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ACFA Webinar – Get the scoop from Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024

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Explore the forefront of design innovation straight from Salone del Mobile.Milano! Get the scoop on the most innovative products and design ideas, offering a glimpse into the exciting trends and inspirations of 2024 and beyond

Meet the Presenter:

Melanie Gardener has worked in the kitchen & bathroom industry for the past 24 years and is currently Editor of the popular industry blog The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog which is an online resource for the kitchen and bathroom industry. Launched in 2013, the blog provides updates for the industry on new products, design trends, showroom openings, industry awards and other items of relevance for anyone in the kitchen and bathroom, interior design, building or architecture industries.

Melanie regularly attends kitchen and bathroom shows both in Australia and overseas and often undertakes public speaking engagements with both consumer and industry audiences to report on the latest designs, ideas and innovations. She has also spoken at specific industry events about marketing and PR within this highly-specialised sector.

Together with Simon Hodgson, she also plans tours for Australian designers to significant overseas trade shows including Salone del Mobile.Milano, Interzum and ISH, through their business Australian International Design Tours. The 2025 tour to iSalone and Euroluce is currently in the planning stages. She also works as a freelance consultant to the industry, providing editorial, copywriting, and marketing, including work for various industry associations. Melanie was previously the Managing Editor of the highly successful Kitchens & Bathrooms Group of titles published by Universal Magazines until 2010.

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Kitchen + Bath Show 2024

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Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA) to Showcase at the Inaugural Kitchen + Bath Show, Sydney 2024

The Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA) is excited to announce our partnership with the inaugural Kitchen + Bath Show, set to take place from 13th to 15th June 2024, in Sydney.

The Kitchen + Bath Show will be hosted alongside the esteemed ArchiBuild Expo and Design Show Australia, creating a powerhouse trio of events that promises to offer a diverse range and opportunity for industry professionals. The synergy of these co-located events will bring together a vast network of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, cabinet makers, joiners, designers, architects, fit-out specialists, and building professionals.

This event emerges from the evolution of the Kitchen + Bath Zone at Design Show Australia, now expanded into a dedicated showcase tailored to the expanding industry of kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and home storage in Australia.

The co-location of these events offers an immense value proposition, facilitating networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, and access to the latest trends and innovations in interior design, architectural building products, and systems.

Attendees visiting the ACFA stand can look forward to engaging discussions, networking opportunities, and and discover how members have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources tailored to the unique needs of the cabinetmaking and joinery industries.

Featuring a diverse range of products – from appliances to tapware to components and fittings and everything in between, Kitchen + Bath offers a unique environment to learn, network and explore the latest trends and new products that push the boundaries of design, technology and innovation.

The ACFA Team will be on hand to offer advice, share industry updates, and discuss membership benefits that can help businesses navigate the complexities of the cabinetmaking and furniture industry.

Event Details

Date

June 13, 2024

Time

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue

ICC Sydney

Address

Darling Harbour
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Upcoming WorkSafe Victoria Workshops

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FREE Education Programs by WorkSafe Victoria

Our popular online manual handling education programs are coming to an end in May.  

The sessions have been purpose-built to help business owners, managers and supervisors navigate the often-misunderstood terms ‘hazardous manual handling’ and ‘MSDs’.

A team of OHS experts and ergonomists will help you identify warning signs at work, prompt consultation with your workers and ultimately – help you set measures in place to protect your staff from injury.

This new educational program is free for small to medium sized businesses (0-199 staff) in Victoria, from any industry.

Facilitated by experts in ergonomics and OHS, participants will receive practical feedback and advice on managing the risks of hazardous manual handling in the workplace.

This session covers:

  • Hazardous manual handling and musculoskeletal disorder basics
  • OHS compliance requirements
  • How to identify hazardous manual handling in your workplace and prioritise tasks for action
  • How to conduct a risk assessment
  • Applying the hierarchy of control
  • Reviewing and monitoring risk controls

Details: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Running Weekly Until 21st May 2024

  • Tue, 30 April
  • Tuesday – 7 May
  • Tuesday – 14 May
  • Tuesday – 21 May

Ask an ergonomist Q&A sessions are an opportunity to ask any workplace-specific questions you have around manual handling concerns and setting up safe and ergonomically healthy workplaces.

Facilitated by ergonomists, the sessions will provide free, customised advice for your situation, and also allow you to hear from others in a range of industries.

Real life case studies will also be discussed in each session.

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National Construction Code (NCC) Roadshow

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Roadshow registrations now open – learn about proposed NCC changes

Registrations for our ABCB Roadshow event series are now open. The events will be held in each capital city across Australia, and also online, between Wednesday 8 May and Friday 7 June 2024.

These events provide an opportunity to learn about the proposed changes to the next edition of the National Construction Code (NCC). The ABCB staff will be discussing these changes and there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions during the event.

The events are free to attend but places are limited, so registration is essential. Visit our events page to view all available sessions and register now.

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2024 Central Coast Industry Festival

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Now is the time to register online as a Visitor to the 2024 Central Coast Industry Festival.
This will be the largest event held specifically for the manufacturing sector on the Central Coast in 2024. It will feature around 60 of the region’s most innovative and successful manufacturers, food producers and sector service providers.

Global household names such as Mars and Sanitarium will exhibit alongside some of our region’s very best manufacturing businesses, including Baltimore Aircoil, Trendpac, EastCoast Beverages, Dyson Logistics, Signarama, 4iD Solutions, Bioaction and more. A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

From Collaboration Comes Innovation – Connect to Grow
The aim of the Central Coast Industry Festival is to “Connect to Grow” by:

  • Strengthening local networks
  • Nurturing relationships and connectedness
  • Promoting and facilitating collaboration
  • Supporting capability building.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore world class innovations and technologies that have been
developed within the Central Coast and adjacent regions. Manufacturers and service providers will be able to connect with other leading businesses to explore potential partnerships and collaborations to assist in solving business problems, increasing efficiencies, strengthening supply chains and creating new avenues for growth.

Expert Speaker Sessions
On each day of the Expo, a series of speaker sessions will be held covering topics such as:

  • Future opportunities and challenges in the food and beverage industry
  • Reaching new consumers via food and beverage distributors
  • Improving your chances of being successful on Amazon
  • NSW Government and Defence procurement opportunities
  • Transforming industries through sensor solutions
  • How to make your business thrive in the era of sustainability and ESG
  • Pitfalls of implementing Lean

See a full list of speakers and topics here.

Key Expo Activities & Displays
Other exciting features of the 2024 Central Coast Industry Festival include:

  • A dedicated display room for Circular Economy initiatives showcasing leading
    manufacturers in the sustainability space such as Star Scientific, iQRenew,
    Arc Ento Tech, 4 Seasons Insulation, Hydrogen at Home and Mil-Tek.
  • A one-stop-shop for Government Agencies providing on-site advice and
    assistance through Investment NSW, Services NSW and SafeWork NSW.
  • A program of local student visitations to learn about diverse career pathways in
    manufacturing and food production.


Visiting the Central Coast Industry Festival
The inaugural Festival attracted over 800 visitors including business leaders, suppliers, buyers, distributors,
service providers, students and the general public. This year, an even higher attendance is anticipated with representation from clusters and business groups across Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter regions.


Admission to the 2024 Central Coast Industry Festival is free.
Simply register here or at the door on the day.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday 6th March 2024
Times: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Speaker sessions: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Mingara Recreation Club

Date: Thursday 7th March 2024
Times: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Speaker sessions: 10.00am to 1.30pm
Location: Mingara Recreation Club

Central Coast Industry Festival is brought to you by Central Coast Industry Connect with the generous support of our Major Sponsor – Investment NSW, Silver Sponsor – Dyson Logistics and Media Sponsor – Central Coast Business Review.

For further information, please visit www.centralcoastindustryfestival.com.au or email Amy Scurr-Smith at
admin@centralcoastindustryconnect.com.au


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