The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-07-27T05:26:15Z Facebook appoints to grow Facebook Gaming 2021-07-27T05:26:15Z facebook-appoints-goto-game-to-grow-facebook-gaming Sydney, 27 July 2021: has been appointed as a Creator Service Provider by Facebook Gaming. will support the growth and development of the Facebook Gaming Creator Program in Australia and New Zealand across live and video-on-demand (VOD). Over 700 million people interact with gaming content on Facebook every month. Facebook Gaming aims to build the world’s biggest gaming community, a place for people to play games, watch gaming videos or engage in gaming groups.  Facebook Gaming's ambition reflects the opportunity in the gaming sector. According to Newzoo's latest report, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is the largest gaming market in the world, with the number of players growing by 4.8% to 1.6 billion. The Facebook Gaming Creator Program is focused on recruiting newcomers, established players, and content creators seeking to move to the next level of audience size and revenue generation opportunities. The program will provide creators with access to products and tools that help them to get discovered, engage with their community, and monetize and build the business and brand globally.  Emma Lo Russo, Founder and CEO of, said, “We are excited to partner with Facebook Gaming as a Creator Service Provider and support Australia's gaming creators to build their presence on the platform.  "We’ve built's reputation over seven years as a trusted partner that bridges the world and interests of the gaming community, and the brands and companies that support them. We formed to provide opportunities for brands to be involved in the lucrative gaming and esports market.” The team have worked with global brands of the stature of Lenovo, Intel, EA Sports, Bethesda, Gigabyte, Nvidia, and Alienware.  “Now we are working with gaming creators to specifically help them build their presence on Facebook and take them to new heights with advertising support, marketing activations, partnership with brands, and product support," said Emma Lo Russo. Gamers and content creators who want to be considered or know more should visit and register at ENDS Media assets: has been appointed as a Creator Service Provider by Facebook Gaming. will support the growth and development of the Facebook Gaming Creator Program in Australia and New Zealand across live and video-on-demand (VOD). Picture: For more information:              Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer. Tel: +61 404 432 700. Twitter: @alansmithoz About is dedicated to the gaming industry, gamers and gaming content creators, bringing a wealth of knowledge of the global gaming industry, linked to rigorous and performance analytics,  to a wider audience. is the go-to destination for brands wishing to engage gaming creators and influencers, supporting gamers growth, through activations and promotions, social content programs, paid media,  daily updates, news, reviews, streams and gaming opinions. Fuelled by Digivizer’s technology, creates compelling programs and plays for gamers, influencers and corporate brands. About Digivizer Digivizer is Australia’s leading digital marketing analytics technology and activations company. Its digital insights help businesses get better results from their digital marketing, across owned, earned and paid media, in social, search and web performance. Digivizer gives businesses the information they need to make better decisions and improve their marketing ROI.  Digivizer’s digital insights are available through a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform affordable to any business, and through add-on digital marketing services.  Digivizer is an ad, development and technology partner of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google, and is a marketing and agency partner to Google and Facebook. is at:Twitter: Horses, Safety and Riding on the Roads 2021-05-31T05:44:53Z horses-safety-and-riding-on-the-roads Safety on the roads and pathways for horse riders Supported by Commonwealth government funding Horse SA is educating horse riders and road and path users so that everyone may stay as safe as possible. At some point horse owners will need to ride or carriage drive on the road, whether it’s to reach an off-road path, or to connect one path to another.   As society becomes more and more urban and our population increases, it’s important to know how to be safe on our roads with horses.   All horse riders and handlers on roads are legitimate, yet they are ‘vulnerable’ users, meaning there is no crash protection in the case of an accident compared to a motorised vehicle. In 2015 published findings from a survey found that over half of all riders (52%) reported having experienced at least one accident or near miss in the prior 12 months[1].   Vehicles, like horses, can be unpredictable on our roads, which is why it’s so important to follow the rules when riding or leading a horse on the road. A guide has been released to educate horse riders and other road users to significantly reduce the chances of collisions or casualties on roads so everyone enjoys a safe and fun experiences with horses.   “Horses help to build self-esteem and self-confidence, and they inspire people to pursue their goals and aspirations”   Horse safety on the roads in Australia   In conjunction with understanding the Australian Road Rules, it’s important to understand how to prepare for riding on the roads and make informed decisions that will contribute to the safety of all road users.   A guide has been released for horse riders Horse Safety on the Roads in Australia and a short guide for road and trail users How to safely share roads and paths with horse riders.   Digital copies can be found on the Horse SA website. [1] Thompson K, Matthews C. Inroads into Equestrian Safety: Rider-Reported Factors Contributing to Horse-Related Accidents and Near Misses on Australian Roads. Animals (Basel). 2015 Jul 22;5(3):592-609. doi: 10.3390/ani5030374. PMID: 26479376; PMCID: PMC4598696.   POLYMASTER RELEASE WEATHERPROOF IBC BUND 2021-05-20T04:39:05Z polymaster-release-weatherproof-ibc-bund The Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) is the number one container for storing and shipping chemicals worldwide. IBC's are regarded as an economical way to transport 1000ltrs of chemical to all corners of the globe. They are compact and take up no more than the footprint of a standard shipping pallet. Despite some obvious benefits, there is a downside to this versatile container. Regulatory bodies also target the IBC because it can be mishandled, resulting in spills that can contaminate the surrounding ground, including waterways. They can also be a cause of workplace injuries through skin and eye contact when emptying the chemicals from it. Organizations such as Victoria's EPA have developed and implemented Liquid Storage and Handling Guidelines to address specific issues around IBCs. These guidelines set out clear instruction on how to correctly store and handle these chemical containers for everyone's safety. Up until now, there has been a limited range of free-standing, all-weather units that can encase an IBC and at the same time provide safe and clean dispensing options. The introduction of the Polymaster Enclosed IBC Bund addresses all concerns around the IBC. Complete weather protection stops rain from entering the storage unit as the IBC is contained within an enclosed bund. In the event of an IBC rupture, the unit would contain the entire contents within itself, preventing any chemical entering stormwater or surrounding area, as the design exceeds AS3780-2008, The Storage and Handling of Corrosive Substances, bunding requirements of 110%. Operators have free and easy access via outward swing doors. Each door has clear viewing panels so that an operator can see inside without putting themselves at risk in the event of a spill.  The unique door design acts as a splash guard, ensuring no chemicals can exit the unit. The wide-opening doors allow an IBC to be easily forklifted into position from either side or rear. Extra clearance on all sides of the opening is advantageous to outside storage where forklifts may be operating on uneven ground. The Enclosed IBC Bund includes a built-in vent to expel gases and a 250ltr day tank for continuous dosing if incorporated into an in-line process. The day tank has safe, quick connect/disconnect hoses to minimize spillage/splashing and a sight tube for the operator. A mounted audible and visual low-level alarm can be viewed through viewing panels. The front cabinet can either accommodate a fully customized dosing system or an off-the-shelf dispensing kit suggested by Polymaster that suits chemicals. For further information on the Enclosed IBC Bund, contact the Engineered Solutions team at Polymaster on 1800 062 064   Media Release Contact:                 Phillip Collins 0428 448 127 Fostering Community with Creativity 2021-05-13T04:32:14Z fostering-community-with-creativity Social media can help connect us in this changing world, but, no matter our age or gender, overuse can quickly turn into an obsessive need for approval [1]. For Brisbane-based, three time published author, Jacqui Preugschat, building confidence in young girls has been important for her roles as a teacher, and mother of four. Jacqui believes that by focusing on confidence, young girls can be encouraged to stay creative and explore their inner talents, rather than focusing on their outward appearance.   But building confidence in girls and women is a lifelong process, and Jacqui states, ‘It is so important to start early, which is why I started writing the Tessa’s Book of Elegance Series, full of talent building and creative projects for young girls.’ For Jacqui, it has been affirming and inspiring to watch girls gift each other the things they have created from the activities in her books. She says, ‘Their faces just light up when the girls share their creations. It’s wonderful to see the joy it brings them.’ Jacqui is excited to be releasing the third book in her Tessa’s Book of Elegance series, titled, ‘Design Your Own Elegant Bedroom Decor With Tessa’. This book focuses on learning about colour, exploring colour themes and making beautiful projects to keep or give away. By fostering a community among young girls that is built on foundations of creativity, connection, and sharing their unique gifts, Jacqui believes that young girls will be inspired to see themselves as more than just their appearance, or the success of their social media.  Not stopping at three books, Jacqui is currently working on her fourth book, which features a day in the life of the main character ‘Tessa’, where there will be opportunities to learn sketching, gardening, horse riding, rock climbing, caring for pets and much more. She is also writing and illustrating a collection of short stories to read to children at bedtime, where each book will relate to a central topic, including an encouraging letter at the end of each book. To learn more about Jacqui, or to purchase any of her books, you can find her at  If you’d like to read more of Jacqui’s work, she regularly contributes to Kidspot [1]Jessy, Parv K. How to raise a confident daughter in the age of social media. Medium. March 11, 2019. Accessed 23 April, 2021. Galaxy Racer Announce Record Prize-Money for Independent Fortnite Tournament 2021-04-14T17:28:47Z galaxy-racer-annound-record-prize-money-for-independent-fortnite-tournament eSports company Galaxy Racer is announcing the launch of Australia’s largest independent Fortnite competitions for April 18th, with prize money of $10,000. The tournament will boast many of the OCE’s top 20 professional trios, as well as the chance for 10 amateur teams to win the right to challenge them!   Galaxy Racer is renowned for driving change in the rapidly growing industry. They have championed females in eSports, content creation in the Arab world and own the leading teams in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia and now are set to invest heavily in growing the Australian gaming market.   “Australia is generally underrepresented in eSports, but it has enormous potential. Australians are a culture of sports lovers. To generate interest, we are staking the largest independent prize pool ever offered to Australian amateurs!” said CEO of Galaxy Racer, Paul Roy.   “With this event, Galaxy Racer is officially announcing its entry into Australia, but not just with Fortnite. We are investing in the entire esports ecosystem of Oceania, just as it did in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe, building some of the biggest teams and players worldwide...” said Mr. Roy.     Amateur Qualifier Event Normally high-profile tournaments are restricted to professional teams. The Galaxy Racer tournament however will reward 10 teams the right to qualify to play against the professionals.     The qualifier event will be run on April 18th. To register for the event, players can visit The entry instructions are on the pinned tweet.     Key Event Dates   18th April: Open Public Qualifiers - Top 33 Teams get into Semi-Finals - NOT STREAMED   20th April: Semi-Finals - Top 33 Teams will compete for 10 Spots in Finals - STREAMED   21st April: Grand Finals:  STREAMED LIVE -        Top 10 teams from public + top 20 invited teams     How to Watch The competition is free to stream on Galaxy Racers Twitch Channel -     Tournament Commentators Popular online personalities Aussie Antics & Coach Timmy are commentating the event, bringing expert comments to the highly knowledgeable fans, and making it more accessible and understandable to those viewing for the first time.   The tournament is also supported by Cano Scrims who is promoting it within the Australian gaming community.     eSports is booming during COVID-19 eSports has boomed during the pandemic, with Twitch & YouTube seeing over 20% growth in viewership hours. The eSports industry is worth $1.1 billion and is projected to increase to $1.8+ billion by 2022.   Money is flooding into the emerging industry, fueling the rapid expansion. In 2019, the worlds top five Dota 2 players earned more than Novak Djokovic ($3.1 Million v.s 3 Million)!   Rank Game Overall Prize Pool (Millions) 1 Dota 2 223.3 2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 95.5 3 Fortnite 85.2 4 League of Legends 74.6 5 StarCraft II 32.8 6 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 21.7 7 Overwatch 21.6 8 Hearthstone 21 9 Heroes of the Storm 18.1 10 Arena of Valor 14.6     Future Investments “Watch this space!” said Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer. “This is the first investment of many in the Oceanic region. Galaxy Racer are committed to growing the Esports ecosystem in the Oceanic region”     About Galaxy Racer Galaxy Racer are pioneers of eSports within the changing entertainment landscape. They heavily invest in growing the sport by funding teams, developing talent and content creators.   Committed to the game, dominators of the field, inspiring creators – Galaxy Racer (GXR) is not only one of the fastest-growing Esports organizations around the globe, but also has the biggest content creator presence in the Arab Speaking World and Asia. Spread across a diverse international roster of 12 teams and 20+ Content Creators with over 70 Million Reach, boasting professionals from 22 countries, GXR strives to be the central hub for all manner of gamers. Since its introduction to the competitive gaming scene in 2019, the team has already established top global ranking status across in the biggest games of the scene, including CS:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, and PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Rocket League and Fortnite. Live 1-day building event: see Scandinavian 2 bed house built fast 2021-04-12T03:51:28Z live-1-day-building-event-see-scandinavian-2-bed-house-built-fast Architects, owner-builders, licensed builders and anyone looking for a new and speedy ways to build are invited to YZY Kit Homes Ourimbah Display Village on Friday 23 April 2021 between 9am–4pm to watch a live build of the two-bedroom Madeira. During this free all-day building event, attendees will see the latest addition to the display village built before their eyes. The stylish and flexible Madeira design will be built onto a prepared base by the team from Custom Creations. The build will take 4 days in total, with the framing including the walls, windows and doors completed during the live event. The roof will be installed on day 2, and during days 3 and 4 the cabin will be finished to lock up stage, ready for internal fit-outs. Building details: Madeira 2 bedroom The live build is an exciting opportunity to discover the steps involved in the speedy prefab building system that allows a quality backyard cabin to be built in a matter of days, not months. Attendees can also learn more about the materials used and how they play a vital role in minimising waste on site. As a result of the pandemic, over the past 12 months there has been a rapid increase in demand for backyard cabins as families adapt to a different way of living. As founder and director of YZY Kit Homes Lina Urbona explains, there is a huge opportunity for builders around Australia to join the network.  “Families are looking to add flexible spaces where they can work and study, but the wait lists are getting longer. Builders who join our network can tap into these enquiries instantly. And the live build demonstrates how fast and easy our kit homes are to build.” The new Madeira cabin will join 7 other display cabins at the large Ourimbah Display Village. Each is fully furnished showcasing the many design possibilities and uses for these versatile cabins. The YZY team and their builders will also be on hand to answer any questions on the day. Ms Urbona hopes the live event will help spread the word about this fast, innovative and cost-effective way to build. “With YZY Kit Homes you can complete your project in fraction of the time, at a lower cost, with the highest quality materials.”  The event will take place on Friday 23 April, 2021 at Ourimbah Display Village, 4 James Graham lane (corner of the Pacific highway), Ourimbah, NSW, between 9am and 4pm. All welcome. Leave your details in the form below to get notified of any changes. We will email or text you the updates. You can also add the event to your calendar and also follow us on Facebook. More information on the event: Oceans Décor Accommodates Resurgence in Demand for Macramé Creations 2021-03-08T06:03:57Z oceans-decor-accommodates-resurgence-in-demand-for-macrame-creations From home décor to swimwear, macramé creations were trendy and fashionable accessories for homes and businesses around the world in the 1970s. The art form is experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to artistic Millennials and Oceans Décor is a leader in decorative macramé featuring different materials, sizes, colors and themes. Individuals can select from a wide range of macramé décor ranging from tapestries and dreamcatchers to hanging shelves. Customers can also choose from pillow covers, wall pocket hangers, and macramé wall hanging plant holders at Oceans Décor. Some of the most striking and innovative creations available include handmade macramé curtains that add an air of bohemian style to living rooms and bedrooms. The boutique can also accommodate custom-made hammocks. Each is made-to-order and able to hold 120kg (265 lbs.). Cat owners can order a macramé bed for their feline in which to recline in regal repose. The one-of-a-kind cat cradle is safe, sturdy and a stylish addition for any home. Consumers can select from multiple types of macrame wall hangings that are beautiful and functional. One of those is wall pocket hangers that provide an ideal space for magazines and can also act as an organizer. For those with a love of books, Oceans Décor offers a three-tiered macramé shelf for plants, spices, knick-knacks, nurseries, or keeping favorite books. Large macrame wall hangings, tapestries and dreamcatchers are a popular focus and there are multiple styles from which to choose at Oceans Décor. Shoppers can select dreamcatchers with floral patterns, shooting stars, and the moon. The large wall hangings are offered in an array of styles to accommodate a myriad of preferences. Macramé products are again in the spotlight due to artistic Millennials and an increased interest in raising plants and redecorating while under pandemic lockdowns. Oceans Décor is meeting the demand for unique, innovative and distinctive macramé creations to beautify any environment and accommodate any desire. Media Contact Oceans Décor 15/120 Burns Bay Road Linley Point Sydney New South Wales 2066 Australia Website: The Crosby Group invests in Verton Technologies 2021-02-15T06:26:57Z the-crosby-group-invests-in-verton-technologies The Crosby Group, a global leader in lifting, rigging, and load securement hardware, today announced that it has completed a significant investment in Verton Technologies (“Verton”). Australian-based Verton has developed and commercialised disruptive advancements in load orientation technology that remove the need for human held tag lines in lifting applications. These innovations play a critical role in improving the safety and productivity of global lifting operations. The Crosby Group and Verton will collaborate in the market to accelerate the adoption of this game-changing load orientation technology. By leveraging The Crosby Group’s global footprint, Verton will bring an elevated level of safety to an increasing number of workers. Robert Desel, CEO of The Crosby Group, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Verton in this rapidly growing space. This investment is a perfect strategic fit due to our common end-user base and our shared values of safety, reliability and innovation.” Verton’s solutions include Everest 6, a 20-ton load orienting spreader beam, Everest 30, a modular load orienting system for a broad range of working load limits, and Windmaster, a load orientation device for wind turbine erection. Trevor Bourne, CEO for Verton added: “With this new partnership Verton can dramatically increase the pace of innovation and the penetration of our products in the market. As a global leader with strong brand recognition, The Crosby Group creates an exciting platform for Verton’s future.” This marks The Crosby Group’s fourth transaction in the past 24 months including the acquisitions of Straightpoint, Gunnebo Industries and Feubo. About The Crosby Group The Crosby Group is a global leader in the innovation, manufacturing and distribution of products and services used to make lifting and load securement safer and more efficient, with premier brands such as Crosby, Gunnebo Industries, Crosby Straightpoint, Acco, McKissick, Crosby Feubo, Trawlex, Lebus, and CrosbyIP. With global engineering, manufacturing, distribution and operations, the company provides a broad range of products and solutions for the most demanding applications with uncompromising quality that exceed industry standards. About Verton Verton is an innovative technology firm and inventor of the world’s first remote-controlled load orientation system. This revolutionary system makes taglines obsolete, removing the need for workers to be near moving or suspended loads, keeping them out of harm’s way. Verton’s range of lifting products also integrate smart technology to facilitate more precise load placement, faster task turnover, and superior analysis and oversight of operations. The technology will greatly benefit lifting operations by moving towards `hands free` lifting and keep workers clear of potentially high-risk zones. First Australian woman comic book writer on The Phantom 2021-02-15T03:42:21Z first-australian-woman-comic-book-writer-on-the-phantom-1 Sydney-based comics creator Julie Ditrich has just officially become the first Australian woman comic book writer on The Phantom with the release of her 44-page comic book story The Adventure of the Dragon’s Leg, which has just been published in The Phantom: The Treasures of Drakon – The Red Dragon Saga trade paperback by Frew Publications. Julie is also historically the sixth credited woman comic book writer in the world1 to write for The Phantom. The story, which is illustrated by Brazillian artist Wendell Cavalcanti, is a sequel to three comic book stories, originally published in the 1970s, that focus on The Phantom’s battle with a deadly and obsessive female villain, driven not only to possess him but also to exact revenge on him in the most horrific manner.   The Phantom was originally created by US writer Lee Falk and first published in 1936 as a daily newspaper comic strip series. It is still being published to this day in that particular format, albeit with new writer and artist teams who came on board both before and after Falk’s death in 1999. The Phantom is also published in comic books, graphic novels and prose anthologies, and has also been adapted into other media—namely film, television and video games.   The Phantom is a masked and costumed crime-fighter who lives with his family in the Skull Cave in the Deep Woods of a fictional African country called Bangalla. Unlike other superheroes, The Phantom does not rely on magic or a superpower. Rather, he depends on his intelligence and ingenuity, strength, boxing and wrestling prowess, and the myth of his immortality as “The Ghost Who Walks” to fight his adversaries.   The origins of The Phantom legend lies 485 years in the past when in 1536 the young Christopher ‘Kit’ Walker witnessed his father’s murder at the hands of a pirate. Later on, Christopher swore an oath on the skull of his father’s killer to fight pirates and other evil doers around the world, thus becoming the first Phantom. That legacy was then passed from father to son in the lineage (and also included one female – Julie Walker – born in 1852 who occasionally took on the mantle of The Phantom when her twin brother, the 17th Phantom, was injured or missing). The current Kit Walker is the 21st Phantom.   Julie Ditrich, who has a BA Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Canberra, and who has sold over 270,000 copies of her comics books internationally, found that the comics medium completely suited her storytelling style. Julie has worked predominantly in the fantasy genre but now embraces action-adventure with The Phantom. I used to read Phantom comic books and the daily newspaper strip when I was growing up, and truly feel I was creatively geared to write these stories. I’m excited and appreciative beyond measure to be writing such a complex and fascinating character as The Phantom for Frew Publications. She adds: I really want to honour the legacy of The Phantom not only as a character but also as a universe, including the pioneering writers and artists who have come before me. I’d also love the story to connect with the dedicated “Phans”, especially the Australian readers, who are amongst the most passionate consumers of The Phantom in the world.   To prepare herself for this newly minted role as The Phantom comic book writer, Julie immersed herself for several months in Phantom lore by reading vintage and modern graphic novel collections. Her other literacy influences that have impacted on writing these stories include works such as King Solomon’s Mines by Sir H Rider Haggard and the Willard Price Adventure Series for children, which she read when she was a kid.   Julie has also recently completed a four-part series of The Phantom called Return of the Golden Circle, which will be published in 2022, and has been commissioned to write an additional two series after that.   The Phantom is owned by King Features in the USA and is licensed locally by Frew Publications, which was has been publishing The Phantom in Australia since its inception in 1948.   The Treasures of Drakon: The Red Dragon Saga is available on the Frew Publications website from 15 February 2021: A comic book trailer of The Adventure of the Dragon’s Leg can be viewed on YouTube at:   Media Contact: Julie Ditrich Phone: +61 2 9606 4728 OR +61 412 445 511 Email: FURTHER INFORMATION 1 There may have been some uncredited women comic book writers who supported male creators, and there are several credited women prose writers of The Phantom stories.   EXPERIENCE GIFTING COMPANY GIFTING OWL LAUNCHES GLOBAL HOTEL PACKAGES JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY 2021-02-02T02:12:33Z experience-gifting-company-gifting-owl-launches-global-hotel-packages-just-in-time-for-valentine-s-day Gifting Owl, the innovative experience gifting company, has just announced their latest gift experience addition – Global Hotel Stays & Getaways.  Customers now have the opportunity to gift their loved one with a hotel package, interchangeable across the globe! With hotel packages available with different hotel ratings, duration of stay and meal inclusions, there is a package for every budget.   The motivation behind the hotel packages stemmed from providing customers with the total holiday experience. Previously, only experience excursions were offered but now it doesn’t end there; purchasers can gift their loved one the complete holiday experience. Co-Founder and CEO Jackie Babbage explains “This exciting addition to our product catalogue really takes the guess work out of experience gift giving – who doesn’t enjoy a weekend away, whether it be locally, interstate or overseas?”.   With this new hotel package promotion, Gifting Owl has set the bar high for competitors and is in an elite category of their own. “From a global perspective, there’s really nothing like this on the market” Jackie explains. “Gifting Owl customers now have the ability to use their gift vouchers to book experiences or hotel stays in cities all over the world”.   Fortunately, hotel packages can be purchased just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Miss Babbage believes that “a hotel stays gift voucher is the perfect gift for someone who needs a relaxing break… This past year has been tough on everyone, spending quality time with loved ones on a short break may be just what they need”.   “At Gifting Owl we are thrilled to offer open up this new category of experience gifts to our customers. We now have over 70 hotel packages available in Australia, New Zealand and America, with hundreds more becoming available in the coming months” Stated Jackie.   View the range of hotel stays & getaways here. ENDS DEBUT AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR RELEASES THE INCREDIBLE TRUE WWII STORY OF ‘ANNA UND GUNTHER’. 2021-01-20T12:15:10Z debut-australian-author-releases-the-incredible-true-wwii-story-of-anna-und-gunther FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE – PUBLICATION DATE FEB 1 2021 Anna und Gunther is the first novel by Australian author Jacob Hendryx to be released globally by Osmond Press on February 1st, 2021. It is a historical fiction based on a true story that follows the separate storylines of two children forced to grow up too young in Germany during World War 2 and the subsequent Cold War. The dual-storylines merge into one in the third and final part of the book where the protagonists fall in love and emigrate across the world to Australia. As described in the Author's Note, the book was written after the author travelled to his German grandmothers hometown in the Sudetes Mountains of today’s Czech Republic. Returning with photos of one of the few buildings that remained, his grand-mother began to recount stories of growing up in the town in vivid detail she had never shared before. These stories formed the first chapter of the story which Jacob gifted to her, and upon her delight at reading her own stories, encouraged her to share the stories from her life following that chapter that she previously had not shared. It was a series of repeating visits like this, writing only a chapter at a time, that today's novel came together. Anna und Gunther appeals to a broad range of readers young and old and will be favourited by those who enjoyed other notable true stories from the era such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Rich historical content also lends itself to inclusion in high school curriculum and university reading lists. Available in all good book stores, online and via Kindle from Feb 1st. Watch the video trailer here: “I have never read a book with quite as much authenticity as well as being thoroughly entertained from beginning to end” – Maegan McFall @turningpagesmm “A uniquely innocent take on unfathomable horror, this book is as relatable as it is shocking” – Dr. Sam Nicholls, Australian Historian “The book is well written, jam packed full of historical accuracies that elevate this tale of humanity” – Julie Oakley @bookish.intoxication PADI IDC on Australia's Sunshine Coast 2020-12-23T23:17:03Z padi-idc-on-australia-s-sunshine-coast Dive Instructor Academy now offers PADI Instructor Development Courses in Port Douglas, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef, the award winning dive company operating from Mooloolaba on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, has joined forces with PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck to bring PADI Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Exams to the Sunshine Coast. Not only will the PADI IDC program be conducted at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, but PADI has scheduled PADI Instructor Examinations for the Sunshine Coast as well. Kai, originally from Germany, began his diving career at a young age in the Caribbean and has been a PADI member for over 25 years working as a PADI professional in Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia. As a Course Director, Kai is the founder of Dive Instructor Academy and has successfully run Instructor Development Courses in Cairns, Port Douglas and Indonesia. Kai’s extensive knowledge of the dive industry is what sets him apart from the rest. As a PADI professional for over 25 years with a business degree, a skippers qualification (master class 5), fluent in three languages and having worked for some of the worlds largest dive companies as dive instructor, course director, operations manager and marketing manager, Kai brings more than just diving to the program and prepares you for the real world. The PADI IDC program offered is far more involved than the minimum standards required with extra training days to ensure candidates are well prepared. In order to start the Instructor programs off to a great start we spend the first day diving on the incredible HMAS Brisbane. Sunreef is one of the few dive operators who have access to this incredible wreck which was sunk in 2005. The Ex-HMAS Brisbane is one of the world's best wreck sites, and this decommissioned guided missile destroyer that now serves as a lively artificial reef is located just 2.9 nautical miles off the Sunshine Coast. What’s included above and beyond the normal IDC: ·       PADI Instructor exam pass guarantee ·       Nitrox instructor specialty rating* ·       Introduction to free diving ·       Marine life knowledge course ·       Ocean conservation donation ·       Ongoing support Whilst the training is extremely thorough and we are very confident that each candidate is ready for the Instructor exam, anyone could have a bad day. For that reason, the IDC program includes an Instructor exam pass guarantee. This means that if a candidate fails the IE, we will pay for the second IE fee. Being fluent in English, Spanish and German, Kai will be able to offer Instructor Development programs with language assistance for those that require it.  Kai’s vision is to offer access to more training above the required PADI curriculum and develop a full suite of Dive Centre Management modules, which will be second to none in the dive industry and will include sales training, marine life knowledge, compressor understanding, reservations, pricing of stock and more. Sunreef is a leader in diver training and we have big plans for the GO PRO program to develop it to the highest standard. We see instructors trained by Sunreef to be dive professionals being sought after and capable of working in any environment. For more information on the Dive Instructor Academy IDC programs visit our website or email Kai Steinbeck direct on For more information on diving the HMAS Brisbane with Sunreef from Mooloolaba or all dive courses, whale watching and other activities visit the website at For email enquires on any dive trips please contact us at Sydney Travel Agency gives the gift of Travel Dreams this holiday season 2020-12-23T08:35:50Z sydney-travel-agency-gives-the-gift-of-travel-dreams-this-christmas ‘Tis the season…..of FREE travel dreams The optimistic and dedicated team at Liberty Tours is busy keeping the travel dreams of thousands of Australians alive over this holiday period by offering free personalised travel vouchers. "As the year comes to a close, the team at Liberty Tours is looking forward to a New Year filled with travel dreams – magical holidays that we can help plan and fulfil.  It’s what we love to do," said Managing Director Steve Cairns in a letter to clients.   "We have been grateful to our many clients who have stuck by us, rebooked for next year, been patient as we organised refunds and joined us for our online travelogues this year," said Steve, noting the diverse range of weekly travelogues he hosted earlier in the year.  "I think one of my favourite travelogues was the Wineries of France by luxury river cruise" said Steve, hoping himself to take a well deserved holiday next year. "Whether you have travelled with us in the past, are rebooking for a future date, or are yet to discover just how great a Liberty Tours managed trip can be – we look forward to sending you on your next adventure soon." Steve commented that many existing Liberty Tours Group clients will be spending the holiday season taking time to recharge and discover new and exciting places, experiences and festivals.   As well as a making great last minute Christmas Gifts, the FREE "Travel Again" vouchers are perfect as New Year gifts, "What better way to indicate better times ahead that a Travel Dream," said Steve. "We have developed a range of free vouchers that you can gift to friends and family – or even just for yourself."   The hard working travel elves at Liberty Tours will even personalise each voucher with the name of the recipient (or recipients!) – and there are even five "styles" to choose from: Ocean, Italy, Garden, Balloon and Gift. "There is no limit on the number of vouchers - but its just one voucher per name. Just tell us who needs the gift of travel this Christmas," said Steve. Each FREE Travel Again vouchers offers $100 redeemable against an upcoming international package holiday (land and or sea components) booked with Liberty Tours for departure dates in 2021 or 2022*.   To see the designs and request your voucher, visit Give the gift of travel this holiday season - and keep Travel Dreams alive! *Not redeemable for cash. Not redeemable against flight only bookings.  To view T&C and the tour packages that can be booked through Liberty Tours please visit Studio Pilates Crows Nest gets off to a record breaking start! 2020-11-25T07:44:59Z studio-pilates-crows-nest-gets-off-to-a-record-breaking-start In only the second week of operation, Studio Pilates Crows Nest is already setting new company records. The studio in Crows Nest, North Sydney, Australia, has achieved the highest attendance figures of any studio globally, and looks likely to easily eclipse 700 visits in only its second week of operation. Studio Owner Lynn Kraus is over the moon with the enthusiastic welcome she has received from the local community. We grabbed five minutes with Lynn to get her reaction to the launch: “It’s just so amazing, far better than I could even have hoped!” she said. “Classes have proved so popular that they’re all fully booked out with 8-9 people on the waitlist. I’m having to squeeze extra class times in wherever I can so that I don’t disappoint anyone!” While she is clearly delighted with the studio’s stellar performance,  Lynn is no stranger to success. As a qualified accountant she has had over 25 years experience in global professional services firm EY, and was previously responsible for leading the firm’s Advisory practice across Oceania.  We asked Lynn what had prompted her to make the big move to business ownership? “Having been an advisor to clients both big and small, I decided it was time to put my hand to the wheel.  It has been such a rewarding experience on a personal level to see the result of your hard work.” The boutique health and fitness sector is a far cry from professional services, so what drew her to a Studio Pilates Franchise?  “One year ago to the date of my opening I entered a Studio Pilates location in Sydney.  I knew instantly I wanted to explore the opportunity.  I was on a three month sabbatical and think I went to the studio almost every day over that period.  I loved the look and the feel of the studio and most importantly the consistency that comes through the use of technology.  Studio Pilates leverages the tried and tested Pilates techniques in a contemporary format that is truly unique.  I just had to be a part of the growth story in New South Wales.” The Studio Pilates at Crows Nest may have just launched, but no doubt Lynn won’t be resting on her laurels. What next steps is she already planning on her transformative journey and what are her hopes for the future?  I am so excited for where we are at two weeks into our opening.  The whole team is focussed on customer care and ensuring we give every client an amazing experience. I have plans for a second studio nearby but also don’t want to get ahead of myself as I am very much focussed on consolidating the learnings from this experience, building an amazing team and most importantly building trust with the local community.  Watch this space in 2021!” The latest openings are part of a continued pattern of growth for Studio Pilates, an Australian success story, which has a strong base in Australia, New Zealand, China and now America. There are more studios in the pipeline for key strategic locations across the globe, with the United States central to the brand’s ambitions.  Studio Pilates International was established in 2002 by Winter and his wife Tanya. The entrepreneurial duo has impressive experience and knowledge behind them - Jade as a former Olympic swimmer, personal trainer and Pilates instructor, and Tanya as a physiotherapist and instructor, turned international Pilates educator. Their credentials place them squarely at the forefront of the Pilates industry.  The Studio Pilates model features intense 40-minute reformer Pilates workouts designed by a team of physiotherapists and exercise scientists. Classes are delivered on multiple digital screens across the workout space, allowing instructors to focus on each client’s technique, and motivating them to get the most out of every move. “Our unique combination of technology and personalised instruction delivers a truly customised service, and we are thrilled to finally bring this to the US,” says Winter. Studio Pilates International currently has over 80 studios open or at pre opening stages, across Australia, New Zealand, China and now the US. -ends- About Studio Pilates International Studio Pilates International offers unique high intensity, low impact reformer Pilates workouts designed by a team of physiotherapists and exercise scientists. Classes are delivered on multiple digital screens across the workout space, allowing instructors to focus on each client’s technique, to deliver a truly customised service. The brand attracts a passionate following which can be attributed to its unique  combination of innovative class delivery, luxe studio space and total body changing results. web: Instagram: studio_pilates After A Unique And Fabulous Tented Stay In Tasmania? 2020-11-25T05:24:10Z after-a-unique-and-fabulous-tented-stay-in-tasmania After A Unique And Fabulous Tented Stay In Tasmania? Experience Luxury Glamping at Truffle Lodge ‘We offer a unique experience under a million stars in an exceptionally stunning location,’ Laurelle and John Grimley, owners of Truffle Lodge Truffle Lodge, Tasmania’s luxury bush glamping destination is welcoming guests for a unique stay and a taste of fun outdoor experiences and adventures. Known for its idyllic riverfront location and for being akin to a 5* hotel under canvas, Truffle Lodge’s luxury safari-style en-suite tents cater for every creature comfort and are naturally socially distanced – all eight tents are located right on the Derwent River and are at least 15-20m apart.   Truffle Lodge guests can enjoy a range of eco-friendly outdoor activities within moments of stepping outside their tent. Options include exploring the lush surroundings, hiking to local vantage points to take in stunning bush vistas or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the River Derwent.   Guests can also discover one of the first truffieres planted in Australia, which, until a few years ago, was abandoned and covered in wild blackberry bushes. Now Truffle Lodge owners, Laurelle and John Grimley, are bringing it back to life.   Additional bookable experiences include luxury guided fly-fishing (tailored to the participants’ experience level) as well as platypus-spotting kayaking adventures, seaplane flights for vineyard lunches, helicopter drive combo to Maria Island. At the end of a busy – or not so busy – day, guests can enjoy a glass of local wine and count the stars from the privacy of their tent’s riverfront deck. They may even be lucky enough to witness the magical Southern Lights of the Aurora Australis. When it’s time to head indoors, guests can relax and unwind in luxurious safari tents that are as memorable as the bush around them. Each Truffle Lodge tent is double walled and triple roofed for maximum comfort and features a handmade wooden bath, rain shower, extra-large and deep double beds, a coffee machine, tea making facilities, a bar fridge, and many more thoughtful touches.  Laurelle and John say that this season their focus will be on helping guests relax and recharge in the beautiful crowd free natural environment of the Derwent Valley. ‘At Truffle Lodge we offer a quintessentially Australian luxe bush glamping experience where guests can reconnect with nature and each other. Days here are defined by the rhythm of the sun and the moon and guests fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the river outside.’   Breakfasts, drinks and two course evening meals are served in Truffle Lodge’s communal areas, which can include a long table in the orchard or dinner cooked in the fire pit. The set menu dinner each evening features hand-made dishes prepared using seasonal local produce wherever possible, accompanied with local wines, some of which are exclusive to Truffle Lodge. There is a resident echidna under the dining pod who ventures out to supervise regularly.  “While Truffle Lodge is luxurious in its detail, it’s also raw, simple and pared back, reflecting our belief in slow hospitality, where the quality of each experience is more important than the quantity. We encourage our guests to relax, unwind and take pleasure in the moment,” say Laurelle.  Truffle Lodge Rates 2020 From $400 per night for 2 guests, including continental breakfast and 3-course dinner (alcohol and bar services additional) plus daily activities programme.  Images available on request. For further information/images/review stay bookings please contact: Tel: 0415 290023