A Heart Centered Approach to Digital Marketing

A Heart Centered Approach to Digital Marketing

A Heart Centered Approach to Digital Marketing

In the world of small business the first three years are crucial, Gloss Marketing Communications was born to help business owners to have the best chance of success without putting themselves under unnecessary stress or financial pressure.

Megan laptopMegan Del Borello, Founder of Gloss Marketing,  left her corporate career as the director of a digital marketing agency to start a values based agency that offers all the know-how of full-service marketing but with the end goal of fostering the growth of new and emerging businesses and ensuring that business owners understand the rapidly changing nature of the marketing space.

We interviewed Megan to find out about how Gloss Marketing (also a Gold exhibitor at Nifnex Expo) takes a heart centered approach to help small businesses.


Megan, please tell us a little more about yourself and Gloss Marketing?

I am an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for empowering women in business.  As a Director of a Digital Marketing Agency, I gained well over 15 years of digital and offline marketing experience. My passion for helping small business came after my beautiful first child was born, seeing a need in the market place and a desire to help with business without the high budget for marketing Gloss marketing was born. From 2014 I have been helping build marketing plans, run marketing workshops, consulting and outsource marketing. I prefer not to use the term outsource marketing as it can sound like we send all work overseas, however this is not the case.

At Gloss Marketing Communications we specialise in working with small to medium sized businesses and not-for-profits to take the time, stress, and trial and error out of figuring out how to create and maintain that growth to ensure long-term sustainability.

Gloss Marketing is about Workshops more than one on one consultations, please tell us more about this approach.

I hold marketing workshops to help people navigate their way through marketing their business, especially social media. (Plus its my least favourite thing to manage, so the more businesses I teach, the less I have to manage social media!)

Can you tell us the stats about consumer behaviors both online and offline?

85% of consumers search online and around 50% of businesses don’t have a defined marketing strategy. In today’s ‘rapid I want it now world’, consumers are constantly blurring the lines between online and offline purchases. They want channels that suit their needs and they will move between them until they find what they are looking for.

Across both online and offline 33% of consumers believe what a brand says about itself and 92% of consumers believe what their peers have to say about a brand. Businesses do best when they are across both online and offline, so they can meet the needs of their various target audiences.

What impact is it to businesses across Perth without a detailed marketing plan?

Its that old saying Ïf you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” As a small business you don’t need a 100 page document outlining your marketing, you create it to suit your needs at the time. It should also be a fluid plan that is reviewed and updated if needed on a regular basis.

If you don’t have a plan in place, it generally means you don’t have goals you want to achieve I business in place and then without  a plan you have no idea how you’re going to achieve them or if you are reaching them.

Are there any Gloss Marketing events or articles that you are most proud of?

My article on fake social media influencers shook things up a bit http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/instaimposters-give-perths-real-social-media-influencers-a-bad-name-20170726-gxj0sa.html

I’m proud of the fact that people still come up to me about that article and thank me for alerting them to it, just before they were going to engage influencers. To me this is a big area in marketing that’s not regulated or people are unsure about.

Can you let us know what people can expect at one of Gloss Marketing workshops?

To learn a lot of actionable marketing tasks that they can implement themselves in business. My workshops are very interactive and attendees have the opportunity to implement what they learn as we go through the workshop as well as ask any questions they have. Once the workshop is completed they are still supported when they join the Gloss Marketing Support Facebook Group.

When is the next workshop?

Upcoming workshops http://glossmarketing.com.au/workshops I am just about to launch Facebook Marketing webinars for those that are in regional areas.

Facebook imageMedia: https://glossmarketing.com.au/media

You can reach me for any or all social media needs on:



Mobile: 0418 940 709


Interviewed by Marilyn Balois; Nifnex

Nesters – changing the way real estate is bought and sold

Nesters – changing the way real estate is bought and sold

Nesters – changing the way real estate is bought and sold

Buying and selling can be one of the most stressful time in people’s lives. Nesters, are making the whole experience simple and transparent.

What if you can sell your own home in the comfort of your own home, show people through at your discretion and then have a professional agents take care of the rest like the negotiations, the paperwork, the change of ownership etc….

nestersWe interviewed Yadi Gibson & Maurice Flores from Nesters who are also the Gold exhibitor at Nifnex Business Expo; to find out more about their exciting New Real Estate agency and the new app that will revolutionise the ease of buying and selling a house.

Yadi & Maurice, please tell us about Nesters and the Passion behind it?

The passion and the creation of Nesters started from our core belief in simplifying and replacing outdated traditional selling methods with a process aligned with the client’s best interest at heart and one goal only – achieving the best selling price for their home.

At Nesters we are changing the way real estate is bought and sold, in Australia, forever.  Nesters have created a unique online platform that you can use to start listing your home today.

We let you take care of some of the simple tasks, while the complicated negotiating and marketing are left to our experts which will save you from exorbitant fees and ensures that you achieve the highest possible price for your home.

What makes Nesters different from other real estate companies?

We believe in providing simplicity and control.  Buying or selling your home shouldn’t be difficult or expensive – despite what real estate agents tell you.

Nesters’ strong objective is to allow homeowners more control over the sale process, more control over securing the best price through our process and more simplicity and transparency over existing traditional Real Estate selling methods.

We do this with our unique partnering process where our clients are in control of their most valuable asset, together with our core expert consultants by their side taking care of the marketing and negotiation process together with our easy to use app technology.

Please tell us about the incredible fee structure you offer.

Nesters low fee structure is a byproduct of our initial vision to change the real estate space for the better.  Our fee for service right now is already very competitive at 1.5% GST inclusive. The best is yet to come as we get ready to launch our technology, we will announce a fee structure that will benefit not only Nesters clients but many more in the community… Stay Tuned!

Do you believe Nester’s business model will help customers’ purchasing power?

Housing plays an important role in Australia’s economic growth and the welfare of Australians.  With the Nesters vision and core belief in providing more for less, we believe our business model will help increase their purchasing power by leaving more money in their pockets.

What is the most enjoyable part of running Nesters?

Buying and selling can be one of the most stressful time in people’s lives.  With Nesters, we make the whole experience simple and transparent.  The best part about running Nesters is seeing how the Nesters process is making a difference in our customer’s lives, not only how much they have saved, but most importantly we hear back from our clients with how straightforward it is.

At Nesters, what is it that you strive for?

At Nesters, we are driven by what is most important to our business – Our client’s satisfaction. There is no greater achievement than the acknowledgement of every happy client.

How easy is it to navigate and use the new Nesters App?

The app technology is currently in the hands of our technology developers, and when launched, our clients will experience the same level of ease as the technology used by game-changing companies like Uber.

We are very excited about the launch of our new technology at the end of June which will take our streamlined process to an even more refined level.

App ScreenshotHow and where can people download it?

Our anticipated launch date is around the 30th of June, and the app technology will be available on our website, Apple and Android Store.

Who do we contact to become involved with Nesters movement so I can sell my own house too? 

Get in touch with us anytime by going to our website:

www.nesters.com.au/contact/  or

By calling our office on (08) 9200 5860

Yadi Gibson –  0407 910 499

Maurice Flores –  0405 104 824

WorkCover WA to exhibit at Nifnex Small Business Expo 2018

WorkCover WA to exhibit at Nifnex Small Business Expo 2018

WorkCover WA is the government agency responsible for overseeing and regulating the workers’ compensation and injury management scheme in Western Australia. The agency’s role is to lead a contemporary, healthy and integrated workers’ compensation scheme that is fair, accessible and cost effective for all participants.

As a Gold Exhibitor at the Nifnex Expo, we interviewed WorkCover WA to find out more about how the agency can assist small businesses in WA.

Who are your clientele and how do you help them best?

Our key stakeholders include:

  • workers injured through a work related accident or disease
  • employers who are required by law to take out workers’ compensation insurance
  • the West Australian Government
  • insurers, self-insurers and insurance brokers
  • vocational training, human resource and occupational safety and health (OSH) officers
  • approved vocational rehabilitation providers (AVRPs)
  • medical and allied health providers
  • legal practitioners and registered agents
  • unions and employer associations
  • the community

WorkCover WA continues to maintain a strong emphasis on actively working with all stakeholders through consultation, feedback and collaboration which allows us to improve the workers’ compensation system in ways that are meaningful and relevant to stakeholders. We value the positive relationships we have with our stakeholders, as these provide us with important feedback on the success of our various activities and functions.

The need in the market place for the services you provide.

There are 1.5 million workers and 85,000 employing businesses in Western Australia. When a workplace injury occurs, it is important for workers and employers to be protected. Without a robust workers’ compensation scheme in place, injured workers could be financially burdened and away from work for long periods of time. This could have significant consequences for their families and their workplace.

These consequences become more severe if an employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, and an injured worker makes a claim. In these situations, the employer is personally liable for all claim expenses, which can cost in excess of $1,000,000.

The necessity for a regulatory agency like WorkCover WA is therefore essential, to ensure:

  • employers have current workers’ compensation insurance policies and are not financially burdened by an uninsured claim;
  • all parties operating in the scheme are performing effectively; and
  • workers are effectively rehabilitated and returned to work to minimise any disruptions to their families and workplaces.

Please tell us about the impact your work has created in the small business industry.

The WA workers’ compensation scheme is working effectively across all stakeholder groups.

Current comparative statistics:

  • WorkCover WA’s recommended premium rate for 2018/19 is 1.585% of total wages. This rate has remained below 2% for the past 12 years.
  • 84% of WA workers return to work at any time 7-9 months post injury, which is higher than the national average.
  • The rate of disputes within workers’ compensation claims is 3.9% which is the second lowest of Australian jurisdictions.

Are there any regular seminars that small business owners & employees can attend to understand how the workers compensation scheme works?

WorkCover WA host free quarterly seminars to provide an introduction to the workers’ compensation scheme in WA, and this covers:

  • how the scheme operates
  • legislation and premium rates
  • claims process and statistics
  • accreditation and monitoring
  • key obligations of employers
  • dispute resolution
  • injury management and return to work.

These seminars are ideal for anyone new to workers’ compensation or injury management, as well as existing employees working in insurance, broking, self-insurance, workers’ compensation law, rehabilitation, injury management and return to work.

For more information on WorkCover WA please contact:

WorkCover WA Facebook page – facebook.com/workcoverwa

WorkCover WA Twitter page – @WorkCoverWA

Website: www.workcover.wa.gov.au

Advice and Assistance line: 1300 794 744, or 9388 5537 for the hearing impaired




CPC Cruego wanted to do their part in creating an eco friendly cleaning grade for home and outdoor by promoting cleaning wipes that have the ability to clean the most challenging of dirt and grime yet, are sturdy and hard to break with no need for water either or harsh chemicals to be used.

With the growing need for environmentally friendly products, inventions and lifestyle, we interviewed Christa & Patty; the founders of CPC Cruego to find out more about these incredible wipes

Photo all packs editedHello Christa & Patty, tell us about CPC Cruego and your amazing ‘magical’ wipes.

We are completely focused in Promoting Eco-friendly Cleaning Products and launched CPC CRUEGO in October 2017.

Our first set of products we are promoting in WA is the RIDOF WIPES. There are two types, one is the INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH CLEANING WIPES and other one is SODA WIPES.

What are the benefits for using CPC Cruego cleaning wipes?

People need a problem-solving solution to help remove and eliminate tough and grimy residue.

The need be able to clean without water, anywhere and on nearly all surfaces keeping your hands fresh and moisturize without nasty skin rashes.   

Is anyone able to use your industrial cleaning wipes?

Yes absolutely, These are industrial strength and we have a diverse clientele ranging from domestic household,  DIY projects & gardeners to business services like Tradies (includes Painters, automotive, plumbers, building and construction), Fishing and camping industry, cleaning companies and their suppliers,  Aircraft Service,  Printing Industry, swimming pool service agent, windscreen replacement shop, and even the wineries.

 Awesome, so what is the main difference between Soda Wipes and the industrial strength wipes?

Soda wipes only comes in bulk and is for use on hands (for grease, gear oil, tar, silicone, also removes the smell from fisherman’s hands), whereas the heavy duty wipes come in different packaging for hands and clean work tools and hard surfaces.

Both products are making life easier, by providing multipurpose cleaning on the surfaces, as well as their hands. We also give them peace of mind, knowing that the solutions used in the product are safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly.

LAINA HANDCLEAN LAINA HANDSWho how do we get our hands on it and contact for more information?

Patty Cousinery & Christa-bell Grey



M: 0451 906 506

BOSS MODE RADIO hits 5000 listeners in the first month

BOSS MODE RADIO hits 5000 listeners in the first month

BOSS MODE RADIO hits 5000 listeners in the first month

Boss Mode Radio is a Perth based 24/7 online radio station designed to inspire, inform and motivate anyone with a desire and passion to reach for their dreams and career goals. The station features programming and music which targets a number of different audiences and markets – whether that is those already in a small business or if they have just left the 9-5 to pursue their own business dreams.

IMG_20180412_093243We interviewed Demelza Leonard the very inspiring founder of Boss Mode Radio who is a Gold Exhibitor at the Nifnex Small Business Expo.

Tell us about Passion behind starting Boss Mode Radio?

The passion for Boss Mode Radio stems from my love of music and generally wanting to help people be the best person they can be. My first business – DL Social, focuses on helping to promote businesses through Marketing, Social Media & Publicity and I felt that I’d love to develop a platform which not only paired my desire to help businesses grow but also created an enjoyable and entertaining soundtrack thus also incorporating my passion for music. I saw that with this idea, there was a gap in the market so decided to take that big scary leap and 2 years later – Boss Mode Radio was born.

Can you give us a rundown of your team/presenters and what they chat about live? 

We have a dynamic team of presenters on the station who chat about a range of topics which small businesses, creatives, freelancers and startups are interested in. They are all exceptional experts in their fields, so we are very fortunate to have such a great team on board.

IMG_20180412_093135These presenters are:

Donna Preedy – discusses a Positive mindset on The Conscious Creator

Lisa Newman – highlights how to better sell yourself and your brand on Story Selling.

Ashley Matkovic – shares inspiring and personal stories from successful women in business with Raw Ambitions.

Jessica Miller – discusses Business Strategies and different business structures in the Inspired Hour.

Deanne Carter from the Women’s Money Forum – discusses how to better invest your money and finances on Money Boss.

Erin Madeley – hosts the Makers Market Scene. A show designed to showcase the Makers and Market business in Perth.

Julz Pozar – talks all things Marketing on Marketing for the Bizy-Lady

Sameera Afzaal – speaks to Perth’s Influencers and Social Media entrepreneurs in Social Etiquette and

Yohan Vales De Menezes hosts our lunch time request show which plays a business, blogger or bosses favourite songs throughout the hour and also promotes their business for FREE!

However, we are still looking for a show on tech and startups, so if anyone is interested in proposing such a show, please contact me at info@bossmoderadio.com.au (.)

Tell us about the benefits of the online radio?

We are in a heavily digital-based world and online radio is a fast growing medium. The beauty of online radio means that our audience is already online and that also means we have a higher conversion rate for our advertisers and business collaborations.

It also means that you can take us anywhere (on your phone, desktop or bluetooth speaker pod) and listen to the Boss Mode Radio live stream at anytime.

When is Boss Mode radio on Air and what songs would we expect on the channel? 

Boss Mode Radio is on the air all day, every day at www.bossmoderadio.com.au or via the Tunein App. Our website features the timings of our programmes and they all have repeat airplays throughout the week for those who can’t tune in at work.

From a music standpoint we feature upbeat music from the 80s, 90s, 00s to today from all genres.

One minute you might be listening to  KLF or Cake from the 90s and the next you could be listening to the latest song from Bruno Mars. The beauty of our format and request show means that we aren’t boxed in to playing just this format – if you have a favourite song that might be from the 60s or 70s, we will gladly play it in your personal request hour!

Who have you found to be your avid listeners/followers?

We are very fortunate to have a listenership from many different demographics and fields. Whilst our female listenership is high, we regularly have a male audience listening in as well and this number continues to increase. This is great for us, because our station is about the small business owner from all walks of life, not just one particular demographic.

I noticed the Love Bug, tell me more about the cool little car? 

A chance discussion turned into an amazing promotional collaboration! The Love Car love bug is a musical telegram service, which drives around town delivering musical messages for birthdays, proposals, events and more. We’ve teamed up with the car to deliver the Boss Mode Radio message around town. If your readers would love to have Boss Mode Radio and the Love Car at their business or event, they are more than welcome to send us an email for booking information.

At Boss Mode Radio, what has been your biggest achievement thus far?

I think our biggest achievement for Boss Mode Radio (given we have only been on the air for a few weeks now)  has to be that we achieved 5000 listeners in our first month of airing. To be able to achieve those statistics, when educating an audience about online radio and its benefits is incredibly humbling and positive at the same time.

Is there anything up and coming with Boss Mode Radio that the business community should know about?   

Our current focus for Boss Mode Radio is to launch the daily Student programme – Afternoon Insight very soon. The idea and concept that Michael, the show’s producer, has created is superb and we can’t wait to execute the thoughts and strategies behind the show. We think it will really benefit our student audience. The team are also either currently studying or have just graduated, meaning they understand the questions and concerns of our listeners. This means the show content can reflect what the student audience truly wants to know and hear.

We are also working on Boss Mode Radio app which is a few months away. However, this will allow for listeners to be notified when their favourite show is on the air and also means all things Boss Mode Radio is in one place at the touch of a button.

As for events… all I can say is stay tuned!

Who can we contact at Boss Mode radio for any enquiries about advertising, songs requests, and your live shows?

For any queries, shows proposals, interviews or advertising you can contact the station at info@bossmoderadio.com.au.

For song requests you can contact Yohan our Lunch Break with Yohan host at requests@bossmoderadio.com.au.

To listen to the station any time of the day you can visit www.bossmoderadio.com.au

Interviewed by Marilyn Balois; Events Coordinator Nifnex

First flagship Outsourced HR Franchise Launched in Perth by Pia Engstrom

First flagship Outsourced HR Franchise Launched in Perth by Pia Engstrom

First flagship Outsourced HR Franchise Launched in Perth by Pia Engstrom

Pia Engstrom has become the first businesswoman in Australia to set up a local branch of a successful global HR franchise.  Pia has launched The HR Dept Western Suburbs Perth from home in West Leederville, offering SMEs in her territory high quality outsourced HR advice and support.  She is the first in the state to launch the brand, which currently serves more than 6,000 SMEs in the UK and Ireland after being set up the more than 15 years ago.

Pia has over 20 years’ HR experience in the areas of HR, IR Management and Consulting in both Australia and the UK.  She holds a Bachelor of Business degree with a double major in Human Resources & Management from Edith Cowan University.  Pia has worked at a senior management level gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience a number of companies of all sizes and across different industry sectors.

The HR Dept is originally a UK-based family business, which was set up by Sue Tumelty in 2002 and begun franchising in 2005. Today, it has a network of 65 Licensees operating independent HR businesses in 83 territories across the UK, Ireland and now Australia, providing more than 6,000 SMEs with a range of advice and support.

Nifnex interviewed Pia to find out more about HR Dept. and the need in the marketplace for outsourced HR.

Pia, firstly congratulations on being the first Franchisee in Australia and launching it is Perth. Please tell us about the market that you service and the need for the outsourced HR services.

SMEs are a vital and growing part of the Australian economy with around two million SMEs representing more than 99.7 per cent of actively trading businesses. SMEs employ almost three quarters of the Australian workforce with the top five employing industries in the sector being construction, professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade, accommodation and food services, and manufacturing.

SMEs are a huge focus of Government attention at this time with new initiatives and funding being announced regularly. We expect that they (and indeed employment legislation) will form a crucial part of all parties’ offerings in the run up to the election.

There are over three million SME and micro businesses in Australia. Of these, 71% are active, which equates to just over 2.1 million. A recent study by ScanCorp is projecting growth for SMEs positioned in the following industries:

✓ child care centres  ✓ general practice medical centres   ✓ food and retail  ✓ coffee shops and small restaurants   ✓ technology businesses (particularly with differentiated intellectual property)  ✓ service stations  ✓ construction

There is a need for HR support and a desire for an insurance backed offering. The market in outsourced HR is growing but our offering is not available in the market currently.

Who are your clientele and how do you help them best. 

We’re here to support local businesses with the everyday people problems that they face.  Our local and comprehensive HR service comes at a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house HR professional that larger companies often employ.  Our approach is simple, we’ll get to really know and understand your business, that way we’ll be able to find the best and most cost-effective solution for your business.  We help SME’s navigate a rapidly changing human resources landscape, ensuring that business owners can grow their companies and reach their goals through their biggest asset – their people.

Tell us a something you are proud of as a team/organization. 

Our leadership team in Australia is made up of 100% women.

Really proud of being the first outsourced HR franchise company in Australia.  I own the flagship franchise in Australia and it’s in Perth!  I am also a shareholder of the JV company and I hold the position of Franchise Development Manager.

You must come across regular HR issues faced by businesses. What are some of the most common issues?

We produce weekly blogs around any HR/IR issues and we produce an informative monthly newsletter called People Matter.  These are published on our website and on social media.


Some of the issues are:

  • Employers not paying employees the right hourly rate as employers are unsure of what Award they are operating under;
  • Employers not providing employees with employment contracts so that everyone is clear on their employment terms and conditions and expectations;
  • Employers needing help with disciplinary meetings and associated drafting of letters;
  • Employers needing help with conducting investigations into either disciplinary or misconduct by employees
  • Employers wanting help with recruitment of new employees
  • Employers generally just needing a sounding board and advice around HR issues so they sign up to our unlimited advice line with is underwritten by employer indemnity insurance.


Pia, Thank you. We wish you the very best with the franchise and no doubt you will continue growing the operation and keep your burning passion to help SMEs with their HR needs.21503_EngstromP

To contact or for more information about Pia Engstrom:

Email:    pia.engstrom@hrdept.com.au

Phone number:  (08) 6246 2655 or 0423 459 843

Web address:   https://hrdept.com.au/licensees/perth-western-suburbs/

Small Businesses Get Involved With Oxfam Trailwalker Initiative

Small Businesses Get Involved With Oxfam Trailwalker Initiative

The small business community of Perth is very heart centered and is getting involved with Oxfam Trailwalker either as volunteers before the trailwalker event or putting a team together to walk 50/100kms and raise funds to fight against global poverty.

Below is the interview with Kerryn Lambert; Event operations Coordinator of Oxfam in WA to find out more about the trailwalker initiative.

Hi Kerryn, please tell us more about how Oxfam’s initiatives specifically Trailwalker, is benefiting Perth community and the Global well-being

Oxfam Trailwalker, is a large active, nature based team challenge which offers a fantastic way to improve one’s fitness, general well-being and connection with others. Oxfam Trailwalker, which is Oxfam’s largest fundraising event,has collectively raised more than $4,5million over the past five years from the Perth event alone; which has in turn helped Oxfam Australia progress it’s mission to tackle global Poverty!

Oxfam Trailwalker involves teams of 4 walkers or runners completing a 100km trail within 48hours or 50km trail within 24hours and through undertaking this challenge, raising funds for Oxfam. To date, the Perth event has seen more than 6,000 people participate in the past five years, resulting in many getting fitter, acquiring a new lease on life through challenging themselves and improving  work, family or friendship bonds. Not only are participants reaping the  rewards, but so are our local communities, stakeholders, suppliers and small businesses i.e. vendors. By conducting our event, all these organisations have benefited through either increased visitation, and patronage of local venues in the Perth Hills, as well as economic gains through supply to the event.

Please tell us a little about Trailwalker initiative in Perth

The Perth event is heading into its sixth year and is held around late September, early October in the Perth Hills. This year’s event is being held on the 5 -7 October 2018 with options to do either the 100km or 50km event distance. Each team is encouraged to raise a minimum of $1600 per team to participate, with funds directed towards Oxfam’s programs and initiatives. Teams of four must walk the entire trail together, making this a unique team building event. Teams are encouraged to organize a support crew which is usually made up of friends, family or colleagues- whoever is keen to roam with the team and resource them along the way. There are a number of checkpoints erected along the 100km & 50km trail, located approximately 10-18km apart which offer basic essential resources to teams, as they make their way to the finish line. Support crews can meet their teams at these checkpoints ,so whether you are walking or supporting a team, Oxfam Trailwalker truly is about working together to achieve an amazing feat!

How can the small business community get involved?

There are numerous ways to get involved with Oxfam Trailwalker besides the most obvious one of participating. As this is a very important fundraising event for Oxfam, we would love to encourage the Perth Small Business Community to round up a team and experience the magic by taking on the challenge. However, if walking 100kms is not your idea of having fun, we are always seeking support through volunteering on the event. We require up to 500 volunteers to operate our event over the weekend and have a wide selection of roles to fill. Volunteering could include anything from Trail marshalling, Trail marking or sweeping, helping at a checkpoint or getting involved with logistic support. Helping on Trailwalker is a great way to meet new people, have some fun and help support the cause.  You can find more information about volunteering on the event at https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/volunteer/

Team 1 Sunrise walkers

(That sounds exciting); Can the community create their own teams of four now and start training? I am assuming training is very much needed?

Yes absolutely! Registration is open and we encourage teams to start training a few months in advance as this is a challenging endurance event which requires preparation, fitness and planning. It truly is a journey to the finish line which starts months before, when you make the decision to take on this noteworthy, fun and memorable challenge. In fact many teams remark on how much they love the training walks and preparation as it gets them into nature and offers quality time to bond together before the big day!  All information about the event and how to register can be found on https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/perth/

Oxfam is the Charity partner at Perth’s Biggest Small Business Expo run by Nifnex. Please tell us what are the main driving factors that lead you to getting involved?

We are very supportive of Nifnex and the way this inspiring and heart centred business community operate. We are keen to get more small business owners and corporates out on the trail as our event offers such great well-being and team building opportunities. The values of Nifnex are strongly aligned with ours and being part of the Expo seemed like an ideal way to make the Small business community aware of our brilliant event. Oxfam Trailwalker has the potential to strengthen connection amongst small business owners and their staff or friends in the Nifnex community; all for a greater global cause which aligns perfectly with the ethos of the Nifnex business model. We are truly excited and appreciative of this partnership and are looking forward to being part of the Expo!

Please tell us what Oxfam would like to achieve from raising the funds from the Trailwalker initiative?

Oxfam Trail walker’s primary objective is to raise significant funds that can be directed into any of our primary initiatives which include:- Emergency response/Disaster aid, Advocacy and Campaigning, and conducting Sustainability programs that encourage self-sufficiency.  We hope to improve our fundraising outcomes year on year by encouraging more people to participate, and in doing so, support and help further Oxfam’s outstanding work.

For More Details visit Oxfam Perth Website

Perth Traffic Training keeping our roadwork sites safe

Perth Traffic Training keeping our roadwork sites safe

Roadwork sites in Western Australia have seen 1235 crashes over a four year period alone which could have been avoided with the correct education & training. Perth Traffic Training strive to provide the right training to traffic management workers to keep our roadwork sites safe.

Stats from the Road Safety Commission for 2010 – 2014 show: 48 people required hospitalisation, 189 needed medical attention and there were 7 fatalities

Classroom Trainiing perth trafic trainingWe interviewed Perth Traffic Training to find out why having proper training is crucial to the safety of the worksites and our roads.

So what makes Perth Traffic Training courses so essential to understanding roadworks sites and its safety?

For most people, roads are for getting from A to B. For us, they’re our A to Z ­and everything in between. Behind every road network or construction zone is a tightly engineered traffic management system that directs, controls and supervises vehicle and pedestrian traffic and we take this role seriously.

Tell us a little more about Perth Traffic Training?

We are a traffic management training and auditing company delivering Main Roads WA accreditation courses and providing roadworks audits for entities such as Main Roads WA, local government, traffic management companies and private contractors. Our passion is to educate, promote and improve behaviours on our roads particularly involving roadworks sites and the general public.

We are passionate about delivering the best training available and putting WA at the forefront of Australian traffic management.

So what makes Perth Traffic Training so essential to understanding roadworks sites and its safety?

Our on the ground experience and vast knowledge of the industry, standards, codes and regulations. We teach from the perspective of those interacting with these sites whether they be workers or the general public. Our training can adapt to suit any work scenario

What industries do your clients come from?

Our clients range from construction related businesses, civil contractors, event organisers, traffic management companies, local government, security companies, landscapers, cabling companies, government utilities, road construction companies, tree management services, communication companies, engineering and mining companies.

Are your courses accredited and what can a client also expect from Perth Traffic Training?

In partnership with Star Training and Assessing we deliver Main Roads WA accredited courses from basic to advanced and students benefit from our interactive learning and out of the box thinking

What has Perth Traffic Training been most proud of participating with or been featured in?

Have appeared in Earthmover and Civil Contractor magazine, are the highest qualified traffic management trainers in Western Australia, have background in crash investigation and are a part Aboriginal company who are members of Supply Nation. We have begun working with the Road Trauma Support group in an effort to promote awareness of Road Safety.

 Your main focus are Traffic management and Traffic Control  courses, where are they located and how regular are they run?

Our training venue is located at the Business Station, 2232b Albany Hwy, Gosnells opposite the Train Station

We run regular basic to advanced traffic management courses and construction white cards with more courses on the way. We also provide roadworks traffic management auditing services.

Perth Traffic Training reducedWho can we contact to find out more about traffic management courses and how to get a white card?

Paul Klimaitis 0427 268 882

Admin 0438 813 831




Visit Perth Traffic Training stand at the Nifnex Expo 4th May 2018. Book your free ticket now for a limited time.

There is Life After Debt – Find out More

There is Life After Debt – Find out More

There is Life After Debt – Find out More

Life After Debt –  Freedom is priceless so when we are tied down with personal or business debt, it can feel like that we have lost the will and life we envisioned for ourselves.  That we seem to have no say in where we want our life to lead and our choices once abundant are now so restricted that you see no light at the end of the tunnel.

Every year more and more people and families fall into some kind of debt and believe it to be the worst chapter in their life,  the team at Life After Debt  are not a lender or financial services broker, help assess your situation and let you see that light at the end of the tunnel.  Find out more how below.

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Penny May

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Kerry Smith

We interviewed Penny & Kerry from Life After Debt who are a Gold Exhibitor at the Nifnex Business Expo this May, to find out how they can help individuals get out of their personal debt, avoid bankruptcy, how to manage their debt better and still have freedom in their life. 

How long has Life After Debt been helping small business and individuals get out of debt successfully?

Australian Financial Solutions Pty Ltd, trading as Life After Debt ® – – Our Directors have over 50 years’ experience in Insolvency, Debt Management and Restructuring and bring this knowledge and expertise to the private sector to advise and help those who find themselves overwhelmed with personal debt.  We are not a lender or financial services broker. We are proud to have offices both here in Perth and Sydney.

How does Life After Debt help people in a financial situation that can become a detrimental impact to their life or may look at bankruptcy as their only option?

Our debt solutions are specifically aimed at those who are ineligible for lending.  We assess solutions such as debt negotiation, debt settlement offers, informal arrangements, and compromised payment arrangements with unsecured creditors – called a Part IX Debt Agreement.  Our solutions provide for the interest on the debt to be frozen and legal protection from further action – and the best part is that we deal with the Creditors so our clients have real stress relief from the harassment and perceived embarrassment of contacting their lenders themselves. 

Is anyone eligible to use Life After Debt services?

Anyone with unmanageable personal debt!  Mums, Dads, Singles, Young, Middling or Mature … no one is immune from debt – it can happen when you least expect it and take a variety of forms;  Credit cards, Personal loans, Tax debts, Centrelink debts, Store cards, Legal bills, Trade creditors, Old utility or telecommunications bills …. For example, most of our clients have experienced a significant life event which has impacted their ability to repay their debts, such as a relationship breakdown, unemployment/redundancy, physical injury, business failure, lifestyle issues like gambling or other addictions.

What are the steps people need to take to get out of their debt successfully?

We assess their household budget and what they can afford to offer their Creditors as a repayment (instead of what each Creditor is demanding).  We use this amount as an offer to Creditors to roll all unsecured debts into one package!  The interest on the debt is frozen, the client has legal protection from recovery in respect of their debts, and are left with a single manageable repayment.  There are credit implications which need to be explained as this solution will be listed on your credit file for a minimum period of 5 years, however upon successful completion of the repayment agreement (usually 4-5 years) all of the debts are discharged.  The credit file listing is removed after 5 years so then the person has a ‘clean slate’ to start over and none of the longer-lasting effects of Bankruptcy. 

I have read there is a increase in insolvencies in Australia, is this a growing concern for people?

The need is growing and growing. In the 2016/17 year there were over 30,000 Insolvencies in Australia. An increase of 2.1% from the preceding year.  Household debt is at records levels and not sustainable against recorded household incomes.  Society has become reliant on credit to live and the impact is taking its toll when there are industry downturns, under-and-unemployment.  Trying to keep up with previous debt when earning a reduced income means many Australians are looking for alternatives to Bankruptcy …. That is where we can help.  https://www.afsa.gov.au/statistics/annual-statistics

 As previously mentioned no one is immune from debt – it can happen when you least expect it.  Credit cards, Personal loans, Tax debts, Centrelink debts, Store cards, Legal bills, Trade creditors, Old utility or telecommunications bills …. For example, most of our clients have experienced a significant life event which has impacted their ability to repay their debts, such as a relationship breakdown, unemployment/redundancy, physical injury, business failure, lifestyle issues like gambling or other addictions.

 What can people expect when contacting your team at Life After Debt?

Australian Financial Solutions Pty Ltd, trading as Life After Debt ® – we were established in Perth in 2008 and are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year.  Our team focuses on providing the best service to assist individuals with unmanageable levels of personal debt.  Financial distress is very stressful … one of the most common comments we get is how relieved the person is after just speaking with us.  We take the stress away at Life After Debt® and are proud of the positive feedback we receive from our clients and the genuine difference we can make to a person’s life.  Our motto is “Lose your debt, not your dignity”.

Who can we contact in Perth / Western Australia for an initial confidential consultation?

Penny May or Kerry Smith in the Perth office.



Tel:  1300237669