17 May 2024 – Pokhara, Nepal – For Immediate Release

Allie Pepper has etched her name onto the list of elite mountaineers after summiting five 8,000-meter peaks (to their true summits) without supplementary oxygen.

Allie Pepper’s remarkable accomplishments on the way to 14 peaks without oxygen include:
• Becoming the first Australian woman to summit Annapurna and Makalu (to their true summits) without supplementary oxygen.
• Becoming the first Australian woman to summit two 8,000-meter peaks (to their true summits) without supplementary oxygen in one season.
• Reaching the highest altitude of any Australian woman without supplementary oxygen at 8485m (Makalu summit)

Mountains and world records have filled the annals of adventure for generations, along with the associated risks and rewards.

Following Allie’s summit of Mt. Makalu, she experienced a temporary setback. Her eyesight is affected by high altitude retinopathy (HAR). HAR is a condition that affects the retina, caused by the lower atmospheric pressure experienced at high elevations. Fortunately, this condition typically remedies over a 4 to 6-week period at lower altitudes.

This means climbing Mt. Kangchenjunga, which has been hampered by high winds and snow in recent weeks anyway, will be delayed while Allie and her partner Mikel take time out in Pokhara and Kathmandu. During this period, they will work on their film, “Respect Above the Clouds,” as well as participate in several media engagements.

Allie and Mikel will arrive in Sydney, Australia at 10am on Sunday, June 9th for more commitments before preparing to return to the high mountains when the climbing season commences again in Pakistan.

The Series (in Development)

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In a concerted effort to enhance emergency medical response within the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Community Health Support (CHS) NSW, an emergency medical response network, announces the deployment of CellAED®, equipping 50% of its volunteer first responders with this life-saving portable technology.

CHS NSW provides first aid and CPR training, alongside its 24/7 hotline. Staffed by a network of medical professionals and advanced first responders, CHS NSW bolsters the local community’s confidence in handling medical emergencies.

“The affordability and compact size of the CellAED device were pivotal factors in our decision to purchase 30 units for our first responders,” states Jesse Lenn, Co-Founder of CHS NSW.

“The portability ensures our volunteers can carry the defibrillator with ease in their first aid kits, ready for deployment at a moment’s notice.”

Calling upon their community to join their ranks, Lenn emphasises, “our volunteers embody a passion for healthcare and a commitment to positively impact our community’s well-being.”

“The simplicity and size of the CellAED device are unparalleled,” underscores Lynne Berson, Volunteer Coordinator at CHS NSW. “Our volunteers, spanning various backgrounds, share a common dedication to serving our community in times of need.”

Over recent months, CHS NSW volunteers have swiftly responded to diverse emergencies, leveraging their training and CellAED devices procured via authorised reseller Defibsplus.

Louise Dawson, CEO of Defibsplus Australia and New Zealand, champions this initiative, stating, “CellAED represents a groundbreaking advancement in personal defibrillation, reaffirming our commitment to saving lives and empowering communities.”

Together with CellAED, CHS NSW and Defibsplus are helping to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by equipping more people with life-saving AEDs, offering peace of mind and creating safer communities.

Earlier this month, leading industry association Tour Guides Australia met with The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM, former Minister for Tourism, who is facilitating consultation on the THRIVE 2030 Consolidation Phase (2025 – 2027) on behalf of Austrade. The THRIVE 2030 strategy sets a long-term plan for growing Australia’s visitor economy. The meeting discussed outcomes achieved by Tour Guides Australia during the Thrive 2030 Recovery Phase (2022-2024).

Tour Guides Australia President Greg Esnouf says: “Our major initiative towards Phase One was the successful development and delivery of Tour Guide Australia’s industry-led Tour Guiding Fundamentals micro-credentialing course. It’s a cost-effective short course that provides a clear pathway to accreditation as a professional tour guide.”

Tour Guides Australia’s feedback towards Phase Two of the THRIVE 2030 strategy is expanding access to and national recognition of micro-credentialing courses such as the Tour Guiding Fundamentals course, and their five recommendations for the long-term sustainable growth of the visitor economy policy by growing a secure and resilient workforce include:

1. Encourage tour guide training programs for First Nations people.

Tour Guides Australia has identified that the Tour Guiding Fundamentals micro-credential course can significantly increase the capability to assist First Nations people in gaining employment in the visitor economy.

2. Promote the advantages of tour guide accreditation at a national level.

Tour Guides Australia welcomes discussions with all Australian state and territory governments to take the lead towards implementing a policy for government venues and attractions to promote tour guide accreditation and courses such as Tour Guiding Fundamentals as a requirement for all of their volunteer tour guides and site guides.

3. Improve employment standards for tour guides.

An industry award and recognition of training and accreditation programs such as the Tour Guiding Fundamentals micro-credential course for tour guides and their employers will lead to improved service standards and safety for visitor experiences.

4. Encourage tour operators to implement formal in-house training.

Tour Guides Australia understand that tour operators are the predominant trainers of new-to-industry guides. Let’s recognise and encourage the formalisation of quality in-house training programs to meet a minimum standard that leads to professional tour guide accreditation.

5. Supporting REVIVE – the national cultural policy.

Tour Guides Australia identified that the Tour Guiding Fundamentals micro-credential course could provide invaluable support beyond THRIVE 2030 to REVIVE, the national cultural policy, by building capability for site guides in art and cultural locations such as art galleries, museums and visitor information centres. There are synergies between both strategies for government venues and attractions in the visitor economy.
Greg says: “The Tour Guiding Fundamentals Course will assist visitor economy businesses with fast-track training to deliver high-quality experiences, aligning with the national strategic outcome to increase the acceptance of micro-credentialing as a recognised and valued form of training in the visitor economy for tour guides. We have a course accepting enrollments right now.”
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Tour Guiding Fundamentals

The course and on-the-job experience may lead to professional accreditation with Tour Guides Australia, and course participants will receive a complimentary associate membership to get you networking immediately.
Enrolments are now available for Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney courses. Tour operators and attraction owners can also request course delivery onsite at a time that matches recruitment cycles and tour series.

Course details:

Enrol in a three-day introductory course designed for people new to the industry or those who would like to gain skills to be job-ready for future employment as a guide within the visitor economy.
During the course, you will have insights from industry professionals who will share their knowledge and experience across six themes that Tour Guides Australia recognise as the minimum industry standards for guiding.

They are:

1. Cultural and social awareness
2. Customer service
3. Occupational, health and safety
4. Safety and Legislation
5. Storytelling
6. Organising a tour

Course costs:

Individual $750
Early Bird $595 – check the website for live availability.
Business Pack (3-staff) $2,000
Early Bird Business Pack (4 staff) $2,000 – check the website for live availability.

Next Courses:

Melbourne – Robert White Room, Scots’ Hall, Level 1, 160 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
2nd, 3rd & 5th July 2024
9 am to 4.30 pm

Cairns – The Bunker Coworking Space, 79 McLeod Street
Cairns QLD 4870
10th, 11th & 13th July 2024
8.30 am to 4 pm

Sydney – Veriu Green Square, 18 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
10th, 11th & 13th September 2024
8.30 am to 4 pm

Brisbane – New Farm Library, Meeting Room 1, 135 Sydney Street
New Farm QLD 4005
11th, 12th & 14th September 2024
8.30 am to 4 pm

Cairns – The Bunker Coworking Space, 79 McLeod Street,
Cairns QLD 4870
7th, 8th & 10th October 2024
8.30 am to 4 pm

Melbourne – Robert White Room, Scots’ Hall, Level 1, 160 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
12th, 13th & 15th November 2024
9 am to 4.30 pm

Energys welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment in the 2024-25 budget, particularly the significant focus on renewable hydrogen, which aligns perfectly with our mission to pioneer hydrogen fuel cell technology. We are encouraged by the “Future Made in Australia” initiative, which promises to stimulate local manufacturing and enhance Australia’s role in the global clean energy sector.

“We are pleased that the government recognise the enormous economic potential of renewable hydrogen, the measures announced in the budget certainly demonstrate that the Government understand hydrogen is here to stay.” Said Energys Founder & VP Dr Noel Dunlop.

While the budget provides a robust foundation for the growth of the hydrogen industry, primarily targeting export markets, it lacks specific measures for boosting local demand for hydrogen products such as hydrogen vehicles, fuel cell power generators, and other hydrogen-based technologies like marine propulsion. Local adoption of these technologies contributes to energy independence and positions Australia to secure its industries against geostrategic oil supply issues and move decisively towards our net zero commitments.

The “Future Made in Australia” initiative is a step in the right direction and presents an extraordinary opportunity to rejuvenate our manufacturing sector. However, to fully realise this potential, more detailed strategies and incentives are needed to promote the local use of hydrogen. This would catalyse the domestic hydrogen economy and create the manufacturing capacity necessary to supply emerging global markets.

“It’s great that hydrogen production is being incentivised on such a large scale. We want to ensure that the Australian advanced manufacturing sector fully benefits from this.” Said Dr Dunlop.

“Every hydrogen production project faces the same hurdle; who are the off-takers?” he said.

“Export customers for hydrogen are, at present, ill-defined and a long way off – as are the transport ships. Right now, however, there are local adoption opportunities that are commercially viable today. With some well-targeted government incentives for adoption, we can kickstart Australia’s broader hydrogen manufacturing sector now.”

To kickstart this sector, we urge the government to introduce specific incentives for the local adoption of hydrogen technologies. Such measures would ensure the development of a robust domestic market, driving industry growth and supporting the expansion of manufacturing capabilities necessary for export. By doing so, Australia can establish a leading position in the global hydrogen landscape.

Energys is eager to engage with the Federal Government and other stakeholders to expand on these initiatives. We aim to enhance the support structures within the budget to ensure that they foster international competitiveness and bolster local market growth, bringing the ambitious vision of the “Future Made in Australia” to fruition for the hydrogen sector.


Energys Australia is at the forefront of the zero-emissions energy revolution, committed to advancing the nation towards a net-zero emissions future through world-leading hydrogen energy solutions. As an industry leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Energys specialises in designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art fuel cell generators, powerhouses, and modular fuel cell engines. Our products are integral to delivering sustainable energy solutions across various sectors, including transport, marine and industrial applications, significantly reducing environmental impacts and fostering a sustainable energy future.

Energys excels in manufacturing and provides comprehensive feasibility studies, engineering services, and expert consulting globally, aimed at empowering industries to transition to zero-emissions energy sources. As Australia embraces a “Future Made in Australia,” Energys is poised to lead the charge in harnessing the vast potential of renewable hydrogen, driving local manufacturing, and exporting cutting-edge technology to the world. For more information, please visit

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For Immediate Release
16 May 2024


The government’s plan to ban live exports by sea by 2028 is poised to unleash a ripple effect that could devastate numerous regional communities. This move threatens to dismantle generations of hard work for some families and is poised to compound the challenges faced by the already struggling economy.

This decision proves that the government is completely out of touch with its regional constituents and has abandoned us – again. They are using us as a sacrificial lamb to meet their carbon emission targets.

This isn’t about farmers playing the victim; it’s about farmers saying “enough.” We have been disregarded for too long, and it isn’t just our industry. It is every Australian farmer who has ever poured their heart and soul into what they love, often with meagre returns. We frequently find ourselves having to push back against decisions and opinions from powerful figures who lack real insight.

By bowing down to activists and inner-city voters who are completely out of touch with the highly regulated and science-backed industry, we are destroying the very backbone of our country.
Without a Government that collaborates with the agricultural sector, Australia may see a mass exodus of producers. Many farmers will walk off the land. What then?

While Agriculture Minister Murray Watt says their $107 million transition package will provide adequate assistance, we say this is setting a dangerous precedent for all farming – not just for the sheep industry.

Industry leaders this week walked out of the Croplife Ag Industry breakfast, signalling widespread disapproval of the decision. So why is the government pushing to cripple an industry? It isn’t just sheep farmers who will bear the brunt. It is truck drivers, shearers and other workers of the supply chain that will be affected. Where is their compensation?

The government is setting the values of our industry to achieve without any consultation. We are being used as pawns. What do we need to do to be heard? Pull up our tractors to Parliament House like our European counterparts?

Predictions are we will see dangerous drops in sheep numbers and wool production. So why would we want to be part of an industry that is intentionally being wound down? We can’t see light at the end of the tunnel, and the resilience that we are known for is waning. Farming may become too difficult.

It is time the government wake up and realises how much this country relies on farmers for the food on their tables, the clothes on their backs, and the significant contribution we make to the country’s economy.

Rather than criticising and destroying a sector they clearly know nothing about, I personally invite any politician to come to our region and meet with our sheep producers and other farmers to witness our welfare practices and to see how much actual science is behind our enterprises.

Without farmers, Australia will fall, and we will fall hard.

And it will not be without warning.

Australian farmers have had enough.

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Student Experience Network (SEN), the peak body for professionals working in student experience delivery in the tertiary sector across Australia and New Zealand, is pleased to see that the government has taken a positive step forward to protect a minimum level of Student Service Amenities Fee (SSAF) funding for “Student Led” organisations. As an organisation, we believe that SSAF legislation reads ambiguously in the support for the delivery of the student experience and SEN welcomes proposed changes that clarify this.

SEN is eager to represent its members at the appropriate forum to get into the detail of how this change, tabled for January 2025, is enacted and how the legislation is structured.

Paul Clayton, SEN CEO said, “It is important to ensure that any legislation created clearly defines the meaning of “Student Led”, so that we ensure that the funding goes to the right team on campus to deliver on behalf of all students. This will mean clear definitions around governance to ensure that the opinions of students are key in the direction of service provision, but also that the views are authentic, meaningful, inclusive and representative of the whole student body. The legislation needs to also be clear on the service expectations of the Student Led organisations to be eligible for the funding as some such organisations do not deliver services for students and providing 40% SSAF funding to such an organisation would be a risk to the on-campus delivery and the current providers who are providing outstanding Student Experiences.

Lastly, we need to work with the Accord Advisory Committee and possibly the Tertiary Education Commission, if that is constituted, to ensure that funding is linked to delivery, reporting and successful support for students, with 40% being a minimum, not a target. We will be in contact with the Honorable Jason Clare and his team to ensure that the members voices are represented, and the legislation delivers the intent of the Government.”

After two years of touring this documentary around the world and being recognised by both the Beyond Borders International Film Festival in 2023 and more recently at the WSXA Paris Film Festival in January, first time director Brayden Pope is finishing off his worldwide festival tour of has short form documentary: Gabriel Lynch Where I’m Going Next in July with a screening at Cinema Nova during the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

The documentary follows Melbourne singer-songwriter Gabriel Lynch as he discussed the early days of his career being a busker in the streets of Melbourne, to trying to find success within the music industry, however when faced with constant rejection and blocks to achieve radio play or recognition in Australia, Gabriel ultimately found a more receptive crowd touring South-East Asia where he ultimately decided to live and carve out a living as a touring musician. Tickets for the event go on sale from June 1st and Brayden will be in attendance to enjoy this final screening with everyone who chooses to join along and celebrate with him.

“The EU situation with respect to legalisation can best be described as fluid, but evolving positively,“ said Tom Varga, CEO of Biortica.

“As a part of its global activities, Biortica Agrimed stays current with regional changes In legislation, and we’d like to share this research for the benefit of our whole industry, and our legislators and regulators. Please see the attached summary table ”

“Whilst EU law prohibits the commercial sale of cannabis, many countries are taking a more mature approach, & legalising, initially medicinal, and ultimately personal use, with Germany in the lead.”

“21 out of the 27 EU member states have legalised use of medicinal cannabis,” he said, “ and 13 countries have either legalised or decriminalised its personal use.”

“The EU comprises world class nations, and Australia should take any learnings that we can from the EU.” he said, “ We have the benefit, and indeed the privilege, to view how legislative frameworks have been built over-seas, what’s worked and working, and what the Australian industry and legislators should avoid. Australia really can do better”

“We look forward to continuing to share our global industry research with the Australian industry, our legislators and regulators, to build an industry that we can all be proud off, an industry that puts patient care, safety and outcomes to the fore, ” said Mr Varga.

Despite establishing Australia’s first national wellbeing framework and increasing expenditure on health and aged care, the Government’s spending reflects little investment in a sustainable health system for the future.

This year’s federal budget increases spending on health and aged care by $9.7 billion compared with the May 2023-24 budget. It indicates that total health and aged care spending over the next four years will be $628 billion, an increase of $37 billion from the May 2023-24 budget allocation of $590 billion.

‘This is the eyewatering cost of tinkering around the edges of our current system. Expenditure will continue to escalate when there is an absence of spending for the long-term reform the health system needs’, says AHHA Chief Executive Kylie Woolcock.

‘The biggest reforms appear in mental health and suicide prevention. The mental health package described in the Budget reflects a value-based approach committed to the Medicare principle of universality. People will have a model of care available to them that is appropriate for their level of need. The models will utilise a diverse mental health workforce with each working to the top of their scope. Equitable access and affordability have been identified as key to their success.’

‘The same cannot be said for primary care and preventive health.

‘In contrast with last year’s Budget, where a raft of Medicare reforms in general practice and primary care were announced as measures to relieve the pressure on hospitals, this Budget directs funding to the states and territories to support earlier discharge from hospital.

‘And for rural communities, the investments in health infrastructure are welcome, but will not address the critical support needed for innovative models of care and a workforce that supports place-based wellbeing and prevention.

‘Investments in health and climate change, as well as announcements on the long-awaited Australian Centre for Disease Control (ACDC), are also notably absent.’