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Australian states set to battle it out for the 2023 IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia title

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Australia’s best tasting tap water will be decided on Saturday, 18 November when the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) hosts the IXOM 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.

Australian states set to battle it out for the 2023 IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia title

 

State winners will compete for the best tasting tap water in Australia.

Australia’s best tasting tap water will be decided on Saturday, 18 November when the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) hosts the IXOM 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.

Water authorities in regional and metropolitan areas across Australia have competed in state competitions to find their best drop. Now those state winners have been invited to go head to head for the national title during the Lilydale & Yarra Valley Show in Lilydale, Victoria, putting interstate rivalry to the ultimate test.

The state representatives competing for the 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia are:

  • South Australia – Olympic Dam Desal Plant – BHP
  • Tasmania – Fern Tree water treatment plant – TasWater
  • Queensland – Burgowan water treatment plant – Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • NSW/ACT – Rous County Council – Nightcap
  • Western Australia – Water Corporation – Cue

Victoria holds the 2022 title for the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia. Last year’s national winner was Melbourne Water’s Cresswell water treatment plant, which is why the 2023 event is being held in their area.

Attendees at the Lilydale & Yarra Valley Show will be asked to taste all the water samples and vote for the one they prefer most. Judging will run between 9.00am and 1.00pm, and the winner will be announced at approximately 3.45pm.

The 2023 winner will have bragging rights for the next 12 months as the provider of Australia’s best drop and will go on to represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition in West Virginia, USA in February 2024.

Australia’s best tasting tap water will be decided on Saturday, 18 November when the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) hosts the IXOM 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.

Australia’s best tasting tap water will be decided on Saturday, 18 November when the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) hosts the IXOM 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.

The annual IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water competition is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of drinking water in Australia, and to recognise the efforts of local water service providers in delivering valuable water services to their communities.

Water samples are subjected to a blind taste test and rated according to the Water Tasting Wheel, which outlines some of the attributes that water professionals use when judging water such as colour, clarity, odour and taste. Think ‘wine tasting’ without needing to spit out the samples and you won’t be far wrong.

In its search for the best tasting tap water in each state and nationally, WIOA invites all water suppliers to participate in the competition.

“The competition recognises and acknowledges the individuals and organisations that are stepping up, some in very trying circumstances, to make sure their communities are supplied with safe drinking water every day,” said Dean Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, WIOA. “We want to use the competition to let people know the great work that is going on in local communities around Australia, and help to shape and secure Australia’s water future.”

Mr Barnett also acknowledged IXOM’s support of the competition. “Thanks to IXOM’s unwavering commitment and support of the industry, we have been able to continue running the competition.”

“IXOM is proud to be the sponsor of the prestigious 2023 IXOM  competition,” said Bryce Wolfe, IXOM Managing Director & CEO. “IXOM has been involved in water treatment for almost a century. We supply chemicals to water treatment plants all over Australia to help ensure that Australia continues to have world-class, high-quality water.”

 

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

 

Nearly $3 million in funding from the NSW Government is set to expedite the delivery of almost 24,000 new regional homes, with 16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund. Ranging from the North Coast to the Central West and the Riverina, these councils will receive grants of up to $250,000 each.

The objective of these grants is to accelerate the delivery of new homes in regional areas through various strategies, including the formulation of housing plans, infrastructure preparation, and amendments to local environmental plans to facilitate the construction of diverse and affordable housing options.

As more individuals opt for regional NSW living, the demand for homes has increased, leading to rising prices and a shortage of available properties. Hence, bolstering regional housing supply is paramount.

These grants are part of a broader set of initiatives aimed at boosting regional housing supply, including the expansion of the Government’s Urban Development Program, the Regional Housing Flying Squad, the Regional Housing Fund, and the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund.

Together, these initiatives aim to streamline the planning process, support necessary infrastructure development, and aid regional councils in their housing-related endeavours.

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16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund.

In Round 1 of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund, $3.85 million was allocated to 20 projects across 19 councils. Notable projects include the Raymond Terrace Sub-Precincts Master Plan collaboration between Port Stephens Council and Homes NSW, aimed at expediting affordable housing supply.

Another project by Port Stephens Council focused on addressing development barriers such as drainage and flooding resilience in the Shoal Bay Precinct.

Armidale Regional Council, another recipient of Round 1 funding, successfully developed and implemented its Local Housing Strategy.
For further details on the councils receiving funding and their respective projects, interested parties can visit the NSW Planning website.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised the importance of supporting regional councils in expediting housing delivery for their communities. He highlighted the crucial role of regional NSW in the state’s housing supply landscape and underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring housing targets are met while also addressing future hazards.

 

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

 

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Gone are the days of manual property searches and mundane tasks. AI is reshaping the landscape, empowering professionals, and enhancing customer experiences like never before.

Here are four ways AI is revolutionising real estate:

  1. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: AI-powered assistants engage with clients, address queries, and provide personalised recommendations, offering round-the-clock support. This frees up professionals’ time to focus on high-value tasks, leading to unparalleled customer experiences.
  2. Empowered Property Search: AI algorithms analyse vast amounts of data to deliver accurate insights and personalised recommendations, streamlining the property search process. Buyers and professionals can make more informed decisions quickly, aligning with customer demands.
  3. Better Data for Investors: AI simplifies property valuation and risk assessment by analysing real-time data and identifying patterns. Investors can make informed decisions based on predictive analytics, ensuring profitable investments in a dynamic market.
  4. Simplified Property Management: AI-driven smart home technologies automate routine tasks, monitor energy consumption, and detect maintenance issues in real-time. This streamlines property management, reduces costs, and optimises property performance.
AI Transforming real estate

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation.

AI is not only transforming real estate operations but also propelling the industry into predictive analytics. By leveraging historical data and market trends, AI algorithms forecast future property prices and demand, empowering professionals to seize profitable opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. With AI, the future of real estate looks promising.

 

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Toyota Australia is gearing up for the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado, set to hit the market with a range of new features and enhancements aimed at solidifying its position as a top contender in the SUV segment. With a mid-year launch on the horizon, the automaker has revealed key details about the upcoming Prado, including its variant line-up and advanced drivetrain specifications.

The new Prado will boast five distinct grades, catering to a wide range of preferences and driving needs. From the entry-level GX to the top-tier Kakadu spec, buyers can expect a comprehensive selection of options. Notably, the line-up will introduce an all-new ‘Altitude’ variant, specially designed for off-road enthusiasts seeking enhanced performance and rugged capabilities.

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

Under the hood, the 2024 Prado will feature a formidable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder powertrain, equipped with innovative 48-volt assistance technology. This cutting-edge drivetrain, shared with the face lifted HiLux, delivers robust performance with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, paired with an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, Toyota assures drivers of exceptional towing capability, with the Prado capable of handling a 3500kg braked trailer.

In terms of design and technology, each Prado variant comes packed with an array of premium features aimed at maximising comfort, convenience, and driving pleasure. LED headlights, a 12.3-inch multimedia screen with wireless smartphone connectivity, and a 10-speaker audio system are just a few highlights available across the range. Additionally, specific grades offer luxurious touches such as heated and ventilated seats, a refrigerated console box, and advanced driver assistance systems for enhanced safety and control.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Toyota Australia’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, expressed excitement about the upcoming release, emphasising the Prado’s longstanding legacy of reliability and performance. He highlighted the vehicle’s versatility in catering to diverse lifestyles and adventures, reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to delivering top-tier SUVs that meet the evolving needs of Australian consumers.

With pricing details yet to be announced, anticipation is high for the arrival of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. As drivers prepare to embark on new journeys and conquer challenging terrains, Toyota’s latest offering promises to set a new standard for excellence in the SUV market. Stay tuned for more updates and information as the launch date approaches.

Details will be confirmed closer to the Prado’s launch in mid-2024.

 

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