The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-15T21:41:26Z Surf Life Saving NSW Partners with Envirobank Recycling to Launch Coastal ‘Return and Earn’ Donation Sites 2018-01-15T21:41:26Z surf-life-saving-nsw-partners-with-envirobank-recycling-to-launch-coastal-return-and-earn-donation-sites SYDNEY, Australia – Monday 15 January, 2018 – Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) announced more than 70 surf clubs across the state have signed up to become ‘donation sites’ for the NSW Government’s ‘Return and Earn’ Container Deposit Scheme initiative. Enabled by a key partnership with long-standing Australian recycling innovator, Envirobank Recycling, community members can take eligible drink containers within the Scheme to a local surf club and donate the 10-cent per container proceeds to Surf Life Saving. It is expected that more of the 129 Surf Life Saving Clubs in NSW will become ‘donation sites’ throughout 2018. Environment Minister The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP applauded the collaboration with Envirobank Recycling and highlighted the Surf Life Saving ‘donation sites’ as a smart way charities can benefit from the Scheme.   ”Return and Earn is a win for the environment and an opportunity for charities and community groups to also benefit,” said Minister Upton. “Not only do surf club ‘donation sites’ enable people to help one of the state’s largest volunteer community organisations, they also provide additional and convenient drink container collection points for everyone.” The CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW, Steven Pearce, said the program and partnership with Envirobank Recycling has provided an entirely new way for club and community members to raise funds for the vital services provided by volunteer surf lifesavers. “For every drink container donated by a member of the public, 8-cents goes directly to the local surf club where the containers are deposited. The remaining 2-cents will be used by Surf Life Saving NSW to fund community education programs, help train lifesavers and provide vital lifesaving and rescue equipment to our clubs” said Pearce. “Thanks to the generosity of our members and the community, if we capture just a fraction of the estimated 1.6 billion drink containers to be recycled over the next 20 years through the scheme, I have no doubt it has the potential to become a long-term source of fundraising,” said Pearce. According to Narelle Anderson, Managing Director and founder of Envirobank Recycling, in other states where container deposit schemes are already operational, charitable donations comprise the major component of the public’s reimbursements. “Envirobank has been a long-term network operator in the Northern Territory Scheme and it’s evident the program is much more than a litter collection initiative,” said Anderson. “With the right partnerships in place the Scheme has the potential to raise substantial funds for many charities that deliver the vital services we need in our communities.”    “We see first-hand the effects of rubbish and pollution on our beautiful beaches and waterways. Working with Envirobank we’re proud to help protect our environment, while offering the potential to deliver Surf Life Saving Clubs some much-needed funds,” said SLSNSW CEO, Steven Pearce. How Surf Life Saving Club ‘Donation Sites’ will work ·        Participating Surf Life Saving Clubs will host secure and safe donation ‘cages’ on-site. ·        Club and community members will be provided environmentally-friendly and protective bags made from recycled PET to collect and store containers at home, school and/or work. ·        At club-designated times, community members can bring collected containers to the local surf club, for drop-off and donation. ·        When cages are full, Envirobank Recycling will send a mobile collection truck to collect all containers and empty the cages.  Donation proceeds will be recorded with SLSNSW who will dispense the funds to the participating clubs. ·        Clubs will accept aluminium cans and plastic PET bottles. Containers must be empty with lids off. Operational Donation Sites from Monday 22 January, 2018 Birubi Point SLSC Bulli SLSC Cape Hawke SLSC Cooks Hills SLSC Forster SLSC Gerringong SLSC Killcare SLSC Ocean Beach SLSC Scarborough Wombarra SLSC Shellharbour SLSC Warilla Barrack Point SLSC Woolgoolga SLSC – END –   About Surf Life Saving NSW As the state's peak water safety and rescue organisation, Surf Life Saving NSW exists to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities. The organisation is the largest volunteer-based grassroots community movement in NSW and relies on the generosity of the public and corporate partners to provide lifesaving services on NSW beaches and beyond.   About Narelle Anderson and Envirobank Recycling In 2000 Narelle became the first aboriginal woman to solely own a waste management company. A recipient of many entrepreneurial and environmental awards Narelle is a current board member of The Australian Council of Recyclers (ACOR), the peak industry body representing the recycling sector of Australia. She was also a founding board member of the Green Building Council of Australia. Envirobank Recycling is Australia’s most innovative recycling company, combining technology with Australians’ desire to recycle. Founded in 2008 to incentivise recyclers, it specialises in large, automated, high-speed collection points. Envirobank introduced the concept of Reverse Vending Technology to Australia, operating this type of technology for more than a decade. Envirobank’s ultimate vision is to change the way Australians recycle and reward people for the good they do. For more information visit www.envirobank.com.au. Tim Perry appointed as Country Manager of ABCorp NZ Limited 2018-01-10T06:15:54Z tim-perry-appointed-as-country-manager-of-abcorp-nz-limited US – January 10, 2018 – American Banknote Corporation (“ABCorp”), parent to ABCorp NZ Limited, is a leading provider of secure access, payment and identity solutions announced today the appointment of Mr. Tim Perry to the new role of Country Manager for New Zealand. Tim has been with ABCorp for over 21 years and, during this time, has achieved a track record of excellence in diverse roles across the Company, including Country Sales Management of New Zealand, Operations Manager of the Auckland Bureau and, more recently, as General Manager of our China Operations.  In Tim’s various roles, he has been an integral part of building and servicing strong relationships with some of the largest international corporations in the world. William (Bill) Brown, CEO of ABCorp, in making today’s announcement, stated “New Zealand is an innovative and important market for ABCorp.  Tim’s diversity of experience, past success and central role in developing many of our present strategic relationships in the region made him the obvious choice for the new position.  We are excited with the appointment of Tim as Country Manager and he will play an integral part in assisting in the growth and further development of the New Zealand market, where we have many long-standing and strategic client relationships.” About ABCorp:  pioneered secure credential solutions more than 220 years ago by assisting the newly formed Bank of the United States produce counterfeit-resistant currency and today continues to provide clients around the globe peace-of-mind with innovative secure credentials and solutions spanning payment, access and identification; physical, digital and mobile.  ABCorp has been involved in nearly every aspect of secure credentials and payments for the past 200 years and our customers span governments (federal and local), financial institutions, educational institutions, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.  No company in history matches ABCorp’s reputation for providing and protecting critical documents, sensitive information and state-of-the art solutions. Based in Stamford, Connecticut, ABCorp has offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and South Africa.                                                                            ### The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For more information: William (Bill) Brown CEO American Banknote Corporation William.brown@abcorp.com www.abcorp.com Ipswich Families Clear up Confusion About Transition to NDIS 2018-01-04T00:54:30Z ipswich-families-clear-up-confusion-about-transition-to-ndis-1 Brisbane (4 May 2017). Ipswich residents had a chance on Thursday, to clear up their concerns regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), ahead of the Scheme roll out on July 1, 2017.   “NDIS - The Real World Experience” - a free information session, was organised by the Coordinating Organisation for The Disabled in Ipswich (CODI) on Thursday, May 4 at the Humanities Building in Ipswich.   Presented by Linda Hayes from Transformative Training Team, the session was designed with families and parents in mind. Ms Hayes, an expert in NDIS and CDC sector readiness, discussed real world examples from trial sites in QLD and NSW. “Today’s session is specifically to help families get the right information they need about the Scheme and the transition,” Ms Hayes commented.   Melissa Bannerman, Care Services Manager of STAR Community Services was also on hand to take questions and run through what families and carers needed to do before the rollout.  STAR Community Services (Managers of CODI) has recently appointed Ms Bannerman as its Care Services Manager, as a part of their growth in new areas and expansion into Disability Support Services.   “In my 23 years of experience of working in the Disability sector, I’ve come across many families who are either overwhelmed with too much information or confused with the jargon. At this session, we wanted to ensure that Ipswich families get the right information, straight from an expert, and in plain English,” Ms Bannerman said.   The short, specific session offered people with disabilities and their families, real life case studies of how to approach their NDIS planning meeting and tips and traps for ensuring they get the most from their NDIS meeting.   “ The NDIS is nearly upon us here in Ipswich and it is important that participants, carers and families are well aware of the opportunities and options available to them,” Ms Bannerman added.   To further assist the community, STAR is hosting a series of free NDIS pre-planning sessions to help people understand how to get the most out of the NDIS, successfully navigate the system and access the support they need. “These free sessions are all about ensuring people know what to expect and how to secure the funding they need to achieve their life goals,” Ms Bannerman added.   To book your free NDIS Pre-Planning Session, please call STAR Care Services Manager, Melissa Bannerman on 07 3821 6699 or email info@starcommunityservices.org.au   STAR provides Disability Support and Aged Care Services to thousands of community members, with the ongoing support of over 120 STAR volunteers. Find out more about STAR on www.starcommunityservices.org.au   Transformative Training offers a number of NDIS-focused business preparedness workshops which can also be provided on an in-agency basis; contact Jen at transformativetraining3@gmail.com     STAR Community Services is a not-for- profit organisation operating in Brisbane since 1996. STAR provides a range of services for people with disability and those over 65, including NDIS, Home Care Packages, In Home Care, Companionship Support, Community Transport and Wellbeing Services. Visit www.starcommunityservices.org.au for more information. National apartment statistics: Two-bedroom apartments most attractive to Aussie buyers 2017-12-17T18:00:00Z national-apartment-statistics-two-bedroom-apartments-most-attractive-to-aussie-buyers Property consultants Urbis surveyed 37% of brand new and off the plan apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the September 2017 quarter, recording a total of 1,241 sales. This is a 35% decrease in sales from the previous July quarter which recorded a spike in sales, though similar to the March 2017 quarter (38% of market surveyed), which recorded a total of 1,360 sales. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 75% are now sold. Urbis monitored over 100,000 actively selling apartments across 704 developments nationally, of which 69% are currently under construction or built. Despite the sales slowdown, the number of available apartments remaining to sell is at the lowest level in years. National Director of Property Economics and Research, Clinton Ostwald, said, “At the end of the quarter, only 9,827 surveyed apartments remained available for sale, compared to 12,548 apartments at the same time last year. Fewer new apartments are launching to the market, leading to fewer sales, however the existing product is still selling though at a slightly slower rate.” PRODUCT Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular selling product, accounting for 47% of total sales, compared to 39% in the previous quarter. One-bedroom, one-car park apartments were the next most popular product type making up 23% of total sales. Three-bedroom plus product recorded 13% of total sales, the same rate as the previous quarter. Looking at projects currently under construction, an average of 55% of future supply across the country is made up of two-bedroom apartments, while one-bedroom apartments make up 32%, with the remainder being three-bedroom plus units and studios. PRICE Across Australia, the weighted average sale price decreased by $36,672. This decrease was only felt across Brisbane and Perth, which impacted the overall price as surveyed sales in these cities made up 46% of the sample. Mr Ostwald said, “The number of apartments on the market which had recently been completed had an impact on price, as developers, particularly in Brisbane and Perth, were keen to move existing product. “Across the country quality apartments in highly sought-after locations are selling first, quickly achieving their presale targets.” In Perth, 44 per cent of actively selling apartments are now built. Similarly, in Brisbane 35 per cent of projects have completed. In Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, only 14% and 10% of actively selling apartments are built. Nationally, the weighted average sale price for a built apartment was $657,000, for an apartment under construction $788,000, and for an apartment in presales $914,000. FUTURE SUPPLY Sixty-nine developments yielding over 11,000 units settled in the quarter, the majority of these being in Brisbane (31%), Melbourne (33%) and Sydney (31%). Additionally, nineteen projects yielding just under 2,000 apartments sold out in the quarter. Twenty-nine projects yielding over 4,000 apartments launched nationally in the quarter, compared to 56 projects yielding over 6,000 apartments in the same period last year. As well as a slowdown in project launches, only 7,047 apartments were approved, the lowest number of approvals since the beginning of 2014. Mr Ostwald noted, “The slowdown in supply along with demand was a positive sign for the apartment market.” “In 2018, over 44,000 apartments are expected to settle across all five cities, including approximately 10% of which belong to already sold out developments. The skyline and the way we live in Australia is changing, however the pace is currently maintainable. Currently there are approximately 131,000 apartments in development application and approval across the five cities and new development approvals are slowing down. “Of course, not all of these will come to the market, and the level of demand will regulate what does sell and is eventually built. “In Q3, each state had their own story to tell about market conditions, however the united message was one of stability. “In Brisbane, fewer launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle suggests we won’t be seeing sales numbers increasing, but rather maintain at the current pace. Elsewhere in Queensland, with the festive season and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, The Gold Coast is quite active for property developers. “In Sydney, owner occupiers and local state investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The Melbourne market is still very much in presales, and almost 50% of active selling projects in Inner Melbourne have not yet commenced construction. While in Perth, we are seeing sentiment improve about the economy and property market, and we expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand.” said Mr Ostwald. Urbis Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 1,241 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter across: Sydney (381 sales, 19% of market surveyed, market size 41,844 units) Melbourne (291 sales: Inner Melbourne 131 sales, 22% of market surveyed, market size 32,636 units – a further 160 sales were recorded in the middle-ring) Brisbane (300 sales, 62% of market surveyed, market size 18,441 units) Perth (276 sales, 88% of market surveyed, market size 10,681 units) Gold Coast (153 sales, 83% of market surveyed, market size 4,519 units) Weighted average sale price recorded at $822,570, a national decrease of $37,000. Sydney - $1,205,774 - $47,000 increase Inner Melbourne - $737,473 - $82,000 increase Brisbane - $644,667 - $81,000 decrease Perth - $608,424 - $53,000 decrease Gold Coast - $676,307 - $48,000 increase The most popular product type was two-bedroom, two-bathroom product at 47% of total sales. Across the cities the highest selling product types were: Sydney – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 32%. Inner Melbourne – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments - 27%. Brisbane – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 50% Perth – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 60% Gold Coast – Two-bedroom, two-bathroom – 69% 31% of actively selling apartments are in presales, 49% are under construction and 20% are recently built. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Perth Apartment Statistics: Perth apartment market continues to see demand 2017-12-13T18:02:00Z new-perth-apartment-statistics-perth-apartment-market-continues-to-see-demand Despite sluggish activity for Perth real estate, the new apartment market continued to show resilience with 267 sales totalling almost $170 million in value. Urbis Apartment Essentials report for Q3 2017 found that the Perth real estate market was starting to recover with 624 apartment sales in the second half of the year compared to 511 sales in the first half of the year. September 2017 quarter sales were evenly spread across Inner, Fringe and Western Suburbs precincts, however the top two selling projects were both Finbar developments, with the successful launch of Reva in South Perth and Vue Tower in East Perth. Across Perth, the weighted average sale price was $608,424, this was lower than the previous quarter which reflected the more diverse sales, as opposed to the previous quarter which saw a high focus of sales in the Western Suburbs. Sales in other areas (areas outside of the eight defined Urbis precincts and generally more suburban areas) saw an increase in activity for the quarter with 48 apartments sold for the quarter. In the first half of 2017 activity in these areas fell right back (44 sales) but it picked up again in the second half of the year (93 sales). An issue for projects looking to achieve pre-sales continues to be competition from recently completed projects with 38% of total sales in recently built apartments, and a further 30% were in developments which had commenced construction. Urbis Director of Property Economics and Research, David Cresp, said, “Our research shows pre-sales are continuing to support new projects, with almost 60% of all apartments currently under construction having been sold off the plan.” There were only three developments yielding 163 new apartments launching to the market this quarter. However, there are a number of projects sitting on the sideline with 20 projects yielding 1,578 apartments looking to launch over the next 12 months. This is attesting the regained confidence in the Perth apartment market. Included in the launches are projects such as Wright Street Apartments and Eden apartments, which launched in Q4 and are already seeing strong sales. Mr Cresp said, “Apartment over supply was not an issue for the Perth market. Apartments accounted for only 17% of all dwelling approvals according to ABS data for the YTD August 2017. Minute in comparison to Sydney, where 54% of approvals were apartments. As to who these apartments are aimed for, according to Urbis research 53% of sales were to owner-occupiers this quarter, and a further 25% were to local state investors.” The outlook for apartments in Perth was positive, with sentiment improving about the economy and property market in general for 2018. “We expect to see population growth levels improve, leading to more demand. While we are seeing lower levels of apartment completions forecast in 2018, which will allow the market the breathing space it needs to sell any excess apartments. Overall, I feel the Perth apartment market is sitting comfortably.” concluded Mr Cresp. Urbis Perth Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Perth Apartment Essentials Report found: 276 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner City precinct recorded the majority of sales at 52 sales, followed by the Other precinct (48 sales), Fringe-East (36 sales), Western suburbs (36 sales), Fringe-South (35 sales), Fringe-North West (30 sales), Southern (16 sales), Southern-Coastal (14 sales) and Outer Southern (9 sales) The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $608,424. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 60% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-bathroom product made up 24% of total sales compared to 29% in the previous quarter. Owner occupier sales dominated the market with 53% of transactions, up slightly from 50% in the previous quarter. ENDS For media enquiries contact: For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 80145033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Brisbane Apartment Statistics: Inner Brisbane skyline lights up as apartments settle 2017-12-13T18:01:00Z new-brisbane-apartment-statistics-inner-brisbane-skyline-lights-up-as-apartments-settle The Brisbane new apartment market recorded 300 sales in the September 2017 quarter, in line with the previous two quarters’ results of 302 and 311 sales, according to new research by leading property consultants, Urbis. After last quarter’s record high weighted average sale price, this quarter the weighted average sale price decreased by $80,896, registering $644,667. This decrease was driven by a higher proportion of one and two-bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium price-pointed stock selling in the previous quarter. At a product level, most product types registered a weighted average sale price decrease from the previous quarter. At a precinct level, the CBD and Inner South precincts were the only two precincts to register a weighted average sale price decrease. Looking at future supply, there were only 672 new apartments which reached development approval status in the quarter, the lowest number recorded in the Urbis Apartment Essentials. Paul Riga, Director Property Economics and Research, said, “Between 2014 and 2016, it was normal to see over 2,000 units reach approval status per quarter, and at the height of the cycle in 2014 and 2015, this number peaked at over 5,000 apartments. “We are now in the settlement phase of the cycle, and lower levels of new apartment demand are fast driving a slow-down in the addition of any further future supply.” There were 3,382 apartments across Inner Brisbane which commenced settlement this quarter, with over 50% of these in the Inner North precinct. Mr Riga noted that of these 3,382 apartments, 47 per cent belonged to sold out projects, with surveyed projects under construction indicating that 13 per cent of product remained unsold. Looking at the bigger picture, in 2016, over 7,000 apartments reached settlement, whereas in 2017 close to 6,700 apartments are expected to settle. A number of projects saw slippage in the estimated completion period, with 2018 now expecting to see a further 7,100 apartments reach settlement. “We are really starting to notice a change in how we live in Brisbane, the cranes are coming down and more and more lights are turning on, and the effect of these new residents is continuing to re-generate both new and established precincts.” said Mr Riga. The traditional two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment market made up the majority of sales this quarter, with 50 per cent of total sales, similar to the 51 per cent achieved in the previous quarter. The level of one-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus sales was also similar to the previous quarter. “What our research is telling us is that even in current market conditions apartments are still selling. Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results. For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter. The coming quarters will continue to see limited new project launches, with only a handful mooted to launch over the next six months. “The lack of new launches, combined with competition from built product that hasn’t been able to settle, suggests we’ll see sales numbers maintain at the current pace.” said Mr Riga. Urbis Brisbane Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Brisbane Apartment Essentials Report found: 300 sales were recorded in the September 2017 quarter, a slight decrease of 3% in sales from the previous quarter which recorded 311 sales. The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $644,667, a $80,896 decrease compared to the record June 2017 quarter. This is the lowest weighted average sale price recorded in 2017. The decrease was driven by entry level one and two bedroom apartments transacting across Inner Brisbane, compared to more premium stock in the previous quarter. Sales by product type did not change much from the previous quarter. Two-bedroom two-bathroom product made up the majority of sales at 50% of total sales, similiar to 51% in the previous quarter. Three-bedroom plus product made up only 11% of sales, and one-bedroom product made up 31% of total sales. Only two new projects yielding 342 apartments launched this quarter, compared to five new projects yielding 744 apartments in the previous quarter. Interstate investor buyers dominated the market with 35% of transactions, followed by foreign investor buyers with 28% of transactions. Owner occupier buyers made up 21% of purchases. The Inner East had the highest percentage of Interstate Investor sales, driven by the launch of a new project. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New VIC Apartment Statistics: Flood fears pass as Melbourne apartment pipeline dries up 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-vic-apartment-statistics-flood-fears-pass-as-melbourne-apartment-pipeline-dries-up Urbis’ Apartment Essentials report for the September quarter 2017 reveals that while most of the current inventory is progressing well to construction, the pace and volume of new supply is slowing down. As prices hold and even increase, policy makers are left to ponder what will happen if future supply volume continues to fall back. Urbis’ assessment of Melbourne’s off the plan apartment market is based on sales from 49 off the plan projects in the September 2017 quarter comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments, as well as monitoring the status of almost 400 projects. Of the 291 sales recorded, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. As predicted, there was a drop in sales activity in this quarter for two key reasons: Firstly, a greater share of projects have now sold the majority of their stock - Of the 49 surveyed projects across Inner and Middle Melbourne, 71% of projects have sold more than 70% of their available product. Of these, four projects yielding 291 apartments sold out their last remaining stock in the September 2017 quarter. Secondly, as we predicted earlier in the year, some activity was brought forward to the June quarter to beat the stamp duty changes coming into effect on July 1, with the anticipated softening of investor activity in the September quarter. Given the changing conditions there were fewer projects brought to market. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. While less than 50% of active projects had commenced construction at the close of the quarter, those that are well progressed through presales will soon move to boost construction volumes in the short to medium term. However, this looks to be offset by a diminishing supply pipeline from both a project launch and a development approval perspective. In Inner Melbourne, Urbis assessed 131 sales from 32 projects in the quarter. After a surge in one-bedroom apartments in the June quarter, the market preference for two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments returned, boosting the weighted average sale price by $82,000 to $737,000 in this quarter. Some product differences were apparent across different precincts, with one-bedroom apartments the most popular product in the Central and Inner West Precincts, two-bedroom one-bathroom apartments in the Inner North Precinct and two-bedroom two-bathroom apartments in the Inner East and Inner South. In Inner Melbourne at a product level, prices remained similar to the previous quarter, however several expensive premium product sales helped to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Three of the six Inner Melbourne precincts, the Central, Inner North and Inner West, registered a weighted average sale price increase in the quarter. Combined, these three precincts made up 73% of total Inner Melbourne sales – which further helped boost the overall weighted average sale price. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained consistent with the previous quarter at $582,000. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was also the most popular choice in the middle-ring, accounting for 51% of total sales. Urbis Melbourne Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Melbourne Apartment Essentials Report found: Urbis assessed 49 off the plan projects comprising a total dwelling stock of 10,350 apartments By the end of the quarter 71% of projects had sold more than 70% of stock Urbis recorded 291 off the plan sales in the September 2017 quarter. Of these, 45% were in the Inner Melbourne area, while 55% were recorded in Melbourne’s middle ring. Once again, the majority of sales were in the middle ring. Within Inner Melbourne, 33% of sales were recorded in the Central Precinct, followed by the Inner North (28% sales), Inner East (24% of sales), Inner West (11% sales) and Inner South (4% sales). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $737,000 for the Inner Melbourne precincts, a $82,000 increase compared to the June 2017 quarter. This increase was driven by more two-bedroom apartments transacting and premium product sales helping to lift the overall weighted average sale price. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product accounted for 40% of total sales across Inner and Middle Melbourne, and 27% of total sales in Inner Melbourne. One-bedroom apartments across Inner and Middle Melbourne accounted for 37% of total sales, and were split evenly between those with and those without a car park. In Melbourne’s middle-ring, the weighted average sale price remained steady, decreasing by $1,390 to sit at $582,391. Five new projects amounting to 1,119 apartments launched in Inner Melbourne this quarter, compared to nine new projects amounting to 1,700 units in the previous quarter. Only one new development yielding 261 apartments is expected to launch in the last quarter of 2017, with a steadier flow of project releases anticipated in 2018. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Gold Coast Apartment Statistics: Sold signs aplenty, but fewer new projects on the Gold Coast 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-gold-coast-apartment-statistics-sold-signs-aplenty-but-fewer-new-projects-on-the-gold-coast The Gold Coast new apartment market recorded 153 unconditional sales in the September 2017 quarter, according to the latest research by property consultants Urbis. Though a decline on the previous quarter’s sales, fewer active projects were selling. Only 46 new apartment developments were monitored during September quarter, compared to 62 at the same time last year. The Gold Coast weighted average sale price across the four precincts increased by $48,381, to register $676,307 in Q3 2017. This is the highest recorded average price since 2014. This increase was driven by more expensive two-bedroom apartment transactions. The weighted average sale price of this product increased by over $100,000 this quarter. This product price increase was most significant in the Gold Coast Central Precinct, which had a higher level of beach front developments selling. At a precinct level, the Coastal Fringe Precinct registered the greatest increase in weighted average sale price, rising by $123,182 in Q3 2017. However, it was still the most affordable precinct with a weighted average sale price of $592,241. The Southern Beaches Precinct registered a $226,471 decrease in weighted average sale price this quarter, as a new project launch brought affordable stock to the traditionally more high-end apartment market. Given that 63 per cent of sales in the quarter were owner occupier sales, there was a lean towards multi-bedroom apartments. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments made up 69 per cent of total Gold Coast sales this quarter. Three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the next highest selling product type making up 17 per cent of total sales. Urbis Senior Consultant, Lynda Campbell, said, “The Gold Coast apartment market’s level of supply remained stable, with 1,170 apartments for sale at the end of September, lower than the two year quarterly average of 1,325. Additionally, to date 15 projects have sold out during 2017. Only three projects yielding 298 apartments launched on the Gold Coast this quarter, further contributing to fewer sales.” The December 2017 quarter is expected to record an increase in sales with several pending projects launching to the market. “New developments which launched in October and November on the Gold Coast have already achieved strong presales. I expect to see the number of sales increase next quarter, with the festive season and the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being quite active for property developers.” said Ms Campbell. Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 snapshot: 153 sales recorded in the September 2017 quarter, with 69 per cent of sales being two-bedroom, two-bathroom product. Weighted average sale price recorded at $676,307, an increase of $48,381, and the highest recorded price since 2014. The Gold Coast Central Precinct recorded the highest quarterly sales rate across the four Gold Coast precincts, with 61 sales during the September 2017 quarter, accounting for 40 per cent of total sales. The Coastal Fringe Precinct recorded 58 sales during the September 2017 quarter, followed by Southern Beaches (34). Supply remains stable with 1,170 apartments for sale at end of September, lower than the two year average of 1,325. *Coastal Fringe suburbs include Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar, Ashmore, Benowa, Bundall, Carrara, Robina, Clear Island Waters, Merrimac and Varsity Lakes. *North Shore suburbs include Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay. *Gold Coast Central suburbs include Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and Broadbeach Waters. *Southern Beaches suburbs include Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Casuarina, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Kingscliff, Kirra, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Palm Beach, Tugun and Tweed Heads. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. New Apartment Statistics: Room for growth in Sydney new apartment market 2017-12-13T18:00:00Z new-apartment-statistics-room-for-growth-in-sydney-new-apartment-market Sydney’s new apartment market recorded 381 sales from a sample of 19% of the market in the September 2017 quarter, according to new research released today by leading property consultants, Urbis. The Inner West Precinct recorded the majority of sales at 27% of total sales in the quarter, closely followed by the Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). Though fewer sales were recorded with 81% of surveyed apartments now sold, the weighted average sale price increased by $46,677 over the previous quarter, reaching $1,205,774. At a product level, the weighted average sale price decreased across one-bedroom, one-car and two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, despite these being the two best-selling product types. However, with 18 of the 30 surveyed projects registering a total weighted average sale price of over $1 million, including the top two selling developments, the overall increase makes sense. Urbis Associate Director of Property Economics and Research, Alex Stuart, said, “Two-bedroom, two-bathroom product was back in the top selling position this quarter, however at only 32% of total sales the popularity of this product type differs from other markets. “The Gold Coast, Brisbane and Perth markets generally sit between 50% and 60% for the proportion of two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments sold. However, in Sydney and Melbourne where it is a lot harder to get a foot on the property ladder, this is a lot more spread across other, mostly smaller, product types.” One bedroom, one car apartments were the next best seller making up 24% of sales. Sixteen projects containing 2,157 apartments launched in the quarter, compared to thirteen projects containing 3,232 apartments in the previous quarter. Looking ahead, there are 12 projects containing 3,902 new apartments which are expected to launch in the next 6 months. Apartment approvals dropped to 2,433 apartments in the Q3 2017, the lowest number of approvals since mid-2014. However, with only approximately 27,000 apartments currently in development approval and application status, there is still plenty of room for growth. Mr Stuart noted, “The Sydney apartment market has fewer apartments in future supply compared to the much smaller Brisbane apartment market. In Sydney, developments are coming to the market at a much quicker rate than the rest of the nation, and if developers are able to source affordable land, there is opportunity to make a profit.” “Looking at sales and supply levels, apartments in Sydney are still attractive to buyers and developers. Owner occupiers and local investors made up 86% of total transactions this quarter, so we can see that in current conditions the market is very much a local one. The challenge is keeping these apartments attractive and affordable for both developers and buyers.” concluded Mr Stuart. Urbis Sydney Apartment Essentials Q3 2017 Snapshot The Sydney Apartment Essentials Report found: 381 sales, from a sample of 30 surveys, were recorded in the September 2017 quarter. The Inner West Precinct recorded 27% of total sales, followed by Eastern Suburbs (24%) and Parramatta (16%). The weighted average sales price for the September 2017 quarter was $1,205,774 an increase of $46,677 over the previous quarter, and the highest weighted average sale price recorded for the Sydney Apartment Essentials. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were the most popular product type, making up 32% of total sales. One-bedroom, one-car apartments made up 24% of total transactions. NSW investor sales were once again the most popular transaction, accounting for 51% of total sales. Owner occupier sales accounted for 35% of sales. There were sixteen new apartment launches this quarter, equating to 2,157 apartments. ENDS For media enquiries contact: Rebecca Parry, DEC PR Ph: 02 8014 5033 E: urbis@decpr.com.au About Urbis Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions. Working across the areas of planning, design, policy, heritage, valuations, transactions, economics and research, the expert team at Urbis connect their clients in the public and private sectors to a better outcome, every time. Regional jobs threatened due to national non-profit IDEAS funding cuts 2017-12-12T03:11:55Z regional-jobs-threatened-due-to-national-non-profit-ideas-funding-cuts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 December 2017. Sydney, Australia. With the funding cuts to national not-for-profit organisation IDEAS (Information on Disability Education & Awareness Services), numerous regional jobs will follow. In 2015, the ABS reported that some 535,600 people with disability lived in outer regional areas of Australia – 22.3% of the total population of people with disability. IDEAS operates nationally with a vision to support people with disability, and is especially committed to servicing rural and regional areas, where people with disability struggle to access the information and services they need. IDEAS employ and upskill their workers, the majority of whom live with disability and reside in regional areas where they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to work in an understanding and empathetic environment. These jobs will be lost if the NSW Government do not reinstate funding for this crucial service. Kate Galloway, IDEAS’ Database and Knowledge Management Coordinator, who herself has a visual disability, says IDEAS is vital – both as a service and as an employer. “I think the loss of IDEAS for the community would be devastating. IDEAS empowers its clients to gain choice and control by providing them with independent and free information, but it also empowers its employees by believing in us, and providing us with a work environment that is supportive and full of opportunity.” With IDEAS’ funding due to be cut in June 2018, not only will people with disability lose access to a vital information service, the people whom IDEAS employs – the majority being people with disability in regional areas – will be forced to look for work outside a sector that understands and empathises with disability. “One of the things I love about IDEAS and my job is their understanding of people with disability. IDEAS employs people with disability, and understands them. Adjustments are made without question and training sessions are conducted in a way that suits ALL employees,” said Ms Galloway. “If IDEAS loses its funding, I will be thrown back into the world of job seeking and would face gaining employment in a much less understanding environment.” You can challenge the proposed funding cuts and job losses by signing IDEAS’ petition to call on the NSW Government to reverse the funding cuts. Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/help-ideas-continue-to-support-australians-with-disability-through-information ~ENDS For media enquiries, contact Prue Roberts at Manning & Co: prue@manningandco.com.au or (02) 9555 5233. About IDEAS (http://www.ideas.org.au): We are an accessible and independent information hub for people with a disability, older people and their carers and families. We provide valuable resources about services, support, healthcare, housing, events and awareness across Australia. A key focus for us is supporting all communities who would otherwise struggle to access these services. Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially launches construction of City West Housing’s latest affordable housing development 2017-12-06T21:08:53Z lord-mayor-clover-moore-officially-launches-construction-of-city-west-housings-latest-affordable-housing-development Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore will officially launch the start of construction of City West Housing’s latest affordable housing development on Thursday 7th December 2017, with an official sod turning ceremony. This development is part of the Cowper Street Glebe redevelopment precinct. The apartment complex, located on the corner of Wentworth and Bay Street in Glebe, is the latest exciting development in City West Housing’s offering of affordable housing in the Sydney LGA. The new development will offer 99 affordable housing units in a mix of one, two and three-bedroom configurations, catering for all the primary needs of residents in Sydney. The project is due for completion in mid-2019. The development will feature basement car park facilities and bike storage, ground floor commercial premises and two large communal areas including a lush communal roof terrace. The roof terrace has been designed as an open environment for communal gathering, with the views from the terrace reinforcing the connection to Wentworth Park and the Sydney city skyline. The development would not be possible without the support of the NSW Government who, as part of this collaboration, vested the land to City West Housing. The City of Sydney Council has also demonstrated its commitment to the project through ongoing support of City West Housing’s development activity. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore comments: “The cost of housing is at crisis point across metropolitan Sydney and especially in inner Sydney. We are committed to tackling this crisis with every mechanism available to us, particularly in partnership with housing providers like City West Housing as well as state and federal governments”. “This development in the Cowper Street precinct, Glebe, will provide long term affordable rental housing to city workers who would otherwise be unable to live close to their place of work. Identified in our long-term strategy Sustainable Sydney 2030, the Cowper Street development represents a good case study of a cooperative approach between the City, State Government and community housing providers like City West Housing, that will deliver direct social benefits, increase the supply of market housing and provide a diversity of housing options. Together, we need to look at new models of large-scale affordable rental housing that is delivered through partnerships among private developers, institutional investors, the not-for-profit sector and governments”. “I look forward to unveiling this development in 2019”. CEO of City West Housing, Leonie King welcomed the commencement of this project, commenting: “The team at City West Housing is extremely pleased to launch construction for our latest affordable housing development within the Sydney LGA”. “With our latest development, we will be further expanding our affordable housing footprint whilst maintaining our reputation for high quality, low-cost affordable rental housing for city workers on low to moderate incomes”. Kane Construction is leading the development of the complex, with work beginning after the official sod turning. Cameron Powell, General Manager of Kane comments: “Kane is excited to be involved in another Affordable Housing project that fits seamlessly into the surrounding Glebe community. We fully support City West in their mission to provide quality projects that have excellent amenity for their tenants. This project ticks those boxes”. --- ends --- For more information, high res images of the sod turning or to coordinate an interview with Leonie King, CEO of City West Housing, please contact: Lillian Morrison on Lillian@polkadotcomms.com.au or (02) 9281 4190 About City West Housing: City West Housing is one of Australia’s leading affordable rental housing providers. The not-for profit organisation is currently celebrating its 23rd year of offering high-quality and affordable rental properties to city infrastructure workers in the Ultimo, Pyrmont, Green Square, Eveleigh and Harold Park areas of Sydney. City West currently owns and operates a portfolio of over 700 properties across the Sydney City local government area, providing stable and quality long-term rental accommodation for over 1,400 people, who are on low to moderate incomes. City West’s key objectives are to ensure the continuous development, building and management of low-cost, quality housing and to be a trusted and reliable provider of affordable properties to rent in Sydney. As a not-for-profit organisation, the organisation acutely understands the importance of stable housing for city workers in Sydney, all who perform an important role in the running of our City and who require housing located near to where they work, in order to be able to fulfil their roles. Increasing Australia’s grain fibre intake could save the economy $3.3 billion a year 2017-12-01T01:38:57Z increasing-australias-grain-fibre-intake-could-save-the-economy-3-3-billion-a-year New research, conducted by Nutrition Research Australia and Deloitte Access Economics, has been released today announcing some staggering statistics around the economic and health implications associated with our national fibre inadequacy. The research reveals that if every Australian adult were to add two to three serves of high fibre grain food to their daily diet it could save our national economy $3.3 billion per year and help prevent 139,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and 272,000 cases of type 2 diabetes annually. These are two of Australia’s biggest killers and the prevalence of both of these diseases is unfortunately on the rise. Please find the media release below and attached and the following documents can be found in the Dropbox link here: -Research whitepaper -Infographic -Additional Statistics -Animated Content -Spokesperson Interviews -Social Media Assets Alternatively, all resources can be found at the following website: www.grainfibre4health.com.au If you would like more information, or to speak with one of our spokespeople, please get in touch with me directly. We also have the below supporting quote provided by Sturt Eastwood, CEO of Diabetes NSW/ACT: “Type 2 Diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges facing Australia today. There are currently more than 1 million people registered as living with type 2 diabetes and a potential half a million who are undiagnosed. There are a number of lifestyle factors that can be modified to slow the development and help manage type 2 diabetes, and this report identifies diet as among the most important. Helping people improve their diet can go a long way towards reducing the numbers affected by type 2 diabetes, which is a life changing condition. I encourage all Australians to look at the fibre in their diet and try to achieve a better balance in the mix of wholegrains, fruit and vegetables they’re eating. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is news no one wants to receive, and a few small changes to daily eating habits could go a long way to helping Australians have a much healthier outlook.” Signing Documents Online, How Do You Know Who is Behind the Keyboard? 2017-11-15T02:22:11Z signing-documents-online-how-do-you-know-who-is-behind-the-keyboard 15 November 2017, Sydney, Australia - Many of our customers have asked us how do you know who signed the document? Who was behind the keyboard? With security features such as two factor authentications, identification verification and SMS passcode, Secured Signing offers multiple levels of security to identify the signer. Personalised PKI X509 Digital Signature technology means that once a document has been signed the document content is sealed and any changes to the document it will invalidate the signature. To provide additional evidence to prove exactly who was behind the keyboard / device during the signing ceremony, we have created video confirmation as an add on feature, this records the person who is signing the document. Click here to watch video and find out why combing digital signatures with video confirmation provides the highest confidence in the identity of the signer. So how does video confirmation work? To enable video confirmation with Secured Signing, you simply tick the box to add video confirmation to the signing process and the signee will be asked to record a video. It will activate the camera device and will capture a short video of the signer and require unique confirmation gestures to be met. The video has a unique URL link and to watch the video you have to enter a password. These 2 elements are embedded in the document and become part of the document itself. After signing you can watch the video and compare the person in the video with other forms of identification. Video confirmation provides you with additional evidence to prove the signers identity in case of a dispute. Digital Signature with Video confirmation provides the strongest digital signature solution in the market. Secured Signing are the first in the world to combines both technologies. With Secured Signing’s trusted digital Signature solution, you will have peace of mind that you are signing digitally in the most secure way. About Secured Signing  Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its customers  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 www.securedsigning.com Security Expert: Share-Bike Schemes May Lead to Bike Bombs Being Used By Terrorists 2017-10-29T23:41:20Z security-expert-share-bike-schemes-may-lead-to-bike-bombs-being-used-by-terrorists FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.27 October 2017 In the last 12 months a growth in ‘share-bike schemes’ have seen a number of publicly accessible bikes, unlocked using a mobile app, left on public streets. This provides a useful opportunity to terrorist groups. Daniel Lewkovitz of award-winning electronic security and life-safety firm Calamity Monitoring (https://calamity.com.au) is concerned that unattended bicycles have previously been used as bombs in a large number of terrorist attacks which could be repeated locally. There are approximately 4000 such bikes currently on the streets of Sydney with latest entrant to the market, Ofo reportedly to drop 200 in the City of Sydney a further 200 in Waverley and 200 in the Inner West this week and thousands more expected to appear before Christmas. In Jaipur, India in 2008 nine explosive-packed bicycles were placed around seven locations and exploded simultaneously causing over 60 deaths with hundreds injured. There have been dozens of other such attacks globally. Some other attacks include: Ahmedabad, largest city of the state of Gujarat, India 45 killed in a series of 17 blasts. Twin bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, India on Feb 21st,2013 - 18 Killed and 40 Injured. Baquba, Iraq bicycle bombing on 26 June 2006 - 25 people killed, dozens more injured Lewkovitz said: “The hollow frame and pannier of a bike provides substantial space for explosives and shrapnel to be packed and the metal bicycle itself adds further fragmentation which could cause injury.” He warned: “For decades the most basic antiterrorism advice was for the public to beware of suspicious objects left unattended. The proliferation of bike-share schemes are potentially making large numbers of abandoned bicycles part of the scenery. This would allow a potentially lethal bomb or several bombs to be delivered and left unattended in plain sight in a crowded area without raising any eyebrows as any unattended item in a crowded place really should...If a potentially explosive-packed bicycle left in a crowded location won’t be considered suspicious it’s almost the perfect bomb delivery system”. He advises “I would be encouraging sensitive or crowded locations to actively monitor bike-parking.” Local Councils are still considering how to deal with growing problems of abandoned share bikes left lying on footpaths and driveways however are supporting these for-profit businesses on the presumption they reduce car traffic.   Lewkovitz says: “It’s ironic that councils such as City of Sydney are reacting to terrorism on the one hand by deploying ugly concrete barriers yet on the other hand simultaneously embracing a scheme that could allow terrorists to easily leave improvised explosive devices lying around the CBD. You have the absurd situation where a concrete barrier specifically placed to prevent vehicle-borne explosives, could have an explosive laden vehicle literally propped up against it.” TechnologyOne sees a surge in local government sales 2017-10-18T19:57:41Z technologyone-sees-a-surge-in-local-government-sales BRISBANE, 19 October 2017 - TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE), Australia’s leading enterprise software as a service provider announced today that FY17 was a record year for local government deals with a 48 per cent increase in licence fees in this sector. The company also closed a strong fourth quarter in FY17 in the local government market with 10 new major deals totalling $40 million in total contract revenue - across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. TechnologyOne Chief Executive Officer, Edward Chung said there was a 90+% win rate and a surge in the value and quantum of local government deals closed in FY17. “We dominated competitors in the local government sector by securing 240 deals from Australia, New Zealand and the UK in FY17. Of these, 222 were new purchases from our loyal existing customers and 18 were new customers,” Mr Chung said. “More than 18 new customers chose TechnologyOne’s integrated enterprise software as a service solution over competitors. “Also many amalgamated councils kicked-out outdated standalone software products from the likes of Civica and Infor who continue to dress-up their old hosted solutions as cloud”, said Mr Chung. TechnologyOne Executive Chairman, Adrian Di Marco said the company had geared up to continue its domination of the local government market in the coming year. “This is the tip of the iceberg for us as we continue to deliver our market leading integrated solution to meet the growing demands for digital transformation by local governments. We are uniquely placed to do this because of our mass production, digitally enabled software as a solution, that is delivering significant benefits to the sector. “We have more than 300 council customers and are continuing to grow fast” he said. “We continue to deliver exceptional projects at breakneck speed with several recent SaaS go-lives being implemented in less than 12 weeks. “The press has been unfortunately very focused on the BCC litigation. This was an entirely different project to anything else we have ever contracted, and our customers and the local government sector understand this. “BCC were a development partner which has never before been done in local government; and BCC struggled to fulfill their obligations. This was highlighted in an independent report commissioned by BCC which they have continually refused to release, because they have publicly stated it would not be in the interest of the rate payers of Brisbane. Clearly this has been an unfortunate event for both BCC and TechnologyOne.” - Ends - About TechnologyOne TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) is Australia's largest enterprise software company and one of Australia's top 200 ASX-listed companies, with offices across six countries. We create solutions that transform business and make life simple for our customers. We do this by providing powerful, deeply integrated enterprise software that is incredibly easy to use. Over 1,200 leading corporations, government departments and statutory authorities are powered by our software. We participate in only eight key markets: government, local government, financial services, education, health and community services, asset intensive industries, project intensive industries and corporates. For these markets we develop, market, sell, implement, support and run our preconfigured solutions, which reduce time, cost and risk for our customers. For 30 years, we have been providing our customers enterprise software that evolves and adapts to new and emerging technologies, allowing them to focus on their business and not technology. Today, our software is available on the TechnologyOne Cloud and across smart mobile devices. For further information please visit: TechnologyOneCorp.com