The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-21T01:13:27Z 2019 Greenwall Predictions 2018-12-21T01:13:27Z 2019-greenwall-predictions Horticulturist and Founder of The Greenwall Company, Mark Paul, predicts 2019 will be the year of green facades on the exterior of high-rise buildings across the country. Large area spaces on high-rise buildings present the opportunity for greening more surface area in total in the one job. Over the past two years the team has seen a dramatic increase in demand for greening the exteriors of high-rise buildings, with a number of large projects lined up for 2019 already. Mark Paul says, “We have been working tirelessly on creating new forms of eco-friendly greenwalls for all types of spaces, including new designs for high-rise buildings. Not only do greenwalls look fantastic on the exteriors of the buildings, but they truly transform the aesthetics and atmosphere of the street, and surrounding areas, not to mention the health benefits. “With the current boom in high-rise buildings around the country, we are excited to be working on some large projects and greening tall, large and prominent spaces with the use of larger ecological systems.” adds Mark. Mark Paul created what is believed to be the very first greenwall in Australia over 30 years ago. Today, green design is an influential part of the public domain and design interest, so naturally if there are more high-rise building developments, other trends often follow suit. Mark’s top 3 tips for green façades on high-rise buildings: Trailing or cascading plants with high biodiversity are best for high-rise buildings in order to create habitats for many native species. Plant examples include: Ficus, Metrosideros, Brachychiton Our greenwall & green roof systems are morphing into more passive gravity fed systems that offer opportunities for black water and grey water remediation with back ups of solar pumping of utilities. The more surface area to green on high-rise buildings, the better, and the more supportive the greenwall will be for the larger ecological systems. In this kind of environment many species are known to reside including over 23 species of birds, geckos, skinks and frogs amongst others.These larger scale applications can provide not just energy efficiency and amenity, but cooling and shading and expand biodiversity and eventually create flora and fauna corridors/ecosystems as part of the built environment. About the Greenwall Company: The Greenwall Company is the premier producer of modular and custom designed greenwalls in Australia. An unequalled product, Greenwall can be used like cladding to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out. The system developed by Mark Paul at The Greenwall Company over approximately 30 years, presents an innovative system based on inorganic media and adjustable substrate depth that retains moisture and simulates conditions resembling natural soil. In addition, by using plants adapted to impoverished environments and seasonal drought, The Greenwall Company achieves water efficient planting that is resilient to inevitable short-term human and mechanical failures. www.greenwall.com.au dermaviduals hosts Skin Fitness Event for Silver Ferns Netball Team 2018-12-21T00:50:37Z dermaviduals-hosts-skin-fitness-event-for-silver-ferns-netball-team Known for their bespoke skincare and makeup ranges, dermaviduals is pleased to share their latest involvement with New Zealand’s national netball team, the Silver Ferns. Last week dermaviduals hosted an exclusive Skin Fitness Event for 25 Silver Ferns players and coaches, built-in as part of their summer training camp at The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna Beach, Auckland. Simone Vescio, Co-Managing Director of dermaviduals says, “We are absolutely thrilled to be working the gorgeous ladies at the New Zealand Silver Ferns. We love supporting women in sport, those who are passionate about health and fitness. The team mirrors our core values here at dermaviduals, so it’s a perfect alignment. We are excited to provide tailored skincare and mineral makeup to the Silver Ferns team, specifically designed for the skin type of each individual.” The Silver Ferns proudly represent New Zealand in netball on the world stage, and are widely known as fierce competition on a national and international stage. The team is characterised with; agility, finesse, determination, speed, integrity and heart. The night began with a briefing on understanding your own skin, the bespoke nature of the range and the importance of a good skin care regime, especially for people who love to work up a sweat. Following the introduction, dermaviduals conducted a full skin analysis for a bespoke prescription for each player. Just like fingerprints, every skin is unique. dermaviduals creates customised skin solutions. dermaviduals is made using only the best ingredients sourced from around the world, together with the very best in science, innovation and proven research. dermaviduals skin treatment therapists Kate Michelmore (Skinography), Liga Berzina (Pure Skin Clinic), Gosia Goljan (Bliss Beauty Body), Margaret Walsh & Jacqui Courtney (Face & Body Therapy) joined Co-Managing Director, Simone Vescio, dermaviduals brand ambassador, Robyn McAlpine and brand team members to share their skin expertise. Kate Michelmore says, “The Silver Ferns Skin Fitness Event was all about spoiling their talented team of women and focusing on their skin health! Your skin needs love & attention, just like the rest of your body! We’re thrilled to be guiding the players on their skin fitness journey and helping them with their skin. The future starts now!” About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 60 clinics across New Zealand. The range now includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. www.dermaviduals.co.nz 7 Reasons To Avoid Short-Term Rental On Your Property 2018-12-19T03:52:30Z 7-reasons-to-avoid-short-term-rental-on-your-property 7 Reasons To Avoid Short-Term Rental On Your Property By Bradley Jacobs – Boutique Property Agents www.boutiquepropertyagents.com The idea of putting your property on Airbnb sounds great in theory, especially if it’s in a desirable location. But while being a host can make you some quick cash, short-term rental services such as Airbnb might not be worth all the hype – at least not for the property owner. Now, don’t get me wrong, renting out your property is not a bad idea. In fact, property rental is a smart way to get ahead, but perhaps consider the benefits of long-term rental and how by enlisting the help of a real estate agency or an experienced property manager, you could save yourself time and avoid the hassle of dealing directly with renters. Here are some reasons why you should consider long-term rental: Know the people staying in your home. While you may not know them personally, chances are property agents will find tenants with a good rental reputation, so you know your property will be looked after. It’s their job to find tenants for you, so you don’t have to worry about doing the work. Consistent rental income. Most leases are on average 12 months, so you can rest easy knowing you have steady rental income for that period, which provides both security and stability. On the contrary, short-term rentals don’t always guarantee occupancy which, depending on your situation, could put a strain on your financials. Peace of mind. Having an agent manage your property ensures it will be looked after and if any issues were to arise, you wouldn’t be left having to deal with them alone. Consider them a mediator between you and the tenants. Expertise. While it may seem obvious, property agents are skilled and experienced in property management. This means they can offer you advice when needed and can guide you in making the right decisions based on your circumstances and situation. Minimise legal risks. Airbnb might be against the bylaws of your building. Therefore, it could present the property owner with legal implications. Reduce dollars spent on repairs. Short-term rental could cause more wear and tear on items in the property, potentially resulting in more regular maintenance, and possibly costing more in the long run. No insurance worries. Many insurers regard short-stay holiday rentals as commercial use of the property. This means owners may not be protected by home and content insurance if something were to happen. Ultimately, this could potentially leave the homeowner financially vulnerable to financial loss. About Bradley Jacobs: Having leased and managed over 500 properties in the Hyde Park and City fringe, Bradley can confidently give you a rundown of the features of each and every residence in the area. Living and working around Hyde Park over the past five years has allowed him to experience first-hand the transformation of the Sydney City area and evolution from a traditional office workers suburb to the residential playground it is today. He was recently named finalist in the prestigious Real Estate Institute of NSW Awards of Excellence for Property Management in 2018 and is proud to hold a 100% retention rate. With a background in Marketing, Brad brings a unique skill set to lead the Property Management division. His ability to match property and tenant is second to none, providing both landlords and tenants with the best results in the quickest time frame possible. Mark Foy's 2019 Property Predictions 2018-12-19T03:31:55Z mark-foys-2019-property-predictions 2019 Predictions For The Surry Hills Property Market Media Release - December 2018 The last few years have been a challenging time for those wishing to dive into the property market, but with the median house prices in Sydney down 8.1%* since its peak in 2017, experts predict that house prices will continue to fall opening up new opportunities for those who have previously missed out. The Surry Hills market continues to remain relatively steady**, but Mark Foy, Principal at Belle Property Surry Hills, predicts the median house price will continue to fall, but there is light. Mark says, “There’s exciting times ahead for those wishing to buy as they’ll be able to take advantage of the drop in the market – especially for first home buyers. But be warned, it won’t last forever. The first half of 2019 is your best bet for buying, before the federal election.” While it’s said the median house price will continue falling, experts state it could be difficult to determine just how much until after the federal election, which could see changes to negative gearing and capital gains. Mark Foy’s predications for the property market in 2019: First home buyers who have been monitoring the market will immerge to take advantage of the better buying opportunities that will be on offer in 2019. Buyers who have the borrowing capacity to trade up to a higher price bracket will be rewarded by the value the higher end of the market now offers. Investors will seek to purchase prior to the federal election in the likely case that labour is elected and negative gearing is grandfathered. Prices will dip an additional 10% in the next 12 months due to negative sentiment however the fundaments of a strong healthy Surry Hills property market still remain strong. Short-term rental accommodation will continue to be a popular avenue for investors and rents will stabilise. *Corelogic.com.au ** Propertyvalue.com.au belleproperty.com/surryhills For further information or to speak with Mark Foy, please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR: 02 9571 4448 or rachel@360pr.com.au The Power of Pink Himalayan Salt 2018-12-17T21:45:21Z the-power-of-pink-himalayan-salt The Power of Pink Himalayan Salt Mind, Body and Spirit – Restore & Replenish for 2019 Relieve your mind, body and spirit of stress this festive season and enter the New Year feeling rejuvenated with Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Salt range. Fragranced with Bergamot and Sweet Orange essential oils, Dr Teal’s therapeutic bath and body products detoxify your body from every day toxins. Erica Galea, Marketing Manager at Chemcorp International says, “The Pink Himalayan Salt range is perfect to help you restore and replenish after the crazy race to Christmas and festive season fun. Pink Himalayan Salt has been known to have strong healing powers for thousands of years now, and its benefits are still valued today. There’s no better way to rejuvenate your mind and spirit for 2019.” Dr Teal’s takes the renowned benefits of Epsom salts one step further. Formulated to hydrate skin and promote an even greater sense of wellbeing, the range is infused with essential oils to soothe the senses, while pure Epson Salts relax tense and sore muscles. The combination is pH neutral and alkaline-free to leave skin soft, smooth and moisturised. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath has proven to provide a range of other health benefits including relaxation for a better night’s sleep and helping the body with its unique antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epsom Salt range includes: Dr Teal’s Pink HimalayanEpsom Salt Mineral Soak RRP $17.99 Eases aches and muscle pains. 1.36kg of mineral rich Epsom salt to replenish and recharge the body. Packed with Bergamot and Sweet Orange essential oils. Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epsom Salt Body Wash RRP $17.99 Relaxes the body and helps to relieve the mind. Contains Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help hydrate the skin. The Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Epsom Salt range is available now at Big W, Pharmacy 4 Less, Direct Chemist Outlet and online: www.drteals.com.au dermaviduals' magic wand - green concealer stick 2018-12-17T01:47:04Z dermaviduals-magic-wand-green-concealer-stick Whether you are prone to breakouts, redness or inflammation, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is the perfect go-to full coverage concealer. An original formula that is known and trusted by many over the past 5 years since launching, the green coloured concealer neutralises redness and hides blemishes like a magic wand. Celebrated Makeup Artist to the stars, Michael Brown, swears by this product. Michael says, “Green sticks/correctors have been around in the makeup world for years and are used to diffuse redness on the skin… You apply the green tone on the concerned area to counteract the reddish skin hues visible, then apply foundation over the corrected skin for a more flawless, even skin tone." Michael explains, “The dermaviduals Cover & Conceal stick is just enough green with a yellow undertone to match all skin tones and still diffuse redness very easily, but the added ‘conceal’ element means the product is slightly more dense than most, to actually completely tone down and block unwanted pinkish hues from the skin.” Key Benefits of dermaviduals Cover & Conceal: Corrects uneven skin tones. Opposite on the colour wheel when placed on top of the red irritated skin the green colouring neutralises the skin. Perfect for all skin types. Created from all natural ingredients, mineral pigments and natural colours dispersed from vegetable oils and beeswaxes. The perfect product to use to prepare skin for make-up application. Can be used as a stand-alone product. dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is available now at a range of clinics across Australia for RRP $49.00. The only product you will need to Cover and Conceal 2018-12-17T01:26:56Z the-only-product-you-will-need-to-cover-and-conceal Whether you are prone to breakouts, redness or inflammation, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is the perfect go-to full coverage concealer. An original formula that is known and trusted by many over the past 5 years since launching, the green coloured concealer neutralises redness and hides blemishes like a magic wand. Celebrated Makeup Artist to the stars, Michael Brown, swears by this product. Michael says, “Green sticks/correctors have been around in the makeup world for years and are used to diffuse redness on the skin…You apply the green tone on the concerned area to counteract the reddish skin hues visible, then apply foundation over the corrected skin for a more flawless, even skin tone.” Naturally an olive-green shade, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal neutralises reddened skin tones thanks to Bisabolol, the main active agent of chamomile, which results in skin correction (not just concealing!) via anti-inflammatory and zinc oxide antiseptic properties to reduce inflammation caused by irritation, breakouts and other skin problems. Michael explains, “The dermaviduals Cover & Conceal stick is just enough green with a yellow undertone to match all skin tones and still diffuse redness very easily, but the added ‘conceal’ element means the product is slightly more dense than most, to actually completely tone down and block unwanted pinkish hues from the skin.” The miracle stick, dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal, can also be used as preparation for sensitive, irritated skins possibly in conjunction with small amounts of dermaviduals’ Liposome Concentrate Plus (antibacterial: acne, rosacea) or Kiwi Seed Oil Nanoparticles (anti-inflammatory: irritated skin) to further calm and correct the skin. “It can even be pressed/dabbed onto skin after foundation is applied for extra total block out, as this product tone is more complimentary to the skin than most ‘green’ correctors,” adds Michael. Key Benefits of Cover & Conceal: Corrects uneven skin tones. Opposite on the colour wheel when placed on top of the red irritated skin the green colouring neutralises the skin. Perfect for all skin types. Created from all natural ingredients, mineral pigments and natural colours dispersed from vegetable oils and beeswaxes The perfect product to use to prepare skin for make-up application. Can be used as a stand-alone product. dermaviduals’ Cover & Conceal is available now at a range of clinics across New Zealand for RRP $59.00. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 60 clinics across New Zealand. The range now includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. www.dermaviduals.co.nz Beach Essentials for Summer 2019 2018-12-17T01:10:30Z beach-essentials-for-summer-2019 Beach Essentials for Summer 2019 Hottest Cushion Cover Designs: Escape, Empathy & Alive Media Release - December 2018 Say goodbye to rolling up your towel to lay your head, or the time and effort taken to mould sand to get comfortable! Sunburst Outdoor Living offers a beautiful and colourful range of outdoor cushions covers, your new beach bestie this summer, with 3 hot favourite designs set to sizzle this season. Tanya Wood, Founder of Sunburst Outdoor Living, says, “There is nothing worse than being at the beach and not being able to get comfortable on the sand. Add some pizzazz back to your beach bag! Specifically designed to be long lasting for use the great outdoors, our cushion covers are completely water and UV resistant, making them perfect to withstand the harsh Australian summer.” Created on a premium quality polyester canvas, the lightweight cushion covers are the perfect to take on all adventures to the beach, whether you’re going for a swim or reading a book. Simply fill, zip and go! With a large range of locally sourced designs, each cushion is printed individually to ensure each design truly unique. Tanya’s Top 3 Summer Beach Essentials for Summer 2019: ESCAPE CUSHION COVER 45x45cm RRP $22.00 | 50x50cm RRP $25.00 | 60x60cm RRP $28.00 Nothing screams relaxing by the beach more than a bright blue sky and some vibrant palm trees. Escape is the perfect design to get you into holiday mode. This pattern will have you believing you are in a tropical paradise not matter which beach you venture to. EMPATHY CUSHION COVER 45x45cm RRP $22.00 Sand, kombi vans and surf. What more could you ask for! Painting a picture of the Australian summer dream, this print will have you suited up and saying cowabunga by then end of your beach day. ALIVE CUSHION COVER 45x45cm RRP $22.00 | 50x50cm RRP $25.00 | 60x60cm RRP $28.00 This intricate pattern will have you the talk of the beach. The cool blue tones and floral designs allow you to express your style in a tasteful way. It’s pretty, unique and will certainly make you feel alive! Sunburst Outdoor Living cushion covers are available now at online at www.sunburstoutdoorliving.com New Year, New Scales! 2018-12-17T00:45:22Z new-year-new-scales With the New Year around the corner there is no doubt many people have started thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. McGloins Supertex is excited to announce that Propert has released two new exciting scales, the Smart Body Analysis Scale and the ITO Ultra Smart Body Analysis Scale, just in time to help you keep track of your new year’s health resolutions. Australian Distributor of Propert and Director of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes, says “The new year brings a fresh start for everyone. These scales do not only measure your weight they also help you manage your overall health and wellbeing. Accurately analysing your body, these scales use modern technology to take the guess work out of keeping track of your health.” With the capacity to store personal information for up to 8 people plus one visitor, these Propert Smart Scales automatically recognises users, simply by stepping onto the scales. Both scales have a 180kg capacity, as well as a Baby Weighing function. Users are able to sync their results with the free down-loadable app, AIFit. From there users can share their results with friends and family on social media. Both new Body Analysis scales measure: Weight BMI (Body Mass Index) BFR (Body Fat Rate) BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat Muscle and Bone Mass Water and Protein Content 1. Propert Smart Body Analysis Scale RRP $69.00 Includes all features above. The Smart Body Analysis Scale is also equipped with four stainless steel electrodes that allow the scale to also measure ones; Calories Body Age Fitness Assessment 2. Propert ITO Ultra Body Analysis Scale RRP $80.00 The ITO Ultra Smart Body Analysis Scale was created with ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) electrodes to provide excellent and easy conductivity for body analysis. The large, easy to read red LED readout is also an added benefit. The Propert Smart Body Analysis Scale and Propert ITO Ultra Smart Body Analysis Scale are available now exclusively from Bunnings Warehouse in NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, TAS, SA and NT. www.mcgloins-supertex.com.au Summer Shark Safety with Tom Carroll 2018-12-16T19:20:54Z summer-shark-safety-with-tom-carroll Summer is here and most Aussies are looking forward to the beach season and summer holidays! During this time, it is important that all ocean lovers take responsibility for their own water safety and look out for each other. Two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll shares his top 11 tips to protect yourself from an unwanted shark encounter this summer. Tom Carroll says, “Shark Shield Technology is a win for surfers and sharks alike. It takes the wellbeing of sharks as seriously as the protection of humans and provides the ultimate safety for ocean enthusiasts during the upcoming warmer months. Ideally don’t surf alone and it’s best if you can stay out of the water at night, dawn and dusk, it’s known that these are the times when sharks will be searching for food.” Tom Carroll shares his 11 top tips to stay safe in the ocean this summer: Download the Dorsal App for iPhone or Android – Dorsal is a free community-based shark alerting solution that allows beachgoers and authorities to immediately alert others to shark sighting or attacks in their area. Wear a scientifically proven shark deterrent – Ocean Guardian products are powered by Shark Shield Technology, the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent, nothing is more effective. Stay out of the water at night, dawn, or dusk – Sharks are most active at these times and are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor. Refrain from excessive splashing – Unpredictable movements can attract sharks. If you are spearfishing and carrying fish when you see a shark, release the catch and carefully leave the area. Don't wear high-contrast clothing or light reflecting jewellery – Sharks see contrast very well and light reflecting objects may appear to be fish scales. Swim, surf or dive with a buddy – Sharks most often attack lone individuals. Avoid murky waters, harbour entrances, channels, and steep drop-offs – Sharks frequently swim around these areas. Swim in patrolled beaches Surf lifesavers look for sharks and will alert beach-goers if there is a sighting. Don't enter the water if bleeding – Sharks have an excellent sense of smell and taste and can trace blood to its source. Avoid areas where animal, human, or fish waste enters the water – Sewage attracts baitfish, which in turn attracts sharks. If fish or turtles start to act frantically, leave the water – They may be behaving this way because there is a shark nearby. Ocean Guardian CEO, Lindsay Lyon says, “The reality is that our Australian beaches are very safe, particularly for the general population swimming between the flags at patrolled beaches. However, if your diving or surfing then definitely consider using an Ocean Guardian, Powered by Shark Shield Technology, don’t take the risk, think of it like driving without a seatbelt.” About Ocean Guardian: In 2018, the Shark Shield company became Ocean Guardian®. The change of name reflects our bigger ambition - to replace shark nets and drum lines globally - to make you safe whatever you enjoy doing in the Ocean, while also protecting marine life. Ocean Guardian, powered by Shark Shield Technology, is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Government approved and developed over two decades of research, Ocean Guardian’s patented technology creates a powerful three-dimensional electrical field, which causes safe but unbearable spasms in shark’s short-range electrical receptors, turning sharks away - including Great Whites. Nothing is more effective. Goodbye Traditional Dining Room! 2018-12-14T00:48:50Z goodbye-traditional-dining-room Are we about to say goodbye to the traditional Dining Room? The nature of a traditional dining experience has evolved greatly over the last few decades. With busier lifestyles and smaller properties, the shift from designated dining areas to multifunctional, open plan living spaces is more apparent than ever. Formal spaces in a home are becoming rare as homeowners are now opting towards a more relaxed, open plan style. Sydney Property Styling expert and Director of Vault Interiors, Justine Wilson says, “Nights of sitting down for a meal around your dining table are no longer the norm. More and more we are experiencing clients requesting a casual and relaxed feel to their dining areas which is resulting in a decrease in the amount of separate living and dining rooms.” Justine shares her tips on how to best utilise your dining space in 2019. When opting for an open plan dining experience rather than a separate dining room it is important that you create a seamless open plan environment. Use smaller furniture pieces such as a round glass table with dining chairs to create the illusion of more space. Layer up colours to set the tone of the room. Using a cool colour scheme to match the edgings of your kitchen will suggest cohesion between your kitchen, living and dining areas. Invest in a kitchen island. They are great for a casual place to share a meal or interact with the person preparing food. These are extremely popular in urban townhouses and smaller apartments. If you’re working with a separate dining room try Incorporating a large bookshelf or bench seat/comfortable chair near the window to add a sitting area to the space. About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages. www.vaultinteriors.com.au It’s a wrap: Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair concludes – but there’s more to come… 2018-12-03T10:25:33Z its-a-wrap-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair-concludes-but-theres-more-to-come GFIA In Focus Australia, Australia’s biggest agricultural innovation trade fair has concluded after two days of conferences and seminars that attracted an impressive number of visitors. Focusing on precision agriculture and protected cropping, the event was attended by international delegates, investors and high-profile food producers who all took advantage of the opportunity to learn from a variety of industry exhibitors, educational sessions, networking events and conferences. This was GFIA’s first Australian event – and David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia describes it as a “fantastic showcase of some of Australia’s most innovative, forward-thinking exhibitors.” With innovation being a theme at the forefront of the conference, key guest speaker topics included a panel discussion led by Richard Health from Australian Farm Institute, which covered the digitalization of agriculture, and highlighted challenges and opportunities for Australia’s food and water security. Also hugely popular were a presentation on precision agriculture and the use of digital technologies on Branson Farms by Mark Branson, and a keynote speech from Tim Gentle, founder of Think Digital, which covered a range of fascinating topics, including immersive technologies in agriculture. International delegate Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Deputy General Director for Vietnamese farm group VinEco (a member of VinGroup) attended the conference to learn more about the latest trends. “I’ve seen lots of great stuff here,” she says. “I’ve been very impressed by the stands, which have showcased so much new technology and innovation, particularly in AI and automation, as well as some really valuable information on everything from irrigation systems and bio-systems to new materials and software for quality and food management. We can now clearly see how we can apply this to our systems to improve efficiencies and save on labour costs.” Beef producer and agent Henry Leonard was also full of praise for the event: “There have been some really excellent speakers, and it was incredible to learn more about some of the research currently being done in this sector. The scope and diversity of investment makes it a very exciting time for the agriculture and food production sector.” Peter Smith, Training Manager of event sponsor Agforce, says that GFIA In Focus Australia’s first event in the Australian market won’t be their last. “I see the whole concept of GFIA as having great longevity. The plan is to build on this year’s event to stage a permanent annual innovation event in Brisbane, and for this to be the biggest in Australia. There’s a great deal of scope for including other streams of ag tech, and to also branch out into other types of ag-events. We think the approach is flexible and sustainable enough to allow the event to grow in all kinds of directions.” David Stradling is similarly optimistic about GFIA In Focus Australia’s role in shaping the nation’s agricultural targets for years to come. “GFIA aims to bridge the gap between international markets and Australia tech suppliers – and in response to this year’s success, next year’s GFIA conference will include multiple excursions by key stakeholders into Australian leadership and innovation in the agriculture and food production sector. This is the next leap of the journey to support the Australian Government’s ambition to make agriculture a $100 billion industry by 2030, and we’re looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger and better than this one.” If you didn’t make it to GFIA in Focus Australia this year, don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of 2019’s even more ambitious offering. For more information visit www.gfiaaustralia.com About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Agronomist Daniel Rollinson and beef producer and agent Henry Leonard GFIA in Focus Australia Conference and Exhibition Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair gets underway 2018-11-27T03:33:44Z australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair-gets-underway Australia’s biggest agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA In Focus Australia is off to a flying start, with almost 2,000 registered visitors to attend the event. Aimed at helping Australian farmers and agribusinesses improve the sustainability and sophistication of food production, a number of high-profile delegates from across Asia Pacific were also present on the first day of the Brisbane-based conference, which is intended to open up new business opportunities for Australian ag-tech suppliers and investors. Kicking off the day’s events was guest speaker The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland, who welcomed attendees during the opening ceremony. In his speech, Mr Furner acknowledged the importance of the event incorporating an impressive line-up of exhibitors showcasing innovative agricultural products and services, and high-profile speakers covering a range of topics. Mr Furner was pleased to open the event and said the Queensland Government will continue to work with innovators to grow the agricultural industry. Amongst the day’s highlights, Pete Lewis, former ABC landline producer facilitated a conference on Controlled Environments & Protected Cropping, covering topics like Automation and controlled systems – while a panel of speakers debated whether indoor and controlled environments can help feed the world, and QAAFI hosted a fascinating ‘Future farming and food’ workshop. A Precision Agriculture & Smart Farming conference looked at Precision Agriculture for livestock and farm asset management, which also debated whether a lack of visibility could be costing businesses. And in some of the most exciting highlights of the day, leading-edge agtech suppliers, entrepreneurs and scientists took to the stage to present their latest innovations ­– including Ceres Tag’s live demonstration of their Smart Ear Tags, which live-streamed the location, health and behavior of 100 cattle located some 1,000km away in northern QLD. Andrew Logan, CEO of OneCrop also presented on the magic of microclimates and revealed how to create explosive yield increases using existing water and sunlight. The day also saw the launch of AgKnowledge, the country’s first agricultural startup company investor pitch platform, which brought together universities, vocational education organisations and colleges, private and public research institutions, professional services organisations, centers of agri-learning / capacity enhancement, agri-tech startup companies and agribusiness sector investors. Sales Director at One CMG Group David Stradling, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia spoke of his reaction to the day’s events. “This is the first GFIA event in Australia, and day one has already surpassed everybody’s expectations – not only from the organiser’s perspective, but also from the attendees. This exhibition and conference has shown Brisbane to be a fantastic venue for farmers, growers and agribusinesses across the country to learn more about the latest innovations in agriculture. We’re looking forward to seeing what the second day has in store for the event’s many delegates and attendees.” To find out more about GFIA In Focus Australia, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland (close up) David Stradling, Sales Director at One CMG Group and Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland Sydney Property Market 2019 Predictions 2018-11-26T03:01:42Z sydney-property-market-2019-predictions Top Predictions For The Sydney Property Market In 2019 By Tolga Ozer – Principal of Boutique Property Agents www.boutiquepropertyagents.com It is safe for me to say, 2018 has been an interesting year and there have been many ups and downs, key learnings and rapid changes. Some expected, some not so expected. I’ve been in real estate for over 10 years now, so I’ve experienced many changes in the Sydney market and I have a good idea of what the future may hold. I predict 2019 is going to be another bumpy year, however, there is hope. Don’t get caught up in the doom and gloom of all the property stories you may be reading. Here are my top 3 predictions for the Sydney property market in 2019: The market softening is probably going to continue, however, consumers will need to become accustomed to the new lending methods, then things should start to level out. This is the new norm in real estate. The main issue around property prices is people haven’t been able to borrow as much money as they used to and it’s been a slow process, but in 2019 loans should be approved in a faster manner. Consequently, sales should start to go back to where they were, in due time of course. Property prices might not be at an all-time high right now, although, property transactions will remain high through 2019. In 2018 we transacted the same number of properties as 2017, and 2019 will be no different. Everyone needs to remember that properties are still selling! Transacting the same number of properties is not an issue. No one needs to fear that their property will not sell, because it will. We have proof! The media talk about more than 50% of properties not selling, but it’s not true. Housing prices boomed - so now we go through the motions of the normal cycle the property market goes through. This drop in the market isn’t something new. It happens, it’s normal! All in all, 2018 was a successful year and we look forward to another fantastic year in 2019. About Tolga Ozer: There are very few people who can truly call themselves an area expert, but when it comes to Tolga and Hyde Park there is no other way to describe him. Literally working and living in and around the city precinct over the past 10 years has given him an insider's knowledge to each and every residence in the area. As the precinct has evolved from being a business district to a residential hub for those looking for the convenience of city living, so too have the strategies and tactics Tolga employs to deliver best-in-class results. Known for going above and beyond for each and every client, it's his personalised, efficient and results driven approach that sets him apart from the rest. He also has experience working across all divisions of the industry including property management, marketing and investment. This enables him to provide his clients with a holistic approach to their purchase of sale of their most valuable investment. Noisy restaurants pushing customers away 2018-11-22T04:55:27Z noisy-restaurants-pushing-customers-away Restaurants are pushing customers away by being too loud, with noise levels in some topping over 90 decibels on busy nights, which is the equivalent of eating next to a lawnmower. New figures released by hearing experts Bay Audio revealed that 51 per cent of potential diners have left an establishment early because it was too noisy, and 83 per cent stated they wouldn’t return to a noisy venue. Bay Audio took decibel readings from a variety of restaurants during the week before 7pm in metropolitan areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The highest figure was 92db (decibels), followed by 90db, 89db and 87db. According to the National Acoustic Laboratories, exposure to sound levels measuring 85 decibels and above can lead to permanent damage to the inner ear and potential hearing loss. Restaurants, pubs and cafes could be missing out on millions of diners by failing to consider the issue of noise. The online survey found 98 per cent of respondents have had difficulty following a conversation in a restaurant due to the level of background noise. National Clinical Manager at Bay Audio, Ryan Allen, said “Dining out should be one of life’s great pleasures, however these findings demonstrate that that’s not the case for people with hearing loss. Everyone loves going out for a meal with loved ones but the intrusive noise levels are making it difficult to converse and leaves many feeling like they’re missing out on conversations.” One respondent said the “background noise can be so overwhelming that his anxiety shoots through the roof, making it difficult to concentrate on already difficult to hear conversations”, when asked what the biggest problem faced when dining out. The survey showed 59 per cent of respondents identify a reduction in background music as the top change they want to see in restaurants and cafes. Followed by designating a quiet area (57 per cent), amending furnishings that make it hard to hear (46 per cent) and training staff to better communicate (25 per cent). Mr Allen said: “Three quarters of people believe that restaurants and cafes have become louder in the last five years, and in addition 73 per cent would be more inclined to eat out more if venues were quieter. We want to help them to take noise off the menu.” Bay Audio partnered with Rebecca Vulic, an interior architect with 15 years experience working across sectors including hospitality, retail and work-spaces globally. To produce a guide for restauranteurs which outlines cost effective ways to be more accessible to customers with hearing loss, from reducing the volume of background music, using soft furnishings that better absorb sound to investing in acoustic treatments. This guide can be found on the Bay Audio website here: https://www.bayaudio.com.au/blog/improving-room-acoustics-for-hearing-loss/