The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-26T22:54:25Z PATTY MILLS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF THE TEAM MILLS FOUNDATION 2020-05-26T22:54:25Z patty-mills-announces-the-formation-of-the-team-mills-foundation SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (27 May 2020): Three-time Olympian, NBA Champion and proud Indigenous Australian Patty Mills announced today the formation of the Team Mills Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and championing culture, diversity, women and underprivileged families and enacting positive change for the environment worldwide. Through innovative strategies and a creative approach, the Team Mills Foundation creates a new model for communities across the globe to come together, spark conversation and ignite action to achieve the ultimate goal of a brighter future for those who need it most.  The announcement of The Team Mills Foundation coincides with the start of National Reconciliation Week; a time for Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements and strengthen the bonds with the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme for National Reconciliation Week for 2020 is “In This Together”, and much like the “All Hands In” mantra of the Team Mills Foundation, it represents how working as a collective can achieve powerful results. The Foundation is welded to the ideal of “community”, shared values and respecting traditions and is brought to life by Patty Mills’ passion and desire of giving back and thriving on the success and wellbeing of others. The mission for the Team Mills Foundation is simple: Make a positive, long-lasting impact on communities worldwide. “I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of Team Mills Foundation; an organisation built on taking courageous and ongoing action to bring long-lasting improvement to people’s lives.” says Patty Mills.  “Our Foundation is personal but relatable, as it reflects values that have been instilled in me by my previous generations and through our customs and traditions. Our vision is to make a tangible difference at the intersection of those values and people’s lives, shining light on critical issues as well as providing opportunities and pathways of success to empower and unlock people’s tremendous potential.”    “I play basketball, and I’m grateful for what the sport has provided for me and my family, but I’m even more appreciative for the voice and platform that has come along with it. It has allowed me to follow through with my successes on the court to inspire, support and make change in other people's lives, especially the ones who need it most.” “Striving for greatness in my field, to create history, to accomplish the unimaginable - sure, it's for me, but it turns out -  it isn’t. It’s for everyone and everything that will be directly impacted by this Foundation.” The Team Mills Foundation will strive to bring awareness and opportunities to the issues and causes that align with the six core values that the Foundation is built upon: FAMILY. Having a greater understanding of who you are, where you come from and appreciating the people that have helped you. Being the best person you can be so that you can support and inspire your loved ones. ENVIRONMENT. Doing our part by giving back to our environment to ensure our next generation understands the values of caretaking for our earth. This will also be a way to protect, preserve and keep traditional cultures alive through the knowledge and practices used by Indigenous peoples. CULTURE. Keeping the culture alive. Recognising, protecting and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions. Through a creative approach, constantly finding ways to bridge the gap between traditional and modern society.  PATHWAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Striving for greatness by creating pathways and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to excel in their given fields or interests.  EMPOWERING WOMEN. Giving women a platform and voice to feel empowered, confident, and strong by supporting them in that role.   MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSITY. Understanding and recognising multicultural diversity with the means to appreciate and learn from the differences, to celebrate and build on the similarities.  Through collaborative, community-focused partnerships and activations the Team Mills Foundation aims to work closely with local groups and organisations to put a spotlight on important causes and innovative projects and as well as put practices in place for long-term, sustainable solutions. In 2019, “The Community Water Project” was launched in partnership with Zero Mass Water and Australian Indigenous Basketball; an initiative aimed at providing clean, sustainable drinking water for six very remote drought-stricken Indigenous communities.  More recently, the #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive brought together the community of San Antonio to support eight local coffee shops who had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the community to shop small, but think big. To further the campaign’s reach nationally and internationally, a “GoFundMe” page was set up to receive virtual coffee donations. The #GiveMamaCoffee Mother’s Day Drive raised over $100,000USD with all funds donated to the Family Violence Prevention Services - Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio, Texas. Putting knowledge in practise, The Team Mills Foundation are thrilled to partner with The Firesticks Alliance, a relationship that stemmed from a recent trip to Australia in March whilst visiting the bushfire-affected communities. Learning from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffenson and The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation, Team Mills Foundation aims to share the knowledge of cultural burning practices, and improved ‘reading’ of country, to help restore the land. By continuing to educate and spread awareness of these practices, there is much evidence that, if adopted, could greatly benefit not only Australians, but all people worldwide. More details surrounding this dynamic partnership will be revealed at a later date,  To learn more about the values and causes of the Team Mills Foundation and how to get involved, visit teammillsfoundation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube using #TeamMillsFdn and #AllHandsIn. -ENDS- About Team Mills Foundation The Team Mills Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities around the world; from environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, to providing clean drinking water for communities, supporting women and children shelters and giving a voice to minorities through multiculturalism and diversity. No matter the challenge, The Team Mills Foundation are going all hands in on the things that hit home. Together, we can make a positive change and long lasting impact worldwide. Launch of Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers 2020-05-18T03:13:04Z launch-of-certification-program-for-sports-turf-managers (Melbourne, Victoria) – The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the peak industry body for Turf Management in Australia, announces the launch of Industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Management, recognising Certified Sports Turf Managers as the leading sports turf professionals in the to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry.   The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Certification Program is aimed at encouraging Turf Managers to invest in their continued professional development, and promote to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry the position of Certified Sports Turf Managers (CSTM) as the leading Sports Turf professionals in the country.   Formed in 1981, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) is the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia, representing more than 1,500 members from all areas of the sport & recreation industry.  A not-for-profit industry association, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association supports members through education and advocacy, facilitating Industry Awards, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.  Through working to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals, the ASTMA is committed to the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia.   “Becoming certified is a mark of industry-leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Sports Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.” said Australian Sports Turf Managers Association CEO Mark Unwin.    “We have seen the results from similar programs overseas, and the impact it has had on recognising the professional of turf management as critical to the sport & recreation industry.  We are thrilled to develop and launch a program aimed at continuing to develop and endorse the many hard-working and committed professionals within our industry”   Attainment of Certification provides Sports Turf Managers with professional certification, as well as elevating the industry of Turf Management through demonstrating a commitment to education, personal development, environmental stewardship and continuing professional development.  All Certified Sports Turf Managers will be widely regarded as having attained the highest level of professional certification in the industry, achieving a minimum standard of continuous professional development and broadly recognised the best sports turf managers in Australia.                   Attaining the status of Certified Turf Manager (CSTM) involves a combination of formal education, experience in Turf Management and continuing professional education.  Through earning the designation of CSTM, a member demonstrates a personal commitment to education, professional development, environmental stewardship, and elevating the Sports Turf management profession.   It documents and validates Turf professionals’ achievements and competencies to current and potential future employers. Being a CSTM is a mark of leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.         ENDS     About the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association   The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is a not-for-profit industry association formed in 1981 (as the Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association), and has evolved into the largest industry association in Australia for professional Sports Turf Managers.   With over 1,500 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is committed to the ongoing education, development and support of all professionals involved in Turf Management.    Representing members of Sports Turf Management industry across all areas of the Trade, including Golf Courses, Sportsfields & Grounds, Racetracks, Lawn Tennis, Councils, Turf Equipment Technicians and other related fields.  As the industry association responsible for professional Sports Turf Managers, the association supports members through education, facilitating Industry Awards, advocacy, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.   Considered to be the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association works to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals as well as the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia. The association strives to ensure that these constant improvements in professional Sports Turf Management standards are achieved in a safe, responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.   For comment or further information on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association please contact:   Contact:                      Mark Unwin – CEO, AGCSA Street:                         1/752 Blackburn Rd, Clayton VIC 3168 Phone:                        +61 438 320 919 Email:                         mark@agcsa.com.au  Web:                           https://www.agcsa.com.au  Facebook:                  https://www.facebook.com/TheASTMA Instagram:                  https://www.instagram.com/the_astma/ LinkedIn:                     https://www.linkedin.com/company/theastma/    Q CELLS expands options for Australians searching for quality, high efficiency solar panels 2020-05-15T02:06:35Z q-cells-expands-options-for-australians-searching-for-quality-high-efficiency-solar-panels ·       The latest Q CELLS module, Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, comes with a 25-year product and 25-year performance warranty and is available from 1 May 2020. ·       Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ at up to 355Wp is currently the most powerful Q CELLS Q.ANTUM DUO solar panel to hit the Australian market, targeting the premium residential segment. ·       Q.PEAK DUO-G5+, the product’s predecessor, first launched in 2019 with a 25-year product warranty is currently the best-selling module for the residential segment in Q CELLS Australia’s product range. ·       Q CELLS is expanding its premium range as the solar industry sees strong demand from consumers looking for energy security in uncertain times.  Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, the market leader for solar panels in the US, Germany, Japan and South Korea has expanded its premium offering to the market with the arrival of Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ from May 1, 2020. Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ is the most powerful Q.ANTUM DUO model to date for the Australian market from the award-winning manufacturer with a power class of up to 355 Wp. Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ will be the second model in Q CELLS premium, made-in-Korea range, to feature a 25 year product warranty. Since Q CELLS first announced a 25-year product warranty with the launch of the popular Q.PEAK DUO-G5+, Q CELLS remains the only member of the ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (which represents the world’s top nine largest solar manufacturers) to be offering warranties of this length to the Australian market. “Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ offers ultimate confidence,” said Q CELLS Australia Key Account Director, Myungsin Shim. “Sitting alongside the Q.PEAK DUO-G5+, in Q CELLS range with a 25 year product warranty is sure to be welcome news for Australians at this critical time.” With Energy Networks Australia[1] estimating the additional cost of working from home at $2.78 per day, an average household with two working parents and two school-aged children could expect an increase of up to $1,445 over the next six months should working and studying at home continue. Q CELLS is banking that the quality, performance, and long warranty offer of Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ will turn heads.  “That’s what sets apart Q CELLS premium range from the pack,” said Shim. “Consumers are increasingly aware and more educated about solar than ever before. They know good value when they see it, or have learned the hard way from previous purchases where a product did not live up to its promise. Now we see them turning more and more to quality, reliable brands like Q CELLS.” Solar installers across the nation are seeing a rise in consumer demand for solar panels as concerns over coronavirus spread. Many installers are reporting noticeable increases in enquiries they’re receiving since the outbreak and announcements of shutdowns in Australia. “Right now, consumers are attracted, more than ever, to quality products to bolster self-sufficiency and energy security in uncertain times,” said Shim. “Q.PEAK DUO-G6+’s high performance thanks to Q.ANTUM DUO Technology, means customers can install fewer panels on their roof to maximise generation and help save on those rising costs.” In addition to the launch of Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, Q CELLS Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 (Q.HOME) will now be ready for Australian installation from mid-May. Q.HOME paired with Q CELLS solar panels, provides a comprehensive fully wrapped solar solution that is covered by a single warranty. It is backed by Q CELLS industry-leading local specialists – a unique complete solar and support offering of its kind in Australia. "Consumers understand that with a quality product and reputable brand, they can have confidence in the service, support and performance for the extended life of the product. With global-shutdowns in place, the reasons to deal with companies with a strong local presence is more compelling than ever before," said Shim.  Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, along with all of Q CELLS’ products come with local support based in Sydney. Q CELLS has been servicing Australia since 2009, celebrating their 10th Anniversary last year. “This is unlike anything else in the market,” said Shim. “Once Q.HOME is paired with Q.PEAK DUO-G6+, this offers customers complete power from one of the most trusted solar brands in Australia.” Q CELLS has won the EuPD Research Top Brand PV Award for the fifth consecutive year in Australia in 2020. This comes off the back of gaining number one market share in US  residential and commercial solar market as well as winning the Life & Living Award 2020 for “Germany's Most Popular Supplier” – one of the most highly valued recognitions of consumer quality in the country. Both Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ and Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 are available for installation in Australia from May 1 2020 with Q.HOME available for installation from the middle of the month. ENDS   Notes to Editor: For full technical specifications visit www.q-cells.com/au   About Q CELLS Q CELLS is a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, Q CELLS provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets. For more information, visit: http://www.q-cells.com.   Safe-Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and Q CELLS’ operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Q CELLS does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. [1] https://www.energynetworks.com.au/news/media-releases/2020-media-releases/electricity-costs-of-working-from-home/ Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd enters into a special agreement with RTS PauaCo in Tasmania, Australia 2020-05-05T08:41:48Z pacific-sea-urchin-australia-pty-ltd-enters-into-a-special-agreement-with-rts-pauaco-in-tasmania-australia For Immediate Press Release  Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd enters into a special agreement with RTS PauaCo in Tasmania, Australia Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd (“PSU”) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with RTS PauaCo to market RTS PauaCo wild, hand caught Tasmanian sea urchins, greenlip abalone, blacklip abalone and the New Zealand Paua (abalone) in specific markets.  PSU already has a strong presence in the sea urchin industry in Australia and in the emerging exporting market and it is hoped this exciting new agreement will greatly enhance the commercial presence of both companies in Australia and Internationally. PSU are working with RTS PauaCo to co-brand a selection of exclusive products and are working together to share industry knowledge, product development and marketing ideas.  We look forward to showcasing a premium product line at seafood expos all over the world during 2020 and introduce new and existing customers to these high-quality products. “RTS PauaCo developed the first commercial urchin industry in Tasmania and is one of the few approved processors currently permitted to export wild Tasmanian sea urchin products to a number of countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Macau and Taiwan. Pacific Sea Urchin Australia Pty Ltd is a company focused on all things around Australian Sea Urchins.  Over many years PSU has been working very hard to promote sea urchin products around the globe and in 2018 we opened the first Australia sea urchin restaurant “Uni Boom Boom” which has introduced a range of exciting dishes centered around our fantastic wild caught urchins.”: Jessica Teoh, Managing Director of PSU. “RTS PauaCo have been seafood industry pioneers for decades, as the largest exporter of Tasmanian live abalone and other premium abalone products.  As pioneers in the commercial Tasmanian Sea Urchin industry, we look forward to building on this foundation and developing new and exciting products with PSU while still delivering the premium abalone and urchins we are renowned for": Beth Mathison, Group CEO RTS PauaCo: Two thirds of citizens around the world agree climate change is as serious a crisis as Covid-19 – Ipsos survey 2020-04-23T22:06:25Z two-thirds-of-citizens-around-the-world-agree-climate-change-is-as-serious-a-crisis-as-covid-19-ipsos-survey April 24, 2020 — A new Ipsos poll conducted in 14 countries shows widespread support for government actions to prioritise climate change in the economic recovery after COVID-19 with 65% globally agreeing that this is important. For Australia, 57% agreed climate change should be prioritised in the economic recovery actions. Furthermore, the survey finds that 71% of adults globally agree that, in the long term, climate change is as serious a crisis as COVID-19. While the majority of Australians (59%) agree climate change is as serious a crisis as COVID-19, this is well below the global average. The survey was conducted online among more than 28,000 adults between April 16th and April 19th, 2020. A second Ipsos survey commissioned for Earth Day found that while climate change remains the most important environmental issue for citizens globally, they are no more likely to say they plan to make changes to their own environmental behaviours than they were six years ago. The second survey was carried out online among more than 20,000 adults across 29 countries between Friday, February 21st and March 6th, 2020. Key Australian findings include: Climate change remains the most important environmental issue to Australians. Two-in-five (42%) cited it as one of the three most important environmental issues facing the nation. This was consistent with the global trend; climate change is the number one environmental issue globally too (37% identified it as a top issue). Also of concern to Australians are dealing with the amount of waste we generate (37%); future energy sources and supplies (29%); wildlife conservation (25%); and overpopulation (24%). Globally, other environmental issues that are important to citizens are air pollution (33%) and dealing with the amount of waste we generate (32%), followed by deforestation (26%) and water pollution (25%). Concern for the top four issues has increased since two years ago.  A majority of the public globally (68%) agrees that if their governments do not act now to combat climate change, they will be failing their citizens. Australians feel similarly, 65% agreed Government inaction on climate change would be failing citizens. More than half of Australians (55%) say they would be put off from voting for a political party whose policies do not take climate change seriously. Comparison of this year’s findings highlight changing environmental priorities for Australians. In 2018, future energy sources and supplies was a top-three environmental concern for Australians (40% identified it as a top environmental issue, compared with 29% this year). Climate change was the third most commonly mentioned issue for Australians in 2018 at 35%; and is the number one environmental issue this year, up by 7 points to 42%. Of all the countries’ citizens surveyed in 2020, Australians placed the greatest concern on wildlife conservation. A quarter (25%) of Australians identify it as a top-three issue compared with an average of 15% globally. It is likely this concern has been shaped by the loss of Australian wildlife during the bushfire crisis over summer. However, concern was also relatively high in 2018 compared with the rest of the world. In 2018, 22% of Australians selected this issue (14% globally). Across a range of environmental behaviours, as many as two fifths globally feel they are already contributing as much as they possibly can by undertaking specific behaviours. Australians feel they are already doing much to limit their impact on climate change including recycling (54% report they are already doing as much as they possibly can); saving energy at home (e.g. through insulation, 43% already doing as much as they possibly can); and saving water at home (40% already doing as much as they possibly can). Australians are divided on whether the environment should have to endure some setbacks in order to help the economy to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Half (50%) agree that the Government should focus on helping the economy to recover first and foremost, even if that means taking some actions that are bad for the environment. Two-in-five (41%) disagree. Ipsos Australia Public Affairs Director, Jennifer Brook, said: “It’s not surprising Australians feel conflicted about the potential of environmental sacrifices for economic recovery. In another of our monthly Ipsos Issues Monitor surveys, we have seen the environment get pushed out as the number one issue facing the nation at the start of 2020 to be replaced by healthcare, the economy and unemployment. “These three issues have all experienced a dramatic surge in concern during the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of the year, it was the bushfire crisis that put the environment at the top of the list, but clearly COVID-19 is driving concern about these other issues at the moment. “Despite the environment taking a back seat compared with other current issues, it’s still important to people. There is strong support among the public for a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The importance of staying at home as much as possible is having major impacts on our consumption and travel patterns at present. What remains to be seen is how sticky these behaviour changes are as the economy opens up again in post-pandemic life.” Technical notes The findings come from two surveys conducted by Ipsos on the Global Advisor online platform. One is a 14-country survey conducted April 16-19, 2020 among 28,029 adults aged 18-74 in Canada and the United States and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Spain. The sample consisted of approximately 2,000+ individuals in each of the 14 countries. The other is a 29-country survey conducted February 21 - March 6, 2020 among 20,590 adults aged 18-74 in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Turkey and aged 16-74 in 23 other markets. The sample for this survey included approximately 1000+ individuals in each of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland), France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.; and approximately 500+ individuals in each of Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. The precision of Ipsos online polls are calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.1 percentage points and of 500 accurate to +/- 4.5 percentage points. For more information on the Ipsos use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website. 17 of the 29 countries surveyed online generate nationally representative samples in their countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and United States). Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey produce a national sample that is more urban & educated, and with higher incomes than their fellow citizens.  We refer to these respondents as “Upper Deck Consumer Citizens”.  They are not nationally representative of their country. Weighting was employed in both surveys to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to the most recent country Census data, and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. More information at: https://www.ipsos.com/en-au/two-thirds-citizens-around-world-agree-climate-change-serious-crisis-covid-19-ipsos-survey   For more information on this news release, please contact: Rochelle Burbury                                              Third Avenue Consulting                                   0408 774 577                                                   rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au                              About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP www.ipsos.com Epson again selected as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series 2020-04-23T05:19:10Z epson-again-selected-as-a-constituent-of-the-ftse4good-index-series Epson has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 15th consecutive year. The FTSE4Good Index Series measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indexes are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.Epson aims to create new value by looking hard at solutions to social issues, understanding the expectations of society, and then providing products and services that far exceed those expectations. The company is committed to the development of a sustainable society through the four areas of innovation identified through its Epson 25 Corporate Vision. Epson has been helping to solve various social issues by delivering unique value through innovative and creative products and solutions. Their mission is to build stakeholder trust as they grow and prosper with communities and to help create a better world. Epson considers any action designed to realise Epson's Management Philosophy to be a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.In addition to ensuring compliance, observing corporate ethics, and fulfilling responsibilities at a level that exceeds what society requires, Epson will fully demonstrate their unique creativity in CSR by creating value through the products they develop and manufacture. In recent times Epson developed a materiality matrix that identifies key CSR themes, such as environmental issues, respect for human rights, human resources development, and governance. Epson use this matrix to guide and strengthen their CSR activities and to help make the world a better place. Epson have also selected CSR themes, taking into account social issues defined by ISO 26000 and other sources. They evaluated them from both their company perspective and a social perspective, and prioritised the key themes in the "Key CSR Themes" matrix. To help ensure that Epson’s activities are effective, the company specified action items and targets (KPI) for each key CSR theme. Epson periodically revise the key CSR themes and action items based on feedback from stakeholders and will systematically drive continuous improvements. Picture creditsEpson’s key CSR themesFollow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust Australians ‘hungry’ for beauty product recycling, Edible Beauty delivers 2020-04-18T20:24:33Z australians-hungry-for-beauty-product-recycling-edible-beauty-delivers Luxury skincare brand, Edible Beauty, has today announced a new recycling program for their own line of ‘edible’ beauty products in partnership with TerraCycle. The Edible Beauty Recycling Program allows Australians to collect and ship all their Edible Beauty product packaging to TerraCycle who will then turn them into new products.   Additionally, for every kilogram of waste collected in the program, recyclers will earn $1 towards the school or charity of their choice.  Edible Beauty founder, Anna Mitsios, says sustainable packaging has always been a priority, alongside the brands’ commitment to using quality and ethical ingredients.   “Edible Beauty is thrilled to ensure our consumers are now able to dispose of all our packaging in an environmentally responsible manner.” “We are proud to announce that our products, as well as being made from Australian wildcrafted plants, cruelty-free and vegan, now come in 100% recyclable packaging too,” said Ms Mitsios. Jean Bailliard, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia, said the program highlights a real demand for recycling options within the beauty industry. “Many people aren’t aware of the difficulties in recycling beauty products. Dark or black coloured plastic, for example, isn’t able to be recycled in traditional material recovery facilities; this is where we step in.” “Once we receive the items, we will sort, shred and melt them down into plastic pellets to be used in the manufacture of new products such as garden beds, park benches and even playgrounds. This helps us to go from a linear to a circular economy,” said Mr Bailliard. To join the program, Australians simply visit www.terraycle.com/ediblebeauty, create a TerraCycle account and then start collecting all their empty Edible Beauty products from home. Accepted in the program are: droppers, pumps and spray closures; plastic tubes and containers, sachets and tea refill pouches; and masks (including packaging). Violet glass packaging is conditionally accepted according to local council.    Kybybolite local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-04-02T02:04:50Z kybybolite-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 2020/2021 Multimin Performance Ready Challenge (MPRC) – a 12-month program that will see up to 75 Australian farmers experience firsthand the benefits of trace mineral management at high demand production times in sheep and cattle. The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line. Challengers will then go into the running to win an overseas trip for two to the USA tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus a 12-month supply of Multimin. Second and third runners up will also receive six months of free Multimin. Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shepard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.” Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this year’s Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.” Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. This first round will also see local producer Brett Shepard of Kybybolite, SA participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. Brett is a fourth-generation farmer at Mullinger Park, Kybybolite in South Australia’s South East. Brett’s property is just over 1000 hectares, of which he runs 2000 commercial ewes for prime lamb production, 1300 stud ewes (Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Suffolks) and their replacement ewe weaners along with 500 young stud rams. Brett’s home block is where he concentrates on organic cropping program and produces organic golden linseed, organic matika oats and organic hay, with the occasional paddock of sub clover and lucerne hay put in on the stud block. “I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett, “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.” Brett’s aim, participating in the Multimin Challenge, is to achieve his goal of becoming industry leaders with his ram and lamb production, Brett hopes that Multimin will assist with greater lambing percentages, stronger lambs at birth, faster growth rates and all-round stock nutrition. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers: facebook.com/groups/multimin The first round of participants may have already been chosen ­– but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. About Multimin Virbac's Multimin Injection is a trace mineral top up that rapidly increases trace mineral levels in cattle and sheep for use during high demand periods. Providing selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc at strategic times of the production cycle has been shown to improve livestock health and fertility, thus optimising livestock productivity. Ends Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available along with. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see fourth-generation farmer Brett Shepard from Mullinger Park, Kybybolite in South Australia’s South East, participate and share his journey and results using Multimin. Sungrow Premium Partner – Smart Energy Answers 2020-03-24T11:59:33Z sungrow-premium-partner-smart-energy-answers Smart Energy Answers (SEA) is proud to be an authorised dealer of Sungrow inverters. The initiative will enable SEA to continue to empower households to make the transition to cleaner and more affordable energy. Our customers can also benefit from the outstanding 12-year warranty offer and have the peace of mind that they'll receive not only high-quality products but also high-quality installation services. Here we discuss the key benefits of Sungrow inverters and what makes them so unique. About Sungrow Sungrow is one of the three largest inverter manufacturers in the world. They're a leader in the research and development of solar inverters and have one of the largest dedicated R&D teams in the industry. The company has a broad portfolio range for utility-scale, commercial and residential applications. As of June 2019, Sungrow's products power installations in over 60 countries. They have also launched the world's largest inverter factory, and once fully operational, the production capacity will reach 50GW. Sungrow has an excellent reputation for service as well as quality and is one of the few inverter companies to be ranked as "100% bankable" by BloombergNEF in its latest survey. What makes Sungrow's inverters so unique? The Sungrow Diamond Inverter utilises state of the art transformerless inverter technology. Without the transformer, they are much lighter, quieter and more compact. The inverter is built to withstand Australian conditions and features a robust design made from high anti-corrosion aluminium alloy casting. It also comes with an outstanding 10-year manufacturer warranty. Sungrow's hybrid inverter, on the other hand, performs the work of a grid-tied inverter and a battery-based inverter at the same time. They're great value for money for those looking to add batteries in the future. The Sungrow inverters are also integrated with an energy management system that can monitor your household consumption. Hybrid inverters are gaining popularity as battery storage can be more cost-effective and can protect you from grid outages. SEA is looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Sungrow, and further, accelerate the growth of solar and empower people to make the switch to cleaner energy. Smart Energy Answers is Australia's leading energy solutions provider. We're Australian owned and operated with nearly a decade of experience in the solar energy field. We have completed over 3,000 residential and commercial installations, and bring together the knowledge and professionalism to deliver the highest quality energy solutions. We go above and beyond to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Contact us today on 1300 732 679 to learn more about Sungrow and other high-performance inverters. Solar Attachment Technology Now Available in Australia 2020-03-19T01:42:08Z solar-attachment-technology-now-available-in-australia (Colorado Springs, Colorado, – March 18, 2020)  S-5!, the world’s leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions, today announced it was voted best in session by attendees earlier this month at Melbourne’s Smart Energy Conference. Dustin Haddock, vice president of research and development for S-5!, presented as part of the Smart Energy Technical Workshop series facilitated by solar industry expert, Geoff Bragg, chairman of the Australian Solar Energy Industries Association and director of the Smart Energy Council.  In his technical training session, Haddock outlined the latest attachment technology for solar panels on both standing seam and exposed-fix metal roofs. He discussed the structural considerations for rooftop PV, namely load distribution and designing a PV system in a similar fashion to the roof design.  Haddock introduced S-5!’s  PVKIT 2.0, which enables solar installers to mount solar panels directly onto S-5!’s clamps and brackets. The PVKIT’s pre-assembled components reduce installation time and cost for PV mounting, eliminating the need for an elaborate rail system, while also providing better load distribution into the roof and substructure.S-5! has two main distributors in Australia. Based out of Sydney,  Rapid Systems Solutions (RSS), owned by the No. 1 Roofing and Building Supplies and  MAK Fastener Specialists, Pty Ltd., in Melbourne offer a variety of S-5! products.“We have been working with S-5! to increase awareness in the solar and HVAC market of the huge unique benefits of S-5! direct to metal roof solar, HVAC, and other device mounting solutions,” said Matt Hennessy of RSS. In addition to the competitive material costs, S-5! offers sizeable savings in labour, transport, warehousing and an average of 84% weight savings.”S-5! attachment solutions can be found on some of the world’s largest buildings such as Apple Inc.’s corporate headquarters (Apple Park) and Google’s corporate headquarters (Googleplex). And, S-5! is no stranger to Australia.The  S-5-E Mini Clamps can be found on Costco roofs in Australia and throughout the world. To date, the S-5-E Mini Clamps are securing the solar arrays on the roofs of Costco– North Lakes (QLD), Costco – Adelaide (SA), Costco – Oakdale (NSW), Costco – Marsden Park (NSW) and Costco – Casula (NSW).The S-5-E Mini is a medium-duty, non-penetrating, seam clamp featuring one setscrew. The mini is the choice for attaching rooftop accessories including solar arrays, signage, rooftop walkways, satellite dishes, antennas, rooftop lighting, lightning protection systems, exhaust stack bracing, conduit, condensate lines and mechanical equipment."We are excited to be utilizing S-5!’s solar roof attachment solutions in Australia,” said David McDonald of MAK Fastener Specialists, a distributor of S-5! products. “We have used S-5! products on projects in the U.S.A., Ireland and the U.K., and our customers are very happy with the results."“The feedback from clients thus far has been outstanding, and we have processed a mountain of inquiries,” said Hennessy. “In HVAC and solar, S-5! will soon become the standard metal roof mounting system, just like it is in many countries around the world. Why? Because the benefits above are so compelling – this is the disruptor “aka Uber” for the metal roof mounting industry.”About S-5!Since 1992, S-5! has been the leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions. S-5!’s zero-penetration clamps attach ancillary items to standing seam and conceal-fix metal roofs without violating roof integrity or warranties. Clamps, RibBrackets™ and CorruBrackets™ are engineered for a variety of applications: fall protection and wind performance systems, satellite dishes, solar arrays, signs/banners, light fixtures, stack/flue bracing, walkways, air con, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more. Made in the U.S.A., S-5!’s products have revolutionized the metal roofing industry and are now installed on more than 2 million metal roofs worldwide including 2 GW of PV, providing strength and longevity never before seen. For more information, visit  www.S-5.com.### We've heard of 'green-washing' but what is 'Australia-washing'? 2020-03-17T02:10:39Z we-ve-heard-of-green-washing-but-what-is-australia-washing As our nation reels from the recent national bushfire crisis and continues in drought, we are now faced with a new global threat in the form of the Covid-19 virus. Now, more than ever, Australia needs to stay local, seek local and support local, for the long-term success of our industries and the communities that thrive on these businesses.  But, what IS local?  Forget ‘green-washing’ we now have ‘Australia-washing’  Many brands manufacture products such as food and cosmetics in Australia, sending bulk offshore for packaging before returning to Australia. This, not only, sends our dollars overseas but creates a significantly more damaging environmental footprint with the additional transportation fuels required for this process.  Likewise, many brands, manufacture componentry abroad and bring into Australia for assembly to then claim an ‘Australian made’ accolade. And this isn’t where the true-blue ‘Australia-washing’ ends.  And why do they do it? It’s simple – it’s cheaper.  For decades, Australia has been held in the highest of global esteem as a clean and green nation, with purity and quality standards of manufacture. Now, with a cloud cast over many industries, consumers need to be even more discerning to determine which brands are worth their salt.  ‘Locally made’ simply put is when a business actions ALL processes of manufacture, from product conception to market delivery, within their relative geographic location.  So how do you know if your products are really local?  Ask the question: “are you 100% Australian owned, developed and manufactured?” If the answer is ambiguous, there’s probably a reason. If it’s clear, ask where geographically they are manufactured. Does it sit right with you, that your purchase price is being reinvested where it needs to? If so, you are supporting local and that’s a great choice.  THE BUBBA ORGANICS DIFFERENCE  As a proudly Australian owned and run brand entrusted to care for the most delicate of new skin, Bubba Organics is genuine about transparency. Did you know that the entire Bubba Organics range is made in Melbourne, Australia?  That’s right. EVERY bottle, EVERY label and EVERY formulation is made locally.  Not only that, Bubba Organics produces 100% organic cotton baby swaddle wraps and wash cloths and these are also locally produced in Melbourne, from locally grown, milled and spun cotton. Of course, in bringing a product like this to you, we have plenty of partners involved. In fact, at least 8 different local businesses collaborate to deliver our baby wraps and wash cloths, each with their own local community workforce and micro-economy. How locally minded is that?  The eco award-winning brand just sees this as another way to support local businesses and to reduce their carbon footprint recognising that each small act goes a long way towards protecting the future – and most importantly, the future of our precious children.  In further efforts to help protect the environment for the future, Bubba Organics:  ✓ sources Australian made recyclable bottles.  ✓ ensures formulations are both biodegradable and grey-water safe.  ✓ uses eco-friendly printing processes for labels and marketing materials. Bubba Organics use recycled paper stock, and unbleached paper packaging where possible.  ✓ uses eco-friendly manufacturing processes.  ✓ uses compostable mailing satchels for Australian direct orders.  ✓ uses recyclable packaging filler and wrap to secure product for dispatch.  ✓ produces minimal runs of labels and stock to limit wastage.  Bubba Organics understands that parents across the globe care about how things are made, where they come from and what impact they have. Choosing eco baby products is choosing to care for the planet and all its creatures. Bubba Organics is currently available online and in over 200 independently owned stores specialising in premium and sustainable lifestyle products for families.  Bubba Organics works hard to deliver natural baby products that parents can trust – and are proud of the certifications that our premium products have earned. Bubba Organics is:  ✓ Australian Made & Owned ®  ✓ A proud supporter of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc  ✓ Australian Allergy Certified ®  ✓ Australian Certified Toxic-Free  ✓ Made Safe Non-Toxic Certified™  ✓ Vegan Friendly Certified™  ✓ Cruelty-Free Certified™  Facebook / Instagram ENDS For more information, imagery or interviews contact:  Kerri Chadwick, Bubba Organics P: 0400987788 | E: kerri@bubbaorganics.com.au  Lindsay Spencer, Bubba Organics P: 0409409931 | E: marketing@bubbaorganics.com.au  ABOUT BUBBA ORGANICS:  Since its launch in early 2016, Bubba Organics has been providing Australian families with truly natural skincare products. Committed to be a brand that parents can trust – an ethically produced, Australian made skincare line genuine about transparency. Nothing hidden or harmful, just the very finest naturally sourced ingredients chosen for their proven effectiveness and suitability for extra-sensitive skin. Bubba Organics is an ECO award-winning brand and a respected name in natural baby skincare. Bubba Organics is not only a proudly Australian owned and made brand, but all products are manufactured in Victoria, supporting our local business partners at every angle. A ‘think globally, act locally’ approach that continues to resonate well with the brands discerning customer.  www.bubbaorganics.com.au Bushfire and Children’s Mental Health 2020-03-13T13:53:23Z bushfire-and-children-s-mental-health Saci Books, a little Sydney based publishing company that is passionate about giving voice to kids, has opened up space on their website and social media accounts for children to express what the bushfires mean to them.  Maíra Metelo, the founder of Saci Books strongly believes children must be heard. “I want children to have a voice, I want them to know that age doesn’t define the quality of their ideas.” She speaks with merit, her eldest son wrote a book when he was only 4 years old, she noticed that her son’s story had such incredible thinking patterns regarding complex topics like empathy and the environment that she did not flinch and decided to publish it. “I couldn’t let this one fade in time or build up on the pile of drawings and stories at our house”. Just over one year after being published, the book sells well and it gets great response from parents, educators and, most importantly, from other children.  “Bushfires Through My Heart” is the name of Maira Metelo’s new project and it is getting a heartwarming response from parents, teachers, psychologists and also the little ones. The project encourages children to send writings, poems, drawings, songs, vídeos and paintings that express what the bushfire means to them. She asks parents not to force the children to produce anything, “The most important thing is that it must come from their little hearts. The idea so far is to keep children’s stories on social media, blog and on their website. However, she hopes those stories will make it big into a hardcover book later in the year and donate the proceeds to libraries and schools affected by the fires.  The Australian bushfires this summer have caused unprecedented destruction and loss. It has left an entire nation afraid of losing all the land they have to live and produce food. They saw their fauna and flora burn with potential some extinction. Anxiety, stress, fear have walked hand in hand with gratitude to the kind and generous spirit that every day Australians and the international community has shown. However, that is not enough to heal from the loss of loved ones, from seeing fires burn your house down, from having to leave everything behind to flee from danger, see koalas burnt on the side of the road, to not be able to breathe.   How will these wounds be healed? Maíra thought that the best way she could help this crisis was focusing on the emotional health of the children who are dealing with it for the past 2 months and will continue to do for the next few years.  “I see so many people donating money and goods, so many people who live close to the fire volunteering and risking their lives that I thought the best way for me to help with my skills was through focusing on the emotional health of these children ”   Maíra has partnered with Marcela Nolasco, the founder clinical family psychologist from Little Steps Psychology in the Northern Beaches. Marcela is also using her skills and experience to assist in the recovery and wellbeing of children and families affected by the fires. Marcela recommends that offering children a safe space to play and to express their ideas through artistic mediums is a very effective way to help them heal from trauma and adversity.  “Children will be pleased to see they are not alone in their fears, in their gratitude to the fire fighters and people who helped. They will also see that their dreams and aspirations are very similar to other children’s. Creating a sense of belonging and mutual understanding can be very healing to those little hearts who had gone through crisis.” explains Marcela.   People in the urban centres are also affected, of course to a much lesser extent but the smoke, the fear for the country, the sadness for all that is happening has tarnished everyone.   The Internet has the incredible power to connect people by spreading the word beyond their local area. “We are based in Sydney and have received a lot of urban children poems and writings but we have also reached people from the affected towns in NSW and a few  from Victoria and Queensland. We want to use this tool [the internet] to make sure that this initiative reaches all communities.” The project can be accessed by the Saci Book website (https://sacibooks.com/bushfires-through-my-heart/) Facebook (/sacibooks)  or Instagram @saci.books You can find details of the medicare bulk-billed session on Little Steps website (www.littlestepsychology.com.au/bushfire-counselling-relief-nsw/) Epson Recognised as Global Leader for Engaging Its Supply Chain on Climate Change 2020-03-10T00:06:27Z epson-recognised-as-global-leader-for-engaging-its-supply-chain-on-climate-change Epson has been identified as a global leader for engaging with its suppliers on climate change, being awarded a position on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard by global environmental impact non-profit CDP. Epson has been recognised for its actions and strategies to reduce emissions and manage climate risks in its supply chain in the past reporting year. Over 4,800 companies in total were assessed by CDP and given a Supplier Engagement Rating, based on answers to selected questions about governance, targets, scope 3 emissions, and value chain engagement of their response to the CDP 2019 climate change questionnaire and their overall CDP climate change score. COMPANY is among the top 3% of organisations assessed by CDP, one of almost 160 companies on the Leaderboard this year.Epson recognises climate change and global warming as the most serious issues facing the planet. In response, they are striving to achieve their Environmental Vision 2050, and will leverage their efficient, compact and precision technologies as they take aggressive measures to reduce the environmental impact of their products and business operations, and throughout their value chain.For more on Epson’s environmental initiatives go to: https://global.epson.com/SR/environment/Follow Epson on social media:Facebook: @EpsonAustraliaTwitter: @EpsonAustInstagram: @EpsonAust STUDENTS TO HEROES, LEADING THE CHARGE IN STOCKLAND NATIONAL BATTERY RECYCLING PROGRAM 2020-03-05T03:24:10Z students-to-heroes-leading-the-charge-in-stockland-national-battery-recycling-program Over 5,000 students across Australia are about to become Battery Recycling Superheroes as they take part in The Big Battery Rescue sponsored by Stockland in partnership with The National Theatre for Children (NTC). Running throughout school year 2020, students will be engaged, enlightened and electrified to take up the challenge to collect used batteries and divert them from landfill. The Big Battery Rescue is a national school challenge providing schools with a free education program alongside battery recycling buckets for every classroom and a year-round collection and recycling service. Penny Austin, Stockland Sustainability Manager, said this was the fourth consecutive year Stockland had partnered with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) to deliver new learning experiences. “Stockland is a world leader in sustainability and we’re proud to support this unique program for another year which helps to empower the next generation of innovators.” “We are very pleased to partner with The National Theatre for Children in their presentation and tour of this fun play and to support the education of the next generation.” The program kicks off with a live-in-school educational theatre performance of The Energized Guyz & The Battery Bandit by two professional performers who lead grade P-6 students on an action-packed adventure, while teaching about battery recycling, conservation and STEM! In conjunction with the live performances, the program includes student workbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, info-graphic posters and digital games and activities that align with the important educational concepts. During the year, participating schools and their students will then lead the charge to divert hazardous batteries from landfill by collecting them from home and across their community and dropping them into the school battery buckets. Every school and student will be able to measure and track their recycling effort and environmental impact. All aspects of the battery recycling program are sponsored by Stockland, negating any costs to individual schools and making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to curriculum-aligned lessons in science, literacy and the arts. Participating schools will also be rewarded for their environmental effort based on the amount of batteries recycled ranging from $200 – $1,000! “Live theatre is a great way to educate,” said NTC Managing Director Tobias Benn. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging children. We don’t lose their attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them and this is what causes the take-up of positive action and the community wide effort around battery recycling.” The Energized Guyz & The Battery Bandit will launch its national tour as part of The Big Battery Rescue school challenge in Melbourne during the week beginning Monday 9th March 2020. More information can be found at www.BigBatteryRescue.com About Stockland Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups - owning, development and managing a large portfolio of retail town centres, workplace and logistics assets, residential communities and retirement living villages. Stockland is recognised as one of the most sustainable real estate companies in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and as a Global Sector Leader by the Global Estate Sustainability Benchmark. Stockland is also an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, as recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. www.stockland.com.au About NTC NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the Australia, New Zealand and the USA. NTC works directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviours and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level. Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customisable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities. To learn more, visit www.ntccorporate.com.au  New Light Globe & Battery Recycling Service Available Throughout Australia 2020-03-04T09:39:14Z new-light-globe-amp-battery-recycling-service-available-throughout-australia As one of the industry's most respected recycling companies, Lamp Recyclers continues to innovate with a new hassle-free recycling service for batteries, light globes and fluorescent light bulbs. Available in all capital cities throughout Australia, the new pre-paid recycling service provides a convenient means of disposing of all types of light globes and fluorescent bulbs. To discover the benefits of this new recycling programme, please visit the battery recycling website today. Lamp Recyclers Address: Suite 902/65 York St, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: 1300 789 917 Website: https://www.lamprecyclers.com.au/