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Frogbit also called Amazon Frogbit is now prohibited matter under the NSW Biosecurity Act. 

We are responding to an Infestation at Forster in NSW and are also still finding plants being sold on the Internet.
As it is now prohibited matter in NSW DPI it is being treated seriously. However we understand some aquarium enthusiasts will have this plant as it was not made illegal to sell until 2014 and some people are still unaware of the regulations associated with it.
If you have it contact the following inquiry line.
NSW Invasive Plants and Animals
Inquiry Line on 1800 680 244

Australian Consumer Confidence surges to a 22 week high

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence rose for the second straight week (up 2.9%) and now sits at its highest point since late February. Despite the jump in the headline index, the details were more mixed, with views towards economic conditions rising sharply but confidence in financial conditions easing a touch. Consumers’ views towards current economic conditions shot up 12.3% last week, bringing the sub-index to its highest point since September 2013. Views around future economic conditions also rose a solid 8.2%, following a 2.7% increase in the previous week.
View our Australian Consumer Confidence Data Tables or subscribe to our monthly Consumer Confidence Reports.
From coma to charity chief
AWL NSW welcomes new CEO Therese Markou

During her darkest hours – losing her daughter in a fatal car crash, being wheelchair bound, then experiencing homelessness – Therese Markou relied on the comfort of her companion animals. Now she is returning the favour in her new role as CEO of Animal Welfare League NSW.

Ms Markou, who took up the position in early July after serving four months as interim CEO, is uniquely well-positioned to lead the organisation, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector, as well as her own personal motivations.

She is a former CEO of the NSW State Emergency Service Volunteers Association, which she became involved with at a grassroots level after the organisation helped rescue her in the aftermath of a deadly 2003 car crash.

The crash, which was caused by a fatigued driver, took the life of her 11-year-old daughter, Nicole, and left Ms Markou with life-threatening injuries. This tragedy motivated her to fundraise and volunteer for the SES and other charitable causes.

Read the full story in the September issue of Pet Industry News

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) have put forward a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee on the Senate Penalty Rates Inquiry regarding Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA).


This inquiry focuses on the operation, application and effectiveness of the Better-Off Overall Test (BOOT) for EBAs and their relationship with penalty rates across the retail and hospitality industries.


ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the current state of EBA’s actually provide more flexibility for employers and employees working within the retail sector.


“The ARA’s submission opposes and clarifies the perceived inadequacies surrounding EBA’s as the current EBA model provides a higher base rate for retail employees,” Mr Zimmerman said.


As retailers continue to face a difficult trading environment the ARA believe the Fair Work Commission need to re-evaluate the unnecessary complications and demanding requirements for the BOOT.


The unrealistic definitions to the BOOT exacerbates the constant challenges retailers face in the ever-changing retail environment, brought on by international competition and significant cost pressures in the sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.


With retailers across the country already facing tough trading conditions and an appeal to the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rates decision, the ARA strongly supports a fairer and more flexible EBA system and improve the BOOT.


To view the ARA’s full submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Education and Employment, please click here.

SuperZoo attracts 10,057 pet retail, grooming and service industry professionals

From July 24-27, SuperZoo 2017 gathered together 10,057 pet retail, grooming and service industry professionals at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to learn, shop, network and socialise.

Following the implementation of a new buyer qualification process this year, SuperZoo, the trade expo and conference in North America, exceeded attendance expectations.

Presented by World Pet Association (WPA), SuperZoo’s 2017 show marked the final event for WPA president Doug Poindexter, who announced his retirement after 27 years with the organisation.

In recognition of Poindexter’s status as the longest-serving executive in WPA history and his weighty contributions to the organisation and to the pet industry as a whole, the WPA Board awarded him with WPA’s highest honor, the Matsui Award.

Poindexter will remain at the helm of WPA until the end of December and will serve in an as-needed capacity moving forward.

“I’m extremely proud of how SuperZoo has grown over the course of my tenure with WPA,” Poindexter, WPA president said. “I am proud that we have built a reputation for providing industry-leading education and access to products and trends to a growing audience of professionals who are as passionate about animals as we are at WPA.”

The expo’s expansive show floor featured nearly 1,100 exhibitors showcasing thousands of innovative products for animal lovers, including 850 new products never seen before their debut at SuperZoo.

Next year’s SuperZoo will be held earlier in the year to accommodate a growing exhibitor list. It will offer added show floor space and allow for easier access to hotel rooms in the busy Las Vegas area by having 30 percent more rooms available on property. SuperZoo 2018 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, June 26-28, with education June 25-27. Registration is expected to open by January 2018.

Source: Pet Gazette
Sir Wedginald passes surgery with flying colours

Image: Dr Melissa Creswell

A young adult wedge-tailed eagle shot out of the sky near Gympie last month is recuperating after surgery at the UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital at Gatton.
University of Queensland bird medicine specialist Associate Professor Bob Doneley said staff had dubbed the bird Sir Wedginald.
“It’s recovering well in the hospital’s big aviary and is already displaying a good appetite,” Dr Doneley said.
“We’ve put four pins in its wing, and an external skeletal fixator bar.
“During surgery we found no signs of infection, but a lot of dead tissue had to be removed from the fracture site.
“We’ll follow up with another examination of its wounds in a few weeks when we will assess if Sir Wedginald needs a bone graft.
“If we’re satisfied that all is healing well, the eagle will be released for further recuperation with a wildlife carer in two to three months.
“We expect it will need about 12 months of care before it can be released.”
The wedge-tailed eagle is a protected species. With a 2.3m wing span, it is Australia’s largest raptor (bird of prey).
Dr Doneley said female adults were generally larger, heavier and slightly paler than males.  Based on this knowledge, UQ staff suspect Sir Wedginald is a young male, possibly one to two years old.
Dr Doneley said wedge-tailed eagles were threatened by habitat loss and persecution.
The bullet that hit Sir Wedginald caused significant damage to its left wing and the eagle was taken to a Brisbane veterinarian for treatment before referral to UQ due to the complexity of its treatment requirements.
UQ treats up to five eagles each year.
The eagle will need about a year of recuperation to build strength and stamina in its broken bones.
Dr Doneley is one of two avian medicine specialists in Queensland. Two years ago he and the UQ team treated another wedge-tailed eagle, Eva, which survived an attempt to domesticate her by removing her talons and a toe.
The UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital receives no government funding for wildlife care, and  relies on community support through the UQ Wildlife and Emergency Care Fund.
The hospital has about 1000 wildlife patients a year, providing educational opportunities for veterinary students.
“We are always grateful for donations to the fund to care for our native animals,” Dr Doneley said.



Friday 4 August, 2017: The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said the June trade figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) remain steady with 3.80% total growth year-on-year.


ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the June retail trade figures remain positive due to the continual growth in Food retailing.


“Although we see a robust 3.8% year-on-year growth the main driving force of this increase stems from Supermarkets and grocery stores with a sturdy 4% growth year-on-year,” Mr Zimmerman said.


“As Food Retailing represents 40% of overall retail trade, this continual surge in Food Retailing reflects somewhat positively on the overall industry.”


The Household Goods category saw the strongest year-on-year increase with an overall 5.88% increase, this included a substantial growth in Furniture sales which received a 10.54% year-on-year increase.


“We usually see home owners increase their spending on household goods when housing values rise, and this month’s retail trade figures reflect the high consumer confidence home owners felt in June,” Mr Zimmerman said.


“Hardware figures also proved positive with a 3.73% year-on-year increase, their strongest retail trade figures since December since the closure of Masters around the country.”


Clothing Footwear and Personal Accessories figures dropped significantly in June with a 1.71% year-on-year increase, compared to the 3.76% year-on-year increase the category received in May.


“This substantial drop shows a very volatile retail market as the last few months sales have been driven by the weather and significant discounting,” Mr Zimmerman said.


June trade figures remained steady across the board with all states showing a stable growth. Australian Capital Territory (5.33%) and Tasmania (5.12%) lead the pack with robust year-on-year growth. While South Australia (4.69%), New South Wales (4.65%), Victoria (4.49%) and Northern Territory (3.52%) also showed a moderate year-on-year increase. Both Queensland (2.67%) and Western Australia (0.86%) trailed behind the other states but still presented fairly stable figures.


“This steady growth across the industry isn’t uncommon with the rise of global giants entering the Australian market,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With Amazon recently purchasing land in Victoria we know the retail market is changing and those retailers who redefine their businesses to adapt to the shifting environment will thrive in the dynamic retail landscape.”


MONTHLY RETAIL GROWTH (May 2017– June 2017 seasonally adjusted) 


Household goods retailing (0.90%), Other retailing (0.19%), Food retailing (-0.03%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.77%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (0.52%) and Department stores (-0.31%).


Northern Territory (1.22%), New South Wales (0.54%), Tasmania (0.63%), Western Australia (0.10%), South Australia (0.26%), Australian Capital Territory (-0.14%), Queensland (0.69%), and Victoria (-0.29%).


Total sales (0.28%).


YEAR-ON-YEAR RETAIL GROWTH (June 2016 – June 2017 seasonally adjusted)


Household goods retailing (5.88%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (5.58%), Food retailing (3.78%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.72%), Other retailing (2.92%) and Department stores (-1.08%). Total sales (3.8%). 


Australian Capital Territory (5.33%), Tasmania (5.12%), South Australia (4.69%), New South Wales (4.65%), Victoria (4.49%), Northern Territory (3.52%), Queensland (2.67%) and Western Australia (0.86%).


Total sales (3.80%).

As you read this, Australia is riding high.
Kris Sayce Publisher, Markets and Money Australia

We’ve survived the biggest commodity super-cycle in our history pretty much unscathed. We are a vastly richer country now than we were in 1991.

On 1 April, we inherited the mantle of having the strongest economic performance in world history.

At the same time, stock markets are at record-highs, just like in 2007.

Bloomberg reported that hedge-fund liquidity is at an all-time low. The last time it did that was four months prior to the 2007 crash.

The Volatility Index, which shows how fearful traders are about the future, is flat-lining. It’s at the same level that it was in 2007.

According to one of my editor’s, Vern Gowdie, we are very close to 2007 territory. 

Only, there are two key differences:

According to Vern, what’s about to happen, on a global level, will dwarf what happened in 2008.

And, while Aussie investors got off quite lightly during the Global Financial Crisis, Vern believes this next one will bring our nation to its knees

As Vern demonstrates clearly in this shocking research report, we are nearing…or have already reached…‘Peak Australia’.
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