For Immediate Release

As a founding member of the Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce, Lefand has been at the forefront of the chamber, introducing new members and regularly sponsoring their events.

In operation for over 25 years, Lefand is an industry leader in Building and Facility Management and Maintenance Services, providing end-to-end solutions to all sectors from strata and residential, to commercial and government. They offer quality services such as building management, pre-settlement inspections, cleaning, gardening, concierge and security services.

The Lefand team are thrilled to launch their new office space over the coming weeks, located in Strathfield South. With considerably more warehousing space, their headquarters will feature a 60-person training facility with games room and commercial kitchen, plus a gym for all staff to utilise.

“We are creating a home away from home for our staff but also the ability to hold any sort of event within our very own office space” Philip Iacovou, Managing Director stated.
Family owned and solution-oriented. The company culture is based on the principle of building, cultivating and maintaining relationships with utmost integrity and loyalty. In addition, giving back to the community is a significant and essential part of the Lefand ethos. Through their association with charities such as Camp Quality, Gotcha4Life, Save Our Sons and Biaggio Signorelli Foundation, Lefand are proud to be bettering the lives and experiences of those from all walks of life.

They are also proud to be the major sponsor of the Randwick Petersham Cricket Club who along with the club’s President Mike Whitney share the same passion as Lefand, in supporting and bringing the local community and businesses together.

Lefand has become Australia’s fastest-growing building and facility management company, combining community spirit and uncompromising values with exceptional customer service, and an approach that sees them breaking through industry limits.


‘The appalling neglect of too many older Australians, with some unable to access support at all and others receiving substandard care, requires reforms that must not be put into the too-hard basket’, says Alison Verhoeven, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive.
‘Our broken aged care system is not new, but it was only when the ABC Four Corners investigation, Who Cares?, was screened in 2018 that the Australian Government acted by establishing the Royal Commission into Aged Care.’
‘Interim reports and detailed research published during the course of the Commission’s inquiry have seen some limited responses from the government including some additional investment in home care packages – but overall, the response has been slow and superficial,’ says Ms Verhoeven.
‘The findings of the Royal Commission are so serious that reforms are urgently need to be stepped up.
‘The Government must not allow the Commissioners’ divergent views relating to governance and funding to get in the road of doing what’s right for older Australians.
‘We elect our governments to provide leadership, and to make the sometimes tough decisions to ensure all Australians, including older people, can aspire to the best possible lives.
‘At the very minimum, action is needed now to:
• Increase the number of home care packages, and ensure that people are receiving packages at the level they have been assessed as requiring in a timely manner
• Reduce the number of younger people in residential aged care, and ensure their access to appropriate accommodation and care services
• Ensure people living in residential aged care are provided with appropriate personal care services, healthy food, and support to live comfortable and meaningful lives
• Improve wages and employment conditions for aged care staff
• Ensure aged care staff are appropriately qualified and receive professional development, including in palliative care and dementia support
• Ensure funding is available to support the employment of registered nursing staff in residential aged care services 24 hours a day
• Improve support for general practice services in residential aged care, including MBS funding for regular health checks
• Improve the regulatory and complaints processes to ensure both accountability of aged care providers and opportunity for residents and carers to put forward complaints and have these responded to effectively
• Improve transparency on how taxpayer dollars are used by aged care providers.’

‘We cannot put off these urgent requirements with excuses about limited budgets.
‘If the Australian Government can find money to invest in over-budget submarine and Joint Strike Fighter projects, it is surely only reasonable to expect appropriate resourcing to care for older Australians,’ says Ms Verhoeven.

WSAA welcomes the release of Infrastructure Australia’s 2021 Infrastructure Priority List. Across the country, Federal, State and local government are recognising that water recycling needs to play a far more prominent role in securing water supplies and creating cool green urban communities for amenity and health.

‘Infrastructure Australia has identified that building resilience to climate change requires strategic planning for water capture, use and management and new and previously identified initiatives in the Priority List are meeting that need’, said Adam Lovell, Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA).

‘COVID-19 has identified a strong desire for the community to be more ‘local’. It is gratifying to see the new greenfield areas, including South Creek in Sydney, identified as lead examples of using recycled water for green space and potentially purified recycled water for drinking. If stormwater is incorporated into both land use planning and water security planning, this will be a new and resilient frontier to providing water and amenity in drier and hotter parts of Sydney’, said Mr Lovell.

‘With challenges including climate change, population growth and changing customer expectations there is a clear burning platform for innovative approaches to urban water. Despite two record breaking droughts since the National Water Initiative was signed in 2004, urban water reform has been neglected. The recent Productivity Commission’s Draft National Water Reform Report has identified why we need to kick-start action by all governments in 2021. Reform is crucial to ensuring all options are on the table when it comes to securing Australia’s water supplies and we call on State and Territory Governments to maintain the momentum for a new National Water Initiative’, said Mr Lovell.

The 2021 Infrastructure Priority List also identifies a range of other water recycling initiatives from south east Melbourne to Perth to help secure water supplies and healthy green spaces. Crucially, the role of local government is often overlooked. It is critical to the success of creating cool, green, liveable spaces that all forms of government work together with water utilities and the private sector to provide affordable solutions.

‘We urge Federal, State and Territory governments to come together to address some of the challenges in providing water and wastewater services to remote and Indigenous communities across the Australia. Australia is a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals and achieving Goal 6 of clean water and sanitation remains a challenge in ‘closing the gap. We support the regional telecommunications transmission capacity high priority initiative which will enable regional water utilities to make a shift to be digital ready for the future’, Mr Lovell said.

‘It is also pleasing to see that Infrastructure Australia has identified the circular economy and in particular hydrogen as a priority initiative. The urban water sector is well placed to contribute to this important potential export for Australia’, said Mr Lovell.

WSAA is the peak body representing the urban water industry in Australia. Its members provide water and wastewater services to over 20 million customers in Australia and New Zealand, including many of Australia’s largest industrial and commercial enterprises.

Sydney, NSW – February 2021 – the Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) opens conversation on the real barriers facing Disability Employment in SMEs with Key Speakers Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services who lives with legal blindness and Albinism; Jo Johnston, Economist and Partner of Management Consulting Firm Collappor8; Sandra Duarte, CEO of Centrum Printing; Kerry Edgecombe, General Manager of Service Delivery at SSI; and Haydn Payne, owner of Spectrumite, and an individual with Autism and Tourettes, and what can be done to solve the issue.

On the International Day of People with Disabilities 2020, the CBCC, via Facebook Live on CBCC LIVE TM confronted the ongoing barriers preventing disability employment. Key speakers on the night identified critical factors preventing the progress of the issue.

Haydn Payne, speaking in representative for the neurodiverse, states that a major factor is the lack of representation from people with disability being given a chance to take an active stance in shaping the future of their employment landscape. There is a large stigma in allowing people with disability to advocate for themselves and represent their skills.

“I realised the current paradigm we’re working with in terms of hiring… and maintaining the employment of candidates with a disability was failing because one, we weren’t asking the right questions and two, we weren’t putting the right interventions into place,” said Payne. People with disability have no true voice to craft their own environment and share what they know they need to be productive.

With his neurodiversity, Payne struggled to find and retain work before becoming a self-advocate. But he says it didn’t have to be so hard. In a separate interview, Payne states, “All I need to work are small adjustments like ensuring steady lighting with no flashing or flickering lights, allowing me to wear my sensory gear like headphones and sunglasses, and avoiding crowds and sudden loud noises. These are all things a modern workplace can easily provide.”

However, Sandra Duarte, CEO at Centrum Printing, says that opening this conversation is difficult. As a diverse and inclusive employer who has failed to hire from the disability sector despite interest, she cites her concerns to hire from the disability sector are fuelled by the lack of transparency in legislation, policy and law. When do questions stop being professional and head into discriminatory? How can an employer match any special needs to their culture and workplace without asking potentially offensive questions?

“It’s an area that we don’t know much about. It’s an area that raises concern and sometimes fear from an employer’s point of view in terms of legalities, and what the difficulty is (in hiring) and… I want to learn more about it, learn how to go about it, and what we need to be able to do to give that opportunity.”

Gareth Ward MP assured businesses that the government is committed to doing more in this space. Recently, he set new state-wide standards with the release of the new Disability Inclusion Action Plan Guideline (DIAP), which was part of the Disability Inclusion Act Review. The DIAP was shared to every NSW Government website, department, and the state’s 128 local councils should have the information clearly indicating their priorities on disability inclusion, with plans published their websites and reflected in tracked annual report targets on matters such as disability employment and service inclusion.

“What that (DIAP) seeks to do is ensure that every government agency, including the 128 councils across the state, have disability plans that are inclusive, listen to people with lived experience… I wanted the make sure the DIAP had real teeth. So there are accountability mechanisms so people can actually access these plans and formats that everyone, regardless of their disability, can see and comprehend it.”

Ward also stated many advocacy sites share great information and resources on hiring people with disability. Kelly Edgecombe, representing SSI, a Diversity Training centre and advocate for the capacity building and potential for all individuals to realise their full potential, states that, the issue lies at “not just about placing people in jobs”, but “about sustaining the role permanently.” SSI also provides a full list of reputable resources on their website for any businesses wishing to hire from the disability sector.

The CBCC is encouraged to see local businesses already responding. Corporate Sponsor of the CBCC, Collappor8, sponsored autism peer-mentoring business Spectrumite into the CBCC,and provided digital and operational support in a gesture worth more than $10,000. NDIS Providers have been heartened by the overwhelming call to arms seen by the live audience.

“Corporate social responsibility is something that we should all strive to achieve,” said Jo Johnston. “Doing good is good business, and to see a topic that has been neglected for so long finally be addressed by the CBCC is inspiring. Creating change comes from within – being aware of all the good we can do for our communities that can also improve our businesses. Those with disability have been undervalued for too long.”

Continuing the conversation, Wally Mehanna, CEO of the CBCC agrees. “If we all seek to change one life, the world can be a better place. Our talks today were part of an ongoing reform focusing on enabling people with disability to gain the rights to attain their full potential as equal citizens. Bankstown is uniquely positioned to understand stigma, isolation, prejudice and discrimination. We are young, and we are progressive. Others say the neurodiverse need to fit into our neurotypical world. We say taking small steps to compromise costs the neurotypical nothing while meaning everything to the neurodiverse. This is what this discussion is for – dedicating ourselves to actual, tangible change.”

The CBCC is a young and dynamic Chamber, having grown more than 390 members since its founding in 2016. Pledged to address ongoing issues in the business community, the CBCC continues to urge businesses to rethink their employment strategies and include social impact considerations that open new markets, increase productivity, and build a steady diverse and loyal employee base.


About the CBCC

The Canterbury-Bankstown Chamber of Commerce is the fastest growing chamber in NSW, with their prime concern dedicated to empowering the local business community by representing their voice as a collective. As a Chamber, the CBCC supports sustainable business practices that nurture brands so that each and every member is empowered to be change agents in their own right. To watch the whole CBCC Live Talk on Disability Employment, check out CBCC Live TVTM at

See Haydn Payne take centre stage, at the CBCC education workshop event 29 March 2021 at Kingsgrove RSL 6pm where Haydn & Moe Salem, Director the Mind & Behaviour Clinic will provide a workshop about communication and the art of Public Speaking. The true step to building a better future for people living with disability and how the neurotypical world can be influenced with great leadership from the neurodiverse. Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite.

Media Contacts:
Wally Mehanna
0416 012 747
[email protected]


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AUSTRALIA: With so many new and emerging trends in complementary medicine, it can be hard to sort the real-life remedies from the fake news. But while acupuncture is growing in popularity every day in Western society, it is far from a new-age scam.

The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) is the peak professional organisation for Chinese medicine, acupuncturists, herbalists, and traditional remedial massage practitioners in Australia; and aims to educate Australian’s on the science behind acupuncture and debunk any myths or misconceptions.

Modern research shows acupuncture to be an effective treatment, especially for pain.

“Patient feedback on acupuncture treatments for pain is extremely positive, especially as it reduces or even eliminates the need for pain-relieving drugs,” says Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association President Waveny Holland.

Acupuncture has seen a surge in popularity over the last 12 months, a consequence of work-related issues due to more people working from home and seeking natural, drug-free options for pain management.

“Australians are starting to embrace acupuncture as a go-to treatment for pain and general wellbeing,” continues Waveny, “acupuncture has been used for many centuries across East Asia to treat a full range of health conditions, and the Western world is now realising the benefits acupuncture treatments can have if integrated into their health care program.”

Acupuncture can also be a useful treatment for mental health issues with patients endorsing the relaxing and mind-calming effect that acupuncture provides.

“Acupuncture is effective to help manage mental health and emotional issues, something that has been invaluable to support patients with anxiety and fear during COVID lockdowns,” states Waveny.

The science of acupuncture

There is plenty of evidence to show that acupuncture does work for many different conditions. In 2017’s Acupuncture Evidence Project – an analysis of previous literature investigating acupuncture’s effectiveness, commissioned by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) – found the treatment useful for no fewer than 117 ailments. It was clear; the authors concluded: “It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture is because of the placebo effect.”

This, and many other studies, support what practitioners have known all along: that acupuncture has the power to offer relief to those who are suffering. From treating musculoskeletal pain to hay fever, adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy to depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and more, acupuncture can have real therapeutic benefits.

For pain, in particular, acupuncture is recognised worldwide as “a proven drug-free alternative,” says Waveny Holland. Helping ease pain has far-reaching consequences beyond the primary concern. “Pain, especially chronic pain can often be accompanied by depression, loss of job, diminished quality of life, lack of sleep, and isolation. It is most often treated with opioid drugs to relieve pain and antidepressants to manage the depression, and coping with the side effects and potential dependency adds to the burden of pain. It is extraordinarily satisfying for both patient and practitioner to see a marked reduction or elimination of the pain after just one acupuncture treatment. Nothing beats that feeling.”

Acupuncture is not only an effective curative treatment but, importantly, also a beneficial treatment for maintenance and prevention adds Waveny. “Acupuncture can treat many conditions, and if you have regular treatments, you’re less likely to suffer from any of them in the first place,” she explains. “It’s just like servicing and maintaining your car to keep it running smoothly.”

There’s no doubt acupuncture can assist in pain relief, but it is essential to use a qualified acupuncturist with the requisite tertiary university training to ensure you are receiving safe and effective treatment. All AACMA member practitioners are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and have completed the necessary four-year university degree and associated 1000 hours of clinical practice – search the free AACMA database to find a Chinese medicine practitioner in your area.

For interviews with AACMA president Waveny Holland or to speak to a local accredited acupuncturist, contact Amanda Kuhn ([email protected])


Contact: Amanda Kuhn – 0410 570 993 – [email protected]

Who is the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)?
The AACMA was established in 1973 when traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was relatively unknown by the western population of Australia. Today, the association represents the majority of qualified acupuncture and TCM practitioners in Australia. We encourage and enable our members to grow as TCM practitioners through professional development opportunities, research, and collaboration.

Everyone needs to back up their data, but the importance of the data backup process is often underestimated both by individuals and companies. Only becoming an issue of importance when it is too late – once the irreplaceable data is gone. There are many reasons this may happen, such as a hard drive defect or malware that can destroy precious memories and years of work within a split second.

The solution to this risk comes in the form of backup software. ASCOMP, a German software manufacturer has published a new version of its user-friendly software, an easy to implement solution for protecting your valuable data. With BackUp Maker 8.0 important data can be saved automatically, with optional encryption (AES 256 bit), on a storage medium of your choice.

BackUp Maker 8.0 offers a wealth of backup options. Whether they back up to cloud storage such as OneDrive, GoogleDrive, and Dropbox or to an offline data carrier, the user can decide for themselves where their data should be stored to protect themselves from loss.

In the new version 8.0, BackUp Maker has included useful new functions and has been specifically optimized for use under Windows 10. A task scheduler can be used to define at what time, at what interval, or at what system event a data backup should take place. In a self-defined cycle, all files and folders are automatically backed up in full and in the background.

BackUp Maker 8.0 makes data backup uncomplicated and convenient. Andreas Stroebel, Managing Director of ASCOMP Software says “We have deliberately kept the program interface of BackUp Maker simple. For data backup professionals there is the expert mode which leaves little to be desired.” With just a few inputs, complex data backups can be created, and these can be restored quickly and easily.

For private use, BackUp Maker can be downloaded free of charge from The paid version (from $39.90) is ad-free and also offers additional technical support.

A creative COVID safe Campaign is being curated by 20 Melbournians undertaking a hunger strike for 48 hours (Wednesday24/Thursday 25 February, 2021). Australian Oromo communities have rallied to support a campaign against 2019 Nobel Prize recipient, PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia for imprisoning Oromo opposition leaders in Ethiopia.

Locals are angered that Ethiopia’s most prominent political commentator, Jawar Mohammed (pictured centre), who featured in sold out Australian tours is in danger of dying; he is currently on hunger strike in a notorious Qalitti prison in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after surviving attempted assassination and being blocked from participating in the national elections of Ethiopia in 2021.

Mohammed and fellow government opposition leaders, Bekele Gerba and Hamza Borena (pictured) are also imprisoned, despite supporters in Ethiopia numbering 50 million. Their fate remains dire and concerned Melbournians are angered by the Ethoipian ruling party’s lack-lustre response to grave human rights abuses. Blatant abuses include security forces that defied Ethiopian court orders to grant opposition leaders access to healthcare services in civilian hospitals. Military vehicles barricaded the hospital gate; leaders refused to be treated there for fears of being poisoned to death.

On Wednesday 24th February, local Melbourne Oromos will undertake creative covid safe (“#StarvingForJustice”) campaign, which will comprise dressing in yellow to support the striking prisoners, hiring mobile trucks to rally around the Melbourne city, conducting a 48 hour hunger strike sit in at parliament house in Victoria and allowing multiple small but passionate groups to collectively voice their anger, frustration and concern in a responsible and creative way: They seek to attention the Ethiopian government responsible for its gross human rights violations and degradation of human dignity.

Media enquiries are encouraged and welcomed.

‘Mumpreneur’ is a term used to describe mothers that run their own businesses. A side hustle to being a mum. You can even find the term in the Cambridge Dictionary.

But do you know what isn’t in the Cambridge Dictionary? ‘Dadpreneur’.

Female business-owners across Australia are calling for an end to the term, widely called “patronising” and “derogatory”.

“If you’re a business owner running a successful company, whether or not you are a female, or a wife, or a mum is irrelevant. We need to stop categorising women in business based on if they have kids,” says Amanda Lacey, founder of POPCOM, a communications agency based in Sydney.

“Maybe the term had a purpose a decade ago, to shine a light on the ability of mums to both manage family and launch a business. But now it’s becoming a form of casual gender-discrimination. It actually makes me cringe.”

Nikki Williams launched a sustainable designer handbag company of the same name in 2014. She also happens to be a mum.

“Have you ever heard a man being asked: ‘Tom, how do you cope with being a dad and running a successful business’? Just because I’m a mother of three children and happen to have set up and run a company, it doesn’t necessarily make me different from fathers who do the same,” she says.

“It suggests that business owners who are also mothers venture into business as a past-time, aside from their primary roles as carers for children. I didn’t start my current business because I’m a mum, I started it because I love business.”

A survey of 500 UK businesswomen in 2018 found 65 per cent thought the term held negative connotations.

Years later, the title is unchanged.

“The term ‘Mumpreneur’ was apparently first coined in the late 1990s. That’s over two decades ago,” Amanda points out. “A lot has changed since then, and I think it’s time to move on from it.”

“And if you’re wondering,” says Nikki, “We aren’t ‘girl bosses’ either.”


For more information, contact Amanda Lacey on [email protected]

PlayUp Limited (the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has successfully completed a significantly over subscribed private capital raising of A$12.5 million (“Capital Raising”).

The Capital Raising received very strong support from new and existing, institutional and high net worth investors, including several investors with a strong pedigree and track record in the betting entertainment industry.

The Capital Raising will fund the Company’s launch and expansion into the US market.

PlayUp’s CEO, Daniel Simic, commented: “We are very pleased with the outcome of what has been a highly successful capital raising for the Company. We want to thank existing shareholders who participated in the Placement and welcome new investors to the register for the next stage of PlayUp’s growth, being our launch into the US market.”

For more information please contact:

Corporate & Media:
Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan Management
[email protected]
+61 405 555 618

Investor Relations:
Dean Sleigh
Global CFO, PlayUp Limited
[email protected]
+61 412 330 285

International Tourist Guide Day celebrates the role of experienced Tour Guides on 21 February annually. In a year that has been devasted by a hard lockdown of Australia’s International Borders, our members give back to Aussies with free walking tours.
To celebrate International Tourist Guide Day, the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia (PTGAA), with support from the City of Melbourne, have launched a selection of free Melbourne walking tours hosted by PTGAA members. These tours will take place on Sunday 28 March 2021.

In Sydney, a free accessible walking tour for blind and low vision travellers was held on International Tourist Guide Day, hosted by James McFarlane, owner of accessible tour operator Cocky Guides a PTGAA member.

“Our members are excited to get out and about to share their knowledge with fellow Aussies. I invite the community to join one of our free tours or look for an accredited guide to see what you can discover in your own backyard.” said the President of PTGAA, Jim McInerney.

PTGAA is also a strong advocate for ongoing National government support to retain trained and skilled professional tour guides to meet demand once international border restrictions are relaxed.

“The Federal Government has done an amazing job to retain many skilled professionals in the industry so far. As COVID vaccines are distributed across the globe, a safe destination like Australia will be very popular for international visitors. Any move to shift our members from JobKeeper to JobSeeker at the end of March will see a mass exodus of experienced professional tour guides lost to other industries at the time we need them most. The turnkey approach the government has taken to date in order to reboot tourism will be lost.” said Jim.

To book a free walking tour in Melbourne on Sunday 28 March 2021 or find an accredited tour guide for your next Australian holiday, visit