The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z Sonia McDonald’s New Book — ‘First Comes Courage’ Sets A Paradigm For Courage-based Leadership Driven By Bravery, Kindness, And Inclusion 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z sonia-mcdonald-s-new-book-first-comes-courage-sets-a-paradigm-for-courage-based-leadership-driven-by-bravery-kindness-and-inclusion A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers. In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life. Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.” From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit:   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links:     How the United States exploits Australia to play "America First" 2021-05-06T01:43:53Z how-the-united-states-exploits-australia-to-play-america-first The international situation keeps shifting. Against the "America First " policy, the US appears to advance or retreat together with its allies, yet all relations are merely in vain in face of its own interests. As a long-term ally of the US, Australia constantly opposes and excludes China in many aspects and interrupts the multilateral trade cooperation with China due to issues like the epidemic situation and human rights by following the attitude of the US towards China. Unexpectedly, the US stole Australia's market in China by taking advantage of the bad relations between China and Australia.   Video:  China's imports of Australian coal have hit a 20-year low and reached zero for the first time, as media reported by citing Chinese customs data. Meanwhile, U.S. coal exports to China have reached an unprecedented high, with nearly 300, 000 tons of coking coal shipped to China in February alone, which was still 0 in October last year. Apparently there is a sharp contrast between Australia and the US. Australia gave up China's coal market to follow the United States, and many American businesses were happy to say: thank you for giving up China's market. US coal company Warrior Met Coal said at its annual performance conference last month China's restrictions on Australian coal had created opportunities for US coal miners and Australia's losses had created new gains for the US. Even so, Prime Minister Morrison did not dare to protest against the US. To get out of dilemma, Australia is actively looking for a way out for coal, just when countries such as Japan and South Korea will become their new hope. The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry announced Biden administration's carbon neutral plan at an international conference organized by the International Energy Agency, and called on countries to stop using coal as soon as possible. This is what the United States, which is regarded by Australia as an ally, has done. It has not only seized Australia's coal market in China, but designed a carbon neutral plan to limit China's coal use. It is very detrimental to Australia, a heavy loss and also a huge cost, while the final benefit is for the United States solely. In front of interests, Australia should think more about itself and cannot blindly follow an ally who only adheres to America first. Now GFA World -- Launches Its First-Ever Mission in Africa 2021-05-06T01:34:15Z now-gfa-world-launches-its-first-ever-mission-in-africa TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- One of the largest mission agencies in the world is launching compassion projects in Africa ( for the first time -- a huge boost for humanitarian efforts in the world’s poorest continent.   GFA World (,expects to begin work in multiple African nations this year.   “Africa is where the tears never dry,” said GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan, announcing the launch of compassion projects in Rwanda, a mountainous nation in east-central Africa still recovering from the war and genocide that left 800,000 dead and ripped the country apart in the 1990s.   “Everything we do focuses on bringing real hope and the love of God to those who’ve lost all hope,” said Yohannan, author of the best-selling book Revolution in World Missions, with more than four million copies in print.   To begin with, GFA World’s efforts -- supported by the Rwandan Government, church leaders and their congregations -- will help children living in slum neighbourhoods in the nation’s capital, Kigali, where most people survive on less than two dollars a day.   “We appreciate the open door we've been given to start saving lives and serving the poor in Rwanda," said Yohannan.   Africa ‘Compassion Surge’ The organisation plans a surge of compassion and healthcare projects across Africa, including deploying Sisters of Compassion workers -- trained Bible women who serve widows, orphans and those living in leprosy colonies.   “We’re looking at the whole continent, and one of our goals is to help tens of thousands of children (in Africa),” said Yohannan. The organisation already provides educational opportunities for thousands of children through its child sponsorship programs across Asia.   “About half of Africa’s population is under the age of 15, and the average life expectancy is 50,” he said. “This fact makes the desperate urgency to share the hope and love of God with millions while we have time still to do it. They are waiting -- they are dying.”   As GFA World expands into Africa, the mission agency also plans to introduce its trademark “Jesus Wells” -- bringing clean water to villages and undeveloped communities where children and families drink contaminated water straight from filthy ponds.   Caring For Millions In Need Started by mission pioneer Yohannan in 1979, GFA World quickly grew into one of the biggest faith-based humanitarian organisations in the world, helping millions of the world’s extreme poor by equipping local churches to care for those in desperate need.   In Africa, GFA World plans to train indigenous workers in Rwanda and other countries to serve their own people, following its highly effective Asia model.   With their grasp of the local culture and languages, the organisation’s national workers have helped transform life for those in more than 12,000 parishes and communities across Asia in nations, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.   While slums are often associated with Asian megacities -- featured in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire -- African countries have the highest percentage of slum dwellers. More than nine out of every 10 people in South Sudan, Central African Republic and Sudan live in slums.   “We aim to be servants to everyone, showing them God’s Love through our lifestyle,” said Yohannan. “Jesus told his disciples to change the world -- and as we expand into Africa, that’s our calling too. We want to bring hope and healing as His hands and feet to the whole world.”   “After all is said and done, the only real answer to the chaos in this world is Jesus Christ. Our focus remains even sharper today -- to share the Good News by all means and establish the church, which is the agent of change for time and eternity.”   ###   GFA World ( is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, and sharing the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching providing hope and encouragement available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. In the years ahead, GFA World expects to launch programs in numerous African nations, starting with compassion projects in Rwanda. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at     PHOTO CUTLINE: GFA WORLD LAUNCHES IN AFRICA: GFA World (, is launching compassion projects in Africa ( for the first time -- a huge boost for humanitarian efforts in the world’s poorest continent. (Jeremy Bishop/Unsplash) Medicinal cannabis for PBS, review of organ donation policies and greater protections for farmers endorsed by CWA of NSW 2021-05-06T01:07:16Z medicinal-cannabis-for-pbs-review-of-organ-donation-policies-and-greater-protections-for-farmers-endorsed-by-cwa-of-nsw Hi , The CWA of NSW 2021 state conference in Bega concludes this afternoon with members spending a busy week determining the future policy direction of the association, renewing friendships and enjoying all that the south coast of NSW has to offer. Attached is an update on the conference motions and the business discussed, along with an image of conference attendees at the historic Bega Showground. For further information or interview inquiries, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Medicinal cannabis for PBS, review of organ donation policies and greater protections for farmers endorsed by CWA of NSW The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is calling for prescribed medicinal cannabis to be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and is advocating for greater protection for agricultural land through more consideration around the location of solar farms and the abolition of mining exploration licences to ‘$2 companies’. The issues are among dozens of motions being discussed and debated at this year’s CWA of NSW state conference in Bega this week, with successful motions to spearhead the association’s advocacy efforts over the next 12 months. Mental health service failures, immediate improvements to the aged care sector and ways to boost organ donation rates were also on the agenda. Successful motions include: That the CWA of NSW be to take active steps to increase the information available to all members, branches and groups to enable them to seek and promote opportunities for increased and meaningful understanding of, and engagement with, First Nations communities across the state (Keiraville branch) A call for immediate action with regard to the failure of aged care service delivery in NSW (Jerilderie branch) Advocacy around a review of organ and tissue donation policies with consideration of a soft opt-out policy in preference to an opt-in policy to assist in increasing the rate of organ and tissue donations (Pambula-Merimbula branch) Lobbying the NSW Government to provide sufficient face-to-face acute psychiatric services to all local health areas, especially those in rural and remote locations (Hillston branch); calling for a single co-ordinated mental health service information and referral resource in towns as part of the overall measures for suicide prevention (Kiama branch); and an urgency motion on lobbying the state and federal governments to provide additional funding, opportunities and incentives to enable training of more psychiatrists to provide acute face-to-face services in all local health areas (Urgency motion) Advocacy for a ‘just transition’ from coal and gas to low carbon-intensive industries to minimise employment impacts (Tambar Springs branch) Opposing the construction of large-scale solar plants on prime agricultural land to protect food and fibre productivity (Jindera branch) Lobbying the NSW Government to cease assessing $2 companies as able to satisfy the ‘financial capacity to undertake mineral exploration’ in NSW under the Mining Act 1992 (White Cliffs branch) Advocacy for the placement of prescribed cannabis medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Cobargo branch) “There’s always a lot of different issues covered by the motions that come from our branches, and this year is no different,” said CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope. “This diversity in our membership and the concerns of their communities ensure our association’s advocacy efforts reflect a broad cross-section of the NSW population and our policy platform is inclusive of a range of issues. “Improvements to health service delivery in rural and regional NSW communities have remained a strong focus this year, particularly around mental health support and suicide prevention measures. And our members have taken further steps this year in advocating for sensible government regulation around mining exploration on our prime agricultural land and approvals for the location of renewable energy projects. “Energy generation is of the highest importance to our state and communities, but whether it’s fossil fuel-generated or produced by renewable technologies, the regulation around it must be well-considered and sustainable for all,” Stephanie said. There was also unanimous support for the donation of $20,000 to the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and $10,000 to ACWW South Pacific to fund training initiatives in the region. Members also voted for ovarian cancer to be the focus of the CWA of NSW’s Health Research Fund Annual Project for 2021/22. Ends Leukaemia Foundation strengthens call for greater treatment options for Australians living with myeloma 2021-05-04T05:04:03Z leukaemia-foundation-strengthens-call-for-greater-treatment-options-for-australians-living-with-myeloma With myeloma incidence rates on track to more than double by 2035, the Leukaemia Foundation is urgently stepping up its advocacy for Australians battling the blood cancer by calling for more treatment options to be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). As Myeloma Awareness Month (May) launches, Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti said the organisation is harnessing the opportunity to champion improved access to two new therapies for myeloma with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) to improve quality of life for the 18,000 Australians already living with this blood cancer and the thousands more expected to be diagnosed with it in coming years. The Leukaemia Foundation will make submissions to PBAC for selinexor (Xpovio®) in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone, to treat relapsed and refractory myeloma, and, separately, in combination with dexamethasone to treat myeloma for patients who have received at least four other therapy options. The organisation is also again repeating its push to see elotuzumab (Empliciti®) listed for use in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for treatment of relapsed and refractory myeloma. “Just five months ago we celebrated the news that for the first time in 13 years, a new type of medicine targeting myeloma – daratumumab – was being made available on the PBS to support patients as a second line treatment option. This was a fantastic and important win which the Leukaemia Foundation strongly advocated for,” Mr Tanti said. “But there is still a high unmet need for new myeloma treatment options. It’s clear the national spotlight is shifting its focus to this area, and as the leading national authority for blood cancer, we are committed to building momentum and improving access to therapies under PBS for people living with myeloma. “We are buoyed by the recent gains that have been made, but we are walking this journey all the way with every Australian living with myeloma. We won’t rest until all myeloma patients have equitable and affordable access to the treatment options they need, wherever they live.” Myeloma is a complex blood cancer affecting the body’s plasma cells, which produce antibodies. Myeloma develops when plasma cells undergo a cancerous change and multiply at an increasing rate, taking over the bone marrow. It most commonly occurs in people aged 40 and older, and it is slightly more prevalent in men. Patients experience weaker bones which are more prone to breaking, as well as bone pain, kidney damage, frequent infections, anaemia and increased bleeding and bruising. Currently, 2,339 people are diagnosed with myeloma each year, however it is expected 4,952 people will be diagnosed with this type of blood cancer in 2035. Sadly, 1,054 Australians already lose their life to myeloma each year, and this figure is projected to triple by 2035 – increasing to 3,037 people. 1 2 “While treatment options and survival rates for some blood cancers are improving, the sad reality is that myeloma is an incurable disease which becomes progressively harder to treat after each relapse as patients become refractory to different treatments, so the impact of a diagnosis of myeloma on peoples’ lives and the ongoing affect to their health remains severe,” Mr Tanti said. “Securing affordable access to new, innovative treatment options can truly turn the tables for some myeloma patients in what can be a long fight against this debilitating blood cancer. The right treatment can mean less side effects and improved quality of life. “We are proud to stand beside Australians living with myeloma to be their voice and fight to get them access to the best treatment options, wherever they live, as we work with the broader blood cancer community towards the shared vision to see zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035,” he said. The Leukaemia Foundation is committed to empowering Australians living with myeloma with access to the best information, support, treatment and care so they can manage its impacts and live well with their blood cancer. The Leukaemia Foundation provides free practical, emotional and educational support to Australians diagnosed with a blood cancer including myeloma. The Leukaemia Foundation produces a series of disease specific newsletters including Myeloma News, and invites all Australians living with the disease to subscribe to ongoing information here. END  1 2 Blood cancer signs and symptoms: Symptoms of all blood cancers can sometimes be subtle or even similar to other conditions, such as a flu. However, ongoing symptoms like recurrent infections, increased fatigue, night sweats, bone pain, bruising or enlarged lymph nodes should be immediately discussed with your GP or specialist. Early diagnosis can play a key role in surviving blood cancer, so it is crucially important that you are examined and treated properly. If you or someone you love is diagnosed with a blood cancer, reach out to the Leukaemia Foundation on 1800 620 420. Accessing our support is free of charge.  AASW - FEDERAL BUDGET MUST TAKE LONG TERM ACTION ON POVERTY AND INEQUALITY 2021-05-03T05:24:04Z aasw-federal-budget-must-take-long-term-action-on-poverty-and-inequality-1 The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President, Vittorio Cintio has called on the Federal Government to use the 2021/22 Budget to address poverty and inequality by taking long term action to create a society where it is possible for everyone to thrive and develop their full potential. Mr Cintio said the Federal Government talks about ‘giving everyone a go’ but social workers witness the detrimental and avoidable, long term impacts of current Federal Government welfare policies on a daily basis. “The Government’s welfare policies stigmatise those not in the paid workforce and provide support payments so low that they have actually become a barrier to employment. A situation that has only been made worse by the devastating and enormously disruptive impact of COVID 19 on the lives of the most disadvantaged in our community.” “While the pandemic has affected all members of society the impacts are far worse for people from marginalised groups, highlighting the extent of the inequality and the precarious financial circumstances that are faced by so many people across Australia” “The AASW commended the Federal Government for taking immediate action at the start of the pandemic by increasing Jobseeker and other payments but it was immediately clear that temporary increases fall short of the permanent and comprehensive policy response that was needed.” “The April 2021 cuts to Jobseeker and other payments have put millions of people at greater risk of poverty with Australia and now once again we have one of the lowest rates of unemployment payments in the OECD” Mr Cintio said that last year the Government demonstrated that it is clearly possible to take urgent action against poverty and it is deeply disappointing to see these much needed reforms being wound back, even though the impacts of the global pandemic are far from over. “The pandemic has highlighted the precarious nature of so many people’s employment and while we recognise the Government’s recent announcements in relation to reducing unemployment, we need to look at the much more pertinent issue of underemployment and how this disproportionately impacts women.” “While any reduction in the unemployment figure is an important step, it is also really critical to highlight that be ‘employed’ according to the ABS a person needs to have worked as little one hour per week.” “Addressing unemployment requires a more comprehensive approach that looks at the type and location of work available, the needs and skills of people and making sure we are addressing the significant structural, historical and systemic barriers to employment. This must be a centrepiece of the upcoming Federal Budget.” The AASW has published its 2021-2022 Pre budget Submission where we call on the government to adopt a holistic, proactive approach to all dimensions of health and well-being encompassing income support, housing, family violence, mental health, aged care, disability, climate action and Reconciliation. You can read the submission here To interview Vittorio Cintio, please contact Noel McMahon on 0413 532 954. Government Needs to Rescind India Travel Ban Now 2021-05-03T01:24:42Z government-needs-to-rescind-india-travel-ban-now Hammond Taylor, a leading Australian immigration law firm, has called upon the Federal government to rescind the newly implemented emergency determination under the Biosecurity Act 2015, which impose criminal and civil penalties upon Australian citizens and permanent-residents seeking to return to Australia from India. The measures were announced at midnight on Friday by Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, who stated, the government would implement a 14 day pause on travellers entering Australia from India. The restrictions apply to Australian citizens and permanent-residents returning from India until 15 May on the basis of the spike in Covid-19 cases in that country. Penalties include civil penalties of up to $66,600 and criminal sanctions of up to 5 years’ imprisonment. Hammond Taylor Partner, Jackson Taylor, stated, ‘The measures set out under this bill are extraordinary. It is the first time, that we are aware of, that Australians have been prohibited from returning to their own country in the history of Federation.’ Mr Taylor went on to explain that the fundamental requirement under the Biosecurity Act is that restrictions imposed must be proportionate to the circumstances and that such extraordinary restrictions are likely to be unlawful on this basis. He explained that despite the potential for the laws to be invalid, they will continue to apply until overturned by a successful court challenge or rescinded by government. ‘Australia has the means to ensure that returnees from India are quarantined appropriately, as has been the case during spikes in case numbers in Europe and the US. This suggests that arrangements to date have been largely appropriate. It therefore appears both discriminatory and disproportionate to implement these arrangements in response to the situation in India. There does not appear to be anything unique here that makes implementing criminal penalties on Australians, seeking to return to safety, appropriate. For those Australians in India at this time, it is critical the government withdraw these laws and allow them to return – failure to do so is tantamount putting their lives at risk,’ said Taylor. Hammond Taylor supports further development of the existing quarantine arrangements, including the development of national standards for quarantine, the creation of for purpose quarantine facilities and greater State / Federal cooperation, in light of the potential for the pandemic to continue for an extended period. ‘There is nothing to suggest that the pandemic will be resolved until much of the world’s population has been vaccinated. The establishment of a national quarantine network is likely to be one of the few solutions available to protect the health of the Australian population while achieving some degree of open borders. From waste to wonder: BINGO opens world’s largest and most advanced mixed waste recycling facility 2021-04-30T05:30:40Z from-waste-to-wonder-bingo-opens-world-s-largest-and-most-advanced-mixed-waste-recycling-facility Today, BINGO officially opened the world’s largest and most advanced dry mixed waste recycling facility at its Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park in Western Sydney. Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP and the Hon. Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, along with NSW EPA CEO Tracy Mackey helped BINGO cut the ribbon on the new state-of-the-art recycling facility. Fitted with some of the world’s most advanced resource recovery and manufacturing technology, when fully operational the $100 million plant will be capable of diverting approximately 90% of materials from landfill. Construction of the facility has been supported by a $5 million grant from the NSW Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.       Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, said: “Recycling and waste management are both a key environmental issues and key economic opportunities. “I applaud BINGO for being at the leading edge of the supply curve as the market for recycled materials will continue to grow. “We want people, companies and industries to have a genuine reason to recycle, to have confidence in the process and in the new products that will be created. “The Morrison Government is committed to the process and Bingo have made it clear today that they are committed,” Minister Ley said. NSW EPA CEO Tracy Mackey said: “The EPA encourages the waste sector to find innovative solutions that can help preserve resources and prevent waste from going to landfill.” This facility supports the move towards a circular economy and with the $5m funding received from the NSW Government I look forward to seeing the innovative outcomes of this project near the end of 2021,” she said. BINGO Managing Director and CEO Daniel Tartak said delivery of this project was significant for not only BINGO but also for the growth and development of Australia’s circular economy. “As companies like BINGO, encouraged by supportive government policy, begin to invest in these world-class assets, we are starting to see a shift away from our traditional model of “take, make and dispose” towards a circular model where resources are preserved and reused,” Daniel said. “Our vision is for a waste free Australia. Completion of this project will be a significant milestone in the development of our world-class Recycling Ecology Park, which is a central part of achieving this vision,” he said. The 9,000 square metre plant is now BINGO’s largest in its recycling network and is expected to process up to 7,000 tonnes of materials a day or 300 tonnes per hour. The new plant is capable of processing both building & demolition (B&D) and commercial & industrial (C&I) waste. The advanced screening, sorting and processing technology installed in the new plant will produce a high-quality end-product, most of which will be turned into BINGO’s ECO Product range of recycled building and landscaping products such as aggregate, roadbase, sand, soil, mulches, paper, cardboard, plastics and metals.  “BINGO’s recycling segment and revenue from our recycled products continue to grow each year. We have a big vision for our Eastern Creek Ecology Park with development plans underway for additional facilities at the site to deliver solutions for other waste streams such as tyres, plastics and glass,” Daniel said. “We are really proud of what we have achieved here, this has been our biggest development to-date and it is an exciting time to be operating in the recycling industry,” he said. Construction of this project has created some 400 construction jobs and will generate up to 100 jobs once operational. Expected to be fully-operational in July this year, the plant has also been fitted with the latest in safety, environment and fire management technology and rain water catchment tanks. The new recycling centre will also be fitted with rooftop solar later this year, as part of BINGO’s RE100 commitment to achieve 100% renewable electricity across all its sites by 2025. [ENDS]   About BINGO Industries BINGO provides sustainable recycling and waste management solutions for B&D and C&I waste streams with a clear strategic intent to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. BINGO operates in Victoria and NSW, employing over 1,000 people, operating a fleet of 350 trucks, and 15 recycling facilities. BINGO has a network capacity to process 4.6 million tonnes of material annually. NZ country head recognised in Global 100 list 2021-04-30T03:49:28Z nz-country-head-recognised-in-global-100-list Auckland – Pepper Money’s Aaron Milburn has been included in the Mortgage Global 100 list, spotlighting the outstanding industry professionals who are making a positive difference and helping drive change across the sector. “Now in its second year, this formidable list of the biggest names in the mortgage industry was put together by NZ Adviser and its sister publications Mortgage Professional Australia, Australian Broker, Mortgage Professional America, and Canadian Mortgage Professional, taking advantage of our unique position as a global publisher reaching markets in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK,” says the NZ Adviser team. “The prestigious list is a collaboration of not just renowned names – but of leaders who are actually making a difference in today’s market whether that is by making incredible advancements at their own companies, taking associations to new heights, providing education to drive the industry forward, or taking the lead on championing the key issues that can carry the industry into a new era.” As Pepper Money’s general manager of mortgages and commercial lending for Australia and New Zealand, Milburn is responsible for the strategic direction and operating performance across the product, credit, settlements, and sales functions. He also acts as Pepper Money’s country head in New Zealand. With more than 18 years’ experience in financial services, Milburn is skilled at leading large teams, strategic planning, strategy, and execution of industry leading sales management practices. Prior to joining Pepper in 2017, Milburn gained valuable sales and distribution leadership experience at Westpac, St George, Citibank, BankWest and HBOS. He holds a Certificate IV in finance and mortgage broking, and advanced diploma of management and a diploma of financial and mortgage broking management. To view the full Mortgage Global 100 list and to find out more about Milburn, click HERE. -ENDS- NZ Adviser is New Zealand’s newest source of news, opinion and analysis for mortgage and finance advice professionals. Delivered exclusively online, NZ Adviser provides a real-time web service that keeps time-poor advisers up to date with the latest breaking news, cutting-edge opinion, and expert analysis affecting both their business and their industry as a whole. NZ Adviser provides a regular newsletter service, delivered to inboxes daily, covering exclusive and need-to-know developments of the day from the government and regulators, banks and lenders, as well as industry service providers. An online industry hub, NZ Adviser also offers fresh and informative multimedia news and commentary, practical articles and features to assist with developing businesses, a popular industry forum for online discussion and debate, and industry-specific research and reports. NZ Adviser is published by independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at AUSTRALIAN MILITARY BANK WELCOMES ACTION ON VETERAN SUICIDE IN AUSTRALIA 2021-04-27T01:44:49Z australian-military-bank-welcomes-action-on-veteran-suicide-in-australia AUSTRALIAN MILITARY BANK WELCOMES ACTION ON VETERAN SUICIDE IN AUSTRALIA For Immediate Release: Sydney; 23/04/2021.   Australian Military Bank welcomes the announcement from the Australian Government regarding the high rates of suicide within the Veteran community and looks forward to seeing tangible outcomes for impacted Australians who serve our country and their families. “We can’t begin to understand the challenging experiences our members and their families face during their time serving our country.  This extends to the unique circumstances they may face post service” says Australian Military Bank’s CEO Darlene Mattiske-Wood. “Australian Military Bank would like to highlight the work that our community partners, including Soldier On, Mates4Mates, Legacy and RSL DefenceCare, do in assisting Veterans and their families, especially as they transition into life after service. We hope that the current conversation results in greater support for our Veterans and the critical organisations that focus on their and their families’ wellbeing.”  About: Australian Military Bank is a member-owned Mutual bank that has been helping Australian Defence personnel and their families make the most of their money since 1959. As Australia’s longest serving Defence financial institution, Australian Military Bank specialises in service and products that integrate into the unique aspects of life in the armed services. As a mutual organisation, Australian Military Bank is run for the benefit of members who are also our shareholders. Australian Military Bank; Timeline: 1959: Founded as the Navy (Civil Staff) Co-op. Ltd. 1971: Membership extended to civilian employees of the Army and RAAF in NSW 1983: We merge with Army Defence (NSW) Credit Union and rebrand as Australian Defence Credit Union (ADCU) 2008: Selected by Department of Defence as one of three DHOAS home loan providers 2014: Achieve in excess of $1 billion funds under management 2015: Military Reward Account launched and partner charities appointed 2015: Membership exceeds 50,000 and changed name to Australian Military Bank 2018: Launch of new Core and Digital Banking offerings 2020: Military Rewards Account hits $200,000 in donations & announces Drive Safe 2020 sponsorship 2021: Became a Gold Pledge Partner with Soldier On END For further information please contact us at New program launched to help women over 55 in Brisbane facing homelessness 2021-04-27T00:23:52Z new-program-launched-to-help-women-over-55-in-brisbane-facing-homelessness The Supporting Women Over 55 project is a joint initiative between Mission Australia and Brisbane City Council which aims to connect older women who don’t have secure housing with services that offer financial, emotional and mental health support.    One in five Queenslanders experiencing homelessness are aged 55 and over, and 32,000 Queenslanders over 65 are in housing stress. This means they are low-income earners who spend more than 30 per cent of their income on housing and are therefore on the brink of homelessness. Between the 2011 and 2016 census, there was a 65 per cent increase in homelessness for older women in Queensland aged between 65 and 74.    Mission Australia’s Fiona Terry said alarmingly, the group of women targeted in this project are invisible to the sector and therefore not seeking the help they need.    “Each of these women is managing their own unique journey. Their relationship may have ended, they’re in a carer’s role, experiencing health issues or they’ve lost their job or had their hours reduced, amplified by COVID-19. Often confronted with financial stress, such as mortgage repayments or challenges with lease agreements, they’re staying with friends, family or in their cars. They may have limited superannuation, be ineligible for aged care and because of ageism, they are finding it difficult to regain employment,” Ms Terry said.    “We know many of these women are shocked to find themselves in this situation and sadly feel a great sense of shame or denial. These are women we all know – they could be your peers, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt or a friend.    “Through no fault of their own they’ve been pushed into homelessness due to challenging circumstances, many for the first time in their lives. We want to speak with these women to not only help them navigate the services and housing they might need, but to get a clearer picture of what life is like for them, so that we can offer targeted support now and in the future.”    Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said: “Collaboration is crucial in helping people escape the cycle of homelessness and with women over 55 one of the fastest-growing groups at risk, this partnership with Mission Australia is critical in supporting our most vulnerable community members.    “Through our Pathways out of Homelessness Grants, we’ve supported a diverse range of local charities, including Mission Australia’s project, to provide housing for older women to help ensure those most at-risk have a place to call home in Brisbane.”    A research component of the project is also underway to gain an understanding of the women’s experience, and to seek their feedback.     The Older Women Project is available to women living in the Brisbane City Council area aged 55 and over and will run until 2022. Those wishing to take part in the program are encouraged to contact Mission Australia’s Fiona Terry on 0418 858 818 or  MMedia enquiries: Adoni Media CWA of NSW members Bega-bound for week of debate around future policy direction 2021-04-26T22:16:00Z cwa-of-nsw-members-bega-bound-for-week-of-debate-around-future-policy-direction Hi , The south coast community of Bega will host hundreds of Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW members next week, as the town hosts the 2021 CWA of NSW State Conference.e motions from After the forced postponement of last year’s conference, anticipation is high for this year’s event, with a broad range of issues up for discussion and debate, from voluntary assisted dying and climate change, to large-scale solar plants and medicinal cannabis. “The range of motions, across so many different areas, reflects the diversity of our membership and the issues of concern to their communities. The CWA of NSW takes its advocacy role very seriously and once motions are formally endorsed by the membership, they will become part of our lobbying platform for the next 12 months,” said Stephanie Stanhope, President of the CWA of NSW. Attached and below is a media release on the 2021 conference, and an image from the 2019 conference is also attached. Please don't hesitate to give me a call for additional information or interview requests. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CAPTION: The 2019 CWA of NSW State Conference in Albury attracted almost 800 delegates and observers from around the state, and while numbers have been scaled back this year due to ongoing COVID-19 considerations, the Bega event is just as highly anticipated as previous years. MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW members Bega-bound for week of debate around future policy direction Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW members from around the state will come together in Bega next month for the organisation’s annual conference, to discuss and debate motions from voluntary assisted dying to climate change and large-scale solar plants. After the forced postponement of last year’s conference, anticipation is high for this year’s event, to be held at the Bega Showground from May 3-6, but with reduced numbers that recognise the ongoing COVID-19 challenges. Those who won’t be able to attend though will - for the first time -have the chance to view the conference via a livestream link. Four hundred members and observers will be in Bega for the conference, to debate and discuss the organisation’s policy platform through a list of 26 motions proposed by branches throughout the state that encompass education, health, the environment, transport and telecommunications. Motions this year include: The declaration of a climate emergency in recognition of the need for urgent action on climate change (Bangalow branch) Advocate for a just transition from coal and gas, which are in terminal decline, to low carbon-intensive industries (Tambar Springs branch) Call for immediate action with regard to the failure of age care service delivery in NSW (Jerilderie branch) Advocate for a review of organ and tissue donation policies with consideration of an opt-out policy in preference to an opt-in policy (Pambula-Merimbula branch) Support for Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in NSW and the ACT (Bowral branch) Advocate for the placement of prescribed cannabis medication on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (Cobargo branch) Call for a single co-ordinated mental health service information and referral resource in towns as part of the overall measures for suicide prevention in communities (Kiama branch) Opposition to large-scale solar plants on prime agricultural land to protect food and fibre productivity (Jindera branch) To actively support and accept the ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’ (Keiraville Branch) “The range of motions, across so many different areas, reflects the diversity of our membership and the issues of concern to their communities. The CWA of NSW takes its advocacy role very seriously and once motions are formally endorsed by the membership, they will become part of our lobbying platform for the next 12 months,” said Stephanie Stanhope, President of the CWA of NSW. “There are some interesting motions this year that will no doubt inspire some robust debate, but that is one of the strengths of our association: all points of view are welcome and can be discussed openly and honestly. “There are a number of motions around climate change, which the CWA of NSW already has policy on, with the motions this year seeking to broaden the scope of our advocacy efforts, while the call for support for Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in NSW and the ACT is likely to encourage some impassioned discussion. It will certainly be interesting to see how the vote goes on a number of this year’s submissions.” The conference will be officially opened on May 3 – via a recorded message – by the Patron of the CWA of NSW and Governor of NSW, Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC. This year’s keynote address will be presented by prominent author and speaker Lucy Bloom, former CEO of children’s charity Sunrise Cambodia and the former CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. The program commences with a church service on Sunday afternoon (May 2), with the official opening from 9.30am on the Monday at the Bega Showgrounds. The remainder of the program comprises business sessions, workshops, meetings and award ceremonies. The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia, with more than 400 branches and almost 8000 members, and next year celebrates the centenary of its formation in 1922, with the aim of improving the living conditions and welfare of women and families in rural and regional NSW. WHAT I LEARNED FROM PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL 2021-04-26T04:41:35Z what-i-learned-frm-prince-philip-s-funeral Like the millions of people around the world, I watched Prince Philip's ceremonial royal funeral at St George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday 17 April 2021. Although Prince Philip’s funeral had been adapted to deal with pandemic, I still expected his funeral to be one of grandeur and spectacle. But I was taken aback by the simplicity of the ceremony. As I watched the funeral being live streamed around the world, I reflected on a once very traditional industry which is being changed by new technology and shifts in consumer demand. So, what were the biggest things I learned from Prince Philip’s funeral?   The importance of pre-planning Prince Philip planned every detail of his funeral “down to the letter”. He wanted a ‘no fuss’ funeral. Instead of a grand coffin on show, Prince Philip’s coffin was covered with his personal standard, on which was placed his sword, naval cap and a wreath of flowers. There was no sermon delivered during the funeral service. There were no members of the royal family giving readings and there is no eulogy. This was all in keeping with Prince Philip’s wishes. The Prince selected the songs and music to be played at his funeral such as the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save, which is traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services. Like Prince Philip, we should all consider pre-planning our funeral in advance. Not only will you get the the sort of funeral you would like, you are also empowering your loved ones to make informed decisions and they will be able to to put your wishes to action.     Traditional funerals still matter Unfortunately, our mourning-avoiding culture has to a large extent seen a rise in direct cremation and a break away from convention in rituals. “Direct cremation” is a low-cost, no-frills option where there is no funeral service and mourners aren’t present. Although direct cremation has become more popular, Prince Philip’s funeral demonstrated the importance of a service. For his family and the world who was watching, it had meaning. Funeral traditions still play an important part of the grieving process and help to combat anxiety, fear, and pain. Noted author, educator and psychologist Dr. Alan Wolfelt, provides the following insight on the value of the funeral ritual: “Rituals are symbolic activities that help us, together with our families and friends, express our deepest thoughts and feelings about life's most important events. Baptism celebrates the birth of a child and that child's acceptance into the church family. Birthday parties honor the passing of another year in the life of someone we love. Weddings publicly affirm the private love shared by two people. The funeral ritual, too, is a public, traditional and symbolic means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone loved. Rich in history and rife with symbolism, the funeral ceremony helps us acknowledge the reality of the death, gives testimony to the life of the deceased, encourages the expression of grief in a way consistent with the culture's values, provides support to mourners, allows for the embracing of faith and beliefs about life and death, and offers continuity and hope for the living.” While direct cremation offers many advantages, a no service-no attendance cremation may not be therapeutic enough to satisfy surviving family members. In addition, direct cremation may not allow the family to celebrate the life of the deceased, nor does it give friends an opportunity to say goodbye. So, when you are faced with the responsibility of organising a funeral, consider its value to the deceased and family and friends left behind.     Live streaming is becoming more popular Prince Philips funeral was live streamed to millions of people around the world. Whilst the members of the Royal Family were in attendance, we were all allowed to participate from home. It made me think how live streaming has evolved in recent years. The idea of live-streaming a loved one’s funeral on Facebook or Instagram may seem strange or even shocking, but in these times of lockdown, more and more families are turning to social media to allow people to attend funerals in real time. It is a relatively new technology now being adopted by a number of our member funeral directors which allows mourners who are unable to attend a funeral for any reason to watch the event remotely from a device connected to the Internet.     Funeral Directors are more important than ever The importance of the main organiser of the funeral cannot be understated. Although the funeral service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, there would have been someone assigned to make sure everything planned for the funeral went smoothly. It made me think about the importance of a funeral director. Funeral directors have always been deeply valued and esteemed members of their communities. However, the important work they do can sometimes be misunderstood, feared, or even overlooked. Losing a loved one is a difficult process for everyone, and we seek guidance by someone we can trust. A funeral director is not only there to arrange the final services of the deceased. They also serve as a steward of the living, guiding us through the array of choices and decisions. A funeral director provides insight, comfort, and compassion at a moment’s notice.   GET A QUOTE   About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company. Our member Funeral Directors operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Australia wide. Thet are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family. For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit SHANE WARNE TO PRESENT ADVANCED HAIR STUDIO $7000 CARROT TO RUN THE TAN RECORD BREAKER 2021-04-22T22:39:23Z shane-warne-to-present-advanced-hair-studio-7000-carrot-to-run-the-tan-record-breaker MELBOURNE MEDIA ALERT 9am SATURDAY 24th APRIL - RUN THE TAN RECORD ATTEMPT # SHANE WARNE TO PRESENT RECORD BREAKER WITH $7,000 CHEQUE # STEWART McSWEYN TIPPED TO BREAK CRAIG MOTTRAM’S 2006 RECORD   The RUN THE TAN event supports mental health and there will be a RECORD ATTEMPT starting at 9 am SATURDAY 24th APRIL , Pillars of Wisdom, Alexander Avenue, Melbourne. SHANE WARNE will be there to present probable record breaker Stewart McSWEYN with $7000 at the start/finish line at the Pillars of Wisdom, Alexander Avenue, Melbourne.   Tokyo 2021 Olympian McSweyn will try to break 4-time Olympian Craig Mottram’s existing 2006 record of 10 Minutes 8 seconds for running the 3.827 km tan track. Warne has an Advance Hair Studio $7,000 carrot for McSweyn to beat Mottram’s record when McSweyn competes alongside Mottram and other elite athletes at the Run The Tan fun run this Saturday. The Run The Tan fun run supporting mental health is open for the elite athletes and the public. All details at   The RUN THE TAN event is open to the public to watch or participate in the public fun run event on Saturday 24th April.  The event kicks off at 8:45am with a Welcome to Country and the Elite showcase race event starts at 9am followed by a series of “waves of runners”. Prize presentations from 10.30am. The start and finish line is at the Pillars of Wisdom, Tan Track and all details are available at    About Stewart Mcsweyn.  Shane, 25, is the  current Australian 1500m record holder and last weekend qualified for the 1500m, 5k & 10k at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. He is Australia’s #1 track & field athlete. World ranked. Possible Gold Medal winner in Tokyo. DOB - June 1 1995 King Island, Tasmania. Lives in Melbourne and trains under coach Nic Bideau at Melbourne Track Club. Australian record holder 1500m and 3000m - 3.30.51/7.28.02 both set in 2020.Ranked no.3 in the world 1500m in 2020. Fastest miler in the world in 2020 3.50.61 run in Penguin, Tasmania (fastest mile ever in a town named after a bird!) 2nd fastest ever lap of the tan - 10.12. Also previous Australian 10,000m record holder of 27.23.80 set in 2019. World Championship finalist at 5000m in Doha 2019.     Max Markson 0412501601   LUC LONGLEY – ONE NIGHT ONLY PALAIS THEATRE MELBOURNE  Saturday May 29 2021 Tickets from Ticketmaster       ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900     GFA World -- Spotlights ‘Other Vaccine Shot The World’s Waiting For’ 2021-04-22T05:40:24Z gfa-world-spotlights-other-vaccine-shot-the-world-s-waiting-for TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- Millions around the world are still waiting to get a life-saving vaccine -- and it’s not the COVID-19 shot.   Human trials of a new malaria vaccine are underway, with promising initial results, according to a new report by humanitarian agency GFA World ( that coincides with World Malaria Day, April 25, an annual event.    The quest to develop an effective malaria vaccine -- a shot that could save millions of lives -- has proved difficult and is still ongoing.   “Malaria is one of the most rampant child-killers in the world today,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder of Australia-based GFA World. “For countless millions across Africa, Asia and other parts of the world, an effective vaccine against malaria would be like a dream.”   COVID ‘Stalls Malaria Fight’ But with the world laser-focused on the global COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to wipe out malaria have stalled, the report says.   Lockdowns and other restrictions have essentially halted malaria-fighting efforts in dozens of countries, leading to fears of a sharp increase in malaria deaths in 2021 -- likely a death toll of hundreds of thousands in sub-Saharan Africa.   Malaria -- an often-fatal sickness spread by infected mosquitoes -- claims nearly half a million lives around the world every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and is “humanity’s most deadly infectious disease,” according to GFA World’s report.   A new experimental vaccine developed using mosquito spit has shown promise in early studies, says the just-released report, Malaria Makes Comeback Amid A Pandemic [].   The vaccine -- a possible breakthrough in the hunt for an effective malaria shot -- has triggered a “strong immune response” in volunteers during trials so far, producing “only minor side effects,” the report says.   Until an effective vaccine comes out, the main weapon in the fight against malaria is the insecticide-treated mosquito net.   Recent studies suggest insecticide-treated nets may be no longer as effective in some parts of the world where a new breed of “super mosquito” has built up resistance.   But they’re still “critical” to curbing the spread of malaria globally, says GFA World.   ‘Such A Kind Of Love’ “Over the past decade, we’ve distributed more than 1.3 million nets -- costing just $12 each, and they’ve proved to be lifesavers,” said Yohannan, whose faith-based organisation also stages free medical camps. “It’s one way of being the hands and feet of Christ -- and showing God’s love -- to those who suffer the most in our world.”   Father-of-three Baharupa, couldn’t believe it when GFA World gave away mosquito nets in his malaria-prone village. “Who (would) give us mosquito nets without (asking for) money?” he said. “I’ve never seen such a kind of love.”   ###   GFA World is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, and sharing the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching providing hope and encouragement available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. In the years ahead, GFA World expects to launch programs in numerous African nations, starting with compassion projects in Rwanda. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at     PHOTO CUTLINE: THE ‘OTHER VACCINE SHOT THE WORLD’S WAITING FOR’: Human trials of a new malaria vaccine are underway, with promising initial results, according to a new report [] by humanitarian agency GFA World that coincides with World Malaria Day, April 25.