The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-09T00:32:38Z Developing Data Ecosystems with the 1Spatial FME World Tour 2018-01-09T00:32:38Z developing-data-ecosystems-with-the-1spatial-fme-world-tour Sydney, Australia, 9 January 2018: 1Spatial, the global geospatial software and solutions company, is hosting a series of free FME World Tour events to help you better manage your organisation’s data ecosystem. From compute clouds and vast oceans of data to the urban analytics of utility networks, transport systems and government departments, data ecosystems are increasingly important. Connecting, integrating and understanding different data environments is critical to today’s organisations. To help you better manage your organisation’s data ecosystem, 1Spatial, a leading Platinum Authorised Partner of Safe Software and an FME reseller, is hosting events in the UK and Australia. Attendees will learn about the latest developments in FME software direct from our colleagues at Safe Software. They will also hear from 1Spatial’s experts and see real-world, customer use examples. What’s more, you can connect with other FME users and understand how to make your data smarter, together. Natalie Cooney, Australia Country Manager at 1Spatial says, “The FME World Tour is all about finding new ways to transform your data into useful information. At each event, we’ll run technical demonstrations and users will share their stories to help you reimagine how FME can help you develop and manage your data ecosystem. As previous attendees know, these are always fun and interactive events, so come join us, meet other users, speak to our experts and make your data smarter.” Each event will include customer case studies, technical presentations and interactive sessions for both new and existing users of FME, along with plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded data aficionados. FME – the “Swiss army knife for your data” – helps users connect applications, transform data and automate data workflows. The FME World Tour 2018 brings users together in over 70 cities worldwide under the theme of ‘Data Ecosystems’. We hope you can join us on one of the following dates: In the UK: 16th April – Edinburgh 18th April – Leeds 25th April – Cardiff 27th April – Southampton In Australia: 1st May – Canberra 3rd May – Melbourne 10th May – Perth Don Murray, President and Co-founder of Safe Software, says, “We live in a world of data ecosystems. Data flows through different environments and through connected systems. More than ever, organisations need tools to help them connect, integrate and understand data from different sources. The FME World Tour provides a unique opportunity to understand how FME can help you manage your organisation’s data ecosystem.” 5 reasons to attend Learn how the new capabilities in FME 2018 can help you be more efficient Build your FME skills through how-to and best practice sessions Get tips and practical ideas from presentations by FME users and the skill of our FME Certified Professionals Hear how other organisations are innovating with FME and 1Spatial to drive better business decisions Network with existing FME users or other people attending who just want to find out more! Like to present? If you’d like to share your FME experience with other event attendees, let us know. The call for presentations is now open. Simply send an abstract of your presentation to fme@1spatial.com and we’ll be in touch. But be quick, the deadline for submissions is 31st January 2018. National apartment statistics: Two-bedroom apartments most attractive to Aussie buyers 2017-12-17T18:00:00Z national-apartment-statistics-two-bedroom-apartments-most-attractive-to-aussie-buyers Property consultants Urbis surveyed 37% of brand new and off the plan apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the September 2017 quarter, recording a total of 1,241 sales. This is a 35% decrease in sales from the previous July quarter which recorded a spike in sales, though similar to the March 2017 quarter (38% of market surveyed), which recorded a total of 1,360 sales. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 75% are now sold. Urbis monitored over 100,000 actively selling apartments across 704 developments nationally, of which 69% are currently under construction or built. Despite the sales slowdown, the number of available apartments remaining to sell is at the lowest level in years. National Director of Property Economics and Research, Clinton Ostwald, said, “At the end of the quarter, only 9,827 surveyed apartments remained available for sale, compared to 12,548 apartments at the same time last year. Fewer new apartments are launching to the market, leading to fewer sales, however the existing product is still selling though at a slightly slower rate.” PRODUCT Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular selling product, accounting for 47% of total sales, compared to 39% in the previous quarter. One-bedroom, one-car park apartments were the next most popular product type making up 23% of total sales. Three-bedroom plus product recorded 13% of total sales, the same rate as the previous quarter. Looking at projects currently under construction, an average of 55% of future supply across the country is made up of two-bedroom apartments, while one-bedroom apartments make up 32%, with the remainder being three-bedroom plus units and studios. PRICE Across Australia, the weighted average sale price decreased by $36,672. This decrease was only felt across Brisbane and Perth, which impacted the overall price as surveyed sales in these cities made up 46% of the sample. Mr Ostwald said, “The number of apartments on the market which had recently been completed had an impact on price, as developers, particularly in Brisbane and Perth, were keen to move existing product. “Across the country quality apartments in highly sought-after locations are selling first, quickly achieving their presale targets.” In Perth, 44 per cent of actively selling apartments are now built. Similarly, in Brisbane 35 per cent of projects have completed. In Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, only 14% and 10% of actively selling apartments are built. Nationally, the weighted average sale price for a built apartment was $657,000, for an apartment under construction $788,000, and for an apartment in presales $914,000. FUTURE SUPPLY Sixty-nine developments yielding over 11,000 units settled in the quarter, the majority of these being in Brisbane (31%), Melbourne (33%) and Sydney (31%). Additionally, nineteen projects yielding just under 2,000 apartments sold out in the quarter. Twenty-nine projects yielding over 4,000 apartments launched nationally in the quarter, compared to 56 projects yielding over 6,000 apartments in the same period last year. As well as a slowdown in project launches, only 7,047 apartments were approved, the lowest number of approvals since the beginning of 2014. Mr Ostwald noted, “The slowdown in supply along with demand was a positive sign for the apartment market.” “In 2018, over 44,000 apartments are expected to settle across all five cities, including approximately 10% of which belong to already sold out developments. The skyline and the way we live in Australia is changing, however the pace is currently maintainable. Currently there are approximately 131,000 apartments in development application and approval across the five cities and new development approvals are slowing down. “Of course, not all of these will come to the market, and the level of demand will regulate what does sell and is eventually built. “In Q3, each state had their own story to tell about market conditions, however the united message was one of stability. “In Brisbane, fewer launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle suggests we won’t be seeing sales numbers increasing, but rather maintain at the current pace. Elsewhere in Queensland, with the festive season and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, The Gold Coast is quite active for property developers. “In Sydney, owner occupiers and local state investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The Melbourne market is still very much in presales, and almost 50% of active selling projects in Inner Melbourne have not yet commenced construction. While in Perth, we are seeing sentiment improve about the economy and property market, and we expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand.” said Mr Ostwald. Urbis Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 1,241 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter across: Sydney (381 sales, 19% of market surveyed, market size 41,844 units) Melbourne (291 sales: Inner Melbourne 131 sales, 22% of market surveyed, market size 32,636 units – a further 160 sales were recorded in the middle-ring) Brisbane (300 sales, 62% of market surveyed, market size 18,441 units) Perth (276 sales, 88% of market surveyed, market size 10,681 units) Gold Coast (153 sales, 83% of market surveyed, market size 4,519 units) Weighted average sale price recorded at $822,570, a national decrease of $37,000. Sydney - $1,205,774 - $47,000 increase Inner Melbourne - $737,473 - $82,000 increase Brisbane - $644,667 - $81,000 decrease Perth - $608,424 - $53,000 decrease Gold Coast - $676,307 - $48,000 increase The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 32%. Inner Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 27%. Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 50% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 60% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 69% 31% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 20% are recently built. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Perth Apartment Statistics: Perth apartment market continues to see demand 2017-12-13T18:02:00Z new-perth-apartment-statistics-perth-apartment-market-continues-to-see-demand Despite sluggish activity for Perth real estate, the new apartment market continued to show resilience with 267 sales totalling almost $170 million in value. Urbis Apartment Essentials report for Q3 2017 found that the Perth real estate market was starting to recover with 624 apartment sales in the second half of the year compared to 511 sales in the first half of the year. September 2017 quarter sales were evenly spread across Inner, Fringe and Western Suburbs precincts, however the top two selling projects were both Finbar developments, with the successful launch of Reva in South Perth and Vue Tower in East Perth. Across Perth, the weighted average sale price was $608,424, this was lower than the previous quarter which reflected the more diverse sales, as opposed to the previous quarter which saw a high focus of sales in the Western Suburbs. Sales in other areas (areas outside of the eight defined Urbis precincts and generally more suburban areas) saw an increase in activity for the quarter with 48 apartments sold for the quarter. In the first half of 2017 activity in these areas fell right back (44 sales) but it picked up again in the second half of the year (93 sales). An issue for projects looking to achieve pre-sales continues to be competition from recently completed projects with 38% of total sales in recently built apartments, and a further 30% were in developments which had commenced construction. Urbis Director of Property Economics and Research, David Cresp, said, “Our research shows pre-sales are continuing to support new projects, with almost 60% of all apartments currently under construction having been sold off the plan.” There were only three developments yielding 163 new apartments launching to the market this quarter. However, there are a number of projects sitting on the sideline with 20 projects yielding 1,578 apartments looking to launch over the next 12 months. This is attesting the regained confidence in the Perth apartment market. Included in the launches are projects such as Wright Street Apartments and Eden apartments, which launched in Q4 and are already seeing strong sales. Mr Cresp said, “Apartment over supply was not an issue for the Perth market. Apartments accounted for only 17% of all dwelling approvals according to ABS data for the YTD August 2017. Minute in comparison to Sydney, where 54% of approvals were apartments. As to who these apartments are aimed for, according to Urbis research 53% of sales were to owner-occupiers this quarter, and a further 25% were to local state investors.” The outlook for apartments in Perth was positive, with sentiment improving about the economy and property market in general for 2018. “We expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand. While we are seeing lower levels of apartment completions forecast in 2018, which will allow the market the breathing space it needs to sell any excess apartments. Overall, I feel the Perth apartment market is sitting comfortably.” concluded Mr Cresp. Urbis Perth Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Perth Apartment Essentials Report found: 276 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner City precinct recorded the majority of sales at 52 sales, followed by the Other precinct (48 sales), Fringe-East (36 sales), Western suburbs (36 sales), Fringe-South (35 sales), Fringe-North West (30 sales), Southern (16 sales), Southern-Coastal (14 sales) and Outer Southern (9 sales) The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $608,424. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 60% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-bathroom product made up 24% of total sales compared to 29% in the previous quarter. Owner occupier sales dominated the market with 53% of transactions, up slightly from 50% in the previous quarter. ENDS For media enquiries contact: For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 80145033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Brisbane Apartment Statistics: Inner Brisbane skyline lights up as apartments settle 2017-12-13T18:01:00Z new-brisbane-apartment-statistics-inner-brisbane-skyline-lights-up-as-apartments-settle The Brisbane new apartment market recorded 300 sales in the September 2017 quarter, in line with the previous two quarters’ results of 302 and 311 sales, according to new research by leading property consultants, Urbis. After last quarter’s record high weighted average sale price, this quarter the weighted average sale price decreased by $80,896, registering $644,667. This decrease was driven by a higher proportion of one and two-bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium price-pointed stock selling in the previous quarter. At a product level, most product types registered a weighted average sale price decrease from the previous quarter. At a precinct level, the CBD and Inner South precincts were the only two precincts to register a weighted average sale price decrease. Looking at future supply, there were only 672 new apartments which reached development approval status in the quarter, the lowest number recorded in the Urbis Apartment Essentials. Paul Riga, Director Property Economics and Research, said, “Between 2014 and 2016, it was normal to see over 2,000 units reach approval status per quarter, and at the height of the cycle in 2014 and 2015, this number peaked at over 5,000 apartments. “We are now in the settlement phase of the cycle, and lower levels of new apartment demand are fast driving a slow-down in the addition of any further future supply.” There were 3,382 apartments across Inner Brisbane which commenced settlement this quarter, with over 50% of these in the Inner North precinct. Mr Riga noted that of these 3,382 apartments, 47 per cent belonged to sold out projects, with surveyed projects under construction indicating that 13 per cent of product remained unsold. Looking at the bigger picture, in 2016, over 7,000 apartments reached settlement, whereas in 2017 close to 6,700 apartments are expected to settle. A number of projects saw slippage in the estimated completion period, with 2018 now expecting to see a further 7,100 apartments reach settlement. “We are really starting to notice a change in how we live in Brisbane, the cranes are coming down and more and more lights are turning on, and the effect of these new residents is continuing to re-generate both new and established precincts.” said Mr Riga. The traditional two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment market made up the majority of sales this quarter, with 50 per cent of total sales, similar to the 51 per cent achieved in the previous quarter. The level of one-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus sales was also similar to the previous quarter. “What our research is telling us is that even in current market conditions apartments are still selling. Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results. For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter. The coming quarters will continue to see limited new project launches, with only a handful mooted to launch over the next six months. “The lack of new launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle, suggests we’ll see sales numbers maintain at the current pace.” said Mr Riga. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Brisbane Apartment Essentials Report found: 300 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter, a slight decrease of 3% in sales from the previous quarter which recorded 311 sales. The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $644,667, a $80,896 decrease compared to the record June 2017 quarter. This is the lowest weighted average sale price recorded in 2017. The decrease was driven by entry level one and two bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium stock in the previous quarter. Sales by product type did not change much from the previous quarter. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 50% of total sales, similiar to 51% in the previous quarter. Three-bedroom plus product made up only 11% of sales, and one-bedroom product made up 31% of total sales. Only two new projects yielding 342 apartments launched this quarter, compared to five new projects yielding 744 apartments in the previous quarter. Interstate investor buyers dominated the market with 35% of transactions, followed by foreign investor buyers with 28% of transactions. Owner occupier buyers made up 21% of purchases. The Inner East had the highest percentage of Interstate Investor sales, driven by the launch of a new project. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New VIC Apartment Statistics: Flood fears pass as Melbourne apartment pipeline dries up 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-vic-apartment-statistics-flood-fears-pass-as-melbourne-apartment-pipeline-dries-up Urbis’ Apartment Essentials report for the September quarter 2017 reveals that while most of the current inventory is progressing well to construction, the pace and volume of new supply is slowing down. As prices hold and even increase, policy makers are left to ponder what will happen if future supply volume continues to fall back. Urbis’ assessment of Melbourne’s off the plan apartment market is based on sales from 49 off the plan projects in the September 2017 quarter comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments, as well as monitoring the status of almost 400 projects. Of the 291 sales recorded, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. As predicted, there was a drop in sales activity in this quarter for two key reasons: Firstly, a greater share of projects have now sold the majority of their stock - Of the 49 surveyed projects across Inner and Middle Melbourne, 71% of projects have sold more than 70% of their available product. Of these, four projects yielding 291 apartments sold out their last remaining stock in the September 2017 quarter. Secondly, as we predicted earlier in the year, some activity was brought forward to the June quarter to beat the stamp duty changes coming into effect on July 1, with the anticipated softening of investor activity in the September quarter. Given the changing conditions there were fewer projects brought to market. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. While less than 50% of active projects had commenced construction at the close of the quarter, those that are well progressed through presales will soon move to boost construction volumes in the short to medium term. However, this looks to be offset by a diminishing supply pipeline from both a project launch and a development approval perspective. In Inner Melbourne, Urbis assessed 131 sales from 32 projects in the quarter. After a surge in one-bedroom apartments in the June quarter, the market preference for two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments returned, boosting the weighted average sale price by $82,000 to $737,000 in this quarter. Some product differences were apparent across different precincts, with one-bedroom apartments the most popular product in the Central and Inner West Precincts, two-bedroom one-bathroom apartments in the Inner North Precinct and two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments in the Inner East and Inner South. In Inner Melbourne at a product level, prices remained similar to the previous quarter, however several expensive premium product sales helped to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Three of the six Inner Melbourne precincts, the Central, Inner North and Inner West, registered a weighted average sale price increase in the quarter. Combined, these three precincts made up 73% of total Inner Melbourne sales – which further helped boost the overall weighted average sale price. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained consistent with the previous quarter at $582,000. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was also the most popular choice in the middle-ring, accounting for 51% of total sales. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Melbourne Apartment Essentials Report found: Urbis assessed 49 off the plan projects comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments By the end of the quarter 71% of projects had sold more than 70% of stock Urbis recorded 291 off the plan sales in the September 2017 quarter. Of these, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. Once again, the majority of sales were in the middle ring. Within Inner Melbourne, 33% of sales were recorded in the Central Precinct, followed by the Inner North (28% sales), Inner East (24% of sales), Inner West (11% sales) and Inner South (4% sales). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $737,000 for the Inner Melbourne precincts, a $82,000 increase compared to the June 2017 quarter. This increase was driven by more two-bedroom apartments transacting and premium product sales helping to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product accounted for 40% of total sales across Inner and Middle Melbourne, and 27% of total sales in Inner Melbourne. One-bedroom apartments across Inner and Middle Melbourne accounted for 37% of total sales, and were split evenly between those with and those without a car park. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained steady, decreasing by $1,390 to sit at $582,391. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. Only one new development yielding 261 apartments is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2017, with a steadier flow of project releases anticipated in 2018. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Gold Coast Apartment Statistics: Sold signs aplenty, but fewer new projects on the Gold Coast 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-gold-coast-apartment-statistics-sold-signs-aplenty-but-fewer-new-projects-on-the-gold-coast The Gold Coast new apartment market recorded 153 unconditional sales in the September 2017 quarter, according to the latest research by property consultants Urbis. Though a decline on the previous quarter’s sales, fewer active projects were selling. Only 46 new apartment developments were monitored during September quarter, compared to 62 at the same time last year. The Gold Coast weighted average sale price across the four precincts increased by $48,381, to register $676,307 in Q3 2017. This is the highest recorded average price since 2014. This increase was driven by more expensive two-bedroom apartment transactions. The weighted average sale price of this product increased by over $100,000 this quarter. This product price increase was most significant in the Gold Coast Central Precinct, which had a higher level of beach front developments selling. At a precinct level, the Coastal Fringe Precinct registered the greatest increase in weighted average sale price, rising by $123,182 in Q3 2017. However, it was still the most affordable precinct with a weighted average sale price of $592,241. The Southern Beaches Precinct registered a $226,471 decrease in weighted average sale price this quarter, as a new project launch brought affordable stock to the traditionally more high-end apartment market. Given that 63 per cent of sales in the quarter were owner occupier sales, there was a lean towards multi-bedroom apartments. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments made up 69 per cent of total Gold Coast sales this quarter. Three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the next highest selling product type making up 17 per cent of total sales. Urbis Senior Consultant, Lynda Campbell, said, “The Gold Coast apartment market’s level of supply remained stable, with 1,170 apartments for sale at the end of September, lower than the two year quarterly average of 1,325. Additionally, to date 15 projects have sold out during 2017. Only three projects yielding 298 apartments launched on the Gold Coast this quarter, further contributing to fewer sales.” The December 2017 quarter is expected to record an increase in sales with several pending projects launching to the market. “New developments which launched in October and November on the Gold Coast have already achieved strong presales. I expect to see the number of sales increase next quarter, with the festive season and the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being quite active for property developers.” said Ms Campbell. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 153 sales recorded in the September 2017 quarter, with 69 per cent of sales being two-bedroom, two-bathroom product. Weighted average sale price recorded at $676,307, an increase of $48,381, and the highest recorded price since 2014. The Gold Coast Central Precinct recorded the highest quarterly sales rate across the four Gold Coast precincts, with 61 sales during the September 2017 quarter, accounting for 40 per cent of total sales. The Coastal Fringe Precinct recorded 58 sales during the September 2017 quarter, followed by Southern Beaches (34). Supply remains stable with 1,170 apartments for sale at end of September, lower than the two year average of 1,325. *Coastal Fringe suburbs include Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar, Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall, Carrara, Robina, Clear Island Waters, Merrimac and Varsity Lakes. *North Shore suburbs include Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay. *Gold Coast Central suburbs include Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and Broadbeach Waters. *Southern Beaches suburbs include Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Casuarina, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Kingscliff, Kirra, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Palm Beach, Tugun and Tweed Heads. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Apartment Statistics: Room for growth in Sydney new apartment market 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-apartment-statistics-room-for-growth-in-sydney-new-apartment-market Sydney’s new apartment market recorded 381 sales from a sample of 19% of the market in the September 2017 quarter, according to new research released today by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Inner West Precinct recorded the majority of sales at 27% of total sales in the quarter, closely followed by the Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). Though fewer sales were recorded with 81% of surveyed apartments now sold, the weighted average sale price increased by $46,677 over the previous quarter, reaching $1,205,774. At a product level, the weighted average sale price decreased across one-bedroom, one-car and two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, despite these being the two best-selling product types. However, with 18 of the 30 surveyed projects registering a total weighted average sale price of over $1 million, including the top two selling developments, the overall increase makes sense. Urbis Associate Director of Property Economics and Research, Alex Stuart, said, “Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was back in the top selling position this quarter, however at only 32% of total sales the popularity of this product type differs from other markets. “The Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth markets generally sit between 50% and 60% for the proportion of two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments sold. However, in Sydney and Melbourne where it is a lot harder to get a foot on the property ladder, this is a lot more spread across other, mostly smaller, product types.” One bedroom, one car apartments were the next best seller making up 24% of sales. Sixteen projects containing 2,157 apartments launched in the quarter, compared to thirteen projects containing 3,232 apartments in the previous quarter. Looking ahead, there are 12 projects containing 3,902 new apartments which are expected to launch in the next 6 months. Apartment approvals dropped to 2,433 apartments in the Q3 2017, the lowest number of approvals since mid-2014. However, with only approximately 27,000 apartments currently in development approval and application status, there is still plenty of room for growth. Mr Stuart noted, “The Sydney apartment market has fewer apartments in future supply compared to the much smaller Brisbane apartment market. In Sydney, developments are coming to the market at a much quicker rate than the rest of the nation, and if developers are able to source affordable land, there is opportunity to make a profit.” “Looking at sales and supply levels, apartments in Sydney are still attractive to buyers and developers. Owner occupiers and local investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The challenge is keeping these apartments attractive and affordable for both developers and buyers.” concluded Mr Stuart. Urbis Sydney Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Sydney Apartment Essentials Report found: 381 sales, from a sample of 30 surveys, were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner West Precinct recorded 27% of total sales, followed by Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $1,205,774 an increase of $46,677 over the previous quarter, and the highest weighted average sale price recorded for the Sydney Apartment Essentials. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular product type, making up 32% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-car apartments made up 24% of total transactions. NSW investor sales were once again the most popular transaction, accounting for 51% of total sales. Owner occupier sales accounted for 35% of sales. There were sixteen new apartment launches this quarter, equating to 2,157 apartments. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. SAI Global Expands Middle East Presence with Dubai Office 2017-11-24T04:40:28Z sai-global-expands-middle-east-presence-with-dubai-office SAI Global, a leading provider of integrated risk management solutions, today announced the opening of an office in Dubai to help organizations throughout the Middle East enhance their risk management programs. The new office addresses increasing demand and growth the company has experienced since it first entered the region in 2015. SAI Global will build upon a solid customer base established across the region’s banking, energy and oil sectors, including Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). These businesses rely on the company’s integrated risk software and learning solutions to mitigate risk through practices that bring transparency, consistency, and accountability. “The market for risk management solutions and compliance training is rapidly growing throughout the Middle East,” said Peter Granat, CEO of SAI Global. “There’s strong demand among companies in the region for our leading environmental health and safety (EHS) and IT risk software solutions. These companies are ambitious in their goals to be among the best managed companies in the world and our enhanced presence here better enables our commitment to these customers.” According to a representative of Agility, a logistics leader in Kuwait “To protect our hard-earned brand reputation and build public trust, it's essential for us to cultivate an ethical culture across our organization. SAI Global has really helped us to create awareness, increase transparency and reduce risk. This has enabled us to align our employee conduct with our company values, as well as establish an effective, defensible compliance program with measurable results.” SAI Global’s Dubai office will be headed up by a locally appointed team of risk management experts responsible for evolving the company’s business in the region. As referenced in Gartner’s ‘Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management Solutions’ (June 2017), “according to 200 inquiries in 2016 and 2017, bringing efficiencies in managing compliance and regulatory reporting for IT-related risks continues to be the primary driver to evaluate IT risk management (ITRM) solutions. We also continue to see more interest among buyers trying to answer inquiries from their boards or customers about ITRM’s close link to cybersecurity initiatives. This is especially true in North America and Europe; however, the Middle East, Brazil and India are also showing signs of increased interest in ITRM solutions' capabilities.” * SAI Global was positioned the highest for ability to execute and furthest for completeness of vision in the Challengers quadrant of this Magic Quadrant for its digital risk management software. Additionally, in SC Media’s recent comprehensive product review, SAI Global’s digital risk management software solution achieved “five stars” for the fifth consecutive year. *Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for IT Risk Management Solutions,” Khushbu Pratap, Jeffrey Wheatman, Matthew T. Stamper, 29 June 2017. Required Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.   Osmoflo deliver fast track water treatment project for APR Energy 2017-11-24T04:05:27Z osmoflo-deliver-fast-track-water-treatment-project-for-apr-energy Osmoflo, a global leader in the design, construction and operation of water treatment plants with head office in South Australia, has announced the delivery of a water treatment solution for a fast track power generation project in South Australia for APR Energy. APR Energy are global leaders in providing fast track, mobile, power generation systems. They were recently awarded a contract with SA Power Networks to deliver 276 MW of backup power generation to protect South Australia from power blackouts. The project also provides key environmental advantages for South Australia with emissions-friendly power generating capacity. Osmoflo provided two containerised 600 m3/day Ultra High Purity water plants consisting of Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis desalination and Polishing Plants to produce high quality water required in the operation of power generators. Delivery of the water treatment project was required in just 5 weeks from order, with completion and installation achieved in early October. ‘For all of Team Osmoflo, we very much thank you for rising to the challenge of meeting our demanding schedule, delivering solid products, and maintaining the utmost professionalism throughout. Truly impressive.’ stated Conrad Dieken, Supply Chain Technical Manager at APR Energy. ‘I would have zero reservations with engaging Osmoflo to support future APR Energy projects’. Power generation has been a key topic of discussion within South Australia, and wider Australia, because of recent issues highlighting the lack of secure and reliable power generation systems currently in place. The backup generation being provided by APR Energy has achieved operation ahead of its initial target of 1 December 2017. The power project comprises 9 x GE TM2500 units featuring the latest advancements in fuel flexible, low emission mobile turbine technology. The units have been installed at two sites in South Australia, Elizabeth South and Lonsdale. Osmoflo’s demonstrated flexibility, technical competence, local footprint and the readiness to deliver to a tight timeline formed the basis of this engagement. It is the local South Australian Industry contributing to a larger solution towards resolution of challenges faced by the state. Osmoflo is pleased to be able to support APR energy in their endeavours and expect to grow this partnership further. “This is a crucial project for the state and we are pleased to have been engaged as part of the solution” said Ajay Jaggi, General Manager at Osmoflo, Adelaide. “We successfully delivered this project within schedule; and are proud to be supporting this critical infrastructure that represents an important step in resolving power issues in our State”  Ends The World in 2018 from The Economist highlights key global trends to watch for next year 2017-11-21T22:07:21Z the-world-in-2018-from-the-economist-highlights-key-global-trends-to-watch-for-next-year LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 20, 2017, - The World in 2018, the annual publication from The Economist, predicts that 2018 will be a nerve-jangling year as people across the world attempt to escape the tensions of politics and the frenzies of technology. But the world can also look forward to an economy growing at a respectable pace and the distraction of global events including the Winter Olympics and the World Cup. Daniel Franklin, editor of The World in 2018, said: “It will be a critical year on many fronts, including North Korea’s nuclear challenge, the Brexit negotiations, China’s economic reforms and America’s mid-term elections as well as the presidential polls in Brazil and Mexico. We will see intriguing battles for influence, ideas and leadership.” Twelve global themes for 2018 are: 1) Trumpism v Macronisme We will see competing open v closed world views. While President Donald Trump focuses on his inward-looking “America first” agenda, France’s President Emmanuel Macron promises a new kind of pro-globalisation social contract, one that boosts competition and entrepreneurship while protecting workers who lose out. Mr Macron will emerge as a modern-day equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt, the American president most associated with the Progressive Era. 2) Election game-changers: Brazil, Mexico, Italy and the US mid-terms Once every 12 years elections in Latin America’s two giants, Brazil and Mexico, coincide; there and in other countries in the region’s big election year voters will demand political renewal and an end to corruption. A messy election in Italy could constrain the country’s economic recovery. In America, the Democrats could triumph in a close contest for the House of Representatives, opening the way for the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. 3) The political and economic cocktail of the Winter Olympics in South Korea and the World Cup in Russia Two competitions will capture the world’s attention. South Korea will put on the Winter Olympics in the shadow of the North’s nuclear brinkmanship. Russia will stage the FIFA World Cup at a sensitive time in the country’s relations with the West and shortly after an election that will give Vladimir Putin another term as president. In both events, sport will compete with politics. 4) Long good-byes from leaders in Japan, Cuba and Saudi Arabia Japan’s Emperor Akihito prepares to bow out, Cuba’s President Raúl Castro steps down, Saudi’s King Salman may abdicate. But many leaders who have overstayed their welcome (such as Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela) will try to cling to office. 5) Synchronised global economic growth, at last Ten years after the start of the Great Recession, a sense of widespread wellness will begin to take hold in the world economy. To many it may feel as if 2018 is just the beginning of the real recovery, but it may in fact be approaching the end: the world economy tends to tip into a recession every eight to ten years, and the last one ended in 2009. The most likely cause of the next dip? Central banks tightening policy too much, too quickly. 6) Crunch time for critical global diplomacy: Brexit, NAFTA and North Korea Fraught Brexit talks will reach a climax in the autumn of 2018, when a divorce settlement between Britain and the European Union needs to be reached if there is to be time for parliaments to ratify it by the scheduled departure date of March 2019; the chances of a no-deal Brexit are high. The year will show whether NAFTA can survive Donald Trump’s protectionist push. And – most important of all – Mr Trump will have to decide whether to deter or contain a nuclear North Korea seeking the capability to strike the United States. 7) The march of the acronyms: GDPR, MiFID2, COP24, GNH, Remote ID, 5G, AI New European rules on data (GDPR) and finance (MiFID2, PSD) come into force. A climate-change conference in Poland (COP24) will take stock of progress on the Paris accord. Bhutan starts an intriguing experiment of applying its “gross national happiness” (GNH) to business. And in key tech developments, commercial drones develop faster thanks to rules on remote ID, the next generation of mobile technology (5G) will make its debut at the Winter Olympics and artificial intelligence (AI) will march on into more and more areas. 8) The coming “tech lash” Politicians will turn on the technology giants—Facebook, Google and Amazon in particular—saddling them with fines, regulation and a tougher interpretation of competition rules, in a 21st-century equivalent of America’s antitrust era. There will be broader pressure for transparency about the origin and accuracy of online content. And the tech behemoths’ acquisitions will come under greater scrutiny, as antitrust authorities take a harder line on attempts to squash would-be competitors by buying them. 9) Asian countries top of the league Asian countries will be world champions in 2018—probably not in football, but in a variety of other areas. Bhutan is forecast to top the league in economic growth; China could overtake Italy to be number one in terms of UNESCO-listed world-heritage sites; and India plans to complete the world’s tallest statue, of Vallabhbhai Patel, a founding father of modern India, in Vadodara in the western state of Gujarat. 10) Signs of the times, from “peak baby” to new adventures in space and at sea Telling trends of 2018 will include, in demography, a dip in the number of babies born around the world; the rise of private space ventures reflected most dramatically in SpaceX’s plan to send tourists around the Moon; consumers’ preference for oversized cars demonstrated in sport utility vehicles and their close cousins overtaking all other types in sales of new vehicles; and the trend towards gigantism at sea shown in the launch of Prelude FLNG, the world’s biggest vessel, displacing as much water as six aircraft carriers. 11) A new era for medicine Medical historians of the future will describe 2018 as the year that “advanced” medicines—therapies working upstream on DNA—started to become a reality. The most important landmark will be the approval of the world’s first RNA interference drug, heralding the arrival of a new class of drug. Advances will also come in gene therapies and gene-editing. With luck, too, an old era will end, with the final eradication of polio. 12) Word of the year: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious “Mary Poppins Returns”, starring Emily Blunt, will come out in 2018, timed to coincide with the centenary of women’s suffrage in Britain. Its fiery suffragette Mrs Banks would no doubt cheer the political progress women have made since 1964 when the original film appeared – and march onwards with the influence women will have on America’s mid-terms. This year’s guest writers in The World in 2018 include: Ruth Davidson, leader of Scottish Conservatives; John McCain, US senator; Alexei Navalny, opposition leader in Russia; Chrystia Freeland, foreign minister of Canada; Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of Bhutan; Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo; Hu Shuli, editor in chief, Caijing; Carrie Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong; Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel; Graça Machel and Richard Branson of The Elders; Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan human-rights activist; Bob Iger, CEO of Disney; Kai-Fu Lee, venture capitalist; Feng Zhang, co-inventor of CRISPR; and Rem Koolhaas, architect. The World in 2018 print edition is available for purchase on newsstands or on The Economist Store from 20th November. The website (http://www.theworldin.com) and app edition, which can be read within The Economist app on iTunes and Google Play, will go live on 21st November. For more information, please contact DEC PR, on behalf of The Economist: 02 8014 5033 economist@decpr.com.au About The Economist (www.economist.com) With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary. In addition to the web-only content such as blogs, debates and audio/video programmes available on the website, The Economist is available to download for reading on Android, Blackberry PlayBook, iPhone or iPad devices. The Economist Espresso, our daily briefing smartphone app, is also available for download via iTunes App Store or Google Play. John Morris Group Partners with MTS Systems in the ANZ Region 2017-11-13T03:58:01Z john-morris-group-partners-with-mts-systems-in-the-anz-region John Morris Group Partners with MTS Systems in the ANZ Region Sydney, Australia – The Test and Measurement Division of the John Morris Group recently announced that it has signed an agreement with MTS Systems as the new sole distributor for MTS System's Structural Test Systems (STR), Materials Testing (MAT) and Ground Vehicles Testing (GRV) Divisions across Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands.  John Morris Group is a privately owned, third generation family business spanning over sixty years. John Morris Group’s Test and Measurement Division has a growing team offering support and expertise in the test and measurement equipment supply markets. With a strong presence in the ANZ region, John Morris Group will strengthen the promotion of MTS System's solutions and system portfolio to Defence, Aerospace, Research and Development, Automotive, Biomedical, University and Component Testing markets. Alberto Blanco (Regional Sales Manager for MTS Systems), said "This appointment of John Morris Group provides a strong local support for the region's rapid growth in Composite Materials, Biomedical and Aerospace industries.”  “This exciting new partnership is a win for local industry and research. This partnership cements our growing relevance to test and measurement engineers across a range of industries important to the future of Australia & New Zealand. We are proud to enter a partnership with the passionate and talented team from MTS and look forward to helping our customers answer their most challenging questions together.” said Andre Wyzenbeek, John Morris Group’s Managing Director. About John Morris Group As providers of complete solutions for noise, pressure and vibration measurement and data acquisition systems, John Morris Group partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration from leading suppliers such as PCB Piezotronics, IMI Sensors, The Modal Shop, Larson Davis, Dewetron, Scanivalve, Sentek Dynamics, Crystal Instruments, Viatran and now MTS Systems. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning sixty years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Contact our John Morris Group team: AUS: 1300 501 555 and NZ: 0800 651 700 email: mts@johnmorrisgroup.com Web:  www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/Industrial Sunsetting Fossil Fuel Age Provokes a Re-Discovery of Thermodynamics Laws 2017-10-11T04:02:55Z sunsetting-fossil-fuel-age-provokes-a-re-discovery-of-thermodynamics-laws Past fossil fuels abundance might have buried a potentially new thermodynamics law underneath vast crude reserves for the last two hundred years. Farkad Al Wattar, a researcher at New Middle East Pty Ltd, who outlined his ‘One-way entanglement between isolated energies’ thesis in a newly published book titled, The Fifth Law, believes ‘the law should have come not long after Sadi Carnot coined the 2nd law of Thermodynamics back in 1824. That would have changed History’. The thesis is thought easy to understand by the general public and it may prove one of the most fundamental natural laws for humans, equally common and just as important in day-to-day life as Gravity. For physicists, scientists, technologists and researchers, the proposal claims Entropy intricately dictates the amount of energy required to construct an energy-generating device. This results in a far-reaching constraint that limits how much useful energy a device can ever generate through its useful life. Despite the only formula the proposal introduces is as simple as Eu < Em, short-enough to be seen printed on any T-shirt, Al Wattar believes the newly proposed relationship in physics could be ‘the harshest among all thermodynamics laws known to man’. The book also proposes a 2nd-generation, self-growing renewable energy platform, the Sun Road, imagined to be built between what the renowned Stanford University Historian Ian Morris calls, the ‘lucky latitudes’, extending to Australia. Sun Road is envisioned to re-establish Earth’s carrying capacity in post fossil fuels era, capable to provide all the energy required for the completion, initiation and empowering of Fusion Energy reactors, as well as the production of renewable liquid fuels necessary for transportation. The book is the first-ever publication self-ranking itself as ‘the most read aboard Start Trek’s Enterprise spaceship’, an indication on how it may refuel a revisit to the theory of Society, Science, Technology, Economy, Philosophy, Politics, Literature and Arts in the wake of the new law. The proposal is effectively a demonstration of how first-generation self-funded Internet researchers have started lending hands in support for Science. The book is available at: https://the-fifth-law.com contact@the-fifth-law.com About: New Middle East Pty Ltd is Sydney, Australia based research and simulation software development company founded in 2008. The business is the proud sponsor of Al Wattar’s The Fifth Law, which is part of its Sun Road™ project. FUTURE STREET IS HERE WITH WIFI CHARGING TABLES AND SMART BINS 2017-10-11T03:38:25Z future-street-is-here-with-wifi-charging-tables-and-smart-bins Street Furniture Australia will contribute to Sydney’s Future Street installation with innovations for a smarter, more connected city and its people. The installation is sponsored by the Australian Government, with Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation to open the site tomorrow morning on October 12 on Alfred Street in front of Customs House. Future Street, designed by the Place Design Group for the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) and Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand (SCCANZ), will show how the streets of the future may enhance urban lives. Conversation starters include self-driving vehicles, with a range of street, landscape, IoT, utilities, transport, urban design and placemaking technologies and ideas in action from product partners Street Furniture Australia, WE-EF Lighting, Lawn Solutions, Andreasens Green, Playrope, Buddy, Ene Hub, Utillix, Itron, BYKKO and Telstra. Street Furniture Australia will debut the PowerMe charging table, which allows users to charge their devices while working, meeting friends, relaxing or waiting for transport in public streets and parks. “Running low on battery while you’re out and about can cause stress in our increasingly connected lives, hence the popularity of products like power bricks to stay agile and charged up on long trips around the city,” says Street Furniture Australia Marketing Manager June Boxsell. “PowerMe ensures device owners won’t be cut off from the digital services they rely on, such as transport and banking apps. It is accessible to all device owners, requiring only a cable - and with wireless charging on the way for iPhone and already available with some Android devices, soon you’ll just need to place your phone on the tabletop.” The company’s R&D team faced some challenges to prepare a charging device for the public realm. PowerMe is weatherproof, easily upgradeable for new technologies, integrates with existing seating, and folds shut to protect cables while charging is in progress. When not fueling devices, it is a functional side table for your notebook and coffee. It can also be hooked up to become a wifi hotspot, and fitted with sensors to track seat usage or detect the local weather, as required by Councils and custodians. Future versions will have a solar power option. PowerMe easily integrates with the new ARIA seating system, a modular suite that empowers place designers to seamlessly connect seats, benches, tables and corners to suit specific places and communities. “Custom furniture is popular among the designers we work with as it allows landscape architects to better craft the user experience of a place, making it more hospitable and responsive to the needs of those who work, live and play there each day,” says Boxsell. “The ARIA seating system allows for custom furniture arrangements, using standard parts. Our mission is to bring lasting enjoyment to public places, and this makes that so much more accessible for public spaces and projects where design time and budget is limited.” Escola SmartBins will also debut at the Future Street in garbage and recycling iterations. They are solar powered, networked and geolocated. The prototypes will demonstrate a fill-level sensor technology that allows custodians to check when bins are full and require cleaning. The bin will also record when it was last maintained, and send an alert if a fire is detected. It may also be fitted with the capability to track passing pedestrian traffic, or detect local weather. “The Escola SmartBins include some game changing technology for public health, operations efficiency and the cleanliness of our cities,” says Boxsell. Future Street runs from October 12-15 on Alfred Street, Circular Quay, in front of Customs House. Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor will attend the official opening at 9am on October 12. All are encouraged and invited to join the event. The Street Furniture Australia ARIA seating system, PowerMe wifi charging table and Escola SmartBin will officially launch in 2018. Future Street is part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City to be held in Sydney from 12-15 October. The festival program includes a Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards, Festival Party and a host of public and industry tours, exhibitions, activations, events and talks. High res images at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3aS8uPwJh7ONzRQa0tYTUF6dk0?usp=sharing -ENDS- About Street Furniture Australia (SFA)Street Furniture Australia’s purpose is to bring lasting enjoyment to public places. We believe that street furniture plays a central role in animating and connecting places. It ensures a place is vital, enjoyable and enriching for its community. streetfurniture.com For more information, visit streetfurniture.com/au/future-street-coming/ About the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)AILA is the growing national advocacy body representing 2,900 active and engaged landscape architects, promoting the importance of the profession today and for the future. Committed to designing and creating a better Australia, landscape architects shape the world around us. Aila.org.au Osmoflo announces completion of Ebeye, Marshall Islands Project 2017-10-09T05:52:40Z osmoflo-announces-completion-of-ebeye-marshall-islands-project This project was sponsored with aid funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australian and US governments. This critical project formed part of a bigger Sanitation and Water Distribution project for the Marshall Islands.  Following successful commissioning and performance testing, the water treatment plant has now been handed over to the asset owners Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utilities Resources Inc. (KAJUR) with an official ceremony due to be held on Ebeye Island on the 10th of October. The ceremony will celebrate the grand opening of the water treatment facility and will see local political leaders and dignitaries in attendance. Under this project Osmoflo provided design, supply and installation of 2 seawater reverse osmosis plants with a total capacity of 1,600 m3/day. Fabrication of the plant occurred at Osmoflo’s manufacturing facility in South Australia, with the plant then transported over 5,700km to its permanent location in the Marshall Islands. The water treatment plant now provides the island of Ebeye with a reliable and invaluable potable drinking water supply. In addition, Osmoflo are providing operations and maintenance (O&M) of the plant, demonstrating their unique ability to provide ongoing operations support to remote locations. During the 2 year O&M period, Osmoflo will progressively build the capability of local operators to continue successful operation of the plant into the future. Of particular importance to this project is the advanced level of technical support that Osmoflo will provide via their well-established 24/7 operations control centres using the proprietary PlantConnect software. The remote monitoring of this plant will offer additional support and assurance necessary for reliable operations of the desalination plant on this remote island. “Given the remote location and logistical challenges faced on this project, we are pleased to have successfully delivered this project on schedule, demonstrating our excellent delivery capability, and we are now fully committed to operate the plant and provide drinking water to the Ebeye population 24/7.” said Emmanuel Gayan, Chief Executive Officer. “With the invaluable experience gained, Osmoflo has grown in confidence that will allow it to manage similar challenging opportunities in the Pacific region, and around the globe.”  The Marshall Islands is located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean; part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country is made up of a total of 1,156 individual islands, with Ebeye Island being only 2kms long and 400m wide, with a population of 12,000. It is the most densely populated island in the Pacific and is almost completely reliant on desalinated seawater for their freshwater needs. Ends Asbestos – Still a Threat Today 2017-10-03T07:52:44Z asbestos-still-a-threat-today This photo is a stark reminder of how our attitude surrounding asbestos has shifted in the last 55 years. The idea of openly shoveling asbestos as a form of competition seems completely foreign when compared to the strict regulations surrounding the substance today. But how strictly do we really monitor asbestos? Australia has the highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma in the world, and the Cancer Council estimate that up to 18,000 Australians will die from this disease by 2020. And alarmingly, the Cancer Council say new incidents of mesothelioma are actually increasing. Asbestos in Australia After being phased out in the 1980s, 2003 saw Australia officially ban the use, reuse, import, transport, storage or sale of any form of asbestos. Despite this, the delicate fibre continues to be found in newly built buildings across Australia. In 2016, officials found insulation products containing asbestos on construction sites in Brisbane and Perth. In January this year, a Senate inquiry found that asbestos was slipping past underfunded customs officials, from countries with loose regulations. Based on these findings, Senator Nick Xenophon has called for an urgent overhaul of rules relating to building products coming into Australia from any country without a zero tolerance toward asbestos. This would include the USA, China, Indonesia and India. "Any country without a zero tolerance to asbestos in their products should be banned from importing into Australia, unless every one of their products is tested prior to arrival on Australian shores." "If we don't sort this out now we will have another tsunami of asbestos-related deaths in years to come."   Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union assistant national secretary Brad Parker said part of the blame was on the Australian builders who were willing to compromise safety in order to save money. "Builders who'll do anything to save a buck, ordering from dodgy suppliers who send lethal, banned material to our country because they know the government won't do anything about it." The danger also continues to lurk in the handling of old asbestos materials. In a Curtin University survey, three out of four tradespeople admitted to having trouble identifying asbestos in the workplace. Carpenters, painters, plumbers and electricians were all surveyed, and only a small number said they had received specific asbestos-related training. This has ICFMEU National Construction Secretary, Dave Noonan, calling for betting training and education for apprentices and tradespeople. “We need national, mandatory training for all apprentices to make them aware of the dangers and safe handling of asbestos." So it's important to remember that the national ban doesn't mean we can relax our attitude. It's believed over 3000 products contained asbestos during the height of its use in Australia’s building industry. As the photo reminds us - we continue to pay for the mistakes of our past. “Asbestos is not going to go away in our lifetime at least, because there is just so much of it.” - Dr Peter Franklin, senior research fellow, UWA.   Removing Asbestos Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Breathing it in can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma - with symptoms usually occurring 20 to 30 years after initial exposure. Removing asbestos is a dangerous procedure and anyone who removes it is required to be appropriately trained and to hold the relevant license. Safe Work Australia provides extensive information on the best way to manage and control asbestos as a workplace hazard. If you would like to learn more, you can find valuable free resources at The Australian Asbestos Network.   Author: Jared Butt Contact: Sarah O’Leary Ph 0434 917 358  Email sarah.oleary@myosh.com Sources: http://www.cancer.org.au/news/media-releases/media-releases-2011/home-renovators-asbestos-warning-final.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-11/asbestos-found-1-william-street-brisbane-cbd-executive-building/7587238 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-14/asbestos-found-in-perth-childrens-hospital-roof-panels/7628108 http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/three-out-of-four-tradies-cant-identify-asbestos/news-story/1a986a61cb4e64fd39307297259288a3 https://www.asbestossafety.gov.au/sites/asbestos/files/2017/05/ASEA_Submission-Inquiry_into_non-conforming_building_products_January_2017.pdf