The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-10T06:41:22Z Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles 2019-05-10T06:41:22Z prestige-public-vehicle-auction-rare-opportunity-to-purchase-exclusive-luxury-and-exotic-vehicles-8 Car auctioneers, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00pm AEST. The auction is a regular event in the sales calendar in Sydney and will kick off with around 60 late model prestige and luxury vehicles offered for sale to members of the public. Interested car buyers shouldn’t miss this chance to buy a prestige vehicle at a great price. While a 2 door high performance sports car might not suit your lifestyle, Manheim’s prestige auction always features a great range of premium and luxury hatches, sedans, wagons and 4 wheel drives. It’s a great opportunity to pick up any style of luxury vehicle with a wide range of late model, low km cars including McLaren, BMW, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Some of the stand out vehicles include – 2018 Tesla Model S P100 D 5D Hatch - has put Tesla on the map with prodigious performance from its twin electric motors 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider 2D Cabriolet - featuring a 3.9L V8 engine with only 3,491 on the clock, nothing says prestige more than a Ferrari 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-class C217 S 560 2D Coupé - 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the S560 puts 345kW/700Nm, with a nine-speed transmission driving the rear wheels 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG 43 4MATIC 5D Coupé - unbelievable performance and sporty coupé design combined with a generous SUV sense of space 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith 665c 2D Coupé - Only 11,904 kms on the odometer, the Wraith is a large, lush, evocative 4-seat coupe aimed at those who appreciate the best Daniel O’Brien, General Manager for Manheim in Sydney, said “Our latest Prestige auction has a great line up of outstanding vehicles on offer and we expect huge public interest in our sale on May 16. We have some stand out vehicles including a rare 2018 Tesla Model S, which we don’t have in our line up very often, a fantastic car and very environmentally friendly.” Many of the vehicles are being sold on behalf of financiers and corporate clients. Prospective buyers can view the content of the featured cars on Manheim’s Facebook page. The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 144 Moorebank Ave, Moorebank. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles during the weekdays leading up to the auction. All vehicles are listed on the Manheim website, with detailed information, photographs and online catalogues available for viewing. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online. To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Hussain Alassadi on 0407 693 270. Ends/.. For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au   About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au) As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.com.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. CBH Group appoints ORIX Australia as outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider in Western Australia 2019-04-30T00:54:41Z cbh-group-appoints-orix-australia-as-outsourced-fleet-management-and-leasing-provider-in-western-australia Sydney, Australia – April 30, 2019 – ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) today announced that, following a competitive process, CBH Group has appointed ORIX as its outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider. The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative organisation and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing. Owned and controlled by more than 4,000 Western Australian grain growing businesses, the core purpose of the CBH Group is to sustainably create and return value to growers*. ORIX is a trans-Tasman Fleet Management and Leasing Organisation, currently employing over 300 people and managing assets valued in excess of A$1 billion. ORIX’s offer to CBH Group includes traditional fleet management and leasing services to support CBH’s fleet of vehicles. The offer was complemented by enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) capabilities tailored for CBH Group and designed to optimise the cost of managing mobility within the Group. Further, by accessing ORIX’s innovative technology package, CBH Group and ORIX were able to develop a support package that allows CBH Group to extend industry best practice fleet management and leasing capabilities to its substantial network of growers and suppliers. ORIX will engage CBH Group in the near future to further extend its offer to include Novated Leasing and a Vehicle Buying Service to its members and employees. *www.cbh.com.au/about-cbh <ENDS> About ORIX Australia Corporation Limited ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) is one of the world’s leading fleet management companies. In Australia and New Zealand, we’ve provided fleet management, commercial vehicle rentals and leasing and novated leasing for more than 30 years. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView platform, ORIX Share and ORIXi, we help our clients get more value from their vehicles and manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. Drive up your sales by enhancing the customer experience 2019-04-17T00:23:12Z drive-up-your-sales-by-enhancing-the-customer-experience Looking to shift gears and take your customers’ car dealership experience to the next level? Then JURA’s range of professional fully automatic coffee machines is the solution. Enhance every customer’s dealership experience by providing an extra special touch – personalised, café quality coffee at the touch of a button. Customers expect only the best treatment when entering a car dealership, whether visiting for a routine car service or looking to buy a new car – especially when it comes to luxury car brands. A premium, Swiss-made JURA coffee machine represents the perfect synergy for such treatment. As soon as the customer enters the door, the sales person can set the tone by offering a freshly brewed, barista-style coffee without having to go out and visit the local café. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager says, “Our machines are a great solution for car dealerships who want to make a great first impression and really show they care about their customers throughout the entire buying process. They not only look professional and premium but produce coffee that you will be proud to serve every time.” The JURA difference: All machines use freshly ground beans, not capsules The JURA Operating Experience (J.O.E.®) coffee app allows users to create a coffee profile for each individual customer and personalise their drink of choice, right down to the strength, amount of milk and type of coffee Save money over time, calculate how much here: www.bestcoffeemachineforoffice.com.au/calculators/ Simply press your customer’s profile and the machine will prepare their personalised coffee Easy to clean with automated cleaning cycles – simply plug in, add the cleaning solution and the job is done The machines: JURA WE8 Fully Automatic Coffee Machine: 30 cups per day Featuring a wide choice of speciality coffees, the WE8 is equipped with a 3L water tank, a bean container for 500g of coffee beans and a grounds container with the capacity of 25 portions. The One-Touch function creates trend specialities like latte macchiato, flat white or cappuccino very simply at the touch of a button. The modern TFT display make operation incredibly simple even for inexperienced users. RRP $2,690. JURA X8 Fully Automatic Coffee Machine: 80 cups per day The X8 is incredibly versatile: it can prepare the full range of speciality coffees finished with milk and milk foam as well as black coffees and the classic pot of coffee. For tea lovers, it also prepares hot water at different temperature levels. With its solid, height-adjustable dual spout, it can create a speciality coffee – or even two beverages simultaneously – and dispense them into the cups or glasses, at the touch of a button. RRP $3,949. The Recycling Express of Melbourne 2019-04-11T22:31:45Z the-recycling-express-of-melbourne Social businesses and enterprises are taking over the planet! And the planet is finally starting to look better. Doing business for social good is not something new or something that is ‘trending’ right now. Social businesses and social entrepreneurs are the need of the hour, especially in a country that doesn’t even have an ozone layer! Melbourne is full of the hustle-bustle of new businesses and entrepreneurs who want to be creators of change. As a city, too, Melbourne’s citizens have increasingly supported such businesses as they want to be socially responsible. One such business is Express Cash for Cars that is located in Melbourne and operates as a recycling company. They are also car wreckers, which essentially means that they wreck cars and other vehicles. Wrecking involves the dismantling of vehicles so that the parts of this vehicle that are still functional can be used. This facilitates the reuse of every single part of this entire vehicle that probably has no other use. They also ensure that the rest of the body of the car, van, utes, minivan, truck, or whichever vehicle it is they have, is recycled for scrap metal. Scrap metal recycling is a procedure that is used for cars and their parts to be converted into scrap metal that is then sold to more production and manufacturing units. These manufacturing further use this metal to produce other goods and sometimes services, too. These goods can also be recycled further, making them sustainable produce. Why is Express Cash for Cars so worried about recycling products? Well, we spoke to a few members of the Board at Express Cash for Cars and we found out why! Stacy from ECC, Melbourne said,”We’re all trying to sell something. But if that’s all we’re doing then we’re basically no better than cavemen who would barter their goods for other’s goods. Our company holds a strong mission for doing business for the good of the society. We’re earning profits, but we’re also keeping Melbourne neat and tidy. That’s how entrepreneurs should be thinking about their ideas, making money ain’t enough anymore.” The head of the management staff also exclaimed that he works to make sure no customer is treated in the wrong manner, or scammed. The company claims to believe in the ‘do good and good will come to you’ philosophy which is also helping them function smoothly. “What’s wrong with what we’re doing? My children are going to grow up in this city, who would want their own children to grow up in garbage dumps! We keep the city clean for the future of our kids, and their kids. They deserve fresh air and parks where they can play.”, said Shaun from services management. The company has currently employed a team that works to improve the visibility of their services online and on social media. “Everyone is now buying stuff on Facebook! We have to be up there for people to know what we do. And to be honest, it does give us a lot of space to tell potential customers of our services hat they probably wouldn’t have known otherwise.” The company claims to have received more business and many more calls from younger adults who ‘try to look for different ways to get their work done’ instead of sticking to the same old processes. On being asked for their most popular service they mentioned the fact that the customers don’t need to be involved at all, is considered the best. “The customers don’t need to drop the car, as we pick it up for free. They don’t have to do the paperwork, because our team completes it for them before the pickup happens. They love it! They don’t have to move a bone and they can sell their old, unwanted car in Melbourne in a day.” For all we know, Melbourne will soon be one of the cities with the lowest carbon footprint, if our business enterprises work towards such goals. We do have a long way to go, but where there is a will, there is a way! Further media information: Express Cash for Cars is a car buyer in Melbourne that is an express car removal service as well. Their wide range of services is inclusive of car removal, accidental car removal, paying cash for cars, and used car buying. They buy old cars, used cars, trucks, utes, SUVs, vans, etc.  By offering fast cash for vehicles old and new, Express Cash for Cars keeps their customers happy and satisfied with a hassle-free service, and free benefits such as free pickups and free valuation of an old vehicle. Manheim to offer more hail affected vehicles in Sydney 2019-04-10T04:12:52Z manheim-to-offer-more-hail-affected-vehicles-in-sydney Following the unprecedented interest and sales success of the first auction, Manheim is once again offering the public a chance to buy hail damaged vehicles from the hail storm in Sydney to end 2018. Commencing Saturday, April 13 at 9:00am, over 250 cars are up for auction. From the 250 vehicles, Hyundai Motor Company are offering 120 near new, driveable and low km cars to the public. They are not on the WOVR and are being sold without registration plates. The auction provides a fantastic opportunity for the public to purchase a damaged vehicle for a great price. “The hail storm impacted our site heavily just before Christmas as well as many cars on our property and the Sydney region. Again we are offering another range of cars for people to purchase on the back of our great auction success in February,” said General Manager of Manheim NSW, Daniel O’Brien. The auction will take place at 144 Moorebank Avenue, Moorebank and via our online auction platform, Simulcast on Saturday, April 13 at 9:00am (AEST). People will be able to view the cars on Thursday, April 11 from 12:00pm AEST. For more details, please click here or contact Eric Kravos on 0409 500 221. Ends/.. For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au) As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.com.au   JetSkiBoats.Com.Au is the first online Jet Ski retailer to accept Bitcoin and other crypto currencies as payment and it has a 30% Sale Discount Campaign to celebrate it 2019-04-08T15:38:15Z jetskiboats-com-au-is-the-first-online-jet-ski-retailer-to-accept-bitcoin-and-other-crypto-currencies-as-a-payment-and-it-has-a-30-sale-discount-campaign-to-promote-it Jetski Boats WA participates in liquidations and clearance auctions for personal watercrafts from US & Japan. We dedicate our time finding brand new older models of Kawasaki, Yamaha and Seadoo Jet Skis which we import to Australia and today we proudly announce the acceptance of crypto currencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and many others for the items in stock. Bitcoin is a digital currency that enables instant payments over the Internet. Unlike credit cards and PayPal, Bitcoin has no central authority and no way to lock entire countries out of the network. Merchants who accept Bitcoin payments can do business with anyone. In order to promote the acceptance of crypto currencies we decided to start the Autumn Mega Sale Campaign which allows buyers interested to purchase any of the listed items at 30% discount. During this campaign we accept only Crypto Currencies.  We strongly believe we are the first Australian Jet Ski retailer accepting Crypto Currencies and we are really proud of our achievement.  VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 New classic car website launches with gallery honouring the history of Grand Prix drivers 2019-03-14T03:06:05Z new-classic-car-website-launches-with-gallery-honouring-the-history-of-grand-prix-drivers When Melbourne’s ‘walking encyclopedia of classic cars’ Raph Tripp contacted celebrity music designer Bencu, an idea Tripp had been piecing together for over 40 years was realised. Tunnel Ram.net was created over a two year period and represents the first time that over 7000 rare and archival classic car images from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have been brought together in the one place. Tunnel Ram is now arguably the world’s greatest online image collection of classic cars, advertising and lifestyle. And what incredible imagery it is! The gallery reflects what some have called the peak of Madison Avenue (New York’s advertising Mecca) when General Motors engaged the 1960’s best creatives Fitzpatrick and Kaufman, to work on the Pontiac account. Two men tasked with travelling to the world’s most exotic locations, inspiring a new lifestyle dream with the ads they created for the pages of New Yorker magazine over the course of a decade. But it was not only Pontiac that received the treatment, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Camaro Chevelle, Mustang, Shelby, Torino, Thunderbird, Corvette, Dodge all became the centre of iconic illustration, photography and advertising art.  It was a period when not only car design was at its most confident, ambitious and spectacular but the ideas around how to sell them were breaking new ground in commercial art and advertising strategy. Selling the dream had never been so well funded. And Australia wasn’t immune to this great trend, thankfully. We took our car design leads from the U.S up until the mid 70’s, which meant we stepped up with our creative for cars like Monaro, Torana, Charger and the iconic Sandman. Ford too, with the Falcon GT received an elevated marketing platform (now Australia’s most sought after classic car) Tunnel Ram is a fascinating journey into one of the high-water marks of human creativity.  To celebrate the launch of Tunnel Ram coinciding with the start of the 2019 F1 Racing season, Raph Tripp has created a gallery in honour of the history of Grand Prix drivers and manufacturers going back to 1950. While the focus is on this classic period in American and Australian design, Tunnel Ram throws the net wider, providing some further context to this period. Galleries for British, European and Japanese classics are also included as well concept cars, vans, dragsters and stars with their cars. Culturally, there are also galleries for non-car advertising, with archives of Australian and American Street Life and Surfing. Raph Tripp is a Melbourne based classic car writer and image archivalist. He has authoured articles on everything from Mustangs to the Bat Mobile. His writing is available for publication, please contact info@tunnelram.net for permissions. Raph has been the proud owner of a ‘72 Falcon V8 coupe a-la Mad Max’s Interceptor, a Monaro GTS 350 4-speed, a ‘67 Pontiac Parisienne, a ‘65 Mustang and a succession of Aussie Valiants. Ben Cunningham a.k.a Bencu is an Australian graphic designer, producer, director and artist that has worked in music, film and fashion for 25 years. His clients have included Jimmy Barnes, INXS, Deep Purple, Kylie, Nike, Sony and L’Oreal. He was creative director at Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group from 2000-2010 and is currently developing two feature films and Tunnel Ram. Ben has been driven around in many incredible cars but he is sad to say, has not owned any - yet ...     Not ‘Just Car Buyers’: Sydney’s Unsung Heroes 2019-03-08T03:53:17Z not-just-car-buyers-sydney-s-unsung-heroes According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics,  There were 19.2 million registered motor vehicles in Australia as at 31 January 2018. In addition to that, the Motor Vehicle Census 2018, the national vehicle fleet grew by 2.1 per cent between 2017 and 2018. The Australian Demographic Statistics states the preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 30 June 2018 was 24,992,400 people. That's a lot of cars!     The question that arises is if there are already so many cars, and we’re buying more and more cars, where are the old ones going? They’re either populating our landfills and polluting our drinking water or are abandoned, lying on properties of people who aren’t too bothered about their real estate. What about the other old, unwanted cars in Sydney and its nearby suburbs? Google might not give you this answer but we will - its Scrap Cars Removals! Scrap Cars Removal is a car removal and scraps car buying company that offers its free services to people who want to sell an old car in Sydney.  Scrap Cars Removals has been operating their business in Sydney for a decade now. The business is profitable now, but wasn’t always so, claim the founding members of the organisation. ‘Scrap cars are of not much use, they are put into a machine, they come out as a box of metal. We sell that box. This business started off with the founding members picking up the cars and selling them off individually.’, said Zoey from the Sales Department. Chart 1. The services most preferred by customers at Scrap Car Removals, Sydney in the year 2009 By 2013, the company had seen a change is the vision of the organisation. The board decided to make their efforts more inclined towards the benefit of the customers as well. When the popularity of the business kept growing, the leaders decided to shift the vision towards something more valuable. “We’re not just scrap car buyers, or a simple car towing service. We’re much more than that - we think of ourselves as the agents for a cleaner Sydney. We started taking the trash away from Sydney-siders and reusing it for better things.”, said the spokesperson from Scrap Cars Removals, Sydney.  As per the company’s database management, there has been a change in the kinds of benefits people have preferred the most in their customer reviews. As the city of Sydney along with Sydney-siders grew aware of the situation of our environment, there is a very clear mention of the environment-friendly process that is used.   Chart 2. The services most appreciated by customers at Scrap Car Removals, Sydney in the year 2014 Over the years, we see how the motives and priorities of consumers have changed. Car owners were giving Scrap Cars Removals, Sydney positive feedback for the basic services that they had been providing in 2009, which changed a few years ago. The recent trend can be seen moving towards more socially responsible factors such as scrap car recycling, the sale of used parts and car wrecking. Chart 3. The services most appreciated by customers at Scrap Car Removals, Sydney in the year 2018 Chart 4. The services most appreciated by customers at Scrap Car Removals, Sydney over the years, A Comparative Analysis.   Scrap Cars Removals employees have repeatedly mentioned in the past that they are not ‘just car removers’. Their motivation to improve their business and service quality has led them to offer most of their services free of cost. These services include car valuation, free pickups of cars from the location of the car seller, instant cash payment to the car owner, free paperwork done for the customers at the time of delivery and free car removals in for scrap cars Sydney. Their constant availability to serve people who want to get rid of their old vehicles in Sydney has made them a popular source for car owners. They have built a strong community and get most of their customers through referrals, and not through advertisements. “It honestly makes me very proud to know that our customers like our services enough to even put in an effort into giving us reviews. It doesn’t take much time, but it still takes some amount of time. We’re grateful for that.”, said Nat, the customer service executive.   As the city of Sydney juggles between all kinds of extremes, between a merging ground for nations and people, we are looking at a healthy and welcome shift towards a responsible community. With businesses like Scrap Cars Removals as the flag bearers of such a transformation, there is immense hope for better businesses in future.     Scrap Cars Removal is a car removal company operating in Sydney and its suburbs. They have a variety of benefits that they offer to their customers such as free valuation of a car, a free pickup for the unwanted vehicle and free paperwork after the pickup is done. They also offer instant cash up to $8999 for all types of vehicles such as cars, vans, utes, trucks, minivans, SUVs, 4X4s and more. They are available online as well as on call. They are a popular and professional car buying company in Sydney that operates throughout the week.  The Journey from One Scrap Car to Fifty Scrap Cars a Day 2019-03-06T01:39:16Z the-journey-from-one-scrap-car-to-fifty-scrap-cars-a-day Australia is facing a slow decline in its car sales industry as more people are constantly choosing to use public transport. This is a huge shift in the market that hadn’t predicted this sudden shift in demand due to lifestyle changes. This change in lifestyles could also be the contributing factor to the greater number of cars being recycled and sold to scrap car buyers. As Brisbane’s premium car removal service, Swift Cash for Cars has seen rapid growth in the number of daily customers they have served through the years.   This March, this premium car buyer is celebrating the successful completion of five years doing this business. A spokesperson from Swift Cash for Cars mentioned that they had seen an increase in the number of the cars they had been receiving over the years, but there was also a shift in the reception methods. Initially, the old cars received were mostly sold to them for cash and they would wreck it or scrap it and even sell it to other buyers. But with a change in lifestyles of people and increased awareness about proper waste disposal, people have shifted to getting free car removals of their junk cars.   Types of services offered by Swift Cash for Cars Cars in 2014 Cars in 2018 Cash For Scrap Cars 3562 3285 Car Removal 1095 6935 Car Recycling 2190 4745 Auto Wrecker 2042 2295 Table 1. The types of services most used by consumers in the year 2014 as compared to the year 2018 Chart 1.1. A pie chart of the types of services most used by consumers in the year 2014 Chart 1.2. A pie chart of the types of services most used by consumers in the year 2018 A lot of car owners said they would be willing to give their car off to someone who would be willing to dispose of it with proper care. WIth the excessive research and the Global Warming Scare, car owners in Brisbane have started to get more careful with their choices of disposal. After all, nobody wants to see their beautiful country ruined with junk cars and scrap vehicles.   “We’ve seen a sharp rise in the number of cars that we receive each day, on an average, for car recycling and wrecking. It makes us very proud that what started with a collection of maybe an odd one or two cars every day in 2014, has risen up to about an average of  50 scrap cars in the Brisbane region. That’s how we define success, through retention of customers and constant referrals.”, said Samir, who has been the operations head for Swift Cash for Cars since their inception.   With the celebration of the fifth year of Swift Cash for Cars Services and on gaining popularity almost immediately after starting the business, the Senior Management said that the success of the business completely depends on the customers. ‘All of our customers give us good reviews. We make sure we ask them for feedback because it helps us grow and alter our car removal process in Brisbane for more convenience.”   The addition of ‘free paperwork’ as one of the wide range of services available to old car sellers in Brisbane happened only after a few months of operation. SCC officials claim that when the company realized that paperwork was a major inconvenience for the car sellers in Brisbane, they immediately took the opportunity to offer this add-on. On the kind of car removals services they provide in Brisbane, one of the customers said, “I was struggling to sell my car. I wanted instant cash payment but also wanted the car to be picked up on a weekend. These guys were very understanding and accommodating - they agreed to everything I wanted. Honestly, their service quality was commendable and very surprising.”     The rise in the popularity of such car removal services is making the environment happy along with the car owners who never thought they would be able to sell a junk car for cash. It seems like a win-win situation for the old car sellers of Brisbane and the neighboring suburbs.  Swift Cash for Cars is a premium car removal service in Brisbane that provides free services for car removal. They have become a popular driving force for car owners in Brisbane who want to get rid of their cars.  They buy cars, trucks, vans, utes, SUVs, etc. They buy vehicles in all conditions, including damaged cars, abandoned vehicles,  accidental cars and vans, etc. Swift Cash for Cars also operates as a car wrecker and scrap car dealer in Brisbane. This gives them the opportunity to use old and unwanted vehicles optimally.  Sydney reinforces its position as Australia’s automated vehicle mecca 2019-02-28T00:49:39Z sydney-reinforces-its-position-as-australia-s-automated-vehicle-mecca The nation’s peak driverless vehicle industry collective says a commitment by the New South Wales Government to host a national Centre of Excellence and a world-leading summit later this year demonstrates a strong commitment that puts the state at the leading edge of innovation and reinforces that it is well and truly open for business. Under an agreement struck between Transport for NSW and the Australia and New Zealand International Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), the state will host what is expected to be the biggest automated vehicle exhibition and trade show ever seen in Australia in October 2019.  ADVI Executive Director, Ms Rita Excell, said the strong show of support by the NSW Government and Transport for New South Wales demonstrates their forward-thinking in transport technologies and will go a long way to address Australia’s slippage in automated vehicle readiness rankings recently released. “ADVI and our partners are very excited about this opportunity to align more closely with the work being undertaken in NSW to ensure the focus moves beyond limited trials and deployments to achieving true commercialisation of this technology as already seen in other parts of the world,” Ms Excell said. “This new collaboration takes the introduction of automated vehicles onto our roads to the next level and is sure to attract national and global attention. In October 2019, the world’s focus is expected to turn on Sydney when it hosts the biggest automated vehicle event ever to be held in Australia. Ms Excell said previous international driverless vehicle summits have attracted all of the world’s leading automated shuttle manufacturers and other industry leaders, and AVDI looks forward to bringing its industry partners to Sydney and inviting them to put their driverless vehicle innovations on display for the world to see. “Transport for New South Wales has an ambitious and comprehensive program of works in place to best prepare the state for a world where driverless vehicles share the road, and they have ensured that this technology is at the very heart of its long-term transport vision – and ADVI is pleased at the opportunity to be part of that exciting journey,” she said. “Future Transport 2056 is the first Strategy of its kind focused on harnessing the rapid advancement of driverless technology and innovation across NSW’s transport system to transform the user experience, improve communities, and boost economic performance.” ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. OZTENT LAUNCHES NEW FOXWING RANGE 2019-02-19T03:42:11Z oztent-launches-new-foxwing-range Always toiling to create better equipment, so you can have better adventures, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest FOXWING range of vehicle awnings and accessories. The new series will be available in store from Monday 25 February 2019. The OZTENT Group first created FOXWING, now one of the leading names in retractable vehicle awnings, back in 2008. “We were so inspired by the wings of our native flying foxes that we engineered a product which would replicate their durability, flexibility and functionality, hence its unique patented design and the name.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. The new FOXWING series borrows from the success of the original range but adds some new features to make them easier and faster to use. The range includes: 270o Awning [RRP $879] – this patented design is engineered to deliver maximum shade with absolute ease. Its FAST™ setup system allows a single person to erect this expansive shade in seconds. Made from ModCan™ fabric [highly durable, UV protected, waterproof and mould resistant] it has zippered edges you can set up a whole camp site from one awning. 270o Tapered Awning Extension [RRP $199] – to provide even more cover on wet and windy days, or a little more space for shady storage we’ve got it covered. Simply zip a tapered extension to your FOXWING 270o Awning and peg as required. Buy four and create your own palace off the side of your vehicle. 270o Awning Extension [RRP $249] – sold as a set of two walls that can be quickly zipped the FOXWING 270o Awning this extension delivers protection from the elements on two sides or can be raised to extend your shade. FOXWING TAGALONG TENT [RRP $699] – with the unique ability of being able to attach to any brand of awning in the market, this tagalong delivers all the ease of an OZTENT and its ESTS™ system sees it up in seconds. Comfortably sleeping four people, it is a standalone tent, meaning that you can, simply unzip it from the awning, peg in the guy ropes and drive off adventuring. For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles 2019-02-19T00:11:29Z prestige-public-vehicle-auction-rare-opportunity-to-purchase-exclusive-luxury-and-exotic-vehicles-7 One of Australia’s leading automotive auctioneers, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, February 21 at 6:00pm AEDT. The auction is a regular event in the sales calendar in Melbourne and will kick off with around 70 late model prestige and luxury vehicles offered for sale to members of the public. Interested car buyers shouldn’t miss this chance to buy a prestige vehicle at a great price. While a 2 door high performance sports car might not suit your lifestyle, Manheim’s prestige auction always features a great range of premium and luxury hatches, sedans, wagons and 4 wheel drives. It’s a great opportunity to pick up any style of luxury vehicle with a wide range of late model, low km cars including McLaren, BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Some of the stand out vehicles include – 2012 Audi R8 Spyder - described as a thoroughbred supercar, in beautiful condition with just 46,209km showing 1957 Chevrolet Belair 2D pillarless Coupé - an American icon is a rare import and comes with the trademark gold "V" and stainless steel infills. Under the bonnet you'll find a 5.7 L nat. aspirated V8 engine and with just 13,876km 2016 McLaren 650s Spider 2D Cabriolet  - the British supercar with just 3,800kms on the clock and trademark scissor doors 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo 2D Coupé – can’t go past a Lambo, with only 27,188km on the clock 2017 Lexus LC500h V6 2D Coupé - boasts Lexus' high performance hybrid technology and a remarkably low 6,371km on the clock  Anthony Poci, General Manager for Manheim in Melbourne, said “Our latest Prestige auction has a great line up of outstanding vehicles on offer and we expect huge public interest in our sale on February 21. We have some stand out vehicles including a McLaren 650s Spider and a Lamborghini Gallardo. We also have a lot of great BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz vehicles on offer.” Many of the vehicles are being sold on behalf of financiers and corporate. Prospective buyers can view content of the featured cars on Manheim’s Facebook page. The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 4 Gordon Luck Ave, Altona North. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles during the weekdays leading up to the auction. All vehicles are listed on the Manheim website, with detailed information, photographs and online catalogues available for viewing. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online. To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Jonathan Ciantar on 0400 717 712. Ends/.. For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au   About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au)   As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives.   Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.com.au Real risk of global embarrassment as Australia falls behind in AV race 2019-02-14T03:50:15Z real-risk-of-global-embarrassment-as-australia-falls-behind-in-av-race Australia’s recent drop in ranking in the 2019 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index should sound warning bells that a greater focus on getting driverless vehicles onto local roads needs to happen as a priority, says the nation’s peak driverless vehicle industry collective. The Australia and New Zealand International Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) believes that Australia’s fall from a ranking of 14th to 15th is unacceptable, sparking the need for a much closer look at what other countries are doing to achieve higher rankings to get the nation moving back in the right direction. ADVI Executive Director, Ms Rita Excell, said with the connected and autonomous vehicle industry now globally recognised as the “new economy”, sitting on the sidelines waiting for an economic boom to come to Australia is likely to see further slipping behind the rest of the world and important economic and safety opportunities missed. “In a short space of time Australia has gone from being on the international radar as a leader, to a country that risks being marginalised as it slips further into AV obscurity. Now is the time for leadership and positive action to address these concerns,” she said. “Australia needs to broaden well beyond the current focus on short-term driverless shuttle deployments. In the US, it is now a decade since Google first launched its self-driving car project. In late 2018 we saw Waymo officially start its commercial deployment of a self-driving car service in Phoenix. Smaller start-ups like May Mobility and Drive.ai have moved beyond deployment trials and are now running revenue-generating shuttle services.” Ms Excell said in many ways AV technology is the 21st-century gold rush, with an industry estimated to add $7 trillion to the global economy and potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives in coming decades. “If Australia stays asleep at the wheel for much longer we can wave goodbye to securing our fair share of that prize on offer. We have already seen the end of vehicle manufacturing in this country, and the fast-moving AV tech sector can go a long way to filling that gap left behind – but Australia must stop sitting on its hands and waiting for others to first make a move,” Ms Excell said. “Let’s have greater focus on our strengths and better leverage our points of difference. The nation is the world’s largest net exporter of lithium, we have the 4th largest pension market with AUD$2.9 trillion under management providing strong investment capital, we have as estimated 7000 world-class vehicle engineers who have lost their jobs and are looking for new opportunities, and we have abundant key resources including sunlight, cobalt, copper, graphite, nickel,” she said. “Those strengths can be harnessed. Now is the time to broaden our focus beyond the US and UK and have a more meaningful look at some of the market-leading developments right on our doorstep – in particular Singapore, which emerged as second in world and first in Asia in its readiness to adopt driverless cars.”  A recent report by KPMG International found Singapore as the top-ranking country in terms of policy and consumer acceptance, and second in infrastructure, reflecting its government's efforts to position the country as a centre for autonomous vehicles, and including the 2017 launch of the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles at Nanyang Technological University as a technology test bed. ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles.