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Month: October 2017

Melbourne Home Show 2017

Melbourne Home Show 2017

The Melbourne Home Show (which is also called the HIA Home Show) takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and is a large exhibition that relates to all home and garden things.

During the Melbourne Home Show customers are introduced to the market’s best new products and provided with expert tips on home maintenance, DIY projects and design.

The exhibition is ideal for those individuals who are interested in design or wanting to renovate. You will have the ability to directly engage with individuals on different subjects including landscapers, interior designers and builders.

The exhibition has several different seminars scheduled, and attendance is free for all of them. Attendees are seated on a first come first basis, so you need to get there early in order to secure your seat. For people with specific questions, a free 20 minute appointment is offered with an expert.

In addition, you can discover new and creative ideas for your backyard and home, including the most recent innovations in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as to tricks and tips to make your next renovation project easy to complete. There will be numerous giveaways and prizes, so during the exciting event be sure to visit the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For people who are interested in attending more than one day of the exhibit, you can go to the Home Show’s information desk to get a complimentary return ticket. Food and drink can be purchased inside of the venue, but there isn’t a cloakroom facility that is available.

Taking the tram is the easiest way to reach the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Catch the number 12,109 or 96 tram and exit at Clarendon Street. Or from Flinders Street Station you can walk along the Yarra for 10 minutes. If you are doing to drive, five car parks are available near or inside the complex. For pricing details, check with the individual car parks.

Some of the Businesses that will be at the Home Show this year include the following:
Sydney plantation shutters

Design Plantation Shutters

Design Plantation shutters is a shutter supply and installation company based in Melbourne. The latest window fashion trend taking Melbourne by storm is plantation shutters. They are a shutter made from a hard material like timber or plastic (pvc). They look timeless, yet modern and are very versatile in that they go with any decor. They also have the added ability of being very functional, they are easy to operate and with the flick of a finger you can configure the lighting of a room in the day-time with ease.

These shutters are a great way of giving a facelift to old, drab windows, as they fix to the frame and cover up older style windows that can date a house. Add this to painting the walls and replacing the flooring for a fool-proof way to modernise an old house instantly without too much effort.

Aaron from Design Plantation Shutters Melbourne says that plantation shutters are certainly not going away any time soon.

9 Flooring

This Australian company specialises in producing decoration and building materials as well as associated services. Their products include ceramic roof tiles, hand-made art mosaics, tiles and flooring. The company has focused on personalised decoration styles and provided professional services and advice on customised home renovation for other 20 years, making them the perfect partners for Australian builders and consultants.

AllClear Leafguard & Gutter

Their superior gutterguard is made out of Colorbond Steel. The AllClear Leafguard is installed onto existing gutters, and fits underneath a iron or tiled roof, to prevent overflowing and leaf-blocked gutters. Keeps vermin and birds out, ensures clean tank water and helps to protect against ember attacks.

A Grade Finish Canopies

This company custom designs and manufactures stainless steel Commercial Splashbacks and Canopies, Domestic Kitchen Rangehoods and BBQ Rangehoods. They stock GasMate, Grandfire and Beefeater BBQ’s and bar fridges and can when packaged together can offer great pricing!

What Not to Wear to The Melbourne Cup Races

What Not to Wear to The Melbourne Cup Races

It’s that time of the year when Melbourne Cup Races are approaching fast. It’s time give some serious thought to what you’re going to wear.

Race days are a fabulous opportunity to really go to town, dressing up and having a fun day out, but make sure that you don’t upset the fashion police. Should men really wear hats? What about hemlines – how short is acceptable?

Cindy Newstead, Melbourne’s Leading Personal Stylist say’s, “remember to be smart, stylish and comfortable – then the only thing you’ll have to worry about is picking a winner”.

Instead of risking an uncomfortable day dressed inappropriately, here are a few tips about what to avoid in order to feel comfortable and stylish. This will enable you to pay full attention to what really matters, the race horses!

melbourne cup

1. Remember – You’re Not Going to a Nightclub

Follow this rule and you won’t go far wrong! If you would wear it to a nightclub leave it at home. Men need to make the effort with a shirt and tie – jeans and t-shirts simply won’t do.
Ladies, that satin mini skirt might look awesome on a Saturday night out clubbing but for a day at the races? Forget it!

2013 Melbourne Cup
2013 Melbourne Cup

2. Comfort Comes First for Feet

This is a trap we can all fall into. If you have a nice new pair of shoes be sure that you’ve worn them before putting them on for a full day at Flemington. The fact is that if they feel a little uncomfortable when you first put them on, they’ll be unbearable after you’ve been on your feet for an hour trackside. Even the most stylish shoes don’t look attractive when you’re hobbling around with blisters.

3. Badly fitting clothes

If your waistband is a little tight and you are being strangled by your collar you’ll soon not only be uncomfortable but also look a bit of a mess. Make sure that your clothes fit well so that you don’t spend the day worrying about breathing in or that your strapless dress is going to fail.


Melbourne Bike Sharing Industry Boom: More Operators Entering the Market

Melbourne Bike Sharing Industry Boom: More Operators Entering the Market

More Bike-Share Operators Looking At Melbourne

There are three new bike-share operators that are looking at Melbourne, with all of its hundreds of oBikes scattered all over the city.

It was confirmed by Town Hall that Ofo, a Beijing-based company, along with two other bike-hire services are in talks already with the city council.

According to the Herald Sun, the other two companies that are hoping to get set up on the streets of Melbourne are Reddy Go and Mobike.

Last week Ofo started its first service for Australia in Adelaide, but is looking to expand into Sydney and Melbourne.

This multi-billion dollar corporation has three million of its yellow bikes in over 50 cities in China.

In August, Reddy Go dropped its first couple hundred red bikes in Sydney out of its expected 6,000 GPS-tracked bicycles.

Beijing-based Mobike operates across China and is now also set up in Washington and London.

Users of the bike-share programmes download an app onto their smartphone. It shows where the closest bicycles are located. The bikes are unlocked using an ID or QR code. A majority of the services offer bikes for around $2 per 30 minutes.

Melbourne’s city council is working on operating guidelines with oBike, in hopes of avoiding the bikes cluttering footpaths, parks and streets.

bike share clutter

According to a spokesman, no formal arrangement have put in place yet with the other three dockless bike sharing companies.

The council spokesman say that all dockless bike-sharing companies had been informed that they don’t want them operating in their municipality unless a memorandum is signed that shows they understand the agreed upon operating standards.

The spokesman added that the City of Melbourne, Ofo and two more dockless bike-sharing operators that have shown interest in setting operations in Melbourne are in the early communication stages.

Like oBike, they have also informed Ofo and the other two operators that a hazard can be caused by too much clutter and, in those cases, the hazard will be removed in order to maintain public amenity and access.

The city council last week 30 oBikes off for metal recycling following the fact that operators did not claim the confiscated cycles.

Out of the original 1,250 bikes that have been delivered to the streets of Melbourne since just, as many as 15 per cent have been vandalised.

Last week Nial Finegan, chief executive of the Environmental Agency, met with oBike managers, and give the EPA the task of raising their game when it came to the dump bikes.

oBike bikes in river

Mr. Finegan state that oBike also would be taking steps in order to prevent bikes getting left near or at the Shrine.

Last week in Singapore, bicycle sharing operations were informed that geo-fencing technologies needed to be adopted to ensure that their users park in designated areas.

Measures were introduced by local authorities in response to bike that have been haphazardly parked that have been blocking access and cluttering the city.