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11 Feb

Leading tech startup and innovation conference above all human returns to Melbourne

by launch-admin Feb 11, 2016 0 News


MEDIA RELEASE

 Leading tech startup and innovation conference above all human returns to Melbourne

      First confirmed line up of speakers announced, including Rod Drury, Window Snyder, Katie Mack and Martin Hosking

      More world-class speakers to be revealed over the coming months

      Conference committed to shaping Australia’s tech innovation landscape 

Australia, 3 December 2015: Australia’s leading tech innovation conference above all human has announced its return to Melbourne on January 29, 2016, with a line up of some of the world‘s most innovative minds, including CEO and co-founder of Xero, Rod Drury, Chief Security Officer at Fastly, Window Snyder, theoretical astrophysicist, Katie Mack and CEO and co-founder of Redbubble, Martin Hosking.

An initiative by Startup Victoria and co-founded by Susan Wu and Bronwen Clune, above all human first launched in December 2014 and was sold out with a highly regarded panel of speakers, including co-founder and CEO of Reddit Steve Huffman, influential philosopher and media presenter Waleed Aly, and MIT Media Lab Fellow and cryptocurrency expert Joyce Kim.

“Startup Victoria is thrilled to announce above all human’s return to Melbourne for a second year running,” Board Member of Startup Victoria, Scott Handsaker, said. “The success of the inaugural event has cemented its position as the leading innovation conference in Australia.

“It’s an exciting time for Australia’s technology ecosystem, with Melbourne proving itself time and time again as a central hub of startup excellence. A number of the world’s leading tech companies have set up their regional headquarters here, including Stripe, Etsy, Eventbrite, Zendesk, Xero, and Square. Furthermore, some of the most exciting emerging startups like CareMonkey and CultureAmp were founded in Melbourne.”

Conference co-director, Susan Wu, commented: “Our goal with this conference is to establish Australia’s prominence in the global startup community and to build scale around the startup momentum that’s already underway here.

“With the conference’s consistent quality of globally prominent A-list speakers and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, above all human has already established itself as a world-class conference around tech innovation.”

“Essentially, what above all human is interested in is exploring how technology can be used to benefit, influence, and change the course of humanity. We’re excited by the Turnbull government’s newly invigorated focus on technology and innovation, and this conference – alongside its global community of speakers and attendees – unquestionably has a pivotal role to play in shaping what’s to come in Australia over the next decade.”

above all human will take place in Southbank on Friday January 29, 2016 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. For more information on the above all human conference visit the website

-ENDS-

Media Contact:

Sarah Bond sarah@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 / 0449 543 181 

Laura Blue laurab@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0416 699 925

About above all human

above all human is a conference for startup founders, makers, designers and innovators who want to do great things, build innovative products, and be the most effective entrepreneurs they can be. The first conference took place in Melbourne in December 2014 featuring world-class speakers and was a sold out success. The next conference is scheduled for January 2016.

above all human is a Startup Victoria initiative and believes that now, more than ever, we can build a strong and sustainable tech culture in Australia and compete on a global scale.

About Startup Victoria

Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building and supporting Victoria’s startup ecosystem. Startup Victoria organises some of the largest tech startup events in Melbourne, and with a 4,500+ membership base, is one of the largest entrepreneurship groups in Australia. 


11 Feb

Sydney’s best and worst growth suburbs in 2015

by launch-admin Feb 11, 2016 0 News

 


 

MEDIA RELEASE

Sydney’s best and worst growth suburbs in 2015

Sydney, 21 January 2016: Leading property data platform Onthehouse.com.au has today released data on Sydney’s 2015 market performance, with its best and worst growth suburbs revealed.

Market Analyst at Onthehouse.com.au, Eliza Owen said: “Australia’s property market in 2015 was very volatile across Australia, with each state capital market performing uniquely based upon native cyclical patterns and growth patterns.”

The following table reveals Sydney’s top 10 performing suburbs in 2015:



Source: Onthehouse.com.au

The following table reveals Sydney’s worst 10 performing suburbs in 2015:



Source: Onthehouse.com.au

Ms. Owen’s top observations from the 2015 Sydney market growth are:

Sydney’s west and south-west suburbs led growth in 2015

“It is interesting to note that the top five growth suburbs in Sydney are located in the far west and south-west of the Sydney metropolitan area. Elizabeth Hills, Penrith and Macquarie Fields led the way with staggering median value increases of above 30 per cent,” said Ms. Owen.

Sydney’s data reflects historical cycles going back to the 1980s

“Last year marked the end of the most recent Sydney growth cycle. Sydney’s growth cycles typically begin with the most prestigious, highly valued areas increasing first – mainly around the eastern suburbs and the inner city – with growth then spilling further and further west and out to lower value areas. Therefore, 2015’s growth in Sydney’s south-west signalled that we at the end of a housing boom,” continued Ms. Owen.

The Hills area saw sustained growth in this housing boom

“Pennant Hills is perhaps the most surprising entrant on this list as it has now has seen double-digit annual growth for the last three years in a row. The sustained popularity of the area could be due to a revitalised interest in the Hills region as new, young families migrate to Sydney and demand large homes, and new infrastructure is added in nearby suburbs,” said Ms. Owen.

Some suburbs just aren’t ready for units
“A slowdown in growth in Asquith and Winston Hills units reflects very ambitious, optimistic development in these otherwise spacious, leafy suburbs. Ten years from now, when Sydney has a more dense population, high rises may be demanded in these areas. However, the quick growth cycles of these dwellings in 2015 taught us that growth in units in Asquith and Winston Hills was perhaps based more on speculative demand than dwelling demand,” continued Ms. Owen. 

No suburb is safe from property cycles

“Property has always performed cyclically, even when there is a general upward trend. Church Point is a beautiful, exclusive waterside suburb that was the only area in Sydney to retract in value during 2015 because every property buyer has a price cap,” said Ms. Owen. 

To access more free property data or find out how much your house could be worth, head to Onthehouse.com.au.

-ENDS- 

Media contacts

Sarah Bond: E: sarah@launchgroup.com.au / T 02 9492 1041 / M 0449 543 181

Laura Blue: E laurab@launchgroup.com.au / T 02 9492 1000/ M 0416 699 925

About Onthehouse.com.au

www.Onthehouse.com.au is Australia’s most transparent and comprehensive real estate portal, empowering consumers to make informed property decisions by providing them with free access to information. Over 1.8 million unique visitors search for listings and view in-depth property data a month, making it Australia’s third most popular real estate platform.

Onthehouse.com.au is the flagship consumer offering of Onthehouse Holdings (ASX:OTH), the 360-degree property market services group that provides comprehensive real estate agency solutions, information and analytics services. Onthehouse Holdings businesses together help over half of Australia’s real estate agencies, as well as being used by financial institutions and other property-related professionals. 





Sarah Bond, Senior Account Manager
Launch Management Group Pty Ltd
 
FSA #100, Fox Studios Australia,
38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021
 
office: + 61 2 9492 1041
mobile: + 61 (0) 449 543 181
facsimile: + 61 2 9492 1099

twitter: @Launch_Group I @_sarahjbond





11 Feb

Australia’s cities to watch in 2016

by launch-admin Feb 11, 2016 0 News

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Australia’s cities to watch in 2016

Australia, 7 January 2015: Leading property data platform Onthehouse.com.au has today released its predictions on Australia’s cities to watch in 2016[1], based on combining current performance with local market conditions, upcoming developments and historical growth patterns.

Market Analyst at Onthehouse.com.au, Eliza Owen said: “While the economic outlook for 2016 is weak, the 10 ‘areas to watch’ identified have strong growth drivers and cyclical growth expectations. Therefore, most of these areas are likely to have steady growth, somewhere in the single digits, rather than huge booms, making them smart long-term investments.”

The following table reveals Onthehouse.com.au’s top 10 property investment areas to watch in 2016:

 

Growth Areas for 2016

State

Houses

Units

Median Value

Capital Growth (Year to November)

Current Rental Yield

Median Value

Capital Growth (Year to November)

Current Rental Yield

1

City of Gosford

NSW

 $598,000 

17.59%

4.48%

 $438,500 

17.43%

5.25%

2

Lake Macquarie Region

NSW

 $470,500 

8.06%

4.77%

 $374,500 

2.92%

4.99%

3

City of Newcastle

NSW

 $512,500 

5.18%

4.72%

 $432,500 

8.16%

4.99%

4

City of Shellharbour

NSW

 $506,000 

13.47%

4.78%

 $383,500 

13.74%

5.37%

5

City of Whittlesea

VIC

 $447,500 

7.39%

4.21%

 $329,000 

5.38%

5.05%

6

Brisbane Metropolitan 

QLD

 $501,000 

4.09%

4.76%

 $384,000 

3.45%

5.22%

7

City of Logan

QLD

 $377,000 

6.03%

5.46%

 $236,000 

5.06%

6.69%

8

Greater Hobart

TAS

 $384,000 

1.74%

5.05%

 $274,000 

9.13%

5.54%

9

Gold Coast

QLD

 $563,500 

7.79%

5.01%

 $356,500 

5.96%

5.82%

10

Sunshine Coast

QLD

 $506,000 

5.56%

4.88%

 $370,500 

4.67%

5.35%

 

 














Source: Onthehouse.com.au

With cities such as Wollongong and Newcastle set to be the among the bases for re-homing displaced Syrian refugees, Tasmania continuing to pick-up its tourism market and Queensland boasting some large development projects, there are many emerging areas showing positive economic potential. 

Here is Eliza Owen’s breakdown of why each identified area made the list:

City of Gosford, NSW         

Suburbs within the City of Gosford enjoy a spill-over of wealth from Sydney in the form of residential investment and from tourism to the lakeside city. Despite enormous growth in 2015, regional NSW tends to lag a little behind Sydney. This is supported by historical growth patterns, therefore growth could continue into 2016. 

Lake Macquarie Region, NSW       

Lake Macquarie is popular with tourists who are seeking a quick getaway from Sydney, as it is only a two-hour drive from the Sydney CBD. The area contains suburbs with very affordable dwellings, some with strong rental yields. For owner occupiers, the area is popular with retirees and has a growing health care sector to support quality of life.

City of Newcastle, NSW      

Newcastle has undergone tremendous development in the last few years. This has partially been the result of people and businesses being priced out of Sydney and seeking more affordable rent in a nearby city. As a result, the Central Coast has transformed over the last few years. Newcastle and Wollongong have also been named as areas to relocate Syrian refugees, which will encourage population growth and increase demand in the economy for a range of services; provided refugees are set up with adequate resources.

City of Shellharbour, NSW

The City of Shellharbour is another regional NSW area that is set to benefit from the Sydney wealth spill-over. Shellharbour is also home to the established City of Wollongong, which has excellent educational and medical facilities, as well as a beautiful coastal setting.

City of Whittlesea, VIC

This is more just a cyclical evaluation; where lower value properties are expected to follow the high end. It’s also worth noting that as population growth remains high over the next decade (particularly in Melbourne as approximately one-third of migrants settle in Victoria), anywhere within reasonable distance and commute time to the CBD is likely to see long-term growth. Stockland survey data also suggests that Sydney buyers were registering their interest in Melbourne property, suggesting the appeal of Melbourne will continue in 2016 as residual wealth from Sydney is transferred to the relatively affordable Melbourne market.

Brisbane Metropolitan, QLD

Growth in Brisbane is expected to be partially out of cyclical movements. Historically, Brisbane usually peaks in capital growth after the Sydney and Melbourne markets. As Melbourne is likely coming into peak growth now, Brisbane could see higher value increases in 2016. It is worth noting that this could be mitigated by increases in home loan interest rates and slowed economic growth both globally and in Australia, plus slowed rates of migration to Queensland, which fell by approximately 22 per cent in the year to June 2015.

However, an increase in tourism may drive employment; attracting migration and dwelling demand in the future. According to Tourism Research Australia, Brisbane was the third top holiday destination of overseas visitors, followed by the Gold Coast, with the Sunshine Coast also featuring in the top 10. There are currently also large development programs happening around Brisbane, including a casino at the Queens Wharf site. It is worth making the distinction that this may not be a long-term growth driver, but if you are only looking at movements for the next few years then this area has potential. 

City of Logan, QLD

The City of Logan is a growth centre, conveniently located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Enormous development projects have been approved in the region, particularly in Beenleigh, where the town’s CBD is set to see new residences, commercial offices, a new theatre, medical centre and café precinct. However, the highest growth potential is likely to be in surrounding suburbs where values remain relatively affordable.

Greater Hobart, TAS

Tasmania has presented some surprising growth results in 2015. The Hobart CBD and surrounding suburbs in particular have drawn many tourists. Hobart is regarded for its historic charm, with many heritage buildings preserved. Tasmania also has highly regarded produce, which, combined with trade subsidies provided by the federal government, will help to boost exports from Tasmania. As tourism and hospitality pick up in Tasmania, popular centres like Hobart could see further capital growth from employment, affordability and dwelling demand in 2016.

Gold Coast, QLD

According to Tourism Research Australia, the Gold Coast was the fourth most visited destination by tourists in the year to September 2015. The Gold Coast has also recently outperformed growth in both Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, suggesting the booming value of this area. 

The Gold Coast is also set to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, Nigel Chamier, has claimed that preparations for the games are under budget and ahead of schedule, enabling new sports facilities to be trialled in 2017. The government expects $2 billion worth of contracts across the Gold Coast and in other parts of the south-east corridor, in preparation and execution of the Games.

Finally, major residential developments are occurring in the Gold Coast CBD, including The Ruby Towers development, which is expected to be complete in six years time. Although the city centre has seen recent escalations in value, a spill-over of growth may also be expected in nearby suburbs such as Oxenford, Helensvale and Robina.

Sunshine Coast, QLD

As developers anticipate strong migration and affordability to drive dwelling demand, there has been increased construction activity on the Sunshine Coast. Part of the more general cyclical trend, which may see the south-east of Queensland see steady growth in the area, the Sunshine Coast also achieved steady capital growth over 2015. New developments in the region include a University Hospital set to open in late 2016.

To learn more about Onthehouse.com.au’s State Market Reports head to www.Onthehouse.com.au

-ENDS-

Media contacts

Sarah Bond: E: sarah@launchgroup.com.au / T 02 9492 1041 / M 0449 543 181

Laura Blue: E laurab@launchgroup.com.au / T 02 9492 1000/ M 0416 699 925

About Onthehouse.com.au

www.Onthehouse.com.au is Australia’s most transparent and comprehensive real estate portal, empowering consumers to make informed property decisions by providing them with free access to information. Over 1.8 million unique visitors search for listings and view in-depth property data a month, making it Australia’s third most popular real estate platform.

Onthehouse.com.au is the flagship consumer offering of Onthehouse Holdings (ASX:OTH), the 360-degree property market services group that provides comprehensive real estate agency solutions, information and analytics services. Onthehouse Holdings businesses together help over half of Australia’s real estate agencies, as well as being used by financial institutions and other property-related professionals.


[1] Identified areas are broad local government areas or metropolitan cities, and the data has been taken from the median of that.

 
 
 



Sarah Bond, Senior Account Manager
Launch Management Group Pty Ltd
 
FSA #100, Fox Studios Australia,
38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021
 
office: + 61 2 9492 1041
mobile: + 61 (0) 449 543 181
facsimile: + 61 2 9492 1099

twitter: @Launch_Group I @_sarahjbond





10 Feb
28 Jan

SeventeenHundred Unveils Top Strategies Used By Business To Promote Better Employee Work/Life Balance

by launch-admin Jan 28, 2016 0 News

Sydney, January 28: SeventeenHundred, the work-life, diversity and inclusion solutions provider, has today announced the five strategies that its clients found to be the most successful when seeking to create a better work/life culture for their employees.

 

With technology enabling workers to effectively take their offices with them – whether out and about or at home – the expectation that employees are available, whether they are at their desks or not, is now standard. Managed well, having to be available outside of the standard work-day can allow for a strong work/ life balance, by giving staff the ability to be flexible in where they work. This allows employees to manage their responsibilities as carers, or look after their health, without having set hours that they are expected to be in the office.

 

Practical experience in implementing work/life balance has shown that in many cases this opportunity is misunderstood and poorly implemented, and often used more as a way to extend working hours so they become invasive into the home, rather than allow employees greater control over their use of time. The result is that many approaches to implement work/life policies lead to greater dissatisfaction within the workplace.

 

It is for this reason that SeventeenHundred believes organisations should think of work/ life balance as work/ life integration; where management seeks to break down the attempt at building a clear line between work and “life,” and instead makes work a part of – but not the entirety of – a person’s life.

 

There are five key strategies that organisations that have implemented successful work/life programs follow:

 

·       A focus on flexibility – Organisations that provided flexible work, carer support programs, and emergency back up care/ access to resources were the ones that were most successful in helping employees juggle between their work and life commitments.

·       A review of the culture within the business – Businesses that took the time to review how people worked, whether they spent long hours in the office just to be seen, whether they were encouraged to be flexible with their work when they needed to, and how employees were being managed by senior executives, were the ones that had a firmer understanding on the kind of working culture within the organisation. This process allowed executives to adjust strategy if the review uncovered problem areas.

·       Ensuring teams are properly resourced – Poorly resourced teams will exhibit a series of indicators that the culture review within the business will red flag – long hours, poor retention, absenteeism, negative commentary in engagement surveys and exit interview data. One of the best things that businesses can do to improve work/ life integration is ease the stress burdens placed on each individual person by resourcing their work properly.

·       Making managers more accountable with facilitating work/ like integration – The businesses meeting their work/ life balance goals best are those that are encouraging the managers to be keeping an eye on hours worked, and encouraging staff not to work long hours simply to create the perception of working long hours. Some are, almost literally, pushing their staff out the door, and such a gesture is appreciated.

·       Increase awareness of employee entitlements; communication with employees around the flexible work entitlements, carer’s leave and other such support programs – Employers that are providing their staff with quality content and communication on strategies to facilitate a stronger work/ life integration are the ones that find employees more invested in the programs, thus improving the management of their work/ life balance.

 

“We are seeing more organisations understand just how important it is to get the work/ life balance – or work/ life integration balance –right for their staff,” Fiona Hitchiner, Diversity and Work-Life Specialist at SeventeenHundred, said.

 

“With such a tight employment market at the moment, retention and staff happiness are critical factors in maintaining the overall health of a business. We have found that organisations took their work/ life balance strategies far more seriously in 2015 than ever before, and the early signs for 2016 is that this growth in focus is only going to accelerate.”

 

– Ends –

 

Media Contacts

 

Matt Sainsbury, Launch Group

E: matthew@launchgroup.com.au | M: +61 423 393 300 | T: +612 9492 1000

 

Laura Blue, Launch Group                                                                                                                                

E: laurab@launchgroup.com.au | M: + 61 416 699 925| T: +612 9492 1000

 

About SeventeenHundred

SeventeenHundred provides work-life, diversity and inclusion solutions that support organisations and their employees.SeventeenHundred provides services that help people balance work commitments and external responsibilities, with the aim of making life easier.

21 Jan

MCN expands its Television-OOH network, boosting shopping mall advertising in 2016

by launch-admin Jan 21, 2016 0 News

20 January 2015: Multi Channel Network’s (MCN) innovation in shopping mall advertising continues to grow, with the company announcing a significant expansion to its Television Out-Of-Home (TV-OOH) offering across the country.

 

MCN TV-OOH is a content driven, audio enabled network of digital HD television screens in shopping centres; designed to inform, engage and entertain consumers whilst they are in a purchasing frame of mind.

 

The new TV-OOH offering now includes a total of 36 large format, full motion 16:9 screens driving advertising opportunities with broadcast quality content provided by Network Ten and Foxtel to ensure shoppers enjoy a true television experience when out and about.

 

The expansion is a key part of MCN’s strategy to provide advertisers with a unified platform which connects brands with their customers through the journey from their living room to the point of sale. The network’s full audio capabilities allow advertisers to air their TVC and provide a consistent message from couch, to cash register. 

 

MCN CEO, Anthony Fitzgerald, said: “The outdoor media market is one of the most rapidly growing advertising sectors in Australia. With MCN investing and innovating in a true Television-style OOH network, we can offer advertisers an incredible opportunity to close the loop and extend their message through to the point of purchase.”

 

Advertisers can also benefit from localised messaging, dayparting, plus truly innovative advertising opportunities such as augmented reality, social media amplification and live streaming. Additionally, customised call-to-action messages can be inserted to run immediately following any advertisement.

 

MCN National Director – TV-OOH and Qantas In-Flight Entertainment, Paul Sutcliffe, said with an increasing number of buyers seeking true unified advertising solutions for their clients, the ability to offer a television style experience out of the home is more important than ever.

 

“In 2016 we will see increased demand for a combined screen experience, giving audiences a seamless content experience regardless of where they are,” said Mr Sutcliffe. “Expanding our TV-OOH Network is an integral part of MCN’s broader unified television strategy, providing best-of-class content for our clients to their customers in all spaces.”

 

To rollout the expansion, MCN have partnered with shopping centre managers QIC and Vicinity Centres (whose portfolio includes Australia’s largest shopping centre, Chadstone, in Melbourne, and Castle Towers in Sydney).

 

MCN’s TV-OOH business accounts for over 215 million shopper visits and $8.2 billion in retail turnover annually. MCN also has plans to leverage their 200,000 strong Multiview panel and partnership with Quantium to enable media buyers to accurately identify which malls their key buying demographics are shopping in.

 

-ENDS-

 

For more information contact: Matthew SainsburyLaunch Group mobile: 0423 393 300

 

About MCN: MCN is a joint venture between Foxtel, FOX SPORTS and Network Ten. MCN is responsible for the advertising interests of 15 capital-city free-to-air channels from Network Ten, 70 subscription television channel brands across Foxtel, 118 premium digital publishers and online catch-up and streaming TV service tenplay. Additionally, MCN represent 3 IPTV services, 31 Digital-Out-Of-Home-TV screens and Qantas’ domestic and international inflight entertainment network. MCN delivers the extraordinary combination of a high value national subscription television audience, with the fastest-growing free-to-air network, plus the largest broadcast-quality digital video network in Australia. MCN brings life to ideas, creating insight-driven communication solutions, which not only reach, but create a dialogue with consumers. Our world class data and trading platforms will make your campaign more targeted, more accountable and more powerful than ever before. For more information: www.MCN.com.au