The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-02-20T02:44:14Z Home improvement enthusiasts rejoice, The Brisbane Home Show returns in February! 2020-02-20T02:44:14Z home-improvement-enthusiasts-rejoice-the-brisbane-home-show-returns-in-february Starting a renovation or home improvement project? The Brisbane Home Show is the place for you! Tens of thousands of Brisbane and Queensland homeowners and renovators are set to flock to the Brisbane Home Show later this month. Returning to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March, with over 200 exhibitors, expect the latest and greatest in home-improvement and renovation products and services.  The popular Eco Town feature will be back again for a second year at The Brisbane Home Show. Visitors to the Eco Town zone can learn about how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. There will be a broad range of industry experts from kitchen accessories to composting and local council to beekeeping. Eco Town Ambassador Wombat (Clint Price) from The Block 2017 will be available to assist visitors in making choices to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Get First Home Ready is a brand new interactive and educational series focussing on equipping first home buyers with all the essential information they need. On Saturday 29th February the Seminar Stage will transform into a hub of learning for first home buyers, with sessions covering a range of topics such as preparing for a home loan and the pitfalls to watch out for when buying your first home. Tess and Luke from 2019’s The Block will be there to talk through their experience of buying their first home.  Be inspired in the kitchen at the Stocks Appliances – SMEG Cooking Stage! Chef Judy Keays will be demonstrating a range of tantalising recipes while highlighting the benefits of cooking with SMEG appliances. Judy will be sharing tips on how to care for and maintain your kitchen appliances. For those considering a bathroom or kitchen renovation, the KBDi Ask an Expert Zone is a must, offering FREE 20-minute consultations with a KBDi professional. Visitors can bring their plans and design ideas for a personalised consultation with an industry expert. The Brisbane Home Show offers to opportunity to discover new brands and products, with exclusive specials and prizes only available at The Show. A few exhibitor highlights include Bluescope Steel, Brisbane Spa Super Centre, Domayne, Jetmaster Fireplaces, Kitchen Connection and many more! The Brisbane Home Show is Brisbane’s favourite building and home improvement event - don’t miss this chance to see everything for your home under one roof in one weekend. - ENDS -  D-Link A/NZ launches AI-based Smart Security Bundle 2020-02-19T03:17:44Z d-link-a-nz-launches-ai-based-smart-security-bundle D-Link has launched one of its smartest and most exciting products to date, the AI-based DCS-8331KT Smart DIY Security Bundle. A total home monitoring solution, giving you the ability to automate and control devices throughout your home, from anywhere you are, the Smart DIY Security Bundle includes a Smart Full HD Wi-Fi Camera with built-in Smart Home Hub, a Smart Door and Window Sensor, as well as a Smart Motion Sensor. With the ability to provide continuous local recording to your NAS or event recording to the cloud, this Smart Kit can smarten up your entire home.D-Link A/NZ MD Graeme Reardon said, “The mydlink Smart DIY Security Bundle takes your Smart Home experience to the next level with devices using AI-based Intelligent Video Analytics and Zigbee™ connection technology. This Smart DIY Security Bundle features a Smart Full HD Wi-Fi Camera with Built-in Smart Home Hub that can trigger amazing automations around your home combined with the Smart Motion Sensor as well as the Smart Door and Window Sensor. It also works seamlessly with the mydlink app, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.” The Smart Full HD Wi-Fi Camera blends Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) detection with 151° views of your room in true 1080p Full HD at 30 fps. The built-in AI-based IVA features put the Smart Full HD Wi-Fi Camera in a class of its own as, unlike other cameras that bog you down with a never-ending stream of irrelevant motion-detection alerts, this camera is smart enough to send you an alert only when it really matters. It also enables you to set and customise individual person detection, multi-zone detection, boundary-crossing detection and priority zones which means you only see exactly what you want to see.  A built-in Smart Home Hub turns the camera into the brain of your mydlink DIY Smart Home, that takes intelligent Home Security to a whole new level of smart. Main features of the DCS-8330LH Smart Full HD Wi-Fi Camera with built-in Smart Home Hub include:• AI-based IVA Motion Detection: Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) for smarter motion detection• Built-in Smart Home Hub: Connects to mydlink Smart DIY devices• Smart Home Compatible: Works with mydlink Smart Home devices, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant3• 151° Viewing Angle: See more of your room at any time• Premium Full HD Clarity: True Full HD 1080p resolution @ 30 fps with night vision• Free mydlink app: Manage your camera and interactions with other mydlink devicesMultiple Recording Options -• ONVIF Profile S: Continuously record video locally to your NAS or NVR to capture every moment• Cloud Recording: Event recording to the Cloud and view your videos from anywhere• microSD Card Slot: Record videos to a microSD card up to a capacity of 256GB The DCH-B112 Smart Door and Window Sensor integrates seamlessly with the DCS-8330LH Smart Home or Amazon Echo Plus1. This clever sensor detects the opening and closing of your doors and windows and includes a whole host of other features such as: • Sensor Bypass Button allows you to open doors and windows without triggering an alert• Tamper detection for greater peace of mind• Up to 3-year battery life2 -  Battery-powered for unrestricted placement.  • Triggers automations with other mydlink cameras and smart plugs• Compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa3• Connects using Zigbee™ technology1 The final piece of the solution included in the Smart DIY Security Bundle is the DCH-B122 Smart Motion Sensor which again works with the mydlink Smart Home Hub or Amazon Echo Plus1. This clever sensor allows you to get motion detection alerts on your phone, has up to two years battery life2 and provides tamper detection for greater peace of mind.  As with its other stablemates, it’s also battery-powered for unrestricted placement and triggers automations with other mydlink cameras and smart plugs. Easy to mount on any wall with an adhesive strip, again it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa3, connects with Zigbee™ technology1 via an intuitive setup using the free mydlink app. The DCS-8331KT Smart DIY Security Bundle is available now in Australia at dlink.com.au with an RRP of AUD$299.95, in New Zealand at dlink.co.nz for an RRP of $349.99 and from all authorised D-Link resellers, retailers and partners across Australia and New Zealand. Best E-Liquids of 2019 2020-02-17T20:40:16Z best-e-liquids-of-2019 The following article will have a look into the best e-liquids of 2019. We no that not everyone has the same opinions when it comes to e-liquids, however we will be choosing our top 3 best e-liquids for 2019 by looking into our statistics of the most sold brands and flavours. The best e-liquid of 2019 is Adam Bomb. This brand is professionally mixed in the USA. They have amazing flavours that will be sure to become one of your favourite all day vape ejuices. Adams Bomb offers a wide selection of flavours. The top seller is Strawberry Lemonade, this flavour and others are also available on our website. The runner up to the best e-liquid of 2019 is Pachamama E-juices. Professionally mixed in the USA. There are a variety of flavours. The top selling flavour in Pachamama E-juices is Strawberry Guava Jackfruit, this flavour and others are available to purchase from our website. The final e-liquid best seller for 2019 is Candy King E-liquids. They are professionally mixed in the USA. They have a vast range of amazing flavours that suit everyone. The most popular flavour of Candy King E-liquids is Sour Worms. This flavour and many others are available on our website. Online Personal Development Summit Takes Flight on Leap Day 2020-02-17T06:32:52Z online-personal-development-summit-takes-flight-on-leap-day LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29, 2020: A group of renowned personal development speakers and leaders from around the world will gather online for a special four-hour event. The What Else is Possible? summit is a unique one-stop-shop for personal empowerment, and will feature experts in ten different fields including business and entrepreneurism, finances and personal wealth, communication and expression, parenting and kids, and authentic living. What Else is Possible? is a special event by Access Consciousness, a set of personal development tools that has enhanced the lives of individuals for more than 30 years, in over 170 countries worldwide. Throughout the day, attendees will be treated to a wide range of specialty programs and over 40 interactive experiences, each one unique in its ability to empower people to make positive changes, and create the life they desire and deserve.  According to Access Consciousness founder, Gary Douglas, the aim of the event is to help attendees expand their view of what is possible, in every aspect of their lives. “Each individual has an innate awareness of what decisions will bring them the best of love, life, health, finance and business. The trick to revealing this unconscious wisdom is to keep your mind open to every possibility – especially those that you have never considered before”, Douglas explains. Attendees will explore: ·       The power of asking questions ·       How to put joy back into your business ·       The art of authentic communication ·       Why changing your point of view around money can change everything ·       The adventure of truly being YOU ·       The power of horses to enhance and heal your life ·       ‘X-men’ powers ·       Practical tools and advice that can create more possibility in your life The What Else is Possible? summit is running for one date only: Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020 Link: https://www.whatelseispossiblenetwork.com/weipsummit Time: 12 noon – 4pm (USA Pacific Time)   Access Consciousness is a set of practical and pragmatic tools, techniques and processes designed to empower people to create the life they desire. Founded by world renowned speaker and entrepreneur, Gary Douglas, the organisation has been transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people for more than 30 years, providing them with the means to alter any aspect of their life. Originating in the USA, Access Consciousness facilitators are now located in more than 170 countries around the world. www.accessconsciousness.com Coronavirus protection now available 2020-02-15T06:48:21Z coronavirus-protection-now-available-1 A spray has been developed that leaves a protective barrier against Coronavirus, Influenza, Gastro and many other infections. It is available as a hand sanitiser, surface spray and room fumigant.  Coronavirus is not only contracted when you come into contact with someone who is infected with it, you are far more likely to contract it by touching a surface that an infected person has sneezed upon or touched.  According to a National Geographic article “How coronavirus spreads on a plane”, surfaces can remain infected for months. BITRE Aviation Statistics indicate there are over 100 million people passing through Australian airports each year, so there is a very high risk of infectious viruses spreading via surface contamination.  The spray that Mission Control HQ have developed not only kills Coronavirus, Influenza and other viruses, it also bonds to the surface and continues to kill any new pathogens it is exposed to for days, weeks, even months. Disinfectants kill germs but within minutes the surface can become infected again, when someone else with unclean hands touches it. Introducing the first Hospital Grade Disinfectant and Germ Barrier. A natural and eco-friendly product made in Australia and affectionately called “Nuke”. Nuke™ bonds to surfaces, then penetrates and ‘explodes’ germs that come into contact with it. Use the spray on surfaces that get touched by many, to protect everyone that touches it. Use the atomiser on hands, for personal protection, or to clean touch screens that are shared. Because you never know how clean things are. Also available as a concentrate which can be used as strong cleaning product, a room fumigant or as refills for the spray and atomiser (dilution ratios are on the bottle). Supermodel Madeline Stuart walks the runway with Meghan Trainor, Paris Hilton and Shania Twain 2020-02-14T04:32:40Z supermodel-madeline-stuart-walks-the-runway-with-meghan-trainor-paris-hilton-and-shania-twain Supermodel Madeline Stuart joins Meghan Trainor, Paris Hilton and Shania Twain on Catwalk.  Supermodel Madeline Stuart took the world by a storm on the runway while breaking down stereotypes in fashion and beauty by taking the centre stage yet again this week last Wednesday in New York stronger than ever. She was most excited about walking for the American heart association’s Go Red for Women alongside Meghan Trainor, Paris Hilton, Nicki Hilton, Shania Twain, Heather Graham, Ali Stroker, Loren Gray, Robin Givens, Roselyn Sanchez, Jeri Ryan and 28 other celebrities. She also walked for Glaudi by Johana Hernandez, Willet Designs Couture, Merlin Castell, Christina Weeks and Hi Tech Moda.                               The Go Red for Women is a nationwide heart and stroke initiative for women as the American Heart association claims heart disease appears to be the greatest threat to women's health. Having undergone an open-heart surgery herself and being the only model with Down syndrome to have walked the catwalk for 8 seasons of NYFW, she will use this platform to represent inclusion and diversity.   Madeline has walked in over 100 fashion shows across the globe including London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Mercedes Fashion Week - China, Caspian Fashion Week - Russia, and Runway Dubai to name a few. She has also featured in campaigns for Diesel, Modcloth and FabFitFun. She has been an essential personality in achieving this significant societal change as one of the most prominent and influential faces of diversity, alongside Winnie Harlow and Ashley Graham. She is also a high prole advocate of the disability community in Australia and overseas and was nominated for the Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Internationally Madeline was awarded the Advocacy Award for her work in Uganda from Kulture City in 2017,and received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award from Global Down Syndrome in 2018. Madeline continually supports countless charity organisations from Veteran Affairs, Special Olympics, Melange, and Step Up for Downs in America. She works tirelessly with the charities to further spread her message of diversity and inclusion. She is also the founder and ambassador for Inside Outside Dance in Brisbane – a dance school for people with disabilities.           After this fashion week, she will head back to Australia, where she will continue modelling until she returns to Florida on March 6th to work with celebrity cruises heading to the Caribbean. Her schedule looks exciting this year as she will be taking over runways in Germany, London, Paris and Copenhagen.  Photos available here. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c16g95srtb6jdzw/AAAR0NtXz0i_Lbms5lo6jmGUa?dl=0  For Further information or images please contact : Rosanne Stuart Rosanne@madelinestuartmodel.com +61428156688 Facebook  :   https://www.facebook.com/madelinesmodelling.  Instagram  :   https://www.instagram.com/madelinesmodelling_/ Web           :   http://www.madelinestuartmodel.com   BuzzFeed Partners with BIG W to bring Tasty cookware to Australia 2020-02-13T03:26:56Z buzzfeed-partners-with-big-w-to-bring-tasty-cookware-to-australia  BIG W and Tasty today unveiled an exclusive new line of kitchen products, bringing the fun, ease and accessibility of Tasty’s signature recipes to consumers across Australia. Featuring all the tools necessary to prepare Tasty’s recipes at home, the brightly coloured cookware range is made up of over 28 affordable products, starting from just $8, and includes non-stick cookware to high-quality bakeware to kitchen gadgets, and more. According to Teresa Rendo, GM Commercial, BIG W customers are keen to create great food at home using quality products, without the high-end price tag of many cookware brands: “Tasty’s affordable new kitchenware is ideal for customers moving out for the first time, or who want to upgrade their current cookware. The non-stick and easy to clean silicone finishes will help make cooking a breeze, whilst the pops of colour will brighten any home!”  BIG W’s focus on practical solutions that inspire aligns perfectly with Tasty’s mission of making cooking fun and accessible for beginners and experienced cooks alike, with Matt Drinkwater, Head of International at BuzzFeed commenting: “We’re so proud to partner with BIG W to launch our first cookware line in Australia. The exciting Tasty kitchen range expands the brand far beyond social media feeds, and brings it into people’s homes with products they’ll love.” Tasty reaches over 325 million people globally and can be viewed across social platforms including Facebook, YouTube and TikTok; through Tasty.co and the Tasty app. The growing Tasty portfolio includes additional brands Proper Tasty, Tasty Demais, Tasty Miam, Einfach Tasty, Tasty Japan, Bien Tasty, Tasty Vegetarian, Tasty Grill, and Tasty Jr. BIG W understands that every day’s a big day and offers many convenient ways to shop, including same day free Pick up and online delivery, as well as payment options such as Afterpay and Zip Pay. For more information, visit www.bigw.com.au  ENDS Images can be downloaded here. Sony launches three new high brightness laser projectors ranging from 13,000lm to 9,000lm to cater for halls, auditoriums, large lecture rooms at universities and museums 2020-02-12T04:18:28Z sony-launches-three-new-high-brightness-laser-projectors-ranging-from-13-000lm-to-9-000lm-to-cater-for-halls-auditoriums-large-lecture-rooms-at-universities-and-museums Sony has strengthened its line-up of laser projector with three new high brightness WUXGA models, the VPL-FHZ131L (13,000lm), VPL-FHZ101L (10,000lm), and VPL-FHZ91L (9,000lm). Sony’s line-up of laser projectors comprises of a total of 11 models across different brightness, ranging from 4,200 to 13,000lm, providing options suited to a wide range of applications such as small classrooms, conference venues to large halls and auditoriums and exhibition facilities such as museums. This enables users to find the perfect model for their installation environment, application, and budget. Key Features Flexible installation by combining a wide lens shift function with a short-focus lensIts wide lens shift capability (Max. Vertical ±107%, Horizontal ±60%)[i]  enhance usability in a range of settings including difficult installation environments, such as when a venue contains beams or piping, or when the screen is lower than the projector. When combined with the optional short-throw lens VPLL-Z4107, the flexibility of installation is increased in venues where the throw distance is limited.  Supporting a variety of interfaces and flexible system integrationInstalling separately sold adaptor BKM-PJ20 to the optional board slot enables 3G-SDI input. This makes it possible to operate projectors in city halls, event spaces, and other locations where projectors are often used together with broadcast equipment.In addition, the latest projectors now support the XTP Systems of Extron Electronics, enabling flexible system integration and operation.Intelligent Setting function for a faster, simpler set upChoose one of the pre-set “installation location” modes to automatically adjust the image quality, light source output level, and cooling system to achieve projected images optimised to their usage environment. Users can easily change the settings from a choice of pre-set modes, including Meeting/Classroom mode, a basic setting which emphasises the visibility of texts in bright environments; Museum mode, which prioritises low-noise; and for entertainment venues Facility mode, which reproduces impactful image quality with high contrast.In addition, the VPL-FHZ131L, VPL-FHZ101L, and VPL-FHZ91L are equipped with an Advanced Intelligent Setting function with additional Multiscreen mode, which optimises colour when projecting on multiple units. The feature also automatically controls the temperature of the installation environment, frequency of usage, and several other parameters enabling the projectors to be used at suitable settings for long-term stable operation.The benefit of laser projection and Sony’s unique technology to support superb image quality Long-lasting brightness of Sony's laser projectors reduces the burden of lamp replacement and other forms of maintenance, while also lowering operating costs. They also power on quickly to save on time and energy consumption. By combining Sony’s original laser light source technology system Z-Phosphor™ with the 3LCD system, the projectors are able to produce images with high brightness, high resolution, and vivid colour reproduction. Additionally, Sony’s unique super-resolution technology Reality Creation is used to delivers enhanced image clarity without increasing digital picture noise.[ii] Availability details:VPL-FHZ131L - Black/White - July 2020VPL-FHZ101L - Black/White - July 2020VPL-FHZ91L - Black/White - June 2020 [1] When used with optional lens VPLL-Z4019, VPLL-Z4025, and VPLL-Z4045. With standard lens VPLL-Z4111, the lens can be shifted to ±99% of the total screen in the vertical direction, and to ±51% of the total screen in the horizontal direction. With short-throw lens VPLL-Z4107, the lens can be shifted to ±50% of the total screen in the vertical direction, and to ±24% of the total screen in the horizontal direction. The lens shift range varies when using other optional lenses. Using vertical and horizontal lens shift together reduces the available shift range. Introducing fix2U Phones – Quality pre-used Phones for Australian consumers 2020-02-12T01:27:16Z introducing-fix2u-phones-quality-pre-used-phones-from-fix2u SYDNEY, NSW, February 12th, 2020 -- Australia’s only nationwide on-demand smartphone and tablet repair business - fix2U, today announced the launch of a new service to provide Australian consumers with access to high quality used mobile phones, tablets and other mobile tech, under the brand “fix2U Phones”. Customers of fix2U Phones will be able to purchase pre-owned devices at great prices online at www.fix2uphones.com.au.   “fix2U launched its unique come-to-you repair service in 2015. We believe that repair saves the planet, and we can all do our bit by repairing and reusing rather than replacing. Today, we are launching fix2U Phones to further support those customers who choose to reuse and repair existing tech – which otherwise might end up in landfill – rather than replace with new”, said Sam Walker, CEO of fix2U. “To help further demonstrate this commitment to the environment, fix2U are pledging to plant a tree in Australia for every device purchased at fix2U Phones”.   All devices sold by fix2U Phones are “fix2U Certified” and come with a 12 month guarantee, that can be extended to 24 months for a small additional fee. To be certified, devices must pass a comprehensive 30 point check, which includes checks on the battery health of the device, a common concern of customers looking to purchase a second hand device. What’s more, all devices sold by fix2U Phones are 100% locally sourced from the Australian market, which means devices are designed specifically to work in Australia. This is in contrast to many competitors who import their devices from overseas, which may experience issues, particularly with coverage on Australian cellular networks.   Customers wishing to purchase devices at fix2U Phones can do so from today, by visiting www.fix2uphones.com.au.   About fix2U Founded in 2015, fix2U is Australia’s first and only nationwide on-demand smartphone and tablet repair business. With fix2U, a certified and vetted “Hero” travels to the customer’s location and repairs their broken device on the spot in less than 30 minutes. fix2U’s fast and friendly service operates in 12 locations across Australia and has helped over 20,000 customers eliminate the hassle and high costs associated with traditional device repair options. What’s more, all fix2U repairs are backed by a market-leading five-year warranty. Fast, friendly, fixed! fix2U is headquartered in Sydney, NSW. For more information please visit www.fix2u.com. SERENITY PRESS SIGNS SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK 2020-02-11T22:37:02Z serenity-press-signs-sarah-duchess-of-york Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleasePerth, 12th FEBRUARY 2020, SERENITY PRESS, has acquired the Australian/New Zealand rights for a seven-book deal with Sarah, Duchess of York. The seven books consist of newly written titles including five picture books and a two young chapter books that will engage young readers for many years to come. The first book will be available mid 2020.Sarah, Duchess of York is the author of over 25 books, including the hugely popular Budgie the Little Helicopter and Little Red series.Serenity Press publisher Karen Mc Dermott says: ‘We are delighted to welcome the Duchess to our press. Her beautiful books are aligned with our core value of sharing nurturing stories that empower young minds. We cannot wait to bring these books into readers’ hands.’The acquisition is an exciting addition to the current Serenity Press list, which includes fairytale, fantasy and folklore authors Kate Forsyth, Juliet Marillier, Sophie Masson and Jane Talbot.The Duchess’ office has shared that the Duchess is looking forward to publishing her work in Australia and New Zealand with Serenity Press.-ENDS- Media Contact:Candice MeiselsPR Consultant and Strategistcandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 COME SHARE THE LOVE IN EAST GIPPSLAND THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 2020-02-04T08:25:14Z come-share-the-love-in-east-gippsland-this-valentine-s-day Business operators across East Gippsland have been severely impacted by the fires that ravaged some parts of the region during what is normally their busiest time of the year.   Even coastal towns such as Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Metung, Lakes Entrance and Nicholson, which were untouched by fire, have been impacted as tourists deserted the area over the peak summer holiday period.   But business owners in these towns want Victorians to know the “coast is clear”, they are open for business, and the best way they can help the region rebuild is to come and visit, and what better excuse than Valentine’s Day.   Hayley Hardy from East Gippsland Marketing Inc. says with Valentine’s Day (February 14) falling on a Friday this year, it is the perfect opportunity to turn it into a long weekend, escape the hustle and bustle of the city with your loved one and share that love with business operators in the region who will welcome you with open arms.   “People have seen the images and they’ve watched on feeling helpless. But by booking accommodation, dinner, cruises and tours in East Gippsland over the Valentine’s Day weekend, you can help fire-affected communities recover economically and ensure that 100 per cent of your money is going directly to the businesses who need your help,” she said.   To further entice lovebirds to share the love with East Gippsland over the Valentine’s Day weekend, some of the region’s most popular restaurants, resorts, wineries and day spas are offering a range of offers and discounts to make that romantic getaway even more special.   Tamara Cook, owner of Captains Cove Resort in Paynesville, in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes, is among those offering special deals for Valentine’s Day visitors.   Anyone who books three nights at Captains Cove between February 10 and 17, 2020, will receive a complimentary $50 voucher at Sardine Eatery & Bar or Pier 70 on the Esplanade.   “We’re really excited to take part in this initiative and offer something special to our guests who make the effort to come and visit the region and share the love,” Ms Cook said.   “Everyone here has felt the impact of these fires either directly or indirectly,” she said. “And obviously some are hurting more than others.”   “But our cafes, restaurants, hotels and our tourist operators have all been affected by the fact that visitors have largely stayed away while the bushfires impacted the region over our peak tourism period,” she said.   “The one thing people can do is come back, come visit. Come and stay in East Gippsland and enjoy all the things we have to offer, from our amazing restaurants, cafes, wineries and local produce, to our picture-perfect lakes and beaches and an abundance of outdoor activities, from hiking and horse riding to boating and fishing,” she said.   “It’s actually a no-brainer,” says Sarah Carlisle, co-owner of Lakes Entrance-based outdoor adventure operator, Venture Out Australia.   “Couples get to enjoy a romantic getaway while at the same time knowing that the money, they are spending is going straight into the pockets of those who need it,” she said.   Other East Gippsland Valentine’s Day offers, include:   Bellevue on the Lakes at Lakes Entrance and the hugely popular Albert & Co cafe and restaurant have come together to offer a special Valentine’s night in the Boathouse spa suite, including champagne on arrival, an ‘East Gippsland produce-inspired love dinner for two’ at Albert and Co and a breakfast hamper to your room the following morning, all for $425.   The Nicholson River Winery, in Nicholson is offering two glasses of 9-year-old sparkling wine with a cheese or antipasto platter for just $40 to anyone who visits between February 13 and February 15, 2020.   Sardine eatery and bar in Paynesville is currently taking bookings for its a la carte and tasting menu for Valentine's Day. The tasting menu offers 8-9 dishes to share between two people for $85 per person; and add an additional $50 per person, for the ‘wine match' option.   Lakes Entrance Helicopters and Albert and Co have partnered to offer a unique Valentine’s Day experience in East Gippsland at a surprise location on the Lakes. Fly high above the spectacular lake system, enjoy the birds-eye view of the islands and iconic Entrance and land at a surprise location to enjoy a sensational picnic basket provided by Albert and Co. ($375 for two people for 1 hour and 45 minutes)   Northern Ground in Bairnsdale is offering a complimentary glass of Lightfoots Sparkling Shiraz, or Glenmaggie Sparkling to anyone who comes in to enjoy its seasonal Gippsland produce menu on Valentine’s night.   Illuka Day Spa in Lakes Entrance is offering anyone who purchases a voucher for the day spa, an additional 50 per cent for free. Pay $100 and get a $150 voucher; pay $150 and get a $225 voucher.   Meanwhile, anyone who books a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway at The Esplanade Resort in Lakes Entrance will receive a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate platter upon arrival. Simply quote ‘vday’ when you book.   For more information about how you can share the love in East Gippsland, visit: https://www.visitgippsland.com.au/loveeastgippsland   Unique Valentine’s Gifts for Your Loved One 2020-02-04T00:06:34Z unique-valentine-s-gifts-for-your-loved-one Finding unique Valentine’s gifts that your loved one will treasure can be rather difficult – there’s only so many times you can give roses and dinners out as gifts. We’ve done the hard work and put together a great little list of unique gifts for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Plated Sixpence Crystal Watch The Perth Mint has a luxury and unique gift item this year, with a Sixpence Crystal Watch featuring a genuine Sixpence coin and crystal embellishments. Even better is that these watches can be customised with specific year dates from 1910 – 1963. There are some exclusions in the date, but this is a lovely way to mark a special occasion. Plan a Food Lovers Journey If you and your loved one are both foodies, why not plan a road trip down the coast from Perth to south west WA? Stop and explore some of the best restaurants and local producers and artisans in Eagle Bay, Gracetown, Margaret River, Pemberton and Denmark. A great way to enjoy a weekend out of the city. Gaze at the Stars There are very few things that beat staring at the stars on a romantic night out. Book your seats and head along to the Scitech Planetarium and enjoy a live tour of the night sky. Dome Date Night includes entry and a drink on arrival and lets you marvel at the universe. Perth Observatory is also running a Valentine’s Night Tour where you can look through a range of telescopes and go on a tour of the night sky. Pearl Harvesting For something completely different this Valentine’s Day, head to Willie Creek Pearls on Elizabeth Quay and harvest your own pearl. Enjoy a glass of Margaret River sparkling and taste the rare delicacy that is pearl meat. After being taken on a journey from historic to modern pearling practices, you’ll get the chance to harvest your own pearl straight from its oyster. The value of the pearl is unknown until harvest, so you could end up with a pearl valued anywhere from $500 - $5000. You can then have your pearl made into a beautiful piece of jewellery. Proposal with a View If you’ve got plans to propose to your loved one this Valentine’s Day, do it in style with magnificent views of the Swan River and city as your backdrop. Head up to the Observation Deck on Level 6, enjoy the views of the Swan River, city and the Darling Range and then pop the question. Pop a gold coin in the 26 bell Carillon and choose from a variety of tunes. There is one rather unique Valentines gift that is steeped in history that is sure to be well received. And The Bell Tower is the place to get it. Love Locks There’s a good chance you’ve heard of love locks – a padlock that has the initials of two people who love each other scratched, etched or engraved, and then attached to a significant landmark. The keys are then often thrown into the river below (if attached to a bridge) or nearby. Other couples prefer to lock their love to a favourite place – theirs may be the only love lock on a fence in the middle of suburbia, but you can bet the location means something special to a couple in love. The tradition of the love lock dates back several centuries and believed to have originated in China, however the most well-known historical record was in Serbia. It was said a young woman died of a broken heart when her loved one changed his mind and broke of their engagement, and then married another woman. Before their break-up, the couple were said to have regularly met on a bridge, and it is on this bridge that the young local girls began attaching padlocks bearing their name and the name of their loved one. From there, the tradition has spread throughout the world including on the Ponte Milvio Bridge in Italy, the Vecch Bridge in Florence, the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne and the Canadian Wild Pacific Trail. But you don’t need to go overseas to be able to place your love lock.  This Valentine’s Day you could be clipping your own love lock in Perth, https://www.thebelltower.com.au/love-locks-perth/. These heart shaped love locks are inscribed with your names and your chosen date. You can then enter The Bell Tower and place your love lock on our chain, or in a location you love. Love locks are a great way to lock in and symbolise your love this Valentine’s Day. Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-30T23:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer -ends- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls, women and volunteers A Place To Grow. For Media Enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork. WA Freemasons tour Israel in Historic Event 2020-01-24T00:16:35Z wa-freemasons-tour-israel-in-historic-event MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   21/1/2020 WA Freemasons tour Israel in Historic Event On the 28th of January, for the first time in history a delegation of over 22 senior ranking Freemasons will be representing Western Australia at the installing of the ceremonial head of Freemasons in Israel. Occurring once every five years, the Installation is the most important Freemasonry event in the Israeli calendar and will be held north of Tel Aviv.  WA Freemasons will also take part in a rare ritual of the Mark Master Mason degree held in the Tzedakya Caves, Jerusalem the following day. This is a first for any Australian Freemason to be invited to undertake. Importantly this reflects the truly respectful relationship that has developed between these two countries through a common association in Freemasonry.  “This event is extremely significant to Freemasons, as our ceremonies are based around the construction of King Solomon’s temple also known as the First Temple, and was the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar” Western Australian Grand Master Peter Kirwan said. “We will be visiting the same places mentioned in centuries-old Masonic and Biblical scholarly tomes.” He said, “that in addition to the official ceremonies, we will be visiting a number of historical sites across Israel including the underground tunnels of Serona, Bahai Gardens, Crusader Fortress in Akko and Mt Zion” Peter also states that the group intends to use the opportunity to raise our Western Australian profile abroad and encourage people to travel here to enjoy our wonderful tourist sites and activities. ### BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER 2020-01-23T02:51:10Z balmoral-swim-will-help-put-an-end-to-childhood-cancer BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER The Balmoral Swim  is a unique open water swim held within the beauty of Sydney Harbour, making it a safe event for all comers. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to ocean swimming, we have an swim option for you. The event is in it’s 30th year and is organised by volunteers, most of whom are members of the Balmoral Beach Club. However the entire local community get behind the event to make it happen. From Mosman Council, to HMAS Penguin, to the Balmoral Sea scouts, all supported by our sponsors;  Gold - Audi Mosman, Dexus & URM, Silver - Jeckra & Medilab, Bronze - Edney Ryan and Oceanswims.com. Community engagement continues to grow. This year internationally acclaimed artist Ken Done has generously designed swimsuits which capture the unique Balmoral landscape (see design images below). Also check out the winners podium constructed by Mosman Men’s shed.  We will also have a fun selfie wall to help all competitors spread the word about the work Children’s Cancer Institute. The Balmoral Swim has raised more than $1,000,000, since 1990 and this year hopes to raise $350,000.  The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer and every dollar received from the government and granting bodies to support direct research costs must be matched with a dollar raised by the community.  “By holding this event the Balmoral Swim is helping us undertake the medical research we know will uncover a cure for childhood cancer,” says Children’s Cancer Institute's Executive Director, Prof Michelle Haber.  “Fundraising events like the Balmoral Swim enable us to continue this critical research - and demonstrate what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.”  This year all funds will go toward the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia. This world-class program brings together all major Australian clinical and research groups working in childhood cancer to offer Australia’s first ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.  Date:                   Sunday 5th April 2020  Time:                  7am - 1pm  Location:            Balmoral Beach, The Esplanade Mosman NSW  The Events:        Over 1000 swimmers will charge into the pristal waters of Sydney Harbour for the the Balmoral swim and participate in the following events: 5km swim around the bay (part of NSW leaderboard competition) NEW 2km swim around the bay 1km swim around the island School’s Team Challenge  Relay (4 x 200m) Corporate Team Challenge 200m Junior Swim - under 12yrs NEW Community relay (4 x 200M)        Opportunities:   Photo/filming and interview opportunities with:                              Event Ambassadors 2 time Olympian Elka Whalan 4 time Olympian Thomas Whalan English Channel swimmer Emily Miers                              Event participants  And if you are not a swimmer you can still be part of the fun and festivities on the day. Enjoy entertainment from a detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, playing in the Rotunda. Visit the mock laboratory from the Children’s Cancer Institute. Or indulge in numerous food stalls.  Join the fight to help beat childhood cancer by getting involved or asking people to sponsor you. Online entries, information and donations can be made at balmoralswim.com.au