The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-11-24T05:55:13Z Aussie tech start-up’s Wi-Fi solutions recognised by prestigious US ag-tech competition 2020-11-24T05:55:13Z aussie-tech-start-ups-wi-fi-solutions-recognised-by-prestigious-us-ag-tech-competition An Australian company focused on resolving inadequate internet and phone connectivity in rural and remote Australia has claimed one of the top prizes in the hotly-contested US food and ag-tech competition, Grow-NY, taking home US$500,000.   Zetifi is based in Wagga Wagga and has developed new technology to solve connectivity problems in areas with limited access to suitable broadband and little or no mobile coverage. Dan Winson is the tech start-up’s founder and is thrilled with the huge win in a market the company has its sights set firmly on. “Connectivity is not only an issue for rural and regional Australia, it’s an enormous challenge for countries around the world, including the United States,” Dan said. “The contacts we’ve made through the Grow-NY competition and of course the $500,000 in prize money, will allow us to establish a presence in Upstate New York and take our solutions to farmers across the US, sharing with them the technology we’ve developed and have been trialling successfully here in Australia.” Zetifi has conducted numerous trials with farmers in Victoria and NSW and are on track to commercialise a viable model for eliminating mobile blackspots across Australia’s primary production areas.   One of these trials is with the support of Birchip Cropping Group, a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria, with the company commencing a pilot program that’s delivering cost-effective Wi-Fi solutions across a number of large farming properties while solving the mobile blackspot issues between Birchip and Sea Lake. Grow-NY is a high-profile food and agriculture business competition that identifies, supports, and funds the top food, beverage, and agriculture innovations across the globe, with more than 260 companies putting entries forward this year. The competition includes prize money, mentorship, training, business development support, and tax incentives.   Being named in the top three is an enormous opportunity for Zetifi, Dan says, with the company now poised to establish a team in Rochester, in New York State and start trials of its products with agricultural machinery dealership, Monroe Tractor, a Case IH dealer that has multiple locations across New York State and whose customers often confront the same connectivity challenges faced by their Australian counterparts. “We recognise the challenges and frustrations poor connectivity presents to farmers, who are being offered increasingly sophisticated technology in the likes of agricultural machinery but lack the access to the connectivity to take full advantage of it,” Dan said. “we know access to reliable internet and phone coverage is a game-changer for these areas, increasing productivity and profitability for farm businesses, as well as enhancing quality of life and the safety of rural residents, particularly on the farm and on the roads.” The benefits of improved connectivity are reflected in research undertaken by Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), estimating that poor mobile reception and internet coverage has the potential to reduce farm profitability by about $5/hectare across the grain belt of the Wimmera/Mallee region, equivalent to $15,000 a year for the average (3000ha) Victorian grains property.   As part of the BCG trials, Zetifi is trialling its ZetiCells and ZetiRovers, the former a long-range solar powered public Wi-Fi hotspot and the latter a portable Wi-Fi repeater fitted to a piece of machinery or vehicle. The ZetiRover is also the focus of a series of trials Zetifi is conducting in conjunction with Case IH Australia/New Zealand, with dozens of Case IH customers and several large Case IH dealerships involved. “Fast and reliable in-field connectivity is key to realising the full potential of precision agriculture, and as a direct result of that, improvement in the profitability of farm businesses. That’s a major concern for our customers so we’re keen to work with companies that are devising ways to improve this connectivity,” said Pete McCann, General Manager for Case IH Australia/New Zealand. “We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen to date with the ZetiRover and its ability to enable a machine’s telematics, remote support and data transfer capabilities, along with Wi-Fi calling, messaging, email and internet access for the machine’s operator. The solution Zetifi is bringing to the market is unique and the involvement of stakeholders at every step means a product that reflects the needs of the farmer, for the benefit of agriculture.” For Cameron and Rachel Ferrier, who farm 1600ha between Birchip and Sea Lake in the southern Mallee in Victoria and own one of the BCG trial properties, Zetifi’s technology has allowed them to finally make phone calls and access the internet across about 85 per cent of the farm. Prior to the trial, as much as 40 per cent of the property had very poor or no mobile coverage.   “Every second counts in farming, and at sowing, harvest or when you’ve got a couple of hundred tonnes of fertiliser to spread before it rains, even the slightest delays can cost you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. You don’t want to be running around the farm trying to find reception or dropping calls to suppliers or truck drivers,” Cameron said. “Using the gateway, I can comfortably make phone calls and access the internet from anywhere inside the house as well as the shearing shed and workshop. Using the Rover, I can also make calls from here to Sea Lake or Swan Hill, which there was no way I could do before. It’s made a huge difference to us.” Zetifi, with the support of Birchip Cropping Group are scoping a larger deployment of Zetifi’s technology that will provide benefits not only to disadvantaged farmers in target regions but to the wider community, enabling a viable model for eliminating mobile blackspots across many of Australia’s primary production areas. “It’s such an exciting space to be working in and such an important challenge to be addressing. Cost-effective and reliable connectivity is something all Australians have a right to and we’re confident we have the solutions to make this possible,” he said. ENDS For media inquiries please contact Sonia Morris (Seftons) on 0421 672 162 or Kylie Galbraith (Seftons) on 0411 480 208. About Zetifi At Zetifi, we connect people in rural, regional, and remote areas with the latest and best digital technology for their specific needs. We are a wireless networking company, developing and supporting solar-powered wireless network devices for anyone experiencing limited or sub-standard voice, video, or internet services. Based in New South Wales, Australia, our team understands the day-to-day challenges of accessing reliable, affordable and secure broadband internet and we are committed to improving farm-wide and region-wide connectivity for those living and working in rural and remote areas. For more information go to: https://zetifi.com/   CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T22:25:25Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-2 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T22:18:15Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-1 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ CWA starting a Sconversation about women’s mental health 2019-08-25T23:34:27Z cwa-starting-a-sconversation-about-womens-mental-health Hi The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW is ready for the start of its annual Awareness Week campaign for 2019, which kicks off on September 1. The theme for this year's Awareness Week is women’s mental health issues and support services in country NSW, and how all of us can help make a difference, with the CWA using its ‘tea and scones’ reputation for an important community appeal. CWA members are urgining everyone to 'Start a Sconversation' this Awareness Week, a morning or afternoon tea with friends where the social interaction is the main focus. “The CWA of NSW has long been a supportive social network for women so the power of a Sconversation – boil the jug, sit down and enjoy a cuppa and a chat – is well known. It’s the chance to talk about how you’re feeling in a safe and supportive environment, and ask for assistance should you need it. For those who are listening it’s an opportunity to offer support and some advice if you think it’s required,” said CWA of NSW President Stephanie Stanhope. “Maintaining strong mental health – and finding support services – is challenging enough in country communities where the ‘tyranny of distance’ is very real. The drought is just another factor they’re dealing with at present. It’s never been more important to Start a Sconversation with your friends. Too many people are still suffering in silence, and that’s something we can all start doing something about." Attached is a media release on Awareness Week, and for interview inquiries or more information, please let me know. For information on events in your local area, please get in touch with your nearest branch. With more than 370 branches around the state and 8000 members - across regional NSW, Sydney and Newcastle - a CWA branch is never too far away. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 Interview: Western Australian Belinda Lay has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T00:39:26Z interview-western-australian-belinda-lay-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, Western Australian Belinda Lay is seeing if she can become the third West Australian to see if she can also scoop the national title. Last year’s national runner up and 2017’s national winner are both accomplished West Australian women. Belinda is available to talk about her work involving using Internet of Things to geospatially track sheep with the help of specially designed collars likened to “fitbits”. She will use her Westpac bursary for her project which is designed to provide real-time information about the location, temperature and activity of sheep, using specially designed collars imported from Spain. Please find attached further information about Belinda and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: South Australian Deanna Lush has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T00:37:27Z interview-south-australian-deanna-lush-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, South Australian Deanna Lush is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can also scoop the national title. Deanna is available to talk about her work involving establishing a network of ag specialists who have the tools, knowledge and confidence to engage with non-agricultural audiences. Ms Lush will use her Westpac bursary to increase awareness of the need to build trust and provide training and mentoring to producers, helping them to engage and communicate with these audiences. Please find attached further information about Deanna and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: New South Wales winner Jo Palmer has her sight set on winning the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T00:35:18Z interview-new-south-wales-winner-jo-palmer-has-her-sight-set-on-winning-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, New South Wales winner Jo Palmer, is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can also scoop the national title. Jo is available to talk about her work involving her project - an online platform that facilitates remote work opportunities by connecting businesses all over Australia with talented professionals living in regional, rural and remote regions. She will use her Westpac bursary to create a portal within Pointer’s platform that will help to alleviate road blocks that hold many rurally based professionals back from engaging with remote work. The portal’s resources and training will also educate and support businesses to adopt remote employment. Barriers such as a lack of confidence and understanding of new technology will be addressed through online resources, training and formal certifications for professionals looking to engage in remote work as well as for business owners managing remote employees. Please find attached further information about Jo and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 Interview: Queenslander Natasha Roebig looking to create a buzz by vying for the national title of 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award in Canberra 2019-08-01T00:32:27Z interview-queenslander-natasha-roebig-looking-to-create-a-buzz-by-vying-for-the-national-title-of-2019-agrifutures-rural-womens-award-in-canberra Hello With less than six weeks to go until the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award recipient is announced, Queenslander Natasha Roebig is preparing to head to Canberra next month to see if she can become Queen Bee by scooping the national title. Last year’s national winner is a proud Queenslander, will this year make it two wins in row for the state? Natasha is available to talk about her work which looks at encouraging a new generation of beekeepers into the industry, especially women and youth and mentoring and up-skilling industry newcomers. Mrs Roebig’s business, Bee All Natural has been instrumental in the creation of her project, falling into the world of honey and bees six years ago when her daughter Miranda was born and diagnosed with the skin condition eczema. She says she will be using her Westpac bursary to partner with the Australian Technology and Agricultural College campus, who provide vocational and educational pathways for tertiary students from years ten to twelve. She will have access to the college’s state-of-the-art classroom facilities, which will be used to facilitate an education and mentoring program. The program is for people of all ages and backgrounds, and she plans to develop classes for women, children and those who live with physical disabilities, including a program for those living with PTSD. Please find attached further information about Natasha and the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Supporting high res and low res images are available to download via: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/e7IwttLgeZ. I look forward to your feedback. Regards, Regards, Sonia Morris M: +61 421 672 162 P: +61 2 6766 5222 CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market 2019-07-15T01:37:30Z cnh-industrial-announces-new-structure-for-australian-ag-machinery-market Hi Prominent ag machinery brands Case IH and New Holland have a new man at the helm with the appointment of Brandon Stannett to a new position as CNH Industrial Agriculture Segment Leader for Australia/New Zealand. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial Capital for Australia/New Zealand for the past four years, providing a robust knowledge of the local market and existing relationships with the Case IH and New Holland teams. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies,” he said. A release is attached on the appointment, along with an image of Brandon, and for further information or interview requests, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CAPTION: Brandon Stannett has taken on a new role heading up the Case IH and New Holland brands. MEDIA RELEASE CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market CNH Industrial has announced a restructure of its agricultural machinery business in Australia and New Zealand, with the appointment of a new leader across both the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands. Brandon Stannett has been appointed the Managing Director – Agriculture, Australia and New Zealand, assuming responsibility for CNH Industrial’s Agriculture Segment from Michele Lombardi, in a new position created as part of a global restructure announced in January. At that time CNH Industrial revealed changes to its organisational structure across the five segments of its operations, in a bid to become closer to its customers, streamline decision-making processes and encourage faster and more market-focused innovations. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial’s captive finance business in Australia and New Zealand for the past 4 years, which he said offered the advantage of a strong knowledge of the local market when it came to his new role. “It’s certainly an advantage already knowing the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture teams and having those existing relationships, and I look forward to the opportunities this new structure offers both brands, our dealers and our customers,” he said. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local Ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies. “CNH Industrial, through our Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands, are global leaders in the agricultural equipment and products sector and are always looking to the future with advances such as automation, connectivity and alternative fuels that will be the foundations for the next generation of advances in farm productivity and efficiency. This restructure has come about because our industry is experiencing a period of accelerated change – automation and digital technology being key examples – so we need to make the changes that will secure our reputation for innovation and excellence into 2020 and beyond. “I’m privileged to be leading this process across Australia and New Zealand for CNH Industrial and know that we have the teams in place with the knowledge, passion and foresight to make some real differences where it matters: innovative products and market-leading agricultural solutions.” Brandon has a strong financial background, working in senior roles in some of Australia’s largest banks, and founding a financial consultancy practice and leasing business, before joining CNH Industrial. Concerns from CWA of NSW that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments 2019-05-07T20:30:16Z concerns-from-cwa-of-nsw-that-looming-election-stalling-drought-assistance-commitments Hi The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW's State Conference continues in Albury today after delegates yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed a motion that calls for a firm and ongoing commitment to drought assistance from the country's major political parties. The association is also concerned the looming Federal Election is stalling the release of more information on initiatives announced in the Federal Budget, and announced by the Federal Government last week. "Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay," CWA of NSW State President Annette Turner said. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” Attached and below is a media release on the urgency motion. For further information or interview requests please let me know. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Concerns that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments The Country Women’s Association of NSW is urgently seeking assurances from both sides of politics on an ongoing commitment to drought assistance following concerns the upcoming Federal Election has thrown a shadow of uncertainty over future aid schemes for drought-stricken areas of the state. It follows an announcement last week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on new re-stocking and re-planting loans of up to $200,000 for farm businesses, part of a $500 million package that includes the establishment of a specific “Regional Investment Corporation” for the loans, once conditions improve. The package also includes funding for more rural financial counsellors. The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW at its State Conference in Albury yesterday, prior to a visit to the conference by Mr Morrison, expressed concerns that now the Government is in ‘caretaker mode’ pending the federal election, there is no further information available around the announcement and that the federal Opposition has not yet indicated its intention to support the scheme should it win the May 18 ballot. “As it stands the Opposition has even expressed some hesitation at the issuing of concessional loans, which means if we have a change of government, we may not see the program get off the ground at all,” said Annette Turner, CWA of NSW State President. “We are calling for all major political parties to state their support for this scheme. Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” The motion of urgency, which was unanimously carried by delegates, included a call for consideration of grants for farmers, as well as loans, Mrs Turner saying that while they welcomed concessional loans, they wanted the major parties to look further into grants, where appropriate. The motion encompassed the need for more information on the budget announcement of $5 million for the Country Women’s Association of Australia to assist with the ongoing allocation of drought assistance grants, along with a call for the streamlining and simplification of the Farm Household Allowance scheme, in the wake of ongoing complaints from applicants about the excessive ‘red tape’ around the scheme. “We have publicly applauded the Government for the funding for the CWA of Australia. And as we have proven, drought funding is in very good hands with the CWA, with the state associations efficiently, and at no cost, getting every dollar to where it is needed. However, we need all parties to confirm ongoing support for this. If there is a change of Government we need to know that all parties support this important work,” Mrs Turner said. Several other urgency motions around water security for regional communities are also due to be discussed by delegates today, including one relating to the inadequate quality of town water in many regional areas and the need for greater transparency on decision-making under the Murray Darling Basin Plan, particularly relating to the allocation of water and the balance between social, economic and environmental factors in water management. Convoy spread smiles far and wide for kids with cancer 2019-04-08T10:34:21Z convoy-spread-smiles-far-and-wide-for-kids-with-cancer Issue date: Monday 8th April 2019 Convoy spread smiles far and wide for kids with cancer Hundreds of trucks and motorbikes hit the road on Sunday to raise money for children’s charity Camp Quality. The vehicles drove in convoy through the streets of Geelong, culminating in a Show & Shine at Avalon Airport. Australia’s leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline, came on board as a sponsor once again this year, joining principal partner Viva Energy to help Camp Quality bring laughter and optimism to children growing up with cancer, and their families. For Truckline’s Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart, this event holds special meaning for her and her family, after sadly losing her niece to childhood cancer at just five years of age. “It’s been a wonderful day with drivers, riders and members of the public coming together to raise money for Camp Quality. I’m proud that Truckline has again supported this event. It was a terrible tragedy for my family when we lost my niece and I know the value of supporting other families living with cancer,” Casey said. “Camp Quality is an incredible organisation that does so much for children growing up with cancer and their families. The programs and services offered to these children and their parents and siblings have a lasting impact and are such a great help through such a difficult time.” Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall acknowledged that continued support from Viva Energy, Truckline and other sponsors ensured a successful event that focused on raising as much money as possible. “More than 120 trucks and motorbikes participated today and, thanks to the support from our sponsors, we can ensure all funds raised will directly help children aged 0-13 impacted by cancer. Whether it is their own diagnosis or someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad. We are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer. We create opportunities for the kids to be kids again: in-hospital, at home, at school and away from it all.,” Kendra said. While it’s too early to put an exact figure on the funds raised, Kendra said the signs pointed to a great day. “Over $50,000 was generated across all the different ways that the community supported us – whether via the generosity of our principal sponsor, registrations, auctions and on the day activities. The drivers and rides also contributed considerably themselves through their family and friend supporting their participation,” she said. “This goes a long way to allowing us to provide children the opportunity to participate in our program and services,” concluded Kendra. ENDS Interviews are available with Truckline Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart and Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall. For further information please contact: Alison Treloar Seftons 0422 093 639 Email: Alison.Treloar@seftons.com.au About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 60 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 22 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 25,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy hits the road with help from Truckline 2018-09-06T09:38:42Z lights-on-the-hill-memorial-convoy-hits-the-road-with-help-from-truckline Australia’s leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline has announced that it will come on board as a sponsor of the upcoming Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy and join the handful of organisations that enable this important industry event and its volunteer organisation. The fifteenth Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy Weekend will be held on the 29th and 30th September, with over 500 trucks set to converge on Queensland’s Gatton for a weekend of remembrance and mateship. The convoy will travel from both Withcott and Wacol on the Saturday for a day of festivities at Gatton Showground, followed by a memorial service at the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers Memorial. The media release below and attached includes quotes from Lights on the Hill president, Simon Hawker, and Truckline General Manager Mick Henderson. To arrange an interview please don't hestiate to contact me on 0422 093 639. A selection of images for media use has been generously supplied by Chris and Bel Elmore of Shutter Shock Photography. Please download from the below link and credit Shutter Shock Photography. If you have any trouble downloading images please let me know and I can forward direct. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p903coiynm5nm6o/AAAAWMocNFpZmwoxQJ6_Fniya?dl=0 Kind regards Alison Treloar Seftons | Truckline Media Relations m 0422 093 639 p 02 6766 5222 alison.treloar@seftons.com.au Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy hits the road with help from Truckline The fifteenth Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy Weekend will be held on the 29th and 30th September, with over 500 trucks set to converge on Queensland’s Gatton for a weekend of remembrance and mateship. The convoy will travel from both Withcott and Wacol on the Saturday for a day of festivities at Gatton Showground, followed by a memorial service at the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Drivers Memorial. Australia’s leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline has announced that it will come on board as a sponsor and join the handful of organisations that enable this important industry event and its volunteer organisation. In 2017, 65 names were added to “The Wall”, as the memorial is known, with another 35 to be added during this year’s service. According to Lights on the Hill President, Simon Hawker, The Wall and the Service are immensely important to those in the industry. “The Wall is a place where people can go and think good memories, bad memories, whatever. Something like that has to be there for families to sit and reflect,” said Simon, adding, “The Service brings all of that together. It can mean closure for a lot of families. That their loved ones are on that wall with their mates, that’s a big thing.” Truckline General Manager Mick Henderson said industry support is a priority for Truckline and the Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy Weekend is just one of varied ways they provide this. “The Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy Weekend provides an important opportunity to honour those who have been lost to the road, and pay our respects to the friends and family left behind,” he said, adding that the convoy itself is a chance to thank the men and women who continue to put their lives at risk on Australia’s highways. “Just recently it was revealed that truck drivers are 13 times more likely to die at work than other Australians, and many others suffer work-related injuries” he said, referring to recent study results released by Monash University Melbourne. “We need to continue to raise public awareness of the dangers facing drivers. Road transport enables so many aspects of life in Australia and a 500-strong convoy certainly turns heads.” The convoy is certainly a more joyous part of the annual event, with the industry’s strong sense of mateship and pride on display. “The convoy itself is all about drivers getting together, having a good yarn and showing a bit of pride in their vehicles and the industry,” said Simon, an Owner/Driver himself. “The guys and girls spend a lot of hours cleaning and polishing their trucks. Many of us, including ourselves, only get to polish our truck once a year and that’s convoy time. It’s an awesome feeling being part of a convoy with others who do this day in, day out. All the noise and attention – it’s a good way of showing to the general public what we do and we love when people come down and have a chat with us.” Simon explains that sponsorship allows the organisation to stage an event that brings the community and the industry together, with family-friendly activities and live music throughout. More importantly, the sponsorship dollar funds extensions to The Wall which are sadly needed. The memorial was extended in 2014, with more additions planned in the coming years. The organisation has also provided limited financial assistance to bereaved trucking families in the past and according to Simon it’s something they’d like to pursue further. “We’d love to set something up for families who suddenly lose loved ones on the road. Whether it’s vouchers for food or assistance with rent and bills. We know there’s a period of 6-8 weeks before assistance from organisations like Centrelink and WorkCover cut in, and this is a really tough time,” said Simon, who added that the organisation would welcome assistance from sponsors in this area. In the meantime, they’re focused on the task of delivery a fitting tribute to drivers lost, and a celebration for those who continue to drive and support the industry. The convoy will depart from both Roches Road Withcott and VCV Bivouac Place Wacol at 9.30am on Saturday 29th September and travel to Gatton Showgrounds for the day’s festivities. To register your vehicle visit http://www.lightsonthehill.com.au/convoy/vehicle-registration/ ENDS Photos: A selection of images has been generously supplied by Chris and Bel Elmore of Shutter Shock Photography, Brisbane. Please download from the link supplied and credit Shutter Shock Photography. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p903coiynm5nm6o/AAAAWMocNFpZmwoxQJ6_Fniya?dl=0 About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 65 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 23 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 77,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. Interview opp: $1.5 million drought announcement to Rural Aid 2018-07-29T19:00:00Z interview-opp-1-5-million-drought-announcement-to-rural-aid Hi , Woolworths supports drought affected Aussie farmers with $1.5million funding boost to Rural Aid. Interview: Charles Alder - CEO, Rural Aid Contact: Tania Paccanaro - Seftons, 0414 920 299 Charles can speak specifically about the impact the $1.5million funding boost will have on farmers including: Buy a Bale program - providing support to farmers in need by delivering hay for cattle feed, as well as other essential items. Increasing the number of counsellors to support farmers and their families impact by mental health issues as a result of the drought. Attached is a media release. For more information please visit: https://www.buyabale.com.au/ Best regards Tania Tania Paccanaro Account Director tania.paccanaro@seftons.com.au +61 414 920 299 21 Bourke Street, PO Box 1715 Tamworth NSW 2340 seftonpr.com.au Case IH receives Good Design Award 2017-12-21T00:55:38Z case-ih-receives-good-design-award Case IH's Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV) turned heads earlier this year when it made its Australian debut at Gunnedah's AgQuip field days. This week's it's been revealed the ACV has also caught the attention of a US leader in architecture and design, which announced it is one of the winners of this year’s prestigious Good Design Awards. Case IH Brand President ​​Andreas Klauser said it was a satisfying way for the company to round out its 175th anniversary and that the technology that inspired the ground-breaking ACV would be employed on new product releases in 2018. Please find attached a media release on the award, and photos of the ACV at AgQuip in August, and for any further inquiries please don't hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 Opinion: A diverse Australia Day 2016-01-22T03:43:55Z australia-day-2016 In the lead up to Australia Day, many Australians are gathering to celebrate this event, including with local awards. You may have seen the NSW 2016 Australia Day Address, delivered by Deng Thiak Adut in Sydney on Thursday. Deng’s story is extraordinary and inspiring. A child solder in Sudan, he was rescued by the United Nations and resettled in Australia. He is now a refugee lawyer, completing his Masters of Criminal Law – and the face of a Western Sydney University YouTube video. Deng’s story – and the others I’ve heard in my role as Deputy Chair of the National Australia Day Council – have got me thinking about what diversity really means in Australia – particularly out here in the bush. For generations, rural and regional Australians have faced extraordinary challenges, quite different from those of people in cities. Those of us living in rural and regional Australia know what it’s like to live through tough and unpredictable times – drought, floods, fire, low commodity prices, rural communities and services shrinking. It’s hard – particularly when we have no way to shape or change these challenges. On the plus side, we know what it’s like to have good mates – and communities – that look out for us. We’ve learned to be patient, tolerant, and good-humoured. We tend to believe in a fair go for all, and that hard work brings rewards. We’ve learned how to get through tough times. Sometimes so tough, they’re nearly unendurable. That was Deng’s story too. As a child soldier, forced to fight until he was shot in the back, Deng had few choices at that time. But he endured, and when life presented him with opportunity, he seized it – and then considered how he could help others. In 2015/16, Australia has committed to take an additional 12,000 refugees as part of our response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. While it’s believed many or most will be settled in capital cities, there is a strong push to welcome them in regional Australia. Let’s applaud this move and welcome more diversity into our world – like Deng, let’s hold out a helping hand. I’m calling on rural Australians to get behind efforts that encourage our newest residents to live and work in the bush, sharing their skills, knowledge and culture with us, as we can share what we love about our rural lives. One of the things to remember on Australia Day is our strong belief in all Australians having a fair go and a right to a good job and a secure and safe place to live. These are core values and principles that we must stand by and extend to our newest Australians. For further information please don't hesitate to contact me on 0428 425 556 or alternatively the Sefton & Associates office on 02 6766 5222 or ngaire.roughley@seftonpr.com.au.  Warm regards and Happy Australia Day,  Robbie Robbie SeftonManaging Director | Sefton & Associates PO Box 1715, Tamworth NSW 2340 | P 02 6766 5222 | | M 0428 425 556 | E robbie.sefton@seftonpr.com.au |W www.seftonpr.com.au    Disclaimer: The information in this email is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this email by anyone else is unauthorised. 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