The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-18T22:00:09Z Siemens Launches Digitalize 2017 to Advance Australia’s Digital Future 2017-07-18T22:00:09Z siemens-launches-digitalize-2017-to-advance-australia-s-digital-future To be held on 30 August in Sydney, the full day conference will showcase the real-world applications of digitalization in energy, infrastructure, industry and the workforce Keynote address by technology thought-leader Steve Vamos, former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific, will explore the behaviours that contribute to a high performing board in an era of constant change. Forum will feature a number of prominent guest speakers including Kumar Parakala, Global Digital Leader, GHD, Stefan Bungart, Head of Digitalization, Siemens Power Generation Services, and others. Siemens today announced that its annual digitalization conference, ‘Digitalize 2017’, will be held at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. The conference will discuss and debate how digitalization is revolutionising the workforce, industry and the energy and infrastructure sectors. The theme of the conference comes at a critical time, following reports by the Digitisation Index for Australia concluding that despite significant strides made with technology, Australia lacks the digital maturity to compete in an increasingly connected and globalised economy. It also points to a growing gap in the economy between digitally mature firms and less digitally mature firms, with the latter running the risk of being left behind. Providing the keynote address at this year’s forum is renowned technology thought-leader Steve Vamos, former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific. Mr Vamos, currently in the process of writing his first book, has twice been listed by the Australian Financial Review as one of the most influential members of the Australian technology industry. At Digitalize 2017, Mr Vamos will explore the behaviours that contribute to a high performing board in an era of constant change. Mr Vamos is an advocate for Conscious Capitalism and was the founder and President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not for profit think-tank that aimed to encourage and promote new and better leadership and management practices. Mr Vamos will be joined by a number of high-profile speakers including: Kumar Parakala, Global Digital Leader, GHD, the recipient of SEARCC & ACS Digital Disruptors' International Professional of the Year 2016 Award and the Queensland Government Leadership Excellence Award. Mr Parakala will discuss how the efficient use of skills relating to location intelligence, virtual reality, visualisation, and data analytics can optimise processes, resolve challenges, predict future scenarios and make the right business decisions. Stefan Bungart, Head of Digitalization, Siemens Power Generation Services, a passionate entrepreneur and thought leader creating a vision and strategy for the future of digital services, influencing effectively across organisations to drive strategy execution and adoption. Jeff Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia and New Zealand, the first Australian to hold this position since 1984. Mr Connolly is a member of 11 boards including serving as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Task Force. In addition, he is the Vice President of Australian Industry Group and the founding member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and member of the Victorian Government Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council. Speaking about the forum, Mr Connolly said: “Digitalization is the key to success in ‘future-proofing’ Australia’s investments in critical infrastructures and getting the most out of the country’s resources. As the world enters into a fourth industrial revolution driven largely by the merging of automation and digitalization, organisations face a growing challenge of turning data into valuable information that can increase speed and impact of innovation. As a result, Siemens is creating a bridge between real and virtual worlds that will open doors to new opportunities, new ways to compete and for Australia to use its renowned ingenuity. “With operations in 190 countries, Siemens is ideally placed to share knowledge and insights on how companies and industries can realise the full potential of embracing digital technologies to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, increase flexibility and productivity – ultimately becoming more competitive. Digitalize 2017 is a timely reflection of how Australian companies can embrace ingenuity and intelligent technology to expand their local footprint.” This year’s conference, Digitalize 2017 – the second such event Siemens has held in Sydney, Australia – will include discussions across four key themes: Workforce Attracting talent in the digital age The workforce of the future Disruption of education, and implications for the workforce Infrastructure Smart resilient cities Planning and financing for infrastructure investments Intelligent transport systems Energy Australia’s energy transformation Digital services Distributed energy systems Industry The Digital Enterprise Jumping the innovation “Valley of Death” Driving innovation in Food & Beverage ​ For registration and more details see Event details: Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017 Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm, followed by networking drinks Location: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney Registration fees: Early Bird Registration - $150.00 (*Please note that the early bird registration expires on 31st July at midnight) Standard Registration - $250.00 ​ You can also join the discussion on Twitter using #digitalize2017. * Further sessions will be confirmed later. Media contact for journalists Ms. Krupa Uthappa p: +61 3 9721 7681 Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at Panasonic brings slim-line style to award-winning Air Conditioning with new Aero Series 2017-07-18T00:06:09Z panasonic-brings-slim-line-style-to-award-winning-air-conditioning-with-new-aero-series Sydney, 18 July 2017 – Enjoy the latest slim, stylish design in your home or apartment, with Panasonic’s sleek new ‘Aero Series’ Air Conditioners – the latest in Panasonic’s popular range. The Panasonic Aero Series features a new slim design and is narrower in depth, projecting less from the wall to blend more subtly with home interiors. This new styling has seen Panasonic receive an IF Design Award[i] in Europe. The unit features an elegant gloss white finish and gently rounded horizontal panel with two tapered sides. To complement its attractive design, the Aero Series provides comfort and peace of mind with controlled airflow, purified healthy air and smart energy savings. The new Air Conditioner range includes both reverse-cycle and cooling-only models. Trusted brand A trusted brand with Australian consumers, Panasonic recently topped the industry in the 2017 Canstar Blue customer satisfaction review for Air Conditioning – rating five stars for overall satisfaction for the second year running. It also rated five stars with regards to reliability, functionality, ease of use, noise levels and value for money. Joe De Bella, Senior Product Marketing Manager - Air Conditioning, Panasonic, said: “Our customers continue to show their confidence in the Panasonic Air Conditioning brand with this five star rating from Canstar Blue.[ii] “Our focus is on delivering a product that offers quality and durability, and keeps consumers comfortable and healthy in the home. Panasonic’s new slim-line Aero Series range is the perfect example of a product that encompasses all of our award winning qualities, so we’re confident it will be received well.” PANASONIC AERO SERIES AIR CONDITIONERS Key features Design: Slim design to complement new home and apartment installations Comfort: Natural ‘Shower Cooling’ or ‘Fast Cooling’ as required Health: nanoe-G eliminates micro-organisms to enhance indoor air quality[iii] ECONAVI: ECONAVI technology intelligently adjusts heating and cooling for energy savings[iv] Chill out with Aerowings The ‘Aerowings’ blades on the new Panasonic Aero Series control the airflow to provide ‘Shower Cooling’, which directs cool air across the ceiling to shower down naturally, spreading over a wider area of a room and minimising any uncomfortable direct airflow chill. When ‘Fast Cooling’ is required, the blades direct airflow downwards, delivering concentrated cool air the moment the air conditioner is switched on. A cleaner home environment For those concerned about bacteria and allergens in the home, Panasonic’s revolutionary nanoe-G air purifying feature enhances indoor air quality. nanoe-G eliminates micro-organisms – removing 99 percent of airborne bacteria, viruses and mould. It also catches and deactivates 99 percent of bacteria and viruses on surfaces and in the filter, resulting in a cleaner and healthier home. The air purifying feature works hand in hand with the Mild Dry Cooling function, which reduces the unwanted side-effects of air conditioning, such as dry skin and mouths, by maintaining the level of air moisture in the room. Outstanding energy efficiency with ECONAVI ECONAVI technology uses multiple intelligent sensors – including human activity, sunlight and temperature – to automatically adapt heating and cooling power according to room conditions. With just one touch of a button, customers can reduce energy use by up to 45 percent[v] on heating mode and up to 38 percent[vi] on cooling mode. Absence detection technology: Maximises energy efficiency by detecting and learning when movement in the room occurs Area search technology: Directs air flow to the area of the room where people are located Sunlight detection technology: Detects sunlight intensity and adjusts cooling power accordingly Temperature wave: Uses input from other sensors to moderate the temperature, effectively balancing energy savings and comfort Reverse Cycle temperature for every season The ECONAVI range offers up to 9.0kW heating and 8.0kW cooling, meaning Australian homes can stay comfortable all year round. Heating is designed to operate even when it’s a freezing –15°C outside, with cooling effective up to a sweltering +46°C. Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) Model Star rating (cooling) Star rating (heating) Availability RRP CS/CU-Z25TKR 5 5.5 Aug 17 $1,239 plus installation CS/CU-Z35TKR 4 4.5 Aug 17 $1,439 plus installation CS/CU-Z42TKR 3 3 Aug 17 $1,599 plus installation CS/CU-Z50TKR 4 4.5 Aug 17 $1,979 plus installation CS/CU-Z60TKR 3 3.5 Aug 17 $2,159 plus installation CS/CU-Z71TKR 2.5 3 Aug 17 $2,429 plus installation CS/CU-Z80TKR 2 2.5 Aug 17 $3,129 plus installation Panasonic Aero Series Reverse Cycle Inverter (RZ Series) Model Star rating (cooling) Star rating (heating) Availability RRP CS/CU-RZ25TKR 2.5 3.5 Aug 17 $969 plus installation CS/CU-RZ35TKR 2.5 3 Aug 17 $1,169 plus installation CS/CU-RZ50TKR 2 2.5 Aug 17 $1,599 plus installation CS/CU-RZ60TKR 1.5 2 Aug 17 $1,789 plus installation CS/CU-RZ71TKR 1.5 2.5 Aug 17 $1,999 plus installation CS/CU-RZ80TKR 1.5 2 Aug 17 $2,579 plus installation Panasonic Aero Series Cooling Only Inverter (U Series) Model Star rating (cooling) Availability RRP CS/CU-U25TKR 3.5 Aug 17 $929 plus installation CS/CU-U35TKR 3 Aug 17 $1,149 plus installation CS/CU-U50TKR 3 Aug 17 $1,579 plus installation CS/CU-U71TKR 2 Aug 17 $1,959 plus installation CS/CU-U80TKR 1.5 Aug 17 $2,439 plus installation The new Panasonic Aero Series Air Conditioner range is available from leading home appliance retailers and authorised Panasonic air conditioning distributors and dealers from August 2017. For further information, please visit or call 132 600. [i] [ii] [iii] Available on Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) models only [iv] Available on Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) models only [v] Available on Panasonic Aero Series ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter (Z Series) models only [vi] Comparison of 3.5kW Inverter model between ECONAVI with (Dual Human Activity Sensor, Sunlight Sensor, and Temperature Wave) ON and ECONAVI OFF (Cooling). oOo MEDIA ENQUIRIES Shona Hannon Louise Caldicott (Panasonic Australia) (Porter Novelli) (02) 9491 7629 (02) 8987 2100 CA Technologies announces a new goal to reduce GHG emissions 40 per cent by 2030 2017-07-12T01:35:23Z ca-technologies-announces-a-new-goal-to-reduce-ghg-emissions-40-per-cent-by-2030 SYDNEY, July 12, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company’s continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report also demonstrates how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts are linked to CA’s business and positively benefits customers, employees and communities around the world. “We are exceptionally proud of the progress we’ve made over the past several years towards our sustainability goals, and this expanded commitment to reduce absolute GHG emissions is further evidence of how important these global issues are to CA Technologies,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Just like our customers, CA must continue to embrace change and adapt to the environmental and social challenges in the marketplace, and we are committed to making the strategic investments that will advance sustainability for our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. Report highlights include: GHG emission reduction and target. Since 2006, CA has reduced its GHG footprint by approximately 37 per cent, an amount equivalent to powering 5,218 homes for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. After achieving its first GHG reduction target in 2015, CA set a second absolute reduction target of 40 per cent by 2030, based off a 2015 baseline. STEM education. CA is committed to building the STEM pipeline and increasing educational and professional participation by underrepresented groups, particularly women and students of color. This includes the Tech Girls Rock initiative CA created with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our partnerships with nonprofits like 100Kin10, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Code for America,, Girls Who Code, NPower, and PENCIL, and CA’s support of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. UN Sustainable Development Goals. We carefully consider the relationship between our business and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the SDGs, Quality Education and Gender Equality (SDG 4 and 5) are core to CA’s commitments around diversity and STEM education. CA is also strongly committed to Affordable and Clean Energy and Climate Action (SDG 7 and 13). We have historically sought out Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)—with nonprofits, nongovernmental organisations, government agencies and other companies—to amplify our impact within our primary areas of concern. Water and waste management. CA data centers utilise closed-loop water systems for cooling, minimising water use. In addition, CA reclaims 100 per cent of rainwater from surfaces at its Hyderabad, India facility. The company also reclaims water from parking rooftops at its Islandia, New York facility for landscaping needs. Green buildings and green leases. CA incorporates sustainability elements into new leases, including provisions requiring the use of cleaning materials that are Green Seal-certified, inclusion of building-recycling programs, use of lighting sensors in common areas, and landscape irrigation systems that utilise rain sensor devices to minimise water use. Beyond traditional efficiency projects, CA combines telemetry with process automation to create bots that monitor demand and usage patterns to shut off and turn on servers. Employee generosity. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, CA matched more than $1.6 million in employee donations to more than 1,700 nonprofit organisations. The company's worldwide employee volunteer initiative, CA Together in Action, takes place during the week of Earth Day in April. CA employees take time out of their workday to give back by participating in environmentally-focused volunteer projects and supporting the advancement of STEM learning. Inclusion and diversity. CA's THRIVE program helps create an inclusive and flexible workplace by attracting, nurturing and retaining a diverse workforce. In the United States, CA utilises a diversity candidate slate program to ensure all open requisitions have at least one diverse candidate for consideration in the interview process. The company always hires the best candidate for the job, and the program has strengthened its ability to do that. CA Technologies believes that today’s world needs products that are sustainable by design, with the inherent agility to take advantage of the application economy. Agile development contributes to sustainability by maximising resource utilisation and minimising unnecessary expenses. At the same time, a world driven by software must put people at the center. That’s why CA Technologies CSR efforts combine environmental benefits with societal programs that transform lives. This report, which covers the 2016 calendar year, was drafted in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standards at the Core level and incorporates the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. For the sixth consecutive year, the report includes independent external assurance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Winning feeling for HiQA at business awards 2017-07-08T23:59:32Z winning-feeling-for-hiqa-at-business-awards Geotechnical service conquers new territory in top end HiQA Geotechnical was a major winner at the 2017 Telstra Northern Territory Business Awards coming away with two accolades on Tuesday July 4. However, the sampling and testing company –  which works with the construction, defence and mining industries – is already looking ahead to new frontiers. 04/07/17. Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Pictures by Julian Andrews.Telstra Business Awards 2017. Northern Territory State Final.Social pictures from the Telstra Business Awards at Darwin Convention Centre. The company, led by managing director and founder Luke Myall, was named Northern Territory Business of the Year, after winning Medium Business of the Year at the 25th edition of the prestigious awards. Last month, HiQA newcomer James Acton also took out the Rae Snodgrass Apprentice of the Year at the Civil Contractors Federation NT Earth Awards. Mr Myall, 37, of Bayview in Darwin, said the recent recognition was testament to the skill and attitude of his expertly trained technicians across Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine laboratories. “I started the business nine years ago to push the boundaries in sampling and testing. Then, when you find employees’ who have a similar mind-set and energy and who understand your customer-centric approach, it makes for an exciting workplace,” Mr Myall said. Beginning in Katherine, Mr Myall recalled working from an outback shed in temperatures of 42C, and travelling long distances to collect samples. “I left my management position and now fiancé, Kerrylee Pike, in Darwin to live in a cheap motel while I got the business going,” he said. “It was tough at times, but I knew there was a demand for the service in Katherine and I had a five-year plan to better my position in the industry – and in life. It’s definitely paid off.” Mr Myall quickly established a reputation for innovative practices in geotechnical services, and in 2009 he opened an Alice Springs laboratory where he appointed his first staff. Ms Pike then left her career in education to take on a full-time position in finance and administration at HiQA in 2011. Her six-year anniversary with the company coincided with the Telstra awards this week. Now, the family business employs 45 people and works with more than 50 suppliers. The company operates three NATA-accredited laboratories across the Territory as well as mobile site labs, which travel as far as Western Australia. It is the only company in the region offering soil, concrete, aggregate and asphalt testing and sampling. In June this year, HiQA also launched a state-of-the-art Asphalt Laboratory with NATA-accreditation, which offers a range of test methods necessary for asphalts in harsh north Australian conditions. Furthermore, the company enjoyed a 67 per cent growth in sales last financial year, despite slow industry trends. Next, Mr Myall plans to expand into Tenant Creek and introduce geotechnical engineering to the company’s growing list of sought-after services. “We always put our clients first and are driven to provide them with a ‘yes’ experience every time. These awards simply give our supporters confidence knowing they are getting the best service in NT.” Mr Acton, who joined the Darwin laboratory in 2014, described working for HiQA as rewarding. The 26-year-old field technician, who is also a finalist in the 2017 NT Training Awards to be announced on September 22, said: “It’s the diversity in the projects that I love the most. I could be in the bush, at a subdivision, a boat ramp or a major highway. “The company has also shown me great support while studying my Cert 4 and Diploma in Laboratory Technology.” HiQA looks forward to representing the Territory at the national Telstra Business Awards in Sydney on August 25, 2017. ABOUT HiQA Geotechnical: Providing Northern Territory government, construction, defence and mining industries with expert testing and sampling services. With NATA-accredited laboratories in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine and mobile site laboratories, this family owned company promises every client a ‘yes’ experience. Established in 2008, HiQA Geotechnical is the only provider of industry-leading soil, concrete, aggregate and asphalt testing. For more visit: SOUTH MELBOURNE MARKET SHINES THE SPOTLIGHT ON SUSTAINABILITY THIS SEPTEMBER 2017-07-06T02:08:54Z south-melbourne-market-shines-the-spotlight-on-sustainability-this-september Sustainable September will showcase the wide array of sustainability practices at the Market and include kids’ activities, workshops, tours, a Sustainability Circuit and a special Turning Trash to Treasure exhibition.   Try your hand at fermenting or take a class with Leftover Lovers and learn to use what you’ve got on hand to make delicious meals. The kids can learn to upcycle using old denim to make bags, or join in sustainable story time. The Sustainability Circuit will take you on a journey through the Market and show you how to shop more sustainably and discover the Market traders, such as Frankie’s Story, who are leading the way by stocking only ethically or environmentally sound fashion labels.   The Turning Trash to Treasure exhibition asks local artists to create a piece of art from Market waste, with the final pieces on display in the Market’s SO:ME Space from Wednesday 20 September – Sunday 1 October. The idea arose from artist Kim Simon, who used more than 7,000 oyster shells sourced from the Market’s Aptus Seafood to create a sculpture titled The World is Your Oyster.   “As well as highlighting our waste reduction initiatives, the exhibition will show how we can find beauty and value in what others discard – finding treasure in the trash – as well as promoting local artists and the concept of upcycling to our Market audience,” South Melbourne Market General Manager Ross Williamson said. Submissions are now open for artists ( and will close Friday 28 July. A tour for artists seeking inspiration will be held on Saturday 22 July at 11am.   City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss said: “Sustainability is something we are very passionate about and we’re striving to reduce our environmental footprint and create a sustainable Market for the next generation.” In line with its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use, Council has several sustainability initiatives in place at the Market. Some of these include food rescue, water recycling, solar PV and a progressive landfill diversion strategy with up to 90 per cent of organic waste volume reduced.   “Our Market is really closing the loop with its waste strategies and so it’s an exciting time,” Cr Voss said. “Green waste is now converted into an organic compost (vermicompost) which is returned to the Market and sold as a garden product called Market Magic. All other food and organic waste is dehydrated onsite in a 1000L Eco Guardians GaiaRecycle machine and will soon be available as Soil Food, a fertiliser with similar properties to blood and bone.”   Market Management is supportive of #BantheBag and is currently asking the community whether it supports banning single use plastic bags at the Market via an online survey at   The Market is located on the corner of Coventry and Cecil streets, South Melbourne. See, or Twitter: @sthmelbmarket, or Facebook: @southmelbournemarket, or Instagram: @southmelbournemarket, for additional information.      Founder of Baby Box Company Tuutu nominated for AusMumpreneur Awards 2017-07-05T04:10:17Z founder-of-baby-box-company-tuutu-nominated-for-ausmumpreneur-awards Sydney business woman nominated for National Awards   Susanna Heiskanen of Tuutu has been nominated for the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards.   The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur Network celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.    Susanna launched Tuutu via website and online store in August 2016. Tuutu produces an Australian version of the traditional Finnish Baby Box. This box, full of baby essentials, also doubles as a bed and the lid doubles as a change table. Tuutu uses Australian cardboard on the box and all the products are Australian brands with the majority made in Australia.    Susanna, “Coming from Finland, I slept in a baby box like this when I was a baby. I wanted my children to experience the same concept but could not buy a baby box in Australia. It would have cost too much to buy and ship the box to Australia from Finland and many of the contents would have been unsuitable to our Australian lifestyle and climate. I decided that Australian mothers deserved to have Australian made Baby Box made in Australia with local products included.”   There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Susanna explains, “The flexibility of working around my kid’s routine, bed time and naps. Being my own boss and working from home. Being able to work on something that I am extremely passionate about. There is no other job like this and it is juggling act most of the time but I would not have it any other way.”   It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Susanna gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. “Do lots of research on your target market and ideal client. Make sure you have a viable business idea before you go and start setting the business up. Do not skip the nitty gritty details and if you do not know the answer, ask. “   Read more at The winners of the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a glamorous Awards dinner at Doltone House in Sydney on Friday 25th August.   For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: or contact Peace Mitchell on 0431 615 107 or   For an interview with Susanna contact 0437 078 704,,     2017 AusMumpreneur Awards   MODE appoints next generation of leaders 2017-07-04T05:05:50Z mode-appoints-next-generation-of-leaders Following the continued strategy of ‘consolidated growth’ across Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, MODE has announced the promotion of three Directors, two Associate Directors and three Associates within the practice. The appointment of these second generation leaders will support further development and allow for even greater autonomy and support structures for the 10 national and international MODE studios. It is expected that these new appointments will continue to accelerate growth exponentially for the practice, as a leader across in all sectors and geographically across Australasia. As MODE nears closer to a total workforce of 200 full-time employees, the practice is looking for opportunities to further expand in Vietnam, India and Singapore. Additional growth and specialisation is anticipated within the major sectors of those disciplines offered at MODE, including urban design, master planning, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, graphic design and project management. MODE Managing Principal, Rhonan O’Brien said the Principal’s are proud to recognise the new Directors, Associate Directors and Associates contributions to the firm’s success with these appointments. “It is an exciting time for MODE to deliver a shared vision of growth with the company’s new leaders. The economies and markets in which we are involved are dynamic and we are focused on making MODE a responsive, resilient, progressive and strategically driven design business, to the advantage of our business partners and clients,” said Mr. O’Brien. MODE congratulates new Directors: Jenny Culgan (Darwin Studio Manager), Marc Falconer and Megan Rogers (Brisbane studio). Trung Nguyen (Vietnam Studio Manager) and Brisbane’s Saurin Shah have been appointed as MODE’s Associate Directors, along with MODE’s newest Associates, Brisbane based Manjula Perera, Kuan Ong and Erin Warner who works in the Perth studio. Mr. O’Brien also said the promotions reflect years of service to MODE and clients, and significant accomplishments in sourcing new projects and exemplifying the values of our firm. “The eight outstanding individuals who are being promoted to Director, Associate Director and Associate, respectively, have been at MODE for an average of six years and bring 90 years of combined design experience to the firm – a distinguishing characteristic of our team of which we are extremely proud”, said Mr. O’Brien. With MODE at the forefront of design innovation and brand value to clients, the appointment of these second generation leaders to the firm will allow MODE to meet the continuing demands of a rapidly expanding list of multidisciplinary projects. Ushering in a new era after 10 years long service 2017-06-27T07:15:45Z ushering-in-a-new-era-after-10-years-long-service To mark 10 years of Making Enviro News (formerly Making Environmental News), Planning Results would like to salute all the journalist and writers who try to make sense of what constitutes environmental news. ‘During this time, we have observed many changing trends’ reflects Izabella Kobylanski Managing Editor of Making Enviro News.  ‘We have seen firsthand how more and more people have come to understand the need to sustainability manage our planet and ecosystem’. ‘We have come to appreciate that today environmental matters influence all human activities from the way we behave, the way we conduct business to our impact on the future of the space that we currently inhabit.’ With so much demand on our time, a major issue we face is the volume of information and knowledge that is imparted daily and how to stay on top of it. Keeping the finger on the pulse of the latest news in this area is a time consuming and a never-ending challenge. That is why Planning Results via Making Enviro News have dedicated the past 10 years to find ways to bring this information in an easily digestible format.  Our service is now available via the web so it is easier to view on various devices. Access to back issues are also now available. Specialist and sustainability reports are now accessible to everyone. Most importantly, this invaluable service is free. Since launch, Making Enviro News has remained the only news portal in Australia that delivers access to ‘envirobility’ (i.e. environmental + sustainability) news items every day. Articles that have appeared in the Australian media in the previous 24 hours are collated in an easy to access location. It contains the Headline and first paragraph to give the reader an idea of the content. The portal provides a link to the original article for further reading. Making Enviro News is available at To see today’s issue - -ends- RADISSON ON FLAGSTAFF GARDENS - WINNER BEST ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY EFFICIENT PRACTICE 2017-06-26T01:41:48Z radisson-on-flagstaff-gardens-winner-best-environmental-amp-energy-efficient-practice-1 Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne has been recognized with a key industry award for its commitment to Environmental and Energy Efficient Practices. On Thursday 24th June the hotel won Tourism Accommodation Australia’s (Victoria) annual Best Environmental & Energy Efficient Practice award and was a finalist in another four categories. The accolade follows the hotel achieving Gold Certification in EarthCheck and being elevated in Star Ratings Top Ten list for Victorian accommodation from Silver to Gold in 2016. General Manager, Clinton Farley said the award was a welcome recognition for the effort the entire team have put into focusing on continuous improvement to both Environmental and Energy efficient implementations. The hotels strong focus on supporting aid organization Soap Aid and becoming one of the top supporters in Victoria along with market leading recycling initiatives and energy efficient reductions were solid activities within the last year. “The hotel has a strong understanding and focus on how we impact our environment, said Mr. Farley. Globally, our company has a long history of being a responsible business. We are passionate about caring for others, and that extends beyond the walls of our hotel. We believe Radisson needs to be a thriving, sustainable and responsible business for people, communities and the planet. This is a core belief that is at the very heart of our business.” The hotel was further, an awards finalist for Front Office Services Employee of the Year – Stefani Christy, Housekeeper Employee of the Year – Margaret Fernandes, Superior Accommodation Hotel of the Year and Hotel Restaurant of the Year – HQ’s on William. The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens team congratulates all winners and finalists of the 2017 TAA Victoria Awards night. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne offers 184 rooms, and is served by a meetings/functions/banquet level (capacity ranging from 10 to 160 for sit down, 220 for cocktail style) and HQ’s which seats 80.  HQ’s on William, recognized with TAA’s Hotel Restaurant (All Day Dining) of the Year in 2016, offers ground floor-to-ceiling windows facing William and A’Beckett Streets, clear views for diners and for the local community’s passing foot traffic to see inside. Photo: (Left to right): Clinton Farley General Manager, Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, Tim Lambert, Award Sponsor Host Plus For more information and bookings - visit: Instagram- @RadissonMelbourne Facebook- @RadissononFlagstaffGardensMelbourne About Radisson® Radisson® has become one of the best-recognized hotel brands, offering an upscale hotel experience for business and leisure guests. The World of Radisson features solutions that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee. Radisson has more than 150 hotels located in major urban and suburban settings, leisure destinations, airports, and business districts throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean. Every staff member has a passion for Yes I Can!SM hospitality, the signature service philosophy of Radisson, which ensures the total wellbeing and satisfaction of each guest. Radisson is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. For reservations and more information visit, Connect with Radisson on social media: @Radisson on Twitter and A Conscious Partnership For Ethical Procurement 2017-06-25T05:32:07Z a-conscious-partnership-for-ethical-procurement Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand (CCANZ) and Corporate Spend (CS) are delighted to announce a partnership for ethical procurement. Corporate Spend is a social enterprise connecting businesses with Australia’s foremost vetted ethical suppliers across ten categories. In turn, these suppliers agree to direct a percentage of revenue from your company’s purchases to the Corporate Spend fund. Corporate Spend will distribute 51% of the REVENUE generated from CCA Members ethical procurement to Conscious Capitalism Australia. This empowers Conscious Capitalism Australia to carry out core operational activities, service members and grow public awareness. As a social enterprise, the Corporate Spend fund distributes a minimum of 80% of its profits to charities with Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status. When you buy from Corporate Spend ethical suppliers, you change the world for good. Workplace spend can be a dynamic force for positive social change and environmental impact. We invite corporates, SME’s and education institutions to harness your workplace spend for social good. THREE EASY STEPS 1. Complete a 15 Minute Ethical Spending Review and receive a FREE ethical hamper pack including Yoobi Stationery and Who Gives A Crap toilet paper.2. Select which spending categories you would like to focus on.3. Switch to Corporate Spend Accredited Ethical Suppliers. THE IMPACT Corporate Spend connects the regular expenditure of businesses and schools like yours –– with high quality vetted ethical suppliers of goods and services.  In turn, these suppliers –agree to direct a percentage of revenue from your company’s purchases to the Corporate Spend fund. 99% of GDP is made up of everyday spending goods and services by business and consumers. If businesses could support charity through its daily expenditure, their ability to create positive outcomes would be amplified. CONTACT DETAILSCorporate Spend: Justin Pagotto, Chief Ethical Officer | 02 9344 7257 / 0428 389 392 | Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand: Victoria Plaksin, Partnerships Director. 0416 877 994 | MODE wins big at the 2017 NT Architecture Awards 2017-06-22T05:01:42Z mode-wins-big-at-the-2017-nt-architecture-awards Darwin’s architectural community gathered on Friday 16 June for the annual 2017 NT Architecture Awards, with MODE taking out the prestigious Tracy Memorial Award for the Bullocky Point Education Precinct. The project was dubbed “a work of the Northern Territory” and also picked up an Education Architecture NT Chapter Award and the Award for Interior Architecture, making it the most awarded entrant. MODE’s design of the Bullocky Point Education Precinct involved landscape architecture, interior design, architecture and wayfinding to deliver a cutting-edge environment for staff and students to advance their studies. The purpose-built, flexible distance education facility is located within the grounds of Darwin High School and provides a unique opportunity for students of both schools to interact. Fundamental to the projects mission, was improving outcomes for remote and regional learning, through a space that would offer state-of-the-art technology and an expanded distance education capacity. MODE’s Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar, was also awarded the 2017 Student Prize (supported by the Liveris Family) on the night, along with MODE receiving a commendation for the innovative Asbuild Office Fitout under the Small Project Architecture category. To view a list of all award winners, go to: ---End---   Award Details for MODE: ·         The Tracy Memorial Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Educational Architecture: NT Chapter Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Interior Design Award for Bullocky Point Education Precinct ·         Small Project Architecture Commendations for Asbuild Office Fitout ·         MODE Darwin Architectural Student, Yvonne Aralar won the 2017 Student Prize Award Conscious Club Presents Happiness with Dr Saamdu Chetri 2017-06-15T07:29:05Z conscious-club-presents-happiness-with-dr-saamdu-chetri Sydney, 15 June 2017: On Wednesday 28th June, Conscious Club, Australia’s leading community for positive causes, will welcome Dr Saamdu Chetri, the Director of The Gross National Happiness Centre of Bhutan, to their June event at Bondi Pavilion.   According to science, happiness occurs when chemicals like endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are released.   Dr Saamdu Chetri, however, defines happiness as “living in harmony with nature, living in harmony and balance with others around you and being in touch with yourself and your own wisdom.”   Since 1971, the country of Bhutan has prioritised its citizen’s happiness over economic growth. In the last 20 years Bhutan has doubled life expectancy, enrolled almost 100% of its children in primary school and overhauled its infrastructure.   Bhutan citizens meditate once a day, conserve traditional values rather than accumulate materialistic things, care for their environment, remain carbon neutral, ensure 60% of their landmass remains under forest cover, protect their wildlife, care as much for their neighbours as they do for their immediate families and all educational facilities are green.   Conscious Club Co-Founder Gary Gorrow will be interviewing Dr Chetri and exploring how happiness can create the conditions for social, economic, environmental, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.    Key event details:   What: The Conscious Club’s Happiness event with guest speaker Dr Saamdu Chetri. When: Wednesday 28 June 2017 Where: Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia Tickets: $79.00 (optional delicious vegan gluten-free meal for $15) available online at What else? Deliciously refreshing locally made kombucha will be provided by Trolley’d, Sydney’s first bar embracing the qualities of sustainability, native Australian, foraged and local organic produce. Nourishing goodies will also be provided by Loving Earth chocolates.   Media: For interviews, information or images, contact Sarah Thompson at GoodFit Global: or 0420 892 450.   Talent available: Dr Saamdu  Chetri – Director of The Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan. Conscious Club Founder Gary Gorrow (volunteer) - Voluntary CEO Clair Jennifer (volunteer) -   About Conscious Club   Conscious Club are a community of thinkers, storytellers, community partners and friends who celebrate the enlightened side of life. A non-profit organization, it was founded in Australia by two leading meditation teachers, Gary Gorrow and Tim Brown, with entrepreneur Clair Jennifer as the voluntary CEO.   The collective mission is pure; to create a movement of likeminded people, to inspire them to Do Good for themselves, each other and the earth by spreading conscious messages throughout. This is achieved by building the community through social media outreach and creating regular inspiring events and films.   Conscious Club’s regular events artfully weave together an upbeat social connection time during a nourishing healthy meal. A group meditation is held to lift and spread the collective energy, renown inspirational speakers share their enriching knowledge and stories, musicians play soul-stirring music, and thought-provoking films are screened, forging a sense of camaraderie amongst guests. Global influencers who have appeared at Conscious Club include Deepak Chopra, Jamie Durie, Ronnie Kahn and Sarah Wilson along with artists and musicians like Xavier Rudd and Ben Lee.   What makes the Conscious Club special is its community. The club is free to join, everyone is welcome and it’s where great friendships are ignited. Conscious Club connects humans on the same mission and path in life - living life less ordinary.   Join the conversation with Conscious Club online:   Conscious Club website Instagram Conscious Club Facebook Conscious Club Twitter Conscious Club Youtube Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: Melbourne named 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year 2017-06-14T23:17:10Z lighting-melbourne-city-2017-intelligent-community-of-the-year Along with its long-running standing as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne has claimed the title as the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year, conferred by the Intelligent Community Forum. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s smart-enabled landscape with more works now underway to futureproof Melbourne’s lighting domain.  Since his presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016, Ironbark Sustainability’s Business Manager Alexi Lynch has seen a plethora of changes in the smart control street lighting domain. Councils have moved beyond the innovator phase of technology adoption to an early adopter phase where more mature discussion can transpire concerning smart lighting controls and smart cities, says Lynch. Public lighting guidelines, policies and strategies set out by councils are increasingly taking into consideration smart city elements, controls and networks with the Federal Government’s $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program investment.   Technology trials and pilots are underway in most major centres with Victoria leading the way, in an Australian-first, network-wide, smart street lighting system for councils that includes thousands of smart-city enabled LEDs for Melbourne. The City of Ryde is a notable case study as the fourth largest CBD in Australia located in an local government area with residential and city smart controls installed over two years ago. Anthony Ogle is the Asset Systems Manager for the City of Ryde, responsible for the operations of city roads, streetscapes, street lighting, stormwater and local civil infrastructure for the City of Ryde. Since 2002, the City of Ryde has seen public street lighting through public domain upgrades with Multi-Functional Poles (MFPs) by developers as well as underground metered circuits. The Council is currently converting existing MFP’s to LED with smart controls. The work of Dr Fred Watson, Head of Lighting and Environment at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, raises awareness of light pollution concerns associated with LED lighting. Dr Watson will be presenting at the Summit which also plays host to Ironbark Sustainability’s Managing Director Paul Brown among a range of local and international lighting specialists who will profile major developments in the lighting sphere. Following his well-received appearance at the Summit in 2016, Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance Executive Director Bob Parks is presenting up-to-date information on quality public lighting design at the 2017 edition of the Summit. Parks showcases real-world examples to emulate, as well as those to avoid. Florida Power & Light is undertaking one of the largest smart street lighting projects in the world. The utility is expected to implement nearly half a million networked energy-efficient LEDs with 75,000 lights already installed. Florida Power and Light’s Principal Lighting Engineer, Joe Hancock, reflects on the challenges in delivering North America’s largest street light control network. Instrumental in the provision of Auckland Transport’s inventory of 105,000 street lights which represent a third of all those in New Zealand, Technical Principal of Lighting Design from New Zealand Opus International Consultants, Andy Collins, delivers a trans-Tasman perspective on energy efficient street lighting. Australia’s premiere symposium on smart lighting, smart cities and the Internet of Things, the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit underscores the industry’s commitment to developing innovative and intelligent lighting solutions. The Summit takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th and 14th of September 2017.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit   MODE's Design Scores 6 Star Green Star Rating 2017-05-23T04:53:31Z mode-s-design-scores-6-star-green-star-rating MODE was part of the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) project team, which has received a 6 Star Green Star rating for sustainable construction from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for the flagship building at the Springfield campus. The $45 million building was designed by MODE to integrate and connect both the developing infrastructure and existing buildings.  Architecturally, the design supports an innovative and digitally connected learning environment, including simulated learning and research spaces. The completed space has enabled new course offerings in Education, Allied Health and Nursing, Engineering and Construction.  With a forward thinking design solution, the USQ Education Gateways Building (EDGY) design focuses on key aspects; the establishment of a strong urban edge, visual connection of internal/external aspects and innovation.     USQ’s Associate Director, Simon Pearl, said MODE contributed to the innovation achieved through built form, mass and scale, reflective of the existing surrounding context, with the flexibility to facilitate future developments. “MODE played a vital role in the Design Development, Construction Documentation and Construction Services for this project and ensured the success of this flagship teaching facility,” said Mr. Pearl. The education team at MODE was delighted to hear of the success as the building was originally awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating but pushed to gain the 6 Star Green Star rating upon completion of the build. MODE’s Education Leader and Director, Andy Pham said the building was pivotal in establishing the industry standard and providing this new building was a key component of the university’s strategy for expansion and enrichment of student participation for generations to come. “From day one the team at MODE understood the nature of the time and budget constraints of the project and genuinely committed to meeting design and subsequent procurement milestones within very tight timeframes, whilst still meeting our requirements in regard to quality, functionality and aesthetic dimensions. Even though there were substantial changes to the client brief late in the construction process, the education team took this in their stride, ensuring that the program remained on time and within budget,” said Mr. Pham. MODE’s commitment to the design and construction improved operating efficiencies and reduced energy consumption, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the building and the overall environmental impact enabling USQ to become a driver of regional development.