Taronga Institute Breaks Ground

Construction is underway for the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. Our lead supporters joined Taronga Director and CEO, Cameron Kerr and Chairman of the Taronga Foundation, Maurice Newman, to break ground on-site at Taronga Zoo.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to those who have contributed to this exciting project and look forward to sharing progress of this world-class facility, due to be completed in mid 2018.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn more about the Taronga Institute, or to make a financial contribution, specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at fhynes@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo

Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney Cast in the Highly Anticipated 'Storm Boy'

A contemporary re-telling of the 1976 iconic family film, Storm Boy will begin principal photography this July across South Australia.

Geoffrey Rush will star as Mike “Storm Boy” Kingley, who recounts his childhood adventures to troubled teen granddaughter Madeline in an effort to prevent her from making the same mistakes he made years before.

He tells her the story of his boyhood – a heart-warming tale about unusual friendship and unconditional love.

Winner of numerous international accolades, Rush’s awards include the rare Triple Crown of an Oscar®, an Emmy and a Tony, three British Film Academy Awards, three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actor Guild Awards and more recently the 2017 Berlinale Camera Award.

Rush is currently starring in National Geographic’s scripted 10 part TV drama series GENIUS as Albert Einstein and in the upcoming Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Jai Courtney stars as “Hideaway Tom”, a protective father who after the untimely death of his wife and daughter, removes himself and his son from society to live on a remote isolated coastline.

One of Australia’s most successful acting exports, Courtney has appeared in numerous Hollywood blockbusters including, A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis, Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, Suicide Squad, Unbroken, Insurgent and Terminator: Genisys.

He also stars in the soon to be released feature, The Exception, alongside Christopher Plummer and Lily James.

Prior to commencing filming on Storm Boy, Courtney will be seen on stage starring as Macbeth in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Award winning director Shawn Seet (Two Fists One Heart; Deep Water; The Code) will helm Storm Boy, using cutting edge CGI technology, 3D animation and live footage.

This new production of Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy is set to capture (and re-capture) the imagination of audiences, young and old.

Produced by Ambience Entertainment’s Michael Boughen (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Loved Ones, Killer Elite) and Matthew Street (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Bank Job, W, The Messenger), the adaption is penned by Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear).

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed the casting of Rush and Courtney and looks forward to welcoming them to the State’s Coorong region for filming.

“It’s great to have two global superstars in Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney onboard to help tell this iconic South Australian story,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The State Government is thrilled to support this film and the 100-plus jobs it is expected to create during production.”

Financed by Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, Piccadilly Pictures (UK) and Aurora Global Media Capital (Singapore), and Salt Media & Entertainment (Singapore), Storm Boy will be released in Australia and New Zealand in 2018 by Studiocanal and is being sold internationally by Kathy Morgan from KMI.

“This film, retelling Colin Thiele’s classic tale, will open the story to a whole new generation of young people, not only across South Australia, but around the world.”

said South Australian Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling “I am really excited that internationally renowned actors Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney are joining the cast- it is a testament to the story and to filmmaking in our state.”

Source: Storm Boy

Beverly Hills: City of Wellth - Featuring Supermodel and Actress, Christie Brinkley

Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau announces today the launch of Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH, bringing together leading experts for a season of wellness and mindfulness activities.

Playing on the words “wealth” and health and wellness, Beverly Hills has chosen “WELLTH” as the theme for the campaign.

First identified in a book of the same name written by mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob, WELLTH defines a move away from a drive for money and possessions to a less materialistic and more valuable life currency that encompasses wellness and is exemplified by health, purpose and happiness.

Iconic Supermodel Christie Brinkley, a vegetarian since the age 14 and committed to an organic lifestyle, expresses her appreciation of the initiative stating “I’m thrilled to be involved with the launch of the City of WELLTH.

A healthy, holistic lifestyle has been intrinsic to my long career in the fashion and beauty industry.

A balanced approach to diet, exercise and mindfulness is the key to happiness and life long vitality.

Wellness is glamorous!”

“The shifting status quo of how success is now perceived in terms of health and wellbeing, rather than through material and financial wealth, means the desire for WELLTH is now a key factor in people’s choice of travel destination.

Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH exemplifies the destination’s continual innovation to create inviting options for visitors, and places wellbeing at the forefront of its world-class accommodation, dining, and spa and offerings,” comments Julie Wagner, CEO of Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau.

The city will be showcasing a range of activities inspired by the pillars of WELLTH: Move, Eat, Restore, Gratitude and Explore.

Source: Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau

Swarovski Launch Urban Fantasy Collection

Swarovski unveiled the highly-anticipated Urban Fantasy Collection with an exclusive breakfast in Sydney.

VIP media and celebrities enjoyed a decadent sit down breakfast before viewing the collection on display.

Swarovski’s Creative Director Nathalie Colin says of the new collection: “I love life in the city! The urban surroundings breathe and vibrate 24/7, and bring to life a creative energy that I then translate into our jewellery designs.

This season we journey to new cities.

Contemporary architecture combines with organic forms.

Urban gaming and virtual emoji-inspired symbols meet versatile, “interactive” designs that can be worn to create personalised jewellery pieces.

We complete our journey in an enchanting Crystal Wonderland complete with spectacular festive reworks, extraordinary and glamorous jewellery and glittering gifts.

This collection is a brilliant example of what Swarovski stands for: modernity, joy and glamour.”

Swarovski’s campaign featuring Australia’s very own Ruby Rose was also revealed.

Guests enjoyed live music from up and coming band The Lastlings.

Source: Swarovski

Sydney Film Festival Previews 2017 Guest Line-up

The 64th Sydney Film Festival has announced South Western Sydney audiences will have a curated program of five films and a Gourmet Cinema event at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre during the Sydney Film Festival, 8-19 June.

“The Festival will screen a strong line-up of films: home-grown Muslim comedy Ali’s Wedding, delightful Indian comedy Hotel Salvation, family friendly Oscar-nominated stop-motion French film My Life as a Zucchini, and One Thousand Ropes from the director of and of the first-ever Samoan feature (The Orator, 2011) Tusi Tamasese,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

“Gourmet Cinema fans can also take a culinary and cultural exploration of the barbecue traditions across the globe in Barbecue, by Adelaide filmmaking duo Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker,” said Casula Powerhouse Acting Director Craig Donarski.

“Paired with an exotic South American BBQ onsite at Bellbird, foodies will be in heaven.

Film-only options are also available.”

Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council and Sydney Film Festival have partnered for more than two years to bring world class Festival films to screen locally at the Powerhouse in Liverpool, both through a monthly program of cinema and during the Sydney Film Festival.

Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse films, guests and events include:


  • Ali’s Wedding Saturday 10 June, 7:30pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • Barbecue (Gourmet Cinema) Saturday 17 June, 3:00pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • Hotel Salvation Sunday 11 June, 1:30pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • My Life As A Zucchini Monday 12 June, 11:00am, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • One Thousand Ropes Sunday 18 June, 1:30pm,

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Events:

  • Gourmet Cinema (paired with the screening of Barbecue) Saturday 17 June, 3.00pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Source: Sydney Film Festival