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Aussie Beef Mates delegation boosts international appetite for Australian beef

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Aussie Beef Mates delegation boosts international appetite for Australian beef 

The eyes of the world are on Australian beef this week, as international chefs converge on Sydney and regional NSW as part of the Aussie Beef Mates delegation.

Organised by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in collaboration with Investment NSW, the Aussie Beef Mates delegation runs from May 28 to June 2, with the international visitors being immersed in all things beef from the paddock to the plate.

The program is running for the first time this year. During this visit, 16 chefs and food professionals will visit NSW from countries including China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, the UK and the US.

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They will visit a farm, processing plant and restaurants in the state’s Northern Rivers region as well participate in an Australian beef masterclass session in Sydney, exploring topics including butchery, Meat Standards Australia, food safety, integrity systems, and much more.

Global Business Manager at MLA, Josh Anderson, said Australian beef is enjoyed in over 100 countries around the world and is renowned for being a       high-quality and sustainable product.

“Through the Aussie Beef Mates program, international chefs and food professionals learn and share the Australian beef story to their global network, driving international demand for this premium product,” Mr Anderson said.

“There is no better way to learn about the Australian beef industry than by spending time with producers and food professionals that are passionate about Australian beef.

“The program also leverages off the global recognition of Sydney and NSW, helping put NSW and Australia in the spotlight. The program will help to grow global exports by boosting the profile and understanding of beef in key overseas markets. It also shines a spotlight on NSW’s agricultural, food production, and trade and investment sectors.

“Following the event, MLA’s international marketing team will launch several global activations with the Aussie Beef Mates, providing a platform for them to share their experiences and influence within their network to promote Australian beef and NSW produce.”

Minister for Industry and Trade Anoulack Chanthivong said the Aussie Beef Mates program gives the Minns Government a chance to help sell Australia’s world class products to the world.

“This event will showcase the high-quality beef products available across NSW and draw attention to our state’s thriving beef industry on the global stage,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“We look forward to supporting this important initiative and highlighting the fantastic beef products that NSW has to offer.”

Throughout the week, the Aussie Beef Mates will also share ideas on innovative beef uses and network with stakeholders within the supply chain. Importantly, they will learn from each other as they create beef dishes inspired by regional flavours.

Chef Roy Villacrusis is from Asiatic Culinary Services in the United States. He said that he had been working with MLA for the last decade, learning about Australian grassfed beef and pasture raised lamb and its versatile application.

“I am now an official Aussie Beef Mate and am super excited to be part of the US delegation for this year’s trip to Australia,” Mr Villacrusis said.

“I can’t wait to have hands on experience on how these amazing animals are cared for and prepared for shipping to our kitchens across the world.

“These products have been a great compliment to my style of cooking. I call it Asiatic Cuisine and I can’t wait to learn more of how they get to this level of consistency and continue to achieve their goal to carbon neutrality in the next few years. I can’t wait!”

The Aussie Beef Mates delegation 2023 is a testament to MLA’s commitment to promoting Australian beef on the global stage, and the NSW Government’s support of the local industry.

Through this program, MLA hopes to continue to strengthen relationships with key international markets and drive demand for Australian beef.

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2025 Porsche 911 Hybrid production starts

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Production of the highly anticipated Porsche 911 hybrid has commenced following an extensive testing phase, with the German automaker boasting that it surpasses its petrol-only counterpart in terms of speed.

Scheduled for its global debut in Europe on May 28, 2024, Porsche has already revealed impressive performance metrics for the 911 hybrid. Clocking a blistering lap time of 7:16.934 minutes around the demanding Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit, the hybrid variant outpaces its predecessor by a significant 8.7 seconds. While Porsche has not specified the exact model of the previous 911 being referenced, it’s evident that the hybrid iteration is geared towards performance, more akin to the Carrera or Carrera S variants rather than the track-focused GT3 RS.

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Renowned as a benchmark for automotive prowess, the Nurburgring Nordschleife presents a challenging 20.8-kilometer layout, featuring a diverse range of corners and surfaces. This exceptional lap time underscores the 911 hybrid’s dynamic capabilities and positions it as a formidable force on both road and track.

While Australian availability has yet to be confirmed, Porsche first hinted at the development of a hybrid 911 with the introduction of the eighth-generation ‘992’ model in 2019. As part of a mid-life facelift for the current lineup, the hybrid variant is slated for release in 2025, aligning with Porsche’s ambitious target of electrifying over half of its new vehicle sales by 2025 and achieving 80% electric sales by 2030.

Details regarding pricing, trim levels, and nomenclature for the 911 hybrid remain undisclosed. However, speculations suggest it may adopt the moniker “Porsche 911 t-Hybrid,” following the trademark registration of ‘t-Hybrid’ by the company. Notably, the hybrid powertrain may depart from Porsche’s signature flat-six engines, potentially incorporating a four-cylinder petrol engine supplemented by electric propulsion.

Drawing inspiration from Porsche’s illustrious motorsport heritage, particularly its successful 919 endurance racing program, the 911 hybrid is anticipated to channel the technological advancements and performance prowess demonstrated by its racing counterparts. Although not designated as a plug-in hybrid, akin to the Porsche 918 hypercar, the 911 hybrid is poised to leverage insights gleaned from Porsche’s current LMDh endurance racing program.

With their endurance racers already clinching victories in prominent events like the World Endurance Championship and IMSA series, the 911 hybrid promises to be a game-changer in the realm of high-performance electrified vehicles.

 

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Create a Lush Fern Garden with These Shade-Loving Plants

 

If your garden is protected from the sun, consider transforming it into a mini fern rainforest. Ferns evoke the essence of rainforests with their earthy aroma and prehistoric charm, creating a calming and otherworldly atmosphere. These low-maintenance plants are not only beautiful but can outlive many other plants, adding texture and rich green hues to the damp and shady parts of your yard, making your garden lush and luxurious. With so many fern varieties to choose from, here’s a guide to get you started.

Growing Ferns in Your Garden

Ferns thrive in part to full shade and prefer rich, earthy soil reminiscent of their rainforest origins. Ideal soil for ferns is well-drained and nutrient-rich from decaying leaf matter. In warmer parts of Australia, protection from all sun may be necessary, while in cooler regions, shielding them from the harsh afternoon sun is sufficient. Ferns are predominantly perennial, allowing you to divide and propagate them in spring or autumn to enhance your shady garden areas.

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Understanding Fern Types

All ferns are vascular plants, growing from spores rather than seeds or flowers. While many ferns grow directly from the ground, like bird’s nest ferns and autumn ferns, others thrive on rocks or trees.

  • Lithophytes: Ferns that attach themselves to rocks.
  • Epiphytes: Ferns that grow on trees, fences, or man-made structures, drawing nutrients from decaying leaf matter and animal droppings caught in their leaves.

Epiphytic ferns are particularly versatile, making them excellent for planting on fences and structures within your garden.

Ideal Plants for Your Fern Garden

Australian Tree Fern

For gardens with ample shade, the Australian tree fern is a stunning choice. With its large canopy and elegant single trunk, this fern can bring a piece of the rainforest, like the Daintree, to your backyard. It can grow between 5 and 10 metres tall, so ensure you have sufficient space for its fronds to spread.

Staghorn Fern

The staghorn fern is a classic choice that remains stylish. As an epiphytic fern, it can attach to trees, fences, or even the exterior walls of your home, making it perfect for covering unsightly areas or adding texture to your garden’s fence line.

Bird’s Nest Fern

With apple-green, shiny leaves that can reach 1-2 metres in height, the bird’s nest fern is ideal for pots or planting in the forks of trees to maintain a rainforest aesthetic. These ferns also make excellent indoor plants, provided they are kept out of direct sunlight and in well-draining soil.

Elkhorn Fern

Similar to the staghorn fern, the elkhorn fern can be attached to trees or walls, adding a prehistoric touch to your garden. This low-maintenance fern thrives with ample shade and occasional compost for nutrients.

Soft Tree Fern

Native to eastern Australia, the soft tree fern, also known as the man fern, features bright green fronds forming a feathery canopy that can grow up to 15 metres tall. This fern is perfect for filling large, shaded spaces. Its trunk also provides an excellent base for growing epiphytes like elkhorn ferns or native Australian orchids.

Hen and Chicken Fern

Also known as mother spleenwort, this New Zealand native fern boasts feathery foliage that cascades beautifully, remaining lush year-round. It thrives in part-shade and should be protected from direct sunlight, adding elegance to the dappled shade of your garden.

Autumn Fern

To introduce colour variation among your ferns, consider the autumn fern. Its triangular fronds transition from pinkish to coppery before maturing to bright green, offering a stunning contrast of autumnal oranges and greens to enhance your garden’s visual appeal.

Baby’s Tears Ground Cover

A rainforest garden isn’t complete without a charming ground cover. Despite its melancholy name, baby’s tears is an excellent ground cover for shady garden areas. It can also be grown in pots and along pavers, adding a delicate touch to your fern garden.

By incorporating these diverse fern species, you can create a serene, rainforest-like garden that thrives in the shade, offering beauty and tranquillity year-round. Whether you have a large backyard or a compact space, these ferns will transform your garden into a lush, green haven.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

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Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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