Melbourne press club told of print media future

December 31, 2012 by  

According to a recent report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Kim Williams, the chief executive of News Ltd, told a gathering at the Melbourne Press Club that printed newspapers were not going to die in the near future. [Read more]

South Melbourne Lifesavers will soon have a home

December 30, 2012 by  

South Melbourne Life Saving Club has recently received $1m from a Department of Justice grant to Life Saving Victoria, plus a $2m grant from Port Phillip Council. The grants will allow the 100-year-old club to build a [Read more]

North Lakes in land sales explosion

December 29, 2012 by  

According to a recent article by Amy Hutchinson in the Courier Mail, sales of vacant land in North Lakes and other suburbs in Moreton Bay are set to be part of an expansion in land sales.

The article quotes a report sponsored by Colliers International which found that sales in the Moreton Bay area had rocketed in the first half of 2012. Other suburbs experiencing growth were Griffin and Mango Hill. There was also substantial growth in the Ipswich and Gold Coast regions.

Warwick Temby, the executive director of the Housing Industry Association, told the Courier Mail that there were predictions in the industry that housing construction could increase by as much as 10% in 2013. Temby added that, in spite of the recent growth, land sales and home construction were not completely back in full swing yet.

Griffin, Mango Hill, and North Lakes will also profit from the new Moreton Bay rail link, according to Councillor Julie Greer of Moreton Bay Regional Council, who said:

"Moreton Bay Regional Council's investment in the Moreton Bay Rail Link will add new connections to the local road network with road bridges over the rail corridor including Kinsellas Road East at Mango Hill."

Land sales in North Lakes suggest that print companies in the region should soon be engaged in banner printing promoting real estate deals and home building companies. The joint managing director of Ausbuild, Matthew Bell, is quoted as saying that there will still be stocks of land available in Mango Hill long after North Lakes has been fully developed.

Children can get crafty this summer

December 28, 2012 by  

With the long summer holidays stretching out ahead, parents might like to book their children in for some fun activities at the City of Whitehorse libraries after Christmas.

The libraries are running a series of [Read more]

2013 starts with Gold Coast day at the races

December 27, 2012 by  

Horse racing enthusiasts can start the New Year in winning fashion at the Magic Millions horse sale and racing carnival next month.

The 2013 event starts on Friday, January 4 and [Read more]

‘Puggle’ pair leading the breeding program

December 26, 2012 by  

A pair of puggles – or baby echidnas – recently born at Perth Zoo, achieved several milestones even before they hatched. Babbin and Nyingarn are the only second generation echidnas born in any zoo worldwide. They were [Read more]

Nepean River Green Bridge design submitted

December 25, 2012 by  

In a positive turnaround, the Penrith City Council has begun to make real headway in development of the long awaited pedestrian and cycle way over the Nepean River. It is expected this latest submission will be to the liking of river users, especially rowers, as the KI Studio design eliminates the need for pylons in the middle of the river.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, although endorsing the bridge concept, said:

“The Green Bridge Steering Group is currently in the process of making its design recommendations…when a preferred design is finalised Roads and Maritime Services will provide another formal community update.”

Considerations from the council included community desire that the bridge is a vital and active link, taking into consideration the river’s natural setting and sensitive ecosystem. The Nepean River hosts one of the world’s best natural river rowing courses in the world.

Council had previously rejected designs submitted by Roads and Maritime Services in November, with residents and rowers pointing out that they were unrepresented and uninformed during the consultation process. With pamphlets being provided, probably courtesy of local printing companies, it is to be hoped that locals now feel better informed.

Environmental impact studies will precede the start of the Green Bridge construction in 2014. Hopefully, in a project expected to cost at least $20m, the government may consider allocating more funding for flyer printing and other related printing services to keep the public notified each step of the way and maintain the current level of progress.

Melbourne Bridge Club backdrop for Dirty Granny Launch

December 24, 2012 by  

Matilda Bay Brewery recently launched a print advertising campaign promoting its new Dirty Granny brand apple cider.

The campaign consists of [Read more]

Newspaper House welcomes visitors in Osborne Park

December 23, 2012 by  

For students interested in print companies, or those curious about the workings of a major newspaper, The West Australian newspaper site in Osborne Park is the first port of call. At the end of November, the site announced that educational tours are now operating throughout the print centre, with state of the art equipment and printing services on display.

Visitors are treated to the sound of thundering presses, and the aroma of paper and ink, as they witness the transformation from raw materials into Western Australia’s largest newspaper. With 150 staff employed in producing over four million copies every week, the state of the art facility, completed in 2007, comprises the world’s best equipment and materials sourced from as far away as Canada and Finland.

Feedback from the tours has been effusive, in no small part due to tour guide Anthony Alborne’s extensive knowledge of the print industry. One visitor declared:

“It was brilliant and much more interesting than I had imagined. I’m only sorry my husband missed it, he would have been in his element amongst the robots and all that lovely manufacturing technology.”

Newspaper House hosts the photographic department and editorial newsroom, including its SKY Television and FM radio studio facility. The Herdsman Print Centre boasts the most sophisticated facility in the Southern Hemisphere, with the capacity to deliver enormous 1.5 ton rolls of newsprint to the presses.

The initiative showcases the progressive world of newspapers, with visitors allowed to take photographs and encouraged to ask questions. Tour groups of up to 30 people are accommodated, with tours lasting from 60 minutes up to 3.75 hours.

Visitors also receive a free copy of The West Australian, plus an informative brochure, souvenir handout, and other print services paraphernalia.

Narre Warren railway station car park extension complete

December 22, 2012 by  

In an initiative to attract more people to use public transport and ease road congestion, the car park at Narre Warren station has been enlarged, bringing the parking capacity to almost 700 vehicles. The work also [Read more]

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