Melbourne, June 17, 2024, Grounded Community Land Trust Advocacy is calling for a cap on the number of Airbnb’s following the release of their Airbnb: From a Housing Problem to a Solution report, which has looked into the impact of short-term rental (STR) on communities across Australia.

“Short term rentals such as Airbnb’s have enjoyed an 81% higher return than investing in the long term rental market” said the report’s author Karl Fitzgerald, Managing Director of Grounded Community Land Trust Advocacy.

“The growth in STRs has been significant, with the equivalent of 74% of new housing supply heading straight towards Airbnb. This has magnified the challenge renters and home buyers face in the never ending housing crisis,” he said.

Key findings

● $584.6m in net profits was enjoyed by STR owners.
● The 11,935 STRs reviewed in the report delivered an average net profit of $48,980 each per annum
● Net returns were 80.9% higher for STRs over LTRs
● STRs in the Whitsundays were most profitable at $60,125 per annum above LTRs
● 74.2% of new housing supply was directed towards STRs across the 13 locales reviewed
● Hepburn Shire, Byron Bay, Apollo Bay and Noosa Heads had more STRs than LTRs (These localities saw STRs consume housing supply at a rate of 118%)
● The concentration rate of STR was extenuated in Apollo Bay (224%) and Noosa Heads (208%) where STRs were more than twice the LTR supply
● STR owners shared in a median $33.6m in economic rents (super profits) per locale

Twelve thousand STR properties were analysed across tier one tourism communities in Hepburn Shire, Mornington Peninsula, Byron Bay, Fremantle, Victor Harbor, Hobart, Noosa Heads, Coolum Beach, Port Douglas, the Whitsundays, Warburton, and Apollo Bay.

The study ranked towns according to the profitability and saturation of STRs to LTRs, alongside the absorption of new housing supply into STRs.

A combination of pressure points was used to calculate the most impacted communities in the study. The top 5 most impacted communities were Warburton, Apollo Bay, Port Douglas, Noosa Heads and Hepburn Shire.

Apollo Bay and Noosa Heads both had twice as much stock on the STR market as the LTR rental market. Warburton had next to no new supply, but STR had accelerated at a dramatic rate, taking away from existing rentals.

Mr Fitzgerald said that Issues of STR’s greatly outweighing LTR rentals was not limited to tourism towns, pointing to the results of accommodation availability across inner-city communities in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane also showing the number of Airbnb’s significantly outweighing long-term rentals.

● Canterbury, Sydney – 196 (LTR) to 100+ Airbnb
● West End, Brisbane – 542 (LTR) to 100+ Airbnb
● Moreland, Melbourne – 664 (LTR) to 1000 Airbnb

“The return on investment in STR will see more supply heading that way unless the government takes action and an ‘Airbnb Cap n Trade’ system is implemented to curb the growth,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

The report outlines the advantages of this system over the 90 day cap, with a closed loop system redirecting STR profits towards the funding of affordable housing.

“The number of STRs needs urgent capping, with an auctioning of the remaining licences raising revenue for affordable housing. Over time, the cap on the number of STRs reduces, and licence values increase. In the process, the ‘cap n trade’ system rebalances the advantages of STR investment over LTR investment,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“Through this STR licensing system, Airbnb could improve its social licence by helping to address the problems at source. The 13 local councils could benefit from a potential $143m in revenue which could then be reinvested into affordable housing.” he said.

View report here

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For media interviews with Grounded Community Land Trust Advocacy’s Managing Director Karl Fitzgerald please contact Randal Killip from Profile For Media on 0425 714 159 or via email [email protected].

About Grounded Community Land Trust Advocacy
Grounded is a not-for-profit organisation established to advocate, incubate and accelerate the development of Community Land Trusts in Australia. The group has come together to ensure a diverse mix of housing models is possible and is committed to the best practices on land and housing economics. For further detail please go to www.grounded.org.au.

CORPORATE FRAUD MAY INTENSIFY AS COST-OF-LIVING PRESSURES INCREASE
Moore Australia Forensic Accounting experts warn Australian business owners to be vigilant.

• USD $5 trillion (AUD $7.6 trillion)* lost to corporate fraud globally, estimated by ACFE,
• USD $200,000 (AUD $300,343) median loss in Asia Pacific observed cases,
• Corruption (56%) and Billing fraud (21%) are most common observed fraud schemes in Asia Pacific,
• Tipoffs/Whistleblowing, Management reviews and Internal and External audits most common initial detection methods in Asia Pacific,
• 61% of organisations observed in Asia Pacific made no recovery of losses.

Following the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) (https://www.acfe.com/) publication of “Occupational Fraud 2024: A report to the Nations” (https://www.acfe.com/-/media/files/acfe/pdfs/rttn/2024/2024-report-to-the-nations.pdf), Moore Australia (www.moore-australia.com.au) forensic audit and accounting experts warn Australian business owners of the importance of remaining vigilant about corporate fraud. The ACFE report examined 1,921 cases from 138 countries and territories, causing losses of more than USD $3.1 billion (AUD $4.5 billion).

Occupational fraud is a team sport
Corporate fraud or occupational fraud occurs when one or more staff members defraud the organisation that employs them. According to the study performed by the ACFE, financial crime is mainly committed through fraud schemes such as Financial Statement Fraud, Corruption, and Asset Misappropriation, though it is common for a combination to occur. In the majority of cases (54% according to ACFE), collusion occurs, where multiple perpetrators work together to commit a crime.

Once they have committed a fraud, perpetrators attempt to hide their actions through the creation of fraudulent physical documents (41% of cases) or altered physical documents (37% of cases).

Occupational fraud prevention is an even greater team sport
There are a number of ways in which organisations can effectively reduce their exposure risk to occupational fraud. For example, fraud awareness training, internal audits, external audits, management reviews, whistleblower infrastructure and surprise audits. The measures and quality of the controls put in place have a major impact on the size of the loss and the speed with which a fraud case is resolved.
According to the study, organisations that did not provide fraud awareness training lost nearly double those who did not train employees or managers/executives.

Perpetrators can potentially display a number of behavioural red flags such as living beyond their means (39% of observed cases) and financial difficulties (29% of observed cases). With adequate and regular fraud awareness training, employees will be more vigilant and likely to recognise these red flags.

Nick Goosen (https://www.moore-australia.com.au/people/nick-goosen), a Director at Moore Australia (WA) and a member of the ACFE with over 30 years’ experience in forensic accounting and audit, commented:
“As part of the overall governance structure, organisations should take time and effort to implement robust fraud prevention and detection measures to safeguard their organisation from potential losses. Organisations of any size will be less exposed to fraud risks if they train their staff, ensure adequate governance processes are in place and have this as a standing agenda item on their governance committee agendas.”
“We live in a society where people are faced with increasing economic pressure, and continued peer pressure to maintain a certain lifestyle. The cost-of-living crisis is having a real and persistent effect on people’s ability to put food on the table.

* all USD amounts from original ACFE publication. Conversion to AUD made on 12 June 2024, rounding differences may occur.

Moore Australia (www.moore-australia.com.au) is a network of independent tax, audit, and advisory firms with 550+ staff members and offices across Australia. Moore Australia is also an independent member of the Moore Global network (www.moore-global.com), the 11th largest professional services network in the world.

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Notes to editor:
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) (https://www.acfe.com/) publication of “Occupational Fraud 2024: A report to the Nations (https://www.acfe.com/-/media/files/acfe/pdfs/rttn/2024/2024-report-to-the-nations.pdf) can be accessed through their website , and should be consulted to form a holistic view of Occupational Fraud.

About the Moore Australia Network
Moore Australia is a network of independent tax, audit, and advisory firms in Australia with 550+ staff members. Moore Australia is an independent member of the Moore Global Network – the 11th largest accounting network in the world – providing tax, auditing, and financial reporting services, advising local, national, and international clients in the public and private sectors.
Moore Australia has extensive experience in state and local government, biotechnology, energy mining and renewables, health and aged care, education, manufacturing, not for profit, property and construction, retail and tourism and hospitality and has a strong presence in the following service lines: Asia Desk, Audit & Assurance, Business Advisory, Taxation, Corporate Finance, Governance and Risk Advisory and Forensic Audit and Accounting.

Recently the media and the Canadian Federal government’s own Canada Gazette, have reported that the Canadian government is now proposing numerous amendments to its’ ill-conceived regulatory framework for the cannabis industry.

“This needs to be a wake-up call for Australia’s legislative leaders,” said Tom Varga, CEO of Australia’s largest B2B grower of medicinal cannabis.

“For over 4 years now the Canadian industry has laboured under excessive red-tape, draconian regulation, declining operating margins, numerous bankruptcies and forced consolidations.”

“The Canadian authorities got their regulatory settings wrong,” he said, “They just got it wrong. Australia must learn from their experience.”

“The Australian Senate, however, did get it right,” he said, “when it rejected the Greens’ Senator David Shoebridge’s proposed draft legislation in May of this year,” he said.

“I applaud the initiative, but without effective industry consultation, it looked to me like the Greens were seeking to take Australia down the same mis-guided path,” said Varga.

“Australia already has a well-established regulatory framework that includes the ODC and TGA,” said Tom,” we need to fund and build from this base.”

“A policy mix, making high-quality cannabis available for medicinal and personal use, should be the ultimate aim of any legislation … cannabis grown by licensed and inspected growers, produced to known minimum standards of efficacy and user safety.”

“I’d like to renew Biortica’s call for a national, industry wide Steering Committee,” said Mr Varga.

“Let’s bring together representatives of the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care – Office of Drug Control (ODC), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association (AMCA), the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) and leading industry representatives,” said Tom.

“As I’ve said before, two things are needed in crafting responsible legislation,” said Tom, “Information & Balance. We’re seeking to bring cultivators, manufacturers, product providers, regulators and politicians all to the table, all working together.”

“Overseas experience has proven that legalisation before an effective regulatory framework has been put in place just doesn’t work, “ he said. “We have a chance to get it right in Australia.”

“Biortica welcomes the opportunity to work with legislators, regulators and our industry colleagues to put in place the regulatory framework which puts patient care and protection to the forefront,” said Mr. Varga.

“We must act strongly to protect minors,” he said, “Legal, Regulated and Safe, is always better than Illegal, Unregulated and potentially Harmful.”

Cloud Ready Solutions Signs Distribution Agreement with StoneFly

Sydney, Australia – [Date] – Cloud Ready Solutions, a leading IT distribution company specialising in Backup & Disaster Recovery Solutions, Storage Solutions, MSP Software & Solutions, Video Conferencing, and Cloud Services, is excited to announce a new distribution agreement with StoneFly, Inc. This agreement covers Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Under this agreement, Cloud Ready Solutions will distribute StoneFly’s innovative storage solutions, including the newly available Green Petabyte Archive Storage. This solution is designed to meet the growing demands for scalable, eco-friendly, and cost-effective data archiving.

Green Petabyte Archive Storage offers:

Eco-Friendly Design: Built with energy-efficient components to reduce power consumption and environmental impact.
Scalability: Easily expand storage capacity to meet future data growth without compromising performance.
Cost-Effective: Provides a high-density storage solution at a competitive price point.
Airgapped Storage: Ensures an additional layer of security by physically isolating stored data from network access, protecting against cyber threats and ransomware attacks.
Immutable Storage: Guarantees that once data is written, it cannot be altered or deleted, ensuring data integrity and compliance with regulatory requirements.

In recent months, Cloud Ready Solutions has seen great success promoting StoneFly’s DR365V (Veeam Backup Appliance) and DR365U (Universal Backup Appliance), both of which also offer airgapped and immutable storage. These solutions have been well-received in the market, demonstrating the high demand for reliable and secure backup and disaster recovery solutions.

“We are thrilled to partner with StoneFly and bring their cutting-edge storage solutions to our market,” said Nicholas Gee, owner of Cloud Ready Solutions. “Anyone who has visited a data center is aware of the immense amount of power consumed, heat generated, and the necessary air conditioning required to maintain such an environment. The GPA 4.0 system dramatically reduces these factors by actively powering down while not in use, aligning with our mission to provide eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions. The addition of airgapped and immutable storage features ensures our clients can safeguard their critical data against evolving cyber threats.”

With this new addition, Cloud Ready Solutions continues to enhance its portfolio of unique and valuable IT products, backed by expert pre and post-sales support.

For more information about StoneFly’s Green Petabyte Archive Storage and other solutions, please visit https://stonefly.com/storage/green-petabyte-archive-storage/.

About Cloud Ready Solutions
Cloud Ready Solutions is a premier IT distribution company with offices in Sydney and Brisbane, servicing Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Specializing in Backup & Disaster Recovery Solutions, Storage Solutions, MSP Software & Solutions, Video Conferencing, and Cloud Services, Cloud Ready Solutions is dedicated to protecting business data and supporting IT businesses with unique and valuable products.

Contact Information:
Nicholas Gee
Owner, Cloud Ready Solutions
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0405141383
Website: https://www.cloudreadysolutions.com.au

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Charlotte Bryan Launches The Dog Podcast: First Episode Features Jo Burton on the Benefits of Freework for Dogs

Sunshine Coast, Australia – June 14, 2024 – Charlotte Bryan is excited to announce the launch of her new podcast, The Dog Podcast. The inaugural episode features Jo Burton from Paw and Order Noosa, a specialist in canine communication and Freework for dogs.

In this captivating first episode, Charlotte Bryan and Jo Burton dive deep into the world of Freework, a revolutionary approach to canine education and well-being. Jo, who holds a diploma in canine communication and an advanced certificate in canine reactive behaviour, shares her extensive knowledge and experience in this field.

The episode covers a wide range of topics, including:

• The Concept of Freework: An integrated, multimodal approach to canine education that focuses on observing dogs’ posture, movement, and nervous system responses.
• Historical Background: Insights into the development of Freework by Sarah Fisher and its application in animal-centred education.
• Benefits for Different Life Stages: How Freework benefits puppies, adolescents, adults, and senior dogs by promoting considered movement, reducing over-arousal, and aiding in physical and emotional recovery.
• Dealing with Behavioural Issues: Techniques for addressing common issues such as reactivity, resource guarding, and restlessness through Freework.
• Freework Set-Up: Practical advice on how pet owners can start Freework sessions at home using everyday items to create engaging and beneficial environments for their dogs.

Jo Burton emphasises the importance of giving dogs the choice to engage in activities and the positive impact this has on their overall well-being. Listeners will gain valuable insights into how to create a safe and enriching environment for their dogs, fostering a stronger bond and promoting better behaviour.

Don’t miss this enlightening episode of The Dog Podcast! Watch the full episode on YouTube:

YouTube (VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAE7PF1drbU
Spotify (AUDIO): https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thedogpodcast/episodes/Dog-Expert-on-FREEWORK–Its-A-Game-Changer-e2ksaut

Subscribe to stay updated on future episodes featuring industry experts discussing various topics related to canine health, training, and behaviour: https://www.youtube.com/@dogpodcast?sub_confirmation=1

About Charlotte Bryan
Charlotte Bryan is a passionate dog advocate and the host of The Dog Podcast. She is dedicated to bringing expert advice and practical tips to dog owners, helping them understand and improve their relationship with their best friends. https://thedogpodcast.com.au/

About Jo Burton
Jo Burton is a canine communication and dog-human relationship specialist at Paw and Order Noosa. With numerous diplomas and awards, Jo champions choice-based training and specialises in Freework sessions that enhance the lives of dogs and their owners. https://pawordernoosa.com.au/

Contact Information
Charlotte Bryan
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.thedogpodcast.com.au
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedogpodcastofficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedogpodcastofficial

Singer-songwriter Toby Mobbs has done something that most musicians only dream of; asking a member of their all-time favourite band to play on their track. And they said yes.

The Australian alternative rock band Gang of Youths has been Toby Mobbs’ biggest musical influence after hearing them for the first time back in 2014. They’ve had such an impact that Toby’s latest single ‘Coming Back To Me’ was specifically produced with some heavy Gang Of Youths vibes. Midway through production of the track, Toby reached out to the band’s drummer, Donnie Borzestowski, to play on the single.

“It’s a surreal feeling having a musician you have respected for so long from a band you admire so much being a part of a song that they have influenced so heavily. I got confirmation from Donnie on my birthday last year. I think it will probably be the best birthday present I’ll ever receive.”
– Toby Mobbs

Mobbs is a pop-folk singer-songwriter from Albury, NSW. His latest single ‘Coming Back To Me’ is the first track of an upcoming second album titled ‘In Between The Words’ which has been a two-year project in the making. As a solo act, Toby is limited to his guitar and his voice, but it’s his recorded work that allows him to break out of the singer-songwriter style.

Toby is also known for putting everything into his tours. His 2022 national tour to promote his debut album saw him solo drive 14,500km in 28 days to play a show in every Australian state and territory.

“To me, if I call it a national tour, then I can’t skip half the country. As an independent artist it wasn’t an easy undertaking, but it was a goal that I had set and needed to complete.”
– Toby Mobbs

‘Coming Back To Me’ is now available to stream and download on all music platforms:
https://tobymobbs.lnk.to/ComingBackToMe

‘Coming Back To Me’ Press Kit:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1F96K3-Db3nrVL_bhizBwemQktLL9opZx?usp=share_link

Toby is available for interview via the following webform:
https://www.tobymobbsmusic.com/contact

The MHRA, (the UK equivalent to the TGA in Australia) has just issued an Urgent Product Recall on Counterfeit LifeVac Anti-Choking Devices (2405-0111)
Description: Product recall for all counterfeit anti-choking devices sold via Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, Alibaba, Fruugo, OnBuy, Facebook Marketplace, and DesertCart presenting a risk of choking.
Hazard: The product may present a risk of choking as they may not work, and could worsen the situation by further pushing obstructions down the airway passage due to their poor design and quality.
Advice: Do not use the anti-choking device in the event of a choking emergency if you suspect that the device you have purchased is a counterfeit or unbranded copy of the legitimate LifeVac anti-choking device. Ensure that you dispose of counterfeit products safely.

And YES these are the same unsafe counterfeit LifeVac devices that LifeVac Australia has been reporting to the TGA since October 2022 that have put tens of thousands of Australian lives at risk. The TGA has refused to formally investigate, test the fakes to determine safety (despite being offered examples on multiple occasions) or warn the public about the danger and instead (without investigation or any verification with the manufacturer) told the Health Minister a lie.
“We believe that the advertisements are for legitimate products, possibly advertised by Chinese or American ‘sponsors’/retailers. LifeVac Australia may wish to speak to the manufacturer (their supplier) to discuss why other retailers are not restricted, by them, from promoting the product in Australia when they are the only Australian sponsor.” – TGA

Genuine ARTG-listed, tested, safe LifeVac medical devices are only sold in Australia by LifeVac Australia through their website www.lifevac.net.au where there is also a list of authorised re-sellers around the country, a small number of these sell genuine LifeVac devices on eBay. If you are concerned that you have one of these unsafe counterfeit devices please contact LifeVac Australia on 1300 890 345 or [email protected] for verification. At this time our advice is not to contact the TGA for verification as they have absolutely no idea how to correctly identify a fake and unsafe medical device.

https://www.gov.uk/drug-device-alerts/counterfeits-and-unbranded-copies-of-lifevac-anti-choking-devices-may-fail-to-work-correctly-or-worsen-choking-incidents-if-used-dsi-slash-2024-slash-003

Windsor, UK: STEM Punks Wins GOLD, Women Changing the World Awards 2024
Fiona Holmstrom of STEM Punks has been named the Global Impact Award winner of the 2024 Women Changing the World Awards, presented by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson in Windsor.
The Women Changing the World Awards was hosted by Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favourite guest, Dr. Tererai Trent, celebrate and recognise women achieving outstanding success in areas such as sustainability, humanitarian work, leadership, advocacy, education, health, and innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who are leading the way in making the world a better place for us all and inspire other women to answer the call to take action.
Dr. Trent explains, “These exceptional women are here to awaken hearts, give permission to recapture dreams, and inspire the women of the world to come together to forge a brighter path for all. The rising of women is the awakening of everybody.”
Fiona Holmstrom said she was excited to win gold for Global Impact in the 2024 Women Changing the World Awards: “Winning this award is an incredible honor and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team at STEM Punks. It reinforces our commitment to making a lasting impact through education and innovation. This award is important to me because it highlights the importance of empowering the next generation with the skills they need to shape the future.”
“I was truly inspired by the other women in my category and those I met at the event. Their stories of resilience, creativity, and passion for making a difference were incredibly motivating and affirm the power of collective action.”
Apart from the Global Impact Award, Holmstrom also won Gold for the Businesswoman of the year, as well as a Special Award from the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.
Dr. Trent’s vision for these awards is to empower women everywhere to reclaim their sacred dreams and call in women across the globe to unite and pave the way towards a better future for all.
It can be challenging to create change in the world and Fiona Holmstrom gives this advice for others thinking about following their calling to make a difference: “Believe in your vision, stay persistent, and surround yourself with a supportive community. Every small step counts towards making a significant impact.”
Fiona Holmstrom is proud of her achievements. In the last 12 months, she has successfully launched STEM Punks’ global online education platform, collaborated with international partners to expand STEM education in underserved communities, and developed innovative learning resources that have reached over 200,000 students worldwide. She attributes this success to a passionate team, a clear mission, and unwavering support from industry.
She is committed to continuing to make an impact through her work, and her vision for the future is to expand STEM Punks’ reach even further, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to engage with STEM education, regardless of their background or location.
For more information on the Women Changing the World Awards visit: https://wcwawards.com/ or contact Fiona Holmstrom at 0408094122, [email protected], or visit www.stempunks.com.au

Today, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) president, Dr David Cahill (chiropractor) welcomed the updated statement on paediatric care by the Chiropractic Board of Australia.

“The statement serves to reinforce the confidence the Australian public has in chiropractic care provided by registered ACA member chiropractors,” said Dr Cahill.

The Safer Care Victoria Review has shown chiropractic care for children to be extremely safe.

Of the 29,599 online submissions received from across Australia (the largest survey of its kind), there were no reports of harm to a child receiving chiropractic healthcare.

Of those submissions, 21,824 responses were from parents who had accessed chiropractic healthcare for their children, and there was not a single report of significant harm in these submissions.

“In a particularly strong endorsement, 99.6% of those parental submissions affirmed that chiropractic healthcare benefitted their child highlighting the exemplary safety record of chiropractic healthcare,” Dr Cahill said.

ACA member chiropractors are healthcare professionals who effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders.

Chiropractors are 5-year university degree educated healthcare professionals, equipped with expertise enabling them to tailor the appropriate care for people of all ages including children.

Established in 1938, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is the peak body representing chiropractors.

The ACA promotes the importance of maintaining spinal health to improve musculoskeletal health through non-invasive, drug-free spinal health and lifestyle advice to help Australians of all ages lead and maintain healthy lives.

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In celebration of the 2024 Avon Descent, held on the second weekend in August, Northam’s Avon Descent Association (NADA) will offer kayaking, and power craft challenges along 124km of Avon Descent course, as well as day 2 short course options for general paddle, surf boats, outriggers, SUPs and dragon boat. Four local governments will each hold their own riverside Festival over the course of the weekend, offering a vast range of family-based activities and entertainment.

In its 51st year, the Avon Descent is Western Australia’s (WA) iconic paddle and powerboat sporting event. Avon Descent competitors challenge the Avon and Swan Rivers in a variety of paddle and power craft in an exciting two-day challenge and the festival weekend will include a whole selection of shorter events to suit all levels of experience and ability.

In a welcoming style, the Shire of Northam, Shire of Toodyay, City of Swan, and the City of Bayswater are once again teaming up to bring you an exciting series of Festivals centered around the iconic Avon Descent weekend. The Lotterywest Avon Descent Festivals are supported by Lotterywest, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), and NADA.

Starting off the weekend of events the Shire of Northam’s Bilya Festival, focused on the theme of urban farming on Friday 9 August. The Shire of Toodyay’s Food Fest will keep captivate guests and keep them delighted on Saturday 10 August, while the City of Swan’s Avon Descent Festival and the City of Bayswater Finish Line Festival will wrap up the weekend. Happening on Sunday 14 August.

The EMRC CEO Marcus Geisler said, ‘Our continuing relationship with NADA and participating Councils showcases collaboration and creates opportunities which will enable the whole community to come together and celebrate a truly unique event’

The Lotterywest Avon Descent Festivals offer ideal opportunities for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors and immerse themselves in the exhilarating Avon Descent experience. These vibrant community events foster well-being and create a strong sense of belonging for the diverse communities along the river who participate in the weekend festivities.

NADA Board Chair Greg Kaeding said “the uniqueness of the Avon Descent is what makes it, and the whole festival weekend, a not to be missed event.

“Hundreds of competitors show up to race the river in the Avon Descent and take on the ultimate August experience. We are confident 2024 will provide just as many highlights over the whole weekend and we wish our competitors all the best in their preparation.”

The WA Government, through Lotterywest, supports community projects like the Festivals which support the diversity of Western Australians to actively engage in community life. Lotterywest is proud to support the Festivals, to enable the community to connect with a stronger sense of belonging in their community by participating through free activities and cultural experiences along the beautiful Swan and Avon Rivers.

Lotterywest Avon Descent Festivals

The Northam Bilya Festival Date:

Friday, 9 August
Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Bilya Koort Boodja Centre Garden, Minson Ave, Northam

Toodyay International Food Fest

Date: Saturday, 10 August
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Stirling & Duidgee Parks, Stirling Terrace, Toodyay
City of Swan Avon Descent Festival

Date: Sunday, 11 August
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Lilac Hill Park, 850 W Swan Rd, Caversham
City of Bayswater Finish Line Festival

Date: Sunday, 11 August
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Riverside Gardens, Milne Street, Bayswater
Business contact details:

Northam Avon Descent Association
Key contact person: Deborah Boxall
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0419944286
Website: https://www.avondescent.com.au/
Best times to contact: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Notes to editors:

Founded in 1983, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is a pa forward-thinking regional local government representing the interests of four-member Councils located in the EMRC Region: The Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, Shire of Mundaring, and the City of Swan.

The EMRC provides a broad range of services across the region including waste management and education, resource recovery, and sustainability initiatives. Working in partnership with its member Councils and other stakeholders, the EMRC delivers local and regional scale projects across each of these areas for the benefit of the region.

EMRC media contact:
Sara Toppi
Communications Coordinator
Email: [email protected]