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Electric power only for Cadillac in Australia, Lyriq large SUV due here end of 2024

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Electric power only for Cadillac in Australia, Lyriq large SUV due here end of 2024

 

GENERAL MOTORS Makes a Bold Entry into the Australian Market with Cadillac Lyriq: An Electric SUV on the Horizon
GENERAL MOTORS, renowned for its significant presence globally, is all set for a fresh stint in the Australian market. The company is preparing for its debut in Australia with the much-anticipated Cadillac Lyriq, a fully imported and fully electric large SUV, marking the first-time factory right-hand drive vehicles will be introduced in the country.

Cadillac, a prestigious US luxury brand that had previously not established a factory presence in Australia, is venturing into the “premium” market segment with its right-hand drive Lyriq scheduled for arrival by the end of 2024, albeit without confirmed specifications.

GM’s withdrawal from Australia in 2017 seemed to stem from the challenge of manufacturing right-hand drive cars locally. However, this obstacle has seemingly been surmounted by the decision to produce these vehicles in the United States.
The company’s initial foray back into the Australian market will primarily be through two Experience Centres (stores), strategically positioned in Melbourne and Sydney (along with Auckland), supplemented by the “Direct to Customer Experience” online portal.

When pressed about potential pricing, GM and Cadillac executives at a brand media launch in Melbourne refrained from divulging specifics. Nevertheless, considering the Lyriq’s US pricing range of $US50,000-$US62,000 and in comparison with competitors like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, the anticipated price of the Lyriq in Australia may hover around $A150,000.

Vice President of Global Cadillac, John Roth, hinted at a competitive edge by positioning the Lyriq against competitors like the Mercedes-Benz EQE, BMW iX, and Audi Q8 e-tron.

GM’s vision for the future entails a range of vehicles built on GM’s dedicated Ultium BEV architecture, encompassing various 2WD and AWD configurations. The showcased Lyriq 600e 4 AWD variant unveiled at the Melbourne event showcased its immense torque capabilities.

2024 Cadillac Lyriq EV SUV.

2024 Cadillac Lyriq EV SUV.

The company’s ambitious plan includes a lineup of diverse BEV models, including sedans, coupes, SUVs, and pick-ups, contingent upon production as part of a broader global EV expansion program focusing on right-hand drive models from the US.

Jess Bala, Managing Director of GM Australia and New Zealand, emphasised Cadillac’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled sales and ownership experience for its customers, targeting tech-savvy early adopters in the premium market segment.

Assured of the Australian market’s readiness and the revival of GM’s brand reputation post its local withdrawal, Bala expressed confidence in Cadillac’s re-entry, citing the brand’s rich history and its prominence in pop culture as key recognition factors.

The launch of the Lyriq in Australia and New Zealand signifies a personal milestone for Bala, who has been actively involved with the Lyriq’s development and is ecstatic about bringing it back home.

The Cadillac Lyriq, the automaker’s pioneering BEV built on the Ultium platform, represents Cadillac’s future, blending technology, craftsmanship, and performance seamlessly. Engineered from the ground up for global markets, the vehicle promises luxury and style while spearheading Cadillac’s EV journey into new territories.

GM’s substantial investment in the Ultium battery platform paves the way for efficient development of right-hand-drive variants, extending the brand’s reach into new markets globally.

Amidst their focus on introducing Cadillac into the Australian market, the GM representatives highlighted the extensive presence of GM’s various business units in Australia and New Zealand, laying a strong foundation for future developments in the GM business realm Down Under.

 

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The Enchanted World of Kids Cubby Houses

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The Enchanted World of Kids Cubby Houses

 

Cubby houses, those quaint, imaginative structures nestled in backyards around the globe, are more than just play spaces for kids—they are sanctuaries of creativity, learning, and childhood memories. In this exploration of cubby houses, we delve into their charm, benefits for childhood development, design considerations, and tips for creating the ultimate backyard adventure.

Cubby Houses and Childhood Development

At first glance, a cubby house might appear as a simple wooden structure tucked into a garden corner. Yet, to children, it represents a boundless world of fantasy and freedom. These mini-homes are the stages for imaginative play, where kids can be pirates one day and bold explorers the next. This imaginative play is crucial for cognitive development, raising creativity, problem-solving skills, and independence.

Cubby houses also serve as a child’s first look into ownership, giving them a sense of responsibility and pride in their space. Decorating and caring for their cubby, children learn about organisation and personal responsibility in a fun, engaging way.

The Design Philosophy Behind Cubby Houses

When designing a cubby house, the goal is to balance safety, creativity, and environmental harmony. Modern cubby houses range from simplistic designs to elaborate mini-mansions, equipped with verandas, slides, and even climbing walls. However, the essence of a cubby house is not in its complexity but in its ability to inspire and adapt to a child’s imagination.

Eco-friendly materials and sustainability are becoming increasingly important in cubby house construction. Recycled wood, non-toxic paints, and solar-powered lights are just a few options for parents looking to minimise environmental impact. Moreover, incorporating natural elements like sandpits, water play areas, and gardens can further connect children with nature, enhancing their learning and sensory development.

Incorporating Education into Play

The educational potential of cubby houses is vast. By integrating elements like chalkboards, weather stations, or even simple tools for gardening, children can learn valuable lessons about the world around them. These features encourage exploration and curiosity, key drivers of lifelong learning.

Cubby houses are also excellent tools for social development. They can be hubs for social interaction where kids learn to negotiate, share, and work together. Whether it’s deciding on the day’s play theme or resolving a dispute about who gets to be the captain of the ship, these experiences are invaluable in developing empathy and social skills.

Creating Your Child’s Dream Cubby House

Building a cubby house can be a wonderful project for the whole family.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Safety First: Ensure the structure is stable and materials are safe. Smooth out any sharp edges, and if the house is elevated, secure railings and a sturdy ladder.
  • Let Creativity Lead: Involve your child in the design process. Their imaginative ideas can lead to unique features that make the cubby house truly theirs.
  • Consider the Location: Place the cubby house in a spot that’s easily visible from the house but also immersed in the garden. Proximity to trees, flowers, and shrubs can enhance the sense of adventure.
  • Think Long-Term: Children grow quickly, so consider a design that can evolve with them. Modular cubby houses that allow for expansions or modifications can extend the life of the playhouse.

The Community Aspect of Cubby Houses

Cubby houses have the power to bring communities together. Neighbourhood cubby house competitions or shared community garden cubbies can foster a sense of togetherness and shared pride. These initiatives not only create communal spaces for play but also teach children the value of community and collective care for shared spaces.

The Cubby Houses Await!

Cubby houses represent a world of wonder for kids, offering endless possibilities for play, learning, and growth. They are microcosms of creativity, where the simplest structures can become castles, spaceships, or secret headquarters in the eyes of a child.

Beyond their immediate joy and entertainment value, cubby houses play a crucial role in childhood development, encouraging independence, social skills, and a connection with nature.

As we design and build these special spaces, we’re reminded of the importance of play in a child’s life—not just for fun, but as a fundamental part of learning about the world and themselves.

In the end, the greatest gift we can give our children is the space and freedom to explore, imagine, and dream. And perhaps, in the process of creating these magical garden retreats, we rediscover a bit of our own childhood wonder along the way.

 

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

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Embrace Country Life at Casino Beef Week’s MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers

Casino, 8/4/2024 – Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM. This year’s event is set to surpass all expectations, encapsulating the essence of country life in a morning filled with fun, food, and festivity.

Thanks to the generous support of The MJ Smith Group, our 2024 Major Sponsor, the annual Free Community Breakfast will offer attendees a delightful taste of the local life with complimentary sausage or steak sandwiches, chocolate milk, and fresh fruit, generously donated by Woolworths Casino. This partnership exemplifies The MJ Smith Group’s deep commitment to the local community, showcasing a shared passion for uniting and enriching our region.

Brody Lisha, President of Casino Beef Week, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “We are overjoyed to have The MJ Smith Group as our Major Sponsor this year. Their dedication to the community mirrors our mission to celebrate our country life and bring people together. This event is more than just a breakfast; it’s a showcase of what makes our community so vibrant and unique.”

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Casino Beef Week is excited to announce an extraordinary day of community spirit and celebration at the MJ Smith Group Breakfast with the Butchers Presented by ZZZFM.

The event will feature an impressive display of machinery, allowing attendees to witness the remarkable work of The MJ Smith Group firsthand. “Seeing the machinery up close is a testament to the innovation and hard work that drives our local industries. It’s an honour to highlight this aspect of our community at the event,” said Lisha.

Adding to the excitement, the annual Richmond Dairies Cow Pat Lotto, presented by Bently Community Preschool, returns with a larger prize pool thanks to Richmond Dairies and Macdonalds Pharmacy. “The Cow Pat Lotto is a tradition that everyone looks forward to. It’s a fun, quirky way to engage with the community while supporting a great cause,” Lisha remarked.

Butchers from the region will compete in the Verto Sausage Competition, aiming for the titles of Best Beef Sausage and Best Gourmet Sausage. Lisha commented, “Our local butchers are incredibly talented, and this competition is a fantastic way to showcase their skills and the quality of our local produce.”

The day will also feature live entertainment from Sam Handford and the grand finale of the CiCom Busking Championships on the Jack Links Stage. “The talent we have in our community is astounding, and the Jack Links Stage is the perfect platform to showcase it. It’s going to be an unforgettable day,” Lisha added.

Casino Beef Week invites everyone to join in celebrating our country life, embodying the community spirit that makes our region so special. Don’t miss this outstanding day of free food, fantastic entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

The Breakfast will be lived streamed via ZZZFM and 2LM.

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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