The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-11T04:17:29Z Common pesticides and treatment guide 2021-01-11T04:17:29Z common-pesticides-and-treatment-guide There are several hundred species of common pests and that is why, it is even more important to have a variety of different control and treatment options and measures. It should be said however, a common misconception is that, if you receive a professional pest control or treatment service then all your pest problems will disappear immediately. Rather, pest management can sometimes require multiple visits or most importantly regular treatments, for example yearly treatments in your home or office to effectively eradicate pests. In this edition our founder and CEO Ali Ghafoor from A.M.G Pest Management shares common pest treatment options and what to expect from your next pest treatment. Pesticides can be grouped according to the types of pests they will target and exterminate or according to the chemicals in them and their methods of applications. Such as: Insecticides – Insects Herbicides – Plants Rodenticides – Rodents (mice and rats) Bactericides – Bacteria Fungicides – Fungi Larvicides – Larvae It is important to determine the correct pesticide for your pest problems to avoid unnecessary time, effort, and financial loss. Common treatment options: Depending on your location, property size, demographics, environment and other personal factors. Your technician will usually determine a best fit treatment for your pest problem and site. It is simply not a ‘one size fits all approach’ (we will explain what we mean further). After an initial meet and greet, a technician is expected to carry out a risk and safety assessment to determine how best to address the situation at hand, for example, if there are small children crawling in the house then a ‘blanket floor’ spray may not be an option or nearby native bees, pets and so on. During your consultation with your technician, it is important to highlight your observations, such as times of activities of pests, locations (kitchen, bathroom and so on), behaviour and any other particulars activities you may have noticed, for example sounds or smell. This can significantly help with making an informed decision in addressing your pest problem. With this information a technician can determine which range of treatments and methods they deem most effective and efficient for your job. Aerosol: Ready-to-use aerosols are self-contained and pressurized gas. When used pesticide is released through a fine opening. Commonly used in smaller areas and openings. Fumigants: Fumigants are pesticides that aim to deliver the active concentrate or ingredient to the site of the target pests in the form of a gas, or commonly referred to as ‘flea bombs’. Liquid Formulations or Spray: Usually contains a few active compounds and used against common pests in most settings (residential, commercial, industrial, or agricultural) and adaptable to many types of application methods, from small to larger sprayers. Gel: Pastes and gels are mainly used in pest management for ants and cockroach control. Active concentrate is usually about 5%. Commonly applied in kitchen and wet areas or around appliances. Dust: Most dust formulations are ready-to-us and usually contain a low percentage of active ingredient (usually 10% or less by weight). Commonly used in cracks and crevices or hard to reach areas. Commonly used in roof void and weepholes.    Granules: Granular formulations are like dust formations, in that they ready-to-use, however they are usually larger and heavier. Similarly, they are not water-soluble and not intended to be mixed with water. Active ingredients range from 1% to 15%. Can be sprinkled in target areas, for example garden or lawn area.    Baits: Can be used as solid or liquid form and used to target pests as food-based baits. Traditionally used in bait stations for rodents or ready-to-use bait stations to target ants or cockroaches. In conclusion, pest management and control can sometimes be a quick process. However, at times it can take multiple visits, different applications, and modified treatment methods to achieve the desired outcomes. Nevertheless, benefits of targeted pest management in your home or office means treating pest problems at the source of the problem for a more effective and efficient outcome. 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Brisbane Gutters Address: 109/283 Logan Road, Greenslopes QLD 4120 Phone: 07 3060 0411 Website: Melbourne firm unleashes patent pending cyber secure signature solution to green the world 2020-12-10T03:38:58Z melbourne-firm-unleashes-patent-pending-cyber-secure-signature-solution-to-green-the-world For Immediate Release Melbourne –  10 Dec 2020  jeylabs launched their e-signature solution called GetSignature in March 2020 with a focus on helping people and businesses work well virtually during covid.  They have planted 200 tress already in the bush fire ravaged areas. With the surge in working from home, GetSignature aims to crack the local market of businesses and consumers looking for an easy electronic signature solution that is trustable and cost effective.     Offered as a monthly subscription, this patent pending technology also uses military grade encryption to keep your signature and documents safe from prying eyes on the internet.  GetSignature is available for free trials at No more printing, scanning and chasing signatures. GetSignature is not only helping you save paper, time, energy and money but also help you green the planet. They do this so uniquely with their partnership with one tree They have just planted their first 200 trees in Australia through this partnership.  Company CEO, Jey Srikantha said that they are committed to plant trees with every subscription.    He added "Document eSignature solutions have been around for a while but are traditionally expensive and fundamentally flawed from a security perspective. GetSignature, an Australian innovation, has taken a different approach to getting your documents securely signed with patent-pending document protection technology."     GetSignature is all about making security seamless and easy to practice. Focus on usability also helped win enterprise deals. jeylabs has signed a major multi-year on-prem deal with a construction business to deliver digital signatures for invoice processing at scale.     GetSignature starts at $6 per month for 2 users with the Family plan and goes all the way up to Business plans at $47 per month for 5 users. Built using the latest server less technology GetSignature is taking the pandemic head-on.       Many customers have already benefitted from deploying GetSignature. The Rent Roll Broker, recently committed to deploying GetSignature to their web application automating their sales agreement signoffs. “We recently moved to Get Signature after some time with a "leading" solution. It has document encryption and is so much more secure. We love that it is an Aussie product, so the money stays here. Give it a go.”   Victorian government's digital adaptation program funding can be used for the subscription of secure digital business services such as GetSignature. jeylabs has tailored plans available to help businesses take advantage of this funding. GetSignature is available for free trials at   Founded in 2009, jeylabs is the 14th fast growing software business in Australia, as recognised by the coveted CRN Fast 50 award in Nov 2019. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to give people their time back.   jeylabs and GetSignature are registered trademarks . The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For more information, press only: Jey Srikantha 0400 846 996 For more information on GetSignature: Flick Anticimex strengthen its position in the Townsville area through the acquisition of Tactic Pest Control (“Tactic”) 2020-12-01T03:38:07Z flick-anticimex-strengthen-its-position-in-the-townsville-area-through-the-acquisition-of-tactic-pest-control-tactic Flick Anticimex closes its second acquisition in Queensland for the year and secures its market leader position in the Townsville area. The acquisition of Tactic strengthens the local operations especially within the termite and residential services. Tactic was established in 2003 by George and Sandra Bell and will contribute with a strong presence in the area and support a geographical expansion of the Flick services as they have been servicing the city of Townsville, Magnetic Island, Charters Towers, Ayr and Ingham. George Bell, Owner of Tactic commented: “Joining Flick Anticimex represents for us a great opportunity. Being part of Flick Anticimex, profiting from their international experience as part of Anticimex Group, will allow us to further improve the quality level of our services by developing our alternative and preventive SMART pest control solutions. Also, I am pleased to offer to our present and future employees new possibilities offered to us being part of this growing global organization. I am very proud of the results that our family owned company has achieved, thanks to our team. Dallas Hall, Regional General Manager – West Region, Flick Anticimex commented: “I am very happy and enthusiastic about this transaction as Tactic is a renowned and well-run business in the Townsville area. We are all looking forward to working together with George and his Team as their culture of excellence toward employees and clients align naturally with the way we do things at Flick. Combining our decades of experience with the latest technological innovations will result in an even better customer service experience.” For more information, please contact: George Bell, Owner, Tactic Pest Control, Phone +61 409 276 775, Email   Dallas Hall, Regional General Manager – West Region, Flick Anticimex   Phone +61 428 118 056, Email About Anticimex Anticimex Group is the modern pest control company. Through prevention, new technology and sustainable solutions, we meet the new demands for healthy environments, for both individuals and businesses. Anticimex employs around 7 100 people, serving more than 3 million customers in 19 markets worldwide. Total revenue in 2019 amounted to approximately AUD 1.5 billion. Read more at & Banking Re-imagined has Arrived in Lismore & Mullumbimby 2020-11-30T04:15:27Z banking-re-imagined-has-arrived-in-lismore-amp-mullumbimby Australia’s Mutual Lender of the Year, Southern Cross Credit Union (SCCU) has re-opened the doors to their redesigned Lismore and Mullumbimby Financial Service Centre (FSC) and it’s catching local attention.   At a time when many have had to pull back on spending, SCCU is doing the opposite. Reinvesting into the areas they call home and celebrating with summer specials and week-long events to encourage locals to come in and experience the new space, designed for them.   The redesign continues to reflect the Credit Unions commitment to being customer-focused and doing things differently. CEO Stuart Edwards said “We’re incredibly proud to have created spaces where people feel comfortable, that reflects the local community and where conversations flow more easily.   This year has been a learning curve for all and while our digital channels continue to grow and deliver an improved online experience, we still see the importance of those face-to-face interactions. Particularly as many have been kept apart for longer than ever before,” added Stuart.   Feedback following renovations has been overwhelmingly positive and with Open Week promotions happening in Lismore from 30th November– 4th December 2020 and Mullumbimby 7th December – 11th December 2020. With lending specialists on-site all week, the doors are well and truly open to everyone. There is even a chance to win a $1,000 SCCU Account running until 22nd January for new and current customers to keep celebrations going summer-long.   “Our FSC’s are a part of the community and we wanted to celebrate with those who have continued to support us, but also invite those who are looking for something better, one that works for them. Whether it be online or in-branch, the kind of personalised service consumers are demanding is something we work hard to deliver, and improve on at every moment,” Mr Edwards said. Call 1300 360 744 or visit for more information. It’s Bushfire season – Be “air smart” and “lung smart”. 2020-11-27T21:13:04Z it-s-bushfire-season-be-air-smart-and-lung-smart-1 This time last year, Australians were bracing themselves for the onslaught of unprecedented bushfire events, with air pollution up to 11 times the base 'hazardous' level.1 This resulted in smoke-related health costs estimated at $1.95 billion according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Australian bushfires 2019–20: Exploring the short-term health impacts released this week.2  As an “air smart” public education campaign is considered by the NSW Parliament, maintaining respiratory health is becoming a priority for many Australians, with many considering what immediate steps can be taken now.1,3     The proposed “air smart’ public education campaign, similar to the established “sun smart” campaign, would be designed to manage and interpret the health risks associated with exposure to poor air quality.  It is one of the six recommendations of Report 54: Health impacts of exposure to poor levels of air quality resulting from bushfires and drought recently tabled in the NSW Legislative assembly.1  No one is disputing that these events had direct impacts on the respiratory systems of countless Australians – with adverse health effects such as irritated eyes, nose and throat to worsening symptoms associated with asthma and other lung conditions (such as COPD).2,4,5 At the national level, the CSIRO is currently working on rolling out an AQFx (air quality forecasting system) to benefit all Australians. This system currently only anticipates health hazards across NSW and Victoria, including  bushfire and prescribed burn smoke, wind-blown dust and urban sources of pollution.6 So what can everyday Aussies do now to be “lung smart”   Australian functional breathing expert, Dr Rosalba Courtney, has seen first-hand how the last year has impacted people’s wellness generally. “COVID-19 and the chaos of the bushfire season has made many people more aware of the importance of good breathing and healthy lungs. Luckily, we can do breathing training to improve the resilience of our lungs,” said Dr Courtney, speaking from her Breathe and Body clinic on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. While it will take government efforts to co-ordinate a unified approach to national alerts around air quality and to implement the “air smart” campaign, being “lung smart” is something that everyday Australians can do right now, especially as many regions are again placed on high alert for bushfire activity.  “It’s not just the smoke, or the fact we haven’t been able to move as much as we’d have liked, the stress and anxiety the changing world has caused has had a big impact upon how we breathe. Using the right tools, techniques and devices, you can train your respiratory muscles to be stronger and more efficient. Even the benefits of warm, moist air should not be overlooked as a way to improve your respiratory health. Research shows that Respiratory Muscle Training, or RMT, can improve fitness and breathlessness in people with chronic lung conditions,” says Dr Courtney.7,8 “Steam has been used to loosen tight phlegm from the airways for years, and while not every Australian has the easy access to saunas as they do in Finland, there are some innovative devices developed in Europe that have been designed to combine the traditional benefits of Nordic steam with home-based RMT,” said Dr  Courtney.8,9 Dr Courtney is one of the first Australian health care professionals to investigate the benefits of the WellO2, an at-home Nordic steam breathing device.   “Devices such as the WellO2 offer a novel approach to RMT as it combines the benefits of warm steam with respiratory muscle strengthening to assist the lungs” said Dr Courtney. With pollution a major trigger for those living with respiratory concerns, and Australians again preparing for potentially adverse air quality issues caused by summer bushfires, now is the perfect time to take better care of your lungs, and discover how to breathe better.    So this  summer, remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and Steam. Dr Courtney’s Top 5 “Lung Smart” Health Tips 1. Stay Hydrated – “It might seem simple but drinking enough water each day is as important for the lungs as it is for the rest of the body,” Dr Courtney explains. According to Dr Courtney, keeping well-hydrated helps maintain the health of the mucosal lining in the lungs.  2. Slow relaxed breaths – “The day-to-day stress of life, the looming threat of more bad air quality and the anxiety of the pandemic has meant a lot of us hold tension in the breathing muscles as well as the rest of the body. Stress tends to make people breathe more quickly. Slowing the breath down is one of the best ways to relax while also improving the ability of our lungs to take up oxygen,” says Dr Courtney.   “Deep breathing helps you to expand and allow your lungs to reach their full capacity. As you slowly breath in, place your hand on your belly and feel the push of air into your diaphragm, allowing your ribs to open and your upper chest to expand and lift,” says Dr Courtney. 3. Nasal breathing –  Our nose is an important part of the respiratory system. It warms and humidifies the air we breathe and protects the airways from allergens, pollutants and pathogens. Nasal breathing also tends to make our diaphragm work better. “An easy way to improve the health of the whole respiratory system is to breathe through the nose.  The more you train yourself to  breathe nasally, during exercise and rest, the easier it becomes,” says Dr Courtney. 4. Sit Straight, Stand Tall and Breathe with the Diaphragm – “Our lungs themselves are soft structures, so making room for them to expand and contract as you breath is incredibly important,” says Dr Courtney.  With increasing time at the desk thanks to the home-office realities, slouching and poor ergonomic office design has meant people are not sitting as straight, and as a result not allowing their lungs and rib cage to expand appropriately.  Breathing patterns can become abnormal with excessive use of our upper rib cage which leads to insufficient use of the diaphragm during breathing. “An easy way to address this, is to stop every  hour or so  in your chair, relax your shoulders and while relaxing direct your breath into the lower ribcage and belly,” she says.  5. Invest in a breathing trainer – Lung fitness changes over time. The breathing capacity of adult lungs declines, as does the power of adult respiratory muscles, as we age. But just as we can strengthen other muscles in our bodies, we can also strengthen our lungs with RMT. Steam plus RMT may assist to increase in the strength of respiratory muscles and improve pulmonary gas exchange. Breathing exercise devices come in a range of styles and are beneficial not only for those experiencing ongoing respiratory concerns, but for individuals looking to engage in conscious breathing for everyday general wellness.    ENDS Expert available for comment:  ·       Dr Rosalba Courtney, DO PhD (Breathing). Breath and Body Clinic/ GenBiome  Further information, product images, case studies and interviews are available through:  ·       Susan Hando, Mint Health, on mobile: 0411 711 351 or email: ·       Hannah Heather, Mint Health on mobile: 0405 126 119 or email: Ref 1. Health impacts of exposure to poor levels of air quality resulting from bushfires and drought / Portfolio Committee No. 2 – Health [Sydney, N.S.W.] : the Committee, 2020. [xii, 103] pages ; 30 cm. (Report no. 54 / Portfolio Committee No. 2 – Health)   Ref 2.  Australian bushfires 2019–20: Exploring the short-term health impacts Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. November 2020   Ref 3. Lung Health and Attitudes to Wellness – an Australian perspective. November 2020 (A Survey of 55 Australians, prior to embarking on a 6 week trial of WellO2.)  Ref 4. Australian Government’s Health DirectWebsite and   Ref 5. The Breathing problems up due to bushfires published by NSW Health 13 November 2019   Ref 6. CSIRO Smoke forecasting for bushfires and prescribed burns (case study) May 2020   Ref 7. Severin, Richard et al  Respiratory Muscle Performance Screening for Infectious Disease Management Following COVID-19: A Highly Pressurized Situation; Am J Med 2020            Ref 8. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is common in Australia and treatment options for advanced disease are limited.  Newer interventions including steam therapy are being evaluated in patients with advanced COPD and are likely to become available in the future.   Ref 9. In August 2020, the ethical committee of the University of Tampere approved a six-month clinical study to monitor the use of RMT and steam inhalation (using the WellO2) in 60 patients with COPD and asthma, comparing the results against a baseline of muscle strength measured prior to starting use of the WellO2, again after one month of use and then followed up in a further five months to see how respiratory muscle strength has been retained.  Initial results are due in December 2020. Margaret Hendry School named innovative school 2020-11-26T04:28:52Z margaret-hendry-school-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW - A Taylor-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the best schools in Australia. Margaret Hendry School has been included in The Educator’s sixth annual Innovative Schools report, showcasing the fifty schools making the most profound and exciting impact in K-12 education. “The Educator Innovative Schools report seeks to showcase those schools at the forefront of change and innovation,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Australian schools to implement massive changes to their existing models as face-to-face classes shifted online. While this no doubt posed enormous challenges across all areas of teaching, parental engagement and student wellbeing, some schools saw some unique and exciting opportunities to innovative and improve the way they deliver teaching and learning, not just in 2020 but well beyond the pandemic.” Margaret Hendry School, the first ACT government school built to address the Future of Education Strategy, empowers children to become autonomous change agents within their own learning and community. Children are organised in multi-age, multi-stage learning neighbourhoods (K-2 and Y3-6), with learning needs, not age, determining content and curriculum. To view the full online report and to find out more about Margaret Hendry School, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at Studio Pilates Crows Nest gets off to a record breaking start! 2020-11-25T06:44:59Z studio-pilates-crows-nest-gets-off-to-a-record-breaking-start In only the second week of operation, Studio Pilates Crows Nest is already setting new company records. The studio in Crows Nest, North Sydney, Australia, has achieved the highest attendance figures of any studio globally, and looks likely to easily eclipse 700 visits in only its second week of operation. Studio Owner Lynn Kraus is over the moon with the enthusiastic welcome she has received from the local community. We grabbed five minutes with Lynn to get her reaction to the launch: “It’s just so amazing, far better than I could even have hoped!” she said. “Classes have proved so popular that they’re all fully booked out with 8-9 people on the waitlist. I’m having to squeeze extra class times in wherever I can so that I don’t disappoint anyone!” While she is clearly delighted with the studio’s stellar performance,  Lynn is no stranger to success. As a qualified accountant she has had over 25 years experience in global professional services firm EY, and was previously responsible for leading the firm’s Advisory practice across Oceania.  We asked Lynn what had prompted her to make the big move to business ownership? “Having been an advisor to clients both big and small, I decided it was time to put my hand to the wheel.  It has been such a rewarding experience on a personal level to see the result of your hard work.” The boutique health and fitness sector is a far cry from professional services, so what drew her to a Studio Pilates Franchise?  “One year ago to the date of my opening I entered a Studio Pilates location in Sydney.  I knew instantly I wanted to explore the opportunity.  I was on a three month sabbatical and think I went to the studio almost every day over that period.  I loved the look and the feel of the studio and most importantly the consistency that comes through the use of technology.  Studio Pilates leverages the tried and tested Pilates techniques in a contemporary format that is truly unique.  I just had to be a part of the growth story in New South Wales.” The Studio Pilates at Crows Nest may have just launched, but no doubt Lynn won’t be resting on her laurels. What next steps is she already planning on her transformative journey and what are her hopes for the future?  I am so excited for where we are at two weeks into our opening.  The whole team is focussed on customer care and ensuring we give every client an amazing experience. I have plans for a second studio nearby but also don’t want to get ahead of myself as I am very much focussed on consolidating the learnings from this experience, building an amazing team and most importantly building trust with the local community.  Watch this space in 2021!” The latest openings are part of a continued pattern of growth for Studio Pilates, an Australian success story, which has a strong base in Australia, New Zealand, China and now America. There are more studios in the pipeline for key strategic locations across the globe, with the United States central to the brand’s ambitions.  Studio Pilates International was established in 2002 by Winter and his wife Tanya. The entrepreneurial duo has impressive experience and knowledge behind them - Jade as a former Olympic swimmer, personal trainer and Pilates instructor, and Tanya as a physiotherapist and instructor, turned international Pilates educator. Their credentials place them squarely at the forefront of the Pilates industry.  The Studio Pilates model features intense 40-minute reformer Pilates workouts designed by a team of physiotherapists and exercise scientists. Classes are delivered on multiple digital screens across the workout space, allowing instructors to focus on each client’s technique, and motivating them to get the most out of every move. “Our unique combination of technology and personalised instruction delivers a truly customised service, and we are thrilled to finally bring this to the US,” says Winter. Studio Pilates International currently has over 80 studios open or at pre opening stages, across Australia, New Zealand, China and now the US. -ends- About Studio Pilates International Studio Pilates International offers unique high intensity, low impact reformer Pilates workouts designed by a team of physiotherapists and exercise scientists. Classes are delivered on multiple digital screens across the workout space, allowing instructors to focus on each client’s technique, to deliver a truly customised service. The brand attracts a passionate following which can be attributed to its unique  combination of innovative class delivery, luxe studio space and total body changing results. web: Instagram: studio_pilates Digital Marketing Agency - Traction Marketing is Launched 2020-11-25T02:30:15Z digital-marketing-agency-traction-marketing-is-launched The Stratigence Digital Marketing practice has continued to grown beyond initial expectations. Given COVID and the needs of kiwi business owners to prosper through digital channels Stratigence has decided to make it official and launch a new digital brand, Traction Marketing. Although Stratigence is not doing anything new here, it puts a face to the name of a dedicated digital team. And hopefully a little more personable too. The focus remains the same, the company believes that great evidence delivers superb strategy whatever the function. All the traction digital services start with research and and then continue with one or more of the following, website and mobile app design & development, Search engine optimisation, Market research, Google advertising, LinkedIn advertising, Email campaigns and Social media campaigns. What about Stratigence? There are no major changes. In recent years the brand has grown to encompass a variety of consulting services and with the launch of Traction this will be peered back to the original purpose of making Kiwi companies great with C-Suite consulting. The core of the work here is on Boards and as C-Suite flexible resourcing where Stratigence will step in to help companies in a part-time basis. The nature of this work is strategic whether it is mergers, acquisitions, exits, partnerships, technology, people and digital roadmaps. The companies Stratigence work with tend to have a global outlook and are often in the tech and engineering sector.  Stratigence Consulting Traction Marketing IMB Bank Community Foundation announces over $450,000 in new grant funding for NSW and ACT community groups 2020-11-17T01:07:57Z imb-bank-community-foundation-announces-over-450-000-in-new-grant-funding-for-nsw-and-act-community-groups Images and vision available here 17 November 2020 – A surf school for children living with Autism, mental health support for youth, bushfire recovery projects, and a trailer to deliver food and support to Canberra’s homeless are just some of the community projects that will benefit from over $450,000 in grants donated by IMB Bank Community Foundation Now in its 21st year, IMB Bank Community Foundation is Foundation is proud to have supported nearly 800 community groups and projects across NSW and ACT, with over $10million donated since 1999.  In 2020, twenty-nine local community groups and projects across NSW and the ACT will share in over $450,000 to update services and equipment, and support people in need. “IMB Bank’s Community Foundation really embodies the power of communities,” said Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. “In announcing our 2020 funding recipients, we’re celebrating the people and organisations who are making a profound difference within their own neighbourhoods and networks. These people are at the front line – they’re taking action, rolling their sleeves up, and getting the job done. And in doing so, they’re making a real difference, and building better futures for others.” IMB Bank Community Foundation has a rich and diverse history of community engagement and improvement. Projects have ranged from the establishment of recycling programs and Men’s Sheds, through to public walkways, school gardens, youth driver training, mental health first aid training, equipment for volunteer rescue services and increased security for victims of domestic violence. Despite COVID-19 related disruptions, it was important to IMB Bank that its Community Foundation funding went ahead in 2020.  “The events of 2020 have highlighted the important role IMB Bank’s Community Foundation plays at a grassroots level,” said Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. “Since 1880, IMB’s core philosophy has been to help build strong, resilient communities. As we all begin to navigate our way forward, IMB Bank’s commitment to supporting Australian communities as they rebuild and recover remains as strong as ever. We are proud to provide funding for these valuable community projects, and truly humbled to play a small part in their continued growth and success.”  The community groups and projects funded by IMB Bank Community Foundation in 2020 include:   ACT Canberra PCYC - Thanks to the second year of IMB Bank Community Foundation funding, the Canberra PCYC Youth Street Support Trailer will expand and continue its vital support of those in need. The Scullin Community Group – The group’s Events Trailer is a unique new service which will provide event support materials to small community groups in and around Belconnen in the ACT. Marymead Child and Family Centre - Outdoor spaces will be enhanced with musical resources to support self expression and enhance communication through music for children and young people living with disability. Painting with Parkinsons – The benefits of art therapy will be extended to people living with Parkinsons in regional centres.   NSW – Sydney and the Sutherland Shire Autism Swim – The development of an online certification program that can be used by surf schools across Sydney, and internationally, to increase accessibility for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other abilities. EducAID – 500 students and teachers will be trained in Mental Health First Aid across highly populated, and culturally diverse, areas of South West Sydney. Marine Rescue NSW (Middle Harbour) – A new infra-red search camera will be purchased and installed to help save more lives on and around Sydney Harbour.    St. John Ambulance – A new and engaging, eLearning Platform will be developed to help primary school children learn the St. John first aid basics. Clever Care NOW – New equipment will be purchased, and upgrades made to current transport services for the aged, frail and wheelchair bound, enabling them to enjoy everyday mobility, independence and community engagement.  Parramatta Mission - IMB Bank Community Foundation funding will help in the training of new Lifeline telephone crisis supporters. Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - Coordinating the largest mobile public heart health check tour in NSW and the ACT.   NSW - Illawarra Ocean Live – IMB Bank Community Foundation funding will enable Smart Signs at Wollongong beaches, alerting beachgoers about risks such as rips, sandbanks, UV exposure and sharks. Funding will also support the development of an App for beach safety awareness. Port Kembla SLSC – A new Surf Rescue Trailer will be designed and created to enhance safety response. Fairy Meadow SLSC – An updated Inflatable Rescue Boat will be purchased for greater beach safety. Illawarra Wig Library – New wigs will be purchased to support those who have experienced hair loss due to medical conditions or treatment. Cows Create Careers - Cows Create Careers is a Strzelecki Lions Club project which is a hands-on learning experience designed to promote dairy industry careers and educational pathways to high school students.  Sprouts Shellharbour Early Learning - Facilitating connections between pre-schoolers and seniors at Warrigal Care and the wider community.  CareSouth - Establishing a health hub to provide free dental, eye, and hearing care for disadvantaged families in Berkeley. Para Meadows School - Funding will enable the purchase of new equipment to optimise learning experiences for special needs children.   NSW – South Coast SAGE – 32 free vegetable beds will be provided to those affected by bushfires, and four new wicking garden beds for the Moruya community garden will provide more food for people in need at women’s and youth refuges. IMB is supporting a small but powerful step in the bushfire recovery process for these communities. Conjola Park Priority Project - The community will be united and uplifted through the regeneration of the town’s central communal area.  Coast and Country Community Services - Easier and more convenient online training for volunteers will be delivered throughout the NSW South Coast. Marine Rescue NSW (Jervis Bay) – Two new outboard motors will be purchased for the primary rescue vehicle to tackle all on-water emergencies. North Shoalhaven Meals on Wheels - Expanding and upgrading of kitchen facilities and services. Wolumla Rural Fire Brigade - The grant will enable the purchase of a quick fill pump, which allows water tankers to quickly refill from large water sources during a bushfire emergency. Vinnies Bushfire Relief Fund - Rebuilding areas around the South Coast impacted by bushfires.   NSW – Southern Highlands Hill Top Men’s Shed - IMB Bank Community Foundation has long been a proud supporter of Men’s Shed programs. This year, funding support will help the Hill Top Men’s Shed purchase woodwork equipment for their new shed.   NSW - Hunter Vision Australia - Old assessment tools will be upgraded to help adults and children facing vision loss.  The Callaghan District Netball Association – Facilities will be enhanced to provide a healthy living program for disadvantaged families, using netball as the core physical activity.   IMB Bank is one of the longest-standing financial organisations in NSW and was named one of the World’s Best Banks by Forbes magazine in 2020. Its Community Foundation program is considered one of the best of its kind in Australia. For more information about IMB Bank Community Foundation visit    ENDS For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Blue Planet Public Relations: Maria Crema – or +61 402 239 929 Sophie Blue - or +61 416 006 821   About IMB Bank Established in 1880, IMB Bank is one of Australia’s most enduring financial institutions, helping people achieve their financial goals for over 140 years. IMB was rated as one of the World’s Best Banks by Forbes in 2020, thanks to digital innovation, personal service, and customer satisfaction. IMB Bank offers digital and mobile banking, home loans, personal loans and deposit products, retail and business banking, and has a growing branch network through NSW and Melbourne. With total assets over $6.7 billion, IMB is regulated by APRA and ASIC, is owned by its customers and is one of the leading mutual banks in NSW.    About the IMB Bank Community Foundation The IMB Bank Community Foundation was established in 1999 to support the communities IMB Bank calls home. Since inception, the Foundation has supported more than 700 community projects with over $10m in donated funding. The Foundation is proud to support projects which strengthen local communities through the transfer of skills and knowledge, encouraging and supporting volunteer input and building lasting community assets.  Sydney Car Removals 2020-11-16T06:35:30Z sydney-car-removals Cash For Cars We are located in Sydney, Australia. We have years of experience in the automobile industry, buying and reselling cars, dismantling & wrecking cars, and recycling cars. 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The applications had to articulate their plans against the 2020 themes of 'taking back momentum' and 'creating a better future' with 59 finalists proceeding to voting stage and an extra $10,000 being added by SCCU partner American Express.  Stuart Edwards, CEO of Southern Cross Credit Union commented, "We're incredibly proud to have been able to increase the investment into the program this year especially at a time when people really needed it the most, and at the same time open our support to a broader variety of causes. I would like to thank everyone who submitted their application and for the tremendous work you are all doing to support our community and the place we call home." Stories from the successful recipients will be shared over the next 12 months and cover everything from green technology and sustainability, to young leadership and providing for those in need.  The full list of successful 2020 recipients can views on the SCCU website here: GISA and Natuvion Make it Easier for Customers to Switch to SAP S/4HANA 2020-11-13T00:38:52Z gisa-and-natuvion-make-it-easier-for-customers-to-switch-to-sap-s-4hana GISA and Natuvion are accelerating migrations to SAP’s next generation ERP system, S/4HANA. The IT service provider, GISA, are combining forces with the transformation specialist, Natuvion, to deliver a more streamlined approach to SAP S/4HANA migrations. The new partnership enables both companies to offer their customers a fast, flexible and highly automated move to SAP S/4HANA or other digital platforms. The cooperation also covers other areas such as SAP HCM or SAP SuccessFactors. The ALLFIELD approach developed by Natuvion enables companies to flexibly redesign their business processes while retaining historical data. This innovative method is based on the SAP S/4HANA Selective Data Transition approach. Strengthening this partnership further, GISA contributes its high level of expertise in the functional and technological design of S/4 landscapes. This includes the operation and support of SAP S/4HANA customer systems as well as the audit-proof storage of legacy data. Natuvion and GISA’s new alliance results in a package that can completely cover and cater to the customer’s needs. "Our parent company itelligence already relies on the experience and expertise of Natuvion. We are very pleased to announce that we are now also joining forces," explains GISA CEO Michael Krüger. "The partnership with GISA is very important for us. It provides our customers with a perfect service portfolio for the surprise- and damage-free digital move," says Patric Dahse, Managing Director of Natuvion GmbH. "And GISA and Natuvion know their strengths - for many years we have been successfully supporting energy suppliers together.” About GISA As an IT specialist and certified cloud service provider, GISA offers intelligent IT solutions: from strategy and consulting to development and implementation to the outsourcing of complete business processes and IT infrastructures. GISA is one of the leading IT service providers for the energy industry in Germany. With a perspective of more than five million intelligent metering systems in support, GISA is also the market leader in IT services and certification support for smart meter gateway administrators. The IT service provider employs more than 830 employees at five locations and offices in Germany. About Natuvion  Natuvion is a digital moving company. 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These were just some of the activities that were held at Afford’s Green Valley Day Program to observe NAIDOC Week in 2020. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability provider that supports individuals to achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. Supporting individuals of all abilities to participate in meaningful and community minded activities form the basis for program development across Afford disability services. In recognition of indigenous culture during NAIDOC Week (8-15 November), Green Valley Day Program staff organised for representatives of the local indigenous people to visit and reflect on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Green Valley Day Program celebrated NAIDOC Week in July when the activities are traditionally observed. The site was bright with colour, dance, art and music. NAIDOC Week celebrations began at Green Valley with clients having their faces painted with the colours of the Aboriginal flag. Staff and participants then welcomed Jason, from the DHARAWAL people, who talked to the group about Aboriginal culture. Jason asked Afford staff to join him in a cleansing ceremony, as a sign of new beginning for the community. A welcome dance followed with depictions of the kangaroo, emu and eagle. Participants of all abilities joined in the dance and movements. An important part of the welcome ceremony involved placing clay handprints onto a surface to be kept and recognised as a symbol of solidarity. An Afford jacket was chosen as the surface. Handprints adorn the jacket, which is now displayed proudly in a frame at the Green Valley site. Throughout the day, clients were supported to complete Aboriginal inspired dot painting on plywood boomerangs. Afford encourages and understanding and appreciation of communities and cultures. Individuals living with disability are supported to learn more about the world around them and the cultures and history that makes up their local community. 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 goes above and beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. For more information visit or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e About Afford - 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. Afford Remembers: locals with disability handmake red poppies for Remembrance Day 2020-11-10T19:47:50Z afford-remembers-locals-with-disability-handmake-red-poppies-for-remembrance-day Red poppies will adorn Afford Blacktown Day Program’s front garden this Remembrance Day (11 November), with each poppy carefully handcrafted by the many individuals with disability who attend the site. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability provide that supports individuals living with disability to engage in meaningful activities and learn more about the world around them. In learning about Australia’s history, participants of Afford Blacktown Day Program have created ceramic red poppies during art program for Remembrance Day, to recognise those who have fought and fallen for our country. “We incorporate programs and activities that are meaningful and open discussion about community events and values,” said Karolina Zdrojkowska, Acting Team Leader. “The Remembrance Day poppies art activity was one where we could facilitate a connection to the community. Everyone who made a poppy was very proud of all they had created and happy to share this with the broader community.” The site is lucky enough to have nurtured beautiful, live, red poppies, but the addition of ceramic red poppies will highlight the significance of the 11th of November at their site. During art program, clients were supported to use plaster to form the petals and markings of their poppies. After the plaster was dry, clients used vibrant red paint to decorate their creations. Wire stems were then added to the poppies. Everyone placed their poppies in the front garden. Some even fixed their poppies to the front tree. On Remembrance Day, staff and clients in Afford sites across Australia remember those who suffered and sacrificed their lives during war and conflict to protect others. 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 goes above and beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. For more information visit or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e About Afford - 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.