• Less Red Tape For Tradies In NSW And Queensland

    Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall revealed a new cross-border agreement proposal between the governments of NSW and Queensland, which might interest many a Brisbane plumber and other tradies in the two states. This new proposal will allow tradies and small businesses in NSW and Queensland to work across state regions without needing multiple licenses, which will lessen the fees and the red tape they have to deal with.

    Mr. Marshall said that small businesses and tradies would be able to save hundreds of dollars annually under the proposal, submitted by the NSW Government, which will allow licence holders to operate across state lines.

    The deal was struck between the two governments and associated agencies allows for a new Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) program, which will apply to architects, drainers, gasfitters and plumbers, good news for any Sydney or Brisbane plumber who’s looking to migrate to the borders.

    Mr. Marshall says that the AMR program will allow operators to work in any state or territory across the country, which will allow them to give consumers more options. He says the issue that many northern and north western businesses have with operating across the borders is the number of border communities located across the Northern Tablelands, which means that the AMR program is a good first step on cutting down on hassle, which, he says is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to cut down on red tape for small businesses, as well as give consumers the best options.

    Marshall says that the multiple licenses and inconsistencies across government services, policies and laws had a detrimental impact on businesses. For example, refrigeration and air-conditioning businesses operating across the border with Queensland that need a total of four licenses to operate (one in the Commonwealth, one in NSW, and two in Queensland) which can be problematic given that the current application fee for a trade or specialist contractor in NSW sat at $312 for a one-year licence.

    He says that tradies and professionals working across the northern areas will get the most out of the AMR program, where licence requirements can be restrictive for both businesses and consumers.

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  • Construction Of Training Facility Already Started

    Advanced Construction Engineering or ACE Centre is currently under construction at the Booth Lane campus of Northampton College. The facility is designed to be a training center for the coming generation of decorators, builders and plumbers. The staff of the training facility will teach the students new techniques regarding the skills they are focusing on. This is to ensure that the next generation of workforce will have the necessary and updated skills which are needed in order to meet the industry’s demand.

    According to the principal of the facility, Pat Brennan-Barrett who was at the groundbreaking ceremony, the courses they are offering will make sure that they will create a group of students that are highly skilled and high quality. These students will have the technical skills that is currently lacking in the industry which will ensure that the workforce within the construction industry will have a long-term effect and a modern touch.

    The facility will be equipped with Digital Lab along with a Virtual Reality classroom. There will be equipment for 3D printing and workshop tools and machines that are on par with the standards of today’s industries. The centre is expected to be completed in September of 2019.

    Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth’s minister, said that the centre is going to have a huge and lasting impact on the engineering and construction industries around Northampton and even beyond that.

    Pledges came from fifteen leading companies such as Metcalfe’s, Kier, Murphy Group and Bowmer& Kirkland that are interested in becoming partners with the centre.

    Part of the money used for the construction came from Skills Capital Fund of SEMLEP which is an external source.

    According to SEMLEP’s director of programmes and governance, Judith Barker, major construction companies are now looking for solutions to worries about the ageing workforce and the widening skills gap therefore this is considered as a priority. They are happy to know that local employers are willing to play their part in supporting the ACE Centre.

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  • Maniax Axe Throwing To Expand To Newstead

    Brisbane now has a new option for de-stressing, with a new establishment coming in soon. But instead of food or drinks, the activity on the list is axe throwing.

    Adam Schilling, founder and owner of Maniax Axe Throwing, the AU’s first hatchet flinging business, will be opening his newest venue in Newstead when November rolls in. This will be his business’s third location, and its first in Brisbane, following the success of its current locations with team building in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Similar in format to darts, people come in and compete in throwing axes at a target, playing either a double-elimination or a round-robin competition, which allows for some friendly competition and catharsis. Schilling, an airline pilot, said that he got the idea when he visited Canada for a friend’s wedding.

    He says that he tried to book an axe throwing session, but couldn’t, thanks to the venue he found being so busy.

    It didn’t really matter, however, as his friend, for whom he travelled to Canada to, was fellow Aussie Stephen Thomas, who discovered the activity while living in Toronto. Once Thomas moved back to the AU, he and Schilling decided to partner together, going into a joint venture, and opening their first Maniax in Sydney back in 2015. The venture has been fairly successful amidst the many venues for team building in Sydney, and was followed by a Melbourne venue earlier in 2018, right before Thomas’s share in the business was acquired by Schilling.

    Schilling believes that the reason that axe-throwing is so popular is that because it’s quite cathartic. He says that the modern age is quite stressful, and Maniax gives them a place where they can come in, throw an axe and safely release.

    Maniax’s core focus is bringing people together, whether for casual reasons, fun events, or even for corporate team-building. The new facility to be opened in Brisbane will be featuring five lanes for group booking, with four additional lanes for walk-ins, a first for the business.

    Schilling says that these new lanes will let people just walk in on their lunch break or after work and just throw axes until they’ve had enough.

    Maniax, while the first axe-throwing business in Australia, is not the first in Queensland, with Lumber Punks having opened on the Gold Coast in 2017, before expanding to West End in August.

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  • Improving Your Home’s Current Value

    There are many home renovations to consider when you want to increase the resale value of your property but you must choose wisely in order to get the most from the project. While it is great to have new hardwood floors or have a new water feature, these are renovations that will do little in terms of boosting the resale price of the home. According to a real estate agent, homeowners should prioritize humble renovations such as installing security screen doors and windows which are often overlooked.

    There are many renovation options that do not require a lot of money. There are even DIY projects that can be undertaken which are only cheap but will surely add value to the property. For starters, basic landscaping can be done in just a single weekend which will require only time and effort but will boost the curb appeal of a property.

    According to a realtor, curb appeal is essential because this is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they come to view the house. As simple as planting flowers on the front yard or painting the door can make a big difference already. Give the house a fresh look all over by painting its interior and exterior with a fresh coat.

    Real estate agencies have already warned homeowners to avoid flashy and expensive upgrades because these will not guarantee that the price of the home will increase. Instead, pick out the renovations that will most likely to impact the resale value of the house such as bathrooms and kitchen because these are rooms that are most used by everyone inside the house. Return could reach as much as 80 per cent depending on the renovation done.

    Lastly, do not skimp on security because this should be a priority. Majority of the possible home buyers will look for houses with security screen doors because they wanted to ensure their security in their new home. If your home does not have one yet, it is recommended to find a company that can install one. You will surely get 100 per cent return from the cost of the screen doors as it will increase the value of the home.

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  • A Look At Some Of Japanese Restaurants In Bangkok

    Alongside the tourism scene, the Japanese cuisine in Bangkok also grew, with the scene bigger than better than ever before. It won’t take much work to find a Japanese restaurant when you’re roaming through Silom or Sukhumvit Road, with even quite a fair amount of the hotels in the capital have fine  Japanese restaurants.

    If you’re looking to enjoy good Japanese cuisine in Bangkok, here’s a few recommendations.

    Ginza Sushi Ichi
    Tue – Sat : 12-2.30pm, 6-11pm; Sun : 12-2.30pm, 6-10pm
    LG/F, Erawan Bangkok 494 Phloenchit Road

    A recent entry into the scene of Japanese cuisine in Bangkok, the Ginza Sushi-Ichi opened at Grand Hyatt Erawan only opened in 2017, but already has a reputation as one of the of the best sushi places in the capital. Affiliated with its namesake, the original Michelin Star restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. You’ll need to book in advance and break out your credit card, with the chef sets starting at Bt4,000, made from fresh products from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market.

    Daily: 11.00-14.30; 17.30-22
    Sukhumvit 31

    One would not think that a nondescript shop house on Sukhumvit 31, one among many, would hold one of the more popular Japanese restaurants in Bangkok. Located just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS, this place is usually packed, thanks in no small part to their signatures, like the ‘Volcano’ dish, which is baked scallop in cream sauce served in its shell, designed like an overflowing volcano, among others.

    Maru Kaiseki
    Daily: 17-24
    95/5-6 Thonglor Soi 3

    For those looking for sashimi in the most authentic Japanese settings, this restaurant, located on Soi 3, offers fresh sashimi flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. This restaurant offers melt-in-your-mouth goodness for a cost, popular with Japanese businessmen, enjoying freshwater unagi eel and otoro tuna, though there are relatively wallet-friendly set meals available from 17-19.

    Daily Lunch: 12-15, Daily Dinner: 18-23
    G/F, 159 Ratchadamri Road

    Located within the St. Regis Hotel on Langsuan, though counted as a separate property, Zuma has remained as one of the most discussed and popular Japanese restaurant in Bangkok ever since it opened its doors. There’s a sushi counter,  as well as dishes like robata yaki for meat lovers. Located in an exclusive location, with flamboyant service, this place isn’t the cheapest, being a strictly fine-dining eatery.


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  • Diversifying Latin American Products According To Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan

    Some countries consider Latin America as the food basket of the world. With huge arable land where various crops could grow, the area has been on the top of the list of the world’s producers. However, food and trade expert Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan believes that the region needs to improve the diversity of its products if Latin America it to remain on top.


    Top Producer

    According to Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, Latin America has been one of the top producers of coffee, bananas, nuts, and soya. Soya is especially ranked higher because of its versatility. It could be used as feeds for animals that humans consume for their meat, but could also be processed to provide options for vegetarians and vegans. The fact that many people can consume soya makes it a highly valuable product.



    Quinoa is starting to become a household name especially for those with strict nutritional diets or other special dietary needs. It is high in protein, which makes it an easy choice for many. But what sets it apart is that it is gluten-free. There are some people who suffer celiac disease, a condition where the person is sensitive to anything that contains gluten. When a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, they get an immune response in their small intestine. Quinoa is an easier alternative as it does not contain gluten, but still packs the essential amount of protein for one’s dietary needs.



    Amaranth is another product that Mr. Dellan sees as a possible addition to the variety of pacts that Latin America can offer. One of the good things about amaranth is that it can grow even in bad soil. This means that the production of other products do not have to be affected if they want to produce amaranth, because it can thrive where other crops cannot. Amaranth can be ground to make flour, and it can be produced in large amounts, which could bolster the home baking market.



    Lucuma is a fruit that grows in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. It is used as flavoring in ice cream and is also a nutritious alternative to sugar. It could provide another alternative for those who are looking for ingredients that can substitute sugar,

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