight training with the STRONG Australia community!” Editor-in-Chief, Katelyn Swallow said, “We’re thrilled to have Steph join us as we launch the magazine in Australia. Her passion for advocating weight training and exercise benefits for both physical health and mental well-being is exactly what we are about.” Stephanie Sanzo, who began her health and fitness journey following a challenging birth that left her with an extra 24kgs of body weight, is on a mission to help teach, train and change the perspectives that women have of their bodies. Sanzo began running to help lose the weight she gained during her pregnancy. However, after complications with her second pregnancy, could no longer continue the excessive cardio training she had grown to love. In search of a new outlet, she found the weights room and transformed herself into one of Australia’s most recognised powerlifters and personal trainers, racking up over 1.4million followers along the way. With a petite frame measuring just 5ft tall, Stephanie Sanzo is a mini-powerhouse deadlifting 160kgs. “I want to help drive greater understanding on the benefits weight based training provides to women’s mental and physical health. My journey with weight training has helped me grow emotionally, far beyond how I have grown physically.” “After years of chasing an unrealistic body type, I finally found concentrating on ‘strong’ made me feel empowered! I want to encourage women to feel their best by pushing past their limitations and expectations to reach their full potential”, said Sanzo. Completely transforming her outlook, Stephanie discovered both a new-found confidence in herself and a drive to challenge her body and mind through lifting weights. A transformation she and STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia hope to help all Australian women achieve.  The first issue of STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia hits shelves today!    For more information, head to: www.strongfitnessmag.com.au SEA WORLD AND DEAF SERVICES TO HOST DEAF COMMUNITY 2019-10-02T04:49:51Z sea-world-and-deaf-services-to-host-deaf-community Deaf Services is proud to partner with Sea World to host a weekend celebrating Deaf community and culture. On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October Sea World is offering members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community FREE ENTRY to the park, as well as 50% off entry for friends and family accompanying them (entry to be purchased on the day of attendance). Additionally, a number of Sea World’s iconic shows and presentations such as the Affinity Dolphin Presentation and the all new Thunder Lake Stunt Show will feature Auslan interpreting, provided free of charge by Deaf Services. Bikash Randhawa, Village Roadshow Theme Parks COO, said Sea World was delighted to join forces with Deaf Services to host the weekend. “Sea World prides itself on being a family-friendly destination, which provides a welcoming environment for all guests and we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the Deaf community,” he said. “We want to ensure all of our guests can experience the world-class rides, attractions and presentations on offer at the park and events such as these highlight our commitment to creating memories for our guests which last lifetimes.” Deaf Services CEO, Brett Casey said their organisation is thrilled to partner with Sea World for the event. “As the leading not-for-profit organisation providing support to Deaf and hard of hearing Australians of all ages, it is heartening to know that Sea World echoes Deaf Services’ commitment to a more inclusive, accessible and equitable Australia,” he said. “Deaf Community Day will be hugely positive for the Deaf community as we turn our vision of all community members empowered, connected and achieving into a reality." How To Get The Awesome New Unique Talking Surf Service! 2019-09-24T22:34:21Z how-to-get-the-awesome-new-unique-talking-surf-service GOLD COAST, QLD, Sept 25th 2019 -   A new FREE voice-activated service for the surfing community, has been developed locally in City of Gold Coast. SWELL BUDDY provides today’s hourly swell conditions at 20 of the Gold Coast’s iconic, world-famous surf spots. It’s fast, easy and free to use on over one billion android devices and one hundred million smart speakers.    Swell Buddy users simply use their voice to ask Google Assistant-enabled phones and home speakers for their Gold Coast Beach. Swell Buddy responds with the current wave height, frequency and direction. This simple swell information is designed to help surfers make a quick decision if it’s worth a surf. What’s unique about this service, is it is 100% hands-free, which means it is safe to use when driving down the M1 and deciding where to surf. Users can change their choice of Gold Coast beach and also select a different time, all just by talking - no need to type or text.  To activate SWELL BUDDY no download is needed. Users of Android phones just need to hold down the home button for a second to activate Google Assistant. iPhone users can ask Siri for the Google Assistant. Once the Assistant is active, just say “Hey Google Talk to Swell Buddy” and follow the prompts. Swell Buddy is available in the same way on all Google Home, Nest & Hub speakers and screens. Try it -Free on Google Assistant    Swell Buddy is also available on all Amazon Dot, Echo and Show devices. Just ask Alexa to enable Swell Buddy. Try It - Free On Alexa  Swell Buddy is developed by Pete Whelan. After enjoying long walks on Palm Beach, Pete wanted to create a useful service for the local surf community. Find Out More at Program Productions -more-     Notes To Editor:   PROGRAM PRODUCTIONS helps live entertainment & sports businesses to utilise new voice-activated technologies to enhance customer experiences, increase revenues and optimise operations. Cross-Platform voice-controlled applications are developed for Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa. The Buddy Range of free voice-activated services includes Access Buddy, to help disabled people plan trips to concerts and events.  Carbon Buddy is developed to help attendees understand how to offset C02 emissions released on journeys to festivals. Program Productions is based in Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast. Program Productions GOOGLE ASSISTANT is a free voice assistant available on over one billion android devices. It is built into phones, speakers, smart screens, TVs, cars, wearables and more. For more information visit https://assistant.google.com/ ALEXA is a free voice assistant available on over one hundred million Amazon Smart Speakers and Screens. Alexa is also available as an app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. For more information visit https://alexa.amazon.com.au HELPFUL LINKS How to get Google Assistant On An iPhone  How to Use Alexa On An Android Phone How to Use Alexa On An iPhone    ### Alpine Beach Celebrates Being the Only Central Coast Surf Shop to Stock Popular Misfit Shapes Surfboards 2019-09-15T23:00:11Z alpine-beach-celebrates-being-the-only-central-coast-australia-surf-shop-to-stock-popular-misfit-shapes-surfboards Central Coast, Australia (September 16, 2019) - A surfer’s choice in what surfboard to use can clearly impact their experience in the sport and lifestyle. This makes the decision of which to buy a very important one. Leading the way on Australia’s Central Coast in providing access to premium quality, attractively priced surf and snow products and accessories is the acclaimed local shop Alpine Beach. In exciting news, Alpine Beach is building on their reputation for stocking thoughtful choices difficult or impossible to find elsewhere locally, by being the only Central Coast store carrying Misfit Shapes Surfboards. Misfit Shapes Surfboards rise in popularity all the time and Aline Beach is the only shop within an hour’s drive to have them for sale. In addition to in-shop purchases, Alpine Beach also offers Australian sales on their website, where they will ship anywhere in the country. “We are surf and snow enthusiasts ourselves so we have a very good idea about what our customers are looking for,” commented a spokesperson from Alpine Beach. “We can see how much people love the Misfit Shapes line and we will continue to do our best to have their releases here as they become available.” Popular Misfit Shapes Surfboards at Alpine Beach currently include the Misfit Shapes Suspended Particle Surfboard, the Misfit Nu Wavr Surfboard, and the Misfit Sk8ey 2.0 Surfboard. Shoppers are encouraged to stop in or call with any questions they may have about the Misfit Shapes line or anything else the shop offers. The feedback regarding Alpine Beach’s service, products, and prices continue to be positive across the board. Daniel T., recently said in a five-star review, “I use Alpine Beach exclusively for my surfing needs. It’s a first-class shop in every way.” Alpine Beach is a Surf, Snow, Skate and Fashion Store located in Erina on the Central Coast of Australia. Alpine Beach offers top surf & snow brands, including Misfit Shapes, DVS, El Nino, Dynastar and more. Alpine Beach has been established in 2005 by enthusiasts with more than 40 years of experience in the snow & surf industry. For more information be sure to visit https://www.alpinebeach.com.au, or on Facebook and Instagram. If you would like more information about this topic, please call Lynne Waters at 02 4367 4944, or email online@alpinebeach.com.au. Enhance your sense of wellbeing with this solar-powered Buddha - he looks great by day and spectacular by night! 2019-09-10T05:30:10Z enhance-your-sense-of-wellbeing-with-this-solar-powered-buddha-he-looks-great-by-day-and-spectacular-by-night Dear xx We could all use a little peace and serenity in our busy lives. So let our Solar Buddha Statue be your inspiration. Ideal as either a decor piece indoors or for creating a sense of tranquility in the garden. If you place him outdoors during the day, the solar panel will charge the rechargeable Ni-MH battery so that, by night, the 5 LEDs around the Buddha illuminate automatically. The perfect reminder to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. Once installed, all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy the ambience. High-res images available to download here Automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. Up to 8 hours of light each night when fully charged. Rechargeable, replaceable Ni-MH batteries 2x AA 1.2v 600mAh No wiring, simply install and enjoy. No operating costs. For more information visit: https://smartlivinghg.com.au/product/solar-buddha-statue/ Children's Book Genre Sees Substantial Growth 2019-09-02T02:10:52Z children-s-book-genre-sees-substantial-growth According to recent Nielsen Bookscan data the book industry has seen significant growth (5%) in the children’s book genre.  As a company QBD Books are excited to see the growth in this area.  We believe reading is a timeless form of entertainment, and that the importance of a book to help us learn and understand cannot be underestimated. As children grow older it’s comforting to know that 75% of parents with children aged 6-17 wish that their child would engage in more page time, and less screen time. This is despite children themselves admitting that they would prefer to read print books over e-books. [1] Reading aloud to children every day not only creates a shared reading experience with parents, it can enhance cognitive development improving a child’s attention span, listening skills, literacy and numeracy skills.[2]  QBD Books children’s category has also seen year on year growth. Currently it is the most rapidly growing genre of 2019.   A significant part of this uplift can be attributed to the launch of QBD’s Mini Book Collection in sales across children’s books, particularly the 12 books featured in the collection. The most popular? Australian children’s classic Storm Boy.   The full QBD Mini Books collection includes titles ranging from picture books to junior fiction novels. Accompanied by a gorgeous collector’s book shop case it will appeal to children ages 3-12 and lovers of mini collectables everywhere. Each mini book and the collector’s case are 100% recyclable.    “There’s something about a miniature. I guess it’s a kind of magic. The surprise of it, like the discovery of a tiny jewel that’s precious and unique and instantly endearing.” – Anna Feinberg, author of the Tashi series. For further information, interviews or photos please contact: Margaret Milton| Shannon Edwards QBD Books Marketing P: (07) 3291 7411 |(07) 3291 7437 E: QBDPR@qbd.com.au WEB: https://www.qbd.com.au                         FB: facebook.com/QBDBooks INSTAGRAM: @qbdbooks [1] Research figures quoted are taken from Scholastic Australia’s 2019 Australian Kids & Family Reading Report   [2] Research quoted taken from SBS family article “How Reading Aloud To Your Children Can Boost Their Vocabulary” by Margaret Kristin Merga, Senior Education Lecturer Cowan University, published 13/2/2019   Mothers and Daughters Who Girl Guide Together Stay Connected 2019-08-18T22:55:10Z mothers-and-daughters-who-girl-guide-together-stay-connected Girl Guides isn’t just for young girls, as mum and daughter duo discovered when Grace Jarvis now 17, enrolled in her local Girl Guides Unit 10 years ago. Instead of just drop-offs and pick-ups, mum Helen Jarvis became a Leader of the Unit and hasn’t looked back. The connection that Helen enjoys with her daughter Grace has a lot to do with the shared understanding and language they have developed through Guiding. Helen and Grace have navigated the distinction between their relationship as mother and daughter and guiding colleagues, by using the mentoring approaches taught at Girl Guides. “I don’t provide answers, just a thought process that encourages Grace to take the initiative and come up with a pathway for herself,” explains Helen. Helen says this shared language and approach has been one of the largest benefits of being a part of her daughter’s Guiding experience. “It's not the doing it together all the time that’s the lovely thing, it's the common language, shared experience and interest which is great. It is one thing to hear about the stories, and another to be there sharing them.” Their relationship and Guiding experience continue to strengthen with Grace now being a Leader alongside her mum. Grace has developed a new appreciation for the hard work her mum has put into leading their Unit over the years. Grace admits: “We make a pretty good team”. Grace has not only experienced great personal growth during her time at Guides she has also been able to see her mum from other people’s perspectives which she is grateful for. “She took on a female role-model position in my life where she was my teacher and my guide through this incredible journey. “So, when people ask me who is your biggest role model, it doesn’t feel weird to say, ‘my mum’ – because in all aspects she is.” The Jarvis family could not be prouder to be a part of the Guiding community appreciating the confidence and strength it has provided them as a family unit. Grace’s younger sister, Amy also joined Guides and has enjoyed building the same bond with her mum. Grace says it best when explaining why this dynamic works so well in the Guiding community: “At Guides, we are an absolute sisterhood and have an underlying acceptance of each other. So, no matter who you are, you're automatically going to be accepted whole-heartedly into this environment of pure joy, fun and learning.” -ENDS- For Media Enquiries please contact: Felicity Zadro I ZADRO Agency I felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Helen & Grace Jarvis. Image: A Place To Grow Campaign. Image: A Place To Grow Logo Construction of Fast Tour Boats Underway 2019-08-15T03:54:05Z construction-of-fast-tour-boats-underway Construction of the first new tour boat for River to Bay has commenced in Tingalpa, Brisbane. The boat is the first of four to be built over the next 12 months, with the support of the Queensland Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.  With a construction time of approximately 5 months, the first boat will be ready for action this summer. River to Bay CEO Anthony Stanton says ‘These fast tour boats will connect the people of Brisbane and our visitors to the magic of Moreton Bay, using the river as our express lane to adventure’. ‘Our business is connection – connection of people to places, the city to the bay, our history to our present, mythology to science’ said Mr Stanton. ‘But most of all its about connection of cultures.  Black and white, together Aussies and Queenslanders proud to show off our magnificent home to the world.’ The four new boats will offer a variety of day trips from Brisbane, incorporating scenic cruising with marine wildlife encounters, cultural and environmental education, bushwalks, snorkelling and swimming. ‘There will be itineraries to suit all tastes, each build around a key theme.  Some will be energetic and others more relaxing, but all will be an experience to remember.’ With hundreds of attractions within 1.5 hours cruising range of Brisbane CBD, the toughest challenge for this business is where to start.  Mr Stanton says ‘While the details are still under wraps, I can divulge that one of our first tours will cover the highlights of Moreton Bay, including visits to St Helena, North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands all in one day.  Pick up and drop off by the tour boat from Brisbane city pontoons – no transfers, just a fully inclusive day of adventure.’ The boats are designed to be fully independent during their day out, with solar powered food and drinks refrigeration, onboard toilet, safe and comfortable seating, long range fuel tanks, and  full protection from sun and rain.  ENDS ACS Delivers Brand New ‘LearnHowTo’ Micro-Learning Platform 2019-08-05T23:56:31Z acs-delivers-brand-new-learnhowto-micro-learning-platform Media Release - for Immediate Release 6 August 2019   ACS Distance Education has just launched a brand-new learning platform aimed at businesses, professionals, students and anyone interested in personal development. Called Learn How To, this online subscription-only training site provides hundreds of short courses in a range of disciplines. For just AU$32.95 per month, subscribers have access to ALL courses. They can also view numerous educational videos to support the learning process. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an electronic badge to promote your skills. Courses are designed to enhance skills, fill gaps in knowledge, or get an introduction to an area of interest.   Each course takes between 1 to 4 hours to complete, and high scores on the self-assessment test at the end are awarded with a digital achievement badge. There are a huge range of topics covered. But there are no time limits. Subscribers get to study in their own time, at their own pace. What’s more, course content may be saved as a pdf or printed, so it won’t ever be lost. It takes about 2 minutes to enrol, and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.    Visit the site here: www.learnhowto.com.au   Watch how Learn How To works here: https://vimeo.com/347217761   Be inspired... we love learning, and with us you can learn how to do all sorts of things.     For more information, or for business package subscriptions, please email us at: hello@learnhowto.com.au JB's Shirts... for Aussie education facilities. 2019-07-29T05:23:53Z jb-s-shirts-for-aussie-education-facilities JB’s Wear T-Shirts and JB’s Wear Polo shirts are among the many items distributed Australia-Wide through School Products Australia to schools, child care centres, kindergartens, preschools and other educational facilities. Providing a range of clothing such as t-shirts that are perfect for everyone from little children right through to adult carers and teachers. Everyday School Products Australia delivers JB’s shirts to educational facilities right across Australia to every state. We can deliver from as far north as Cape York in Queensland (QLD) to Southport in Tasmania (TAS), from Byron Bay in the east of New South Wales (NSW) to as far west as Carrarang in Western Australia (WA), the 2 states in between South Australia (SA), Victoria (VIC) and also to the 2 territories Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). So wherever your educational facility is located School Products Australia makes getting JB's shirts for your organisation super easy. You may be after plain white t-shirts for a colour run, fun bright coloured t-shirts with a large screen printed logo printed on the front for your kindergarten class, your school emblem embroidered onto polo shirts or shirts printed for a special event whether it’s for school leavers or it’s the special birthday of your child care centre but whatever your requirements are and wherever your location in Australia you can have just the right shirts for your school or childrens centre delivered to your door.