The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z 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 2018-09-06T22:07:33Z 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 2018-09-05T03:28:33Z 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 2018-03-21T02:59:11Z 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 2018-01-24T03:48:29Z 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 2018-01-09T00:32:38Z 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 2017-12-17T18:00:00Z 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. New Perth Apartment Statistics: Perth apartment market continues to see demand 2017-12-13T18:02:00Z new-perth-apartment-statistics-perth-apartment-market-continues-to-see-demand Despite sluggish activity for Perth real estate, the new apartment market continued to show resilience with 267 sales totalling almost $170 million in value. Urbis Apartment Essentials report for Q3 2017 found that the Perth real estate market was starting to recover with 624 apartment sales in the second half of the year compared to 511 sales in the first half of the year. September 2017 quarter sales were evenly spread across Inner, Fringe and Western Suburbs precincts, however the top two selling projects were both Finbar developments, with the successful launch of Reva in South Perth and Vue Tower in East Perth. Across Perth, the weighted average sale price was $608,424, this was lower than the previous quarter which reflected the more diverse sales, as opposed to the previous quarter which saw a high focus of sales in the Western Suburbs. Sales in other areas (areas outside of the eight defined Urbis precincts and generally more suburban areas) saw an increase in activity for the quarter with 48 apartments sold for the quarter. In the first half of 2017 activity in these areas fell right back (44 sales) but it picked up again in the second half of the year (93 sales). An issue for projects looking to achieve pre-sales continues to be competition from recently completed projects with 38% of total sales in recently built apartments, and a further 30% were in developments which had commenced construction. Urbis Director of Property Economics and Research, David Cresp, said, “Our research shows pre-sales are continuing to support new projects, with almost 60% of all apartments currently under construction having been sold off the plan.” There were only three developments yielding 163 new apartments launching to the market this quarter. However, there are a number of projects sitting on the sideline with 20 projects yielding 1,578 apartments looking to launch over the next 12 months. This is attesting the regained confidence in the Perth apartment market. Included in the launches are projects such as Wright Street Apartments and Eden apartments, which launched in Q4 and are already seeing strong sales. Mr Cresp said, “Apartment over supply was not an issue for the Perth market. Apartments accounted for only 17% of all dwelling approvals according to ABS data for the YTD August 2017. Minute in comparison to Sydney, where 54% of approvals were apartments. As to who these apartments are aimed for, according to Urbis research 53% of sales were to owner-occupiers this quarter, and a further 25% were to local state investors.” The outlook for apartments in Perth was positive, with sentiment improving about the economy and property market in general for 2018. “We expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand. While we are seeing lower levels of apartment completions forecast in 2018, which will allow the market the breathing space it needs to sell any excess apartments. Overall, I feel the Perth apartment market is sitting comfortably.” concluded Mr Cresp. Urbis Perth Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Perth Apartment Essentials Report found: 276 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner City precinct recorded the majority of sales at 52 sales, followed by the Other precinct (48 sales), Fringe-East (36 sales), Western suburbs (36 sales), Fringe-South (35 sales), Fringe-North West (30 sales), Southern (16 sales), Southern-Coastal (14 sales) and Outer Southern (9 sales) The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $608,424. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 60% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-bathroom product made up 24% of total sales compared to 29% in the previous quarter. Owner occupier sales dominated the market with 53% of transactions, up slightly from 50% in the previous quarter. ENDS For media enquiries contact: For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 80145033 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. New Brisbane Apartment Statistics: Inner Brisbane skyline lights up as apartments settle 2017-12-13T18:01:00Z new-brisbane-apartment-statistics-inner-brisbane-skyline-lights-up-as-apartments-settle The Brisbane new apartment market recorded 300 sales in the September 2017 quarter, in line with the previous two quarters’ results of 302 and 311 sales, according to new research by leading property consultants, Urbis. After last quarter’s record high weighted average sale price, this quarter the weighted average sale price decreased by $80,896, registering $644,667. This decrease was driven by a higher proportion of one and two-bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium price-pointed stock selling in the previous quarter. At a product level, most product types registered a weighted average sale price decrease from the previous quarter. At a precinct level, the CBD and Inner South precincts were the only two precincts to register a weighted average sale price decrease. Looking at future supply, there were only 672 new apartments which reached development approval status in the quarter, the lowest number recorded in the Urbis Apartment Essentials. Paul Riga, Director Property Economics and Research, said, “Between 2014 and 2016, it was normal to see over 2,000 units reach approval status per quarter, and at the height of the cycle in 2014 and 2015, this number peaked at over 5,000 apartments. “We are now in the settlement phase of the cycle, and lower levels of new apartment demand are fast driving a slow-down in the addition of any further future supply.” There were 3,382 apartments across Inner Brisbane which commenced settlement this quarter, with over 50% of these in the Inner North precinct. Mr Riga noted that of these 3,382 apartments, 47 per cent belonged to sold out projects, with surveyed projects under construction indicating that 13 per cent of product remained unsold. Looking at the bigger picture, in 2016, over 7,000 apartments reached settlement, whereas in 2017 close to 6,700 apartments are expected to settle. A number of projects saw slippage in the estimated completion period, with 2018 now expecting to see a further 7,100 apartments reach settlement. “We are really starting to notice a change in how we live in Brisbane, the cranes are coming down and more and more lights are turning on, and the effect of these new residents is continuing to re-generate both new and established precincts.” said Mr Riga. The traditional two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment market made up the majority of sales this quarter, with 50 per cent of total sales, similar to the 51 per cent achieved in the previous quarter. The level of one-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus sales was also similar to the previous quarter. “What our research is telling us is that even in current market conditions apartments are still selling. Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results. For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter. The coming quarters will continue to see limited new project launches, with only a handful mooted to launch over the next six months. “The lack of new launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle, suggests we’ll see sales numbers maintain at the current pace.” said Mr Riga. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Brisbane Apartment Essentials Report found: 300 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter, a slight decrease of 3% in sales from the previous quarter which recorded 311 sales. The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $644,667, a $80,896 decrease compared to the record June 2017 quarter. This is the lowest weighted average sale price recorded in 2017. The decrease was driven by entry level one and two bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium stock in the previous quarter. Sales by product type did not change much from the previous quarter. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 50% of total sales, similiar to 51% in the previous quarter. Three-bedroom plus product made up only 11% of sales, and one-bedroom product made up 31% of total sales. Only two new projects yielding 342 apartments launched this quarter, compared to five new projects yielding 744 apartments in the previous quarter. Interstate investor buyers dominated the market with 35% of transactions, followed by foreign investor buyers with 28% of transactions. Owner occupier buyers made up 21% of purchases. The Inner East had the highest percentage of Interstate Investor sales, driven by the launch of a new project. 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. New VIC Apartment Statistics: Flood fears pass as Melbourne apartment pipeline dries up 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-vic-apartment-statistics-flood-fears-pass-as-melbourne-apartment-pipeline-dries-up Urbis’ Apartment Essentials report for the September quarter 2017 reveals that while most of the current inventory is progressing well to construction, the pace and volume of new supply is slowing down. As prices hold and even increase, policy makers are left to ponder what will happen if future supply volume continues to fall back. Urbis’ assessment of Melbourne’s off the plan apartment market is based on sales from 49 off the plan projects in the September 2017 quarter comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments, as well as monitoring the status of almost 400 projects. Of the 291 sales recorded, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. As predicted, there was a drop in sales activity in this quarter for two key reasons: Firstly, a greater share of projects have now sold the majority of their stock - Of the 49 surveyed projects across Inner and Middle Melbourne, 71% of projects have sold more than 70% of their available product. Of these, four projects yielding 291 apartments sold out their last remaining stock in the September 2017 quarter. Secondly, as we predicted earlier in the year, some activity was brought forward to the June quarter to beat the stamp duty changes coming into effect on July 1, with the anticipated softening of investor activity in the September quarter. Given the changing conditions there were fewer projects brought to market. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. While less than 50% of active projects had commenced construction at the close of the quarter, those that are well progressed through presales will soon move to boost construction volumes in the short to medium term. However, this looks to be offset by a diminishing supply pipeline from both a project launch and a development approval perspective. In Inner Melbourne, Urbis assessed 131 sales from 32 projects in the quarter. After a surge in one-bedroom apartments in the June quarter, the market preference for two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments returned, boosting the weighted average sale price by $82,000 to $737,000 in this quarter. Some product differences were apparent across different precincts, with one-bedroom apartments the most popular product in the Central and Inner West Precincts, two-bedroom one-bathroom apartments in the Inner North Precinct and two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments in the Inner East and Inner South. In Inner Melbourne at a product level, prices remained similar to the previous quarter, however several expensive premium product sales helped to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Three of the six Inner Melbourne precincts, the Central, Inner North and Inner West, registered a weighted average sale price increase in the quarter. Combined, these three precincts made up 73% of total Inner Melbourne sales – which further helped boost the overall weighted average sale price. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained consistent with the previous quarter at $582,000. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was also the most popular choice in the middle-ring, accounting for 51% of total sales. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Melbourne Apartment Essentials Report found: Urbis assessed 49 off the plan projects comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments By the end of the quarter 71% of projects had sold more than 70% of stock Urbis recorded 291 off the plan sales in the September 2017 quarter. Of these, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. Once again, the majority of sales were in the middle ring. Within Inner Melbourne, 33% of sales were recorded in the Central Precinct, followed by the Inner North (28% sales), Inner East (24% of sales), Inner West (11% sales) and Inner South (4% sales). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $737,000 for the Inner Melbourne precincts, a $82,000 increase compared to the June 2017 quarter. This increase was driven by more two-bedroom apartments transacting and premium product sales helping to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product accounted for 40% of total sales across Inner and Middle Melbourne, and 27% of total sales in Inner Melbourne. One-bedroom apartments across Inner and Middle Melbourne accounted for 37% of total sales, and were split evenly between those with and those without a car park. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained steady, decreasing by $1,390 to sit at $582,391. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. Only one new development yielding 261 apartments is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2017, with a steadier flow of project releases anticipated in 2018. 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. New Gold Coast Apartment Statistics: Sold signs aplenty, but fewer new projects on the Gold Coast 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-gold-coast-apartment-statistics-sold-signs-aplenty-but-fewer-new-projects-on-the-gold-coast The Gold Coast new apartment market recorded 153 unconditional sales in the September 2017 quarter, according to the latest research by property consultants Urbis. Though a decline on the previous quarter’s sales, fewer active projects were selling. Only 46 new apartment developments were monitored during September quarter, compared to 62 at the same time last year. The Gold Coast weighted average sale price across the four precincts increased by $48,381, to register $676,307 in Q3 2017. This is the highest recorded average price since 2014. This increase was driven by more expensive two-bedroom apartment transactions. The weighted average sale price of this product increased by over $100,000 this quarter. This product price increase was most significant in the Gold Coast Central Precinct, which had a higher level of beach front developments selling. At a precinct level, the Coastal Fringe Precinct registered the greatest increase in weighted average sale price, rising by $123,182 in Q3 2017. However, it was still the most affordable precinct with a weighted average sale price of $592,241. The Southern Beaches Precinct registered a $226,471 decrease in weighted average sale price this quarter, as a new project launch brought affordable stock to the traditionally more high-end apartment market. Given that 63 per cent of sales in the quarter were owner occupier sales, there was a lean towards multi-bedroom apartments. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments made up 69 per cent of total Gold Coast sales this quarter. Three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the next highest selling product type making up 17 per cent of total sales. Urbis Senior Consultant, Lynda Campbell, said, “The Gold Coast apartment market’s level of supply remained stable, with 1,170 apartments for sale at the end of September, lower than the two year quarterly average of 1,325. Additionally, to date 15 projects have sold out during 2017. Only three projects yielding 298 apartments launched on the Gold Coast this quarter, further contributing to fewer sales.” The December 2017 quarter is expected to record an increase in sales with several pending projects launching to the market. “New developments which launched in October and November on the Gold Coast have already achieved strong presales. I expect to see the number of sales increase next quarter, with the festive season and the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being quite active for property developers.” said Ms Campbell. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 153 sales recorded in the September 2017 quarter, with 69 per cent of sales being two-bedroom, two-bathroom product. Weighted average sale price recorded at $676,307, an increase of $48,381, and the highest recorded price since 2014. The Gold Coast Central Precinct recorded the highest quarterly sales rate across the four Gold Coast precincts, with 61 sales during the September 2017 quarter, accounting for 40 per cent of total sales. The Coastal Fringe Precinct recorded 58 sales during the September 2017 quarter, followed by Southern Beaches (34). Supply remains stable with 1,170 apartments for sale at end of September, lower than the two year average of 1,325. *Coastal Fringe suburbs include Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar, Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall, Carrara, Robina, Clear Island Waters, Merrimac and Varsity Lakes. *North Shore suburbs include Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay. *Gold Coast Central suburbs include Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and Broadbeach Waters. *Southern Beaches suburbs include Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Casuarina, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Kingscliff, Kirra, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Palm Beach, Tugun and Tweed Heads. 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. New Apartment Statistics: Room for growth in Sydney new apartment market 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-apartment-statistics-room-for-growth-in-sydney-new-apartment-market Sydney’s new apartment market recorded 381 sales from a sample of 19% of the market in the September 2017 quarter, according to new research released today by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Inner West Precinct recorded the majority of sales at 27% of total sales in the quarter, closely followed by the Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). Though fewer sales were recorded with 81% of surveyed apartments now sold, the weighted average sale price increased by $46,677 over the previous quarter, reaching $1,205,774. At a product level, the weighted average sale price decreased across one-bedroom, one-car and two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, despite these being the two best-selling product types. However, with 18 of the 30 surveyed projects registering a total weighted average sale price of over $1 million, including the top two selling developments, the overall increase makes sense. Urbis Associate Director of Property Economics and Research, Alex Stuart, said, “Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was back in the top selling position this quarter, however at only 32% of total sales the popularity of this product type differs from other markets. “The Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth markets generally sit between 50% and 60% for the proportion of two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments sold. However, in Sydney and Melbourne where it is a lot harder to get a foot on the property ladder, this is a lot more spread across other, mostly smaller, product types.” One bedroom, one car apartments were the next best seller making up 24% of sales. Sixteen projects containing 2,157 apartments launched in the quarter, compared to thirteen projects containing 3,232 apartments in the previous quarter. Looking ahead, there are 12 projects containing 3,902 new apartments which are expected to launch in the next 6 months. Apartment approvals dropped to 2,433 apartments in the Q3 2017, the lowest number of approvals since mid-2014. However, with only approximately 27,000 apartments currently in development approval and application status, there is still plenty of room for growth. Mr Stuart noted, “The Sydney apartment market has fewer apartments in future supply compared to the much smaller Brisbane apartment market. In Sydney, developments are coming to the market at a much quicker rate than the rest of the nation, and if developers are able to source affordable land, there is opportunity to make a profit.” “Looking at sales and supply levels, apartments in Sydney are still attractive to buyers and developers. Owner occupiers and local 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 challenge is keeping these apartments attractive and affordable for both developers and buyers.” concluded Mr Stuart. Urbis Sydney Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Sydney Apartment Essentials Report found: 381 sales, from a sample of 30 surveys, were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner West Precinct recorded 27% of total sales, followed by Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $1,205,774 an increase of $46,677 over the previous quarter, and the highest weighted average sale price recorded for the Sydney Apartment Essentials. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular product type, making up 32% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-car apartments made up 24% of total transactions. NSW investor sales were once again the most popular transaction, accounting for 51% of total sales. Owner occupier sales accounted for 35% of sales. There were sixteen new apartment launches this quarter, equating to 2,157 apartments. 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. Hemp Smoothie which is actually good for you launches in Australia. 2017-11-23T23:43:29Z hemp-smoothie-which-is-actually-good-for-you-launches-in-australia Melbourne, Australia, 24th November 2017, Smoothie Bombs are proud to announce that they have launched a new, limited addition ‘healing’ flavour! Say hello to Smoothie Bombs: The Healer- Vanilla Hemp! Smoothie Bombs recently won the Australian Organic 2017 Product Innovation Award. Edible hemp has recently been approved by the Australian Government. It has been available internationally for many years. Cinzia Cozzolino, Founder of Smoothie Bombs and nutritionist states: “I've always loved vanilla in food and I loved vanilla milk shakes growing up! When I was coming up with the flavour, I knew I wanted to use hemp, which is nutty and creamy and so vanilla just seemed to be a great fit. It also contains Butterfly Pea powder which is full of antioxidants.” “Hemp is my favourite source of plant-based protein. Hemp comes from a strain of the cannabis plant (i.e Sativa L) but it is different to marijuana. Like the difference between two different breeds of dogs. It is such a good source of vital nutrients for growing bodies which is why Hemp is a good option for kids especially fussy eaters. It can be added to their favourite meals without much effort and it taste great in smoothies making it easier to consume. I recommend getting certified organic hemp seeds for kids as they will also be without pesticides. “ Cinzia is a nutritionist and expert on edible hemp. Do you know? Hemp has a great source of all three essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9! Hemp has 11g of protein in 3 Tablespoons making it a great plant protein. Organic Hemp can be eaten by kids. Hemp has been approved in many countries for years. Australia only recently approved edible Hemp. Buy your limited edition The Healer- Vanilla Hemp Smoothie Bombs from www.thesmoothiebombs.com.au from the 24th of November. 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy! 2017-11-08T23:54:32Z 5-ways-to-keep-your-eyes-healthy Victoria, Australia, 8th November 2017, Kevin Paisley has been providing local Victorian communities with premium eye care and eyewear for nearly 40 years. The new Kevin Paisley Watergardens store is an addition to the existing 12 that span across Wester Victoria. To celebrate the opening of Kevin Paisley in Watergardens, Kevin Paisley would like to share 5 tips to keep your eyes healthy. Book to have your eyes examined. It is bulk billed. Have your eyes examined by an Optometrist every two years and every year if over 65. Wear your Sunglasses when outdoors. UV protection all year around is vital to lower the risk of Cataracts and Macular Degeneration. Eat for Eye Health A Healthy Diet is key for continued eye health. Include plenty of vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, many of which are found in dark green, leafy vegetables, nuts or fish sources. These foods can help lower risk of some eye diseases. If your vision changes, seek help. Know your eyes, understand potential warning signs and look for changes in your vision. Seek help from your local friendly Optometrist immediately if you have any concerns. Protect your eyes. Use appropriate eye protection when required in the workplace, school and at home. Georgina Preece, optometrist and the Professional Services Manager for Kevin Paisley states: “I am proud to open Kevin Paisley Watergardens and bring our excellent optometry and product showcasing new releases across ranges such as Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley and a selection of Kevin Paisley exclusives such as and Lars Ostern.” Book your bulk billed eye care appointment online: http://www.kevinpaisleyr.com.au/book-an-eye-test-exam About Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear: Drawing from a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise, we pride ourselves in providing you with superior optical care and the latest designer frames and sunglasses to match, all whilst in a vibrant and relaxing environment. Come into one of our stores to discover a trendy selection of shapes, sizes and colours, guided by professionals from the optometry room to frame and lens selection.We look forward to meeting you all and we are certain you will leave Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear happy, with clear vision and a fresh look. http://www.kevinpaisley.com.au Australians can now employ theatre and event producer, Jac Bowie, as their very own wedding planner. 2017-09-20T03:58:38Z australians-can-now-employ-theatre-and-event-producer-jac-bowie-as-their-very-own-wedding-planner PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Geelong, Victoria, 20th September 2017, Jac Bowie proudly announces the purchase of wedding styling and planning business ‘Oh Perfect Day’. The business has been rebranded to ‘Darling Don’t Panic’ “After 10 years as a theatre producer, developing, producing and bringing shows into Australia, I had a short hiatus in 2011, trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I had a wealth of experience in events, and was juggling a few short-term contracts at the time with Cirque Du Soleil, Mardi Gras, and by this time had held a few small networking events for women (which later would go on to become Business in Heels). I’d even worked as the tour manager for the controversial “Wolf of Wall Street”, Jordan Belfort. In the middle of all this, I found myself thinking about becoming a wedding planner. I toyed with the name One Perfect Day, and went about creating a Facebook page and the beginnings of a website. Unexpectedly, Business in Heels took off, and within 3 weeks of this idea, I was processing 15 branches of franchises for BIH.” Jac sold BIH to a franchisee in December 2014, and went on to embark on a few years in radio. Jac adds: “A year on air in Darwin, and then another year in digital management in Geelong. But I really struggled not working for myself. I was missing it.” In 2017, a small Geelong wedding planning business, Oh Perfect Day, came on the market, Jac grabbed the chance and purchased the business. She has rebranded it as Darling Don’t Panic. Jac says: “Darling Don’t Panic is the reincarnation of Oh Perfect Day. We took the beautiful aesthetics that previous owner Jane Lovejoy had worked so hard to create, but we’ve grown the business into something truly unique. I’m bringing my (rather eccentric) experience producing burlesque, cabaret, corporate events, entertainment, and applying this outlook to weddings.” The whole point of the business is to create something unique to the bride. Jac understands that no one wants a cookie cutter wedding. Jac concludes: “Along with the new outlook, we are now partnered with state-of-the-art planning software, Aisle Planner, so regardless of which package our clients book, they have access to an online tool that helps them with all aspects of the event planning process such as budgets, contacts, guest lists, seating plans and a fully collaborative Design Studio where our clients can not only upload their inspiration, but search and add more by type, theme or colour.” “Whatever it is that you need for your big day we will be there. To us, it does not matter who you are or what your background is. Rather it is how we can make two people happy on their special day. Our greatest wish is that you can spend the rest of your lives united. That is why Darling Don’t Panic fully supports marriage equality.” There’s also a FREE GUIDE, 12 Steps to Discover (& Get!) The Wedding You Want. Based out of both Melbourne & Geelong, Darling Don’t Panic is now servicing clients all over Victoria, and around Australia by request. Franchises are also available for talented event stylists and planners. DARLING DON’T PANIC Email: info@darlingdontpanic.com Web: www.darlingdontpanic.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/darlingdontpanic Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/darlingdontpanic Facebook: www.facebook.com/darlingdontpanicwed JAC BOWIE Email: jac@jacbowie.com Web: www.jacbowie.com