The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-02-28T00:49:39Z 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 Climate Wizard-P15 winning streak continues 2017-09-28T07:21:16Z climate-wizard-p15-winning-streak-continues In what is shaping up to be a dream year of award wins, the newly-released Climate Wizard CW-P15 has been announced as the silver award winner in the Product Design - Commercial & Industry categories in both the Melbourne and Sydney Design Awards. The latest recognition comes after the CW-P15 was recently announced as winner in this year’s Good Design Awards, as well as claiming victory in the New Product Innovation category in the Australian Business Awards 2017. Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the string of recent accolades underlined the significant innovative difference offered by the revolutionary indirect evaporative air conditioner. “The CW-P15 builds on the strong reputation of the multi-award winning Climate Wizard range, and its ability to cool using 100% fresh air. It achieves this with no added moisture by using a hyper-efficient counter-flow heat exchanger and in doing so, challenges all of the assumptions that people make when they think of an evaporative cooler,” Mr Seeley said. “The extraordinary CW-P15 transforms the performance of traditional evaporative air conditioning, and a growing number of savvy commercial and industrial consumers are opting to invest and take advantage of the 80% energy savings on offer compared to refrigerated systems performing similar cooling functions,” he said. “CW-P15 offers air conditioning cooling comfort which can achieve up to equivalence, or even superior performance to, conventional refrigerated air conditioning, at 80% lower energy costs, and it can actually improve the cooling performance and extend the life of refrigerated systems - whether in a retrofit, or new installation.” Mr Seeley said this latest accolade will further strengthen consumer confidence in this transformational cooling technology. “We realise that some people might not yet fully understand this new technology, because they have previously experienced older technology options. Our challenge to consumers is to put aside old thinking about cooling and experience and enjoy this next-generation technology, because it has the performance to change perceptions forever,” Mr Seeley said. A number of exceptionally clever benefits have been integrated into the design, including a UV-resistant lightweight polymer corrosion-free casing which better blends with existing roofs or building designs. CW-P15 also takes advantage of environmentally friendly refrigerant R-718 (water), to achieve exceptional cooling at exceptionally high electrical efficiencies, with no ozone depleting gases or chemicals employed in its operation. “Even better news is that customers can expect long years of reliable service without the need for any renewal of the structural components,” Mr Seeley said. Designed and manufactured using parts made in-house at Seeley International’s South Australian-based manufacturing plant, CW-P15 reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, with other key features including:   •             A new compact modular design which allows for easy side-by-side, rooftop installation, •             Smaller footprint and visually low profile designed to perfectly blend with a rooftop, •             Enhanced access and handling ensures easier installation, connection, service and maintenance, •             Integrated lifting points in the design, ensuring simple crane and forklift transport and installation, •             Direct-mount or frame-mount installation, with the ability to be mounted side-by-side on either side, with all maintainable and serviceable parts accessed by the front or back of the unit, •             A twin fan design means CW-P15 features separate exhaust and supply channels, •             The design of CW-P15 allows constant supply through air conditioning systems’ low pressure ducts, •             New axial propeller fans, with the sickle blade / air-foil design ensuring added efficiency, •             Integrated air filtration systems, with options for disposable or washable box filters, •             Use of single phase power, rather than three phase power, •             Optional MagIQtouch Controller or standard MagIQcool Controllers, allowing users to set temperatures on-site or remotely, •             New standard filters, with optional washable or disposable pleated panel filters accommodated in the one design. Now in its eighth year, the Melbourne and Sydney Design Awards have recognised hundreds of outstanding design projects, and the professionalism continues to increase and challenge the status quo. Originally established in Melbourne, the DRIVENxDESIGN design awards program also takes place in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, and Berlin, providing the design community critical links into global markets and an efficient method to gain recognition in export markets. More about both Award programs can be found at https://drivenxdesign.com 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 Driverless vehicles expected to change the insurance landscape 2017-09-25T23:15:33Z driverless-vehicles-expected-to-change-the-insurance-landscape The introduction of driverless vehicles onto Australian roads is predicted to be a major game-changer for the insurance industry, but who to blame when things go wrong will be a hotly-debated topic at the 2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit to be held in Adelaide later this year. Summit speaker, Kane Blackman from the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, will explore the changing liability and personal injury insurance landscape that has implications for insurers, manufacturers, suppliers, motorists and policymakers. “Driverless vehicle technologies promise fewer vehicle crashes and less insurance claims. This is an outcome we all look forward to,” Mr Blackman said. Mr Blackman said that the prospect of fewer crashes and injuries on our roads following the introduction of automated vehicles, would impact the need for, and cost of, motor vehicle injury insurance and has the potential to fundamentally impact existing insurance business models. “Currently human drivers cause most motor vehicle crashes, but when an automated vehicle – which makes decisions based on its programming, sensor feeds and inputs from the surrounding network – crashes, there might not be a driver at fault,” he said. “Manufacturers and suppliers are legally obliged to provide products to consumers that are safe, free from defects and fit for purpose. There will be an expectation that automated vehicle manufacturers and suppliers accept liability should their products fail and cause injury.” Automated vehicle owners are also expected to have responsibilities such as ensuring their vehicle is safely maintained according to manufacturer specifications, and that could include software updates and regular replacement of sensors, cameras and other equipment. “Discussions are underway in States and Territories about what the personal injury insurance regimes should be for people injured in crashes of autonomous vehicles,” said Mr Blackman. “The decisions made following those discussions will shape the future of motor injury insurance schemes.” This will be particularly important during the transition phase when we will see a mix of driverless and human controlled vehicles sharing the road, and during the evolution from partially to fully automated vehicles.  Adding to the complexity is the potential for connectivity and technological failures, as well as the very real threat of cyber risk.” The 2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit – which will be held in Adelaide, South Australia on 16-17 November 2017 – has a theme of 'Translating technology to real world deployment', and delegates will hear updates from an array of prominent ADVI partners and other national and international experts. More about the Summit and the exciting 2-day program can be found at http://www.idvs2017.com.au/ ### Kane Blackman – speaker overview Mr Blackman was appointed Commission Secretary of the Insurance Commission in 2013. He is responsible for the Insurance Commission’s corporate affairs obligations, including government relations, stakeholder management and governance, and is Secretary to the Board. Mr Blackman is also the Insurance Commission's deputy representative on the Road Safety Council of WA. Prior to joining the Insurance Commission, Kane had more than 10 years' experience in the mining, oil and gas, and financial service sectors, and is a Chartered Secretary. He previously held executive positions in operations, corporate affairs and governance for a range of multinational entities. He is also a non-executive director of Injury Matters and is on the council of the WA Branch of the Governance Institute of Australia. 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 100 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for Government to collaborate with 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. Australian children to be big winners from ongoing Variety Bash event support by Seeley International 2017-09-25T23:07:22Z australian-children-to-be-big-winners-from-ongoing-variety-bash-event-support-by-seeley-international While most people associate Frank Seeley AM FAICD with his award-winning company, Seeley International, the successful Australian manufacturer also has a track record for community support that spans some 45 years. This is set to continue following Seeley International’s decision to renew its major sponsorship of Variety – the Children’s Charity. The Founder and Executive Chairman of Seeley International, says being able to help children who are disadvantaged across Australia, was more than sufficient motivation for continuing the partnership for another 3-year period. “With my wife, Kathy, we have been very fortunate to raise healthy and happy children and watch them develop into respected and successful adults, but there are so many families that are not as blessed as mine. All children deserve the same opportunities in life, and we can all play a role in supporting children and their families through the challenges that come with sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability,” Mr Seeley said. “You don’t stay in business for as long as I have, without encountering a number of setbacks, disappointments and challenging times, but through the good and the bad, we have continued to have the support of our customers, and it is only right to give back to the community at every opportunity, in recognition of that loyalty.” In 2014 Seeley International first announced its support of Variety – The Children’s Charity, as a national gold sponsor in the popular 2015, 2016 and 2017 Variety Bash events across the country. The Australian manufacturer has rallied its extensive national dealer network to annually raise funds, which Seeley International  has continued to match dollar for dollar – resulting in a contribution of more than a quarter of a million dollars over that time. “Our customers have strengthened Seeley International’s reputation for innovative and market-leading heating and cooling products - and we are delighted to give back to the community through opportunities like this sponsorship of Variety,” Mr Seeley said. “We have previously seen our support contribute to the purchase and modification of a Variety Sunshine Coach for a local primary school, and provide mobility to children who may otherwise be unable to experience the joys of excursions and other external learning experiences,” he said. Variety SA CEO, Mark McGill says the renewed support from Seeley International and its dealer network will continue to help improve the lives of many Australian children. “Our Variety Bash is a major fundraising event, and to have a business of the calibre of Seeley International commit to being a national gold sponsor helps to fund our programs and allows us to deliver on the physical, emotional and financial needs of individual children through a range of support options,” Mr McGill said. “Our work ensures children gain mobility and freedom, get out and about in the community, communicate, achieve independence and increase their self-esteem, and where possible, assistance to help them integrate into mainstream school and activities,” he said. “But Variety cannot do this without the ongoing generosity of Corporate Partners like Seeley International and its dealer network - and the contributions they make directly enrich the lives of many Australian children and their families.” For more information on Variety – the Children’s Charity, visit www.variety.org.au 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 Seeley International unveils the biggest air conditioning breakthrough in history – the Climate Wizard CW3 2017-09-06T00:47:00Z seeley-international-unveils-the-biggest-air-conditioning-breakthrough-in-history-the-climate-wizard-cw3 Seeley International has taken the wraps off its much anticipated Climate Wizard CW3 Dual System, and this global game-changer offers an exciting new heating and cooling option that delivers cutting-edge innovation to the homes of consumers wanting next generation energy-efficiency, automated year-round comfort, and superbly functional design. The CW3 Dual System embraces the award-winning pedigree of Climate Wizard technology, which has been used around the world for large and diverse commercial applications, and delivers on the growing concerns that people have, to access fresh, clean air, and at the same time, to combat rising energy costs. Seeley International Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the CW3 is so unique in the way it heats and cools a home, that it creates a brand new category of air conditioning for energy- conscious consumers.   “The existing refrigerated air conditioning technology is based on 100-year-old thinking, and in principle, little has changed over that time until now. Seeley International has transformed the old air conditioning paradigm, with the Climate Wizard Dual System air conditioner – the CW3 – which delivers the ultimate in comfort, and combines heating and cooling with unrivalled total energy efficiency,” Mr Seeley said. “In developing the CW3 Dual System, Seeley International went to great lengths to understand consumer requirements for agile solutions that can adapt to future energy trends, and strike the optimal balance between functionality and design,” he said. “People told us they want low running costs as a priority, combined heating and cooling that operates effectively in humid conditions, and fresh air delivered into the house through common ceiling ducts. Based on the success of the commercial Climate Wizard globally, the transformative powers of this technology have been enhanced by making the technology more compact, and delivering both heating and cooling in the one system, for the immense residential market. The new CW3 Dual System delivers year-round comfort and energy-efficiency never experienced before.” he said. The CW3 operates for only up to half of the year-round energy costs of running reverse cycle systems, for total heating and cooling, and when in cooling mode it delivers 100% fresh air while achieving low cooling temperatures that, in the past, could only be achieved by reverse cycle systems, all while being conveniently managed by the intuitive MagIQtouch touch-screen controller. The CW3’s cooling system uses MicroCore™ technology – the secret to hyper-efficient cooling. The outdoor unit is positioned on the roof, delivering cool fresh air via ceiling ducts, providing filtering of the air for dust, dirt and allergens, while the cooled air is replaced 10 times an hour, compared to many other systems, which typically recycle stale air when in cooling mode. The ducted gas heating is separately located, and is connected to the roof-top cooler duct, within the roof space, thus using the same ducting as the cooler. Not only does the CW3 achieve similar cold temperatures to reverse cycle air conditioning while producing less CO2, it operates for only up to half the year-round energy cost of reverse cycle air conditioning systems.  Having heated and cooled air expelled from a ceiling upvent means that windows and doors can be kept closed, while all humidity generated in the cooling process, is exhausted from the cooling unit prior to the conditioned air entering the home. The Seeley International Summer launch also saw the Braemar Evolution Range, unveiled.  This amazing range can truly claim to be the coldest ultra-low profile evaporative air conditioning available on the market. “Customer testing has already given the seal of approval to the sleek design of the Braemar Evolution Range, which combines all the benefits of the tried and trusted Braemar fixed evaporative air conditioner range, with a new ultra-low profile that features curved louvres in a range of colours which blend into any home’s roofline,” Mr Seeley said. The Braemar Evolution Range, also features the award-winning SuperStealth inverter motor and fan for high energy efficiency. Rounding out the new product launch is the Braemar Ultimate Inverter Split System range, which significantly expands Seeley International’s current range of split system products available under the Braemar brand, and offers various residential and commercial applications. Benefits of the Braemar Ultimate Inverter Split System range include: ·         Use of R32 Refrigerant, which has a global warming potential factor more than 3 times lower and more energy efficient (increased cooling capacity) than R410A. ·         Standard Wi-Fi, allowing the air conditioning to be controlled from anywhere in the world via an app on a smart device ·         A market-leading energy rating (across the range), which is the best (or equivalent best) on the market ·         Comprehensive line-up of eight model options, ranging from 2.5kW/3.2kW to 9.0kW/10.0kW ·         Efficient and quiet comfort control, with increased airflow and 3D airflow for quicker heating and cooling, 7 speed fan and turbo mode all with super quiet operation ·         Precise temperature control with a setting variable of 0.1°C and a wide operating temperature range ·         DRED enabled for reduced power consumption at peak load times for States with smart power meters ·         Adaptable to multi system air conditioning ·         ‘I feel’ mode that ensures the room temperature is controlled at the point where you sit ·         Standard with remote controller, with an optional wired wall controller *Please note that the Climate Wizard by Seeley International CW3 will initially be released in limited numbers in South Australia, and the Braemar Evolution Fixed Evaporative air conditioner will be available in November. The Ultimate Split System range will be available 1st October. 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 Top Tips for Spring season home buyer 2017-09-05T01:58:31Z top-tips-for-spring-season-home-buyer The official start of the busy Spring selling season across South Australia has prompted the Association of Building Consultants to urge potential buyers to do their homework, know their rights, and keep an eye out for some tell-tale signs to be wary of. Association spokesperson Mr Chris Short, said buying a home was the largest purchase most people normally make, and urged would-be buyers to do two types of checks as part of their decision-making process. “People need to do their own initial appraisal of a home, but most importantly that should then be followed up by bringing in an expert who can look for problems lurking below the surface,” Mr Short said. “If an inspection uncovers any concerns it doesn't have to mean the end of the sale. It simply gives a clear understanding about what needs urgent attention and what longer term maintenance should be considered, so that a dream home doesn't become a nightmare,” he said. "If you are serious about buying a property, you can have a building inspection done at any stage of the sales process, and it is not conditional to having signed a contract and does not have to be delayed until any cooling off period.” Often a pre-sale spruce up of a home can range from little more than a basic clean through to filling of large cracks, repainting, retiling, re-grouting, and can even include new floor coverings. Some handy tips to keep in mind when walking through a potential purchase include: ·         A tired looking property may be a warning that regular maintenance hasn’t occurred. ·         A fresh makeover could mask more sinister problems, such as termite damage, salt damp, structural issues, rotted timbers, corroded steelwork, or unlicensed and dangerous electrical work. ·         Large trees nearby can cause problems such as blocked drains, damage to paths and house footings. They can also cause serious structural movement in the building due to drying of reactive clay soils. ·         Open and shut the doors – if they stick or don’t open or close it might be a sign of subsidence. ·         Look to see if there is the plastic lining on the bottom row of bricks. This dampcourse is a type of moisture control that prevents moisture from rising into the walls, so if it is below paving or soil it will no longer protect a home. ·         If a room smells musty, there is probably a ventilation problem, and if it’s next to a wet area it could also be a sign of moisture – perfect for a termite attack. ·         Open the electricity box and see if it has a safety switch. Out-dated ceramic fuses are an obvious indicator that the wiring will need to be updated. ·         Look at downpipes to see if they are connected and drain stormwater away from a home. ·         Stand where you can look at the roofline. A sagging roof can indicate a broken rafter or can be a sign that an underpurlin has cracked or might be about to. ·         Most importantly, engage an experienced building consultant, and when deciding on which one to engage, ask for testimonials and details of their experience, qualifications, and industry memberships.   About the Association of Building Consultants As a not-for-profit organisation, the Association of Building Consultants is the only professional body for South Australian independent building consultants. Association members are committed to the Association’s Code of Practice (www.abcmembers.com.au/Code-of-Practice.cfm), have met membership criteria and undertake ongoing professional development.  A National Police Certificate is also required of all new applicants.   Members offer a wide range of inspection and advisory services: ·         independent technical advice and reports ·         pre-purchase inspections ·         construction reports ·         expert reports for building disputes and court cases ·         termite inspections ·         engineering advice on structural matters ·         designs for new and existing buildings ·         energy efficiency reports ·         swimming pool safety inspections - ENDS - NZTA Mobility as a Service pilot a major turning point in modern motoring 2017-08-24T06:00:40Z nzta-mobility-as-a-service-pilot-a-major-turning-point-in-modern-motoring The Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) says the NZ Transport Agency’s Mobility as a Service Pilot announcement represents a major transitional milestone in modern motoring. ADVI Centre of Excellence Executive Director, Ms Rita Excell, said “We were pleased to be invited to attend the announcement of a pilot which is believed to be the first of its type to be conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. This will provide critical insight into people’s preparedness to embrace new transport technology options.” “There is clear and growing excitement across Australian and New Zealand communities about shared and on demand transport options,” Ms Excell said. “In this instance, opting to showcase technology within a tourist setting not only takes pressure off the existing transport network but also engages people who are already in an open and adventurous mindset, who want new experiences,” she said. “The pilot results are sure to reinforce the need for an integrated process that embraces a much larger view of mobility; one that considers the changing transport options of users. We are already seeing a growing number of Australians opting to not have a licence, and as we see a decline in car ownership, transport planners must learn from this Mobility as a Service pilot on how to best incorporate new technologies, including driverless vehicles into the transport mix.” Ms Excell said the emergence of a mobility-as-a-service serves as an indicator that commuters are prepared to swap vehicle ownership in favour a pick and drop-off service using shared options that still offer transport freedom. “Findings from a 2016 ADVI-commissioned survey found that nearly half (43%) of Australians are comfortable to travel on public transport (such as a bus or taxi) with no driver, while 46% were comfortable to share a driverless car with other people – despite most yet to even have a driverless vehicle experience,” she said. “With such strong interest in this technology, we can expect Australia and New Zealand to remain as international leaders in the modern transport and mobility space, and ADVI is proud to play a key role in leading the safe introduction of this technology onto our road networks with our many partners.” ###  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 100 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for Government to collaborate with 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. Climate Wizard-P15 awarded international industry accolade 2017-08-16T05:25:15Z climate-wizard-p15-awarded-international-industry-accolade Hot on the heels of winning a prestigious Good Design Award, the Climate Wizard CW-P15 by Seeley International has achieved yet another major industry accolade after it was announced a winner of the New Product Innovation category in the Australian Business Awards 2017.Seeley International Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the revolutionary CW-P15 was quickly gaining a reputation as an industry-leading indirect evaporative air conditioner, despite only being officially released to market earlier this year. “The CW-P15 builds on the strong reputation of the multi-award winning Climate Wizard range, and its ability to cool using 100% fresh air. It achieves this with no added moisture by using a hyper-efficient counter-flow heat exchanger and in doing so challenges all of the assumptions that people make when they think of an evaporative cooler,” Mr Seeley said. “The extraordinary CW-P15 transforms the performance of traditional evaporative air conditioning, and a growing number of savvy commercial and industrial consumers are opting to invest and take advantage of the 80% energy savings on offer compared to refrigerated systems performing similar cooling functions,” he said. “CW-P15 offers air conditioning cooling comfort which can achieve up to equivalence, or even superior performance than, conventional refrigerated air conditioning at 80% lower energy costs, and it can actually improve the cooling performance and extend the life of refrigerated systems - whether a retrofit or new installation.” Mr Seeley said this latest award accolade should further strengthen consumer confidence in this benchmark cooling technology. “We realise that some people might not yet fully understand this new technology, because they have previously experienced older technology options. Our challenge to consumers is to put aside old thinking about cooling and experience and enjoy this next-generation technology, because it has the performance to change perceptions forever,” Mr Seeley said. “A broader range of commercial and industrial customers now can experience the unrivalled benefits of the innovative cooling solution that Climate Wizard delivers at far cheaper running costs,” he said. A number of exceptionally clever benefits have been integrated into the design, including a UV-resistant lightweight polymer corrosion-free casing which better blends with existing roofs or building designs. CW-P15 also takes advantage of environmentally friendly refrigerant R-718 (water), to achieve exceptional cooling at exceptionally high electrical efficiencies, with no ozone depleting gases or chemicals employed in its operation. “Even better news is that customers can expect long years of reliable service without the need for any substantial renewal of replacing any of the structural components,” Mr Seeley said. Designed and manufactured using parts made in-house at Seeley International’s South Australian-based manufacturing plant, CW-P15 reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, with other key features including: ·         A new compact modular design which allows for easy side-by-side, rooftop installation, ·         Smaller footprint and visually low profile designed to perfectly blend with a rooftop, ·         Enhanced access and handling ensures easier installation, connection, service and maintenance, ·         Integrated lifting points in the design, ensuring simple crane and forklift transport and installation, ·         Direct-mount or frame-mount installation, with the ability to be mounted side-by-side on either side, with all maintainable and serviceable parts accessed by the front or back of the unit, ·         A twin fan design means CW-P15 features separate exhaust and supply channels, ·         The design of CW-P15 allows constant supply through air conditioning systems’ low pressure ducts, ·         New axial propeller fans, with the sickle blade / air-foil design ensuring added efficiency, ·         Integrated air filtration systems, with options for disposable or washable box filters, ·         Use of single phase power, rather than three phase power, ·         Optional MagIQtouch Controller or standard MagIQcool Controllers, allowing users to set temperatures on-site or remotely and ·         New standard filters, with optional washable or disposable pleated panel filters accommodated in the one design. The Australian Business Awards are an international, all-encompassing awards program that recognises organisations that demonstrate business and product excellence, sustainability and commercial success. Conducted annually, the Awards honour the world’s industry leaders through the acknowledgment of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success. More about the Awards can be found at https://www.australianbusinessawards.com.au/ 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 Credit Union SA positioned for further growth after reaching $1 billion assets milestone 2017-08-02T02:45:23Z credit-union-sa-positioned-for-further-growth-after-reaching-1-billion-assets-milestone Credit Union SA has strengthened its fast-growing reputation as a popular alternative to the big banks, and reinforced the organisation’s role in the South Australian community, by breaking through the $1 billion in assets. Credit Union SA CEO, Mr Grant Strawbridge (pictured), said the major milestone shows the appeal of the customer-owned approach to banking and was the culmination of initiatives put in place to grow member numbers and position the local financial services provider as an attractive banking option for South Australians. “Since it was first established nearly 60 years ago, Credit Union SA has grown to become a proud and trusted South Australian organisation that is owned by its nearly 50,000 members who we help to do more with their money through our range of banking products and services,” Mr Strawbridge said. “As an employer of more than 150 South Australian’s, Credit Union SA continues to be a significant contributor to the local economy and we are proud of our standing within the South Australian business community - and to reach more than $1 billion in assets reflects our role and responsibility in the development of our state. “In the past year alone we have responded to the challenge of housing affordability by giving more than $1million to South Australian First Home Buyers to help them find a place to call their own.  Our innovative School Community Rewards program provides ongoing fundraising support to a growing number of South Australian schools and their communities, contributing more than $100,000 to date with its shared-value approach to banking. “As an organisation we seek to collaborate with the community to build a brighter future for all South Australians, and this is also demonstrated by our long standing support of the professional development of educators and teachers in South Australia, and includes our major sponsorship of the DECD Public Education Awards. “We are also very proud of the 21-year anniversary as a naming rights sponsor of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, as well as our partnership with St John’s Youth Services, who help disadvantaged young people in the city of Adelaide. “Credit Union SA prides itself on doing its bit to build South Australia’s strong community spirit, and we are extremely proud that becoming a billion-dollar organisation allows us to demonstrate the value of our organisation for our members but also our important role supporting the prosperity of the broader South Australian economy”, he said. About Credit Union SA Credit Union SA is South Australia’s third largest credit union, with over $1bn in assets, around 49,000 members and proudly employs over 150 South Australians. Credit Union SA Ltd ABN 36 087 651 232 AFSL/Australian Credit Licence 241066, Credit Union SA Centre, Level 3, 400 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000. GPO Box 699 Adelaide SA 5001. Go to https://www.creditunionsa.com.au/ to find out more. Seeley International commits to $20m new manufacturing hub creating significant local jobs growth 2017-07-27T06:20:24Z seeley-international-commits-to-20m-new-manufacturing-hub-creating-significant-local-jobs-growth Seeley International continues to ‘buck the trend’ of the Australian manufacturing sector by announcing expansion plans which will see its existing Albury manufacturing plant relocate to a larger $20m purpose-built facility to be constructed at nearby Wodonga. Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman, Frank Seeley AM FAICD, said the exciting move, which is to be part-funded by a grant from the Victorian Premier’s Job and Investment Fund, would establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing hub which will produce a range of innovative products to be sold in Australian and international markets. “As a long-standing employer within the Albury-Wodonga community, Seeley International is pleased that this investment accommodates our expansion needs and positions the Company for significant jobs growth and success in the years ahead – with 64% forecast growth in new local employment opportunities expected to be created in the next 5 years,” Mr Seeley said. “Our local manufacturing facility continues to play a critical role in our overall operations, and as well as continuing to fully manufacture award-winning Braemar heating products, the Climate Wizard metal range and the entire AIRA product range, we have also recently welcomed a dozen new engineers and other team members to the plant,” he said. “One of the biggest challenges we now face is that we have outgrown the existing factory, and with space at a premium it has fast-tracked the need for relocation plans. Establishing a new and larger facility at nearby Wodonga allows us to retain and grow local employee numbers and maintain a strong employer presence within the local community.” In acknowledging the grant contribution of the Victorian government, Mr Seeley said it was critical that all levels of government assist manufacturers to develop new products, and support expansion of production facilities. “Seeley International continues to commit high annual expenditure on research and development of new manufacturing techniques, and to create innovative products that are the most energy efficient, necessitating state-of-the-art facilities to enable this to happen,” Mr Seeley said. “Seeley International is living proof that there is a bright future for the Australian manufacturing industry, and we have been able to compensate for the higher costs within Australia by focusing on innovation, world class technology and high levels of automation, while many others are closing doors or downsizing,” he said. “Seeley International is bucking the trend and is starting to ramp up employment growth at our Albury manufacturing plant which is expected to grow over the coming months,” added Mr Seeley. “As the home of Braemar gas heaters and air-conditioners, our Albury-based plant has established a vertically integrated manufacturing and assembly operation that employs more than 125 people. As well as being a major employer in the region and supporting a number of worthwhile local causes for more than 20 years, we look forward to the area’s economy also reaping the flow-on benefits that will come with our new location and expanded workforce.” Independent testimony of the calibre of Seeley International’s operations is the standout success story at the prestigious 2017 Albury Wodonga Business Awards. Seeley International was announced a winner of both the Excellence in Innovation and Most Outstanding Medium/Large business categories at the awards gala event on Friday, 14th July. While a construction site and plans are yet to be finalised, Seeley International says the new Wodonga manufacturing facility will be operational early in 2019. 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 100 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com