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Pet Industry Association of Australia announces the winners of Best New Product & Exhibitor Displays at AusPet 2017

Shining a spotlight on excellence in the pet industry, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) announced the winners of Best New Product and Exhibitor Displays yesterday at the PIAA AusPet 2017 Trade Show & National Conference incorporating Groomex 2017 in Sydney.

Best Single Display – Vetafarm
Best Display 2-4 Booths – Central Pet
Best Display Over 4 Booths = Yummi Pet
Best New Exhibitor – Dr Zoo
Best Custom Built Stand - Masterpet
Best Aquaria Display – Oz Aquarium Distributors

Best New Other Product – Synbiotic 180 – S – Vetafarm
Best New Cat Product – Cat Cabana Cat Enclosure – Animalistic Pet Products Pty Ltd
Best New Dog product – Pet Widget Badge Classic – Pet Widget
Best New Reptile Product – BioPod – Oz Aquarium Distributors
Best New Aquaria Product – Tetra Fresh Delicia – Spectrum Brands
PIAA Board Elections

The PIAA Directors elections were held and decided at the AGM on 19th October at Rosehill. There were 2 positions available, Retail and Aquatics and Pet Services. John Grima who held the retail position for 3 years was re-elected unopposed. The Aquatics and Pet Services was held by past president Dr Rob Jones who retired after 6.1/2 years. This position was won by Danial Kimbley who owns Monsoon Aquatics in the Northern Territory.

Danial has been involved with the Aquarium industry for over 20 years, starting off in retail, from there worked in the Public Aquarium sector before moving to the university sector working in Aquaculture training.  From there started Monsoon Aquatics which has been running for 9 years now and is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of wild caught and aqua cultured marine fish, corals and clams for the domestic and international aquarium markets. He hold a bachelor of environmental science and is a recent graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program.
Daniel is the current Chairman of the Northern Territory Seafood Council, having been on the board for three years and Chair for the past year with the view to continue this role in 2018.
He is currently leading the NTSC through a new strategic plan and a restructure of the board and their fishery based committees, whose goal is to build trust amongst their members and stakeholders to become a respected and influential peak body with a particular focus on improving and upholding their social licence.

Next year, WWF-Australia and our partners will be introducing the eastern quoll back to the mainland!
It’s a big deal - here’s why...
These marsupials have been extinct everywhere in Australia except Tasmania for the last 50 years, but now they’re coming back.
Next year, twenty of these predators will be reintroduced to habitat in Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, a place their ancestors once called home.
The first generation of quoll explorers were born a few months ago, but two of these pioneering quolls need names!
Submit your suggestion for your chance to officially name one of the first quolls to hit the mainland after 50 years!
The top submissions will be decided by a people’s choice poll. We’ll be tracking the quolls once they arrive, so we can keep you updated on how your named quoll is going.
So what are your quoll-ity name suggestions?

Click here for more information


The Aussie Backyard Bird Count starts today!

We're calling on all Australians to count the birds they're seeing in their backyards, local parks and favourite outdoor spaces. Even if you don’t consider yourself a birdwatcher, we want to hear about the birds you see this week – especially the common bird species, because it's the more common species that give us the best indication of the health of the environment.

The #AussieBirdCount is on all week from 23-29 October. You can enter as many 20-minutes counts as you like, and from anywhere in Australia. You don't have to be in your backyard and you don't have to count in the same place each time. 

To find out more about how to count, where to count and why we are counting head over to the Frequently Asked Questions page. Or to start submitting counts straight away download the free app or use the online form on the website.

Don’t forget that by simply submitting a count you will go in the running to win some incredible prizes. Including Swarovski Optik EL 10x32 Binoculars, an Australian Magpie or Rainbow Lorikeet bird portrait by Angela Robertson-Buchanan Photography, a copy of The Australian Bird Guide from CSIRO Publishing and Laughing Kookaburra pins badges.
Does the independent retailer know who you are and what you sell?

Pet Industry News believes the answer to this problem is an independent database available free to the businesses looking for products.

This is now available at

The directory is part of the Petnews Australia group who has been a leader in the promotion of the pet industry in Australia and overseas for 27 years.

The on-line entry will include all your contact details, your logo and a full description of your company and the products that you sell.  It will also display the logos of the agencies that you distribute. Each of these logos will be linked to a dedicated page describing the product.

Inclusion in this database also allows overseas companies who are looking to have their products distributed, make contact with the companies that they feel would be suitable.

If you are not already listed you can join. The cost to be included on this on-line database is $55.00 per year.

Ikea launches pet furniture collection

Home furnishings giant Ikea is launching its own collection of pet furniture onto the market.

The collection has been named Lurvig, the Swedish word for "fluffy" and features sofas, beds and cushions along with scratching posts and toys for pets.

The collection is being premiered in the USA, Canada, Japan, Portugal and France. Other countries, probably including Germany, are to follow from March 2018.

Australian Consumer Confidence Rating weakens 1.2% to 112.4

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence failed to sustain the gain showed last week, dropping 1.2% to 112.4. This dragged the index below its long term average. The loss was broad based as four out of the five sub-components showed a decline. Consumers’ views about the current financial situation fell 1.6% from the previous week, although the index remains comfortably above its long term average. The ‘time to buy a major household item’ index fell 3.0% over the week.

View our Australian Consumer Confidence Data Tables or subscribe to our monthly Consumer Confidence Reports.
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