The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-06T03:54:25Z Auckland-based mortgage adviser recognised as industry top performer 2020-08-06T03:54:25Z auckland-based-mortgage-adviser-recognised-as-industry-top-performer Auckland (August 2020) – An Auckland-based mortgage adviser has been recognised in a prestigious list showcasing the top advisers in the industry. iConsult’s Satyan Mehra has been included in NZ Adviser’s annual Top Advisers report. Now in its fourth year, the report ranks New Zealand’s top 30 mortgage advisers of 2020. The ‘well-connected’ Mehra started his career as an advisor, auditor and analyst at the Bank of New Zealand before moving to ANZ, where he spent three years as a business manager. He started up iConsult Mortgage Brokers in 2017, which quickly developed a reputation for its deep knowledge of commercial and residential lending structures, and for securing simple, transparent lending arrangements. Mehra is described by industry colleagues as a ‘real people person who walks the talk - if he gives you a commitment, he’ll follow it through.’ Mehra’s accolades include Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Indian Business Awards, November 2019 and Best Financial Advisor of the Year - Indian Business Awards, November 2018. “Our 30 top advisers this year settled a combined value of $2,838,661,153 across 7,799 total loans – an outstanding result for everybody who made the list,” says NZ Adviser news editor Ksenia Stepanova. “The report asked advisers to provide some key performance metrics from the past 12 months to uncover the top adviser in the industry. Competition was tougher than ever this year and the winning advisers hail from all over New Zealand, representing the main centres of Auckland, Christchurch as well as Hamilton, Arrowtown, Raglan, Cambridge, and other regions. The report is based on the total value of loans settled in the past 12 months, with all figures subject to confirmation by each adviser’s aggregator(s). To view the full report and to find out more about Mehra, click HERE. -ENDS- NZ Adviser is New Zealand’s newest source of news, opinion and analysis for mortgage and finance advice professionals. Delivered exclusively online, NZ Adviser provides a real-time web service that keeps time-poor advisers up to date with the latest breaking news, cutting-edge opinion, and expert analysis affecting both their business and their industry as a whole. NZ Adviser provides a regular newsletter service, delivered to inboxes daily, covering exclusive and need-to-know developments of the day from the government and regulators, banks and lenders, as well as industry service providers. An online industry hub, NZ Adviser also offers fresh and informative multimedia news and commentary, practical articles and features to assist with developing businesses, a popular industry forum for online discussion and debate, and industry-specific research and reports. NZ Adviser is published by independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. SCCU increase the level of financial support to provide $50,000 in Community Grants! 2020-08-05T23:01:18Z sccu-increase-the-level-of-financial-support-to-provide-50-000-in-community-grants Southern Cross Credit Union announces more funding than ever before for their Community Grants program, with a total of $50,000 to be shared across applications from families, individuals, business and community groups. Community Grants is SCCU’s largest annual community program, generating enormous interest across the Northern Rivers. Living true to their ethos as a Credit Union and giving back to the community when they need it the most, SCCU have increased the amount to a record total, to be shared across successful applicants. The program this year will focus on the future, with categories focused on preserving the future of the region, taking back momentum and supporting ideas that have the power to spark change. SCCU CEO Stuart Edwards shared “It’s been a challenging year for many of us and while things continue to shift, we want to help even more and support our community when they need it the most. Tripling our contribution this year continues our resolve to invest in the place we call home and reflects who we are as a business, where we’re going and why we’re different for all the right reasons.” Past recipients have used their SCCU Grants to make a huge impact on the Northern Rivers, with projects including building tunnels to produce over 60,000 trees per year to be replanted; providing breakfast to between 50-100 primary children every school day for 2 years; starting a program to put homeless women through food safety and barista courses to help them return to the workforce; producing a book to educate children about differences, diversity and disabilities in others; and purchasing new rescue equipment to reach the rising number of people in need. Applications are now open and close on the 30th September For more information on the SCCU Community Grants program, how to enter or the Community work SCCU is committed to, visit: www.sccu.com.au/community/community-grants MULTI BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LAUNCHES ‘GLOBAL GOOD NEWS CHALLENGE' 2020-08-03T04:51:08Z multi-best-selling-author-launches-global-good-news-challenge A former journalist turned media master is on a mission to spread good news to the masses and says digital currency has the capacity to bring communities together in the face of the global pandemic. The bestselling author and journalist of 36 years who established her own media agency in 2002 in Southport on the Gold Coast, is launching the 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’ on 3 August in an effort to help combat suicide, depression and anxiety rates. Aldwyn Altuney, of AA Xpose Media, who recently joined Qoin (Eds; pronounced ‘coin’), Australia’s newest digital currency, is inspired to share positive stories and is using the Qoin platform to spread her message further. “Globally, around one million people commit suicide each year and that has increased since Covid-19. I personally had four close friends take their own lives before the age of 45 and, throughout my own life, I’ve also battled with depression and suicidal tendencies,” Ms Altuney said. “Next Monday, I’m launching an 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’, which will run from 3-10 August. Since COVID-19 hit, the public has been inundated by negative news and this challenge will promote positivity.” An advocate for empowerment, Ms Altuney believes alternative currencies to cash are “no longer a luxury, but an essential” and she acquired $10,000 in Qoin when she first joined as part of her own wealth strategy. She intends to both accept payment in Qoin and engage businesses through the Qoin network, as well as promote her message of positivity. “Qoin is a brilliant idea. I think it’s really important to have alternative currencies. Qoin not only brings communities together, but it empowers people to be able to do business and do life without relying on the traditional banking system. “People need to get smarter at having alternative ways of trading and dealing with their money. Silver, gold and barter used to be the way and now it’s digital currencies. “As a business owner, what I love most about Qoin is there are no fees.” Over six months, more than 7000 small business merchants, including many in Southport, are now accepting Qoin, the newest digital currency, built on blockchain, that offers cashless transactions. And now Southport is being specifically approached following research undertaken by Qoin that shows Southport businesses and merchants are keen to get involved in digital currencies. Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says: “We have done our homework in Southport and we have a dedicated sales team of independent agents that are in contact with Southport businesses. “The current economic climate off the back of COVID-19 has encouraged many business people to open their eyes to new ways of doing business and that includes digital currency.” Mr Barker says the time is ripe for digital currencies, like Qoin, as ‘coronavirus has paved the way for small businesses to consider digital currencies to attract new customers and facilitate in-store transactions’. Seniors & residents angered by Moreland Council rates increase 2020-08-03T02:58:18Z seniors-amp-residents-angered-by-moreland-council-rates-increase Australian Pensioners’ Voice (APV) and Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) have condemned Moreland Council’s decision to increase rates and have confirmed it is fuelling deep resentment of Council and Councillors for being heartless and out of touch with community sentiment.    Anger and resentment that will invariably deepen as the Stage Four lock down intensifies.   Speaking on behalf of APV President Mr Vic Guarino and for FRA, Mr Joe Perri said it is an absolutely appalling decision at a time when seniors and residents are tightening their belts like never before.    “In light of so many people enduring financial distress as the result of living on the age pension / dependent on social welfare, being made unemployed, forced to take leave without pay or required to shut down a business, Moreland’s decision to increase rates has only served to compound the hardship of residents”, said Vic Guarino and Joe Perri.    In good times of low unemployment, the trickery of raising rates by CPI or market value property increases was tolerated.   Doing so now has only served to fuel deep hostility and tarnish the standing of Council and Councillors.   “Councils are supposed to be the closest and most attune to grassroots / community issues.  Hence, we feel our members and residents are justified in questioning the decision during a period that is as tough as it can possibly be for everyone”, said Vic Guarino and Joe Perri.   Furthermore, Moreland Council’s lack of sensitivity contrasts strongly with the City of Monash decision to DECREASE rates by 8.2%.  Moreover, Monash was not alone in reducing or freezing rates for the coming year.   Unlike Moreland, the gesture by councils led by Monash will be appreciated as a compassionate sign of support that will be gratefully received and uplift the spirits of vulnerable ratepayers and businesses impacted by the pandemic.   The federal and state governments have also demonstrated similar understanding to the plight of Australians through financial restraint.   “As the most vulnerable group in the community to COVID-19, Moreland pensioners are isolated, living in a circle of fear and emotional distress”, said Vic Guarino.    “For most of this year they have been forced to stay indoors with only pets for companionship; required to avoid contact with family and loved ones; distressed by the loss of close friends and relatives; unable to hug cherished grandchildren; and the list goes on.”   “With the predicted Stage Four lockdown imminent, the economic and mental distress will invariably be most intense in September as the arrival of the first rates notice for 2020-21 is received.  Moreland residents will be justified in questioning the motives of Councillors for the increase and how the paltry rebate to be provided will improve their lives living on a fixed pension”.   In defending their decision to reduce rates, the City of Monash said they were able to do so because of prudent financial planning over many years.    In contrast to Moreland, Monash considered the most immediate financial assistance they could provide their community was to reduce rates whilst still maintaining essential services and funding various projects and initiatives residents expect.   Vic Guarino and Joe Perri concluded, “No matter how Moreland tries to sell its rates increase, it will be viewed with immense scepticism – and rightfully so”.    ENDS   Issued jointly by Australian Pensioners’ Voice    &    Fawkner Residents Association               Media enquiries: Mr. Joe Perri, Mob: +61 412 112 545 Email: jperri@joeperri.com.au Cracking local Australian flavours 2020-07-24T04:07:54Z cracking-local-australian-flavours Australian family owned and run business, Tucker’s Natural has been cracking on to launch their latest range into Coles supermarkets nationally, in response to changing consumer needs. The newly released Artisan Range consists of 5 varieties and was developed exclusively for Coles. There is an exciting taste sensation for everyone including Hummus, Rosemary Linseed & Rock Salt, Tomato & Basil, Five Seed and Lemon Myrtle & Pepper. They are all Vegetarian with Five Seed being Vegan. All varieties are non-GMO, yeast free and palm oil free and a source of fibre.   Healthy and gourmet snack foods are projected to account for a larger proportion of the Snack Food Manufacturing industry's revenue over the next five years.   Healthier snack foods are expected to make up a greater share of consumer snacking habits. and are more likely to take share off products that are viewed by consumers as “less healthy”, like conventional potato chips, according to IBIS World on Snack Food Manufacturing in Australia outlook   “The leading supermarket chains have recognized these changing consumer trends We worked with Coles to deliver a cracker range more in tune with current consumer needs”, said Managing Director Sam Tucker.   “Coles also recognised that consumers are looking for Australian owned and made products, that have provenance tracing, as well as brands that they can trust to consume safely and who take environmental responsibility seriously. Tucker’s Natural ticks all of these boxes,” said Sam.     As an example, Tucker’s Natural takes pride in using local ingredients, and sourced the Lemon Myrtle, used in the Lemon Myrtle and Pepper Artisan Cracker, from Tumbeela Native Bushfoods in the Adelaide Hills. It is a hand crushed product, from leaves grown in the orchards of Ewa and Warren Jones. It has an exquisite flavour unlike lemon, limes, or lemon grass. Tumbeela also has a fan in world class chef Jock Zonfrillo.   Tucker’s Natural Artisan Crackers have an RRP of $4.00   ABOUT TUCKER’S NATURAL “Tucker’s Natural vision is simple- Better, naturally!” said owner, Sam Tucker. “We produce all-natural snacks that complement our customers healthy lifestyles. Always delivering on exceptional taste and with the aim of contributing positively to our customer’s lives.   Our brand is aligned with the changing demands of consumer snacking- all-natural, healthier, gourmet, functionality, premium, provenance, Australian owned and made, non-GMO, environmental responsibility, and food safe practices.   This is reflected in our brand packaging, with a personal message from me on the back of most of our packaging plus a picture of my beautiful family- Cindy, my very supportive partner and wife and our three boys, Zak, Axel and Jordan. Cindy and I believe in what we do, encouraged by what we want for our children which is a better and healthier world,” said Sam.   13 years ago, Sam Tucker with his wife Cindy, started the Tucker’s Natural Gourmet Cracker brand based on their personal philosophy of healthier quality eating. Sam is a qualified chef and a graduate of the ICHM (International College of Hotel Management) enabling him to develop a product that supported this philosophy. From the first range of Gourmet Crackers it has expanded to include Gluten Free Bites, Gourmet Bites, Fibre Packed Snack Crackers, Fruit Bites, Cheese & Cracker Snacks, Cracker & Dips Snacks and Fruit Pastes. Today it has added Artisan Crackers, Fruit and Seeded Crackers and the Australian Deli Lavosh ranges.   Based in Seaton, South Australia, this family owned business is a staunch supporter of other Australian businesses, sourcing where at all possible from local suppliers.   Any queries please contact Sam Tucker on 0417 736 522 or Diana Swanson on 0418 712 320 diana@tuckersnatural.com.au   www.tuckersnatural.com.au www.facebook.com/tuckersnatural/ www.instagram.com/tuckersnatural/     https://app.box.com/s/pfo0wzryzcwnbfh23qlax1e4hjwvrp6u  Image here END CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL CO- AUTHOR MARK VICTOR HANSEN IN FREE LIVE AUSTRALIAN SEMINAR SUNDAY 26 JULY 2020-07-23T06:02:18Z chicken-soup-for-the-soul-co-author-mark-victor-hanson-in-free-live-australian-seminar-sunday-26-july CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL AUTHOR  Mark Victor Hansen’s inspirational worldwide bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Soul has sold over 500 million copies in 54 languages worldwide and in a free livestream seminar from 10am this Sunday 26th July live across Australia, Mark will share the  wisdom, hope and empowerment needed to buoy you through today’s darkest moments and how to turn the current events into the opportunity of a lifetime. Register for free at mesiti.com/chickensoup Hansen has had 59 #1 New York Times best sellers, appeared on Oprah, CNN and The Today Show and been featured in Time, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. TO INTERVIEW MARK VICTOR HANSEN email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max 0412 501 601 ABOUT MARK VICTOR HANSEN Mark was turned down 144 times trying to get his book published. He kept going when others told him it would never work-that it wasn’t a good idea. Today with almost 500 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold, Mark is glad he held fast to the principles of perseverance, excellence, and belief in one’s self that have allowed him to create extraordinary achievement in his life. As one of the world’s most respected thought leaders, he is known globally as the Ambassador of Possibility. The name "Chicken Soup" was chosen because of the use of chicken soup as a home remedy for the sick. In 2005, he co-wrote, along with Robert Allen, the book Cracking the Millionaire Code in which he highlights several self-made millionaires such as Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Alexander Graham Bell, Oprah Winfrey, and others, using them as examples of how to build wealth. In 2006, Hansen co-wrote, with Art Linkletter, the book How to Make the Rest of your Life The Best of your Life. In 2010, Hansen co-authored, with Robert Allen, the book Cash in a Flash, as the sequel to the NewYork Times bestseller The One Minute Millionaire.     Max Markson 0412501601  CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL  Free online seminar with co-author  MARK VICTOR HANSEN Sunday 26 July 2020 Free registration at www.mesiti.com/max   ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 www.marksonsparks.com     Fawkner residents under siege from speeding & hooning – lack of planning vision to blame 2020-07-13T05:12:58Z fawkner-residents-under-siege-from-speeding-amp-hooning-lack-of-planning-vision-to-blame A recent survey of Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) members revealed an alarming number of speeding, hooning and general anti-social behaviour throughout the suburb’s streets, sporting facility carparks and the surrounding open space / parklands said the group’s spokesperson Mr Joe Perri.   I was quite surprised and alarmed by the extent of the problem members of our group reported in response to the online article affirmed Joe Perri.   “In fact, as the number increased it began to resemble a community under siege from speeding, rat runs and burnouts in quiet suburban streets and carparks – to noisy motorbikes, dirt bikes and quads on roads and in parks, damaging the environment, property, behaving badly and causing alarm to residents”.   Though it would be very easy to blame frustrated impatient anti-social motorists or bored teenagers. The truth is the problem is far deeper and exposes the absence of an urban planning vision for the suburb and municipality as a whole said Joe Perri.   “Moreland, like most councils ‘default response’ to an issue such as this is traffic surveys, speed humps, roundabouts or radars that display a smiley face to drivers adhering to the roadway’s speed limit – or to call for more police patrols.   “In the majority of cases, these responses are nothing more than temporary or quick fix band aid solutions for deeper structural socio problems that are only going to intensify in the future”.      Moreland City Council forecasts Fawkner’s population of 13,171 in 2011 will increase by 3,300 or 25% to 16,481 by 2036.  However, this forecast does not include an urban planning vision or overlay for the suburb to ensure that vitally important public realm, retail, parks, social, environmental and sporting facilities increase proportionately to accommodate the needs of the suburb’s population.    “Therein is the underlying problem and I believe is the major contributing cause to the current (and future) socio problems that will impact the residents of Fawkner”, said Joe Perri.     Take for example Fawkner’s youth.  They are locked out of the suburb’s main sporting parks of CB Smith Reserve and Mutton Reserve that are surrounded by steel fences.    So is it any wonder that with nowhere to go, pent-up youthful energy is expended dangerously in speeding on the roads, doing burn-outs in carparks or damaging the parks and open spaces adjacent to the Merri Creek.   Joe Perri continued, “Unfortunately the state government views municipalities like Moreland and suburbs such as Fawkner as nothing more than buckets of money into which high density development is inserted in order to extract taxes, stamp duty and rates.      “Very little of which comes back in infrastructure to benefit the suburbs and residents from which it was extracted”.   “Furthermore, all the lessons of the past about sustainable urban planning and development in order to ensure a resilient society have been jettisoned”.    “With no plans to ensure environmental, economic and social sustainability of Moreland suburbs like Fawkner, the future for the municipality will be measured in increased anti-social dangerous behaviour, disconnected communities, declining quality of life, segregation, poor physical health, heightened mental illness, crime, violence and loneliness”.   There is a solution and that is to have a documented urban plan.  Moreland Council cannot continue ignoring the very real need for action now concluded Joe Perri.   ENDS   Issued by the Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri                                     Mobile:  +61 412 112 545    Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   Grandad Inspires Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom on 3-month road trip 2020-07-06T12:26:39Z grandad-inspires-aussies-to-bounce-back-to-freedom-on-3-month-road-trip A BUNDABERG grandad has come out of retirement after 11 years to inspire Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom after Covid-19 with a road trip from Bundaberg to Darwin from July 13 to October 25, 2020. Author of 7 books, Hans Jakobi, 66, has gone from being suicidal and surviving multiple tragedies, including three serious bushfire threats to his home and an eight-year drought, to being a successful businessman and funding his own retirement at 55. Known as The Lifestyle Entrepreneur, he and his wife of 41 years, Colette, have travelled to more than 70 countries since then and now will hit the road on a Bounce Back To Freedom Tour. On the tour, he will interview and film Australians who have lost their jobs or businesses to find out what they are doing to recover from the crisis and what strategies they have worked out to prosper from the turmoil. “The way people have panicked in this crisis has had a deep impact on me and I feel compelled to spread a message of hope, opportunity and support to replace the narrative of fear,” Mr Jakobi said. He said the best and most secure way to prosper from this crisis was to start an online home-based business. “I want to inspire ordinary, everyday people, encourage them and give them hope to embrace this crisis as their opportunity to start their own online business and profit despite the crisis,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some people who will have benefited from the crisis because they’ve adapted to the opportunities created and will be loving it, while others will have a lot of stress and anxiety.” Mr Jakobi will hit the road with his latest book, Why You Need to Start Your Own Online Business Now! “My mantra is that you can build and run a business from anywhere in the world with just a laptop computer, a mobile phone and an internet connection,” he said. To walk his talk and also inspire his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he and his wife will make the 12,000km return trip in a 2008 Sunland 24 foot caravan to Darwin and document his journey as he inspires locals, films their stories and builds a new online business from scratch. “People learn more from what they see than what you say so I want to inspire people. In the next 10 years, I will give it my best, keep traveling, support my children, mentor my grandchildren and others about business,” Mr Jakobi said. “I want to be around positive, aspirational people and then I will retire again.” For more details, visit www.BounceBacktoFreedom.com Australia Lights Up Red For World Sickle Cell Day 2020-06-18T01:39:56Z australia-lights-up-red-for-world-sickle-cell-day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 18/06/2020 AUSTRALIA LIGHTS UP RED FOR WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY Melbourne, Australia: LANDMARKS across Australia are set to light up red for World Sickle Cell Day on 19 June to shine a light on the rare genetic blood condition unknown to many around the country   For the first time, structures including the Melbourne Star, Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Perth’s Trafalgar Bridge and Canberra’s Telstra Tower will light up red in solidarity for patients affected across Australia by sickle cell anaemia. More than 270,000 infants are born with sickle cell anaemia each year across the globe, and cases are increasing in Australia. Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia (TASCA), the nation’s peak patient advocacy body, has coordinated this event to raise awareness on the condition. TASCA is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving Australians living with genetic haemoglobin disorders, and their families, since 1976. Sickle cell anaemia affects the body’s ability to produce healthy red blood cells that provide oxygen around the body. Sufferers battle frequent, painful blood clotting episodes caused by the sickle-shaped blood cells and require lifelong blood exchanges. Robbin Vissakodeti, TASCA’s Deputy Chair, whose wife and daughter both have a form of genetic blood disorders said, “For us, sickle cell affects our everyday lives. My wife had her spleen removed because of sickle cell complications and we have to take every precaution to prevent infections as her immune system is compromised. “When we started thinking about having kids, I knew the risks and we were prepared. World Sickle Cell Day this year is about getting people to have that conversation with their doctors, being informed about the risk and making the right decision when it comes to having children. “Hospital visits definitely take a toll on the family, but we are grateful that we live in a country with a supportive healthcare system. Treatment seems to be constantly improving and we are looking forward to what the future will bring.” ENDS For media enquires contact: Samuel Lam, Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia E: hpo@tasca.org.au, T: 03 7015 5637 Notes to editors: ·       For more information on TASCA, sickle cell anaemia and World Sickle Cell Day, visit www.tasca.org.au. ·       Full list of sites that will participate in the light up include: o   Melbourne Star (VIC) o   AAMI Park (VIC) o   Kingston Clock Tower (VIC) o   Story Bridge (QLD) o   Victoria Park (QLD) o   Trafalgar Bridge (WA) o   Council House (WA) o   Canberra Telstra Tower (ACT) o   Elizabeth Mall (TAS) o   Kennedy Lane (TAS) o   Railway Roundabout (TAS) o   Franklin Square (TAS) ·       Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia was established in 1976 and provides support and advocacy to those affected by genetic blood disorders. ·       Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited blood condition causing misshapen red blood cells called sickle cells. This leads to a reduction of useful red blood cells and anaemia. Sickle cells also result in painful and hospitalisable blood clots in many patients. ·       A simple blood test will show if couples are at risk of having a child with sickle cell anaemia. ·       Treatment for sickle cell anaemia includes medication and blood exchanges. ·      Sickle cell anaemia is most common in people of sub-Saharan African, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean background. However, migration has spread this condition globally.     Hamptons style lovers can't get enough of this market tote bag 2020-06-15T14:24:30Z hamptons-style-lovers-can-t-get-enough-of-this-market-tote-bag GOLD COAST | Functional, affordable, and impossibly Hamptons-inspired, there are a lot of reasons why the "TAKE ME TO THE HAMPTONS" market tote bag has developed a cult following among Australia's Hamptons style lovers. An interior style trend that's been popular in recent year in Australia is the Hamptons look, a design style derived from homes on the upscale coastal area of Long Island, New York. A Hamptons styled interior is evocative of casual seaside living but with the panache of modern, upper class taste.  Retailing for just $27.90, the black and jute market tote bag exclusively designed by Hamptons Home has since sold close to a 1000 pieces since its launch. The Gold Coast-based small business owner, Junie Lin said, "I never thought a market tote bag will be a hit, it totally caught me by surprise. We are now constantly sold out [of the market tote bag}" The lightweight rugged jute bag is perfect to carry your groceries and everyday essentials, but can also be used as a beach bag thanks to its PVC waterproof lining. The plastic bag ban in Australian supermarkets also helped to push sales further, Junie added, with many shoppers wanted a stylish alternative to the commonly seen reusable bags. Instagram influencers around Australia are now using this bag as part of their styling, to decorate their kitchen, hallways and laundries.  Leading home decor Sunshine Coast-based influencer, Susanna Tolo, says the bag is one she couldn't live without. "I use my tote bag everytime when I go to the shops, but I also use it to style my kitchen because it is just so pretty.", the 250K-follower instagrammer said. The bag is currently sold online on a pre-order basis, exclusively at Hamptons Home. This Gold Coast-based online destination also sells a wide range of home accessories ranging from lighting to artwork and also recently launched its sister brand, Mirage Haven of luxury cushions. So, if you’ll excuse us, we need to buy one of these bags, or maybe five, now. Product link: https://hamptonshome.com.au/collections/beach-bag/products/take-me-to-the-hamptons-market-tote-bag Price: $27.90 Website link: www.hamptonshome.com.au Instagram: www.instagram.com/hamptonshomeau Melbourne-based commercial broker recognised as industry top performer 2020-06-05T03:51:24Z melbourne-based-commercial-broker-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (5 June 2020) – Perry Finance’s Cameron Perry has been included in the annual Mortgage Professional Australia Top 10 Commercial Brokers list, sponsored by La Trobe Financial. Regarded as the industry benchmark for excellent performance, this prestigious list spotlights the highest-performing brokers in Australia and highlights the contributions they have made to the industry and within their own communities. “After last year’s Top 10 Commercial Brokers report, in which many brokers talked of longer turnaround times and tightening credit appetite, 2019 seemed to turn itself around. The last few months have obviously changed things yet again, and brokers are facing new challenges as they cope with shifting appetites and an uncertain economy,” says Mortgage Professional Australia editor Rebecca Pike. “The commercial finance space has been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic: many businesses across Australia have been forced to close their doors to customers, and while some are able to continue serving in a reduced capacity, there are those that are struggling to keep up with overheads and supply costs, and many have decided to close up completely.” “Commercial finance brokers have an incredible role to play here, as more businesses will undoubtedly seek financial help. MPA’s Top 10 Commercial Brokers talk about some of the ways in which they have seen businesses affected, and how they are preparing their own businesses to deal with these changes.” As the director of Perry Finance, Perry gears up for multiple challenges ahead and his main focus is supporting clients who are facing hardship. Rising two places from last year and increasing his loan value by 15%, Perry says he has been very fortunate to have great support around him. Over the past 12 months he has invested time and resources into structuring his business and building his team. Alongside Perry Finance, which handles residential and commercial mortgages, Perry launched a new brand called Melbourne Finance and Equity Group for private lending and development funding, which he says helped him clarify his o­ffering in the market. The current environment presents many challenges for brokers. To prepare his business for the coming months, he says he has consolidated the lenders on his panel that are still open for business and are formulating products for the likely scenarios ahead, such as existing loans rolling over and projects being delayed. “We are also focused on servicing our existing client base and making sure any of our clients that are facing hardship are well looked after,” he says. Read the full report in issue 20.05 of Mortgage Professional Australia, out now or find out more about Perry HERE.   -ENDS-   Mortgage Professional Australia (MPA) is the leading business magazine for the mortgage and finance industry. Launched in 2001, MPA continues to be the key resource mortgage and finance professionals turn to for in-depth industry issues, market trends, business analysis and intelligence. MPA is also very well known for its annual surveys and special reports such as Brokers on Banks and the MPA Top 100 that recognise key individuals and businesses and provide a unique snapshot of an industry that is continually evolving. MPA is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several mortgage and finance industry events including the Australian Mortgage Awards. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Mirage Haven Debuts Luxury Collection of Designer Cushions 2020-06-01T04:31:49Z mirage-haven-debuts-luxury-collection-of-designer-cushions GOLD COAST | Breathing new life into the Australian aesthetic in coastal interiors, Mirage Haven launches its very first series of beautifully designed and crafted luxe cushions.  Plush velluto, crisp cotton, and silver-woven jute make for fresh combinations. Block patterns in soothing naturals, bold indigo, and neutral whites create arresting visuals but calm the overall mood. The collection’s easy-to-mix- and-layer-on patterns and colours augment the series’ sensible balance of classic style, high-end quality, and reasonable pricing, all emblematic of Mirage Haven’s approach to practical luxury. The debut line is an inspired result of valuable experience in the creative process by designer Junie Lin, Mirage Haven’s Founder and Creative Director. She notes, “Cushion styling should be effortless and mood-invoking. I created this collection in quintessential classic style in pairing with Australia's iconic, casual approach to home décor. Designing this line is a fresh representation of my personal style. I want my creations not only to be accessible but to also present beautifully in any home."   The joy of living in beautiful homes suffused with its own individualistic style is a need Junie Lin wishes to share.  She takes pride in designs that stand the test of trends and reflect sterling quality by prime craftsmanship. The debut collection echoes this artistic ethos and so merits consideration as sound investment in soft furnishings.  The Mirage Haven brand marks the second introduction to Junie's home furnishings brand and the first in the wholesale retail category. It is all about premium home accessories designed to blend harmoniously with most spatial arrangements and home environments. Of the debut collection, Junie says, “We’ve infused classic patterns and styles throughout the collection, merging urban and coastal looks to create a covetable collection that works across all design influences." This coming-out collection launches with five distinct patterns, each in different colourways, all designed to mix or make a statement on their own: AGERY –Richly textured plain velutto cohesively pulls your range of prints and patterns together toward a lovely, cohesive style. BADEN – Clean lines and stunning two-tone blocking contrasts packs a contemporary punch. CALDER –Slubbed cotton, smooth velvet, and natural linen mix to achieve a laid-back modern appeal. DARLEY – Embossed stitched patterns on plush velvet provides dimension and visual texture to cushion arrangements. EASTWOOD – Geometric lines and silver-threaded natural fabric combine to imbue a handsome take on the modern-casual look. FLYNN – Plus velvets and natural khaki in soft velvets and crisp linens provide a gorgeous visual and tactile mix. Take a look at the 60-piece debut collection at Mirage Haven’s website. New colours and designs are on the drawing board.  To learn more about the collection, visit Mirage Haven's website at www.miragehaven.com.au.  Join the conversation on social media with @miragehaven.  Browse the lookbook at: https://bit.ly/3gHUP4s ABOUT MIRAGE HAVEN Mirage Haven is a premier specialty retailer and wholesaler of soft furnishings. Stellar fabrics, versatile designs, and exceptional sewing techniques provide function and comfort with a profound sense of grace and glamour. Mirage Haven’s mix-and-match collection transcends trends and styles beautifully. Bold and nuanced colour stories, hushed or vibrant patterns, and traditional compositions marry superlatively well across collections to allow arrangements to speak of new concepts. Their time-honored vision: to create classic, upscale and memorable soft furnishings of exceptional value. ABOUT JUNIE LIN Junie, founder and creative director Mirage Haven, is owner of a popular online shopping destination, Hamptons Home on the Gold Coast, Australia. Her long experience of owning one of Australia’s premiere online retail stores has given her a unique perspective on the type of home furnishings people actually want in their homes. Bringing the same aesthetic to her product designs for Mirage Haven, Junie’s line of cushions epitomizes crisp, pared down, and sophisticated edges integrated with timeless design elements such as quatrefoils, clean lines, and circular motifs. Junie was nominated as one of the finalists for the 2019 Ausmumprenuer Awards in the retail category. CONTACT  Junie Lin Email: hello@miragehaven.com.au www.miragehaven.com.au www.facebook.com/miragehaven www.instagram.com/miragehaven Afford Jamisontown Day Program Brings Much-Loved Activities to Life On-Site for Stimulation and Enjoyment 2020-05-20T00:53:07Z afford-jamisontown-day-program-brings-much-loved-activities-to-life-on-site-for-stimulation-and-enjoyment Community access restrictions across the country have challenged many disability providers to adapt the delivery of supports. Faced with more time on-site, disability services like Afford's Jamisontown Day Program in the Penrith region, are taking a fresh approach to supports. The site is incorporating new, meaningful, and stimulating experiences for all who access the service during isolation. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a leading disability provider that has successfully adapted to the change in operating environments by establishing new initiatives to ensure continuity of disability supports for all Australians. The organisation credits much of its success to frontline staff. Afford go above and beyond to provide individualised supports on-site to engage clients in meaningful activities during isolation. Team Leader, Leonie Pearson, and her team at Jamisontown Day Program, led by Lisa Chantler, have worked hard to replicate many popular outings and activities at their day program. Activities incorporate skill development, as well as entertainment and fun for continued client engagement. “Visiting the library was a weekly excursion for our clients before COVID-19 restrictions came into effect. Activities that encourage literacy and mental stimulation support client development and wellbeing, so we created an outdoor reading area on-site. We read books just like we're at the library,” said Leonie Pearson, Team Leader at Jamisontown Day Program. Before COVID-19 restrictions, Jamisontown clients enjoyed a weekly sailing program as well as lunch outings to the local pub or club. Leonie and Lisa brought these much-loved experiences to life on-site for all to enjoy in the comfort of their day program. “Going out for lunch is a cherished experience for our clients. They can engage with others and practice skills for everyday life. They build their confidence by ordering food for lunch and paying for it with their own money,” Leonie explained. “To replicate the eating out experience on-site, we transformed our Afford van into a temporary food truck with a menu and tickets for customer orders. Clients developed their communication skills and were excited to participate.” Leonie and Lisa integrate a variety of engaging activities on-site for Jamisontown Day Program clients, including cruise days, a pen-pal club, sensory gardening and treasure hunts. All activities support skills development and help clients maintain a happy and healthy mindset. Afford has also established Afford TeleCare to deliver disability supports to individuals across Australia via an innovative, contact-free and virtual solution. Via Afford TeleCare, individuals benefit from continued access to essential care from allied health professionals for overall health and mental wellbeing. Afford TeleCare connects individuals to professionals across a range of services including, but not limited to, psychology, occupational therapy, emotional regulations, and speech pathology on a virtual platform to develop routines and explore meaningful activities during isolation. “Afford TeleCare changes the way disability supports are delivered. The virtual platform gives people access to regular allied health supports from the comfort of their home. Afford uses various forms of technology to provide remote, contact-free care so that individuals receive continued health management throughout the current isolation and social distancing measures,” said Afford CEO, Steven Herald. Afford TeleCare is available for existing and new clients who wish to access these services. Afford is committed to developing new methods of delivering disability supports so that every person living with disability has the opportunity to achieve their goals and feel assisted during COVID-19 under the NDIS. Watch this video to find out more about Afford TeleCare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGs6bZcZlhg. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 68 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. As one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations, Afford supports individuals to achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. More information:Afford TeleCare - email telecare@afford.com.au or call1300 379 308. Afford - visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. END Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About Afford - www.afford.com.auThe Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays. RURAL AID DELIVERS WATER TANKS TO FIRE IMPACTED COBARGO 2020-05-20T00:14:09Z rural-aid-delivers-water-tanks-to-fire-impacted-cobargo Rural Aid is trucking in 207 water tanks to Bega Valley Shire residents to assist the community with their recovery from the devastating bushfires that swept through the area on New Year’s Eve.   The 1000 litre Schutz IBC water tanks, funded from a News Corporation donation to Rural Aid, will be delivered to the Cobargo Show Grounds, on Thursday 21 May 2020, for distribution to 207 verified, aid registered farmers and community members.   Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said we’re hopeful that this generous donation will help make life a little easier for families in the Cobargo region who lost so much to fire. We’re also resoundingly grateful for the support of the Cobargo Bush Fire Relief Centre who have helped make this logistically possible.   “The Bega Valley Shire, on the New South Wales south coast, was one of the worst fire affected communities when fire swept through and devastated the region in December 2019 and January 2020,” John said.   “Our farmers and their communities are going through challenging times. The community have been impacted by one of the longest droughts in recent history, followed by fires that have devastated the land, people, livestock and homes. Now they are dealing with the impact of current restrictions during recovery as they attempt to rebuild.   “Many of the residents in the area, some over an hour away, are making daily trips to the Cobargo Showgrounds to shower, obtain water from the Council’s standpipes and buy bottled drinking water.   “With the weather growing colder as winter approaches, we’re hopeful the 1000 litre water tanks will make life a little easier for these communities. Having access to drinking water on their properties will facilitate cooking, bathing or simply starting the day with a cuppa.   “We’re proud to be able to assist farmers and the Bega Valley community in any way we can. Along the New South Wales south coast, we’ve also been able to support farmers through the provision of hay, restocking and on the ground counselling.”   Rural Aid’s continuing support Just like any other business through this COVID period, the Rural Aid team is pivoting and finding ways to navigate restrictions to continue to deliver on the ground for farmers and rural communities.   “We’re obviously able to achieve this under slightly reduced capacity, but thanks to our operations team, we’re continuing to deliver much needed support,” John said.   “We’re recognising a greater need for our services than ever before and have found unique ways to stay connected with rural communities via our counsellors through phone calls and online webinars including our Community Builders Webinars Series.   “Of course, our volunteers are currently sitting tight and we hope that they will be back helping our farmers and rural communities over the coming months.   “I would also like to take this moment to say thank you to our supporters, many of whom have been impacted recently too, but who continue to recognise the level of resilience and fortitude our farmers display.   “Whether through a simple act of kindness in writing a letter of support to a farmer, purchasing Aussie produce or through a donation – we, at Rural Aid, thank you and are grateful for your ongoing support.”   Cobargo Water Tank Delivery Information: When:   7am Thursday 21 May 2020 Where: Cobargo Showground, Bermagui Road, Cobargo NSW 2550   Media: 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au Spokesperson: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641 On Site Contact: Rural Aid Business Development Manager – NSW Craig Marsh | 0427 976 294   About Rural Aid Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au/snapshots for Rural Aid’s latest assistance statistics. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au/towns/webinars/ to be part of the Rural Aid Community Builders Webinars Series. Follow Rural Aid for updates on: ·        Rural Aid – FB: @ruralaidaustralia | IG: @ruralaid |IN: Rural Aid Ltd | TW: @ruralaidaust ·        Buy A Bale – FB: @buyabaleofhay | IG: @buyabale | TW: @buyabale   ENDS Impact of NSW fires Livestock loss across NSW as a result of the fires exceeded 13,000 with over 16,000 landholders estimated to have been impacted by the fires. Southern NSW had the greatest losses with more than 12,000 head of livestock dying as a result of the fires¹. As of 28 January 2020, the fires in NSW had burnt 5.3 million hectares or 6.7% of the State².   Bureau of Meteorology The Bureau of Meteorology noted in the Events section of its Annual Climate Statement 2019, published on 9 January 2020, that, ‘The extensive and long-lived fires appear to be the largest in scale in the modern record in New South Wales, while the total area burnt appears to be the largest in a single recorded fire season for eastern Australia’³. ·       Warmest year on record for Australia - mean temperature 1.52 °C above average ·       Warmest year on record for New South Wales and Western Australia ·       Annual total rainfall 40% below average with much of Australia affected by drought ¹Sourced from NSW Department of Primary Industries   ²Sourced from Parliament of Australia Parliamentary Library ³Sourced from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Mirage Haven To Debut Its Premiere Opulent Cushion Collection on 30 May 2020-05-19T05:45:38Z mirage-haven-to-debut-its-premiere-opulent-cushion-collection-on-30-may BRISBANE | Australia-based designer/entrepreneur Junie Lin is set to debut Mirage Haven, a premium soft furnishings online retail destination on 30 May. Open to both retail and wholesale, the premiere Mirage Haven collection boasts a 60-piece luxury cushion collection nuanced with stylish and authentic interpretations from her design viewpoint.  Expect opulent fabrics, gorgeous patterns, and sumptuous textures to be emblematic of all their impeccably designed cushions. The first range of collections feature easy-to-mix and layer-on colours and patterns. A sensible balance of style, quality, and price also imbue Mirage Have’s line with pragmatic luxury.   “Cushion styling should be effortless and mood-invoking. We created this collection in quintessential classic style, along with Australia's iconic, casual approach to home décor,” said Junie Lin, Founder and Creative Director. “Designing this line is a fresh representation of my personal style. I want my creations not only to be accessible but to also present beautifully in any home."  The joy of living in beautiful homes suffused with its own individualistic style is a need Junie Lin wishes to share.  Out of that creative need, Mirage Haven was born. The opportunities to create alluring ambiences motivate the company to offer premium home accessories that blend harmoniously with most spatial arrangements and home environments.  The Mirage Haven brand marks the second introduction to Junie's home furnishings brand and the first in the wholesale retail category. Of the debut collection, Junie says, “We’ve infused classic patterns and styles throughout the collection, merging urban and coastal looks to create a covetable collection that works across all design influences." This coming-out collection launches with five distinct patterns, each in different colourways, all designed to mix or make a statement on their own: AGERY –Richly textured plain velutto cohesively pulls your range of prints and patterns together toward a lovely, cohesive style. BADEN – Clean lines and stunning two-tone blocking contrasts packs a contemporary punch. CALDER –Slubbed cotton, smooth velvet, and natural linen mix to achieve a laid-back modern appeal. DARLEY – Embossed stitched patterns on plush velvet provides dimension and visual texture to cushion arrangements. EASTWOOD – Geometric lines and silver-threaded natural fabric combine to imbue a handsome take on the modern-casual look. FLYNN – Dark rich velvets and natural khaki in soft velvets and crisp linens provide a gorgeous visual and tactile mix. To learn more about the collection, visit Mirage Haven's website at www.miragehaven.com.au.   Join the conversation on social media @miragehaven.  Or browse the lookbook at:  https://issuu.com/miragehaven/docs/mirage_haven_debut_lookbook ABOUT MIRAGE HAVEN Mirage Haven is a premier specialty retailer and wholesaler of soft furnishings. Stellar fabrics, versatile designs, and exceptional sewing techniques provide function and comfort with a profound sense of grace and glamour. Mirage Haven’s mix-and-match collection transcends trends and styles beautifully. Bold and nuanced colour stories, hushed or vibrant patterns, and traditional compositions marry superlatively well across collections to allow arrangements to speak of new concepts. Their time-honored vision: to create classic, upscale and memorable soft furnishings of exceptional value. ABOUT JUNIE LIN Junie, founder and creative director Mirage Haven, is owner of a popular online shopping destination, Hamptons Home on the Gold Coast, Australia. Her long experience of owning one of Australia’s premiere online retail stores has given her a unique perspective on the type of home furnishings people actually want in their homes. Bringing the same aesthetic to her product designs for Mirage Haven, Junie’s line of cushions epitomizes crisp, pared down, and sophisticated edges integrated with timeless design elements such as quatrefoils, clean lines, and circular motifs. Junie was nominated as one of the finalists for the 2019 Ausmumprenuer Awards in the retail category.