The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-22T22:58:30Z THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE NSW 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR! DATES 2020-01-22T22:58:30Z the-wiggles-announce-nsw-fun-and-games-tour-dates New South Wales, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour!  This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around New South Wales with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and their newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! 2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.   Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can! During last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you won't want to miss your chance to 'Do the Propeller' or sing-a-long to 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and performing  'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.   Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour! is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”  This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes! Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon!   Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am on Tuesday, January 28 from www.thewiggles.com/tours 13th March – Mounties, Mount Pritchard 14th March – Club Marconi, Bossley Park 15th March – Revesby Workers Club, Revesby 17th March – The Cube, Campbelltown 18th March – Hornsby RSL, Hornsby 19th March – Sutherland Entertainment Centre – Sutherland 21st March - Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 22nd March – Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 24th March - North Sydney Leagues Club, North Sydney 25th March – Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Hurstville 26th March – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 28th March – Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale 29th March – Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill 30th March – Enmore Theatre, Newtown 31st March – The Concourse, Chatswood   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame). Bushfire Recovery Access Program: Accredited Mental Health Social Workers ready to provide mental health support under new regime 2020-01-17T02:45:05Z bushfire-recovery-access-program-accredited-mental-health-social-workers-ready-to-provide-mental-health-support-under-new-regime The AASW welcomes the Bushfire Recovery Access Program that comes into effect today and will see people affected by the bushfires, including first responders, receive vital mental health supports. The impact of the unprecedented bushfire crisis of 2019-2020 on people’s wellbeing cannot be underestimated and it is important people access help, if they so choose, to better enable them to prepare for the long-term recovery effort. As of today, the Bushfire Recovery Access Program will be rolled out by Medicare and includes 10 immediate counselling sessions and access to more sessions without requiring a GP referral, among other initiatives. Face-to-face or telehealth services can be accessed depending on people’s location and circumstances. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are among those who can deliver these services and they have significant expertise in assessment and providing supports with a wide range of complex mental health needs, including grief, loss, trauma, and bereavement. AASW National President Cristine Craik said, “AMHSWs meet the high standards set by Medicare to deliver the Bushfire Recovery Access Program. They are among those professionals currently providing specialist mental health services under Medicare’s Better Access program. "AMHSWs work with children, adults and older persons across a wide range of issues including, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. relationships issues, life crises, family conflicts, trauma and abuse. AMHSWs provide a unique contribution to the mental health space in their holistic approach to working with a person. Working through this lens is such a vital skill set for ongoing recovery work with individuals, families and communities.” ENDS Notes: Visit https://www.aasw.asn.au/find-a-social-worker/search/ to find your local social worker and click here to learn more about how AMHSW can help you. For an explanation of the Medicare changes, visit: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/bushfire-recovery-access-program To interview Christine Craik, please contact Angela Yin on 0413 532 954. Queensland’s move to end ‘conversion therapy’ a positive step, but falls short 2020-01-16T04:10:37Z queenslands-move-to-end-conversion-therapy-a-positive-step-but-falls-short The AASW has called on the Queensland Government to broaden the definition of ‘health service provider’ to better restrict the practice of harmful ‘conversion therapy’, a harmful and discredited practice which purports to convert lesbian, gay and bisexual people into heterosexual. AASW Queensland Branch President Ellen Beaumont said that while the proposal to legislate against ‘conversion therapy’ practice was a commendable step by the Queensland Government, the failure to explicitly include non-regulated professionals such as those claiming to be counsellors or religious advisers in the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, could see the unethical practice continue across the state. Ms Beaumont said, “We welcome the intent of the proposed Bill, but it fails to ensure that non-regulated professionals who engage in conversion therapy are held to same account and are open to the same penalties as health service providers. It also further highlights the necessity of social work registration as profession.” The practice is far more likely to be performed by a non-professional than by a professional, but vulnerable and desperate people may not be able to tell the difference. Ms Beaumont continued, “Our state’s legislative safeguards simply must cover the breadth of services and organisations that may engage in this practice, including religious and spiritual advisers. We need to recognise that whether the person is a health service provider or not, conversion therapy offered by any ‘professional’ or person in a position of power has the risk of causing significant harm and breaches vulnerable peoples human rights.” Ms Beaumont’s comments follow the AASW’s written submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee on the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 which includes the attempt to outlaw conversion therapy practice by health service providers across the state. While the AASW endorses the prohibition in principle, alongside the need to broaden who the legislation covers, the Association has also called for the Bill to reflect more affirming terminology and to expand on definitions of ‘gender identity’, ‘gender expression’, ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘sex’. Ms Beaumont said, “This is a significant piece of legislation that limits the threat of vulnerable people being subjected to a knowingly harmful practice. But there’s still more opportunity for the Bill to better ensure our state policies reflect inclusive and contemporary terminology and provides a greater breadth of safeguards beyond ‘health service providers’.” Notes See the AASW Queensland Branch submission. Ravenswood School for Girls named innovative school 2020-01-06T02:47:24Z ravenswood-school-for-girls-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (January 6, 2020) - A Gordon-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the top schools in Australia. Ravenswood School for Girls has been included in The Educator’s fifth annual Innovative Schools report, spotlighting 44 schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australian K-12 education. “The Educator would like to congratulate the winners on making the Innovative Schools 2019 list,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “The inspirational programs and initiatives showcased in the report prove that quality teaching is alive and well in Australian schools,” Henebery said. “It should be noted that the report only offers a small snapshot of the ground-breaking work being done in these schools to improve the educational outcomes and wellbeing of Australia’s young people.” Ravenswood School for Girls is an educational pioneer across a variety of domains, with a particularly groundbreaking approach in the areas of Positive Education and STEM, including a leading-edge program that combines the two in dynamic and engaging ways. In 2019, their Principal Mrs Anne Johnstone, was the only woman in the world to be recognised among just five global educational leaders, for her pioneering work, contribution and leadership in Positive Education by the University of Pennsylvania and the Eisenhower Fellowship Trust. In another world-first, a group of Year 10 Ravenswood students and staff are collaborating with Professor Seligman on a Positive Education English curriculum program, called Our Story, that will not only enhance the students’ wellbeing and academic development but collect valuable data, with the potential to inform the work of Positive Education schools globally. In 2020, Ravenswood will open a leading-edge Senior Learning Centre, designed to facilitate powerful 21st Century teaching and learning experiences. To view the full online report and to find out more about Ravenswood School for Girls, 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 www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 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 www.keymedia.com. Get Ready for the Return of $1 Furniture Deals PLUS 24-hour Deals for 4 Days! 2019-12-20T05:18:00Z get-ready-for-the-return-of-1-furniture-deals-plus-24-hour-deals-for-4-days Luxo Living is running once again their $1 Furniture Deal on Thursday 26th of December and the 24-Hour Deals starting on Thursday 26th until Sunday 29th of December. The $1 Furniture Deal features an elegant accent chair worth $169 which 5 lucky customers may buy for just $1. The 24-hour deals are products that are exclusively selected from their bestselling furniture. These deals will expire after 24-hours, then the next set of deals will go live. “After our 12 days of Christmas Giveaways, it is with great pleasure that our team will offer our popular $1 Furniture Deal and 24-Hour Deals to close 2019 with a big bang!” said Winston Tu, Luxo Living’s CEO. For the $1 Furniture deal, please note that participants are required to register their name, email, contact number and must answer the call on the day of the draw, which is the very next day after Boxing Day (27th December). Five lucky winners shall be drawn and be offered furniture for $1. For further details, you may check their website at www.luxoliving.com.au/boxingday           Luxo Living to Launch 12 Days of Giveaways with over $4,000 Worth of Gifts for Christmas 2019-12-10T01:53:38Z luxo-living-to-launch-12-days-of-giveaways-with-over-4-000-worth-of-gifts-for-christmas Luxo Living is giving away a brand new furniture gift each day for 12 days starting from Thursday 12th December.  Each of the gifts has been hand picked from Luxo’s range of quality in-trend furniture items. “Our team is thrilled to be running the 12 Christmas giveaways and this year we have over $4,000 worth of furniture to give away, along with some amazing deals on the very same items so that no one misses out.” said Winston Tu, Luxo Living’s CEO. The Luxo Giveaway Calendar: Day 1 – Thursday 12/12/19: Nero triple bunk bed with storage drawers valued at $599 Day 2 – Friday 13/12/19: Varinius velvet accent chair valued at $169 Day 3 – Saturday 14/12/19: Martina bed with storage drawers valued at $439 Day 4 – Sunday 15/12/19: Cato twin bunk bed with storage drawers valued at $479 Day 5 – Monday 16/12/19: Kiara timber bed valued at $229 Day 6 – Tuesday 17/12/19: Nora 3 seater sofa bed valued at $399 Day 7 – Wednesday 18/12/19: Jhoola outdoor swing chair valued at $146  Day 8 – Thursday 19/12/19: $200 LuxoCash voucher Day 9 – Friday 20/12/19: Helmi fabric bed valued at $239 Day 10 – Saturday 21/12/19: Nosara daybed with trundle valued at $279 Day 11 – Sunday 22/12/19: Ariston pine bed with trundle valued at $319 Day 12 – Monday 23/12/19: Hemera outdoor sofa valued at $559 The giveaways are drawn immediately after the one-hour registration period that starts at 10am AEDT each day during the 12 day giveaway period.  This means participants do not need to wait for more than an hour to find out if they’re the winner.  The promotion is designed to be interactive so that visitors come and see live updates and receive a phone call when their name is drawn.  Immediately following each giveaway is a special offer that will run until midnight that day with exclusive discounts up to $150 with the deal changing each day during the 12 days of giveaways. About Luxo Living Luxo Living has a mission to make quality furniture and home styling affordable for all Australians via easy online ordering and fast delivery including a same day delivery service in Sydney.  Luxo’s Sydney based showroom and dedicated 24/7 customer service team caters to the needs of all furniture shoppers around the country.  To learn more about Luxo Living and the 12 Days of Giveaways, please visit https://www.luxoliving.com.au/12days   Western Australia Wedding and Bride - Summer Bridal Expo at the Claremont Showground 2019-12-05T02:21:46Z western-australia-wedding-and-bride-summer-bridal-expo-at-the-claremont-showground Media Release                                                                                                                                                                                   December 5 2019   Western Australia Wedding & Bride is excited to announce that one of Perth’s largest bridal expos will be held at the Claremont Showground in January 2020. This one day expo will see more than 100 of Perth’s leading wedding industry suppliers exhibiting, allowing couples to find everything they need to plan their big day, all in the one event.    “This expo is an exclusive one day event to be held on Sunday January 12th 2020,” says Tina Stent, event coordinator at UMG Events. “We’re also excited to offer limited free tickets to all guests to the Perth Bridal Expo, plus there will be offers from suppliers and competitions throughout the day .”   Guests to the expo can book their limited free ticket online via the Western Australia Wedding & Bride Summer Expo website here - https://weddingandbrideperthbridalexpo.com.au/   Western Australia Wedding & Bride invite all couples who are planning their upcoming wedding to attend this event. With over 100 exhibitors, couples can choose everything they need for their big day all in the one location.     About Western Australia Wedding & Bride: United Media Group are the publishers of Western Australia’s leading bridal magazine, Western Australia Wedding & Bride. Following the huge success of its magazines, UMG launched Australia’s largest bridal expo in 2015. With years of industry knowledge and Perth’s premium wedding suppliers backing them, Wedding & Bride Bridal Expos have become Australia’s favourite wedding expo. Wedding and Bride Summer Bridal Expo at the Melbourne Showgrounds 2019-12-05T02:18:07Z wedding-and-bride-summer-bridal-expo-at-the-melbourne-showgrounds Melbourne Wedding & Bride is excited to announce that Australia’s largest bridal expo will be held again at the Melbourne Showgrounds in January 2020. This one day expo will see more than 150 of Victoria’s leading wedding industry suppliers exhibiting, allowing couples to find everything they need to plan their big day, all in the one event.    “This expo is an exclusive one day event held on Sunday January 19th 2020,” says Tina Stent, event coordinator at UMG Events. “We’re excited to offer limited free tickets to all guests plus we’ll be giving away VIP bridal bags to the first 150 brides who enter the expo on the day.”   Guests to the expo can book their limited free ticket online via the Melbourne Wedding & Bride Summer Expo website here - https://weddingandbridesummerexpo.com.au/   Melbourne Wedding & Bride invite all couples who are planning their upcoming wedding to attend this event. With over 150 exhibitors, couples can choose everything they need for their big day all in the one location.   About Melbourne Wedding & Bride: United Media Group has been publishing Victoria’s leading bridal magazine, Melbourne Wedding & Bride, since 2005. Following its huge success, the company launched Australia’s largest bridal expo in 2015. With years of industry knowledge and hundreds of Victoria’s premium wedding suppliers backing them, Melbourne Wedding & Bride – Bridal Expo has become Australia’s favourite wedding expo.   www.weddingandbrideexpo.com.au PISA TEST RESULTS NOT A “WAKE-UP CALL” 2019-12-04T01:39:18Z pisa-test-results-not-a-wake-up-call Sydney, Australia, 4th December 2019: Australian schools have recorded their worst results in reading, maths, and science, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The results have been described by PISA national project manager Sue Thomson as a “wake-up call”. Cluey Learning argues, however, that the PISA test results are not a wake-up call, rather that alarm bells were missed in the lead up to these shock findings. Chief Learning Officer, at Cluey Learning, Dr. Selina Samuels comments: “These results are certainly alarming. But are they really a wake-up call? Australian students and their parents and teachers have been worried about their academic performance for quite some time. Cluey’s research tells us that 40 per cent of school children have used or are being considered for extra educational support. We speak to students and parents and teachers throughout the country every day. Students tell us that they lack confidence, that they feel under prepared and that they do not know how they are going to compete with others. Parents are worried that their children are getting lost in the system, with their individual learning needs going unmet. They say it again and again: that with the best will in the world, teachers in the conventional classroom are not able to meet all the needs of every student. Teachers lament that they cannot devote the time needed to every student. The Grattan Institute’s report “Targeted Teaching” investigated the decline of Australian students’ achievement in international tests such as PISA, and concluded that, “A huge spread of achievement levels in Australian classrooms is making it hard for teachers to implement best education practice and target their teaching to the needs of every individual student.” That was in 2015. Although it is probably inevitable that blame will be laid in many quarters, these results are not the fault of Australia’s teachers any more than they are of our students and their parents. Indeed, it is the teachers, like the students, who have been warning us about the need to take education and school reform seriously. I do not believe that for many – if not most – of my profession, these results will come as much of a wake-up call at all.” -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS: Dr. Selina Samuels (qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., Med) is available to discuss: Why the PISA test results are not a “wake-up” call The alarm bell warnings Australia missed ahead of the PISA test results Why blaming teachers for the PISA test results is the wrong way forward What Australia needs to be concentrating on to improve student performance What Australia can learn from other countries’ approaches to education For interviews with Selina please contact Hayley Kerrigan | hkerrigan@clueylearning.com | 0475 586 400 About Cluey Learning: Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual. Cluey has supported over 5,000 Aussie families, run over 25,00 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students. Grassroots charity in SA awards thousands of dollars to local DV volunteers 2019-12-02T01:34:47Z grassroots-charity-in-sa-awards-thousands-of-dollars-to-local-dv-volunteers Grassroots charity in SA awards thousands of dollars to local DV volunteers   The Here for Good Foundation helping to break the cycle of domestic violence by recognizing the power of South Australian Volunteers.   Adelaide, 1st December 2019 — This Thursday during International Volunteers Day, six hardworking and inspiring South Australian volunteers will be recognized for their contribution in helping SA families escaping domestic violence and abuse by the grass roots charity ‘The Here for Good Foundation’.   The foundation was established four years ago in Adelaide as a community-based charity designed to provide peer to peer recognition and celebrate and express appreciation for the many local volunteers who help to break the cycle of violence and abuse impacting our society.  The charity runs independent awards for individuals within five categories and will be issuing six award packages:   1.     Youth – Demonstrated commitment to their chosen cause, demonstrated and influential advocate leadership to help address domestic violence and abuse in the youth sector.   2.     Equity - Demonstrates commitment to a cause that supports equality of opportunity to individuals from diverse background when addressing domestic violence and abuse issues.   3.     Change – Demonstrated commitment to a cause that promotes and facilitates change, aiming to improve the lives of others by creating positive change.    4.     Support - Demonstrated commitment to support all people in need of assistance and support. Provision of support services through volunteering efforts. 5.     Senior – Demonstrated commitment to their chosen cause and able to provide mentoring of other volunteers in a positive manner.     On the International Day of the Volunteer, we will present an award package to each of the six winners specifically designed to support front-line workers and ensure these amazing army of professionals are looked after and given an opportunity to reflect on their own well-being whilst knowing their community appreciates them.     Peer to peer recognition    During 2019 the foundation ran a successful six-month online campaign, ‘The Hunt for a Hero’, #huntforahero to search for local South Australians. Nominations were collected online at www.hfgf.org.au and the evaluated against a set criteria in the five areas.  Winners were then advised personally by members of the Board and the recipients were often being taken by surprise.   ‘The initial surprise, even a bit of skepticism of the recipients was then overtaken by a feeling of being overwhelmed and sometimes even quite emotional appreciation. We shed a few tears when we realized the change these award packages were doing for these inspiring local people.’, shares the Chair, Marina Pullin, ‘It is a deep part of our vision to help create a more connected community’.       2020 Awards – Kicking off in February 2020.   After the success of the 2019 campaign the foundation will open nominations online from February 1st, 2020 and continue until Nov 1st, 2020.  Full details are available at www.hfgf.org.au. The foundation is a registered charity and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.     The State of South Australia   ·       1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced at least one incident of violence from a current or ·       former partner since the age of 15 ·       Between 2014 and 2015, 2,800 women and 560 men were hospitalised after being assaulted by a spouse or partner across Australia ·       Over 25 000 incidents of domestic violence are reported in South Australia every year ·       Christmas and holiday season remains a high risk time for those experiencing domestic violence and demand for services will increase ·       More than half of murders with a known killer in South Australia over the past 10 years are linked to domestic violence         For more information on the awards and the Foundation:   Website :            hfgf.org.au Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/hereforheapsgood/   SydWest continues drive to accelerate New Opportunities for Job-seekers in Blacktown 2019-11-28T02:50:59Z sydwest-continues-drive-to-accelerate-new-opportunities-for-job-seekers-in-blacktown SydWest Multicultural Services has partnered with Blacktown City Council, SSI, TAFE NSW, Uniting, Salvation Army and Lenity Care to undertake another Blacktown Employment Accelerator event aimed at improving economic outcomes for job seekers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as people with disability in the Blacktown LGA. The event will be held on Thursday 28th November from 11am – 1pm at the Maria Locke Centre, TAFE NSW Blacktown, Main Street, Blacktown. This event will assist people from diverse backgrounds who are job-seekers to make new connections, connect with sustainable employment opportunities and expand their networks and increase their employability chances. Leaders from the business community will come together with job-ready job-seekers from refugee, migrant backgrounds and people with disabilities for speed-dating recruitment meetings to accelerate employment outcomes for everyone involved. Our corporate partners include Coles, Extreme Solution, Global Traders Aus Ind, Australia Security Services Guards Pty Ltd, Thrive Refugee Enterprise, Cleantastic Cleaning, Reach Quality Care Pty Ltd and NECA Training and Apprenticeships SydWest Multicultural Services CEO, Elfa Moraitakis is encouraging people of all backgrounds to join in this unique initiative: We are excited to be hosting our third annual Blacktown Employment Accelerator, which provides an excellent and efficient format for both employers and job-seekers. We know that many of our new arrivals, including refugees, are often highly qualified and experienced but local experience is a key barrier to employment. By connecting employers and job-seekers together, we know that real, sustained employment outcomes can be achieved at this event. Blacktown Employment Accelerator 2019 continues to showcase the wealth of experience and expertise on our doorstep and accelerate the connections necessary for successful employee recruitment. About SydWest SydWest Multicultural Services is a leading organisation for all cultural diversity issues responding to community needs and opportunities. Established more than 34 years ago, SydWest provides a range of services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) individuals and communities services to assist with settling and living productive and independent lives in the community. We offer flexible and integrated service models across the life course of refugees and migrants, supporting the self-determination and empowerment of our diverse communities. SydWest is an innovative employer of choice, with passionate, qualified and experienced bilingual and bicultural staff who are sensitive to the languages and cultures of the communities we represent With locations in Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Penrith and Rouse Hill, we cover all matters of cultural diversity in the region. Regional telco named fastest growing telco in Australia 2019-11-27T03:03:31Z central-telecoms-debuts-at-no-7-in-crn-fast50 Experiencing growth of a staggering 101% for the 2018/19 financial year, NSW regional telecommunications provider, Central Telecoms, has made its debut on the CRN Fast50 at number 7. This makes them the seventh fastest growing tech company in Australia. Founded at Erina on the NSW Central Coast in 2016 by Directors Graeme Johnston and Andy Heller, Central Telecoms also earned the title of Top Telco in Australia and Mr Heller was awarded one of six Young Leaders Awards at the gala event in Sydney on Thursday, November 21. At the age of just 31, he was the second youngest leader to receive the award. Now in its eleventh year, the CRN Fast50 recognises and celebrates Australia’s fastest-growing ICT solution providers and channel players based on year-on-year revenue growth. CRN Editorial Director, Simon Sharwood commented on the increase of regional businesses topping the list this year. “The top 10 of the 2019 CRN Fast50 had its highest-ever representation of businesses from outside Australia’s biggest cities, a reflection of the opportunities on offer beyond the big smoke and the clever entrepreneurs who capitalise on them,” he said. With Australia’s gross domestic product growing a mere 1.4% in the year to June 2019, the CRN Fast50 defied economic gravity with companies listed growing an average of 82.3% during the same period. Given Central Telecoms has achieved year-on-year growth of over 100%, this makes their result even more remarkable. Furthermore, relatively new businesses like Central Telecoms that hit the ground running from day one were up against other businesses that have been operating for a decade or longer. Part of an industry not normally associated with values like integrity, professionalism and empathy, Central Telecoms is unique. For their rapidly growing number of clients, those values and the fact that they can get on the phone and speak with real people who live and work in their local area are regarded as refreshing points of difference to the big players. That is precisely what Johnston and Heller set out to achieve when they established Central Telecoms three years ago. Specialising in NBN transitions and the delivery of superior phone, VoIP and Internet systems for businesses, Central Telecoms has earned a reputation for prompt, personalised service and cost-effective, tailored solutions. “Graeme and I have always believed that the person who sells the product should be responsible for it and have a level of accountability for it,” said Heller. “We want to be the telco that knows customers by name, not just an account number.” Central Telecoms has so far grown its footprint to eight regional locations in NSW. In addition to the Central Coast they are located in Wagga Wagga, Newcastle, Albury, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Canberra and Bendigo. Network Pacific Strata Management News Update 2019-11-26T23:24:54Z network-pacific-strata-management-news-update Network Pacific Group of Companies is proud to celebrate 25 years in business. This milestone provides us with an opportunity to both reflect on our past and look forward to our future. Since opening our doors in 1994, Network Pacific Group of Companies has grown to be one of Australia’s leading property companies. Today the company has 72 staff members and manages over $5 billion worth of assets for over 20,000 clients worldwide.   Fostering a culture of innovation, excellence and continuous improvement has led to the establishment of ten affiliated companies. These include strata management, real estate sales and property management, essential services compliance, facilities management, building repairs and maintenance, ShareCar communal car use, Carparklock to prevent unauthorised parking, and building supplies at wholesale prices.  Our value-added services allow us to take care of all aspects of our clients’ property, maintenance and compliance needs. This unique one-stop-shop approach means our clients need only deal with one company, saving valuable time and money. In 2017, we attained ISO 9001:2015 Quality Assurance Certification. This is an internationally recognised certification which we are extremely proud to have received. Our quality management system allows us to monitor quality across all of our operations and ensure our business processes meet our clients’ needs.  Our focus on service excellence and continuous improvement has led to numerous state and national business awards over the years. Our hard working and dedicated team received 20 awards in 2018 alone!  We are excited to celebrate this silver anniversary and look forward to working with our clients, staff and valued stakeholders over the next 25 years. Caroline McDougall Counsellor Introduces Counselling And Psychotherapy Services 2019-11-26T13:53:14Z caroline-mcdougall-introduces-counselling-and-psychotherapy-services (Brighton, Australia)—Caroline McDougall is pleased to introduce her counselling and psychotherapy services for residents in the Brighton area. Caroline McDougall is a highly qualified and accredited psychotherapist and counsellor who provides therapy for individuals, couples and groups. With extensive experience in both mental health and private settings, Caroline specialises in process-experiential emotion-focused therapy which helps people overcome personal and relational issues and build a more balanced, positive life. “There’s no doubt that dealing with personal difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, and other conditions can be tough. These things drain people of their energy and vitality and keep them from truly living their best lives. My mission is to help people understand that there is hope. Rather than allowing themselves to be trapped by negative thinking and emotions, we can help them break free from harmful cognitive and behavioural cycles and learn to live in greater harmony,” said Caroline McDougall counsellor and psychotherapist. Caroline offers a very affordable service with a sliding scale for health care card holders and is conveniently located in the Bayside area of Melbourne. For individuals, she helps them explore their emerging or ongoing personal issues, process their experiences in terms of personal strengths and weaknesses, learn to regulate their thinking and emotions, and build resilience. In her relationship therapy sessions, Caroline helps couples build successful relationships through a process of enhanced insight and responsibility, allowing them to find a resolution to their issues with care and consideration. Individual or group therapy may be combined with mindfulness meditation to help people find relief from conditions caused by caused by ruminative, negative thinking and the associated emotions. In addition to her counselling services, psychotherapist Caroline McDougall also offers psychotherapy for those who uncover deeper issues during their sessions. Psychotherapy helps those who find themselves chronically depressed, anxious, substance addicted, or unable to control their emotions truly get to the heart of what lies beneath these states experience more regulated ways of feeling, thinking, and behaving and grow in self-understanding and confidence. McDougall went on to say, “We know for certain that learning to live in harmony with yourself and others helps people feel happier, more motivated, and more fulfilled. There is no greater reward than watching those once gripped by negative thinking and emotions find peace, and I look forward to having more opportunities to help people achieve this goal.” Visit carolinemcdougall.net to learn more about Caroline McDougall and her counselling and psychotherapy services. About Caroline McDougall: Caroline McDougall is a qualified and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and educator who specialises in process-experiential emotion-focused therapy. Just In: Luxo Living to Offer the Best $1 Furniture Deals in Black Friday Sale 2019-11-25T04:17:13Z just-in-luxo-living-to-offer-the-best-1-furniture-deal-in-black-friday-sale Just In: Luxo Living to Offer the Best $1 Furniture Deals in Black Friday Sale Plus irresistible deals for the Cyber Weekend Black Friday Overview in Australia Thousands of online sale lovers are looking forward to this event, Black Friday Sale! This is the moment when one of the biggest shopping trends of the year takes place. Customers, as well as retailers, are now ready to take part in this big event next week. Expect the unexpected discounts on your favourite products. Early Access to Black Friday Deals Get excited this week as Luxo Living is expected to unleash Australia's best furniture deals with its Black Friday Deals set to start as early as noon on Tuesday, the 26th of November 2019. The deals will be launched daily(except for Wednesday 27/11/2019) at 12noon AEDT during the promotion period(26/11/2019 – 29/11/2019). Introducing its exclusive $1 deals on home furniture, the company guarantees that a great selection of products will be available to every shopper. Don’t miss your chance to buy furniture at $1 only! Luxo Living Great Deals for Only $1! Luxo Living is not to be overtaken on the sales front. They are delighted to provide affordable furniture for their customers on Black Friday sales. From stunning interior furnishings to trendy outdoor decorations, Luxo got just the sophisticated collections to make every home special. Driven by their mission to make quality furniture and home styling affordable, the retail company has successfully moved forward to offer every Australian with the chance to get some new furniture for just $1. People are expecting big things from Luxo Living this coming week, as the company is going on Black Friday earlier and even more gracious than ever before, so keep your fingers clicking on their website whenever you want to find the best Luxo offers. You can find massive discounts on their unique indoor and outdoor furniture. With 1 dollar, these are what customers could avail in this year’s Black Friday sale: 1.      Hinta 3 Seater Textilene Outdoor Swing Chair   2.      Ariston Pine Timber Single Bed with Trundle - White 3.      Luxo Mina 3pc Rope Outdoor Setting with Black Cushion If you’re looking to secure the most affordable furniture in Australia, don’t forget to visit https://www.luxoliving.com.au/. Cyber Weekend Sale Missed your chance on getting that $1 furniture? Don’t worry, Luxo Living got you! Starting on the 30th of November until the 2nd of December, 24hour deals takes over. Big Savings on Luxo Living’s top-rated products. Make your indoor and outdoor room spectacular with our exclusive offers and create a welcoming environment. Hurry, take advantage of this and make the most of your home! About Luxo Living Since 2001, Luxo Living has been providing a great selection of quality furniture that is comfortable, trendy, and durable for every Australian family. The company is a wholly Australian owned and operated business, predominantly offering products online as well as in-store at our showroom based in Wetherill Park, Sydney. We understand our customers’ needs and make furniture shopping more enjoyable and affordable to the vast majority of Australian families. We specialise in indoor/outdoor furniture, wine fridges, and saunas. We offer same day dispatch Australia wide and same-day delivery service to Sydney metro areas.