The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-15T02:37:30Z CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market 2019-07-15T02:37:30Z cnh-industrial-announces-new-structure-for-australian-ag-machinery-market Hi Prominent ag machinery brands Case IH and New Holland have a new man at the helm with the appointment of Brandon Stannett to a new position as CNH Industrial Agriculture Segment Leader for Australia/New Zealand. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial Capital for Australia/New Zealand for the past four years, providing a robust knowledge of the local market and existing relationships with the Case IH and New Holland teams. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies,” he said. A release is attached on the appointment, along with an image of Brandon, and for further information or interview requests, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CAPTION: Brandon Stannett has taken on a new role heading up the Case IH and New Holland brands. MEDIA RELEASE CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market CNH Industrial has announced a restructure of its agricultural machinery business in Australia and New Zealand, with the appointment of a new leader across both the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands. Brandon Stannett has been appointed the Managing Director – Agriculture, Australia and New Zealand, assuming responsibility for CNH Industrial’s Agriculture Segment from Michele Lombardi, in a new position created as part of a global restructure announced in January. At that time CNH Industrial revealed changes to its organisational structure across the five segments of its operations, in a bid to become closer to its customers, streamline decision-making processes and encourage faster and more market-focused innovations. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial’s captive finance business in Australia and New Zealand for the past 4 years, which he said offered the advantage of a strong knowledge of the local market when it came to his new role. “It’s certainly an advantage already knowing the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture teams and having those existing relationships, and I look forward to the opportunities this new structure offers both brands, our dealers and our customers,” he said. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local Ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies. “CNH Industrial, through our Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands, are global leaders in the agricultural equipment and products sector and are always looking to the future with advances such as automation, connectivity and alternative fuels that will be the foundations for the next generation of advances in farm productivity and efficiency. This restructure has come about because our industry is experiencing a period of accelerated change – automation and digital technology being key examples – so we need to make the changes that will secure our reputation for innovation and excellence into 2020 and beyond. “I’m privileged to be leading this process across Australia and New Zealand for CNH Industrial and know that we have the teams in place with the knowledge, passion and foresight to make some real differences where it matters: innovative products and market-leading agricultural solutions.” Brandon has a strong financial background, working in senior roles in some of Australia’s largest banks, and founding a financial consultancy practice and leasing business, before joining CNH Industrial. Australian Academy of Media launches Teach Journalism in Bhutan program 2019-07-06T07:34:25Z australian-academy-of-media-launches-teach-journalism-in-bhutan-program The Australian Academy of Media is seeking journalists and mass communication industry professionals to volunteer as teachers in idyllic Bhutan, commencing as early as September 2019.   For a period of 4 short weeks, volunteers will help students at the Bhutan Media and Communications Institute (BMCI) develop their journalism and mass communications skills, as part of a 12-month long Diploma of Journalism program.   Australian and New Zealand professionals with minimum 5 years experience in journalism and mass communications, in areas such as: news identification; journalism for social media, writing and interviewing for media; and media and philosophy, are encouraged to apply.   The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications developed the course modules for BMCI based on UNESCO’s Journalism Curricula.   Volunteers’ knowledge and expertise in working in a ‘western’ context and applying that knowledge alongside the course modules for the benefit of BMCI’s students will be the focus of the engagement.   Expressions of interest can be made at www.academyofmedia.edu.au/volunteer   CEO at The Australian Academy of Media, Jemima McGilvery said:   “It’s an absolute delight to, together with the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications, facilitate media and communications learning opportunities for Bhutanese students in partnership with the Bhutan Media and Communications Institute (BMCI).   “I can think of no better way to help advance Bhutan’s media industry than to spend 4 weeks training the next generation of Bhutan’s media professionals at the BMCI. It will no doubt be an unforgettable, career-defining experience for all volunteers.   “It’s this sort of volunteer program that allows us at The Australian Academy of Media to demonstrate our organisation’s values, and not just talk about them. This is incredibly important for us, as we continue to build our educational and training capabilities to help advance Australia’s own media and creative arts industry”.   Pushpa Chhetri, Co-founder and Director at the Bhutan Media and Communications Institute said:   “We have been working with the teams at The Australian Academy of Media and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communications for more than 18-months now to launch Bhutan’s first ever Diploma in Journalism.   “We are really looking forward to hosting industry professionals from Australia and New Zealand who will no doubt have so much to offer students studying journalism at our institute, for the benefit of our developing media industry”   Mrs Catherine Harris AO, PSM, FAICD, Honorary Consul General for Bhutan in Australia said:   Bhutan is a Buddhist country so there is a distinct lack of materialism and consumerism.   While I respect this, as Bhutan grows and education increases, new jobs have to be found and this is the biggest issue facing Bhutan. It’s especially an issue for the cities where young people migrate to off their parent’s subsistence-based farms.      For anyone considering this program, taking a trip to Bhutan makes you realise how beautiful life can be when one focuses on the important things in life, not the material things.   You may think Bhutan is a poor, underdeveloped country, but once there you find yourself emerged in a land of beauty, wisdom, peace, and in a place with a lack of hurry. It’s the absolute perfect escape! www.academyofmedia.edu.au   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ENDS Bendigo Writers Festival 2019 program 2019-07-03T02:22:51Z bendigo-writers-festival-2019-program-1 Bendigo Writers Festival has unveiled the full three-day program for August 9 to 11, with a galaxy of stars and a supernova of sessions set to light up the end of winter. “We’ve dusted off the mirror balls, for a bit of retro party-time,” Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloyd says. “With a new venue to add to our constellation, the Festival Precinct will now be even more accessible and welcoming, so audiences will enjoy hearing all the absolutely brilliant writers on this year’s program.” The Festival launch was held at Bendigo Bowls Club, which will host sessions throughout the day, and then become the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen announced the international writers on the program, as well as some of the 150 Australian speakers heading to Bendigo in August. Festival guest Greg Fleet spoke about the writing life, as a comedian, memoirist and novelist. Feature events in Ulumbarra Theatre at the Festival this year include Friday night’s World of Food with Food Safari presenter, Maeve O’Meara. On Saturday night, world-renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies tackles the biggest question of them all - What Is Life? And for a dazzling finale, the internationally acclaimed surgeon Munjed Al Muderis will present the Closing Address on Sunday at 4.30pm, talking about how hope and courage can change lives. “Gastronomy is big on this year’s program,” Ms Sorensen said. “We are keen supporters of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so we have food writer Jill Dupleix, sustainable farmer Charles Massy and food-and-mood expert Felice Jacka, on the program. “We’re welcoming British philosopher AC Grayling for discussions about democracy, criminal psychologist Julia Shaw, to talk about evil, and from New York, Min Jin Lee, to talk about Korea.” Also on the program: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys Louise Milligan on Cardinal John Marsden on Parenting Alan Kohler on Money and Ethics Benjamin Law on Growing Up Gay Ranjana Srivastava on A Better Death Speakers include Peter Doherty, Chloe Hooper, Kerry O’Brien, Ginger Gorman, Kate Forsyth, Jessica Rowe, Don Walker, Greg Fleet, Jane Caro and Don Watson. The Text Marks the Spot free schools program takes place on Friday, and a new series of Entrée Events on Friday morning give audiences a chance to get out and about in Bendigo. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, for an event with the “bad Buddhist”, Meshel Laurie,” Ms Sorensen said. “And in the heart of Bendigo, at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall, there’s a first-time event about the women poets of Central Victoria writing during the First World War. “There’s a special launch too, of a new book about Bendigo, called Sludge, to be launched by John Brumby, Chancellor of La Trobe University.” Bendigo Writers Festival is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with La Trobe University and supported by Bendigo Tourism. https://www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au/ T2 Tea selects Triquestra to unify brand experiences and power global expansion 2019-07-01T06:21:04Z t2-tea-selects-triquestra-to-unify-brand-experiences-and-power-global-expansion AUCKLAND – 25 June 2019 – Triquestra, a leading retail software solutions provider, today announced that Unilever's retail tea business, T2 Tea, has selected Triquestra as its strategic partner for the transformation of its retail system. T2’s goal is to create immersive and frictionless experiences for customers across online, in-store and mobile channels. Triquestra’s Infinity platform will be installed as T2’s point of sale, with the power to create a central hub for the brand’s inventory and customer loyalty across ecommerce, wholesale and a growing global footprint of over 100 stores across APAC, Europe and North America. T2 will benefit from a proven unified commerce platform that will scale and adapt to shifting consumer expectations and new technologies and offer the flexibility to quickly extend support to new stores, channels and markets. Established in Melbourne in 1996, T2 Tea is a premium tea brand that prides itself on quality products that are beautifully packaged and presented through engaging and immersive in-store experiences. In addition to its global retail outlets, T2 operates a thriving wholesale business selling teas to restaurants, cafes, gourmet food stores and airlines, and has ecommerce channels spanning direct to consumer (t2tea.com), marketplaces and wholesaler third-party sites. Infinity will support T2 in all areas of retail operations and management, including point of sale, inventory, customer data, order management and loyalty. It will integrate with T2’s other technology solutions, including Oracle NetSuite, Salesforce Commerce Cloud for ecommerce and HighJump Warehouse Advantage for warehouse management. “To keep pace with new technologies and changing consumer demands, we decided to bring everything together with a unified commerce strategy,” said Rohan Penman, T2’s Global Head of Technology. “Following an in-depth software review process, we selected Triquestra as our strategic partner to help achieve that vision. Triquestra already supports retailers with a strategy of omnichannel innovation and provides best-in-class products and processes, a broad unified commerce portfolio and a referenceable track record of success with multi-store retailers across multiple geographies. “Infinity will give us a single hub for our channels, reducing integration complexity and manual overheads, while increasing efficiency and accuracy,” Rohan adds. “It will also be our platform for growth and innovation, helping us to deliver evolutionary innovations that will accelerate our business agility and competitive advantage.” “T2 shares our vision, with a single-minded focus on creating immersive and personalised experiences for customers. It has mastered the art of creating magical in-store experiences, through storytelling and adventurous in-store displays that encourage visitors to discover and experiment,” said Kelly Brown, CEO of Triquestra. “We’re looking forward to supporting T2 in its next phase of growth as the company harnesses new technologies that help to put innovation at the core of everything they do.” T2’s transition to Infinity will be a phased approach that starts in Australia and New Zealand and extends to Singapore, North America and Europe. Infinity will provide point of sale and a central hub for inventory and customer data to give customers ‘endless aisle’ access to T2’s entire inventory from any channel or touchpoint, as well as new payment options and fulfilment services such as click-and-collect and ship-from-store. Ends About T2 Established in Melbourne, Australia, in 1996, T2 Tea has become a household name – it’s the brand we start and end the day with, a comforting and trusty daily companion yet a special treat to be contemplated and savoured. T2 Tea is a premium tea brand that has unfurled and blossomed over the last 23 years but remains young and perky. All beautifully packaged up in a retail experience that is fancy and fabulous, T2 is for everyone, every day. T2 operates a growing global footprint of circa 100 retail outlets. Coupled with this is the operation of wholesale and e-commerce extensions of the business that continue to grow in all markets. In 2013, T2 was purchased by Unilever. For more information, see www.t2tea.com     About Triquestra Triquestra is a leading global software solutions provider for retail brands. Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, its Infinity unified commerce platform lets retailers connect real-time inventory and customer data with all physical and digital sales channels to give customers personalised and frictionless experiences, wherever and whenever they shop. Retail clients including T2 Tea, Cue Clothing, Fonterra Farm Source, Z Energy, Caltex, Challenge and Night ‘n Day rely on Infinity to give customers extraordinary experiences, capture market opportunities, generate revenue and build brand advocacy. Retailers across fuel, agribusiness, fashion, furniture, telecommunications, grocery and convenience, and wine, beer and liquor industries trust Infinity to manage their wholesale, trade and retail customers. Infinity supports all areas of retail operations and management, including point of sale, inventory, customer data, order management, loyalty, analytics and ecommerce. Founded in 1995, Triquestra operates in twelve countries.  For more information, see www.infinityrms.com    Berry is perfectly positioned for the new tourism trend 2019-06-27T21:01:06Z berry-is-perfectly-positioned-for-the-new-tourism-trend It’s true - the South Coast of New South Wales is the trendy destination for tourists. In fact, it is now the second most popular tourist destination in NSW after Sydney. With pristine beaches (that aren’t overcrowded), fabulous shopping, beautiful surrounds and many world-class restaurants, it’s no wonder Sydneysiders in particular are flocking to the area. Destination NSW research published in December 2018 shows that the South Coast is increasingly popular for business travellers, with trips growing by 31.6% from 2017 to 2018. And high on the business traveller’s list is Berry, the most northern town of the Shoalhaven region. “Berry has long been a popular destination for weekenders coming from Sydney”, says Bundara Farm’s Anna Fraser. “But what we are seeing now is a rise in multi-generational and business travel. As the wellbeing of employees becomes increasingly important, the off-site team building retreat is a growing tourism trend for Berry. And it is no longer embarrassing for a 14 year old to holiday with their parents and grandparents!” Anna cites Berry’s proximity to Sydney as being a crucial part of this trend. “There are no flights to book and no cities to navigate. Plus city-dwellers really value an escape to the country, as opposed to simply swapping one city for another”, she says. “It’s just the perfect environment for relaxation and connection”. Berry, whilst being a quaint country town, also has the conveniences of an upmarket city, making it an ideal corporate retreat and family group destination.  With two chef’s hatted restaurants (South on Albany in 2019 and Hungry Duck in 2011 and 2012), close proximity to Seven Mile Beach (which Sir Charles Kingsford Smith used as an airstrip for the first commercial flight between Australian and New Zealand), plus an array of bushwalks, there is a lot to draw travellers to the area. “At Bundara Farm, we incorporate the country lifestyle with city styling and conveniences. We have 14 acres just 5 minutes from the Berry CBD. Our friendly cows love to be fed by guests, which gives them a great country experience, and we can accommodate up to 30 people across the homestead and cottages. The outdoor long table and renovated stables are perfect for group gatherings, which is why we are really excited about the business and multi-generational tourism trend right now,” says Anna. With winter having just begun, now is the perfect time to stay at places like Bundara Farm at Berry. Off-peak rates apply which means even more value for family and business groups. “Think wood fires, misty mornings and beautiful sunny days. Winter truly is the best time of year to enjoy the relaxed, country lifestyle and re-set for the new financial year” Anna says. A stay in Berry that’s potentially tax deductible? Yes, please!   Bundara Farm is located on 14 acres in Berry. The owners extensively renovated the property in 2015, which has seen it become the Instagram-worthy, premium destination it is today. Accommodating large groups, Bundara Farm can also be hired for weddings, corporate retreats and workshops. Switch Digital wins Taiwan Tourism and announces the opening of the Australian Visitor Information Centre to support booming interest 2019-06-25T00:04:55Z switch-digital-wins-taiwan-tourism-and-announces-the-opening-of-the-australian-visitor-information-centre-to-support-booming-interest Leading Independent digital agency, Switch Digital, have been appointed to handle Taiwan Tourism and last week the agency launched the new tourism information centre in the heart of Sydney. In addition to hosting the centre, Switch will also co-ordinate PR, trade shows and travel industry education. Up until recently Taiwan has been largely undiscovered by Australians. The partnership with Switch Digital has been created to better service the growing demand of Australian travellers and support Australian travel professionals, providing information on industry presence and guides on travelling to Taiwan.  Switch Digital recently established an Auckland office and was chosen due to their ability to manage the contract across both Australia and New Zealand. Taiwan Tourism also acknowledged that the start of a consumer’s holiday planning begins online. Switch was able to prove their ability to manage travellers’ need for information through the line. Taiwan has received over 10 million tourists over the last 4 years. Australian tourists accounted for over 100,000 tourists in 2018, with a 60% increase in Australian travellers arriving year-on-year in April 2019 alone.   “We are delighted to be appointed to work with Taiwan Tourism in APAC. Taiwan is one of Asia’s most exciting food, recreation, diving and cultural travel destinations and is also a regional leader in health, sustainable and active outdoor travel with a uniquely Taiwanese character,” said Lee Stephens, CEO of Switch Digital. A visit to Taiwan is a special experience because of the openness and hospitality of the Taiwanese people. Interest has peaked with Taiwan becoming the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.  Taiwan will also feature prominently in travel and dive expos across Australia and is offering tailored training sessions to major travel groups over the next 12 months. The Sydney centre was officially opened by Dr Trust H.J. Lin, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau of New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, India, Middle East. “We are very happy to open our new Information Centre in Australia. and our new Australian presence will showcase Taiwan’s many exciting, beautiful and cultural experiences available to Australian holiday makers. When travellers consider their next regional holiday, we want to assure them that they are very welcome in Taiwan,” Dr. Lin said. Australia Wide Car Hire Launch 2019-06-24T02:37:45Z australia-wide-car-hire-launch Car Hire Bookings launch new look website. In the nest 2 weeks well be offering a new booking engine offering some of the best price car hire in Australia. Our ambition is to cover the whole of Australia offering a 1 stop shop for car rentals for pleasure or work. Its not enough to have cheap car rental ,when you have to add the insurance extra it can change the whole cost of your car hire. Our excess insurance is one of the cheapest around with out compromise of cover. The way it should be. Check out our destinations. Here are just a few. Australia Car Hire  Melbourne Car Hire Sydney Car Hire Adelaide Car Hire Perth Car Hire Canberra Car Hire Gold Coast Car Hire Mumba and RITEQ - Even Better Together 2019-06-20T01:22:06Z mumba-amp-riteq-even-better-together SYDNEY, Australia – 20 May 2019 – Top enterprise employee engagement platform, Mumba and leading workforce management solution provider, RITEQ are pleased to announce their strategic partnership, offering integrated, scalable and customer-centric solutions to organisations in Australia and around the world.  Mumba brings all the HR and business applications an employee needs into one central hub, accessible from any device. Along with robust roster optimisation and time and attendance management tools, RITEQ offers an Employee Self Service toolkit, which allows rostered staff to play an active role in managing their schedules, payroll and other personal information.   This new partnership will allow large organisations striving to be employers of choice to boost employee engagement and productivity by giving their staff access to Mumba's enterprise-grade communications and RITEQ's flexible, digital workforce management solutions in one single platform. By combining two powerful SaaS platforms, the partnership between Mumba and RITEQ effectively brings a unique and comprehensive solution for organisations in the Facilities Management, Not-For-Profit, Retail, Service, Hospitality and Aged Care and Disability Care sectors, where dispersed workforces are often the norm. "Combining RITEQ's and Mumba's best-of-breed technologies is a strong strategic move for both organisations, and more importantly a win for our customers, who will enjoy an unparalleled employee experience that can be accessed from anywhere on any device," said David Kroser, RITEQ Managing Director. "Our partnership with RITEQ is a strong strategic fit for both of our companies and supports our rapid growth in Australia and international expansion plans. Together, we bring to the marketplace an unrivalled solution that can be easily implemented and can effectively help organisations promote a culture of engagement and productivity within their workforce," added Greg Parkes, Mumba's Managing Director. Family villas a new haven for guests at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa - Tanna Vanuatu 2019-06-19T04:42:11Z family-villas-a-new-haven-for-guests-at-white-grass-ocean-resort-amp-spa-tanna-vanuatu Family villas a new haven for guests at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa   ‘A sanctuary of luxurious accommodation, first class service and idyllic surrounds to unwind in following a day hiking up a volcano or diving the Blue Cave.’   June 2019:  Grass Ocean Resort & Spa on Tanna Island, Vanuatu has recently introduced three new family villas to its range of guest accommodation. The two bedroom, two ensuite, plantation-style villas also include a kitchenette, dining area, lounge and large verandahs. Designed with every creature comfort for a family of up to four, the new villas feature furniture crafted from local hardwood, designer soft furnishings, ceiling fans, ceramic tile floors, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and more.   White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is home to the only PADI certified diving operation, Volcano Island Divers, on Tanna Island.  Local dive spots are renowned for their coral and lava formations, abundant marine life (including Caverns turtles, whales  and dugong) and exceptional water quality.    Tanna Island is one of the southernmost islands of the Vanuatu archipelago and is blessed with some of the South Pacific’s most beautiful beaches.  White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa has direct access to reef edge and inner reef pool snorkelling. Resort facilities also include a swimming pool, pitch ‘n putt golf course, petanque (bocce) field, bicycles, guest library, and the Nabisa Day Spa. Housed in an open bure with uninterrupted coastal views, the Nabisa Day Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments, including its signature Volcanic Hot Stone Massage, using natural products such as the local organic coconut oil.   Food at White Grass is fresh, seasonal and sustainable. The restaurant serves seafood, including lobster, wahu, yellow fin tuna, poulet, marlin and mahi mahi, pulled from the ocean in front of the resort. Fresh Locally farmed prawns and Vanuatu beef are flown in several times each week. Local markets and growers supply organic vegetables, fruit and nuts grown in the island’s rich volcanic soil. Whitegrass chefs are local Ni-Vanuatu people who are passionate about the local produce and use their skills and expertise to create memorable meals every day.   Once in a lifetime adventures are a wonderful way to work up an appetite. For example, the resort’s Blue Cave experience begins with a 20-minute coastal journey. Once at the Blue Cave, visitors are invited to duck dive through an opening where the cliff meets the sea and emerge into a magical cave, illuminated only by a shaft of light from a hole in the cave ceiling.      Guests can also experience the world’s most accessible active volcano. After a 1.5 hour 4WD journey through dense jungle, mountain villages and ash plains to the base of the volcano, guests walk up the face of Mount Yasur to the volcano rim while witnessing its frequent eruptions.     Euan Marsh, owner of White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa, says: ‘White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa provides our guests with rare access to Tanna Island’s unique village culture and raw, once in a life time, adventure experiences.  Our resort has been designed in response to this, and provides a sanctuary of luxurious accommodation, first class service and idyllic surrounds to unwind in following a day hiking up a volcano or diving the blue cave.’       White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is located just 2km from Tanna Airport, which is a short flight from Port Vila. Resort staff welcome every guest at the airport before whisking them away to their holiday island home.   Accommodation (including tropical breakfast) in the new family villas starts from around $400 AUD per night (42000VUV per night for a villa)   For more information visit: https://www.whitegrasstanna.com/     ENDS   Image Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mucgua6mrh9i7a4/AABgIpFQIPXvvWeO_hxqHVdha?dl=0     For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023   Australian battlefield pilgrims drive demand for new Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise to Papua New Guinea 2019-06-19T04:26:49Z australian-battlefield-pilgrims-drive-demand-for-new-mat-mclachlan-ww2-history-cruise-to-papua-new-guinea-1 Launched in response to demand from intrepid, history-loving Australians, the 10-night Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise will take place aboard P&O Pacific Dawn as part of her round-trip Brisbane sailing on 26 August 2020. Designed to be an exclusive and immersive experience featuring a tailor-made program of keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and shore excursions to key Papua New Guinea World War Two sites – all hosted by acclaimed historians and led by Mat McLachlan – numbers for the inaugural are limited to two hundred cabins.  Discussing the new cruise, leading historian and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, Mat McLachlan, said: “No other nation embraces its war-time history like Australians. The Anzac legend inspires across generations, and we are seeing a growing interest to learn about and visit lesser known and harder to reach battlefields, such as those in Papua New Guinea.”  Cruiseco CEO, Amanda McClelland, said: “Cruise holidays have opened up new destinations and new holiday experiences for travellers. Themed cruises in particular are growing in popularity and we are very excited to partner with Australia’s leading battlefield tour company to launch the Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise, which we expect to be very popular among cruisers and non-cruisers alike!”   Onboard, the immersive war history itinerary includes a cocktail welcome party, three special group dinners, and three sea days of informative and engaging conferencing as well as free time to enjoy Pacific Dawn amenities and services. The conference program includes keynote presentations, panel discussions, Q&A’s, and, more relaxed interactive workshops covering subjects such as how to research a lost relative.    “We are focused on providing a personalised and enriching conference-cruise experience. Our historians will be on board for the cruise duration, providing plenty of opportunities for one on one time. We are also inviting all guests with ancestors who fought in New Guinea to advise us, so that our historians can identify sites of personal significance – such as the battlefield where a grandfather fought, or a grave where a loved one is buried,” said Mat McLachlan.  On shore, the WW2 History Tour includes two incredible highlight tours:  The Battle of Milne Bay Tour: Located on the south-eastern tip of the island of New Guinea with a deep natural harbour, Milne Bay was a key strategic point for World War Two in the Pacific. Australian troops arrived in Milne Bay in June 1942 and began work alongside American comrades carving roads and three airstrips out of jungle and swamp. For the Japanese, it was essential to claim this region back to progress their takeover of the island and Port Moresby. During the night on 25 August 1942, 2000 Japanese marines attacked the Allied base. The ensuing battle lasted three weeks, with the Allies claiming victory. Today, remnants of Japanese landing barges used in the battle can still be seen.  “The Battle of Milne Bay was a turning point in the Pacific War as it was the first time the Allied forces decisively defeated a Japanese offensive on land. This battle largely marked the beginning of the end for World War Two in the Pacific,” said Mat McLachlan. War and Colonial History Tour in Rabaul: Rabaul was famous in both world wars -  it was the scene of Australia’s first battle of the First World War (the Battle of Bita Paka) and during the Second it was captured by the Japanese and, in 1942, turned into a fortress. The massive military complex served over 97,000 soldiers and thousands of accompanying personnel. To guard against air bombardment, the Japanese dug 800 kilometres of tunnels to house their commend centres, barracks, storehouses, and a hospital. These tunnels remain today snaking beneath the island.  Rabaul was the main Japanese base in the South Pacific and was considered so impregnable that the Allies never attempted to capture it, simply bypassing it as they advanced towards Japan. Rabaul did not fall until the Japanese surrender in 1945, and today there are numerous war sites to see in and around the town.  Fares start from $2599 per person, twin share, interior room. All official Mat McLachlan WW2 History Cruise events are included in the holiday package price.  To book phone Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours on 1300 880 340 or visit battlefields.com.au/papua-new-guinea-ww2-history-cruise/     HISTORIANS presenting conference sessions and leading shore excursions include:  Mat McLachlan: leading battlefield historian, acclaimed war history author and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours who has spent more than two decades following in the footsteps of Australian troops around the world. He is an authority on the battlefields of the Western Front, Gallipoli, World War Two in the Pacific, the Vietnam War and the Normandy landing beaches.  Dr Karl James: Historian and Head of Military History at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Karl’s research focuses on Australia’s involvement in the Second World War.  Gary McKay: Vietnam Veteran and recipient of the Military Cross for gallantry, Gary is now a battlefield guide and celebrated war history author who has travelled widely through the Pacific.  David Howell: Army Reserve Officer, historian, author and tour guide, David grew up listening to stories of the war in New Guinea told by his grandfather and has made over 50 crossings of the Kokoda Track as well as visiting the major battlefields in Papua New Guinea. MASTER of CEREMONIES for the cruise conference: Chris Masters: one of Australia’s best-known, most successful and most influential investigative journalists in the second half of the 20thcentury. Over 25 years he won five Walkleys and filed 100 investigative reports, mostly for Four Corners. Wedding Anniversary Getaways 2019-06-14T03:31:01Z wedding-anniversary-getaways As the cold weather sets in, we're thinking about all things nourishing and nurturing: hearty meals; conversations by the fireplace; and of course, bathing in hot springs.  There's a lot to love about the hot springs regardless of the season, but there's something profoundly restorative about soaking your body in a hot pool on a crisp night beneath the stars or falling rain. We have created a selection of indulgent packages that combine the tranquil bathing experience of our Spa Dreaming Centre with overnight local accommodation to make your next wedding anniversary getaway extra special. Choose from four of our wonderful accommodation partners that each has something unique to offer. MAYONNAISE FOR SUGAR INTOLERANT 2019-06-08T06:31:18Z mayonnaise-for-sugar-intolerant June 2019   MAYONNAISE FOR SUGAR INTOLERANT   DUKE’S mayonnaise is one of three top mayonnaise brands in the United States that is being launched in NSW, Australia by HiLands Foods.  It is also known as the Southern mayonnaise in the United States. Duke’s is a real mayonnaise that has more egg yolks in it than any other mayonnaise products in the market. The high egg content gives Duke’s its famous smooth and creamy texture that you love. Duke’s is the only commercially produced mayonnaise that does not have added sugar. Therefore, it is suitable for sugar intolerant consumers. Duke’s is a century old secret with its unique tangy flavour. Over the past 100 years, Duke’s has cultivated a vibrant history of commitment to family recipes, traditions, and authenticity. This commitment is the reason that our fans love to keep the Duke’s legacy alive.   Mayonnaise Creation   Eugenia Duke created the home-style luscious mayonnaise in 1917. She used special mayonnaise in her sandwich business feeding the many hundreds of hungry soldiers in training. Eugenia’s sandwiches and the mayonnaise that gave them their special flavour were so unforgettably delicious that years after they’d left the camp, soldiers wrote to Eugenia begging for her sandwich recipes and jars of her delectable spread.   In 1923, C.B. Boyd, Eugenia’s key salesman noticed Eugenia’s classic and simple sandwiches were delicious and it was tangy mayonnaise that was truly distinctive and kept people wanting more. While the sandwich business was flourishing Boyd urged Duke to focus her attention to mayonnaise that made the sandwiched flavoursome. Hence, Duke began selling mayonnaise as a separate product. Duke’s Mayonnaise took off and Eugenia sold her sandwich business to her accountant, Hart in order to focus her full-time attention solely on the spread.     By 1929, with the ever-increasing demand for her famous mayonnaise Eugenia was struggling to keep up with the momentum. Again, Boyd advised Duke to sell her business and The C.F. Sauer Company, another family owned, and operated business happily took over to continue spreading Duke’s across the United States. Eugenia served as C.F. Sauer’s mayonnaise spokeswoman, but eventually left South Carolina for California to be closer to her daughter. Always the businesswoman, Duke revived her sandwich-selling enterprise in California and sold her homemade sandwiches to local drugstores and cafes. She operated under the name the Duchess Sandwich Company.     Duke’s Spread     Throughout the 1960s, The C.F. Sauer Company continued to grow Duke’s distribution and popularity, developing it into the brand you know and love today. After an extensive improvement and a major expansion through the mid 1980s and 1990s light mayonnaise was introduced in the Duke’s family of products. Later, Duke’s introduced the squeeze bottle, an innovation that revolutionized mayonnaise packaging. Another packaging revolution followed soon thereafter as companies began to replace their glass jars with more economical plastic ones. Duke’s was quick to follow suit, adopting a plastic jar in 2006.    The “smooth and creamy” red ribbon was added to the label. The label was originally intended to mark the anniversary year, but Duke’s fans loved it so much that it remains on the jar label to this day. Another noteworthy change came in 2009, when many major mayonnaise brands switched from their classic 32-ounce jars to 30-ounce jars. In keeping with tradition, Duke’s refused to downsize and continues to sell mayonnaise in full 32-ounce jars.   Duke’s Today   In recent years, Duke’s has embraced its cult following throughout the southeast. Jingle and testimonial fan contests, a feature in the Pimento Cheese Please documentary, a brand ambassador program, and sponsorship of local events like the Hanover Tomato Festival and Broad Appétit in the Richmond, Virginia area have brought Duke’s closer to its fan base than ever before.   Duke’s celebrated its 100th anniversary in April 2017. Over the past 100 years, Duke’s has cultivated a vibrant history of commitment to family recipes, traditions, and authenticity. This commitment is the reason that our fans love to keep the Duke’s legacy alive.   Duke’s is the secret to great food. Well, it’s not really a secret these days. Dukes brings zest to your delicious baked dinners, salads and bar-b-cues. Try some for yourself to taste the mayonnaise everyone is talking about.   Duke’s mayonnaise is available in independent fruit markets, convenience stores, ethnic stores and selected IGAs.   STOP PRESS     Air Chair Range by Siesta Now Available at Replica Furniture 2019-06-06T04:33:01Z air-chair-range-by-siesta-now-available-at-replica-furniture Replica Furniture is Australia owned and operated supplier of premium furniture, lighting and accessories to commercial and retail clients.    Replica Furniture is pleased to introduce the Air Chairs range to their extensive offering.  The Air Chair range of chairs and stools are original designs by Siesta made in Europe. Stylish and supremely sturdy this range is built to withstand outdoor commercial use day after day.  The Air Chair range is a favourite for hospitality customers seeking a strong, stackable European design that will withstand the Australia outdoors. Now available immediately in Australia wide.   Get your Air Chairs today at Replica Furniture. Features Built for commercial applications from a single one-piece injection mould, with glass fibre reinforced legs to provide extra strength. UV stabilised polypropylene to prevent fading and discolouration in full sun.  The Air Chair is stackable (4 high).  The Air Range also includes counter stools and bar stools.  Materials & Construction One Piece Injection Moulded Weather Resistant (UV Stabilised) Polypropylene Glass fibre reinforced legs Available in Anthracite Grey, Black & White Vegas Outdoor Dining Table  Looking for the perfect table for your Air Chairs?  Our Vegas Outdoor Dining Table is made in Europe and comes in black or anthracite grey. This fantastic dining table is ideal for use on the verandah or outdoor patio and comes in a range of sizes This plastic outdoor dining table is made from weather resistant resin, and is UV resistant. With no metal frame, this table will not rust or decay and is ideal for use in the Australian outdoors.  The Vegas outdoor table matches perfectly with the Air Chair. This stunning plastic outdoor dining table is now available at  Replica Furniture in four sizes: 180cm L x 100cm W x 75cm H220cm L x 100cm W x 75cm H260cm L x 100cm W x 75cm H300cm L x 100cm W x 75cm H Bondi Feast brings comedy, theatre, cabaret & circus to Bondi Pavilion this winter 2019-06-05T02:48:24Z bondi-feast-brings-comedy-theatre-cabaret-amp-circus-to-bondi-pavilion-this-winter A veritable feast of contemporary circus, dazzling burlesque, side-splitting comedy and genre-bending theatre returns to Bondi Pavilion on 9 to 20 July 2019 for Bondi Feast. Bondi Feast features more than 40 shows, starring performers from all over Australia and our first New Zealand act, physical sketch comedy delight Laser Kiwi. Circus is back in the Parlour Tent with a cross-generational circus about knitting, Total Theatre winner Casting Off, and Chasing Smoke, Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble. An extended festival garden will feature new and expanded performance spaces, free roving performances, food trucks and warming beverages. Beyond the walls of the Pavilion festivalgoers can explore Bondi with Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour or take in How to be Happy a theatre show/stadium pop concert on the back of a truck. The festival kicks off on Tuesday 9 July with a Gala Night, hosted by superstar disc jockey and fringe comedy hero Juan Vesuvius, that will whet the appetite for the feast of shows in the festival, including perennial Feast favourites Impromptunes, and cabaret darlings Adelaide Fringe Award-winner Anya Anastasia and Green Room Award winner Jude Perl. Mayor of Waverley, John Wakefield, said Bondi Feast is a great community event that supports outstanding local, national and international artists. “Bondi Feast celebrates the diversity of talent we have in this country and is a highlight of Waverley’s cultural calendar,” Mayor Wakefield said. “It features a thoughtfully curated program that gets bigger and better each year.” Festival co-directors Rachel Chant and Phil Spencer are delighted to present a vibrant and eclectic line up of performances this year. “Every year the festival grows in quality and variety and with 2019 we’ve been lucky enough to assemble an inventive mix of off-the-wall comedy, scintillating cabaret, intimate circus works, experimental theatre and even our very own Eurowision Song Contest.” Phil said. “We'll be transforming the Pav into a carnival playground, with unique installations, food and wine and of course our feast of entertainment. With free parking from 7pm and great public transport options, you won't want to leave; it will be the ultimate winter hangout,” said Rachel. Bondi Feast is a highlight of Waverley Council’s Bondi Winter Magic festival. For the full festival line-up visit http://bondifeast.com.au/   -ENDS-   NOTES FOR EDITORS Dates           9 to 20 July (Tuesday-Saturday nights) Location      Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach Price range  Free - $35 Bookings     http://bondifeast.com.au/ Images         Download festival images here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QUyVhcEck2TaIB7gT7nmYxaAdB2pblXX?usp=sharing Delve into Australia’s involvement in D-Day and the European Theatre of WW2 with Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours 2019-06-04T09:41:55Z delve-into-australia-s-involvement-in-d-day-and-the-european-theatre-of-ww2-with-mat-mclachlan-battlefield-tours With 6 June 2019 marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches in Normandy (France), which led to the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has expanded its range of European tours, offering over 20 Special Value Tours with durations of four to twelve days across multiple departure dates (from July 2019 until October 2020). Australian war historian and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours reveals some of the highlights of the company’s special European Theatre World War II tours. “Alongside Great Britain, Australia was one of the first nations to declare war on Nazi Germany,” said Mat McLachlan. From a nation of around 7 million people, almost 1 million Australians - men and women - served in the Second World War, with the Australian Army, Navy and RAAF fighting as part of the Allied forces in both the Pacific against the Empire of Japan, and in Europe against Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers. Over 39,000 Australian soldiers lost their lives during World War II, over 23,000 were wounded and around 30,000 were taken Prisoner of War. “Our Special Value Tours provide insights into some of the major battles and stories of the Second World War in Europe. Travellers can choose to embark on a tour to the Normandy coast to reflect on the Allied landings during Operation Overload - which we know as D-Day; delve into the Italian campaign which saw over 60,000 Allied soldiers lose their lives; or bring to life the moving stories of Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler and other Holocaust victims, walking in their footsteps in Holland and the concentration camps of Germany and Poland,” said Mat McLachlan. Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours leads tours to all theatres of World War II, including Normandy, the South Pacific, and Darwin, Australia.  Highlight Europe WW2 tours: D-Day Landings in Normandy: 3 or 4 night tour from $734* per person twin share. 58 tours available with regular departures from September 2019 to October 2020  Visit all the D-Day landing beaches along the Normandy coastline as well as some of the most iconic D-Day locations, such as the site of the Pegasus Bridge glider landing, the bunkers at Juno Beach, and where the ‘Band of Brothers’ fought near St. Mère Eglise.    The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino 10 day tour from $2712* per person twin share. Two tours available, departing Wednesday 16 October 2019 and Wednesday 13 May 2020  Visit the Operation Avalanche landing site at Salerno (September 1943) as well as the sites of iconic battles such as Monte Cassino and Anzio. Follow in the footsteps of troops from many nations, including visiting the Polish Cemetery at Cassino and learning about the huge sacrifice made by the Indian Army.     The Holocaust Remembered – the Moving Story of Anne Frank & Oscar Schindler 12 day tour from $2758* per person twin share. 9 tours available with departure dates from June 2019 to October 2020   The Holocaust in WW2 claimed more than 6 million victims across Europe. On this moving tour we follow the story of Anne Frank from her hiding in Holland to her death ay Bergen-Belsen. We visit concentration camp sites, including the most infamous at Auschwitz , and lesser known sites like Terezin. The tour ends with a look at the Nuremburg Trials where the full horror of the Holocaust was exposed.   Highlight South Pacific WW2 tour:   Trek Kokoda 10 night tour from $3850* per person twin share. 26 tours available with regular departure dates from June 2019 to October 2020   A pilgrimage that will immerse you in Australia’s South Pacific wartime history against the backdrop of the beautiful, rugged and at times harsh terrain of the Papua New Guinea jungle.   Darwin WW2 tour:   The Bombing of Darwin Anniversary Tour 5 day tour from $2099* per person twin share. One special anniversary tour: 16 to 20 February 2020  On 19 February 1942, World War II was brought to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin killing 235 people. Over the next 21 months, Darwin, Adelaide River, Katherine and Milingimbi in Arnhem Land were bombed 77 times. Take in key WW2 sites in Darwin while enjoying this tropical Australian city magnificently situated on the Arafura Sea.   * Refer to battlefields.com.au for full details of tour inclusions and exclusions ABOUT MAT MCLACHLAN BATTLEFIELD TOURS Australia’s leading specialist provider of battlefield tours, sending thousands of Australian travellers to battlefields all over the world each year. The company runs battlefield tours to France, Belgium, the UK, Gallipoli, Germany, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and more. All the company’s tours are personally designed by Mat McLachlan, and the company employs a team of more than 30 historians to escort them.   Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is part of the touring division of McLachlan Travel Group, a family company that has been prominent in the Australian travel industry for more than 40 years.   ABOUT MAT MCLACHLAN Mat McLachlan is a leading battlefield historian, author and guide who has spent more than two decades following in the footsteps of Australian troops around the world. He is considered a leading authority on the battlefields of the Western Front, Gallipoli, the Pacific battlefields of World War Two, the Vietnam War and the Normandy landing beaches.   His 2007 book, Walking with the Anzacs, is the definitive guide to Australian battlefields on the Western Front and has been reprinted seven times. Mat’s second book, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide, is the most comprehensive guide to the Australian battlefields of Gallipoli yet published.   Mat regularly appears in historical documentaries (Tony Robinson’s World War 1, Australia: Life on the Edge, Lost in Flanders), as well as on television and radio programs to discuss Australia’s wartime history, commemorative days (ANZAC DAY, Remembrance Day) and key battle anniversaries.