The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-07T05:52:29Z Five Turnkey Homes Left in The Retreat at Mandurah Quay 2017-07-07T05:52:29Z five-turnkey-homes-left-in-the-retreat-at-mandurah-quay Perth, WA, 07 July 2017 - The Retreat at Mandurah Quay may be one of the best kept secrets in the Perth real estate market. Nestled within the Mandurah Quay Resort, The Retreat offers world class resort amenities without the high cost of staying in a resort 365 days a year. The Retreat is located in Erskine, adjacent to Mandurah. It is the latest in a long line of successful land estates developed in the Perth area by Origin Projects, formerly known as 4Land Property Group. The Retreat offers a seachange lifestyle adjacent to a world-class resort, but close enough to Perth that a person can still have their career while enjoying their seachange lifestyle. However, there is much more to The Retreat at Mandurah Quay than just seachange. There are a plethora of recreational opportunities within ten minutes of The Retreat.The Mandurah Quay Resort offers an optional membership to all Retreat homeowners. Facilities there include a café, a bar, tennis, volleyball, a swimming pool, a gym, a function room and even a BBQ. In addition, for those who do want to enjoy the surrounding area, there is a host of amenities and infrastructure.The Waterside Restaurant at the Mandurah Quay Resort is only one minute away from the homes in The Retreat. The Resort is located on the Peel Inlet and is adjacent to the Len Howard Conservation Area. There are also many more parks and nature walks less than five minutes away.It is less than ten minutes to the Mandurah City Centre and the Mandurah Ocean Marina. Fishing, boating, crabbing, shopping, medical facilities and golf courses are all less than ten minutes away. The turnkey homes are top quality homes, finished to a high standard, with three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. The homes are on blocks ranging from 296 sqm to 336 sqm. They cost between $459,000 and $465,000. They have ultra-efficient, spacious floor plans, modern fittings and contemporary landscaping that is designed to fit seamlessly into the natural surroundings. The homes are also built with high ceilings and abundant storage space.Latest in a Long Line of Successful Land EstatesMadeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects, the developers of The Retreat at Mandurah Quay. According to Ms McErlain:“The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is another in a long line of successful land estates in the Perth area developed by Origin Projects. When we began as 4Land Property Group, our goal was to provide affordable housing in great places to live for young families. We began to get feedback from some of our homebuyers that we should offer finished turnkey homes for those who don't want to go through the hassle of building a new home. In addition, we realised that we were only serving a narrow market and we decided to expand into boutique offerings such as The Retreat at Mandurah Quay.”Ms McErlain concluded: “The Retreat has been even more successful than we could have hoped for. The amount of interest in this beautiful, upscale community has been phenomenal. It goes to show, quality speaks for itself.”The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a community within a resort. It was developed by Origin Projects, who have developed a number of successful land estates in the Perth area. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay provides a seachange lifestyle within an hour’s drive or train ride of Perth. To learn more, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. Pafumi Rise Offering Huge Discounts on Final Release 2017-07-06T06:11:19Z pafumi-rise-offering-huge-discounts-on-final-release Perth, WA,  06 July 2017 - Origin Projects have gained a sterling reputation for developing house and land packages on land estates in the Perth area. They began by offering affordable land in desirable locations. While they are still priced lower than their competition in any given area, they have expanded and now offer house and land packages to a more diverse set of demographics.One of their recent and most successful projects is called Pafumi Rise. Pafumi Rise is located in Landsdale between Landsdale Road and Hepburn Avenue. As with most of their land estates, Pafumi Rise is located in an area that is developing rapidly and primed for long term capital growth.  Pafumi Rise offers 58 elevated blocks that overlook Landsdale and provide scenic views stretching all the way to the Darling Ranges. They are in close proximity to a host of amenities, including planned public open spaces. Kingsway Regional Sporting complex is nearby, as is Kingsway City Shopping Centre. Schools, medical facilities and transport are all within easy reach.Currently, there are seven lots left in the final release of Pafumi Rise. Colorbond side and rear boundary fencing is included in all of the lots. The lots are 526-529 sqm in size and are priced from a low of $359,000 to a high of $370,000. These prices are discounted from $5,000 to $13,000 off the original prices. Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects. According to Ms McErlain:“Pafumi Rise is another in a long line of successful land estates we have developed in the Perth area. The reason we have been so successful is because of the amount of research we put in before we decide to develop a land estate.”Ms McErlain continued: “We always strive to provide the best value for our customers. The best way to do that is to provide affordable land in a suburb that is tipped to grow and thrive. We do our research and due diligence extremely well before deciding to purchase a development site. We also have to make sure we can obtain the land for a reasonable price so we can pass the savings to you. The end result is land in desirable places for reasonable prices.”Ms McErlain added further: “We love Landsdale because it is located within the city of Wanneroo. Wanneroo has its own infrastructure and amenities and is a great place to live. But if you need to get to the Perth CBD, it only takes 25 minutes by taking the Mitchell Freeway. If you don’t like to drive to the CBD, you can easily get there by train.”Ms McErlain concluded: “Pafumi Rise provides the best of both worlds. It is close enough to the CBD to work there if you want but far enough away that you can live a more relaxed lifestyle at home.”Pafumi Rise is being developed by Origin Projects, formerly known as 4Land Property Group. Origin Projects specialises in offering house and land packages at affordable prices in desirable Perth suburbs. They are known for providing short term and long term capital growth for their homebuyers. To learn more, call (08) 6500 4488 or visit their website: http://www.originprojects.com.au/. Launch of Minda’s MyChoices web app breaks down NDIS barriers and gives back control to users 2017-07-04T01:25:48Z launch-of-minda-s-mychoice-web-app-breaks-down-ndis-barriers-and-gives-back-control-to-users With a growing number of Australians feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Minda has invested in innovative technology to find a solution – with the Minda MyChoices app now available as a free online planning tool to help them get the support and services they need. Minda CEO, Ms Cathy Miller, said the web-based MyChoices app – which was officially launched on Sunday, 2nd July 2017 -  is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia. “Anyone who needs to navigate the Disability Sector for support for themselves or a loved one knows first-hand how confusing and confronting it can be, and our web-based app offers a user-friendly solution that puts power literally back into the hands of people,” Ms Miller said. “The entire premise of the NDIS is that individuals must be at the very centre of decision-making, but if people don’t know what choices they have then they are not able to confidently make a decision – and with NDIS funding locked in for a 12-month period it is now more critical than ever to get the right support arrangements in place from the beginning,” she said. “The MyChoices web-based app provides a pre-planning toolkit, which people can use regardless of whether they are applying for the NDIS for the first time, already have funding, or if they are applying on someone’s behalf. A video explains the pre-planning support available and then takes users through the steps, with additional instructional videos along the way.” Ms Miller said the web app was expected to play a critical role in helping people to see their application process underway. “Minda has been working with people with disabilities and their families for close to 120 years, and we hope to take any uncertainty and confusion out of the NDIS by walking people through what is needed to prepare their NDIS plan – and that truly puts them at the centre of decision-making.” “People are under no obligation to engage Minda as a server provider, but those that do can tap into the opportunities available through our highly-popular Disability Choices programs, and better understand how individualised funding works, explore employment, accommodation, recreation, personal care, respite, in-home support, and vacation care options, learn more about individualised training programs, and enjoy tailored recreational activities.” With the imminent rollout of the NDIS to Adelaide’s northern areas, Minda will be taking the MyChoices web app to major shopping centres and other public locations to help people better navigate the system and apply for funding. Minda’s new web app can be found at www.mindainc.com.au/mychoices About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. More information at https://www.mindainc.com.au/ DOG OWNERS FORCED TO SURRENDER PETS OR LIE TO FIND PET FRIENDLY RENTAL HOMES 2017-06-30T00:37:14Z dog-owners-forced-to-surrender-pets-or-lie-to-find-pet-friendly-rental-homes As the shortage in pet friendly housing in Victoria continues, pet owners are being forced to surrender their animals, with possible euthanasia consequences. The AVA1 report thirty per cent of dogs and cats are surrendered by owners who are unable to locate adequate accommodation. This lack of pet-friendly rental properties continues to be a major issue for Victorian pet owners with a search on leading rental network revealing current listings in Victoria for pet friendly rentals equate to about two per cent of total listings. This low availability of pet friendly homes has found the search to be very stressful, with many pet owners left with feelings of housing insecurity2. Furthermore, the low availability forces pet owners, most who have strong emotional bonds to their pet, to choose between surrendering their pet or keeping their animal without landlord approval. A survey conducted by Dogs Victoria, the peak body representing ten thousand owners and breeders of purebred dogs, on renting with dogs identified over 40 per cent of respondents found it difficult to secure a rental home, with over 80 per cent citing it was due to owning a dog. The survey revealed that virtually everybody renting with a dog had special provisions put on their rental agreement, from pet bonds, extra cleaning fees, numerous inspections and higher rent. However, most respondents were prepared to pay more rent or have special provisions put onto their rental agreement to secure a pet-friendly property. Australian research1 has revealed that pet owners would likely pay up to 14 per cent more rent – which could see landlords receiving over three thousand extra dollars per annum, based on an average weekly rental of four hundred dollars. Dogs Victoria, Chief Executive, Dr Tim Adams says ‘We believe that renting with a dog should be widely accepted as normal and we are we are calling on landlords to change their perception on renting to a tenant with well-behaved dogs, and the government to consider legislation to facilitate this. Our survey has proven that dog owners often make excellent tenants with many stating they cared and tended more for the property as they recalled the difficulty in first securing it.’ The survey also showed that many pet owners included quirky elements to get noticed, including using a dog resume to secure their rental property, citing it helped to personalise and introduce their pet to the landlord. Many included in their dog resume achievements from advanced training, previous rental history references and the goals and responsibilities of living with fellow humans. Respondents stated they supported their rental application by providing details about their obligation as a Dogs Victoria member, which identifies the owner as a member of an organisation recognised by the government as a responsible authority on canine affairs, and included their duty in respect to health, welfare and upkeep. Dogs Victoria remains committed in representing canine interests and issues and will work with the Government, sector bodies, the community and Dogs Victoria members on building a fairer Victoria for all dog owners. For more information on Dogs Victoria visit www.dogsvictoria.org.au  -       ends    - References: 1 ACAC 2014, Renting with pets, Australian Companion Animals Council 2 Power E 2015 Renting with pets: a pathway to housing insecurity?, Western Sydney University   DOG OWNERS MAKE GREAT TENANTS Current research has found pet friendly rental homes can provide excellent economic benefit for landlords. So here are six great reasons why you should consider listing your home with a ‘pets considered’ option. - Get more rent: Dog owners will pay more rent to secure a good rental property. - Find tenants quickly: With so few homes available the demand is high therefore pet friendly rentals are often snapped up quickly by eager dog owners. - Home is valued: Dog owners have shown to care and look after the property more as they recall the difficulty in first securing a rental and don’t want to revisit the process. - High occupancy rates: Leases are often held for longer periods as most tenants do not want to go through the process of finding alternative pet friendly housing. - No undeclared pets: You’ll find better communication will result as tenants will be more open with landlords regarding their furry friends. - Locate trustworthy tenants: Prospective tenants are happy to disclose information about their pets, consider requesting a ‘pet resume’ along with rental applications.  Grenfell Tower Fire Tragedy 2017-06-22T04:07:46Z grenfell-tower-fire-tragedy The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) joins with other organisations from the Australian building and construction industry and from around the world in expressing our dismay at the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower building fire catastrophe in London. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this devastating incident. It is the opinion of ACIF that the appropriate processes and investigations must be undertaken and reports published before further comments are provided. In 2014 Australia experienced a somewhat similar building fire incident at the Lacrosse building at Docklands, Melbourne, at which fortunately there was no loss of life or injury.  At present there is a Federal Parliamentary inquiry into non-conforming building products being used in the Australian building and construction industry. This inquiry should also inquire into the broader range of issues flowing from these and other overseas fire incidents including: codes and regulations, testing and approval of product design, selection, certification, construction and inspection of products as used, reporting, enforcement and appropriate consequences of non-compliance within the building process. Of importance too is the dissemination of information and the education of all building and design practitioners in the interpretation of the Building Code of Australia and the use of product. Australian governments, regulators and the construction industry should continue to cooperate and be vigilant to prevent similar tragedies occurring in Australia in the future; there should be no room for complacency on this issue. - ENDS - About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian construction industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are among the most significant associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction, building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.  Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Australia's First Off-Market Property Match-Making Platform 2017-06-16T01:17:18Z australia-s-first-off-market-property-match-making-platform New Off-Market Property Match-Making Platform For Buyers and Real Estate Agents propertywhispers.com.au - the home of off-market properties Media Release - 16 June 2017 In an Australian first, online business Property Whispers has launched a unique property match-making service for off-market listings – properties for sale ‘on the quiet’ or ‘pre-market’ - designed for all buyers and real estate agents. In a changing marketplace where prices have reached their peak and auction clearance rates fallen, off-market is the new “on” market! Thanks to Property Whispers, no longer do buyers need to struggle or pay fees to access the off-market inner circle, and real estate agents will now be able to reach far more ready buyers, creating a more competitive off-market sales process so the property can sell more quickly. This off-market property match-making service is now available to buyers and real estate agents by simply registering at propertywhispers.com.au. Co-Founder of Property Whispers and former real estate agent Liane Fletcher says, “Traditionally buyers needed to be on many sales agents’ databases or engage a buyers agent to access properties being sold on the quiet or pre-market. Now, buyers finally have the tool to access off-market properties that specifically match their purchase requirements. At the same time, agents can now offer vendors not wanting to pay for expensive advertising or those wanting to keep the sale quiet a platform to do so. A positive result for all! It’s a no-brainer for real estate agents and buyers alike.” How Property Whispers Works: 1. Buyers register list their property requirements (property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price guide, suburb). 2. Real estate agents list their off-market property specifications (property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price guide, suburb) - only discoverable via a match. No street address is revealed to the buyer. 3. An instant match occurs when a buyer’s property requirements matches an off-market property and the contact details are immediately sent to both buyer and agent so they can make contact. 4. The buyer and real estate agent speak, arrange to meet to view the property and hopefully a sale follows! Online registration is free for buyers to join Property Whispers. A three month obligation-free trial period is available for a limited time for all real estate agents who register online; those who choose to use the website thereafter pay an annual subscription fee. About Property Whispers: Property Whispers is Australia’s first off-market property website, matching buyers and their property requirements with suitable off-market properties in their chosen area, as listed by local real estate agents. Launching in Sydney in June 2017, with the service to be rolled out nationally over the next 12 months. Register online to access Property Whispers in your local area: www.propertywhispers.com.au For more information or to set up an interview with Liane Fletcher, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – (02) 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Energy efficiency and clever design earns major industry accolade for CW-P15 2017-06-09T00:30:29Z energy-efficiency-and-clever-design-earns-major-industry-accolade-for-cw-p15 After being shortlisted as a Good Design® Selection finalist in the prestigious 2017 Good Design Awards, the Climate Wizard CW-P15 by Seeley International has achieved a major industry accolade after it was announced an award winner in the Product Design category (Commercial and Industrial) at a gala ceremony in Sydney last night. The CW-P15, which was released to market earlier this year, impressed the judging panel who commented: “Best in class energy saving coupled with good design make this a very appealing product. The fit for purpose housing makes this a truly integrated product that blends with a range of installation options.” In response to the award announcement, Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the CW-P15 has leveraged on the multi-award winning Climate Wizard pedigree to achieve a revolutionary indirect evaporative air conditioner that uses a hyper-efficient counter-flow heat exchanger to produce 100% fresh, cool, outside air, with no added moisture.  “CW-P15 overcomes the shortcomings experienced with traditional evaporative air conditioning, and offers comfort conditions that are equivalent to or better than, conventional refrigerated air conditioning – using up to 80% less energy for cooling than refrigerated systems performing the same function,” Mr Seeley said. “Our development of CW-P15 allows a broader range of commercial and industrial customers to enjoy the unrivalled benefits and innovative technology of Climate Wizard. In addition to improving the cooling performance of refrigerated equipment, it can also extend the life of existing refrigerated systems - whether it is a retrofit or new installation,” he said.   Seeley International’s commitment to ongoing product improvement and innovation extends beyond enhanced functionality, to include a number of clever external design benefits, such as a UV-proof lightweight polymer corrosion-resistant casing to perfectly complement a range of roof or building designs. In addition to offering flexible configurations across commercial and industrial applications, CW-P15 takes full advantage of environmentally friendly R-718 (water) to achieve high quality cooling at high electrical efficiencies, with no ozone depleting gases or chemicals employed in its operation. “The CW-P15 offers a long lifespan in excess of 20 years, and during that time it is not intended that any substantial renewal of major components will be required. There are no consumable items that need regular replacing - except for air filters, which can be recycled,” Mr Seeley said. “CW-P15 is made completely in-house at Seeley International’s SA-based manufacturing plant, and reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation, an active contribution to sustain local manufacturing, and ongoing employment opportunities for Australians,” he said. The CW-P15 has integrated several key maintenance and service enhancements to ensure low maintenance requirements and costs, and sets the industry benchmark when it comes to being easy to maintain through the development of new standard filters, with optional washable or disposable pleated panel filters accommodated in the one design. Similarly, clever design ensures that inverter drive motors are long life and easily accessible from front or rear of the unit, should servicing or replacement be needed. All service installation points, such as power, water and waste are easily accessible during and after installation. Other key features of the CW-P15 include: A new compact design which allows for easy side-by-side, rooftop installation, Smaller footprint and visually low profile designed to perfectly blend with a rooftop, Enhanced access and handling ensures easier installation, connection, service and maintenance, Integrated lifting points in the design, ensuring simple crane and forklift transport and installation, Direct-mount or frame-mount installation, with the ability to be mounted side-by-side on either side, with all maintainable parts accessed by the front or back of the unit, A twin fan design means CW-P15 features separate exhaust and supply channels, The design of CW-P15 allows constant supply through air conditioning systems’ low pressure ducts, New axial propeller fans, with the sickle blade / air-foil design ensuring added efficiency, Integrated air filtration systems, with options for disposable or washable box filters, Use of single phase power, rather than three phase power and Optional MagIQtouch Controller or standard MagIQcool Controllers, allowing users to set temperatures on-site or remotely. “The Australian Good Design Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world and the standard of submissions this year has really been incredible,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Good Design Awards program. “Good design is about making our lives better, safer and happier. It extends to everything around us – from the products we use in our daily lives and the services we interact with to the buildings we live and work in – they can all be improved through better design. That’s what lies at the heart of these awards”. Managed by Good Design Australia, the annual Good Design Awards program recognises and rewards excellence in design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level. Australia’s Good Design Awards date back to the 1950's and have an enviable record of unearthing globally recognised talent and products, with entries undergoing an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com New Castlemaine Eco Village Creates a Stir 2017-06-07T00:51:38Z new-castlemaine-eco-village-creates-a-stir Castlemaine is the home of a new eco village that is set to create new standards for sustainable living in Australia. Even before the official launch, Melbournians have been travelling up to Castlemaine to the informal Coffee Q&A sessions to learn more about this path-breaking new development. The Paddock Eco Village will offer a high quality, low carbon lifestyle with an emphasis on food growing and community – at prices that compare favourably to Melbourne property. The 27 architect-designed houses will form a crescent around a large area of shared space comprising of food gardens, planted wetlands, walkways and recreation areas. The brainchild of local ‘enviro-entrepreneurs’ Neil and Heather Barrett, The Paddock is being developed in accordance with the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous, inspiring standard for housing developments. The Paddock’s 8.5 energy rated architect-designed houses will be smaller than today’s average sized home and will each be powered by a 4kW grid-connected solar system. “The energy bill savings for a Paddock home, compared to the average Victorian home, will be around $2,000 per year”, said Damien Moyse, Policy and Research Manager at the Alternative Technology Association. “With house prices from around $390,000, the intention is that The Paddock will be an inclusive place to live for people of all ages and from all backgrounds”, said Neil Barrett. There is an opportunity to learn more about The Paddock at the launch on Friday 16th June, at 7.30pm at Buda Historic House, Castlemaine. At the event there will be an opportunity to put questions to the architect, engineer, landscape architect as well as the property developers. The following morning, there’ll be an opportunity to visit the site, and meet the team over a cuppa and muffin. To register for the events and find out more, visit http://thepaddockcastlemaine.com.au For more information, contact: Robert Jennings (03) 5470-5932/ 0431-217-618 rob@wepushbuttons.com.au Six Finished Homes Still Available at Prestigious Land Estate in Erskine 2017-06-02T06:14:52Z six-finished-homes-still-available-at-prestigious-land-estate-in-erskine Perth, WA, 02 June 2017 - Origin Projects, formerly known as 4Land Property Group, have built a reputation for affordable house and land packages on land estates in desirable locations in the Perth area. As Origin Projects, they have widened their “reach” to include “boutique” properties such as The Retreat at Mandurah Quay.The Retreat is located within the Mandurah Quay Resort in Erskine, adjacent to Mandurah. It is only a minute’s walk to the Waterside Restaurant on Peel Inlet. The Indian Ocean, Mandurah Ocean Marina, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and the Mandurah City Centre are less than ten minutes away by car. The Halls Head Shopping Centre and the Erskine Shopping Centre are each four minutes away. The Retreat is also within a two minute walk of the Len Howard Conservation Park and the Peel Inlet. The Halls Head Bowls Club and the Mandurah Recreation Centre are five minutes away. There are also golf courses, landscaped parks, nature walks and nature preserves nearby. The Retreat is also conveniently located with regards to medical facilities and transport. It is less than an hour to the Perth CBD by train or by expressway.The Retreat offers a seachange lifestyle for Perth residents who want seachange but still want access to Perth and all it has to offer as a Capital City. Finished Turnkey HomesThe six homes available as of this writing are fully finished, turnkey homes. They are priced from $459,000 to $465,000. They are on lots measuring from 296 sqm to 336 sqm. All have three bedrooms, two baths and two car spaces. The ceilings are high and there is ample storage space in each home.The homes and the community are designed to adhere to the strict standards of the Mandurah Quay Resort. This ensures that the estate will always be kept up to standard. The community is designed to fit in with its natural surroundings, creating a mix of aesthetics and location that are proving to be quite popular among homebuyers.Travis Kell is the sales manager for The Retreat at Mandurah Quay. According to Mr Kell:“It’s beautiful down here in Mandurah. Interest has been high because a lot of people still love the idea of a seachange lifestyle but with full access to big city amenities. The Mandurah-Erskine area is self-contained and has a host of amenities and infrastructure. It also has a great selection of entertainment options, both indoors and outdoors. There is plenty of shopping and a lot of nice cafes and restaurants for those who like their recreation indoors. For those who like nature, the Peel Inlet and the Indian Ocean provide every watersport imaginable.”Mr Kell concluded: “A lot of people drive down here from Perth and decide to stay because of the lifestyle and the people.”Origin Projects develops house and land packages on land estates in desirable Perth suburbs. They conduct extensive research before deciding where to develop their land estates, choosing suburbs that combine a great lifestyle now with the potential for both short term and long term capital growth. To enquire about the finished homes at The Retreat or to learn more about Origin Projects, call (08) 9935 9969 or visit their website: http://www.theretreatmandurah.com.au/. Evocities - debunking the myths about regional city living 2017-06-01T00:00:02Z evocities-debunking-the-myths-about-regional-city-living Generous community spirit, a rich cultural life, an abundance of career opportunities and access to state-of-the-art services are just a few of the many advantages NSW regional Evocities - Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga - have to offer. Just ask Evocity relocator, Tracy and Peter Nugent who, only last year, moved from their Stanhope Gardens home in Sydney to the NSW North West city of Tamworth. “We haven’t looked back,” said Tracy. “Tamworth has everything we need for our lifestyle and more. It’s both big enough and small enough for us and we’ve been welcomed into the community with open arms.” After deciding they needed a city change, Tracy and Peter started looking for a place that could offer them rewarding career opportunities, a relaxed lifestyle as well as access to all the modern conveniences and services they were accustomed to in Sydney. “For us, work was definitely an important factor. We wanted to make sure that if we moved, we still had rewarding jobs to go to each day,” said Tracy. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before the perfect opportunity came up and Peter was able to take on a position in Tamworth that was of the same stature and remuneration as his role in Sydney. Tracy beamed: “The move has been great for us. Peter was basically able to transfer to Tamworth so we haven’t experienced much of a change in income but we have enjoyed a significant decrease in our cost of living, not to mention we have found all this time to do the things we enjoy.” With a background in office administration and work, health, and safety it didn’t take long before Tracy was also able to secure a position in Tamworth, just around the corner from her husband’s work in fact. “It’s so nice, we get to catch up for lunch once a week,” she says. “We would never have been able to do that in Sydney.” Since their children and families are still in Sydney being able to get back easily was another important factor for the Nugents when deciding to relocate. “In Sydney, even though our children and families are both there, it was always hard to make time to see each other. Since we’ve moved to Tamworth we see each other almost as often because we have time to make time and travel is not an issue. It’s an easy drive and with daily flights of only an hour each way we can be down and back in a day if we need to,” said Tracy. Having access to high-quality health services, including a state-of-the-art hospital; museums, galleries and world-class events was just the icing on the cake for Tracy and Peter when they moved to Tamworth. “It wasn’t a big culture shock at all. The community is so wonderful, there is always something to do, or something see. There is a real rural atmosphere, but a cosmopolitan feeling, we’ve absolutely got the best of both worlds here.” As one of the six largest regional centres in NSW, Tamworth is a dynamic and progressive city boasting lifestyle, education, and employment that are the envy of many metropolitan cities. Evocities spokesperson, Councillor Kevin Mack said: “It’s great to see people like the Nugent’s bringing their skills to regional areas and making the most of the opportunities Evocity living has to offer.” “With a median house price under $310,000, key employment and business opportunities, Tamworth, like our other Evocities, boasts quality lifestyles, affordable housing, diverse employment and tertiary education opportunities, unique shopping, leisure and dining offerings, and access to high-quality schools and health services. What more could you want?” Since the campaign’s launch in 2010, Evocities has attracted more than 469,140 visits to Evocities.com.au and more than 1.8 million visits to evojobs.com.au and had over 2,900 households relocate to the Evocities. Further information about the Evocities campaign can be found at www.evocities.com.au. To view career opportunities available across the Evocities visit www.evojobs.com.au. Note to editor: For Evocity relocator stories please contact Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications on 02 6766 4513/ 0438 197 559 sara.crowe@c7even.com.au Prices Drop at Parfumi Rise 2017-05-31T09:03:24Z prices-drop-at-parfumi-rise Perth, WA, 31 May 2017 - One of the hottest land development companies in the Perth area is Origin Projects. And one of their hottest land estates is Pafumi Rise, located in Landsdale. Pafumi Rise is situated on Landsdale Road and Hepburn Avenue. It is an elevated land estate that offers stunning views overlooking Landsdale, stretching to the Darling Ranges beyond.Landsdale is the “best of both worlds” for people looking to build homes. They are in a location that offers a great lifestyle now and is also primed for capital growth, both short term and long term. The land blocks are all elevated and are in close proximity to a host of planned open spaces and amenities.Currently, the amenities nearby include the Kingsway City Shopping Centre, Whiteman Park and the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex, along with a host of other amenities such as schools, medical facilities, transport, restaurants, entertainment and a host of other options.Hottest House And Land Packages in the Perth Market?Currently, Stage 1 is sold out and there are only eight blocks left in Stage 2. Origin Projects have decided to reduce prices on the remaining eight blocks. This is in addition to offering free Colorbond side and rear boundary fencing. The blocks range in size from 529 m2 to 526 m2 with prices starting from $359,000 to $371,000. They were originally priced from $367,000 to $381,000. Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects. According to Ms McErlain:“Pafumi Rise is another in a long line of successful projects by 4Land Property Group and now Origin Projects. We are proud of Pafumi Rise and how popular it has become. We selected Landsdale because it is within a reasonable distance of the Perth CBD, but it is also within the Wanneroo footprint and has access to the Wanneroo amenities and infrastructure.”Ms McErlain continued: “One of the reasons Pafumi Rise is so popular is because of the views. When people visit the site, they usually decide they want in. They know Pafumi Rise is a private estate that should appreciate in value greatly over the coming years. Investors know they can easily rent a new home with a stunning view in a great location for a premium price.”Ms McErlain added further: “Pafumi Rise has been more successful in a shorter period of time than almost any of our projects and that is saying something. It has everything most people want in a homesite. Once they get here, they really love what they see.”Ms McErlain concluded: “Come on up to Pafumi Rise and see for yourself why it is become so popular in such a short period of time.”Origin Projects provide house and land packages on a wide range of land estates in the Perth area. They developed a reputation for prime land at affordable prices when they were called 4Land Property Group. As Origin Projects, they have expanded to serve a wider range of people by including some boutique land estates in their portfolio. To learn more about Pafumi Rise or any of their land estates, call (08) 6500 4488 or visit their website: http://www.originprojects.com.au/. SKIP GIVES SYDNEY HALF PRICE COFFEE 2017-05-31T05:16:16Z skip-gives-sydney-half-price-coffee From now until Sunday 11th June, Skip is offering Sydneysiders 50% off all coffee orders – with zero waiting time – at participating cafés.      According to the latest data from online coffee and food ordering app Skip, Sydneysiders are paying on average $3.91 for a medium coffee, which is over $1,000 a year per coffee drinking Australian for a 5-day working week.   Skip General Manager, Bill Bizos, says: “We are looking to revolutionise the way Sydneysiders order their morning coffee by offering you half price coffees for the next two weeks, plus no more waiting in queues! All you need to do is download the Skip app via the App store of Google store, pre-order and pay, enter promo code SYDNEY at the check-out, then once it’s ready you can skip the queue to pick it up – it’s that easy!”   Skip is a smartphone app that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and pre-paying for coffee and food. People can order in advance and pick up at a pre-arranged time at a Skip café in Sydney. Skip was developed in response to the trend for on-demand services for time-poor consumers and the growing cashless society Sydney is becoming.  Bill Bizos is available for interview and can discuss the following: How Australia is becoming a cashless society, and apps like Skip support this this shift in the way we transact in 2017 A step by step guide on how Australians can use Skip to increase productivity (from a consumer and small business perspective) How Sydneysiders can get in on the action How else Skip is making Australians’ lives easier  ENDS                For more information on Skip, interviews with Bill Bizos or images, please contact:  Olivia Meena (02) 8353 5746 or 0403 646 259 olivia.meena@hausmann.com.au     About Skip Skip is an online ordering and payment app for smartphones that helps customers ‘skip the queue’ by ordering and prepaying for coffee and food at hundreds of venues nationally. Visit www.skip.com.au.   Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Homely.com.au grows sales team to fuel expansion 2017-05-25T23:22:58Z homely-com-au-grows-sales-team-to-fuel-expansion MELBOURNE, VIC – May 13, 2016 Free-to-list real estate portal Homely.com.au announces several new appointments across its Sydney and Melbourne teams. Employee numbers are set for continued growth during the remainder of 2016 on the back of the successful launch of the Premier Agent product, which was introduced to the market in late February 2016. NSW Sales Manager, Rob Trovato is excited to announce that the Sydney team has expanded with the recent appointment of Michael Poulos. "Michael comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, having worked as a sales agent and as a leading auctioneer...This experience and market knowledge places him well to assist and understand the challenges agents are faced with", Rob says. Michael's addition to the team comes soon after that of another well respected industry figure: Matt McGrath. Matt was appointed to look after the eastern suburbs and north shore. Matt has extensive industry experience having worked as an agent for one of the strongest boutique agencies in Sydney's eastern suburbs. National Sales Director Rocky Bartolotto is also pleased to announce the hiring of Rory Cook and Kasia Brennan in Melbourne. "Both Rory and Kasia are well equipped with a detailed understanding of the Melbourne property market, having worked in the industry for several years", Rocky says. "I'm delighted to welcome all four new staff to the Homely crew. It's an exciting time as we continue to grow and drive competition among the existing Australian property portals", Rocky says. "We frequently hear reports that other portal prices are increasing, sometimes twice a year, so our free to list platform is one that is needed and here to stay", Rocky explains. "We strive to constantly evolve, to do something no other portal is doing and are looking to provide the best agent profiles and branding products currently on the market", Rocky says. Since launching Premier Agent in February the uptake among agents has been well received. "We've seen many high profile agents and offices embrace Premier Agent and they're quickly seeing the benefits of community engagement the platform offers in creating new leads...this is something that just can't be matched by our competition", Rocky says. Two years ago Homely started out with just four staff and has come a long way in a short time. Homely now has over 20 full-time employees, with expansion and recruitment across all states set to continue over the next six months in all divisions of the Homely team. About Homely: With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, Homely is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia. Founded by Jason Spencer and Adam Spencer, the company is based in Melbourne, Australia. For further information contact: Jason Spencer jason@homely.com.au  Connect with homely.com.au: Website: http://www.homely.com.au/ Facebook: facebook.com/homely.com.au Twitter: @homelyau