QBD Books, Australia’s largest Australian-owned and operated book retailer, is continuing its investment in regional Australia and opening two new stores. The Hervey Bay store will open in May, with another store coming to Coffs Harbour in June.
WANDIYALI INVESTS SOLAR SAVINGS INTO COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Newcastle-based Indigenous community organisation, Wandiyali, has teamed up with world-leading solar solutions provider, Energus, to install a solar energy system on its 900sqm headquarters in Elermore Vale. The installation represents an effort to reduce energy costs, with the opportunity for savings to be redistributed into the centre's many services that benefit the Aboriginal community.
ILLAWARRA BUSINESSES TURNING TO SOLAR TO SAVE AND INVEST IN NEW BUSINESS INITIATIVES
Renewable energy has missed out in the Federal budget but local businesses in the Illawarra region are investing in solar technology to save on power bills, reduce their carbon footprint and use the savings to innovate and improve their business model.
MACARTHUR BUSINESSES TURNING TO SOLAR TO SAVE AND INVEST IN NEW BUSINESS INITIATIVES
Regardless of renewables missing out in the Federal budget, local businesses in the Macarthur region are investing in solar technology to save on power bills, reduce their carbon footprint and use the savings to innovate and improve their business model.
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BUSINESSES TURN TO SOLAR TO SAVE ON ENERGY COSTS AND REDUCE EMISSIONS
Regardless of the lack of support for renewable energy in the Federal Budget, local businesses in the Canterbury-Bankstown region are investing in solar to save on power bills and reduce their carbon footprint, demonstrating to other savvy business owners in the area how to improve their bottom line and become more sustainable at the same time.
COLLETTE ANNOUNCES FOUR EXCITING NEW TOURS FEATURING FLORIADE EXPO 2022
Willoughby City Council’s Lunar New Year celebrations will return in 2021 to dazzle and delight with the Chatswood Year of the Ox Festival (3 February - 28 February). Named after the lunar zodiac sign, the festival program will, for the first time, feature a comedy night, along with a series of COVID-safe events.
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN WA TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO SENIORS LACKING DIGITAL SKILLS
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) has announced that it will be undertaking two school- based traineeships for Aboriginal students each year in 2021 and 2022, in partnership with Bridging the Gap Foundation.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM AND ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE ANNOUNCE INDIGENOUS TRAINING PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIDGING THE GAP FOUNDATION
The South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Festival Centre have announced that they will each be supporting school-based traineeships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students each year in 2021 and 2022, in partnership with Bridging the Gap Foundation.
COLLETTE LAUNCHES MASSIVE WORLDWIDE TRAVEL SALE WITH 10% OFF 2021-22 TOURS
Collette is welcoming Australians back to the world of travel by offering travellers 10% off 2021-22 tours worldwide. The sale runs until December 31, 2020 and includes experiences on every continent for a fraction of the price.
QBD BOOKS BACKS MELBOURNE AND INVESTS IN NEW STORES
QBD Books, Australia’s largest Australian-owned and operated book retailer, has announced that it is investing in two new stores in Melbourne which is welcome news for customers and the Victorian economy.
PWC AUSTRALIA PARTNER AND CHIEF DIGITAL & INFORMATION OFFICER, VISHY NARAYANAN, APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF GOOD THINGS FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA
Ahead of Get Online Week being held from 19-25 October, Good Things Foundation Australia has announced the appointment of PwC Australia Partner and Chief Digital & Information Officer, Vishy Narayanan as a non-executive director to the board. Narayanan is an accomplished digital transformation executive and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in business, technology and strategy.
NATIONAL GET ONLINE WEEK 19-25 OCTOBER: SUPPORTING VULNERABLE AUSTRALIANS THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION
Now’s the time to get online with Get Online Week 2020 taking place from 19-25 October. The annual campaign aims to support 2.5million Australians who are not online through 700 digital skills mentoring events across the country.
FACING FEAR: FIRST WOMAN TO SAIL SOLO AROUND ANTARTICA RELEASES DEBUT BOOK
In partnership with Australian Geographic, world record-holding sailor and climate activist Lisa Blair will release her first book ‘Facing Fear’ on 1 November, 2020. This must-read book recounts the inspiring and gripping true story of her solo voyage around Antarctica; a tale Lisa almost didn’t live to tell.
COLLETTE LAUNCHES 2021-22 WORLDWIDE TRAVEL GUIDE WITH EXCITING NEW TOURS AND FULL REFUND POLICY
Collette is gearing up for Australians rediscovering the joys of international travel with the release of Collette’s 2021-22 Worldwide Travel Guide. The digital guide launched on September 16 and includes 145 tours – from New Zealand to Alaska, with dates through to May 2022.
QBD BOOKS ANNOUNCES SOLID GROWTH AND EXPANSION PLANS IN 2020
The next six months will feature a series of exciting updates for QBD Books stores across the country, bucking the trend for retail in what has been a very difficult year for many retailers. Over the last three years, the company’s footprint has grown from 56 to 76 stores across Australia, expanding into Western Australia, Tasmania and further into South Australia.
BRIDGING THE GAP FOUNDATION RECEIVES SURGE OF DONATIONS TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS HEALTH
Good Things Foundation Australia welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government that it has provided $1million in digital devices grant funding through its Be Connected program. With this funding, 215 community organisations have been awarded grants of $2,500 or $5,000 to purchase loan digital devices.
AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH QBD BOOKS
Good Things Foundation Australia has announced $1million in digital devices grant funding for community organisations through its Be Connected program, run in partnership with the Department of Social Services and eSafety Commissioner.
AVOIDING SCAMS AND ACCESSING RELIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION ONLINE
Today, Bridging the Gap Foundation in partnership with International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) and Accor have pleasure in announcing that Ghinna Ambrum from Pullman Cairns International and Maddison Ingram are the recipients of the second round of Indigenous Hospitality Scholarships.
COLLETTE ANNOUNCES DONATION TO KANGAROO ISLAND TO ASSIST WITH HABITAT RESTORATION
Today Collette’s CEO, Dan Sullivan Jnr announced a donation of $20,000 AUD from the company to the Kangaroo Island Native Plant Nursery to enable it to meet the demand for habitat restoration with seedlings of Kangaroo Island provenance to be planted in bush fire affected areas. A family-owned company with offices in the USA, Canada and Australia, Collette recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of its Australian office.
3,000 ORGANISATIONS AROUND AUSTRALIA ARE HELPING SENIORS GET ONLINE SAFELY
Staying connected is more important than ever in Australia, be it in remote areas or in cities. With bushfire warnings, public health updates and instructions, access to information and communities are essential.
TEN THINGS TO DO AT CHATSWOOD YEAR OF THE RAT FESTIVAL
The three-week Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival (20 January – 8 February) is bursting with immersive and colourful experiences, designed to transport guests on a journey through Asia in Sydney’s very own Lower North Shore.
THE NETWORK HELPING 250,000 PEOPLE CONNECT ONLINE FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas is a time when the internet can bring together families and friends from across the globe. Staying in touch with loved ones and not feeling lonely is easier for those with digital skills. Building digital skills is an essential part of enabling people over the age of 50 to get online, and through the work of Good Things Foundation and its Be Connected Network of community organisations, over 250,000 people have been able to do just that.
COLLETTE LAUNCHES PRE-PAID TIPPING TO TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF TRAVELLING
Tipping in foreign countries can be a very confusing part of travelling. Collette is taking the guesswork out of the situation with its pre-paid tipping packages, to come into effect in January, 2020 for tours departing from May 2020.
AICD’S DIRECTOR PIPELINE PROGRAM IN THE ACT PAVES THE WAY FOR INCREASED DIVERSITY ON BOARDS
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2019, Willoughby City Council’s Lunar New Year celebrations will return with the exciting and immersive Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival in 2020 (20 January - 8 February).
2019 AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY AWARDS: THE BEST IN ADVENTURE AND CONSERVATION
If the pilgrims had landed a little further north in 1620, it’s highly likely they would have been enjoying lobster instead of turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, such is the bountiful supply of the tasty crustaceans in coastal Maine.
NATIONAL GET ONLINE WEEK OCTOBER 14-20 HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR DIGITAL INCLUSION IN AUSTRALIA
Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd, owner of the Australian Geographic brand and publisher of Australian Geographic Magazine and other Australian Geographic media, announced today that the licence granted to University Co-operative Bookshop Ltd for the use of the Australian Geographic brand for retail and online stores has been terminated.
COLLETTE LAUNCHES NEW 2020 EXPLORATIONS BROCHURE WITH NEW TOURS AND PLENTY OF ACTION
Collette’s exciting new 2020 small group touring program, Explorations launches on September 30 with a suite of 23 tours. Guests who book early will have the best choice of dates for highly sought-after destinations such as Iceland, Patagonia, Finland and Italy.
ANNUAL NFP GOVERNANCE AND PERFORMANCE STUDY REVEALS COMPLEXITY REQUIRING MORE TIME OF DIRECTORS
The Not-for-Profit (NFP) Governance and Performance Study is an annual report released by the AICD which investigates the challenges facing NFP directors and key areas of focus in this sector. It is the world's largest report in NFP governance, and 2019 marks the tenth year of the study.
Throughout August and September, NFP Sector Leader Phil Butler presented the main findings from this year's study to NFP leaders across regional cities in Australia. Most presentations were followed by an optional NFP Governance 101 workshop to assist NFP directors' to apply the foundations of good governance in their organisations.
The first event was held on the 1st August in Illawarra and the final event was held on the 10th September in Launceston.
CALLING ALL BLIGHS! AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM INVITES DESCENDANTS OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLIGH TO HIGH TEA ON THE HIGH SEAS
For such a controversial historical figure, descendants of Captain William Bligh are passionate about their genealogical links with this complex but compelling character. Having survived two mutinies during his career, it’s interesting that generations of family members and supporters still proudly claim a direct lineage to him.
COLLETTE LAUNCHES NEW EUROPE AND AFRICA 2020-2021 BROCHURE WITH GREAT SAVINGS
Collette’s new Europe 2020-2021 brochure now features Africa for the first time, complementing its extensive range of 85 Classic, Spotlight and Explorations tours. Great savings are on offer starting with $300/per person off certain tours up to 11 days, booked between August 23-September 30, 2019.
COLLETTE’S NEW LOOK AMERICAS 2020-21 BROCHURE OUT NOW - NOW INCORPORATING NORTH, CENTRA, SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA
Collette has launched its new look ‘The Americas’ 2020-21 brochure with North, Central, South America and Antarctica all included for the first time, totalling 37 unique tours across these spectacular continents.
AICD’S PUBLIC SECTOR GOVERNANCE FORUM TO HIGHLIGHT GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES IN AUSTRALIA’S CHANGING DEMOCRACY
The Australian Institute of Company Directors’ (AICD) annual public sector governance forum, which will be hosted in Canberra on August 29, is an essential event for public sector executives and directors wishing to update their skills and knowledge of the governance issues facing the sector.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM INSTALLS AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST LIGHTWEIGHT SOLAR PANEL ROOF
Wednesday August 14, The Australian National Maritime Museum announced today, in conjunction with solar panel manufacture SunMan and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), that it has installed Australia’s largest lightweight solar panel roof on its Wharf 7, Heritage Centre in Darling Harbour.
INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL HEALTH LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS
With over 100 years’ experience in guided travel, leading global operator Collette has announced the launch of its 2020-2021 preview brochure, offering travellers even more options for exploring the globe with additional tours, more guaranteed departures, and up to a 15% discount on selected tours and dates.
AICD ANNOUNCES 2019 CENTRAL QUEENSLAND REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has announced that applications are open for a full scholarship for a high calibre applicant to undertake the Company Directors Course in Central Queensland.
PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP OPEN TO NORTH QLD BUSINESS LEADERS
The Australian Institute of Company Directors today announces that the 2019 North QLD Regional Company Directors Course Scholarship is open to business owners. The course will run from the 19th to 23th August 2019.
COLLETTE’S ‘ICONIC ISRAEL’ TOUR ADDS EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS FOR 2020
As part of its suite of regional activities, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will host a special cocktail event, ”Hunter Directors’ Briefing: Culture and Ethics in the Boardroom” on Thursday April 11 in Newcastle.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM LAUNCHES CORPORATE FAMILY FUN DAY EXPERIENCES
One of Sydney’s most spectacular waterside venues – the Australian National Maritime Museum - is fast becoming the place for creating a memorable conference or event with its ability to offer unique spaces and full-scale entertainment whilst immersing guests in fascinating natural history and maritime heritage.
ELIZABETH PROUST AO FAICD TO ADDRESS AICD’S GREAT SOUTH LEADERS LUNCH ON KEY CHALLENGES FACING BOARDS
As part of its suite of regional courses and events, the Australian Institute of Company Directors will host a leaders’ luncheon on March 19 in Warrnambool with the institute’s immediate past Chairman, Elizabeth Proust who is one of the nation’s most experienced company directors.
2020 PASSION PLAY'S JESUS TO SPREAD THE WORD IN AUSTRALIA FOR COLLETTE'S OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY TOURS
In a long-held tradition dating back to 1634, the once-in-a-decade event that is the Oberammergau Passion Play will be performed in the tiny Bavarian hamlet in May 2020, and travellers wishing to experience this iconic performance will have more choice of tours than ever before with Collette.
ALBURY WODONGA LOCALS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO AICD’S COMPANY DIRECTORS COURSE
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is pleased to announce that Ben McGowan and Jillian Roscoe have been awarded scholarships to attend its flagship course, the Company Directors Course to be held in Albury Wodonga commencing on March 18.
AICD TO HOST GOVERNANCE BREAKFAST FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS IN ALBANY
As part of its suite of regional events, the Australian Institute of Company Directors will host a business leaders breakfast in Townsville on Thursday February 21 with the founders of Orange Sky Australia, Lucas Patchett GAICD and Nic Marchesi GAICD, both of whom are recent graduates of the AICD’s flagship Company Directors Course.
GOLD COAST BUSINESS LEADER WINS PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Publishing Services is the recipient of the 2019 Gold Coast Regional Company Directors Course Scholarship.
EXPERIENCE THE GRANDEURS OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA WITH COLLETTE'S LATEST TOUR
One of the most intriguing countries and cultures is now available to eager travellers with Collette’s new ‘Imperial Russia’ tour. The new tour allows history and culture aficionados to experience everything Russia has to offer over eight days, in two of the world’s most dynamic cities -Moscow and St Petersburg.
INAUGURAL WINNER OF INDIGENOUS HOSPITALITY SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED
Today, the Bridging the Gap Foundation in partnership with International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) and AccorHotels, announces Kenneth Abrook as the first recipient of the inaugural Indigenous scholarship, which was created with the Bridging The Gap Foundation for Indigenous students to study a three year Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) at ICHM.
FROM THE FOOTY FIELD TO THE BOARDROOM: IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHNATHAN THURSTON AT THE AICD'S END OF YEAR DINNER IN TOWNSVILLE
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will host the Townsville End of Year Dinner, on Wednesday 21 November 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ville Resort Casino, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive.
EXPLORE GREENLAND AND ICELAND ON BOARD COLLETTE'S NEW NORDIC VOYAGE TOUR
Collette has launched an exciting new tour of Greenland and Iceland inviting travellers to experience the unique culture and spectacular world heritage-listed landscape, whilst cruising on board the MV Ocean Atlantic.
2018 AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY AWARDS: THE BEST IN ADVENTURE AND CONSERVATION
On Friday 26th October, the Australian Geographic Society will host its annual awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. The prestigious event will acknowledge this year’s most remarkable Australians in the fields of adventure and conservation.
AICD QUEENSLAND CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ITS GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has published ‘The Role of the Company Secretary’ by Jennifer Robertson FAICD, a book that explores what it takes to excel as a company secretary and how critical this role is to applying good governance principles in an organisation.
DISCOVER THE AMERICAN CHARM OF THE BLUEGRASS COUNTRY AND SMOKY MOUNTAINS WITH COLLETTE
The southern charm and warm hospitality of the US are brought to life through Collette’s latest tour, ‘Bluegrass Country and the Smoky Mountains’. The nine-day venture takes travellers through the heart of Appalachia to experience the best of what Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina have to offer.
ORAL HYGIENE AND PREGNANCY EDUCATION FOR MIDWIVES LEADS TO BETTER PRACTICE
Sydney scientists have found people with oesophageal cancer from human papilloma virus (HPV) have better survival outcomes than those with more traditional cancer of the gullet, and that they may benefit from less harsh treatment.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA LOCALS WIN NOT-FOR-PROFIT LEADER SCHOLARSHIP
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that Dianne Prince of Bundeena and Carolyn Townsend of Burraneer are recipients of the 2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Scholarships program.
KOGARAH LOCAL WINS NOT-FOR-PROFIT LEADER SCHOLARSHIP
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that fifteen South Australian Directors and not-for-profit leaders are the recipients of the 2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Scholarships program.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that five Northern Territory Directors and not-for-profit leaders are the recipients of the 2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Scholarships program.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that fourteen Brisbane Directors and not-for-profit leaders are the recipients of the 2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Scholarships program.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that eleven Hobart based Directors and not-for-profit leaders are the recipients of the 2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Scholarships program.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is pleased to announce that two local Eastern Suburbs Directors and not-for-profit leaders are the recipients of the 2018 AICD Not-for-Profit Scholarships program.
AICD TO HOST CLINICAL GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP WITH PANEL OF HEALTHCARE DIRECTORS
On 3 September, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will host a Clinical Governance Workshop from 12.30pm-5.30pm at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, 613 Main Road, Ballarat, Victoria.
AICD TO FOCUS ON GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE BOARDROOM
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will hold one-day course 'Board Effectiveness for Women' on 13 September from 9am-4.30pm at the AICD WA Training Room, Allendale Square, 77 St George Terrace, Perth.
AICD EXTENDS ACCESS ACROSS PROGRAM FOR REGIONAL LEADERS IN WA
The Australian Institute of company Directors (AICD) is offering accomodation/expenses support packages to regional directors and business leaders attending the flagship Company Directors course on Perth.
AICD CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR PWC DIRECTOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE WA NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTOR
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is inviting nominations from WA based directors in the Not-for-Profit sector for the PwC Director Award for Excellence. Nominations close on the 31 August 2018.
AICD PARTNERS WITH SIA & MANAGE DAMAGE TO PRESENT HALF-DAY FORUM ON SAFETY GOVERNANCE
On Wednesday 22 August 2018, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will host a half-day forum in partnership with the SIA and Manage Damage Pty Ltd addressing the issue of 'Safety Governance' from 7.15am-12.00 at Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane.
AICD TO HOST LUNCH ON RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHERYL BATAGOL PSM FAICD
On Friday 27th July 2018, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) will host the ‘Renewable Energy’ Leaders’ Edge Lunch from 12:30pm – 2pm at Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, Victoria.
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