The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-14T02:02:44Z Have you heard about the Property Market crash? 2019-01-14T02:02:44Z have-you-heard-about-the-property-market-crash FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 14 January 2019 Have you heard about the Property Market crash? With the ending of 2018 and the start of the New Year, we have seen a lot of information coming out about the great property market crash that is occurring. Here is a statement from Core Logic, one of the biggest research providers:- Housing market conditions ended the 2018 calendar year on a weak note, with the rate of decline consistently worsening over the year. National dwelling values were down 2.3% over the December quarter; the largest quarter on quarter decline since the December quarter of 2008 So that sounds pretty scary, right! It is true that the Sydney property market is down 8.9% over the past year, and the Melbourne market is down 7% over the same period.  Even Perth suffered a 4.7% fall in Property prices. But when you delve a little deeper into the numbers the story becomes a little clearer. The cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide all had property price rises during 2018.  With Hobart up 8.7%. So the big markets have experienced some tough times but the rest of the country has been ticking along just fine. The main driver of these falling property prices is being reported as the significantly tougher credit conditions that the Reserve Bank and Banks in general have introduced.  These measures were designed to take some of the heat out of the Sydney and Melbourne markets. Looks like that job has been done effectively. Several pundits are now suggesting that the lending rules may be relaxed a little during 2019, and this is expected to assist markets like Brisbane to reach new highs. There are projections that the Brisbane property market may grow 6% next year if lending rules are relaxed as expected.  Check out this article on Yahoo  for more information on these predictions. What do we know about the North Brisbane market? Well there has been an amazing start to 2019 with a lot of new listings and 4 properties sold from last weekend Open Homes.  All with multiple offers.  That suggests that buyers are keen to snap up property on the northside. Infrastructure continues to be developed , and jobs are being created so demand will remain strong.  Queensland is experiencing strong population growth from interstate migration, so this will help keep demand strong. Also while it has closed up a little, there is still a significant gap between Sydney house prices and Brisbane’s.  This provides a great opportunity for people to sell their higher priced Sydney property and relocate to Brisbane, maybe without the mortgage. So if you’re considering selling or purchasing during 2019 don’t be put off by the doom and gloom headlines. Do some research on your local property market and talk to local agents to find out what’s going on in your patch. The team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate will be happy to Get You Moved in 2019. About Madeleine Hicks Real Estate Madeleine Hicks Real Estate is a Brisbane based real estate agency established in 2003 and is one of north Brisbane’s favourite property firms. The Company offers services to both vendors and sellers in property sales, leasing, appraisals and property management. Madeleine Hicks Real Estate is one of Brisbane’s most trusted agencies, with a vast network of long term, high profile clients for whom they provide tailored agency services, consulting and property investment guidance. -ends- For interview enquiries or further information please contact Geoff Doyle at Exposure by Design, email: phone:  0409 228554 Madeleine Hicks Real Estate Announces Expansion with a North Lakes Office 2019-01-06T22:15:58Z madeleine-hicks-real-estate-announces-expansion-with-a-north-lakes-office FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7 January 2019 Madeleine Hicks Real Estate (MHRE) announced today its expansion into the Moreton region with the opening of its North Lakes office. This expanded presence enables them to deliver outstanding real estate services right across North Brisbane and the Morton regions. Over 15 years in business, Madeleine Hicks has been offering a full range of real estate and property management solutions that have enabled families to relocate across Brisbane, Australia and overseas. With the support of a strong, dedicate team of real estate professionals,  MHRE has built a reputation of providing excellent customer service while maintaining a friendly customer focus. Their client base, includes many people who have used their services two, three and more times. As a result, MHRE has enjoyed steady growth and they expect this trend to continue into 2019 and beyond. "We’re excited to open our new office in South East Queensland’s fastest growing metropolitan area. It will enable us to provide our Madeleine Hicks level of service to even more clients," said Justin Hicks, Sales manager MHRE. “With our presence in the Brisbane marketplace, we can confidently meet the growing demands of our customers in the Morton region. We were repeatedly asked by our existing clients to help them in the North Lakes area, so with a sales team that has almost doubled in the past few months, we are ready to enter into this market with our capacity at an all-time high.” “Given MHRE’s legacy as a highly awarded real estate firm and the fact that the North Lakes region represents South East Queensland’s fastest moving real estate market; it only made sense that we expand our operations into this key region.” said Madeleine Hicks, Director of MHRE. About Madeleine Hicks Real Estate Madeleine Hicks Real Estate is a Brisbane based real estate agency established in 2003 and is one of north Brisbane’s favourite property firms. The Company offers services to both vendors and sellers in property sales, leasing, appraisals and property management. Madeleine Hicks Real Estate is one of Brisbane’s most trusted agencies, with a vast network of long term, high profile clients for whom they provide tailored agency services, consulting and property investment guidance. -ends- For interview enquiries or further information please contact Geoff Doyle at Exposure by Design, email: phone:  0409 228554 90% of Companies Deploy Artificial Intelligence to Enhance the Customer Journey: MIT Global Survey 2018-12-18T01:14:17Z 90-of-companies-deploy-artificial-intelligence-to-enhance-the-customer-journey-mit-global-survey New MIT Technology Review Insights report sponsored by Genesys found that ‘customer–centric’ brands using advanced AI benefit from increased efficiency, greater brand loyalty, and notable gains in revenue. A global survey of nearly 600 executives across 18 countries found that companies adopting artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled technology across the customer journey have seen a positive impact on customer satisfaction, service delivery and contact centre performance. Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth, is the new report from MIT Technology Review Insights, sponsored by Genesys. It analyses how businesses use AI in customer experience programs and examines the corresponding business performance and return on investment (ROI). The survey polled small to large-sized companies, with nearly half of respondents from large organisations with over $5 billion in revenue. Over a quarter (27%) of the customer experience executives surveyed were from the Asia Pacific region (APAC) many of whom were based in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand companies confident in AI The survey finds that businesses in Asia Pacific report greater confidence that AI will contribute to significant brand awareness and customer lifetime value performance. Other APAC findings include: Nearly half of respondents indicated that between 25% to 50% of all enquiries are now completely resolved through automated channels, leaving agents more time to handle complex tasks. 84% of respondents believed customers felt closer to them because of their efforts to improve customer experience. More so than other regions, APAC respondents balance a strategic concern for efficiency and intimacy with 76% believing AI investment is driven by a need to improve customer intimacy, and 96% agreeing it is also driven by a need to improve customer experience efficiency. Large Upticks in Efficiency Globally, respondents reported that AI dramatically improves the efficiency, processing speed and transaction volume of customer interactions. Almost 90% of companies report faster complaint resolution, and over 80% say they enhance call volume processing using AI. By implementing AI, 70% of respondents report they’ve benefitted from improved revenue. More than half of those surveyed note increases in overall revenue of more than 5%, while over 30% cite revenue growth of more than 10%. Merijn te Booij, Chief Marketing Officer, Genesys said that the research shows that businesses win big when they deploy AI to handle simple, repetitive tasks. “AI dramatically saves human resources for more complicated or emotional customer needs. “Pairing automation and machine learning with live agents lead to happier customers, more satisfied employees and financial rewards,” said te Booji. Deepening Customer Relationships The MIT Report also revealed that 67% of customer experience leaders embrace AI to make the customer experience more efficient, but also to create deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers. In fact, 74% of those surveyed say AI enables agents to spend more quality time with customers. And, over two-thirds of respondents say they employ automated self-service channels, instant messaging chatbots, and sentiment analysis to deliver highly personalised experiences that strengthen ties with customers. Additionally, 45% of respondents (and more than 75% of customer experience leaders) say AI helps them understand the difference between their stated brand attributes and what customers really think about them. “While investments in AI are primarily driven by efforts to improve efficiency, the technology’s ability to help companies understand and connect with their customers in more meaningful ways cannot be understated,” te Booij explained. “Not only do businesses from across the world benefit from day-to-day improvements in contact center performance, they also achieve significant gains in customer loyalty and revenue.” - ends - The full report: Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity – How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth. MIT Technology Review Insights, 2018. is available from Genesys. Download your copy here. About MIT Technology Review Insights For more than 100 years MIT Technology Review has served as the world’s longest-running technology magazine, the standard bearer of news and insights on how the latest technologies affect the world around us. Read by a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and executives at the highest level, it offers an unrivaled authority that is backed by the world’s foremost technology institution, and features editors with a deep technical knowledge and understanding of technological advances. MIT Technology Review Insights is the content solutions division of MIT Technology Review. It includes two main divisions: Research and Live Events. Aligned with the same stellar editorial heritage and standards as the magazine itself, we leverage our access to a wide network of subject matter experts and leading content contributors to create custom content for clients who want to reach new audiences with relevant, cogent and high-quality stories and experiences to users wherever they want it — in digital, print, online, and via unique in-person experiences. Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity is a report by MIT Technology Review Insights based on a global survey of 599 executives and a series of expert interviews. MIT Technology Review collected and reported on all findings contained in this paper independently, regardless of participation or sponsorship. About Genesys Genesys® powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel. Every day, 11,000 companies in more than 100 countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement because they perform equally well across channels, on-premises and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering. Visit on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Genesys blog. ©2018 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Genesys and the Genesys logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Genesys. All other company names and logos may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies. Media contacts Australia Elizabeth Williams Group Account Director ZADRO +61 2 9212 7867 +61 411 201 354 Julie Donovan Senior Account Manager ZADRO +61 29212 7867 +61 410 510 080 Sunsuper slashes customer response times with CX offering from Genesys 2018-12-12T01:26:59Z sunsuper-slashes-customer-response-times-with-cx-offering-from-genesys Sunsuper, one of Australia’s fastest growing superannuation funds, selected Genesys® (, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience (CX) and contact centre solutions, to refresh its CX capabilities to support business growth and has already seen impressive results. Sunsuper’s previous contact centre system needed between two and three business days to respond to emails and web queries. Since switching to Genesys PureConnect™ inquiries are now resolved in a matter of hours. By integrating web chat functionality across key online functions – member join and pay super online fulfilment rates have also improved. Enhanced features and new functionalities have given Sunsuper members greater choice on when and how they want to engage, lifting customer satisfaction by 2% and increasing the number of members who have judged their experience with Sunsuper as ‘excellent’ or ‘above and beyond’. QPC, a partner specialising in contact centres, worked to identify key business objectives as part of overhauling Sunsuper’s CX capabilities. After 10 years of solid growth, Sunsuper needed a solution that was faster and more efficient to enable better business performance to provide a seamless customer and user experience. QPC recommended the Genesys PureConnect™ omnichannel contact centre solution, after close consideration of all market options, for its unified approach to managing multichannel customer interactions. Amalie White, Head of Customer Interactions, Sunsuper, said the Genesys PureConnect platform was the right solution for them as it met their core values of being a customer-centric organisation. “Its intuitive features and ability to streamline tasks across different communication channels, has led to real, tangible results for the business already. “Our initial trial of the Genesys PureConnect platform began with 80 customer representatives; it has since been rolled out to 250 Sunsuper staff, representing nearly a quarter of the organisation. This is a testament to the capabilities and intuitive nature of our refreshed customer offering,” said Ms White. In addition, Sunsuper expects more business performance improvements. Previously, contact centre agents were juggling multiple, disparate systems and onboarding/training of new staff was lengthy and costly. Genesys PureConnect solution has paved the way for a frictionless, easy and immediate customer journey. Happier customers have also led to a positive impact on staff satisfaction. By streamlining administrative tasks, staff are able to focus on more rewarding conversations with members. Gwilym Funnell, Vice President of Sales and Managing Director, Genesys Australia and New Zealand, said the increasing digitisation across all industry sectors has put pressure on businesses to keep up with the pace – or risk losing out to competition. “Genesys has built a reputation for developing some of the world’s most sophisticated contact centre solutions to support organisations and their evolving customer and business needs. We are pleased to see Genesys PureConnect equip organisations like Sunsuper for success today and into the future,” said Mr Funnell. Genesys PureCloud Generates Triple-Digit Revenue Growth Year On Year 2018-12-10T01:45:00Z genesys-purecloud-generates-triple-digit-revenue-growth-year-on-year In the first three quarters of 2018, Genesys® reported record momentum for the PureCloud® platform, a unified, all-in-one customer engagement and business communications solution. In Australia and New Zealand, the company boosted PureCloud revenue by nearly 100% and customer wins grew by nearly 200%, compared with the same period last year. Genesys signed deals with more than 500 customers globally, making PureCloud one of the fastest-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms on the market today. With a proven return on investment (ROI) nearing 600%*, leading brands of all sizes are choosing PureCloud to avoid high upfront investment for hardware and software associated with on-premise solutions. The cloud solution enables businesses to engage with their customers via voice, web chat, email and text. Companies including Accordo New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand, The Warehouse Group, Fonterra, 86 400, Greater Bank and O’Brien Glass have made the move to PureCloud, joining international firms such as Actavo, ARS, Asistencia Boliva,, Butterball, Company Nurse, Entrust Energy, Flex Gestão de Relacionamentos S.A., Kenkou Communications (RIZAP GROUP), Performance Health Technology, Pfizer Japan, Postcode Lottery, QuinStreet Brazil, Seguros Bolivar, and many more. A Cross-Industry Solution for Customer Conversations In the past year, over half of all new customers chose Genesys PureCloud, across the three primary offerings. This is due to its ease of use, quick deployment and scalability. In addition, there has been marked momentum among enterprises, with a 330% increase in new customer wins with very large organisations, including a multi-million-dollar deal with one of the world’s leading ridesharing companies. Notably, there’s been marked growth in the number of deals won in the public sector (600%) and travel/tourism industry (300%). PureCloud’s global footprint has expanded rapidly. North America and Latin America have experienced double-digit increases; while wins in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific have climbed nearly 200% each. This growth is due in part, to the deployment of the Amazon Web Services Cloud in Germany, the expansion of PureCloud’s internet-based telephony service in four new markets, and the solution’s growing ecosystem of strategic reseller partners. In fact, PureCloud partners account for almost 50% of software sales this year alone. “There’s no denying PureCloud is experiencing explosive growth,” said Olivier Jouve, Executive Vice President of PureCloud at Genesys. “Smaller, fast-growing organisations with limited resources love PureCloud because of its simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Large, global enterprises applaud it for its infinite scalability and the flexibility of its public API. And no matter the size – everyone agrees – it just gets the job done.” Getting Better All the Time Currently, PureCloud manages an average of more than 3 million conversations per day and 4 billion API calls a month for businesses around the world across every industry. New features and capabilities are released to the PureCloud platform every week, with nearly 130 this year to date. A few highlights include: Analytics: New filter, save and export capabilities provide customers with virtually limitless ways to view, filter and refine data. Digital: Support offered for SMS text interactions, Facebook Messenger, LINE, and Twitter. Workforce Management: The first-ever AI-powered automated forecasting and scheduling service for contact centres generates results with proven accuracy of 95%-97%. Embeddable Framework: Using this simple plug-and-play framework, now the PureCloud user interface can be embedded into third party applications, such as a customer relationship management (CRM) system. Premium Client Applications for the PureCloud platform: More than 60 PureCloud integrations are available, and over half of PureCloud customers are using one or more. Customers can also access a free trial of third-party Premium Client Applications directly through the Genesys AppFoundry, allowing customers to go from installation to setup in less than five minutes. Launched globally in 2015, the PureCloud platform is flexible, open, feature-rich, and built for rapid innovation, providing organisations with a future-proof solution for quickly scaling to meet customer growth. Recently, Genesys was recognised as a “Leader” for its PureCloud platform in “The Forrester Wave™: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018” report. Forrester Research, Inc., a leading global research and advisory firm, looked at current product offering, strategy, and market presence. Download your complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Cloud Contact Centers, Q3 2018. *A commissioned Total Economic Impact™ of Genesys PureCloud study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Genesys, December 2017. More information: ABC Business Sales Moves to Online Documents Signing Powered by Secured Signing 2018-12-05T22:40:00Z abc-business-sales-moves-to-online-documents-signing-powered-by-secured-signing Auckland, December 6,  2018 - Earlier this year, ABC Business Sales (ABC) has transformed its customer sales process with the introduction of signing Confidential Agreements online on their website. ABC is New Zealand’s leading business sales company. First established in 1986, ABC has built a team of highly skilled, multi-lingual professionals dedicated to getting the best results for their clients.   When ABC engaged Secured Signing, they were looking for a solution to improve their staff efficiency and turn around time for customers. For each new inquiry, their brokers need to manually send out the Confidential agreements first before any further discussions. This meant more administrative work for their brokers, lengthening the sales process.  ABC were looking for a solution that could ensure Confidential Agreements were signed before the lead was sent to the broker, removing this action from the broker completely and freeing them up to spend more time with buyers. “The feedback from our brokers and customers has been very positive. We’ve been able to roll out a clear, consistent, customer focused and compliant process across the country with this technology” said Steve Smith, CEO of ABC Business Sales.”   Secured Signing were able to deliver a simple solution that ticked all the boxes whilst ensuring ABC met their compliance requirements. Now, an interested buyer signs the Confidential Agreement online by simply clicking a link on the business listing page on the website. They enter their basic information and sign with a PKI Digital Signature that is secure and legally binding.   Part of the solution was developing an integration with ABC’s Customer Management System – Property Suite. This means a new customer lead was automatically created, the signed Confidential Agreement saved there, and a task assigned to the business broker to initiate contact.  Property Suite is a complete real estate management software toolset.   Since implementing the new process, ABC has seen significant improvements to their customer experience for buyers, better use of time for their brokers who are no longer sending and chasing agreements to be signed and of course compliance management ensuring all required documents are completed on time and stored in the right place.  “We are pleased that Secured Signing Digital Signature platform is helping ABC business to focus on core activity and less on paperwork, said Mike Eyal the founder and Managing Director of Secured Signing. “Automating the signing process combined with Property Suite CRM is a great achievement of efficiency while moving to full trusted online process”.      About Secured Signing:   Secured Signing provides a one-stop digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities. Using advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology it is more secure than a plain electronic signature. Secured Signing enables its users to use any device to capture their graphical signature, fill-in, sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit    About ABC Business Sales:   ABC Business Sales is New Zealand’s leading business sales company with agents right across New Zealand. To learn more about ABC Business Sales, visit BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS 2018-12-03T08:06:18Z beca-targets-federal-mps-in-fresh-new-advocacy-campaign-for-business-events-1 Media release: 3 December 2018 BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS BECA urges government to provide assurity for policy and funding via six key pillars Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week calling on Members of Parliament to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business events and additional funding through Tourism Australia. BECA has called on the Coalition, Labor and other parties to launch a policy for business events ahead of the May Federal election covering six key areas. Chairman of BECA, Matt Hingerty, said the mission to Canberra was a vital step in getting the business events sector’s power, scope and potential understood by our Parliamentarians and embedded in policy. “The industry delivered a strong and united message about the importance of the business events sector as a key driver of the Australian economy,” Mr. Hingerty said. “Our delegation was well received as we delivered clear evidence to substantiate the merits of backing business events in order to deliver real benefits to cities as well as regional Australia.” The BECA delegation comprising representatives of all its Member Associations advocated for government support to help reap the opportunities that the business events sector can offer Australia, including generating jobs for life, international trade and soft diplomacy, investment and both regional and national economic development. BECA called for a policy which would include the following six strategies: Extension of the successful Bid Fund Program (BFP), and partnership programs managed by Business Events Australia. BECA calls for increased BEA funding of $10M or $40M within four years. Funding for research; managed by the business events community and Tourism Research Australia in order to benchmark the industry, and quantify the sector’s size, impact and worth. A national infrastructure mapping study to identify the gaps and priorities for business events infrastructure in metro and regional areas. Support to work more closely with VET and higher education sector (namely TAFE) to design courses that match the industry’s needs now, and in the future. Temporary skilled labour visa reform to enable the industry to more easily respond to fluctuating demands with a more flexible temporary visa system. Growth Industries Business Events Team to link our outcomes with those associated with the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives. “While business events stimulate the visitor economy, their impact is more far-reaching than just tourism.” The business events sector stands on its own two feet as a major contributor to Australia’s GDP and provides significant commercial opportunities, jobs and contribution to our reputation as a progressive, innovative and successful nation with which to do business. BECA’s mission to Canberra was designed to carry a strong message that the business events sector must be supported in order to leverage the huge opportunities we can uniquely deliver for our economy and community. “Whilst Australia had a strong reputation hosting business events, our international competitiveness is being compromised by markets in Asia, and we need to act now to curb the impact,” said Mr. Hingerty. BECA visited the offices of the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Hon. Josh Wilson MP, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman MP, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Senator the Hon. Tim Storer, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Senator the Hon. Murray Watt, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP. BECA members who attended the government meetings with Matt Hingerty included: Joyce DiMascio, CEO of Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA); Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA); Barry Neame for Professional Conference Organisers of Australia (PCOA); Andrew Heibl, CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); and Karen Bolinger for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). -ends- Notes to editors The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is the peak body for the business events sector and represents to government and relevant agencies, issues common to all segments of the industry. The members include: Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Australian Convention Centres Group (ACCG) Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) - Australian Chapter Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) To receive a copy of the BECA pre-election submission document, please contact: Felicity Zadro Images: Karen Bolinger, Joyce DiMascio, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, Andrew Hiebl Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Hiebl Karen Bolinger, Andrew Hiebl, Robyn Johnson, Minister Simon Birmingham, Matt Hingerty, Joyce DiMascio, Barry Neame Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Robyn Johnson, Andrew Hiebl For interviews or more information please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | | +61 2 9212 7867 Global Capital Commercial offers exclusive private property loans through IKON Capital 2018-11-28T21:58:40Z global-capital-commercial-offers-exclusive-private-property-loans-through-ikon-capital Commercial loan specialist, Global Capital Commercial, has recently paired up with new private lender, IKON Capital, to introduce an exclusive range of private property loans, tailored to meet the needs of Australian businesses and investors. With interest starting from a low 9.95 per cent and loans beginning at $500,000 and capped at $20 million per loan, it allows borrowers further opportunities to expand their private property portfolios in the retail, commercial, industrial and residential sectors. When Global Capital Commercial was recently interviewed about the new lenders role in their financial services, company spokesperson Andrew West said, "Global Capital Commercial is pleased to announce the exclusive origination agreement with IKON Capital, a new private lender offering private property loans to Australian borrowers." The company believes that IKON Capital's approach of "common sense lending" and wide variety of private property loans, from financials to interest prepaid, will appeal to many Australians businesses, brokers and investors. IKON Capital's portfolio has loans available for all types of private property interests, from commercial, industrial and retail real estate through to specialised assets, such as caravan parks, hotels, child care centres or service stations. While Global Capital Commercial understand that fluctuations are expected in property prices, they have experienced firsthand how popular the private property market is for businesses and investors and feel that there are Australian borrowers looking for the flexible conditions and interest rates available in IKON Capital's loans. While Global Capital Commercial already provide clients with access to a wide and varied portfolio of commercial loans nationally, the opportunity for them to expand the range of product offerings available with the exclusive line of competitive private property loans through a private non-bank lender IKON Capital was to difficult for them to refuse. The company is currently recognised as the largest B2B national brokerage service, providing brokers, investors and businesses Australia-wide with access to over 450 lenders, along with having their own private lending division. When they first became established in 2001, the Global Capital Commercial specialised in commercial loans and property development finance, but have since grown to become a leading national independent financer. The company credits their growth in the commercial loan market to their end-to-end expertise, a strong focus on utilising the latest technologies and systems, and having an industry-leading IP. At present, Global Commercial Capital has over 14,500 clients, 6,500 introducing brokers and a panel of over 450 lenders. They are also dedicated to ensuring their clients don't have to wait lengthy loan approval times. If you would like to find out more about the range of private property loans available from IKON Capital through Global Commercial Capital, you can contact the company today on 1300 011 211 and speak to one of their brokers. For further information about Global Commercial Capital, their lenders, product portfolios and the team of brokers available you can visit their website at: Press Contact Number: 1300 011 211 INDE.Awards launches its 2019 program 2018-11-28T01:22:08Z inde-awards-launches-its-2019-program Awarding the most progressive architecture and design in the Indo-Pacific region, the INDE.Awards is gearing up for its most exciting program yet. Entries open Thursday 29 November 2018, calling on architects and designers to make their mark on the region and establish their voice among the world’s leading design names.  Now in its third year, the INDE.Awards celebrates the diversity and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific, bringing together creatives from all fields and corners of the region to shine a spotlight on the most progressive buildings, spaces, objects and people. In 2018, INDE.Awards welcomed over 400 entries from more than 14 countries across the region. Of those entries, 15 Winners and 12 Honourable Mentions were arrived at by an internationally renowned panel of judges. “The INDE.Awards is the Indo-Pacific’s single and most significant design awards program, symbolising the coming together of a large and diverse regional design community,” said Indesign Media Asia Pacific CEO, Raj Nandan. “We’re incredibly proud to see the INDE.Awards take on a life of its own, as both a platform and a program that recognises the dynamic pursuits of creatives right across the region. It champions the people who are doing amazing work and opens that design conversation to a wider global audience,” said Mr Nandan. With categories celebrating architecture, interior design and object design in all its forms, the INDE.Awards has brought recognition and growth to the firms which have entered and won. Mat Hinds of Taylor and Hinds Architects, winner of The Building and Best of the Best awards in 2018 for their ‘krakani-lumi’ project in Tasmania, said: “As a small practice, coming from a small island on the southern tip of the region, it just goes to show that the INDE.Awards does facilitate recognition for work that is on the margins, regionally.” Mr Hinds said they were overwhelmed by the double win. “It allowed us to focus the meaning of the project in a broader regional context. We saw it had potency for an entire region of the world, beyond the community of people who were our client. It was a huge privilege and meant our small studio and practice was given more meaning, we could see that all the hard work was significant, and it meant something.” View the entire media release in PDF outlining 2019 INDE.Awards categories and Jury here 2018 Winner | The Building & Best of the Best: krakani-lumi, Taylor and Hinds Architects Photography: Adam Gibson 2018 Winner | The Social Space: Barangaroo House (Architecture), Collins and Turner  Photography: Rory Gardiner 2018 Winner | The Wellness Space: Bendigo Hospital, Silver Thomas Hanley with Bates Smart   Photography: Shannon McGrath 2018 Winner | The Shopping Space: Domaine Chandon, Foolscap Studio  Photography: Tom Blachford 2018 Winner | The Living Space: Room Without Roof, HYLA ArchitectsPhotography: Rory Gardiner INDE.Awards 2018 Gala Event: Location | JW Marriott SingaporePhotography: Winston Chuang Access all images featured in this media release by clicking here. Note To Editors: The INDE.Awards is organised and presented by regional design and architecture publisher Indesign Media Asia Pacific, with the intent of recognising the Indo-Pacific region’s most progressive design and architecture on a global stage. As the Indo-Pacific’s first and only design awards program, the INDE.Awards remains unique and unparalleled in its mission: to unify the region and shine a spotlight on the buildings, spaces, objects and people putting it on the global map. Entries open for INDE.Awards 2019 on Thursday 29 November. Buildings, spaces and objects completed between 1 January 2018 and 29 January 2019 will be accepted into the 2019 awards. Entries can be made online at The INDE.Awards 2019 Gala ceremony will be held in Melbourne, June 2019. For Media Enquiries, Please Contact: Kobe Johns, Event Director Phone: +61 2 9638 0150 Email:   Website:   **End of media release**   CoWork Me St Kilda Engages Chris Mulcahy as its Expert-in-Residence 2018-11-25T22:45:51Z cowork-me-st-kilda-engages-chris-mulcahy-as-its-expert-in-residence CoWork Me Engages Expert-in-Residence for its St Kilda Coworking Space November 26, 2018 Melbourne, VIC - CoWork Me St Kilda has engaged Christopher Mulcahy as its expert-in-residence. Chris joins CoWork Me St Kilda with a fantastic set of accomplishments achieved in a short period and is hoping to share his experiences, provide feedback, and offer support to the business community at CoWork Me. While he has acquired skills from different businesses and experiences along the way, one of the most impressive was that he studied Entrepreneurship at the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa. Chris started his first business Apple Sports Advertising at 18, which he sold 3 years later. He then worked at Google for 4 years where he managed their new business and the digital home entertainment teams for APAC. Since then, Chris founded the Enablr fundraising platform and runs a software Engineering business with a team of former Google Engineers and Executives. This exciting initiative will provide Chris and his team space at CoWork Me in St Kilda while enabling him to be a resource for other entrepreneurs and business owners in the space. He will run sessions on scaling and selling a business, life at Google, and lessons learned from Richard Branson. Chris will be available for one-on-one meetings with other individuals and businesses in the space to share his knowledge, expertise, and network as well as using his vast network to develop unique and engaging initiatives to raise the profile of the space. When asked about why he chose CoWork Me, “Of the many coworking spaces that I have visited, CoWork Me is where I want to base my team as the space that provides a real opportunity for growth.” He continues to say that, “It also has a similar look and feel to the Google offices which appeals to us.” Rob Materia, CoWork Me’s General Manager is excited about this relationship. “As soon as I learned about the great work Enablr is doing as well as Chris’s background, I was excited to have him and his team as part of our community.” There will be a series of events and events and initiatives that will be starting in the upcoming weeks. For more information on CoWork Me or for media inquiries at CoWork Me, contact: Elise Loterman, Community Manager, 1300 29 75 75 END - CoWork Me St Kilda is a dedicated coworking hub designed to spark ideas, create connections, and make (work) life better. ONE MILLION FURNITURE SHOWROOMS! 2018-11-20T23:08:56Z one-million-furniture-showrooms Brisbane, QLD – November 21, 2018 – North Hem, a consumer-focused Furniture start up, announced today their plans to expand 1 million private showrooms across Australia. These private showrooms are an exclusive feature of the North Hem brand and they allow consumer to enjoy all the benefits of online and retail shopping. Just as Uber and Airbnb created platforms that benefited users as much as owners, North Hem is creating a platform that is disrupting the furniture retail business by bringing private showrooms across Australia to benefit the consumer and their needs. By transforming consumers homes to private showrooms spaces, Australian online retailers can showcase their products in the homes of their consumers, while showroom hosts receive commission for every item sold. One of UQ’s start up hub’s mentors stated that “[North Hem] could be game changing, disrupt the furniture retailing industry and completely change the ways how we shop for the furniture products.” As of today, online shopping is increasingly becoming the preference of shoppers across Australia for clothes and technology. While there is a multitude of stores that retail luxury furniture to discounted prices, 90% of Australians still opt to purchase their furniture from physical stores. Consumers prefer to experience furniture in person, and visually see the colour and textile before they commit to a purchase, but with North Hem’s private Showrooms, buying no longer means guessing. About North Hem North Hem’s founder Jason Tan was selected earlier this year, to be part of the small and exclusive cohort at UQ’s iLab which aims to accelerate Brisbane based start-ups. Jason, pitched his idea to some of the start-up industry’s biggest names and with his unique and industry provoking ideas won his place in the cohort. North Hem prides themselves to offer the consumer the confidence of retail shopping at an internet price, and the Private Showrooms will make every consumer confident with the North Hem Promise of high quality at a discounted price. These Private Showrooms are one of the ways that North Hem can sell premium furniture at attractive prices, and in return helping consumers earn money on their personal style and purchases. ### If you would like more information about this topic, please call Jason Tan at 0413992880 or email Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z dr-anh-speaks-out-in-response-to-the-media-frenzy-about-the-issue-of-plastic-surgeons-social-media-being-responsible-for-body-image-anxiety The solution to low body image issues is quite simple, argues Perth Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Anh. She writes an open letter in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. It is disappointing to read the gross generalisations in the articles in the Daily telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that suggest that Plastic Surgeons are part of the growing problem of body image anxieties. As a female plastic surgeon in Perth who is active on social media, as a woman who has had her fair share of insecurities about her body, as a mum of 3 children including a 12 year old daughter, I would argue that this is a sweeping generalisation and one I find negative and somewhat insulting to those of us who are against body shaming and passionate about empowering body positivity. To point the finger at social media of plastic surgeons as one cause of a complex problem is I believe oversimplistic and ignoring a much bigger issue. Body image anxieties are a real concern. It is frightening to learn of statistics from Prof Rumsey saying that 11 year olds are wanting cosmetic procedures. It is sad to learn that poor body image is one of the 3 biggest concerns of our young people. I worry how this will affect my children, as I do not want them to grow up with poor body image, like I did, and like so many of my patients who see me. Dissatisfaction about how one looks can affect one’s confidence, and can negatively impact on every aspect of one’s life. I know first hand seeing how many people don’t want to do something because they fear rejection, failure or disapproval because they lack self-worth and often it is linked to how they negatively see themselves and their appearance. But do our young people feel this way because what some plastic surgeons have posted on their social media feed? Let’s be real here, people feel this way because they live in a world where beautiful, sexy, attractive is celebrated and promoted EVERYWHERE – on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in shop windows – not just on social media. And coupled with the harsh reality that the world is cruel. Even without magazines and TV influencing our perceptions, fleeting or deliberate comments from other children, teenagers and adults whether innocent and unintentional or not, can and do crush self esteem and confidence. Being teased or being told you are fat and ugly or have a big nose or whatever, is enough to play on our minds, and sadly, has longevity. And this type of bullying about one’s appearance begins from such a young age, and I don’t think that is because of social media. I see children worried about their prominent ears because the kids at school are mean. I see some adults who have little to no confidence and they attribute that to being bullied when younger because they were overweight. Where are we learning to be so mean? Whatever happened to the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I grew up before social media when we all had varying degrees of dissatisfaction with our bodies merely because I believed we lived in a time where the supermodels Cindy, Claudia, Kate and Kristy and magazines like Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan portrayed the notion that being beautiful, skinny, perfect were what we aspired to be like and if we didn’t we felt awkward and unattractive. Perhaps we didn’t all follow these models and magazines, but the problem of not feeling good about how we looked is age old. Centuries before women were wearing corsets to cinch in their waist so making them attractive to potential suitors looking for fertility in a woman. Wonder if women back then had body image issues? They probably had some dissatisfaction if they didn’t meet society’s view of attractive then but perhaps they never articulated it. Or maybe people were more tolerant and embracing of all shapes and sizes and appearances back then? Scientific studies have shown that people are drawn to features of beauty instinctively – and that doesn’t require influences externally. There is an argument that it is innate to be drawn to certain physical characteristics, and so whilst social media can certainly influence trends, as Kylie Jenner has in my mind, redefined the image of beauty, there is so much more to this problem of poor body image than can be blamed on plastic surgeons and social media. Add the era of the internet and social media and now everything is available online. But I do not believe it is what is splashed everywhere that has killed our body confidence, in as much as the culture where its ok to troll others, speak unkind words, be overly critical, be cruel and pass judgement on others that in my mind has fuelled body image anxieties. I am not a psychologist or sociologist and don’t claim to have the answers to a complex and concerning problem, but I do believe the onus is on society at large to change how we treat others and to start from a young age to foster tolerance, acceptance and values of kindness. As a plastic surgeon, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. I do believe that we already help so many patients find their self worth, love themselves more, become less self conscious and live their best lives. But we also need to make sure that we don’t set unrealistic, unattainable expectations for our patients, sexualise or trivialise what we do or make people feel worse about themselves so we can offer solutions to their problems. As members of the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, we need to advance the specialty of plastic surgery so we can help more people. We should work together with body image specialists to find solutions to fostering healthy positive body image in society, and ensure our social media and marketing is ethical realistic, professional and honest. For some people, finding one’s self worth may require counselling. For others it might be about career advancement. And some it might mean lifestyle changes. However there will always be some women and men who want to address a physical concern that holds them back from feeling good about themselves and achieving what they want to. This is equally valid, and articles and opinions that criticise or mock those of us who want to invest in ourselves and improve our appearance, do the opposite of helping us. They actually fuel even more angst. I am not claiming that plastic surgery fixes low body image. I am not arguing that if you don’t like something about your physical appearance then fix it and your woes will be over. I am not advocating that we should all go and get a boob job because the ones we saw on social media are amazing and if we don’t we will feel less of a person. Sorry for the dramatic sarcastic tone, but I am sick and tired of shaming those who want to do something for themselves. So long as the individuals have realistic expectations and are doing it for themselves and for the right reasons, it isn’t right to criticise them, or judge them as being superficial, vain, weak or any other negative undertones that some people automatically associate with plastic surgery. We don’t need to agree with their choices but we should learn to respect their autonomy in the very least. It would be my hope that we learn to be encouraging and supportive of each other rather than criticise and shame each other’s choices. I for one see women and men of all different age groups and from all walks of life who simply want to improve an area of their skin, face or body that bothers them and affects their confidence, happiness and freedom to be their best selves. In no way are these patients coming in feeling crap about themselves because they aspire to be like influencers. The overwhelming majority of my patients don’t want to be someone else – they only want to be the best version of themselves whatever age or stage of life they are at. Some have insecurities from a young age when someone teased them and that has stuck with them through most of their life. Some have insecurities that have formed from growing up in this society that is skewed in favour of who and what is beautiful. Many are going through key stages in their life when they want to feel good about themselves. Mums who feel frumpy and unattractive after having kids want to address their post-pregnancy body. Men and women who have left long term relationships want to regain their self confidence that a breakup has taken its toll on. Some want to not look aged so they can hang onto their jobs. Whetever the reason so long as it is for the patient who has realistic expectations, plastic surgery can be highly transformative, not only physically but also in how it translates positively to every aspect of one’s life. At the end of the day, social media is not going away and we cannot stop people looking and following Instagram accounts of those they relate to or engage with and search for what fits with their belief systems. For the surgeons who are posting risqué pictures labelled as “soft porn”, they are likely attracting patients who identify with those desired outcomes, but I know that my patients or those who follow me share the same values that I do about empowering others to be their best and kind self. Each to their own so long as we are not breaching professional and ethical guidelines, and not lumped into one basket as being part of a serious complex problem. With further collaboration and research, we can all be part of a solution. Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- Australia’s longest-standing sustainable building awards announces this year’s winners 2018-10-14T22:01:46Z australia-s-longest-standing-sustainable-building-awards-announces-this-year-s-winners   Australia’s longest-standing sustainable building awards announces this year’s winners Architectus, Aurecon, Bent Architecture, Defence Housing Australia and EME Design were all recognised in Architecture & Design’s 12th Annual Sustainability Awards ceremony, hosted at The Star in Sydney last-night.   Celebrating its twelfth year, the Sustainability Awards continues to attract projects of the highest calibre. Powered by Infolink Magazine and Architecture & Design – a subsidiary of Indesign Media Asia Pacific – this year’s Sustainability Awards winners herald a new age of design expertise and environmental commitment for Australia’s combined AECO industries.   Following the Sustainability Live day-long symposium of seminars, demonstrations, architectural product exhibitions and industry debates, the Sustainability Awards gala ceremony was attended by more than 300 of leading architectural, development, engineering, construction and government professionals, all collaborating on creating a new culture of sustainability in the built environment.   As master of ceremonies for this year’s gala evening, Tone Wheeler of Environa Studio presented EME Design with two awards for ‘Passive Butterfly’ in the prestigious Best of the Best category and Single Dwelling Alteration or Addition. According to the jury, the twice-fold recognition for ‘Passive Butterfly’ proves that centuries-old heritage structures can become environmentally-conscious dwellings with the adaptive re-use of sustainable design thinking.   Defence Housing Australia was presented two category awards: Green Building of the Year and Multiple Dwelling for ‘The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’ development in recognition of the project’s commitment to health and wellbeing exceeding Green Star Criteria for VOC emissions, along with upcycling 100 per cent of brick materials from other demolition projects.   High-profile projects awarded this year include ‘8 Chifley Square’ by Lippmann Partnership / Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and ‘One Malop Street’ by Aurecon – both redefining the public domain whilst also proving to be energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable.   A newly added category to the program – the category for Emerging Architect of the Year – was awarded to Jean Graham of Winter Architecture, for Graham’s inspired use of online collaboration between remotely located staff. This year’s jury was particularly inspired by Graham’s democratic approach in broadening the possibilities of architecture to clients who may not be able to readily access the latest advancements in architectural best practice in remote locations.   Official Sustainability Awards 2018 Category Winners:   Smart Building: ‘8 Chifley Square’ by Lippman Partnership/Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners Single Dwelling: ‘Drumkerin’ by Mahalath Halperin Architects  Achievement of Merit: Humberto Urriola, Founder of Atlantis Corporation Single Dwelling, Addition/Alteration: ‘Passive Butterfly’ by EME Design Public & Urban Design: ‘krakanilumi’ by Taylor and Hinds Architects Multiple Dwelling: ‘The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’ by Defence Housing Australia Landscape/Biophilia: ‘Phoenix Rooftop’ by Bent Architecture Interior Architecture: ‘The Burcham’ by Stable Innovations Innovation/Application: ‘e-Board’ by Winya Indigenous Furniture Healthcare: Wallen Veterinary Hospital by Crosshatch Green Building of the Year: ‘The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’ by Defence Housing Australia Education & Research: ‘Macquarie University Incubator’ by Architectus Commercial: ‘One Malop Street’ by Aurecon Best of the Best: ‘Passive Butterfly’ by EME Design Emerging Architect of the Year: Jean Graham, Winter Architecture   According to Architecture & Design and Infolink editor Branko Miletic, this year was a watershed moment for sustainably architectural practice in Australia:   “Not only has the Sustainability Awards become Australia’s longest-running sustainable building awards program, but this years’ entries proved that sustainability and aesthetics have finally become part of one complete package – one that the built industry is now able to offer to the wider public. Therefore, both for the industry and our awards, a new benchmark has been set – one that I hope will see sustainability become the integral component of each, and every built environment across this nation from now on.”   Judging was conducted by an esteemed panel of industry experts including: Tim Horton, Registrar of NSW Board of Architects; Suzanne Toumbourou, Executive Director of Sustainable Built Environment Council; Robin Mellon, Supply Chain Sustainability School and Dick Clarke, Director of Envirotecture.     About the Awards: The Sustainability Awards is the nation’s most respected awards program for sustainable building and design. The program recognises those pushing for new forms of best practice. Each year, the program brings together industry influencers who share a desire to curtail and reverse the ecological footprint of the AECO sectors’ combined practice including (but not limited to) those who design, manufacture and construct green buildings and products of all sizes and purposes. The awards program is supported by Sustainability Live – a daytime knowledge enterprise by and for highly regarded industry experts, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Refuel Program.   For Media Enquiries, Please Contact: Branko Miletic: Editor, Architecture and Design Phone: 02 9018 2039 Email: Website:   Figure 1Passive Butterfly-Winner Best of the Best & Single Dwelling Alteration or Addition Figure 2 Smart Building: ‘8 Chifley Square’ by Lippman Partnership/Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners Figure 3 Emerging Architect of the Year: Jean Graham, Winter Architecture Figure 4 Public & Urban Design: ‘krakani lumi’ by Taylor and Hinds Architects Figure 5 Commercial: ‘One Malop Street’ by Aurecon Figure 6 ‘The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’ by Defence Housing Australia Winner of Green Building of the Year & Multiple Dwelling * End of Press Release *