The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-17T22:21:51Z BEAN-TO-BAR ARTISAN CHOCOLATE COMES TO SOUTH MELBOURNE MARKET 2017-08-17T22:21:51Z bean-to-bar-artisan-chocolate-comes-to-south-melbourne-market Established by French trained pastry chef-turned-chocolatier Charles Lemai and his business partner Chi, Atypic Chocolate is handcrafting single-origin, small batch chocolate from bean-to-bar in a brand-new stall at the Market. The business was inspired during a visit to Vietnam last year where Charles met a chocolate maker who introduced him to creating chocolate from raw cacao bean to final product (bean-to-bar).   The process of creating artisanal sweets is central to the offering at Atypic Chocolate. “Chocolate takes centre stage in our stall and the design creates a deep sense of appreciation for the process of chocolate making. I want customers to feel my passion for chocolate and see the entire bean-to-bar process on a micro level”, Charles said.   It really is like Charlie and his Chocolate Factory brought to life. Customers can watch it all - from roasting, dehusking also known as winnowing, and grinding the nibs, to refining the balance of flavour and texture (conching) and molding the chocolate. The 42-square metre space is set to an optimal temperature of 20 degrees and humidity controlled, creating an ideal environment for making and storing chocolate. The large viewing windows allow shoppers to see every detail, but nothing can contain the sweet chocolate aroma.   Atypic Chocolate offers delicious handmade chocolates, desserts, gifts and specialty chocolate items. The range includes single-origin chocolate tablets in dark, milk and white chocolate (around $11); chocolate pastries like decadent brownies and hazelnut merveilleux - mounds of crisp meringue with organic praline and single origin Solomon Island 70% dark chocolate ($4-$8); European-style hot chocolate with dark chocolate, spicy chocolate or matcha white chocolate options ($5 or $5.50 with almond milk). Chocolate soft serve will be added to the menu in summer.       The emphasis at Atypic Chocolate is on premium and organic ingredients. Organic or direct trade cacao beans are sourced from small farms in the Solomon Islands, Haiti, Brazil and Madagascar and the resulting single-origin chocolate allows the flavours of the beans from each location to shine through. Organic raw sugar, non-GMO sunflower lecithin, unbleached organic flour, free range eggs, and organic or chemical free nuts are also used to make the chocolate and pastries. Charles will be experimenting with new textures, cream fillings and unique flavours, always with an emphasis on the finest ingredients.   Since 1867, South Melbourne Market has been a treasured inner-city landmark and a favourite destination among locals and visitors. Operated by Port Phillip Council, it is the quintessential village market, a place where people come not only to purchase fresh food, but also to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect.   New stalls such as Atypic Chocolate are part of Council’s plan to meet the changing needs of the community while staying true to the Market’s identity. Mayor Bernadene Voss says “it is fitting that in the Market’s 150th year, we are opening a chocolatier that is innovative, progressive, organic and sustainable. Charles is a true artisan and being able to watch the chocolate-making process adds a new element of food theatre to the Market’s exciting mix of modern, on trend and classical food stores”.   Atypic Chocolate is located at Stall 170 in Aisle D, South Melbourne Market, corner of Coventry and Cecil streets, South Melbourne.   For more information visit https://southmelbournemarket.com.au/traders/atypic-chocolate/, www.facebook.com/Atypic-Chocolate or www.instagram.com/atypicchocolate   MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z mindkits-wins-mercedes-benz-vans-hack-my-van-2017-will-take-stem-workshops-to-schools-across-new-zealand 17 August 2017 -- Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas. Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbird Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions. Diane Tarr Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand said, “We created this event because we know that when used creatively the Vito can be transformative for a small business. Once again this year the entries were extremely diverse, and we were so pleased to extend into New Zealand, with three of the six finalists - including our winner - traveling across the ditch to be part of the event.” “Congratulations to Tim and Fay from MindKits who are already providing such a valuable service to school children in New Zealand by delivering hands-on STEM learning experiences. We cannot wait to see them achieve their dreams of taking their workshops on the road to more kids and more schools.” MindKits was established in December 2008 after seeing a lack of support for New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. Co-founders Tim Carr and Fay Cobbett said,"Winning the Vito enables us to take our proven engaging STEM workshops and bring them to schools with fewer resources, independent of their wealth and status. For the business this opens a new chapter and an expanding market, with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Vans." www.hackmyvan.com.au | #hackmyvan ---- ends For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character +61 487 328 738 | kate@ofcharacter.com Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7y21qf3v3d4hzxb/AACO1FiRrOGDcUQL5Iw8qI_ba?dl=0 About the Mercedes-Benz Vito Whether it‘s work or play, the Vito is purpose-designed to take care of your every need. It‘s a van built not just to fulfil the tasks it‘s set but make that all-important difference when it comes to flexibility, safety, economic efficiency and quality. This peace of mind is something you only get from a genuine commercial vehicle specialist. https://www.mercedes-benz.com.au/content/australia/mpc/mpc_australia__website/en/home_mpc/van.html About MindKits MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning. www.mindkits.co.nz How to make your forearms look bigger 2017-08-17T04:28:27Z how-to-make-your-forearms-look-bigger Out of all the items in the world, there is only one that will make your forearms look bigger. A well designed, perfectly sized watch. You don’t want one of those ridiculously oversized watches, they’ll just make you’re forearms look tiny. If you’ve spent years in the gym working out trying to get huge arms, why ruin it with a poor choice? WHY Watches are architecturally designed timepieces that you know are going to complement your aesthetics. Designed by master level graduates and former athletes, there really isn’t anything on that market that can compete. Grab yours today at www.whywatches.com New Bounce Plant Protein Range 2017-08-15T06:25:05Z new-bounce-plant-protein-range Media Release - August 2017 Australia’s leading healthy snack brand, Bounce, is excited to announce the launch of a new breakthrough vegan range. Live the vegan life naturally or simply enjoy the benefits of plant-based protein – all in one tasty and nutritious protein ball! As the plant-based product trend continues to skyrocket, the new balls show how delicious and healthy a vegan product really can be! Bounce Nutritionist Susie Burrell, one of Australia’s leading nutritionists with almost 20 years of experience, says, “The winning combo of pea and brown rice proteins replicates the amino acid chain of whey protein. That means, by skipping the whey, there’s no missing out on essential amino acids that the body doesn’t produce naturally. As always, Bounce has ensured the range is nutritionally balanced for sustained energy to power through the day.” Benefits of Bounce’s new plant protein energy balls include: Rich in protein with 22-23% protein per ball Contains amino acids and easily digested Lactose and gluten free gives a better tummy feeling! Sustained energy and feel fuller for longer GMO free No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives Cold pressed to maintain ingredient integrity for optimum nutrition The first two new flavours launched in the range include: Almond Kale: Kale needs no introduction; it’s one of the trendiest health foods on the planet. Not down with exactly what you’re meant to do with it though? Don’t stress, Bounce have taken out all the guesswork and created the new Almond Kale ball. Packed with 8.8g plant protein and loads of functional ingredients, enjoy an extra antioxidant boost. Cashew Peanut: Cashews and peanuts are not nuts at all: they’re actually very sane. They’re also highly nutritious, packed with an array of vitamins and minerals: B, E and manganese to name a few. With 9.2g plant protein, this is a delicious concoction of cashews, peanuts, and a whole lot of other nuts and a list of functional ingredients! New Bounce Plant Protein balls are available now exclusively at Coles for $3.29 per ball. FLOWERS ON TEDDER AMONGST THE BEST BUNCH IN FIRST YEAR 2017-08-15T05:10:55Z flowers-on-tedder-amongst-the-best-bunch-in-first-year In less than a year, Flowers on Tedder has become a local business success story being nominated as a finalist in the search for the Best of the Gold Coast Florists 2017. This comes after Gold Coast Bulletin readers nominated the Main Beach florist, alongside another 20 well-established florists over the past weekend. Owner Margot de Groot said she was both thrilled and surprised to have been nominated within her first year of business.  The store is an exciting new endeavour for Margot, the founder of a national law firm, a published author with many philanthropic achievements to her credit. Finally, she has found time to indulge one of her great passions. “I’ve reached a point in my life where I have the opportunity to pursue a dream,” she said. “With a career in wills and estate planning, flowers have always featured in our business life - they make people happy and I like being part of that.” Flowers on Tedder specialises in finely crafted floral arrangements for weddings and corporate events. They play to the skills of its key staff, florists Nicole Jordan and Hannah Grigg and Margot’s daughter Alice, a professional prop maker recently graduated from NIDA who, with stylist Emma Goody, provides artistic input.  “We wanted to stay true to the original version of a florist’s shop, where every arrangement is handcrafted to suit the people and the occasion, so we take time to listen to our customers and understand the message they are wanting to convey,“ said Margot. “Starting my own floristry boutique was a dream at the time but gradually my ideas have evolved. I believe you never stop learning and growing and this is my next adventure. My mother loved fashion and flowers so the store is a tribute to her sense of style.” The shop captures an elegant European look thanks to the efforts of top Brisbane interior designer Mary Durack - and Mary's daughter, Kate, who did the graphic design work for the shop. Click Here To Vote for Flowers on Tedder To interview Margot de Groot, contact Deanna Nott of Wings Public Relations on 0422 504540  Is Sir Walter Buffalo Grass a good choice for lawns in Brisbane? 2017-08-15T03:01:37Z is-sir-walter-buffalo-grass-a-good-choice-for-lawns-in-brisbane Is Sir Walter Buffalo Grass a good choice for lawns in Brisbane? Well the answer is simple. It could quite possibly be the best lawn for Brisbane for many reasons. Sir Walter’s Beautiful Green Colour Firstly, it looks beautiful in that is has a deep lush green colour. The real beauty of this grass variety is that it can maintain this colour all year round. How? i hear you scream. Well, Sir Walter Buffalo Grass has a broad leaf compared to other grass types. Sir Walter Buffalo Grass is Very Shade and Drought Tolerant It’s broad leaf enables it to capture lots of sunlight in a shorter space of time. This means it grows strongly even when it only gets 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day! This makes it one of the most shade tolerant grass types available. Due to its deep thick root structure Sir Walter is able to withstand the extreme heat that we often get here in Brisbane Summertime. Now that’s impressive and you can see why it is the best selling grass in Brisbane and Australia. A Great Grass for Kids and Pets to Play On It is a very hardy grass which means it can take some stick! And even if it does get damaged it can repair itself quickly. Great for the kids to play their soccer, footy or cricket on and also for the family pets to be running around! Australian Lawn Concepts is Based Between Brisbane and Gold Coast We are Queensland’s Premier Turf Farm based in Boyland with 15 years of turf growing and lawn laying. We are roughly half way between Brisbane and Gold Coast. This is great because we are able to cover the majority of South East Queensland! We are a certified licensed grower of Sir Walter Buffalo Grass with AusGAP and Turf Queensland accreditations. Call us today on 1800 767 644 or visit www.alcturf.com.au/sir-walter-turf/ Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Research and Innovation Funding Round 2017-08-11T04:55:43Z dementia-and-aged-care-services-dacs-research-and-innovation-funding-round LifeTec is pleased to be awarded DACS funding for an innovative digital project in the aged care sector. This competitive funding round provides seed funding for innovative projects that support older Australians to access the care they need, where and when they need it. These grants will help strengthen the capacity of our aged care sector, consumers and their families to prepare for future challenges. Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP said the projects will help the aged care sector remain flexible and adapt to new needs as Australia’s population ages. “This funding will help to identify barriers that restrict access and choice for consumers in the current aged care system and make sure the special needs of consumers from diverse backgrounds are met, both appropriately and sensitively,” Minister Wyatt said. LifeTec will be engaged in launching a digital learning project supporting people living with dementia to stay in their own home. A range of digital resources will grow capabilities in the sector, enabling people to engage with the benefits offered by smart assistive technologies for people living with dementia. For further information please contact:  ​Zoe du Cann |  Learning and Development Coordinator - LifeTec AustraliaD:  07 3552 9051 (Direct Line)   1300 543 383E: ZoeDuCann@lifetec.org.au Sydney Seniors Shift Gears By Downsizing Homes 2017-08-10T23:08:49Z sydney-seniors-shift-gears-by-downsizing-homes Mayfield Property Buyers know there is a time in a senior’s life when selling the family home becomes a priority. New tax incentives announced recently by the Australian Government, which come into effect July 1, 2018, are encouraging many seniors to make this change. With these impending changes and an ever-changing real estate landscape, using the services of a Property Buyer is a popular choice especially for seniors that are wishing to downsize. John Carew, Director of Mayfield Property Buyers states, “older couples have a lot of wealth and equity tied up in their homes and by selling the family home, they will be able to unlock that value so it can be used in other ways during retirement.” Carew adds that by using a Sydney Buyer’s Agent, these Baby Boomers are assured of receiving the necessary support and property intelligence they need to make an informed decision. “Working with a specialist means there is someone negotiating on their behalf; this can dramatically reduce the time involved to find the right property as well as reducing the risk of overpaying on their new property.” There are several other reasons to downsize from a large home, Carew says, but news of the upcoming government tax incentives have brought a lot of activity to the market. As a Buyer’s Agent specialising in the North Shore Sydney, he says the standard reasons for moving out of a large home into a smaller dwelling still hold true. They include: - Easier to maintain, requiring less time on upkeep leaving more time to enjoy life - Children have moved away leaving behind a partially-empty home - Extra funds for a changing lifestyle with travel and holiday plans  - Moving forward into a new chapter without a large debt load - Health care conditions forcing a move into a more friendly home - Releasing equity tied up in the family home to work harder for them in retirement  With the assistance of Mayfield Property Buyers, downsizing into a smaller, more comfortable home could not be easier. As the go-to Property Buyer for Sydney’s North Shore, Mayfield understands the needs of downsizing seniors, and has a vast network of stock from which they have access to, including privately listed off market properties. No matter how competitive the Sydney property market is, seniors can be sure to get the assistance they need to secure the right home when downsizing for the next chapter of life. Carew says the rules of property buying have changed considerably since many Baby Boomers were last involved in the real estate market. It is for this reason that he says anyone 50+ looking to downsize into a smaller home needs the assistance of a Buyer’s Agent. Mayfield Property Buyers is a dedicated buyer’s advocacy service which is there to help property buyers make the best possible decision specific to their needs. Learn more by visiting https://www.mayfieldproperty.com.au/ About Mayfield Property Buyers: Mayfield Property Buyers are a property buyers agent that serves the needs of investors and home buyers alike. Mayfield takes the stress and confusion away from buying properties. With a dedicated buyers advocacy service, Mayfield helps families and executives alike in making the best property investment decision possible. Contact Mayfield Property Buyers at - John Carew (Director) e: john@mayfieldproperty.com.au w: https://www.mayfieldproperty.com.au/ a: Level 10, 17-19 Bridge St, Sydney, NSW 2000 p: 0410 545 721 Chinatown Sydney Historical Walking Tour now available on izi.TRAVEL. app 2017-08-08T03:11:37Z chinatown-sydney-historical-walking-tour-now-available-on-izi-travel-app MEDIA RELEASE 26 JULY 2017 Chinatown Sydney Historical Walking Tour now available on izi.TRAVEL. app  Exploring Chinatown Sydney and the Haymarket area has never been a more exciting and rewarding experience.   The Haymarket Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce it’s new “Chinatown Sydney Historical Walking Tour” launched in collaboration with izi.TRAVEL. Whether you are a local Sydneysider aiming to get active and fit walking around Sydney or an exploring tourist looking for interesting places in Sydney, this is one app you must download. Discovering public art and hidden gems by foot is an incredible way to enjoy Chinatown Sydney & the Haymarket area. Available for FREE download on both Apple and Android, the izi.TRAVEL app is you own personal pocket tour guide. All you have to do is type in the search function Chinatown Sydney, once you have downloaded the free izi.TRAVEL app and walk around Haymarket and Chinatown Sydney area. While the app is open on your phone, it will automatically recognise the site you are walking past and start telling you interesting and captivating stories. Getting to Chinatown and Haymarket is easy. You can walk from Central Station or Town Hall Station or take the light rail. This incredible immersive audio walking tour takes approximately 28 minutes (1.4 km) and guides you with interesting tales and historical facts of 15 sites, the itinerary starting with the Golden Water Mouth and The Ceremonial Arches and ending with the Chinese Gardens of Friendship and the Capitol Theatre. About izi.TRAVEL izi.TRAVEL is an app that aims to bring the world closer to you, and help you learn more about the places that you visit all over the world. It does this by bringing audio guides and trip maps from all over the internet into one single app that uses Google Maps for the best experience possible. With many of the thousands of guides available for free, izi.TRAVEL has something for everyone in Australia, England, Europe and many, many other locations. About Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is a not for profit organisation committed to the commercial and culturally diverse growth and development of its communities throughout Haymarket’s Chinatown, Thai Town and Korea Town.  This unique precinct is one of Australia’s leading destinations to live, work, invest and visit, attracting over 1 million visitors annually, representing 16,000 residents and over 40,000 workers. HCC aims are to support the commercial and cultural diversity across Haymarket’s local businesses, visitors, residents and investors to encourage economic growth, cultural transformation and to maintain a sustainable, resilient and connected local community and market place. Over the next five years, we will experience a historic transformation with investment, tourism and local and international population growth.  Haymarket’s evolution from its traditional base as Sydney’s Chinatown to an expanding precinct that will see new infrastructure, increased public transport and new residential and commercial developments to become the most innovative and culturally diverse metropolis of South East Asia.   HAYMARKET FACTS ·       One of the top three precincts to increase employment by 23% ·       16,644 Residents* ABS ·       48,071 workers ·       Over 3,000 businesses ·       Australia’s most walkable precinct* www.walkable.com ·       Number 1 precinct for migrants* ABS ·       The most popular precinct for shopping / food & dining & art, design and culture in Sydney* NSW Tourism ·       In the top three most visited locations for events* NSW Tourism   For more media information and or interviews please contact:   Emilia Podetti Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Ph: 0424 314 192 emilia@haymarketchamber.org.au Facebook:   Haymarket Sydney Community           Instagram:  #Haymarket love                         Fighting Cancer with Exercise 2017-08-08T02:39:22Z fighting-cancer-with-exercise 1 in 3 Australian men and 1 in 4 Australian women will be diagnosed by cancer before the age of 75. Cancer does not discriminate, it affects people of all ages. A major illness like cancer, can appear on the surface a sentence to a more sedentary existence; however recent research suggests that exercise benefits most people both during and after cancer treatment. Exercise can help to manage the side-effects of cancer treatment, increase energy levels, and help protect against metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Evidence also shows there is little risk of exercise causing harm if care is taken and professional exercise advice is followed closely. For some cancers, exercise may even improve treatment outcomes.  Rebound Health Exercise Physiologists, in conjunction with the Northern Cancer Institute in St Leonards, are excited to be delivering the CanStrong Program - an exercise program aimed at helping people either going through Cancer treatment, or who are looking to re-engage with exercise after treatment. "We aim to give our clients confidence in returning to exercise, and build individualised programs that will help them achieve their goals". Rebound Health Director Andrew Daubney. For more information: www.reboundhealth.com.au/canstrong (https://acrf.com.au/on-cancer/cancer-statistics-australia/) NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONS OF CHEESE AWARDS ENTER NEW ERA 2017-08-07T04:12:46Z new-zealand-champions-of-cheese-awards-enter-new-era The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association is delighted to announce a new era for its annual Champions of Cheese Awards with the appointment of a new event manger and public relations agency, Marvellous Marketing.   The Specialist Cheesemakers Association has been running the awards since 2003, and will host their 15th annual awards event in Auckland on Wednesday 14 March 2018.   New Zealand Speciality Cheesemakers Association chair, Miel Meyer says the awards celebrate excellence within cheese, butter and yoghurt making in New Zealand and educate Kiwis about locally made dairy products, encouraging them to taste and purchase.   Miel says since the awards began in 2000 the industry has changed significantly. “Over almost two decades we have witnessed changes in legislation, an increase in the number of small cheesemakers and growing consumer interest in food provenance. This has been overlaid with changes in media and the rise of social media. All these factors meant it was time for the Board to review the Awards.”   “Marvellous Marketing’s proposal stood out. They know the food industry and their track record establishing and running the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards proved their ability to successfully run food awards and the associated communication campaign.”   Marvellous Marketing Director, Nicola McConnell said she and business partner Kathie Bartley were delighted to be part of the Champions of Cheese Award team. “The Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate New Zealand’s hard working cheesemakers and share their stories with Kiwi cheese lovers. To do this we will roll out a 12-month communication plan which includes free marketing workshops for cheesemakers, social media and consumer dinners in addition to the glittering Awards event.”    Miel Meyer thanked Goode PR for their energy and enthusiasm running the awards over the past 15 years. “The strength and recognition of the awards is due to the efforts of Goode PR. The Board and I appreciate the drive and resources they brought and acknowledge their part in making the Awards the success they are.”    Wellness Starts In The Home 2017-08-07T00:25:48Z wellness-starts-in-the-home Living a fast paced, hectic lifestyle can often leave us overstimulated and underwhelmed, with constant digital connection creating the need for mindfulness in our everyday life. Making a few simple changes to your home environment can uplift your mood and re-energise your life. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, says, “Mindful living spaces are designed with the purpose of reducing depression and anxiety, and supporting an overall sense of wellbeing by offering a relaxing respite from our daily lives. Take some time to redecorate using plenty of natural light and sustainable materials to get back to nature and give back to the earth.” Justine shares her top mindful living tips to help transform your home: 1. Declutter and De-stress Nothing clears the mental confusion quite like decluttering your home! Clear out the living areas by donating and recycling any disused or unloved items. Pack and store seasonal items to create more space and help lighten the load of mental and emotional clutter. 2. Let there be light Natural light does wonders for uplifting your mood and recharging your energy, especially when you have spent your day planted in front of a screen or under fluorescent light. Consider changing window treatments, repainting walls a lighter colour and adding reflective surfaces to create the illusion of more light. Adding skylights can also give light to dark hallways and staircases, allowing light to flood the living spaces. 3. Interior finishes When selecting finishes for your home, invest in items both meaningful and environmentally conscious. This will create a space that enhances your mood and reduces your carbon footprint. Using natural raw wood, seagrass, hemp and organic cotton, linen or wool can create a beautiful and harmonious natural space to unwind, recharge and connect in. Earthy textures inside will also reconnect you to the natural environment outside. 4. Get closer to nature Nature has a huge impact on our overall wellbeing and incorporating it into our interior helps us de-stress and create a natural space. Consider a terrarium, a green wall or an internal courtyard garden will breathe life into otherwise static internal spaces. Tending to these living installations can be relaxing and therapeutic, by bringing a little bit of the outdoors into the home. 5. Indulge in colour therapy In a psychological sense blues, greens and muted tones that mimic nature can create a calm and serene space. When crisp white and neutral tones are used they help to open up the space and create a peaceful setting. By selecting light tones rather than dark, your mood will be uplifted and it will reflect back the natural light, giving the impression of a larger lighter space. www.vaultinteriors.com.au 1000 Hour celebrates 25 years and unveils new ambassador! 2017-08-03T06:03:23Z 1000-hour-celebrates-25-years-and-unveils-new-ambassador In celebration of iconic beauty brand 1000 HOUR turning 25, Tegan Martin has today announced that her mum, Cherie Martin, will be joining her as an ambassador for the brand. Australia’s number one selling at-home lash and brow dye kits have been a beauty secret that mothers have been passing onto their daughters for over a quarter of a century. Tegan Martin, former Miss Universe Australia and 1000 HOUR Ambassador says, “I remember as a teenager my mum and I dying each others lashes and brows, it was part of our special pamper afternoons. And, doing this shoot with her was so special too – plus so much fun. Doesn’t she look amazing!” 1000 HOUR Eyelash and Brow Dye Kit was the first product in the range, inspiring the brand name with results that lasted up to six weeks - or 1000 hours. Across 25 years the range has grown to include other DIY beauty products including artificial lashes, hair colour mascaras, sticks and powders, instant brow mascara and utensils designed to help enhance natural beauty. Cherie Martin, 1000 HOUR’s new campaign ambassador says, “When 1000 HOUR approached me to join the 25th birthday celebrations, it was a yes for me straight away. I have religiously used their lash and brow dye kits for as long as I can remember, I can’t actually think of a time when a packet hasn’t been in my bathroom cupboard.” Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, the distributor of 1000 HOUR, Erica Galea says, “We’re really excited to have Cherie on board as a part of the 1000 HOUR brand. We really have her to thank for introducing Tegan to the brand all those years ago. It definitely goes to show that our mums really are our first beauty influencers. This partnership also accurately represents the first users and loyalists of the brand, as well as the next generation of beauty lovers. ” The 1000 HOUR range is available from Priceline, Woolworths, Coles, and independent pharmacies and specialist stores nationally and www.1000hour.com.au 1000 HOUR Eyelash & Brow Dye Kits RRP $18.95 www.1000hour.com.au New Mathletics Tri-Nations Challenge 2017-08-02T23:47:22Z new-mathletics-tri-nations-challenge Registrations are now open for Mathletics’ first Tri-Nations Challenge. The free to enter Mathletics competition between schools from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will take place online from 14 – 20 August. Rebekah O’Flaherty, CEO & Executive Director at 3P Learning says, “The Tri-Nations Challenge is a new and exciting online maths competition that provides a great way to have a bit of fun while improving mathematical fluency for primary and secondary students. It also creates a sense of community as each student earns participation points that count not only towards their personal points total but that of their school. “Our Mathletics program is used by over 4 million students around the world, so we’re expecting some fierce competition between those taking part,” said Rebekah. The Mathletics Tri-Nations Challenge is open to students from Kindergarten to Year 10, with engaging activities appropriate for all year levels. Split into two rounds, students from registered schools will be able to access the program for a training period the week prior to the official competition. There are thousands of dollars worth of prizes to be won by the top schools and students. Key Dates: Registrations open: Now! Registrations close: 13 August 2017 Training Week: 7-13 August 2017 Challenge week: 14-20 August 2017 In addition to the online challenge, Mathletics has also provided the following free resources to ensure all students can take part in the challenge: - Mathletics Tri-Nations Launch Kit - Customisable reward certificates - Mathletics Reward System wall chart - Multiplication tables wall chart - Formulae and Laws factsheets - Mathletics art sheets About Mathletics: Mathletics is a captivating online learning space providing students with all the tools they need to be successful learners, both in the classroom and beyond. Powerful courses aligned to Australian Curriculum maths standards across the primary and secondary years, matched with dynamic tools and reporting for teachers. Mathletics supports and caters to each teacher’s unique blend of student-driven learning and teacher-led instruction. For registrations go to: http://mathletics.com/tri-nations For further information, images or to speak with Rebekah O’Flaherty, contact 360 PR: Rachel King – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Australia's opportunity to lead the world in shark human management & ocean conservation 2017-08-02T20:00:00Z australias-opportunity-to-lead-the-world-in-shark-human-management-ocean-conservation Shark Shield is urging governments to implement an innovative technology solution to solve the serious shark problem in Australia. Statistically, shark attacks will continue to increase as our population rises along with our increased passion for the ocean. As a result, our country will continue to be branded as the shark attack capital of the world. Now is the time to change this. Shark Shield proposes world first innovation to re-brand Australia as having the safest beaches in the world. Shark Shield CEO, Lindsay Lyon, addressed the Committee on Friday afternoon at the Senate Inquiry into Shark Mitigation and Deterrent Measures. Lyon questioned why Australian governments have not moved forward with Shark Shield to implement its new Ocean Guardian beach barrier solution, stating this is scientifically proven technology, it is not science fiction. Lyon said, “We are amazed given the lives lost and community economic damage from shark attacks as to why there has been no interest in commissioning a pilot or test site for Ocean Guardian. It is based on scientifically proven deterrent technology that has been on the market for twenty years. The electromagnetic transducer has also been used in the medial industry with clinical studies showing it is safe for humans and animals. “Shark Shield is building the new Ocean Guardian products for the luxury yacht and commercial markets. At this point in time we are not progressing with solutions for the beach barrier community protection, as there clearly appears to be no commercial interest in a solution to protect beaches and the environment. “Shark Shield has delivered a global habitat changing technology; this is a significant opportunity for Australia to lead the world in shark human management and ocean conservation. We would hope that both State and Federal Governments would be interested in implementing this solution yesterday.” (Please see press release attached for more information) For info, contact Rachel King @ 360 PR: rachel@360pr.com.au | 0423 833 814 | (02) 9571 4448