The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! 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So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Solid 2018 for Gold Coast New Apartment Market, With a Hint At 2019’s Prospects 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z solid-2018-for-gold-coast-new-apartment-market-with-a-hint-at-2019s-prospects 2018 has been a great year for the Gold Coast new apartment market, as revealed in the latest release of the Apartment Essentials by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Gold Coast recorded 1,010 sales in 2018 – 24 per cent higher than 2017’s performance. On average, there were 252 sales each quarter, however the first three quarters showed stronger sales rates. In other years, Urbis has seen growth in the final quarter, however 2018 saw a slight fall, with 156 sales. ‘Urbis is monitoring 75 new apartment projects across the Gold Coast, a post GFC record. While the number of apartment projects has risen, the projects are generally containing less apartments than was seen in previous cycles’ said Lynda Campbell, Senior Consultant at Urbis. ‘We have seen a shift away from the mega-towers and sites with numerous buildings toward smaller boutique style apartment buildings.’ 2018 saw 33 new apartment projects launch across the Gold Coast. Two projects sold out in the quarter, bringing the annual tally to nine projects sold out and 30 per cent of this quarter’s surveyed projects are over 75 per cent sold out. The Gold Coast recorded weighted average sale prices in the low $700,000s over the course of 2018, whereas 2017 recorded low to mid $600,000s. The gradual increase in apartment prices is consistent with the higher concentration of luxury apartment projects on the Gold Coast, highlighting the move towards larger, owner occupier buildings. Southern Beaches recorded the highest weighted average sale price during the quarter ($797,500), based on 40 sales, coinciding with the precinct’s larger proportion of 3-bedroom products (23 per cent of future supply). 12 months ago, this precinct had 14 projects being actively marketed – it now has 24. ‘Apartments in this precinct tend to have larger floor plates and are suitable for owner occupiers, hence the higher price points’, Ms Campbell commented. The Gold Coast Central precinct recorded the highest sales rate with 87 sales, dominated by high rise projects and selling mainly two-bedroom, two-bathroom products. Interstate investors and owner occupiers made up the majority of sales in the quarter, with 41 per cent and 38 per cent respectively. Owner occupiers made up the majority of sales in 2018 with 38 per cent, followed closely by interstate investors 36 per cent of total buyers in 2018. 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Gold Coast’s new apartment market, with approximately 2,000 new apartments expected to launch their sales campaigns in the first half of 2019. Strong population growth and an increase in interstate migration should see demand continue into 2019. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $715,865 7 project launches in the quarter: 412 new apartments 709 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. National new apartment market set to show signs of recovery in 2019 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z national-new-apartment-market-set-to-show-signs-of-recovery-in-2019 Australia saw a lot of new things in 2018: a new prime minister, tightening lending controls, debates around housing affordability and thousands of new apartments launched across Australia. But how did each market compare and what does 2019 have in store? Urbis’ Apartment Essentials brings together the sales and supply data from five markets across the country, revealing the quarterly wins and losses in the many new apartment markets. Today’s release provides a yearly review as the fourth and final quarter brings perspective to the recently departed 2018. Sales With new stock coming in and sales experiencing speed bumps, national apartment sales as a percentage of available stock surveyed has dropped to a new low of 7.7 per cent in quarter four. Clinton Ostwald, Director at Urbis, commented, ‘we’ve seen fluctuating results around the country. In many markets, buyers are soaking up the existing completed stock as the brakes have been put on new launches. In other markets, new projects are still being launched to market, replenishing the supply and leading to steady sales. Sales rates have been dropping for the last two years, so it’s no surprise that 2018’s results were lacklustre in comparison to 2017. In Sydney, surveyed sold stock averaged 21 per cent of available supply throughout each quarter in 2017 whereas this dropped to 5.5 per cent in 2018. Melbourne and the Gold Coast followed in this same pattern with sales as a percentage of available stock dropping by around 4 per cent over the same period. Brisbane and Perth, the markets that have seen the least new stock enter, have reversed this trend and have seen slight increases in 2018. Stock It’s not the stock crisis we imagined one year ago. Lower levels of new stock entering the market has continued to replenish the slow sales throughout 2018, with 24,000 new apartments launching throughout the year. The two biggest markets saw the most impressive figures; Melbourne took the cake with over 11,244 new apartments entering the market in 2018, while Sydney placed second in the country with 4,810 new apartment launches. There was a surprising standstill in Brisbane with no new launches in the quarter, however the first half of 2019 will likely bring over 1,000 new apartment launches for the sunny city. Apartment approvals are at their lowest in the history of Urbis’ Apartment Essentials, sitting at 4,576 in quarter four 2018. With new design specifications and planning requirements in some jurisdictions, we’re likely to see this number continue to fall in 2019. In relation to the falling levels of new launches and apartment approvals, Mr Ostwald observed, ‘we need to keep an eye on supply levels as ongoing population growth, particularly on the East Coast, will quickly take up available supply. This may result in a housing supply shortage in the next 12 to 18 months as we are also seeing fewer completions in the greenfield house and land market.’ Buyer Profile It truly was a year for owner occupiers, with 46 per cent of total sales for 2018 attributed to this buyer type. Interstate investors leapt up by 10 per cent in 2018, accounting for 19 per cent of sales. Local state investors, who previously accounted for 30 per cent of the market in 2017, dropped down to 17 per cent in 2018, in line with foreign investors. Q4 2018 Apartment Essentials Snapshot 7.7 per cent of the surveyed available stock was sold in the December quarter across the five markets: Sydney (6 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 977 new apartments launched) Melbourne (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 2781 new apartments launched) Brisbane (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, no new apartments launched) Perth (9 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 464 new apartments launched) Gold Coast (6 per cent of available surveyed stock sold, 377 new apartments launched) National weighted average sale price recorded at $705,226 for Q4 Sydney – $899,793 Melbourne – $656,739 Brisbane – $831,884 Perth – $602,524 Gold Coast – $715,032 The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – One-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments – 48% Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments – 44% Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom 53% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 41% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 66% 25% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 26% are recently built. For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Brisbane Soaking Up the Stock As New Apartment Launches Dry Up 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z brisbane-soaking-up-the-stock-as-new-apartment-launches-dry-up-1 Today, leading property experts, Urbis released their latest update of the Apartment Essentials, Australia’s most comprehensive new apartment survey. This latest release features a 2018 summary as well as a look into what 2019 has in store. The Inner Brisbane region recorded 138 sales in the fourth quarter of 2018, dropping back down after a stand-out quarter three result. There was a total of 840 new apartment sales in 2018, almost 30 per cent lower than 2017. Paul Riga, Director at Urbis, summarised, ‘the fourth quarter result was to be expected, with no new projects launching, buyers are essentially soaking up the current projects on the market’. Across Inner Brisbane, new apartment launches dropped off in 2018, down by around 35 per cent on 2017 launches. Available stock has fluctuated throughout the past two years, however after a peak in 2017 Q2 with a record 3,243 apartments available at the start of the quarter, available stock has hovered around the low to mid 2000s throughout 2018. Sales as a percentage of available stock have also dwindled, dropping to a record low of 9.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2018. The downward movement in available stock highlights the continued absorption of this product, and importantly that demand for new apartments is still present in the market. Whilst the depth of the investor market is still subdued, owner occupiers are the key target market, with many projects now boutique in nature and catering to the needs of a longer-term resident. This can be noted in the results, as despite the drop in the volume of sales, the weighted average sale price was significantly higher than 2017’s quarterly reports, indicating that the style and quality of stock currently selling has changed. Whilst the latter half of 2018 saw conservative developer activity, many developers are being buoyed by the levels of sales absorption, low vacancy rates and stable growth drivers for Brisbane. Approximately 2,000 apartments are anticipated to launch in the three quarters of 2019, and with a replenishing pipeline, it is likely to register a pick-up in sales. ‘Ultimately it will be access to finance (for buyers and developers) that will temper the inner Brisbane market in the short-term,’ said Mr Riga, ‘but the drivers of demand are there, and smart developers are already looking at opportunities for their next move’. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $831,884 48% of buyers were owner occupiers 674 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. Melbourne Apartments: Posing Questions & Answers on Housing Affordabilit 2019-02-27T19:00:00Z melbourne-apartments-posing-questions-answers-on-housing-affordabilit Today, leading property consultants, Urbis released the 2018 summary for Melbourne’s new apartment market, featuring the latest results for the December quarter. The Urbis Apartment Essentials has been a trusted source of information for new apartment sales and supply for four years, using survey data and detailed research to provide an accurate look at today’s new apartment market. Urbis analysed 230 sales from a sample of 48 projects, comprising almost 10,000 apartments in Melbourne in quarter four 2018. Coupled with detailed analysis of 1,140 sales across the year, Urbis Apartment Essentials has sampled between 15 to 20 per cent of new apartment projects in the city in each quarter. Melbourne’s weighted average sale price hovered around the mid $600,000s throughout the year and recorded a weighted average sale price of $657,000 in quarter four. Despite prices appearing to hold steady at a market level, affordability is still very much in focus, with housing emerging as a core battleground in the upcoming federal election. The proportion of sales in more affordable apartments has increased, with apartments priced beneath $400,000 accounting for 12 per cent of all sales in quarter four, a stark difference to the 5 per cent recorded in 2017 quarter four. This coincided with one-bedroom apartment sales accounting for one third of sales in quarter four, having fluctuated between one quarter and a third of sales throughout 2018. Consistent with national trends, sales of two-bedroom apartments continued to make up the majority of sales in Melbourne at 60 per cent in Q4 2018 compared to 57 per cent for the full year. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments remained a buyer favourite, accounting for 44 per cent of all sales, up from 34 per cent in the third quarter. Sales of three-bedroom apartments accounted for 10 per cent of off the plan transactions. The market pivot to owner occupiers is increasingly apparent with 54 per cent of new apartments purchased throughout the year to this segment, while overseas investors dropped down from 40 per cent in 2017 to 23 per cent in 2018. Despite a series of initiatives aimed at dampening overseas investor demand and fears emerging in recent years over settlement, it is encouraging to see that major central city towers are settling as planned, with developers getting on the front foot with buyers well in advance of settlement. However, with funding challenges in both the development and purchaser markets, measures aimed at testing serviceability in the short-term risk having adverse affordability effects in the longer run. This is becoming increasingly clear as future housing supply is being held up by reduced lending and uncertainty in the lead up to the federal election. In line with the wider residential market, the pace of sales dropped in the last quarter, dipping below 10 per cent of available stock sold for the first time. That said, Melbourne has maintained a more rapid rate of sale than other Australian markets in the quarter, but also for the year, averaging 12.4 per cent of available sold per quarter throughout 2018. Amid the tougher conditions, there are projects that are managing to stand out from the crowd. Typically these are delivering either one or a combination of the following: A relatable scale, close to existing amenity and jobs, with views Precinct renewal, bringing new amenity in areas where there is limited housing supply or diversity of product Delivering client service and customisation at an attractive price point Approvals continued to decline, with just over 1,800 apartments approved in the last quarter of 2018 representing one third of the volume approved in the equivalent quarter a year earlier and well below the average quarterly volume over the last two years (5,400). In summary, while apartments present a much-needed affordable option into the housing mix, the slowdown in credit and repercussions in the wider residential market, continue to impact upon the delivery of housing in the inner city and middle ring. As population growth continues amid sound economic conditions, the stall in supply stemming from the standoff between lenders, regulators, policymakers, developers and most importantly buyers, risks accentuating the demand to supply imbalance in the medium term. This brings risks of flow on consequences to housing affordability as the market regains traction. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q4 2018 snapshot: Weighted average sale price recorded: $657,000 14 project launches in the quarter: 2,781 new apartments 1,827 apartments approved in the quarter For media enquiries contact: Stephanie Keith, Senior Brand & Clients Consultant Ph: 02 8233 7633 E: skeith@urbis.com.au Rebecca Jagger and Alexis Carroll at DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Apartment Essentials The Urbis Apartment Market Essentials is the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, and the only survey for which the sales data for apartment projects with 25 or more units is collected at the time of contract rather than at settlement. Projects with 25 apartments or more are tracked from initial application through to the building being sold out for projects across Perth and key areas of density across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Brisbane. As well as tracking the status of 2,513 developments Urbis receives surveys from 295 apartment developments. Urbis recognises the traditional owners of the land on which we work. Learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan. OZTENT LAUNCHES NEW FOXWING RANGE 2019-02-19T03:42:11Z oztent-launches-new-foxwing-range Always toiling to create better equipment, so you can have better adventures, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest FOXWING range of vehicle awnings and accessories. The new series will be available in store from Monday 25 February 2019. The OZTENT Group first created FOXWING, now one of the leading names in retractable vehicle awnings, back in 2008. “We were so inspired by the wings of our native flying foxes that we engineered a product which would replicate their durability, flexibility and functionality, hence its unique patented design and the name.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. The new FOXWING series borrows from the success of the original range but adds some new features to make them easier and faster to use. The range includes: 270o Awning [RRP $879] – this patented design is engineered to deliver maximum shade with absolute ease. Its FAST™ setup system allows a single person to erect this expansive shade in seconds. Made from ModCan™ fabric [highly durable, UV protected, waterproof and mould resistant] it has zippered edges you can set up a whole camp site from one awning. 270o Tapered Awning Extension [RRP $199] – to provide even more cover on wet and windy days, or a little more space for shady storage we’ve got it covered. Simply zip a tapered extension to your FOXWING 270o Awning and peg as required. Buy four and create your own palace off the side of your vehicle. 270o Awning Extension [RRP $249] – sold as a set of two walls that can be quickly zipped the FOXWING 270o Awning this extension delivers protection from the elements on two sides or can be raised to extend your shade. FOXWING TAGALONG TENT [RRP $699] – with the unique ability of being able to attach to any brand of awning in the market, this tagalong delivers all the ease of an OZTENT and its ESTS™ system sees it up in seconds. Comfortably sleeping four people, it is a standalone tent, meaning that you can, simply unzip it from the awning, peg in the guy ropes and drive off adventuring. For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Renowned Urban Designer Chris Melsom joins Urbis 2019-02-13T23:25:07Z renowned-urban-designer-chris-melsom-joins-urbis Urbis is thrilled to announce the Director appointment of Chris Melsom, an esteemed architect, planner and urban designer with 30+ years of experience delivering strategic urban change. Chris brings significant local and international experience to the Urbis National Design team. As an urban design specialist, Chris has worked in senior roles at HASSEL, Tract (WA) and East Perth and Subiaco Redevelopment Authorities, unlocking the potential of cities, places, and sites across Australia and South East Asia. He was recently the Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, where he also taught in the Master of Urban Planning program at The University of Western Australia before joining Urbis. With 30+ years of experience in strategic urban design, Chris brings to Urbis broad expertise in the leadership and management of multi-disciplinary design teams for large scale, complex projects. His arrival complements the National Design team’s already diverse range of skills and will cement Urbis as an industry leader in the arena of city shaping and place building. Ray Haeren, Regional Director Perth said, “We are pleased to welcome renowned Urban Designer Chris Melsom to Urbis. His skills and experience will be a fantastic complement to the diverse and talented team locally, nationally and internationally. “Chris is more than a designer, he brings a strategic perspective and insight… with a grounded personality to boot,” said Ray. James Tuma, Group Director National Design added, “We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Melsom to the growing international team of designers at Urbis. Chris brings a wealth of local market knowledge and a design pedigree that cements our position as the strongest urban design and strategy advisors in the West Australian market.” Carl Thompson, Director National Design said: “It’s an exciting time for Urbis in Perth. Chris has a strong urban design presence in Western Australia and South East Asia and brings both an international perspective and a deep appreciation for the local context to the table.” “Chris is a city-shaping expert of the highest calibre and we look forward to his design leadership as we continue to deliver great outcomes for our clients,” said Carl. On his appointment, Chris Melsom said, “It’s no accident that Urbis is becoming one of the leading thinkers in the urban design space, locally and abroad, combining economics, planning and a passion for creating places that really work.” “I’m looking forward to joining the bright minds of Urbis and contributing to the important goal of shaping cities and communities for a better future.” Reflecting on his career, Chris added: “The best solutions aren’t always the ones we thought we’d find. Sometimes, it’s having a good process of exploration, rigorous testing and engaging with real people that opens up all sorts of possibilities for creating more liveable and resilient outcomes.” “I think it’s fantastic that Urbis sets its sights on city-scale thinking, so that projects not only work independently to exceed our clients’ needs and aspirations, but work together to create something that enriches its context socially, culturally, economically and environmentally as well,” said Chris. “The Urbis Design team is well placed to bring together strategic planning, urban economics and design thinking for new communities, whether developing a complex urban renewal strategy, preparing a site development master plan or building an integrated landscape and built form solution.” “Having worked on large scale urban renewal and development projects internationally for over 30 years, I look forward to making the most of that background with the Urbis team in Perth,” said Chris. Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T03:16:42Z dr-anh-speaks-out-in-response-to-the-media-frenzy-about-the-issue-of-plastic-surgeons-social-media-being-responsible-for-body-image-anxiety The solution to low body image issues is quite simple, argues Perth Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Anh. She writes an open letter in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. It is disappointing to read the gross generalisations in the articles in the Daily telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that suggest that Plastic Surgeons are part of the growing problem of body image anxieties. As a female plastic surgeon in Perth who is active on social media, as a woman who has had her fair share of insecurities about her body, as a mum of 3 children including a 12 year old daughter, I would argue that this is a sweeping generalisation and one I find negative and somewhat insulting to those of us who are against body shaming and passionate about empowering body positivity. To point the finger at social media of plastic surgeons as one cause of a complex problem is I believe oversimplistic and ignoring a much bigger issue. Body image anxieties are a real concern. It is frightening to learn of statistics from Prof Rumsey saying that 11 year olds are wanting cosmetic procedures. It is sad to learn that poor body image is one of the 3 biggest concerns of our young people. I worry how this will affect my children, as I do not want them to grow up with poor body image, like I did, and like so many of my patients who see me. Dissatisfaction about how one looks can affect one’s confidence, and can negatively impact on every aspect of one’s life. I know first hand seeing how many people don’t want to do something because they fear rejection, failure or disapproval because they lack self-worth and often it is linked to how they negatively see themselves and their appearance. But do our young people feel this way because what some plastic surgeons have posted on their social media feed? Let’s be real here, people feel this way because they live in a world where beautiful, sexy, attractive is celebrated and promoted EVERYWHERE – on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in shop windows – not just on social media. And coupled with the harsh reality that the world is cruel. Even without magazines and TV influencing our perceptions, fleeting or deliberate comments from other children, teenagers and adults whether innocent and unintentional or not, can and do crush self esteem and confidence. Being teased or being told you are fat and ugly or have a big nose or whatever, is enough to play on our minds, and sadly, has longevity. And this type of bullying about one’s appearance begins from such a young age, and I don’t think that is because of social media. I see children worried about their prominent ears because the kids at school are mean. I see some adults who have little to no confidence and they attribute that to being bullied when younger because they were overweight. Where are we learning to be so mean? Whatever happened to the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I grew up before social media when we all had varying degrees of dissatisfaction with our bodies merely because I believed we lived in a time where the supermodels Cindy, Claudia, Kate and Kristy and magazines like Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan portrayed the notion that being beautiful, skinny, perfect were what we aspired to be like and if we didn’t we felt awkward and unattractive. Perhaps we didn’t all follow these models and magazines, but the problem of not feeling good about how we looked is age old. Centuries before women were wearing corsets to cinch in their waist so making them attractive to potential suitors looking for fertility in a woman. Wonder if women back then had body image issues? They probably had some dissatisfaction if they didn’t meet society’s view of attractive then but perhaps they never articulated it. Or maybe people were more tolerant and embracing of all shapes and sizes and appearances back then? Scientific studies have shown that people are drawn to features of beauty instinctively – and that doesn’t require influences externally. There is an argument that it is innate to be drawn to certain physical characteristics, and so whilst social media can certainly influence trends, as Kylie Jenner has in my mind, redefined the image of beauty, there is so much more to this problem of poor body image than can be blamed on plastic surgeons and social media. Add the era of the internet and social media and now everything is available online. But I do not believe it is what is splashed everywhere that has killed our body confidence, in as much as the culture where its ok to troll others, speak unkind words, be overly critical, be cruel and pass judgement on others that in my mind has fuelled body image anxieties. I am not a psychologist or sociologist and don’t claim to have the answers to a complex and concerning problem, but I do believe the onus is on society at large to change how we treat others and to start from a young age to foster tolerance, acceptance and values of kindness. As a plastic surgeon, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. I do believe that we already help so many patients find their self worth, love themselves more, become less self conscious and live their best lives. But we also need to make sure that we don’t set unrealistic, unattainable expectations for our patients, sexualise or trivialise what we do or make people feel worse about themselves so we can offer solutions to their problems. As members of the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, we need to advance the specialty of plastic surgery so we can help more people. We should work together with body image specialists to find solutions to fostering healthy positive body image in society, and ensure our social media and marketing is ethical realistic, professional and honest. For some people, finding one’s self worth may require counselling. For others it might be about career advancement. And some it might mean lifestyle changes. However there will always be some women and men who want to address a physical concern that holds them back from feeling good about themselves and achieving what they want to. This is equally valid, and articles and opinions that criticise or mock those of us who want to invest in ourselves and improve our appearance, do the opposite of helping us. They actually fuel even more angst. I am not claiming that plastic surgery fixes low body image. I am not arguing that if you don’t like something about your physical appearance then fix it and your woes will be over. I am not advocating that we should all go and get a boob job because the ones we saw on social media are amazing and if we don’t we will feel less of a person. Sorry for the dramatic sarcastic tone, but I am sick and tired of shaming those who want to do something for themselves. So long as the individuals have realistic expectations and are doing it for themselves and for the right reasons, it isn’t right to criticise them, or judge them as being superficial, vain, weak or any other negative undertones that some people automatically associate with plastic surgery. We don’t need to agree with their choices but we should learn to respect their autonomy in the very least. It would be my hope that we learn to be encouraging and supportive of each other rather than criticise and shame each other’s choices. I for one see women and men of all different age groups and from all walks of life who simply want to improve an area of their skin, face or body that bothers them and affects their confidence, happiness and freedom to be their best selves. In no way are these patients coming in feeling crap about themselves because they aspire to be like influencers. The overwhelming majority of my patients don’t want to be someone else – they only want to be the best version of themselves whatever age or stage of life they are at. Some have insecurities from a young age when someone teased them and that has stuck with them through most of their life. Some have insecurities that have formed from growing up in this society that is skewed in favour of who and what is beautiful. Many are going through key stages in their life when they want to feel good about themselves. Mums who feel frumpy and unattractive after having kids want to address their post-pregnancy body. Men and women who have left long term relationships want to regain their self confidence that a breakup has taken its toll on. Some want to not look aged so they can hang onto their jobs. Whetever the reason so long as it is for the patient who has realistic expectations, plastic surgery can be highly transformative, not only physically but also in how it translates positively to every aspect of one’s life. At the end of the day, social media is not going away and we cannot stop people looking and following Instagram accounts of those they relate to or engage with and search for what fits with their belief systems. For the surgeons who are posting risqué pictures labelled as “soft porn”, they are likely attracting patients who identify with those desired outcomes, but I know that my patients or those who follow me share the same values that I do about empowering others to be their best and kind self. Each to their own so long as we are not breaching professional and ethical guidelines, and not lumped into one basket as being part of a serious complex problem. With further collaboration and research, we can all be part of a solution. One of Australia's leading Plastic Surgeon's issues warning to Mums thinking about Mummy Makeover Surgery Holidays 2018-09-06T23:07:33Z one-of-australias-leading-plastic-surgeons-issues-warning-to-mums-thinking-about-mummy-makeover-surgery-holidays One of Australia's leading Plastic Surgeon's issues warning to Mums thinking about Mummy Makeover Surgery Holidays Many Mums use the Summer Holidays for discreet nip and tucks on Medical Holidays Press Release For Immediate Release Darling Point, Sydney, Australia, 7th September 2018, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many Australian Mums feel unhappy with the look of their post-natal bodies. Many hit the gym and eat healthy to try and get their pre-pregnancy figures back. Some Mums look at cosmetic surgery options available to them and are lured by medical holidays which offer holidays for their families including kids club for the kids and nip and tucks for Mums. Internationally renowned and Triple board certified, leading Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ross Farhadieh, states: “We have just seen yet another tragic news of a young woman dying during cosmetic medical tourism brought out the real and ever-present dangers of these so called “medical holidays”. A young British mother met her demise following a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Surgery. This is a procedure where unwanted fat is harvested from other parts of the body and after processing, is reinjected into the buttocks to give definition and re-inflate, a deflated and sagging posterior. In some cases, it’s actually used to over-inflate the backend to achieve an exaggerated prominence. Recently, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, as well as, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all issued warnings about this procedure.“ Cosmetic surgery is elective and usually safe surgery with mortality rates being recorded as low as 1:55000, this is in contrast to BBL surgery which has now been documented to have unacceptably high rates of mortality approaching 1:3000. In all cases that were investigated it became clear that fat had entered the blood stream and resulted in what is called a “Fat embolus”. This is something usually seen in major orthopaedic surgery of the long bones, where bone marrow fat is forced into the circulation ending in the lungs. The resulting cascade of inflammatory reactions culminates in the ultimate death of patients. The reason overseas options are cheaper is due to a myriad of factors, lower medical standards, less safety nets, lower labor costs, lower senior and support staff qualifications, no medical insurance and the list goes on. These are many layers of safety built into our medical system over the years to ensure the safest and most optimal outcome for patients. These layers upon layers of safety also do translate into an increased cost, but more importantly continued and outstanding after care and safety net should there be any problems. Dr Farhadieh says: “As a plastic surgeon I have seen too many young mums who have returned home with their own nightmares of botched plastic surgery. Belly buttons a few centimeters off center, lopsided breasts with double bubble deformities, poor breast implant placement, poorly and inappropriately placed scars. Surgical journey nightmares that seem unending, with expensive revision surgeries at home that will never achieve the optimal outcome, had the primary surgery been successfully and appropriately carried out. “ “All too often the postoperative support for medical tourism is nonexistent at home and cursory overseas. What happens if there is a problem when you arrive back home? Who is to take care of the potential complications? These are serious and pertinent questions that have to be answered when considering medical tourism. “ Well-equipped Australian hospitals and appropriately qualified Plastic Surgeons provide the safest options for any aesthetic surgery procedure. Dr Farhadieh says “The holidays are the perfect time for facial aesthetic surgery, facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, eyelids surgery or that nose job that folks have been thinking about for some time are discreetly done over the break and by the time they return to work the only tell-tale is comments of work colleagues and friends about looking "refreshed and rested”. “ Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 About Dr Ross Farhadieh: Dr Ross Farhadieh is an internationally renowned Australian trained and qualified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is triple board certified. There are less than a handful of plastic surgeons in the World who have three board certifications. Dr Farhadieh is the Chief Editor of the critically acclaimed and internationally hailed reference textbook of plastic surgery: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Approaches and Techniques. His own contributions were chapters on breast augmentation, eyelid and facelift surgery. Dr Farhadieh is a keen runner, with an unrivalled running music playlist to keep him motivated. He is a voracious reader and is particularly interested in history and philosophy. He has a passion for Renaissance art, Italian food, and French wine. He also enjoys travelling, particularly in Europe. Above all, he loves spending time with his wife and young son. https://www.panthea.com.au/ From a one-woman business to a national Business Excellence Award 2018-09-05T04:28:33Z from-a-one-woman-business-to-a-national-business-excellence-award Press Release For Immediate Release From a one-woman business to a national Business Excellence Award Northern Beaches, Sydney, 5th September 2018, Emma McNeilly, founder of Expressions Australia took home the Business Excellence Award at The AusMumpreneur Awards which were held last Friday night, the 31st of August, in Melbourne. Emma started as a one-woman operation, working with a handful of schools and now, Expressions has grown into a national brand and trusted name in the fundraising industry. Emma says: “Expressions is Australia’s most loved tea towel fundraising company. We began in 1999 as a one-woman operation and have grown into a thriving business of working women who are proud to help raise funds for community organisations across Australia.” To date Expressions has worked on over 18,500 community fundraising projects, helping raise millions of dollars for schools and community groups in every corner of Australia. The products bring an easy, creative and sugar-free solution to vital school and community fundraising. Emma adds “We have close to 3 million tea towels, aprons and bags in kitchens and keepsake boxes in every corner of Australia and around the world. Over 1300 schools and childcare centres trust us each year with their precious artwork, ranging from large city schools to tiny remote communities.” “To accomplish this, I employ a team of 5 people to manage different aspects of the business, we have embraced the effective use of digital and online technologies which allows us to work together nationally between Sydney, Margaret River in WA, Tasmania and Burleigh Heads in SW QLD.” “Expressions provides a win for everyone involved at every stage of the process. Funds raised, proud children, delighted clients and a healthy business. The tea towels are celebratory and inclusive, and the business has a genuine feel good factor. The sentimentality of children being surrounded by their friends and favourite teachers creates a warm and fuzzy for all, they have become a tradition for so many of our clients.” “We really focus on customer service, and I understand from first had experience how precious volunteer’s hours are. Fundraising plays a vital role for grass roots communities, so we strive to ensure our projects are easy to run, everything is supplied, and in turn everybody loves them.” “We have thousands of glowing testimonials. A testament to our service is a near perfect Net Promoter score. Half of our annual workload is repeat bookings and hundreds of Coordinators and organisations have worked with us over many years. Our practical products make a lasting memento and the designs encompass a real sense of community, so they sell well for our clients.” Peace Mitchell, Co-Founder, AusMumpreneur Network states: “We are delighted that Emma has won this award, she has created an outstanding business and is an inspirational role model and ambassador for mums in business everywhere.” Emma has worked in fundraising for over 20 years and has served as a volunteer on many committees for 15 years. She has a rich understanding of the very important and far reaching world of vital community fundraising from both sides of the fence. Emma is now taking that wealth of experience and has formed a niche communications agency - Progeny Communications - which brings brands together with Australia's most powerful consumer, Mums. Emma concludes “Mothers are making the purchasing decisions for most of Australia's households and we are connecting with them, where they are – right at the heart of grassroots communities.” Emma’s Tips for other Small to Medium Size Businesses: - Put the customer at the forefront of all your business decisions, put yourself in their shoes and plan from there. - Document all your procedures so it’s easy to train, then hire people that are better at something than you are and let them do their job. - It’s Ok to ask for help – the key to balance for me was learning to let go and embracing the art of delegation. - In the business or at home, outsource if you can, hire a cleaner, engage a bookkeeper, whatever works. There’s lots of talented people out there, so when and if you can, share the load. ENDS Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com - https://www.expressions.com.au/ inTechnology Distribution Inks Partnership with Connexient 2018-03-21T03:59:11Z intechnology-distribution-inks-partnership-with-connexient-1 SYDNEY, NSW., March 21, 2018 - inTechnology Distribution, one of Asia Pacific's fastest growing IT Distributors announced today at the Australian Healthcare Week conference, the signing of a distribution agreement with Connexient to expand the availability of MediNav, the world's most advanced and intuitive "blue dot" indoor navigation system for healthcare. Connexient is the market leader in digital wayfinding and enterprise indoor navigation services for healthcare, with a rapidly growing roster of 45 hospital clients. Powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacons and sophisticated handset sensor fusion technology, MediNav™ provides rich indoor maps, indoor navigation and location-based services for patients, visitors and staff. "It's a very exciting day for us, our channel partners and more importantly the healthcare industry across Asia Pacific," said Mark Winter, Chief Executive Officer at inTechnology Distribution. "MediNav not only provides detailed indoor maps, but also true turn-by-turn indoor navigation and location-based services that can help reduce missed or late appointments and improve operational efficiency," Mark concluded. "inTechnology Distribution is one of the longest standing healthcare distributors across the Asia Pacific region. We were looking for a strong distribution partner with the knowledge and understanding of how our technology works - they were a natural fit for us,” said Connexient Co-Founder and CEO, Mark Green. inTechnology Distribution is actively recruiting channel partners across the Asia Pacific region who will work on project design through to delivery and commissioning of Connexient's innovative technology.   About Connexient Connexient (www.connexient.com) provides innovative Indoor Mapping, Navigation and Location-based services for hospitals and healthcare networks with large, complex buildings and campuses. The MediNavTM Navigator Edition Patient Experience solution helps to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, reduce missed or late appointments and improve HCAHPS scores. More than just a mobile app, Connexient’s mission and vision is to navigation-enable Enterprise IT. The Connexient Mobile Application SDKs and Web APIs enable its clients to integrate its rich, navigation quality indoor maps and location-based services across Enterprise IT in areas such as asset tracking, staff and patient flow, facility management, safety and security and more, with use cases that bring compelling value to users and direct ROI in capturing lost revenue, reducing costs and increasing operational efficiency and intelligence.   About inTechnology Distribution inTechnology is a leading value added IT distributor driving technologies into the Asia Pacific IT channel. inTechnology does the due-diligence selecting the best technologies from around the globe to offer its business partners and their customers differentiation and business opportunities. As a true value add distributor inTechnology offers a full portfolio of business and professional services to help drive business through the channel. http://www.intechnology.com.au Australian buildings data available via API to build intelligent tools 2018-01-24T04:48:29Z australian-buildings-data-available-via-api-to-build-intelligent-tools MEDIA RELEASE 24 January 2018 PSMA Australia, provider of Australia’s authoritative location datasets, has released an Application Programming Interface (API) that will allow access to data about any building in Australia. It will aid development of tools that use building data to improve insight and operations, without the need for site visits. The beta version of the Buildings API is based on the buildings theme from PSMA’s award-winning Geoscape® dataset and is now available for free via the PSMA Developer Portal. It contains data on over 8.8 million buildings with more soon to come. PSMA’s CEO, Dan Paull, said the company has just about mapped every building at every address in Australia and expects to have captured all buildings with a roof area greater than nine metres square by mid-2018. “The Buildings API is a game changer for location intelligence,” said Mr Paull. “Never before and nowhere else has detailed information about the built environment been available at continental scale, and now it’s accessible via an API.” The API takes an address string query and matches it to a known address. The address identifier looks up buildings at the address and the building identifier looks up the attributes of each building. Building attributes include: Building footprint – 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Building centre point Building height Building elevation Roof material Roof pitch/complexity Solar panels on roof Adjacent swimming pools This information could power a range of new applications, perhaps an app that tells users whether there is a pool at an address, a tool that automates quotes for roof restoration or software that allows couriers to check whether there is a building at a delivery address and where on the property it might be. PSMA commissioned DigitalGlobe, the global leader in Earth imagery, to capture satellite imagery and extract built environment features for Australia for both Geoscape and the Buildings API. Mr Paull said the Buildings API provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy. “We’re in an age of data-as-a-service,” said Mr Paull. “New business models are required to increase accessibility of spatial data and that’s what PSMA is pursuing with our APIs.” “Through our APIs, customers connect our data to theirs and extract insights. We aim for spatial data to be included in all systems development – to bring location intelligence to business processes and solutions – because everything happens somewhere.” The Buildings API is built using ReST principles with response output in JSON. To get a key, register at the PSMA Developer Portal and opt-in for the Beta Program. About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia facilitates broad and sustainable access to high-quality, authoritative location data by providing foundational, national spatial information derived from Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA collaborates beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: https://www.psma.com.au/ Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group 02 9412 6100 psma@spectrumgroup.is Developing Data Ecosystems with the 1Spatial FME World Tour 2018-01-09T01:32:38Z developing-data-ecosystems-with-the-1spatial-fme-world-tour Sydney, Australia, 9 January 2018: 1Spatial, the global geospatial software and solutions company, is hosting a series of free FME World Tour events to help you better manage your organisation’s data ecosystem. From compute clouds and vast oceans of data to the urban analytics of utility networks, transport systems and government departments, data ecosystems are increasingly important. Connecting, integrating and understanding different data environments is critical to today’s organisations. To help you better manage your organisation’s data ecosystem, 1Spatial, a leading Platinum Authorised Partner of Safe Software and an FME reseller, is hosting events in the UK and Australia. Attendees will learn about the latest developments in FME software direct from our colleagues at Safe Software. They will also hear from 1Spatial’s experts and see real-world, customer use examples. What’s more, you can connect with other FME users and understand how to make your data smarter, together. Natalie Cooney, Australia Country Manager at 1Spatial says, “The FME World Tour is all about finding new ways to transform your data into useful information. At each event, we’ll run technical demonstrations and users will share their stories to help you reimagine how FME can help you develop and manage your data ecosystem. As previous attendees know, these are always fun and interactive events, so come join us, meet other users, speak to our experts and make your data smarter.” Each event will include customer case studies, technical presentations and interactive sessions for both new and existing users of FME, along with plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded data aficionados. FME – the “Swiss army knife for your data” – helps users connect applications, transform data and automate data workflows. The FME World Tour 2018 brings users together in over 70 cities worldwide under the theme of ‘Data Ecosystems’. We hope you can join us on one of the following dates: In the UK: 16th April – Edinburgh 18th April – Leeds 25th April – Cardiff 27th April – Southampton In Australia: 1st May – Canberra 3rd May – Melbourne 10th May – Perth Don Murray, President and Co-founder of Safe Software, says, “We live in a world of data ecosystems. Data flows through different environments and through connected systems. More than ever, organisations need tools to help them connect, integrate and understand data from different sources. The FME World Tour provides a unique opportunity to understand how FME can help you manage your organisation’s data ecosystem.” 5 reasons to attend Learn how the new capabilities in FME 2018 can help you be more efficient Build your FME skills through how-to and best practice sessions Get tips and practical ideas from presentations by FME users and the skill of our FME Certified Professionals Hear how other organisations are innovating with FME and 1Spatial to drive better business decisions Network with existing FME users or other people attending who just want to find out more! Like to present? If you’d like to share your FME experience with other event attendees, let us know. The call for presentations is now open. Simply send an abstract of your presentation to fme@1spatial.com and we’ll be in touch. But be quick, the deadline for submissions is 31st January 2018. National apartment statistics: Two-bedroom apartments most attractive to Aussie buyers 2017-12-17T19:00:00Z national-apartment-statistics-two-bedroom-apartments-most-attractive-to-aussie-buyers Property consultants Urbis surveyed 37% of brand new and off the plan apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the September 2017 quarter, recording a total of 1,241 sales. This is a 35% decrease in sales from the previous July quarter which recorded a spike in sales, though similar to the March 2017 quarter (38% of market surveyed), which recorded a total of 1,360 sales. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 75% are now sold. Urbis monitored over 100,000 actively selling apartments across 704 developments nationally, of which 69% are currently under construction or built. Despite the sales slowdown, the number of available apartments remaining to sell is at the lowest level in years. National Director of Property Economics and Research, Clinton Ostwald, said, “At the end of the quarter, only 9,827 surveyed apartments remained available for sale, compared to 12,548 apartments at the same time last year. Fewer new apartments are launching to the market, leading to fewer sales, however the existing product is still selling though at a slightly slower rate.” PRODUCT Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular selling product, accounting for 47% of total sales, compared to 39% in the previous quarter. One-bedroom, one-car park apartments were the next most popular product type making up 23% of total sales. Three-bedroom plus product recorded 13% of total sales, the same rate as the previous quarter. Looking at projects currently under construction, an average of 55% of future supply across the country is made up of two-bedroom apartments, while one-bedroom apartments make up 32%, with the remainder being three-bedroom plus units and studios. PRICE Across Australia, the weighted average sale price decreased by $36,672. This decrease was only felt across Brisbane and Perth, which impacted the overall price as surveyed sales in these cities made up 46% of the sample. Mr Ostwald said, “The number of apartments on the market which had recently been completed had an impact on price, as developers, particularly in Brisbane and Perth, were keen to move existing product. “Across the country quality apartments in highly sought-after locations are selling first, quickly achieving their presale targets.” In Perth, 44 per cent of actively selling apartments are now built. Similarly, in Brisbane 35 per cent of projects have completed. In Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, only 14% and 10% of actively selling apartments are built. Nationally, the weighted average sale price for a built apartment was $657,000, for an apartment under construction $788,000, and for an apartment in presales $914,000. FUTURE SUPPLY Sixty-nine developments yielding over 11,000 units settled in the quarter, the majority of these being in Brisbane (31%), Melbourne (33%) and Sydney (31%). Additionally, nineteen projects yielding just under 2,000 apartments sold out in the quarter. Twenty-nine projects yielding over 4,000 apartments launched nationally in the quarter, compared to 56 projects yielding over 6,000 apartments in the same period last year. As well as a slowdown in project launches, only 7,047 apartments were approved, the lowest number of approvals since the beginning of 2014. Mr Ostwald noted, “The slowdown in supply along with demand was a positive sign for the apartment market.” “In 2018, over 44,000 apartments are expected to settle across all five cities, including approximately 10% of which belong to already sold out developments. The skyline and the way we live in Australia is changing, however the pace is currently maintainable. Currently there are approximately 131,000 apartments in development application and approval across the five cities and new development approvals are slowing down. “Of course, not all of these will come to the market, and the level of demand will regulate what does sell and is eventually built. “In Q3, each state had their own story to tell about market conditions, however the united message was one of stability. “In Brisbane, fewer launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle suggests we won’t be seeing sales numbers increasing, but rather maintain at the current pace. Elsewhere in Queensland, with the festive season and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, The Gold Coast is quite active for property developers. “In Sydney, owner occupiers and local state investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The Melbourne market is still very much in presales, and almost 50% of active selling projects in Inner Melbourne have not yet commenced construction. While in Perth, we are seeing sentiment improve about the economy and property market, and we expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand.” said Mr Ostwald. Urbis Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 1,241 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter across: Sydney (381 sales, 19% of market surveyed, market size 41,844 units) Melbourne (291 sales: Inner Melbourne 131 sales, 22% of market surveyed, market size 32,636 units – a further 160 sales were recorded in the middle-ring) Brisbane (300 sales, 62% of market surveyed, market size 18,441 units) Perth (276 sales, 88% of market surveyed, market size 10,681 units) Gold Coast (153 sales, 83% of market surveyed, market size 4,519 units) Weighted average sale price recorded at $822,570, a national decrease of $37,000. Sydney - $1,205,774 - $47,000 increase Inner Melbourne - $737,473 - $82,000 increase Brisbane - $644,667 - $81,000 decrease Perth - $608,424 - $53,000 decrease Gold Coast - $676,307 - $48,000 increase The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 32%. Inner Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 27%. Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 50% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 60% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 69% 31% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 20% are recently built. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time.