The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-09-06T23:34:11Z Crime Stoppers SA welcomes renewed funding commitment by Police Credit Union 2020-09-06T23:34:11Z crime-stoppers-sa-welcomes-renewed-funding-commitment-by-police-credit-union South Australia’s most successful crime-solving and prevention partnership is expected to go from strength to strength following a renewed 3-year commitment by Police Credit Union as major funding partner of Crime Stoppers SA. The announcement comes as Crime Stoppers SA releases its half-year results, which saw nearly 10,000 calls received in the first 6-months of the year and more than 2,800 online reports. Over 6,000 information reports were taken from the community and nearly 6,500 actions issued to police for investigation, resulting in seizure of firearms, clandestine labs and arrests of people for murder, armed robberies and violent assaults. Crime Stoppers South Australia Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said the renewed commitment from the organisation’s major funding partner provided financial stability for the charity, and she encouraged other South Australian businesses to follow Police Credit Union’s leadership by also getting behind the volunteer-led organisation. “Our many successes can only be achieved thanks to commitment from valued partners like Police Credit Union because that support means we can continue to empower the community by encouraging people to share what they know with us without saying who they are,” Ms Hanlon said. “The Police Credit Union team have been genuinely committed to working with us for a safer South Australia, and extending our partnership for another 3 years assists us to meet essential operational costs associated with maintaining our hotline, website and rewards program and helps with the development of a range of community engagement campaigns,” she said. “As a charity we work hard to make every dollar count, and we have been recognised at state, national and international levels for our ability to creatively develop and deliver crime-solving and prevention programs on a budget to catch wanted fugitives, solve cold case murders, stop bushfire arsonists, raise awareness about car and property theft and so much more.” Police Credit Union Chairman, Mr Alex Zimmermann, described the major sponsorship announcement as a key highlight of the organisation’s 50-year anniversary. “At a time when many organisations appear to be doing it tough, we are particularly proud to give back to the South Australian community through this renewed partnership commitment and strengthen our long-standing connection with SA Police by supporting Crime Stoppers,” Mr Zimmermann said. “We have a well-established 50-year track record of supporting police, nurses, paramedics and other frontline responders, who have shown incredible bravery and resilience in the face of the pandemic. We have tailored products and services for those working across the emergency service and health sectors, and our support of Crime Stoppers is another way we can help create a better community,” he said. “With an average of 25 crimes solved every week in South Australia as a result of information by the public, we see real value in supporting Crime Stoppers because we know that crime and the fear of crime impacts on the confidence of the State. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to come together as a community and do all we can to make sure we can live safely and free from harm, and help hold those who choose to do the wrong thing accountable for their actions.” “We look forward to working alongside Crime Stoppers in supporting better communities and partner with them on a number of important regional and metropolitan crime solving and prevention campaigns over the years ahead.” The 3-year agreement follows a successful initial 3-year partnership between Crime Stoppers SA and Police Credit Union originally announced in 2017. Other half-year results released by Crime Stoppers SA include: 9,795 calls to the hotline and 2,828 online reports; 6,914 information reports; 6,460 actions issued for investigation by police; 286 apprehensions; 228 contacts about cold case murders 60,234 visitors to the Crime Stoppers SA website and 185,565 page views. The number of drug and firearm seizures attributed to Crime Stoppers SA from January to June 2020: Cannabis plants: 7,714 Cannabis: 318.9kg (equating to 127,560 street deals - not including plants) Clandestine drug labs: 5 Methamphetamines: 191.5 grams (equating to 1,915 street deals) GHB: 5.3 litres (equating to 5,300 street deals) Firearms: 20 More about Crime Stoppers SA can be found at https://crimestopperssa.com.au   More about Police Credit Union can be found at www.policecu.com.au   ### Community Business Grants focus on risk opportunities for struggling not for profits 2020-08-07T04:29:58Z community-business-grants-focus-on-risk-opportunities-for-struggling-not-for-profits With a recent national survey* showing that the pandemic continues to profoundly impact the sustainability of not for profit organisations across Australia, a new grant opportunity could be the much-needed lifeline for many that are struggling to identify and address the risks they face during the current period of uncertainty and beyond. The Community Business Bureau (CBB) has fast-tracked the next round of its Community Business Grants program, which offers risk-focussed grants in the form of pro bono consulting support and expert advice from CBB’s sector-leading business consultants. CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said that charities and not for profit organisations continued to perform a vital role in society, with the sector accounting for about eight percent of Australia’s GDP ($155 billion) and employing over 1.3 million people. “This is our opportunity to get behind our sector and work with organisations so that they can not only weather the pandemic, but come out of the other side in a position where they can go on to thrive and make a difference in the community,” Ms Arnott said. “In addition to challenges within the Aged Care and Disability sectors that come with offering person-centred services throughout the pandemic, we now also see unemployment and homelessness rising because of the current economic uncertainty and widespread economic and social dislocation. Similarly, the arts sector has also seen massive impacts. That all means that the demands on not for profits’ services are now higher than they have ever been,” she said. A recent Social Ventures Australia report** says that while the pandemic’s full impact on the sector remains unclear, decisions made now will strongly affect whether charities are COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery. While the report acknowledges the sector’s reputation for operating efficiently with minimal resources, having little to no financial reserve to weather this unprecedented crisis will see many having to stop providing services to some of Australia’s most vulnerable people in the months ahead. As a not for profit social enterprise that provides salary packaging and business consulting services to over 600 organisations nationally, CBB has developed the Community Development Program as a way to support the sector by assisting community organisations maximise and bolster their social impact to ultimately deliver better services and support to the community. As one component of the Community Development Program, Community Business Grants provide participating organisations an opportunity to develop the strong business skills needed to ensure they are more sustainable, create a bigger social impact and ultimately do more for their communities. The different focus of each round of the Community Business Grants is designed to address the most up-to-date needs of the sector, with this round having a focus on Risk Management in direct response to business continuity planning in the pandemic, increased cyber threats, Royal Commissions and clinical care breakdowns within disability services. Organisations can either apply to have a fully funded and facilitated risk register workshop and development of risk register or a review and update of existing risk related documentation which includes risk policy and procedure, risk appetite and framework and board risk terms of reference. Recent grant recipient of the Finance Health Check round, Outloud Director Finn O’Branagáin said: “The grant provided us with opportunity to work with experts from the CBB team to undertake a thorough review and develop a report on the income patterns and trends of our organisation spanning quite a number of years.” “Undertaking a financial health check through this grant opportunity was very timely because I had started as the new Director in February and we recently welcomed a new Treasurer to the Board, so to have a comprehensive review at the ready really helped to quickly understand the financial performance of the organisation and the forward outlook.” “The CBB consultant made me feel like he not only understood, but genuinely cared for, our organisation. I felt very educated from the review process and being able to look at financial trends that go beyond traditional budget indicators is a very useful tool. While I have a great deal of budget management experience, the process allowed me to take that to a new level.” “Applying for the Community Business Grant was an easy, hassle-free process and I would encourage other not-for-profits to invest time into doing the same, because tapping into the experience of the CBB team can deliver real results.” In addition to reinvesting annual surplus into supporting and strengthening the sector through grants and other initiatives, CBB also works with more than 600 not for profit organisations across Australia to develop tailored solutions that address current and emerging trends and sector needs. “CBB is a leading social enterprise that provides salary packaging services to employees of eligible not for profit organisations. Employees within organisations who utilise our ATO-approved salary packaging services see as much as 15% increase in their take-home pay – so it is no surprise that we find more than 80% of eligible employees take up the benefits,” Ms Arnott said. More about the Community Business Grants can be found at cbb.com.au/grants with applications closing at 1pm (ACST) on Friday 21 August 2020. ### About Community Business Bureau (CBB) Community Business Bureau (CBB) is a national social enterprise, committed to helping other not for profits achieve their social objectives. We do this by providing personalised, professional and cost-effective salary packaging and business consulting services that focus on building your organisation’s capacity and enhancing its sustainability. Our Salary Packaging services are a great incentive to help you to attract and retain high quality staff, whilst our Business Consultants can analyse where you are now; help you to plan ahead; and manage, implement and support organisational changes and improvements. Exciting disability support ideas now a step closer to reality thanks to mentoring opportunity 2020-07-21T05:26:53Z exciting-disability-support-ideas-now-a-step-closer-to-reality-thanks-to-mentoring-opportunity Opportunities for people with disability to comfortably explore some of Australia’s most remote locations, greater support for Aboriginal and regional communities and creation of a national wellness hub are among exciting ideas now one step closer to reality thanks to the Community Business Bureau (CBB). As part of its Federally funded interactive learning program, NDIS Success, CBB has announced the first round of successful applicants who will receive up to six months of direct business support from its market-leading consulting team. CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said: “This direct business consulting opportunity helps these organisations take what they’ve learned through our webinar series and apply that knowledge to advance a number of very exciting projects and plans they have in the pipeline.”  “We have been overwhelmed by the interest received during our first round of NDIS Success from small to medium organisations across Australia wanting to adapt and scale services, as well as larger organisations wanting to fast-track their efforts to deliver on the needs of Australians living with disability,” she said. “Those who successfully completed the program were invited to apply for direct business consulting support to help them take their ideas to the next step of development, and the many applications we received showcased ingenuity, commitment and innovation at its finest.” As a round one mentoring recipient, Orana Care Managing Director, Dawn Inman-Wyness said tapping into the CBB team’s experience would help advance plans to establish a purpose-built care homes across Victoria for younger people diagnosed with early onset dementia. “There are no care homes specifically designed to help younger people with early onset dementia anywhere in Victoria which means a person as young as 20 has little choice but to go into an aged care facility - if they are fortunate enough to find a vacancy at all,” Ms Inman-Wyness said.  “I have spent four years trying to turn a vision into reality, and I now have opportunity to move this forward. It’s an extremely exciting opportunity for my organisation and will deliver a solution that addresses a growing unmet need in the community.” Another successful round one recipient was Austour, with General Manager Glenda Ashton saying the organisation planned to use the mentoring opportunity to explore expansion of its current tour operations so that people living with disability could experience the beautiful and natural wonders in some of the nation’s local and remote destinations. “Australia has arguably some of the most magnificent natural wonders on the planet, and we want to use accessible all-terrain vehicles specifically designed for adult wheelchair users, so they can comfortably explore Uluru and other outback destinations which, until now, would not have been easily accessible,” Ms Ashton said. “We are also keen to explore offering short break tours in regional destinations for adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities who want to see the most remote parts of this country but until now have had to miss out because the support they need to enjoy a holiday is just not easily accessed.” Physiotherapists, speech and occupational therapists, medical practitioners, and podiatrists were among an array of participants who accumulated more than 800 webinar views in the initial round of NDIS Success, gaining valuable insight into the critical steps needed to thrive and grow in the NDIS environment from a panel of expert presenters. Dozens of organisations who completed the program went on to apply for the Federally funded direct business consulting opportunity, with the following organisations announced as the initial recipients: Organisation Concept Orana Care and Consulting Develop a program across Victoria that provides accommodation and individualised support for younger people with Early Onset Dementia. Austour Provide touring and holiday opportunities that allow people who have mobility challenges to explore the Australian outback and other regional areas. Aboriginal Family Support Services Engage the South Australia Aboriginal and Disability community to increase the utilisation of NDIS plans provided to Aboriginal participants. Baptist Care SA Expand services into key regional locations including Mt Gambier, Port Pirie and the Gawler / Barossa region. Project Independence Develop a multi session course and greater number of accommodation options for people with intellectual disabilities who want to transition to independent living. Clubhouse SA Inc Diamond House Develop a concept of a Community Wellness Hub that offers psychosocial day and group programs for people with lived experience of mental illness. The Junction Cairns Deliver against demand for behaviour support in the Cairns area and work with people to ensure they receive specialised training and a coordinated approach by NDIS support workers. ANTAC Achieve NDIS registration to ensure greater numbers of Aboriginal participants in culturally sensitive workshops, face to face counselling sessions, centre based activities and cultural events.   “The CBB team has helped hundreds of Australian service providers operate successfully in the NDIS environment and we will draw on that experience to work with our round one winners to develop initiatives which are sure to address a number of critical service and support gaps which will ultimately be of great benefit to people with disability,” Ms Arnott said. Round two registrations for NDIS Success are now open for organisations already providing disability services who are keen to expand as well as organisations in an associated field wanting to move into the disability sector. To secure your interest in the next round of NDIS Success, visit http://www.cbb.com.au/mr This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. ### About Community Business Bureau (CBB) Community Business Bureau (CBB) specialises in providing salary packaging and business consulting services to Australian not for profit organisations and their employees. For more than 20 years we’ve been operating as a not for profit social enterprise. CBB’s multi-disciplinary consulting team brings depth and breadth of practical experience in organisation operations and leadership in commercial and not for profit environments, alongside business consulting skills and extensive experience of NDIS consulting. We’ve been working alongside service providers on NDIS transition since 2014 and in 2017 CBB was contracted by the Government of South Australia to work with providers during their transition to NDIS.  We have provided consulting support to more than 100 NDIS registered providers to help them during and post their NDIS transition. Research shows 1 in 5 Australians turn a blind eye to crime, says Crime Stoppers 2020-05-17T22:48:03Z research-shows-1-in-5-australians-turn-a-blind-eye-to-crime-says-crime-stoppers An independent national survey commissioned by Crime Stoppers Australia has revealed as many as 1 in 5 Australians choose to turn a blind eye to unsolved crime and suspicious activity rather than speaking out – with another 1 in 3 survey respondents preferring to share information with family or friends rather than authorities. While over half of respondents said they were prepared to speak up, those who wouldn’t said they were held back because of personal concerns (79%) – primarily because they didn’t want to get involved or were concerned for their own safety and feared repercussions. The results have concerned the nation’s preeminent information service, which is using National Crime Stoppers Day on Monday 18th May to urge all Australians to play a part in building a safer community by sharing with Crime Stoppers what they know, without having to say who they are. Crime Stoppers Australia Chair, Diana Forrester said the research found a number of respondents second-guessed themselves before picking up the phone or going online to make contact, even though all types of crime information was welcomed. “Of those people who said they weren’t prepared to speak up, we found 65% thought what they knew wasn’t worth sharing, 36% believed the crime information wasn’t serious enough to share, and 19% were held back because they didn’t know if something was actually illegal or not,” Ms Forrester said. “These moments of self-doubt mean some people in the community are not sharing potentially critical information about an unsolved crime or suspicious activity with us. We want people to know that even the most insignificant piece of information might be all it takes for police to solve a crime, and we welcome information about every type of crime, no matter how big or small,” she said. “It may be an overheard conversation, odd neighbourhood comings or goings, or something that just doesn’t feel right – and that’s the very time that people should listen to their instinct and share what they know with Crime Stoppers without having to worry about getting further involved or going to court.” “That is why our theme for this year’s Crime Stoppers Day is “Trust Your Gut.” When it comes to the types of crime currently of most concern in our neighbourhoods, the research found people are most worried about becoming a victim of theft or robbery (83%), while nearly half (43%) are also concerned about the impact of drugs in their local community. When asked about Australia’s biggest national crime threat, drugs emerged as the number one concern by almost half of the survey participants. The landmark research, conducted by Colmar Brunton in February and March 2020, surveyed a statistically significant sample of Australians aged 13 years and older, which was then followed by a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews. This is the first time Crime Stoppers Australia has specifically included people under 18 years of age (10% of participants) and persons from non-English speaking backgrounds (15%) in its market research activities, providing a more comprehensive understanding of Australians’ views on a range of crime issues. “This is the most comprehensive research of its type we have ever undertaken and the results not only provide valuable insights into what motivates and prevents people from speaking up, but also assists to focus our efforts in the years ahead to make sure everyone can confidently share what they know with Crime Stoppers without fear of retribution,” Ms Forrester said. “Even though most people are self-isolating at home right now, they can still keep an eye out for something that doesn’t sit right and speak up. We want to empower people by reminding them that Crime Stoppers is here for everyone and every crime, every piece of information can make a difference and a safer community can be achieved by people contacting us.” Other survey insights include: ·         One in five people (20%) with information about illegal activity say not providing personal details encourages them to contact Crime Stoppers ·         80% of people agree that Crime Stoppers plays an important role in keeping the community safe ·         71% of people say that Crime Stoppers is a reporting service they trust ·         More than half (63%) say Crime Stoppers delivers campaigns and information that helps to prevent and solve crime ·         People living in regional areas have a higher awareness of Crime Stoppers (77%) compared to metro (67%) In Australia, someone contacts Crime Stoppers every two minutes to share information about an array of unsolved crimes and suspicious activity that is then passed to police and leads to an average of 100 apprehensions every week across the nation for a range of crimes.   ### About Crime Stoppers Australia Crime Stoppers is Australia’s most trusted information reporting service that provides people with opportunity to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity without saying who they are. We were first established in 1987 as an independent not-for-profit registered charity representing the collective eight Crime Stopper organisations operating in every state and territory in Australia. We work closely with police, media and the community to help solve, reduce and prevent crime by collecting information and passing on those details to police and other law enforcement agencies to help keep communities and families safe. Disability provider training program to help create jobs, better services and community prosperity 2020-03-16T00:06:23Z disability-provider-training-program-to-help-create-jobs-better-services-and-community-prosperity Thousands of small to medium disability service providers across Australia are set to benefit from the launch of a free interactive learning program designed to help them maximise the growing number of opportunities generated by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Developed by Community Business Bureau (CBB), NDIS Success offers disability service providers direct access to leading industry experts, who will outline the steps needed to thrive in one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia. CBB General Manager, Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott, said NDIS participants and local communities will be the ultimate winners through enhanced service delivery, employment opportunities and ongoing contribution to local economies by successful providers.  “Many of Australia’s 18,000 registered service providers feel challenged by doing business under the NDIS. They want to know what resources should be in place, how to develop effective marketing strategies, and what best practice governance will support their sustainability – and the first part of our NDIS Success program will provide the tools and training needed to maximise marketplace opportunities,” Ms Arnott said. “This flexible online program is delivered through a dynamic combination of self-paced learning, interactive webinars and peer networking, so participants can be involved at a time that suits them,” she said. “That’s sure to be great news to service providers operating in regional, remote, indigenous and culturally-diverse communities, as well as those who are busy trying to keep up with customer demand during operating hours but want to enhance services and their footprint in the local community.” “We’ll be working with organisations to deliver better and more sustainable services – especially in regional and remote communities where people often spend hours driving to access the support they need.” Sue Horsnell, Chief Executive Officer of specialist disability service provider, HCO, says CBB assisted the independent not for profit to look at itself in different ways, develop action plans that addressed any critical gaps, and allowed time to reflect on what was being done well. “The CBB team helped us understand our strengths as well as how to identify opportunities across our operations and service delivery – and provided us with information needed to make changes for the better,” Ms Horsnell said. “It was important to understand our sector offering and be clear on our values that enable success in a NDIS environment. In addition to a major rebrand, we have employed a number of key people with new skills that enhance our focus on quality and safeguarding,” she said. “All of our eligible clients have transitioned to the NDIS and most now enjoy increased support and an expanded range of services. We have the internal skills to expand across a larger geographic footprint as well as build on the core services that we deliver well.” “I strongly recommend every NDIS provider to consider this training opportunity, and encourage organisations operating in related sectors too because it empowers you and gives greater control over a successful future.” All providers who successfully complete the program become eligible to apply for an opportunity to receive six months of direct mentoring support from CBB’s market-leading consulting team.  There are sixteen grants on offer to help participating organisations take what they’ve learned through NIDS Success and apply that knowledge in their own circumstances.  “That’s great news for small to medium organisations that have been held back by a lack of capacity or capability to transform their business,” Ms Arnott said. “We also expect plenty of interest from organisations operating in related sectors such as aged care, education and employment or health services, who want to expand to provide services to people with disability,” she said.  “There are numerous organisations that already have the necessary skills and experience to deliver NDIS services as part of an expanded business model. Our programs show them how to make an informed decision as to whether to build on core business by offering disability services.” With estimates suggesting that the NDIS workforce needs to grow by about 90,000 full-time equivalent workers to support 460,000 participants when rollout is complete, the course will allow organisations to enter the sector, help those already in the sector to grow and expand their services, and ultimately create employment opportunities that fill deliver on the projected needs from the community.   The program targets senior managers and staff responsible for operational, marketing, HR and finance functions within small to medium sized organisations. To find out more and to register for the NDIS Success program, go to https://www.cbb.com.au/nspr This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. ### About Community Business Bureau (CBB) Community Business Bureau (CBB) specialises in providing salary packaging and business consulting services to Australian not for profit organisations and their employees. For more than 20 years we’ve been operating as a not for profit social enterprise.   CBB’s multi-disciplinary consulting team brings depth and breadth of practical experience in organisation operations and leadership in commercial and not for profit environments, alongside business consulting skills and extensive experience of NDIS consulting.   We’ve been working alongside service providers on NDIS transition since 2014 and in 2017 CBB was contracted by the Government of South Australia to work with providers during their transition to NDIS.  We have provided consulting support to more than 100 NDIS registered providers to help them during and post their NDIS transition. Police Credit Union records strong growth and near-perfect Member satisfaction ratings 2019-11-05T01:37:42Z police-credit-union-records-strong-growth-and-near-perfect-member-satisfaction-ratings Police Credit Union has showcased its ability to defy a year of challenging market conditions by achieving a near-record 93.1% Member Satisfaction score, an 8.54% increase in profit after tax of $4.852 million, and a 9.10% increase in total assets to $1.135 billion for the period to 30 June 2019. In releasing its FY18/19 annual report, Police Credit Union CEO, Mr Costa Anastasiou, said: “Despite this period bringing with it moderate to lacklustre market conditions as a result of intense competition, low interest rates, low consumption and domestic GDP growth, it has been rewarding to see the Police Credit Union brand perform so well and continue to display strength in credibility, trust and reliability.” “Underpinning these positive results is our unwavering commitment to delivering superior service, honesty, integrity and financial prudence. For the 10th consecutive year our members once again provided their tick of approval to that values-based approach by scoring us a near-record Member Satisfaction Rating of 93.10% for the reporting period,” he said. “Police Credit Union reinvested a record $556,000 back into the community, achieving a cumulative total contribution since 2006 of more than $4.5 million to support a number of very worthy causes and initiatives. We continue to proudly boast our market-leading status of being carbon neutral and are now well-advanced in developing initiatives that will offset the carbon footprint associated with products such as car and home loans into the future.” Mr Anastasiou said the year saw work advance on several key initiatives, including a soon-to-be-launched financial health check portal that allows Members to better understand their financial position and what they need to realise their financial goals and aspirations. “As the most recognised credit union brand in South Australia, we are pleased to report significant and ongoing investment in enhanced physical and digital infrastructure. This commitment includes enhanced capability in the delivery of both traditional face to face branch banking and local call centres, including innovative, convenient and secure digital architecture to ensure we meet Member expectations and continued to remain relevant,” he said. “We were also pleased to enable Members to responsibly achieve their dream of property ownership, resulting in a 12% increase in loan advances totalling $961 million. During the period, we advanced a record $318.9 million in loans to Members.” “There is no doubt that we operate in an environment of heightened regulatory oversight and regulation, and Police Credit Union remains steadfastly committed to fostering a culture of positive and enhanced governance oversight to responsibly and prudently exercise all of our responsibilities on behalf of our Members and the broader community.” “These outstanding results could not have been achieved without the strong work ethic and tireless commitment of our passionate, dedicated and highly-professional team who continue to offer exemplary service to our valued Members.” Police Credit Union’s key highlights of the Financial Year 2018-19 include: Near-record Customer Satisfaction Rating of 93.1%; 9.10% increase in total assets to $1.135 billion; 8.54% increase in profit after tax of $4.852 million, increasing Member reserves by 6.17% to $83.3 million; 6.2% increase in Member value of $271.87 per Member, or in aggregate, $10.7 million pre-tax; Record level $556,000 reinvested back into the community; Achieved an employee engagement score of 92.35% for the 2019 period, ranking Police Credit Union in the global best practice quartile of performance; Managed over 27,673 insurance policies, representing gross written premiums of $11.97 million at year end; Renovation of the Adelaide branch and relocation of the Darwin branch to brand new premises in Palmerston; Maintained carbon-neutral status, with plans to implement initiatives to neutralise the carbon footprint associated with products such as car and home loans into the future; Successfully upgraded core banking systems, relocated disaster recovery systems to a state-of-the-art centre, delivered Samsung Pay and upgraded the Banking App. ### About Police Credit Union Formed in 1970, Police Credit Union is proudly South Australian based and headquartered, boasting a 93.1% Member Satisfaction score, an employee engagement score of 92.35%, total assets exceeding $1.135billion, and delivering Better Banking services to over 40,000 customers. As the most recognised credit union brand in South Australia, Police Credit Union is firmly committed to building enhanced capability in the delivery of both traditional face to face branch banking and local call centres, and innovative, convenient and secure digital architecture. Supporting better communities represents an intrinsic pillar of PCU’s corporate strategy. A strong sense of corporate social responsibility spans initiatives both large and small, including a long-standing partnership with the Police Association of South Australia, Major Sponsorship of Crime Stoppers SA and Adelaide Football League, and a 23-year commitment in bringing the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to the streets of Adelaide, representing but a few examples of the organisation’s community investment over its 50 year history. Police Credit Union has helped thousands of South Australians and Territorians achieve their financial goals and aspirations, with competitive and high value Better Banking products and services. The multi award-winning, values-driven, Member-owned organisation offers a full suite of market leading loan and investment products, 24-7 Online, Mobile and App banking, Fast Payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, and branches across SA and NT. 1300 131 844 I policecu.com.au Disclaimer: Google Pay: Android, Google Pay, and the Google Logo are trademarks of Google LLC. Samsung Pay: Samsung Pay is a trademark or registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Police Credit Union offically opens new branch at Palmerston, Northern Territory 2019-10-30T06:06:47Z police-credit-union-offiically-opens-new-branch-at-palmerston-northern-territory In a show of major commitment to the local community, Police Credit Union has celebrated the official opening of its new branch at Palmerston. A special launch event was held at the branch this week for Members and a host of VIP guests, including Minister for Police, The Hon. Nicole Manison MLA, Member for Brennan (Palmerston) Tony Sievers MLA, Acting NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy and NT Police Association President, Mr Paul McCue. Police Credit Union CEO, Mr Costa Anastasiou, said: “Palmerston is the Territory’s fastest growing suburb, so it has made sense to open our new branch in the centre of such a booming hotspot. Having our new home conveniently located inside the $300m Gateway Shopping Centre means our Members can take full advantage of the 1400 underground and shaded carparks on offer to do their banking and shopping all in one place.” “As we head towards out 50-year anniversary milestone next year, Police Credit Union is proud to be a long-standing part of the NT community, having first started supporting locals as far back as 1975. Today we are pleased to have more than 4000 Members serviced by our new Palmerston branch, and with more than 220 new Members joining in recent weeks that number continues to steadily grow,” Mr Anastasiou said. “At a time when we see big banks closing offices and turning their backs on local communities, opening this branch is particularly special because it reinforces our strong commitment to the Northern Territory and for those Members wanting a face-to-face professional service experience,” he said. “Anyone can be a Police Credit Union Member and take advantage of our better products and services. We are a strong alternative to the big banks because we reinvest profits back into better products and services and support local community initiatives such as our long-standing association with the NT Police Association as well as numerous local community clubs, sporting clubs and police-led activities.” Mr Anastasiou said several market-leading online options complemented Police Credit Union’s branch network for those wanting to go online for their banking needs. “We are always striving to improve the value we provide Members, which is why we work hard to offer low fees, good rates, and great face to face service. For those people who want it, we have convenient Online Banking, Samsung Pay, Google Pay and Apple Pay and a state-of-the-art Police Credit Union Banking App which lets people check their accounts, transfer money using Fast Payments and pay bills online.” “As part of the relocation of our Casuarina presence to this larger, purpose-built Palmerston branch, we have also installed an automated coin counting machine which Members can access free of charge, as well as fast video communication which assists Members who cannot physically access our branch.” The Palmerston Branch services a portfolio in excess of $110 million comprising of deposits, home, investment and small business loans, as well as car loans. A dedicated Relationship Manager, who is a personal banker, works from the branch and visits Alice Springs, local police stations and Members right across the NT area. The new 65sq/m branch is located at Shop T57, Gateway Shopping Centre in Palmerston City, employs 5 full time staff and services more than 4000 Members, including Police Members. ### About Police Credit Union Formed in 1970, Police Credit Union is proudly South Australian based and headquartered, boasting a 93.1% Member Satisfaction score, an employee engagement score of 92.35%, total assets exceeding $1.135billion, and delivering Better Banking services to over 40,000 customers. As the most recognised credit union brand in South Australia, Police Credit Union is firmly committed to building enhanced capability in the delivery of both traditional face to face branch banking and local call centres, and innovative, convenient and secure digital architecture. Supporting better communities represents an intrinsic pillar of PCU’s corporate strategy. A strong sense of corporate social responsibility spans initiatives both large and small, including a long-standing partnership with the Police Association of South Australia, Major Sponsorship of Crime Stoppers SA and Adelaide Football League, and a 23-year commitment in bringing the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to the streets of Adelaide, representing but a few examples of the organisation’s community investment over its 50 year history. Police Credit Union has helped thousands of South Australians and Territorians achieve their financial goals and aspirations, with competitive and high value Better Banking products and services. The multi award-winning, values-driven, Member-owned organisation offers a full suite of market leading loan and investment products, 24-7 Online, Mobile and App banking, Fast Payments, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, and branches across SA and NT. 1300 131 844 I policecu.com.au Disclaimer: Google Pay: Android, Google Pay, and the Google Logo are trademarks of Google LLC. Samsung Pay: Samsung Pay is a trademark or registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Appointment of new Crime Stoppers Australia Chair 2019-05-16T03:50:44Z appointment-of-new-crime-stoppers-australia-chair Crime Stoppers Australia Board Director and accomplished businesswoman, Ms Diana Forrester, has been announced as the new Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia. Ms Forrester has more than 13 years’ experience volunteering in the successful crime solving and prevention program, including three years as Chair of the Crime Stoppers ACT program. Deputy Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said: “Diana is a true champion of Crime Stoppers and being Canberra-based provides the added advantage of having some of the nation’s most important decision-makers and key partners right on her doorstep” “As Chair of Crime Stoppers ACT, Diana has first-hand knowledge of the challenges and complexities facing our National, State and Territory-based programs. As an active participant on the Crime Stoppers Australia Board for nearly three years she also has a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities that increased stakeholder engagement will achieve at a national level,” she said. “Diana is ideally placed to help raise awareness of the importance of Crime Stoppers nationally and its critical role in contributing to a safer Australia by helping to solve crime, including some of the nation’s most horrific and baffling cases.” In accepting her new role, Ms Forrester said she will be working with the Board to increase national awareness of the importance of Crime Stoppers, as well as delivering important national crime prevention, education and awareness campaigns and establishing new public and private partnerships. “Crime impacts on the entire community and can erode public confidence, so we will continue to actively engage governments, the business community and every Australian, encouraging them to play an active role in keeping Australia safe by reporting to Crime Stoppers. I am very proud to lead Australia’s most recognised and pre-eminent anonymous information reporting service,” Ms Forrester said.   “Crime does not recognise borders, so it is important for Crime Stoppers to adopt a similarly broad approach if we want to help law enforcement to effectively tackle issues such as drug trafficking, major fraud, illegal firearms, people smuggling and a range of other serious and organised crimes,” she said. “The value of Crime Stoppers cannot be over stated. As we celebrate 30 years of this voluntary community-driven program in Australia, our focus will be on continuing to demonstrate the important social and economic contribution that the program makes, which is estimated to be more than $60m and delivery of $11.15 in added value for every dollar invested.” In addition to her comprehensive Crime Stoppers and wider board experience, Ms Forrester is a highly skilled, awarded and respected communication professional with nearly 30 years’ experience in delivering national education and public awareness campaigns across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Ms Forrester is the first woman appointed to the role of Chair of Crime Stoppers. “I am delighted our organisation exemplifies strong governance and a progressive, contemporary profile with a healthy gender balance around our own board table, which extends to the international level where my Deputy Chair, Sharon Hanlon, is the first female President of Crime Stoppers International. I believe this adds great depth and immense value to our decision making,” she said. Ms Forrester remains Chair of ACT Region Crime Stoppers and is also Chair of the College of Fellows (ACT) for the Public Relations Institute of Australia. She was awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for services to the Australian community in business leadership, and was the ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year and a national finalist in the government and corporate sector category in 2001. More about Crime Stoppers Australia can be found at www.crimestoppers.com.au New Zealanders would happily catch a driverless car home from the pub, but wouldn’t splash as much cash to buy one 2019-05-06T22:22:06Z new-zealanders-would-happily-catch-a-driverless-car-home-from-the-pub-but-wouldn-t-splash-as-much-cash-to-buy-one New Zealanders would happily catch a driverless ride home after a big night out but are slightly more tight-fisted than their Australian counterparts when it comes to how much they would spend on buying their own. The latest survey commissioned by leading industry group – the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative - is arguably the most comprehensive of its type ever undertaken in New Zealand, with the results to be showcased tomorrow on the second day of the T-Tech19 conference in Christchurch. Ms Rita Excell, ADVI Executive Director says it is more important than ever to keep a pulse-check on community views and expectations of driverless vehicles because the industry is on the commercialisation cusp, and NZ has opportunity to grab its share of the estimated $7 trillion to be created in the global economy and to prevent road deaths and injuries. “Nearly 400 lives were lost on New Zealand roads in 2018, making it the country's worst annual road toll in a decade – so it is great to learn that New Zealanders are more open to accepting driverless technology as part of their daily lives than Australians and are less concerned about having their vehicle connected to and communicating automatically with other vehicles and road infrastructure (5.7% more Australians),” she said. “Different car ownership models and greater connectivity with the network means less congestion – which is sure to be great news for the Aucklanders who were identified in the 2018 AA Congestion Report as wasting an average 78.6 hours sitting in motorway traffic each year. In Auckland alone congestion is estimated to cost the city around $2 billion in lost productivity each year.” One area where New Zealanders did fall below par to Australians was whether they would be willing to pay more for the privilege, with Australians showing a greater median amount extra ($AUD 5,000 extra) for a fully-automated vehicle than their current car compared to New Zealand respondents ($AUD 4650 extra). New Zealanders emerged as more prepared to use driverless public transport or ride sharing if it helped to reduce congestion (7.1% more respondents from New Zealand). More said they would use a driverless vehicle when physically or mentally unable to drive manually (10.3% more New Zealanders), after consuming alcohol, drugs or taking medication (9.1% more new Zealanders) and (c) when they are tired or fatigued (6.2% more New Zealanders). The Gen-Y’s came into a league of their own, with younger respondents saying they were more likely to do personal grooming (such as apply make-up), eat or drink, work or be on their mobile phone or iPad when travelling in a driverless vehicle. Overall, however, most people said that while they were happy to look out the window and chat with others, going to sleep wasn’t a popular option. “Most New Zealanders have now heard about driverless vehicles, but a lack of direct experience saw high levels of concern on people’s legal and financial responsibility if a vehicle has a crash when in full driverless mode. Most respondents are comfortable with a driverless vehicle doing most normal driving functions, but flagged concern about letting the technology change lanes or follow too closely to the vehicle in front,” Ms Excell said. “People understand the very significant congestion, health and safety benefits on offer, but also recognise that the technology could provide greater mobility for people with driving impairments or restrictions, reduced insurance premiums and less overall repair costs,” she said. The ADVI-commissioned survey – which involved 5,102 Australians and 1,049 New Zealander answering 93-questions – provides an intriguing insight into the trust levels of driverless vehicle technology, what people would be prepared to pay to own one and what types of activities they are most likely to do when travelling. T-Tech19, presented by Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand, is being held in Christchurch for the first time as home to some of New Zealand's most innovative transport solutions. T-Tech aims to inform on the future of transport and mobility, debating the value and applicability of solutions. The 2-day event is an opportunity for delegates to learn more about government policy, major projects and initiatives, and provides industry and academia with crucial insight into how New Zealand is approaching transport now and towards 2050. An overview of T-Tech19 keynote speakers, including Rita Excell can be found at the T-Tech19 website. Media are to note that the dedicated hashtag #ttech19 can be used for social media activity. ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. Sydney reinforces its position as Australia’s automated vehicle mecca 2019-02-28T00:49:39Z sydney-reinforces-its-position-as-australia-s-automated-vehicle-mecca The nation’s peak driverless vehicle industry collective says a commitment by the New South Wales Government to host a national Centre of Excellence and a world-leading summit later this year demonstrates a strong commitment that puts the state at the leading edge of innovation and reinforces that it is well and truly open for business. Under an agreement struck between Transport for NSW and the Australia and New Zealand International Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), the state will host what is expected to be the biggest automated vehicle exhibition and trade show ever seen in Australia in October 2019.  ADVI Executive Director, Ms Rita Excell, said the strong show of support by the NSW Government and Transport for New South Wales demonstrates their forward-thinking in transport technologies and will go a long way to address Australia’s slippage in automated vehicle readiness rankings recently released. “ADVI and our partners are very excited about this opportunity to align more closely with the work being undertaken in NSW to ensure the focus moves beyond limited trials and deployments to achieving true commercialisation of this technology as already seen in other parts of the world,” Ms Excell said. “This new collaboration takes the introduction of automated vehicles onto our roads to the next level and is sure to attract national and global attention. In October 2019, the world’s focus is expected to turn on Sydney when it hosts the biggest automated vehicle event ever to be held in Australia. Ms Excell said previous international driverless vehicle summits have attracted all of the world’s leading automated shuttle manufacturers and other industry leaders, and AVDI looks forward to bringing its industry partners to Sydney and inviting them to put their driverless vehicle innovations on display for the world to see. “Transport for New South Wales has an ambitious and comprehensive program of works in place to best prepare the state for a world where driverless vehicles share the road, and they have ensured that this technology is at the very heart of its long-term transport vision – and ADVI is pleased at the opportunity to be part of that exciting journey,” she said. “Future Transport 2056 is the first Strategy of its kind focused on harnessing the rapid advancement of driverless technology and innovation across NSW’s transport system to transform the user experience, improve communities, and boost economic performance.” ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. Real risk of global embarrassment as Australia falls behind in AV race 2019-02-14T03:50:15Z real-risk-of-global-embarrassment-as-australia-falls-behind-in-av-race Australia’s recent drop in ranking in the 2019 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index should sound warning bells that a greater focus on getting driverless vehicles onto local roads needs to happen as a priority, says the nation’s peak driverless vehicle industry collective. The Australia and New Zealand International Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) believes that Australia’s fall from a ranking of 14th to 15th is unacceptable, sparking the need for a much closer look at what other countries are doing to achieve higher rankings to get the nation moving back in the right direction. ADVI Executive Director, Ms Rita Excell, said with the connected and autonomous vehicle industry now globally recognised as the “new economy”, sitting on the sidelines waiting for an economic boom to come to Australia is likely to see further slipping behind the rest of the world and important economic and safety opportunities missed. “In a short space of time Australia has gone from being on the international radar as a leader, to a country that risks being marginalised as it slips further into AV obscurity. Now is the time for leadership and positive action to address these concerns,” she said. “Australia needs to broaden well beyond the current focus on short-term driverless shuttle deployments. In the US, it is now a decade since Google first launched its self-driving car project. In late 2018 we saw Waymo officially start its commercial deployment of a self-driving car service in Phoenix. Smaller start-ups like May Mobility and Drive.ai have moved beyond deployment trials and are now running revenue-generating shuttle services.” Ms Excell said in many ways AV technology is the 21st-century gold rush, with an industry estimated to add $7 trillion to the global economy and potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives in coming decades. “If Australia stays asleep at the wheel for much longer we can wave goodbye to securing our fair share of that prize on offer. We have already seen the end of vehicle manufacturing in this country, and the fast-moving AV tech sector can go a long way to filling that gap left behind – but Australia must stop sitting on its hands and waiting for others to first make a move,” Ms Excell said. “Let’s have greater focus on our strengths and better leverage our points of difference. The nation is the world’s largest net exporter of lithium, we have the 4th largest pension market with AUD$2.9 trillion under management providing strong investment capital, we have as estimated 7000 world-class vehicle engineers who have lost their jobs and are looking for new opportunities, and we have abundant key resources including sunlight, cobalt, copper, graphite, nickel,” she said. “Those strengths can be harnessed. Now is the time to broaden our focus beyond the US and UK and have a more meaningful look at some of the market-leading developments right on our doorstep – in particular Singapore, which emerged as second in world and first in Asia in its readiness to adopt driverless cars.”  A recent report by KPMG International found Singapore as the top-ranking country in terms of policy and consumer acceptance, and second in infrastructure, reflecting its government's efforts to position the country as a centre for autonomous vehicles, and including the 2017 launch of the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles at Nanyang Technological University as a technology test bed. ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles.   Minda showcases SA’s largest disability support hub 2018-07-09T06:57:51Z minda-showcases-sa-s-largest-disability-support-hub Minda has taken the wraps off the next stage of its $260 million Master Plan development at Brighton, showcasing the largest, and most advanced, disability support hub in South Australia. Minda Patron, the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC officially opened the new accommodation and lifestyle precinct at a celebration on Monday July 9. Minda CEO, Ms Cathy Miller, said the Master Plan was the biggest project in the organisation’s 120-year history. “Stage 2 of the Master Plan represents a $95 million commitment and includes a lifestyle precinct offering a range of recreational facilities. We have also built 18 single storey houses and two three-storey residential apartments buildings that combine the comforts of home with leading-edge technologies and a contemporary model of service delivery,” Ms Miller said. “The Master Plan for Minda Brighton was first conceived in 2007 and it has become a physical expression of person-centred thinking. It reflects our commitment to become an intentional, mixed community village, that draws on smart technology to ensure people live as independently as possible without compromising on support,” she said. “The people we support now have far greater diversity of choice as to the type of accommodation they want to enjoy, with a range of one and two-bedroom apartments, shared three and four-bedroom community living options, and independent living units for people with high support needs integrated into the Master Plan design.” Minda’s purpose-built lifestyle precinct offers an ideal hub for its learning-based MyPATH programs and lifestyle services. Based on person-centred thinking and active support, MyPATH gives participants choices in activities, with each day providing the opportunity to develop skills and foster independence. The lifestyle precinct facilities include a pottery and kiln, spaces for cooking, art and other learning-based activities. The new accommodation also includes state-of-the-art spaces, with technology offerings that are a first for the sector. “I’m really excited about the technology behind the project, which is the first of its kind delivered for the disability sector. The Integrated Building System comprises building management, lighting control, CCTV and security, electronic access, energy management, assistive technology, just to mention a few,” Ms Miller said. “We’re finding innovative ways to provide industry-leading support to our customers, with a non-intrusive approach to service delivery and support.” Minda resident, Chris Bergin, relishes having his own space and living independently in his new one-bedroom apartment on Bonython Way at Minda Brighton with his two budgerigars in his apartment, Hamish and Jack. Having previously lived in some of the old congregate dwellings at Brighton and in the community before that, Chris says his new apartment is by far “the best”. “My favourite thing is having space to myself,” Chris said. “Before the move I was really looking forward to living in my own place and being independent. The apartments are good because I’ve got my own space, but there’s other people around for socialising too.” “From my balcony, I can see a bit of the ocean, I can see planes taking off, I can see the Grand at Glenelg. Living here has made me happier,” he said. ENDS   About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. Master Plan – Background Stage 1 of Minda’s Master Plan was completed in late 2014, with the remaining five stages scheduled for completion by 2022. A total of 61 people who expressed an interest in living in supported, share-house arrangement were the first in late 2014 to move into a mix of single-storey three bedroom, four bedroom and exceptional needs dwellings, and an apartment building with 17 x one and two bedroom apartments. In addition to reflecting best practice in Universal Design Principles and Ageing in Place, the range of housing options includes energy-efficient LED lighting features throughout, while solar hot water and extensive insulation in walls and ceilings achieve the performance benchmark of a minimum 6-star rating. Stage 1 also saw 2 x three-storey apartments constructed on the corner of Repton Road and The Esplanade, with each containing 24 apartments comprising of a mixture of two bedrooms and two bedroom + study and three bedrooms and three bedrooms + study for the over 55’s market. Stage 2 has seen the staged construction of 18 x single storey houses, 2 x three storey residential apartment buildings as replacement and updated accommodation for individuals supported by Minda, as well as 4 x Life Style Option buildings. The 18-month schedule of work began on Stage 2 in early 2017 and was recently completed in mid-2018. The development of a vibrant mixed-use precinct, which is the largest of its type anywhere in Australia, provides a range of purpose-built facilities for various lifestyle activities (such as pottery, arts and crafts, music, and a community centre) and offers greater connectivity to the wider community. People supported by Minda now have greater diversity of choice as to the type of accommodation they want to enjoy, with a range of one and two-bedroom apartments, shared 3 and 4-bedroom community living options, and independent living units for people with high support needs, integrated into the Master Plan design.    Seeley International’s global expansion continues with acquisition of California-based Integrated Comfort Inc. 2017-11-24T05:03:50Z seeley-international-s-global-expansion-continues-with-acquisition-of-california-based-integrated-comfort-inc Adelaide, Australia (Friday 24 November 2017) - Seeley International is pleased to announce its acquisition of commercial and industrial HVAC business Integrated Comfort Inc (ICI), a leading and well-respected Sacramento-based manufacturer of highly efficient patented evaporative pre-cooling products. Seeley International Group Managing Director, Mr Jon Seeley said the purchase of the ICI brand perfectly complements and extends Seeley’s hyper-efficient commercial product range, and presents opportunity to fast-track the company’s international expansion plans in the US. “This acquisition is a perfect fit for both organisations, strengthening our presence in the lucrative US market and supporting our trajectory growth to become a $1bn company,” Mr Seeley said. “As a market leader, Seeley International is always looking at opportunities to invest in innovative companies that share common values and offer hyper-efficient products that can complement our own award-winning solutions. We have been very impressed by ICI and its highly-successful DualCool commercial and industrial cooling technology,” he said.                             “We look forward to ICI continuing to operate under its existing brand and management team, with the added global support that comes with being part of the broader Seeley International Group.” ICI DualCool strengths include an impressive and reliable on-time delivery, successful warranty and service program and a controls integration system that maximises energy savings. The business has now successfully completed the installation of DualCool evaporative pre-coolers in more than 380 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores across the country, which equates to more than 2570 DualCool units. ICI’s DualCool product will now become part of Seeley International Group’s extensive portfolio that includes the trusted brands, Breezair, Climate Wizard, Coolerado, Convair, Coolair and Braemar.  ICI President and CEO, Mr Dick Bourne, said ICI customers would ultimately benefit from Seeley International’s extensive market experience, award-winning product lines, and its unwavering commitment to innovation. “Seeley International is fast developing a reputation on a global scale as a HVAC leader, and having ICI as part of the Seeley International Group will offer unrivalled benefit to our customers through a much broader range of heating and cooling solutions,” Mr Bourne said. “ICI is committed to helping customers improve their energy efficiency and better manage costs without compromising the comfort of their buildings. This exciting new collaboration with Seeley International will support our sustained growth and expansion in the years ahead,” he said. “While it will be business as usual for ICI customers, they will now have added peace of mind knowing that they are now also supported and backed by the Seeley International Group’s extensive knowledge of commercial and industrial products.” Founded in 1992, Integrated Comfort Inc. (ICI) has been dedicated to improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of cooling systems for buildings. Since 2001, ICI has focused on marketing the DualCool patented evaporative pre-cooling technology that delivers large kW and kWh reductions on packaged rooftop cooling units. Seeley International’s acquisition of ICI complements its purchase of Denver-based Coolerado Corporation in 2015 and more recently its acquisition of the Australian-based AIRA business in 2016. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair,  AIRA and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian made products, which it exports to more than 100 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Seeley International launches lightweight low profile Braemar Enviromagic 2017-11-17T00:18:59Z seeley-international-launches-lightweight-low-profile-braemar-enviromagic A fusion of brilliant design and smart technology by Seeley International has produced the new energy-efficient Braemar EnviroMagic evaporative air conditioner. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the Braemar EnviroMagic offers impressive evaporative cooling capacity perfect for large spaces, new property developments and architectural projects where looks and street appeal are important. “This sleek new Braemar EnviroMagic is a market-leading commercial air-conditioning solution that delivers cooled air in a highly energy-efficient way, and responds to the needs of a growing number of business owners who want an unobtrusive roof profile,” Mr Seeley said. “The Braemar EnviroMagic ideally suits projects where roof profile aesthetics or intricate architectural design are important, and is a perfect choice for projects where building zone regulations require roof mounted equipment and services to be located behind parapet walls,” he said. “Constructed with a super-tough lightweight UV-proof polymer cabinet instead of aluminium or stainless steel, the Braemar EnviroMagic is lightweight and durable, which means it can be easily installed on roof spaces that cannot support the weight of a typical commercial or industrial cooler.” Other key features of the new Braemar EnviroMagic include: ·         Highly cost-efficient air conditioning per cubic meter – which has been achieved thanks to clever features such as the inverter axial fan technology and denser cooling pads. Braemar EnviroMagic ENV1000’s unique array of three 3-phase inverter drive motors, are fully enclosed to ensure the utmost safety and longevity. They enable efficient variable speed control, minimising power usage and further increasing efficiency. Braemar EnviroMagic ENV600 features the InvertairTM inverter motor which is highly efficient throughout the operating range, using far less energy than a standard fan and motor. ENV600 is available as a three phase or single phase model. ·         Impressive cooling capacity - Braemar EnviroMagic effortlessly delivers large volumes of cooled air in large spaces, even those with constant traffic flows.   ·         Low CO2 emissions - Ultra-low energy use is achieved thanks to the 'Invertair’ inverter technology, which provides a new level of carbon emission reduction compared to other cooling types. The Braemar EnviroMagic also comes standard with a water management system, allowing for savings on water bills too.   ·         Simple installation and easy operation – Not only is the Braemar EnviroMagic smaller and lighter than other commercial evaporative systems, it is also much quicker and cheaper to install – which means customers can avoid costly installation of multiple smaller coolers, with fewer roof penetrations. Adding to the ease of installation is the fact that components such as pads and fans can also easily be removed.   Braemar EnviroMagic is configured to work with an intuitive touch screen MagIQtouch Controller, which lets users program and control multiple coolers with ease from single stations. Braemar EnviroMagic is also Building Management System compatible, for integration with existing or future systems. Find more information about Seeley International’s industrial evaporative cooling go to www.braemar.com.au/EnviroMagic About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, AIRA, Convair, Coolair, Braemar and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com     Seeley International wins highly coveted Business SA Export Awards 2017-10-27T01:06:43Z seeley-international-wins-highly-coveted-business-sa-export-awards The Seeley International success story has reached new heights after winning the 2017 Department of Manufacturing Export Award during the Business SA awards dinner last night at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  The multi-award winning Australian manufacturer was also crowned with a further honour and was awarded the Qatar Airways Exporter of the Year at the Business SA 2017 Export Awards dinner. These prestigious accolades enable Seeley International to become a national finalist in the Australian Export Awards, where it will compete for an Australian Industry Award, including the coveted Australian Exporter of the Year Award. Seeley International Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said developing highly-innovative and super energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions for local and export markets underpins the manufacturers strategic goal of becoming a billion-dollar company. “As a local employer, we’re thrilled that our efforts have been recognised by these award wins, and we are delighted to be recognised on national and international levels from our global base at Lonsdale - here in South Australia, where the Seeley International story began so many years ago,” Mr Seeley said. “Our success shows that South Australian manufacturers can lead the world, if they live and breathe innovation, automate like there’s no tomorrow, and offer energy efficient products that more than deliver on consumer demand.” Mr Seeley said export activities had been a key focus for Seeley International for over thirty years – starting with taking the world's first all-plastic portable evaporative air conditioner to Iraq, before expanding to USA and then Europe. Seeley International now exports to more than 120 countries around the world through a network of exclusive distributors and strategic industry alliances, and has branch offices in the USA, UK, France, Italy and South Africa. “To push the envelope even further, we recently unveiled our ground-breaking Climate Wizard CW3 Dual System. This revolutionary heating and cooling product embraces the award-winning pedigree of Climate Wizard technology. It is unique in the way it heats and cools a home – to the point where it creates a brand new category of air conditioning at half the running cost of a reverse cycle system performing the same duty,” Mr Seeley said. “Seeley International's dedication to innovation through the highest standards of research, engineering and manufacturing, as well as an unwavering commitment to customer service excellence, all combine to deliver the best possible heating and cooling systems delivering above and beyond the expectations of energy-conscious and consumers,” Mr Seeley said. “More than a quarter of a million commercial/industrial Breezair units have now been installed worldwide, and demand continues to grow – across Europe, the Americas and rest of the world,” he said. “Investment in research and development is what keeps us well ahead of all competitors, and is why we can lay claim to having 11 world first products since we began in the early 1970s.” “That sort of global success doesn’t happen by chance– and winning the 2017 Business SA Exporter Award reflects strong commitment from a hard-working team which without doubt, is the best in the business,” added Mr Seeley. Committed to the development of all business across South Australia, Seeley International this year also became a sponsor of the inaugural Design for Export Awards, Best Design Strategy Award, which was won by Rising Sun Pictures.  About the Business SA Export Awards The Awards celebrate exporting excellence in South Australia by recognising the most dynamic and innovative businesses in the State. Through showcasing South Australia’s most successful exporters, these awards inspire greater involvement in exporting and recognise these outstanding businesses that call South Australia home. The Awards operate as a two-tier process - with exporters who achieve State distinction then automatically progressing as finalists in the 55th Australian Export Awards to compete for an Australian industry award, including the coveted Australian Exporter of the Year, announced on 5th December 2017. -ends-   About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar, AIRA and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com