The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-09T22:49:08Z Easy swap outs to kick-start your Plastic Free July 2020-07-09T22:49:08Z easy-swap-outs-to-kick-start-your-plastic-free-july Easy swap outs to kick-start your Plastic Free July  Tasmanian eco company SUSTOMi challenges Australians to clean up their plastic habits Four simple swap-out challenges to try at home Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset   Use it up… Wear it out... Make it do, or do without.   During the Great Depression years, this New England proverb began circulating to encourage frugality in the community. Fast-forward to 2020 and the sentiment couldn’t be more topical. With Australian state borders closed and international travel at a stand-still due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic, Aussies are spending more time at home and importantly, more time in the kitchen. With the hospitality industry taking a serious knock, supermarket perishable goods spending has increased by 14.5% and non-perishables by 11.8% since last year (ABS, May 2020). With all this redirected supermarket spending and home cooking in 2020, Tasmanian eco enterprise, SUSTOMi, has launched its Swap Out Challenge to inspire low waste lifestyles in Australian homes.   “SUSTOMi’s Swap Out Challenge is our way of supporting the national Plastic Free July initiative,” said SUSTOMi founder and director, Bronwyn Kidd.   The Swap Out Challenge is approachable for all households: families, share-houses, couples and savvy singles. Each week in July, SUSTOMi will share inspiration on their social media platforms to encourage Australians to change their plastic consumption habits.   “We believe low waste is far more approachable than the zero waste movement. We want all Aussies to have a go, challenge themselves toward low waste lifestyles, which starts with bringing conscious awareness to your own habits at home, then maybe influencing your extended family and friends,” added Kidd.   SUSTOMi’s Plastic Free July Swap Out Challenge has already commenced. The first challenge? Swap out cling wrap for reusable beeswax wraps. SUSTOMi produces their own beeswax wraps from their studio in Hobart and have made it even easier to maintain the sustainability of these products by offering DIY re-waxing kits.   The remaining Plastic Free July Swap Out Challenges by SUSTOMi include replacing plastic zip-lock bags or containers with silicone food pouches, replacing plastic lunch boxes with metal tins or waxed canvas lunch bags and replacing plastic shopping bags with eco-friendly produce bags. Conveniently, SUSTOMi has sourced all of these swap-out items for review on their website.   So, the challenge is set. During July and beyond, can Australians do better at home to reduce single-use plastics?   Use it up… Wear it out... Make it do, or do without.   Learn more about adapting to a low waste lifestyle through SUSTOMi’s podcast, Life Freshly Sorted: https://sustomi.com.au/podcast/   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/ #sustomi #lowwaste #plasticfreejuly #swapoutchallenge   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.   IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/home/SUSTOMi/SUSTOMi%20PR%20IMAGES   Prolong fresh food at home: in conversation with Massimo Mele 2020-06-22T00:50:12Z prolong-fresh-food-at-home-in-conversation-with-massimo-mele Prolong fresh food at home: in conversation with Massimo Mele   Tasmanian eco entrepreneur adds youthful voice to low waste living Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset Renowned Australia chef, Massimo Mele, uses beeswax wraps to keep vegetables fresher for longer   June 2020: Ask anyone about Tasmania’s appeal and they will reel off a list of must-see tourist locations, and undoubtedly make mention of the wine and the food, but ask renowned chef Massimo Mele, and he will offer a deeper insight. Massimo, being raised between Tasmania and Italy as a child, has developed an appreciation of the source (and the sauce!) through years of helping his family produce passata; a long-standing family tradition. The lessons learnt at home surrounded by his family carried his passion through to a flourishing cheffing career between Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney and overseas.   Massimo  was at the top of his game leading Sydney restaurants and appearing as a regular guest on numerous national television shows when he felt the urge for a more wholesome and family orientated lifestyle. He has spent the last five years reconnecting with his local Tasmanian farming and producer networks to launch Grain of the Silos restaurant in Launceston, and is based in Hobart with his young family. Eager to return to Italian roots by growing his own food, Massimo was mentored by farming friends whilst creating his own flourishing home seasonal garden. “When you learn how to grow your own food, there’s no turning back. The motivation is to encourage my son who is now four years old to eat his vegetables! He appreciates them more, as we all do.”   Australian eco company, SUSTOMi, is hopeful this period of isolation will inspire the nation to be more mindful of reducing waste in the home. The Hobart-based company sells biodegradable beeswax wraps and silicone food pouches as easy swap-outs to plastics in the home. This low waste movement extends to food handling, inventive recipe ideas and composting hacks via their website, podcast and social media.   During the national health pandemic lockdown, Massimo created video series, Quarantine Kitchen, with his son Max, to inspire creative ways to bond with family and eat well during isolation. In a candid moment shared on SUSTOMi’s Life Freshly Sorted podcast, Massimo explained the video series was his therapy during the time of forced change and induced stress on the hospitality industry.   “I’ve appreciated getting back to basics during this time. Eating fresh, home grown food from the garden...it doesn’t get better than that. I’ve learnt as a novice gardener from Tasmanian farmers and now I’m more confident than when I first started out.”   Massimo’s five fast tips for prolonging the life of fresh fruit and vegetables: Start with a clean, compartmentalised fridge. Store your produce in clear containers so you can see everything - try SUSTOMi’s silicone food pouches. Reduce oxidisation by making products air tight - try SUSTOMi’s beeswax wraps as an alternative to cling wrap. Inspect your fridge often - what needs using up today? Make a healthy stock for any home made, soup perfect for winter. Grow your own or buy locally grown fruit and vegetables. Less food miles = longer lasting in your home. Listen into SUSTOMI’s full podcast with Massimo by visiting the Life Freshly Sorted podcast: https://sustomi.com.au/podcast/   For more information on SUSTOMI’s sustainable kitchen and home products, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/ #sustomi #lowwaste #growyourown #foodstorageideas   About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.  For images email Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   Low Waste Eco Kitchen Hacks @ Sustomi 2020-05-12T04:55:37Z low-waste-eco-kitchen-hacks-sustomi Kitchen revolution the bees knees Tasmanian eco entrepreneur adds youthful voice to low waste living Podcast Life Freshly Sorted offers guidance with food, environment and mindset Beeswax wraps, silicone lids and silicone fridge pouches as alternatives to plastic When Bronwyn Kidd returned from overseas travel five years ago, the impassioned youngster had acquired a fresh perspective of the way of the world, and she was not entirely happy about it. Kidd decided it was high time an Australian voice joined the growing following of a much-needed lifestyle revolution: the low waste movement.  After months of research and outreach from her home state Tasmania, Kidd realised there was a lack of access to obtainable resources to help people transition from high waste to low waste lifestyles. In 2016, SUSTOMi was born. The company’s mission remains the same as its inception; to be a market-leading voice for economising on plastic consumption.  Kidd’s first product offering to her budding eco followers was an easy-to-use alternative to cling wrap; beeswax wraps. This versatile replacement for single-use plastic is 100% natural, made with organic fabric. Warmed with the hands, the wraps can be used to create an airtight seal for veggies, cheese and even a loaf of bread. It’s not all practical though, these wraps offer a dose of sensory therapy too. Brightly coloured patterns and a light honey smell; they really are a delightful, feel-good alternative. “SUSTOMi is a stylish, modern, no-nonsense way of tackling a massive issue. We want to offer access to obtainable solutions and complete transparency. All of our products are carefully designed and refined to keep in alignment with our values – to provide customers with low waste goods and good intention,” Kidd said.  Alongside useful kitchen products, Kidd has recently launched her own podcast to further reach and inspire the low waste movement. The program titled Life Freshly Sorted is available on platforms such as  iTunes and Spotify, and features a new guest each episode, sharing insights for mindful folk interested in low waste living, health and wellbeing. Later this year, Kidd also envisages a webinar series to introduce more interactivity and demonstrations to her growing following.  SUSTOMi is preparing to launch its partnership with Foodbank Tasmania. Any new SUSTOMi online membership subscribers will have their $25 membership fee pledged to Foodbank during the month of May. For more information, visit: https://sustomi.com.au/membership-sustomi-warrior/   Five Low-Waste Meal Prep Hacks  Meal preparation for those new to the scene can be somewhat overwhelming, especially with Instagram flooding our heads with perfectly curated creations. So, let us help you take the pressure off and make a start. Introducing a helpful resource from SUSTOMi, an Australian eco collective sharing low-waste lifestyle stories on its free community podcast Life Freshly Sorted. SUSTOMi also has its own online store offering clever alternative food storage solutions such as silicone lids, silicone pouches and beeswax wraps. With more Australians slowing down and experimenting in the kitchen, we checked in with SUSTOMi’s creator Bronwyn Kidd, for her meal prep hacks at home: Purge your pantry: We all have items gathering dust in the pantry. For whatever reason, those items that we purchased six months ago must be checked to ensure they’re fit to consume, and create a reason to use them! This pantry purge is not only a mindful way to take note of the things you don’t really use, but can also help to form the basis of your next shopping list! Surplus walnuts and icing sugar? Time to try that new carrot cake recipe... Make an inventory list of your current household food items: We all have our own version of staple household foods. How can you jazz up these items in different ways to keep meals interesting and adventurous? Keep in mind any household dietary requirements and make sure you have everyone covered in meal prep planning. Get your shopping list down on paper, and critique: Do the items on your shopping list complement the items you already have at home? Yes, cross check against Tip 2! Low-waste is key! Be as honest and creative as possible. Spontaneous purchases often lead to waste, or overindulgence. Try the meal planner template on SUSTOMi’s website as a useful guide. Get creative with the food already in the home: Look for food items with the potential to form a key part of a dish. Sweet potatoes and carrots left over from last week’s shop can potentially form the base of a soup. Voile! Got an extra 2 slices of bread now going slightly too hard? Now you’ve got croutons for your soup or bread crumbs for homemade schnitzels. 5.       Use transparent fridge containers: Silicone fridge pouches are excellent for the environment and your sanity! Grab and go with everything in plain sight. SUSTOMi is offering 25% off fridge pouches until 30 April! IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7xmzgfb58p2esm4/AAB6n5Hi_--_8LpC75iyG4BUa?dl=0 #sustomi #lowwaste #mealprep #foodstorageideas     About SUSTOMi SUSTOMi was established in 2016 by Bronwyn Kidd in Tasmania, Australia. The business mission is to encourage Australians to live healthier, low-waste lives through their philosophy, Your life: freshly sorted.   SUSTOMi hosts a podcast, Life freshly sorted, featuring special guests offering their wisdom on low-waste living. This podcast is available on a number of platforms including iTunes and Spotify.   Alongside its educational value, SUSTOMi also sells alternatives to household plastics to help shift consumption habits. These products include beeswax wraps, silicone fridge pouches and silicone lids.     Mothers Day #IsoHack - Home Delivery Fresh Produce Box & Wine can be added 2020-04-27T04:51:15Z mothers-day-home-delivery-fresh-produce-box-amp-wine-can-be-added AUSTRALIA’S #1 WORKPLACE FRUIT DELIVERY COMPANY LAUNCHES FRESH FRUIT & VEG AT HOME BOXES   Free home delivery 20 years of experience in the hygienic handling of fruit and vegetables Regular ($49) and large ($69) sizes available Supporting Australian growers Delivery to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney metro locations   April 2020: Fresh Venture Group, home of Snowgoose and Fruit at Work, Australia’s #1 Workplace Fruit Delivery company, has launched its Fruit & Veggie at Home Box, bringing a vibrant mix of beautiful quality and safe, fresh fruit and vegetables to Australian homes.   “As the number of virus cases exponentially increases, we know you and your family want to completely avoid touching and eating fruit and vegetables that have been handled by hundreds or possibly thousands of people,” says Wendy Visontay, Founder of Fruit at Work. “With 20 years of experience in the hygienic handling of produce, we have the strictest health and safety measures in place from grower to delivery.”   Fruit & Veggie at Home boxes arrive brimming with Australia’s best quality produce sourced directly from Australian growers. It means customers enjoy the freshest fruit and veggie experience, knowing that they’re also supporting Australia’s rural communities during these difficult times.   “While you’re self-isolating, sick or recovering, it’s so important to maintain a healthy diet,” continues Wendy. “Fruit and Veg at Home is packed with essential vitamins and minerals as well as health-boosting flavonoids and antioxidants. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy by staying at home. And to help you eat well, we’re waiving our home delivery fee as we appreciate these are challenging times.”    The fruit and veg boxes are delivered free to doorsteps in two sizes: regular $49 and large $69. Deliveries are available to homes in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney metro locations + wine, milk, eggs and juice can be added to orders.   Fresh produce lovers can order their one off or regular Fruit & Veg at Home boxes for themselves, loved ones or employees by visiting https://www.snowgoose.com.au/products/by-occasion/fvah   or call 1300-857-776   #fruitathome #snowgoosegiftboxes   -ends- About Fruit at Work   Established in 2002, Fruit at Work is Australia’s leading and most awarded workplace fruit supplier. Its business model has been built on a foundation of incomparable fruit quality and passionate customer service, backed by cutting-edge information technology and logistics systems. Images https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pf1ff5760b9qp5k/AABAP3Dr0f8cUBXmITh9nIQba?dl=0     Isolation Gift Idea - Fresh Fruit & Veg boxes via home delivery 2020-04-01T05:19:05Z isolation-gift-idea-fresh-fruit-amp-veg-boxes-via-home-delivery AUSTRALIA’S #1 WORKPLACE FRUIT DELIVERY COMPANY LAUNCHES FRESH FRUIT & VEG AT HOME BOXES   Free home delivery 20 years of experience in the hygienic handling of fruit and vegetables Regular ($49) and large ($69) sizes available Supporting Australian growers Delivery to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney metro locations     April 1 2020: Fresh Venture Group, home of Snowgoose and Fruit at Work, Australia’s #1 Workplace Fruit Delivery company, has launched its Fruit & Veggie at Home Box, bringing a vibrant mix of beautiful quality and safe, fresh fruit and vegetables to Australian homes.   “As the number of virus cases exponentially increases, we know you and your family want to completely avoid touching and eating fruit and vegetables that have been handled by hundreds or possibly thousands of people,” says Wendy Visontay, Founder of Fruit at Work. “With 20 years of experience in the hygienic handling of produce, we have the strictest health and safety measures in place from grower to delivery.”   Fruit & Veggie at Home boxes arrive brimming with Australia’s best quality produce sourced directly from Australian growers. It means customers enjoy the freshest fruit and veggie experience, knowing that they’re also supporting Australia’s rural communities during these difficult times.   “While you’re self-isolating, sick or recovering, it’s so important to maintain a healthy diet,” continues Wendy. “Fruit and Veg at Home is packed with essential vitamins and minerals as well as health-boosting flavonoids and antioxidants. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy by staying at home. And to help you eat well, we’re waiving our home delivery fee as we appreciate these are challenging times.”    The fruit and veg boxes are delivered free to doorsteps in two sizes: regular $49 and large $69. Deliveries are available to homes in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney metro locations.   Fresh produce lovers can order their Fruit & Veg at Home boxes for themselves, loved ones or employees by visiting https://www.snowgoose.com.au/products/by-occasion/fvah   or call 1300-857-776   #fruitathome #snowgoosegiftboxes   -ends- About Fruit at Work   Established in 2002, Fruit at Work is Australia’s leading and most awarded workplace fruit supplier. Its business model has been built on a foundation of incomparable fruit quality and passionate customer service, backed by cutting-edge information technology and logistics systems. Images https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pf1ff5760b9qp5k/AABAP3Dr0f8cUBXmITh9nIQba?dl=0   Fresh Fruit Delivered To Doorsteps 2020-03-27T01:30:26Z fresh-fruit-delivered-to-doorsteps AUSTRALIA’S #1 WORKPLACE FRUIT DELIVERY COMPANY LAUNCHES FRESH FRUIT AT HOME BOXES   Free home delivery 20 years of experience in the hygienic handling of fruit Regular ($49) and large ($69) sizes available Supporting Australian growers Delivery to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney metro locations   27th March 2020: Fresh Venture Group, home of Snowgoose and Fruit at Work, Australia’s #1 Workplace Fruit Delivery company, has launched its Fruit at Home Box, bringing a vibrant mix of beautiful quality and safe, fresh fruit to Australian homes.   “As the number of virus cases exponentially increases, we know you and your family want to completely avoid touching and eating fruit that has been handled and touched by hundreds or possibly thousands of people,” says Wendy Visontay, Founder of Fruit at Work. “With 20 years of experience in the hygienic handling of fruit, we have the strictest health and safety measures in place from grower to delivery.”   Fruit at Home boxes arrive brimming with Australia’s best quality fruit sourced directly from Australian growers. It means customers enjoy the freshest fruit experience, knowing that they’re also supporting Australia’s rural communities during these difficult times.   “While you’re self-isolating, sick or recovering, it’s so important to maintain a healthy diet,” continues Wendy. “Fruit at Home is packed with essential vitamins and minerals as well as health-boosting flavonoids and antioxidants. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy by staying at home. And to help you eat well, we’re waiving our home delivery fee as we appreciate these are challenging times.”    Fruit at Home is delivered free to doorsteps in two sizes: regular $49 and large $69. Deliveries are available to homes in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney metro locations.   Fruit lovers can order their Fruit at Home boxes for themselves, loved ones or employees by visiting www.snowgoose.com.au/products/fruit-at-home or call 1300-857-776  -ends- About Fruit at Work   Established in 2002, Fruit at Work is Australia’s leading and most awarded workplace fruit supplier. Its business model has been built on a foundation of incomparable fruit quality and passionate customer service, backed by cutting-edge information technology and logistics systems. Images https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n7m82xk0dbdm5ot/AAAtREEEpxF30C95SKXWy5BAa?dl=0 BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER 2020-01-23T03:51:10Z balmoral-swim-will-help-put-an-end-to-childhood-cancer BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER The Balmoral Swim  is a unique open water swim held within the beauty of Sydney Harbour, making it a safe event for all comers. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to ocean swimming, we have an swim option for you. The event is in it’s 30th year and is organised by volunteers, most of whom are members of the Balmoral Beach Club. However the entire local community get behind the event to make it happen. From Mosman Council, to HMAS Penguin, to the Balmoral Sea scouts, all supported by our sponsors;  Gold - Audi Mosman, Dexus & URM, Silver - Jeckra & Medilab, Bronze - Edney Ryan and Oceanswims.com. Community engagement continues to grow. This year internationally acclaimed artist Ken Done has generously designed swimsuits which capture the unique Balmoral landscape (see design images below). Also check out the winners podium constructed by Mosman Men’s shed.  We will also have a fun selfie wall to help all competitors spread the word about the work Children’s Cancer Institute. The Balmoral Swim has raised more than $1,000,000, since 1990 and this year hopes to raise $350,000.  The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer and every dollar received from the government and granting bodies to support direct research costs must be matched with a dollar raised by the community.  “By holding this event the Balmoral Swim is helping us undertake the medical research we know will uncover a cure for childhood cancer,” says Children’s Cancer Institute's Executive Director, Prof Michelle Haber.  “Fundraising events like the Balmoral Swim enable us to continue this critical research - and demonstrate what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.”  This year all funds will go toward the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia. This world-class program brings together all major Australian clinical and research groups working in childhood cancer to offer Australia’s first ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.  Date:                   Sunday 5th April 2020  Time:                  7am - 1pm  Location:            Balmoral Beach, The Esplanade Mosman NSW  The Events:        Over 1000 swimmers will charge into the pristal waters of Sydney Harbour for the the Balmoral swim and participate in the following events: 5km swim around the bay (part of NSW leaderboard competition) NEW 2km swim around the bay 1km swim around the island School’s Team Challenge  Relay (4 x 200m) Corporate Team Challenge 200m Junior Swim - under 12yrs NEW Community relay (4 x 200M)        Opportunities:   Photo/filming and interview opportunities with:                              Event Ambassadors 2 time Olympian Elka Whalan 4 time Olympian Thomas Whalan English Channel swimmer Emily Miers                              Event participants  And if you are not a swimmer you can still be part of the fun and festivities on the day. Enjoy entertainment from a detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, playing in the Rotunda. Visit the mock laboratory from the Children’s Cancer Institute. Or indulge in numerous food stalls.  Join the fight to help beat childhood cancer by getting involved or asking people to sponsor you. Online entries, information and donations can be made at balmoralswim.com.au  LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT FIJI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF 2019-11-14T05:10:28Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-fiji-welcomes-new-executive-chef LIKULIKU WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF  Australian Executive Chef, Ryan Ward, reimagines modern Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Hyperlocal produce, exceptional service and commitment to the Fijian community are cornerstones of the Likuliku experience  Nov 2019: Ryan Ward has been appointed Executive Chef of the multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago - the luxury Fijian-owned resort with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures and a part of the prestigious collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to coming to Fiji two years ago, Ryan devoted five years as Chef de Cuisine for the then 2-hatted GOMA Restaurant at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. In the early stages of his career, he was drawn to the precision and rivalrous nature of London’s kitchens, including Mayfair’s ‘Sketch’, and spent time in boutique hotels on the Cornish coastline.  Born in Queensland, his formative years were heavily influenced by his grandmother, a sculptor and artist, and his grandfather who had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land, raising cattle on his property in Queensland. His upbringing and his time at Sketch and GOMA have shaped Ryan’s simple yet beautiful expression of ingredients.  Ryan draws inspiration from his time living on Malolo Island where he began his Fiji affinity at Likuliku’s sister property – Malolo Island Resort.    Ryan re-shaped the culinary offering at Malolo Resort with an increased focus on local produce and flavours.   During this time, Ryan gained an appreciation and true understanding of local ingredients stretching from Malolo to the tip of the Yasawa Islands.     Moving next door to Likuliku is a dream for Ryan because with that comes a daily-changing menu, a flourishing garden and a supply of fresh honey from the Resort’s bees.  “For me, the key is to focus on the origin of the ingredient and take inspiration from the Fijian people, culture, customs and tradition to create a dish that has a sense of place.” Ryan says.   A keen fisherman, Ryan spends time out of the kitchen exploring and researching the local waters and surrounding islands with curiosity. His appreciation for the environment will be influential to Likuliku’s kitchen practices ensuring a strong focus on sustainability.  “I look forward to continue to embrace Fiji as home and especially, to work alongside Likuliku’s environmental team, using their local knowledge of ingredients to help shape our menus and create a world class dining experience for our guests.”  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey says, ‘We’re delighted to have Ryan as Executive Chef at Likuliku. His gastronomic expertise, passion for the local produce and culinary creativity will help us to continue to create and build on an extraordinary dining experience at Likuliku.’  Likuliku will launch new dishes in 2020 with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients, preserving the environmental well-being of the Mamanuca archipelago.   Further information on Likuliku Lagoon Resort including special offers: http://likulikulagoon.com ENDS   For further information/images please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au     Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T08:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.   www.lauderandhoward.com.au    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or enquiries@lauderandhoward.com.au   Six steps to a healthier working environment from Catherine Davidson, leading mediator, negotiation expert and workplace wellness educator. 2019-10-17T06:33:03Z six-steps-to-a-healthier-working-environment-from-catherine-davidson-leading-mediator-and-negotiation-expert-and-workplace-wellness-educator How can companies create a more dynamic, more productive and, more profitable work environment – and at the same time improve employees’ health, reduce absenteeism and cut legal claims. The answer, according to Catherine Davidson, Founder and Principal of Catherine Davidson Mediation Services (CDMS), is to focus on boosting workplace wellness – channeling conflict into a positive.   Davidson, a former commercial litigation lawyer who specialises in helping companies achieve higher levels of workplace wellness, presented at Australia’s giant festival of workplace health and wellness, the Workplace Wellness Festival 2019 and at the world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing, Happiness and its Causes 2019. She says that improving workplace wellness can deliver commercial advantage and is one of the keys to building a sustainable and profitable business.   Here are her top tips for creating a working environment that promotes positivity and productivity and helps bring out the best in people.   1. Conduct an organisational health check Before you introduce any kind of workplace wellness program it’s worth discovering your employees’ biggest concerns. Are they, for example, stressed by a difficult relationship with a manager or colleague? Do they have more work than they can complete within working hours? Are they worried about leaving work on time to meet other commitments? How confident are they to disagree with their boss? It’s important to understand what your employees are worried about so that you can help address their concerns.   ‘Once you understand the stressors staff are facing you’ll be in a better position to design a working environment where they are able to relax and do their best work,’ says Catherine.   2. Invest in your people Forward thinking companies, such as Google and Atlassian, are renowned for their employee benefits and wellness programs. Initiatives might include staff kitchens with healthy food and drinks and exercise and relaxation classes. Catherine’s approach is about providing people with a skill set and capacity to work through workplace conflict and issues not just providing ‘things’’. More companies are embracing this well received, proactive approach.     ‘Investing in employee wellbeing pays dividends – with fewer sick days, lower staff turnover and higher levels of employee engagement which in turn leads to greater productivity and therefore profitability,’ says Catherine.   3. Encourage people to be themselves at work People are most likely to be engaged and do their best at work when they feel accepted and valued. Employers that actively promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion can help reduce employees’ stress levels and keep them healthy and happy at work.   ‘Employers should allow people to bring their whole selves to work and encourage them to say what they think and take risks. Making mistakes and sharing them enables the entire team to learn from the experience and offers up psychological safety,’ says Catherine.   4. Embrace difference Embracing difference means understanding and appreciating that different people bring unique personality traits, skills and perspectives to the workplace, and that the mix is enriching.   ‘Meeting and working with people with whom we don’t perhaps have a lot in common can be the best way to learn to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Instead of fearing difference, we should look for what we can learn from it,’ says Catherine.   5. Understand that conflict can be constructive Any group or team of people is bound to disagree from time to time. Those disagreements can be the best way to improve on the status quo, generate new ideas and, ultimately, to foster growth. The key to extracting benefit from conflict is to develop effective communication and negotiation skills to help ensure people communicate and engage with each other – and work towards effective solutions.   ‘Conflict is normal, inevitable and potentially creative – yet most organisations see it as a problem and put in place people and systems to manage and deal with it. I advise people to explore and embrace the opportunities that exist in the space between difference and disagreement – there can be a huge amount of value there,’ says Catherine.   6. Create a company culture where disagreement is safe Employees need to know that disagreeing with colleagues and management sometimes is normal - and essential for a healthy working environment. Encourage people to develop communications skills that enable them to share new ideas and suggestions that might be perceived as critical in a positive and respectful manner.   ‘Talking about conflict management in the workplace is quite a narrow way of looking at things,’ says Catherine. ‘In fact, conflict resolution skills are essential life and well-being skills and something we should all nurture and develop.’   To find out more about Catherine Davidson and how she works with clients to enhance workplace wellness visit: http://www.cdms.com.au   ENDS   For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023 NEW Hobart Dining Hot Spot - Prospect House Open For Dinner - Richmond Tasmania 2019-09-24T01:43:45Z new-hobart-dining-hot-spot-prospect-house-open-for-dinner-richmond-tasmania NEW TASMANIAN GOURMET DINING VENUE OPEN 7 DAYS   Prospect House Private Hotel Restaurant in Richmond, SE Tasmania now welcomes locals and visitors for dinner   September 2019: Prospect House Restaurant, the fine dining restaurant at one of Tasmania’s oldest and most elegant country house hotels, now welcomes locals and visitors, alongside hotel guests, for dinner every night of the week.   Head Chef Kurstin Berriman has created a sophisticated, contemporary dinner menu celebrating the very best of Tasmanian produce. She’ s delighted that locals and visitors, as well as hotel guests, can now enjoy her food:   ‘The menu at Prospect House Restaurant features simple, tasty, fresh dishes made with top quality local produce and is designed to be enjoyed with family and friends.’   Berriman, who has worked in the hospitality industry in Tasmania and the UK for over 20 years and has owned and operated award-winning restaurants including Restaurant Synergy in Launceston, is proud to bring her creativity and passion for Tasmanian produce to Prospect House Restaurant.   ‘I’m excited about creating new dishes from seasonal produce, incorporating modern and traditional techniques, while respecting the foundations of classical French cooking,’ she says.     Prospect House Private Hotel has its own orchard and gardens where mulberries, quince, walnuts, herbs, root vegetables and more are grown. Berriman regularly picks, pickles and preserves for the months ahead. There’s also an apiary, where a thriving bee community produces honey for the restaurant kitchen.   More local produce, ranging from trout and lamb to olives and cheeses, is sourced from nearby Coal River Valley. Berriman’s relationships with smaller producers and family-owned farms mean she has access to exceptional quality, limited supply ingredients. Local farmers often drop their own produce at the kitchen back door.   Prospect House Restaurant ‘s seasonal three-course dinner menu ($85 including side dishes and amuse-bouches) includes entrées such as Tarkine free-range pork belly served with Savoy cabbage and pickled quince, and main courses such as Strelleyfield free-range duck breast served with mushroom and chestnut ravioli and black truffle consommé.   Diners can enjoy fine Tasmanian wines, including a selection of cool climate Coal River Valley wines, from an extensive wine list that also includes other Australian and international drops. The drinks list features world-class Tasmanian whiskies and craft gins too. Before and after dinner drinks can be served in several cosy fireside lounge spaces or outside in the  gardens in summer.   Prospect House Restaurant is perfect for special occasion dining and can accommodate groups of up to 12 (subject to hotel occupancy). Diners can also eat outside in warmer months, casually by a courtyard fire or at a special table overlooking the pond and oak trees (on request).   Dinner guests may also book a room for the night (subject to availability).   COMING SOON:  Cooking classes with Kurstin Berriman – hotel guests will be able to join  cooking classes on Fridays (Bread and Butter Making) and Saturdays (Pickling and Preserving).   For more information visit: https://prospecthouseprivatehotel.com.au/   ENDS Please reach out if you want images as we have great shots! Be social: https://www.facebook.com/prospecthouseprivatehotel Insta: prospecthouseprivatehotel   For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023 Family villas a new haven for guests at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa - Tanna Vanuatu 2019-06-19T04:42:11Z family-villas-a-new-haven-for-guests-at-white-grass-ocean-resort-amp-spa-tanna-vanuatu Family villas a new haven for guests at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa   ‘A sanctuary of luxurious accommodation, first class service and idyllic surrounds to unwind in following a day hiking up a volcano or diving the Blue Cave.’   June 2019:  Grass Ocean Resort & Spa on Tanna Island, Vanuatu has recently introduced three new family villas to its range of guest accommodation. The two bedroom, two ensuite, plantation-style villas also include a kitchenette, dining area, lounge and large verandahs. Designed with every creature comfort for a family of up to four, the new villas feature furniture crafted from local hardwood, designer soft furnishings, ceiling fans, ceramic tile floors, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and more.   White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is home to the only PADI certified diving operation, Volcano Island Divers, on Tanna Island.  Local dive spots are renowned for their coral and lava formations, abundant marine life (including Caverns turtles, whales  and dugong) and exceptional water quality.    Tanna Island is one of the southernmost islands of the Vanuatu archipelago and is blessed with some of the South Pacific’s most beautiful beaches.  White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa has direct access to reef edge and inner reef pool snorkelling. Resort facilities also include a swimming pool, pitch ‘n putt golf course, petanque (bocce) field, bicycles, guest library, and the Nabisa Day Spa. Housed in an open bure with uninterrupted coastal views, the Nabisa Day Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments, including its signature Volcanic Hot Stone Massage, using natural products such as the local organic coconut oil.   Food at White Grass is fresh, seasonal and sustainable. The restaurant serves seafood, including lobster, wahu, yellow fin tuna, poulet, marlin and mahi mahi, pulled from the ocean in front of the resort. Fresh Locally farmed prawns and Vanuatu beef are flown in several times each week. Local markets and growers supply organic vegetables, fruit and nuts grown in the island’s rich volcanic soil. Whitegrass chefs are local Ni-Vanuatu people who are passionate about the local produce and use their skills and expertise to create memorable meals every day.   Once in a lifetime adventures are a wonderful way to work up an appetite. For example, the resort’s Blue Cave experience begins with a 20-minute coastal journey. Once at the Blue Cave, visitors are invited to duck dive through an opening where the cliff meets the sea and emerge into a magical cave, illuminated only by a shaft of light from a hole in the cave ceiling.      Guests can also experience the world’s most accessible active volcano. After a 1.5 hour 4WD journey through dense jungle, mountain villages and ash plains to the base of the volcano, guests walk up the face of Mount Yasur to the volcano rim while witnessing its frequent eruptions.     Euan Marsh, owner of White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa, says: ‘White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa provides our guests with rare access to Tanna Island’s unique village culture and raw, once in a life time, adventure experiences.  Our resort has been designed in response to this, and provides a sanctuary of luxurious accommodation, first class service and idyllic surrounds to unwind in following a day hiking up a volcano or diving the blue cave.’       White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is located just 2km from Tanna Airport, which is a short flight from Port Vila. Resort staff welcome every guest at the airport before whisking them away to their holiday island home.   Accommodation (including tropical breakfast) in the new family villas starts from around $400 AUD per night (42000VUV per night for a villa)   For more information visit: https://www.whitegrasstanna.com/     ENDS   Image Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mucgua6mrh9i7a4/AABgIpFQIPXvvWeO_hxqHVdha?dl=0     For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023   Bridgestone Mining Solutions Announce The Inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program 2019-05-13T01:04:19Z ridgestone-mining-solutions-announce-the-inaugural-national-tyre-fitting-training-program Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (BMSA) are pleased to announce the inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program based at the recently opened Hunter Valley Mining Solutions Centre. BMSA continues to be a leading service provider in the tyre industry and this training program provides the opportunity to educate individuals who are pursuing a career in the OTR tyre industry at an entry level. The comprehensive package being offered will provide the skills required to work at the highest industry standard and will be achieved through our experienced trainers sharing their knowledge and skills to assist in tyre fitter development to the safest level. The first intense 6 week program commenced on the 6th May 2019 with a second program to be run later in the year and 3 to 4 programs expected to be run in 2020. The program participants will be new to the tyre fitting industry and therefore require additional time and resources to learn the fundamentals of tyre fitting, extensive knowledge of BMSA products and services along with industry best practices from experienced tyre fitters.  BMSA is a Registered Training Organisation which provides National Accredited Training. The formal qualifications obtained are industry recognised and demonstrate BMSA’s commitment to the national standard when training. Modules in the National Tyre Fitting Program include: ·       Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and Environment ·       “Bridgestone Essence” and “Our Way to Serve” ·       9 core Training Units - Certificate II Surface Extractions ·       Rim and Wheel training ·       Truck and Bus tyres ·       Forklift accreditation ·       Use of power and hand held tools Additionally, BMSA offers training services to our customers improving their knowledge of Tyre Management to maximise tyre life and a reduction in their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). From 2020 there will be an increase in the courses run by BMSA to further invest and upskill our workforce through Procedural and Systems Training and Leadership and Technical Training courses.Steve Niho Chief Executive Officer Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia   For further media information please contact: johnportelli@bsem.com.au NEW TASMANIAN LUXE STAY OPTION 2019-04-30T05:16:59Z new-tasmanian-luxe-stay-option Premium boutique country escape defines new level of hospitality and service in Richmond, SE Tasmania   Prospect House Private Hotel, one of Tasmania’s oldest and most elegant country house hotels, is now welcoming guests after new owners, John and Libby Pooley, invested more than $5m in refurbishing and upgrading the historic property they bought in 2017.   Built with convict labour in 1830 for James Kestell Buscombe, Prospect House is a fine example of a Georgian style country house. Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman describes it as an ‘iconic heritage asset.’   When the Pooleys bought Prospect House it had been used as a private home for more than five years and hadn’t undergone a significant renovation since the 1970s. It needed major remodelling and refurbishment to meet their vision for the property. John and Libby then incorporated an eclectic mix of furnishings and antiques from their private collection to give every space its own character.   ‘We’ve always loved restoring and renovating period properties. Prospect House was an ambitious project, but we’re delighted with what we’ve been able to achieve and are looking forward to sharing it with guests,’ says John.   Prospect House now has 12 guest suites, will accommodate up to 24 guests and, with a minimum staff to guest ratio of around 1:2, aims to attract guests looking for a luxurious experience with exceptional hospitality and service in a unique heritage location.   The restaurant at Prospect House celebrates the farmers and producers of Tasmania’s South East. Head Chef Kurstin Berriman’s menu focuses on seasonal and sustainable local produce, much of it sourced from nearby Coal River Valley. For example, the three-course dinner menu ($85) includes entrees such as Eel Escabeche or Westhaven Goats Cheese Pannacotta, main courses such as Rare Seared Wallaby Fillet or Crispy Skinned Line Caught Salmon, desserts such as Lemon Verbena Scented Mascarpone Tartlet or a Pyengana Cheddar cheese plate. Guests can enjoy fine Tasmanian wines, including a selection of cool climate Coal River Valley wines, and dine in the restaurant or under the stars.   Situated within an easy stroll, bike ride or short drive from the historic village of Richmond, Prospect House guests have plenty to occupy and entertain them. Signature activities include cycling, tennis, golf and bird watching. Prospect House also has its own apiary, where a thriving bee community produces honey for the restaurant kitchen.   Prospect House is an ideal base for visitors wanting to explore the Coal River Valley wine region, the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site or Greater Hobart.   Accommodation at Prospect House starts from $350 per night including breakfast.   For more information visit: https://prospecthouseprivatehotel.com.au/   ENDS   Image Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9lnlmytdgaxqcaj/AAAW3489gS0vc6aZ7L9_OFapa?dl=0   Be social: https://www.facebook.com/prospecthouseprivatehotel Insta: prospecthouseprivatehotel   For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023   TURON GATES NSW LAUNCHES NEW GLAMPING STYLE BUSH RETREAT EVENT SPACE 2019-03-26T01:37:12Z turon-gates-nsw-launches-new-glamping-style-bush-retreat-event-space March 2019: Leading NSW eco-bush retreat, Turon Gates, now has The Pavilion – a large 150 square metre glamping tent that accommodates up to 100 seated or 120 standing guests. Just 3 hours’ drive from Sydney, in an idyllic bush location with an expansive deck overlooking the trout stream that runs through Turon Gates’ 6000-acre property, it is a unique venue for offsite corporate meetings, leadership workshops and wellness/yoga/artistic retreats.   The Pavilion has a cool neutral-toned teak and canvas interior, wood floors and is fully insulated with window coverings that roll up to make the most of the views and Blue Mountains breeze. With gas heating for the cooler months, it can be booked all year round.   At night, the magical lighting creates a glow over the surrounding bushland - just perfect for a party, buffet or luxurious sit-down dinner. Get the party going with a local band or DJ, or for a more relaxed vibe, gather around a campfire under a million stars.   Small event groups can stay in the six luxurious riverside glamping tents (each with its own king-sized bed and lounge area, contemporary bathroom, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and Danish wood burner stove) or larger groups in cosy log cabins, which sleep up to eight and are particularly good value with prices starting from just $89 per head per night for share accommodation and include use of the event space for groups. There is total flexibility with sleep over numbers, from intimate to expansive. Up to 36 guests can be accommodated in private sleeping arrangements with shared or private bathroom and 93 beds are available total if guests are happy to share a room. There is also plenty of space to make a lot or a little noise. Turon Gates sleeps a total of 123 guests for weddings & party groups. Turon Gates is self-catering and a wide range of local caterers are available to prepare a feast of your choice and budget.   The Turon Team are full of great ideas of how to create a magical and memorable occasion and have an exquisite back drop to work with.   A beautiful place in the in the wild for grown-ups.   Kirsten Lunoe says the unique venue will appeal to innovators and creatives as well as corporates wanting a complete team rejuvenation and team building experience.   “Getting out into the bush is a fantastic way to clear your mind, recharge and encourage creative thinking. We hope that start-ups and corporates, as well as those looking for a peaceful space to host a wellness, yoga or artistic retreat, will love our new glamping Pavilion. It’s a great place for people to gather, connect and share ideas, and our range of accommodation and activities including bush trail walking and horse riding. We can now offer larger groups the opportunity to get together for a true time out experience that’s within easy reach of Sydney. Corporates will enjoy the advantages of educational and experience activities on offer including nutrition, meditation, fitness, yoga and pilates sessions as well as bush tucker and bush survival.   Turon Gates is also available as a location for film, video and photographic shoots.   Wi-Fi is available at the Pavilion tent and around the glamping site. Groups seeking more of an unplugged experience will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Turon Gates log cabins.   For more information about group stays at Turon Gates including availability, accommodation options and prices: https://www.turongates.com/functions-weddings-locationservices   For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au