Australian Actress Phoebe Tonkin has been announced as R.M.Williams’ newest Ambassador, honouring the brands incredible craftswomen, as the first female given the official title in the brands 88-year history. A celebration of strength and key female personalities at the heart of R.M.Williams both past and present, Phoebe joins Boots Ambassador Hugh Jackman as international face and spokesperson in their Undeniable Character campaign.

Launched with Jackman in 2019, Undeniable Character brings to life the enduring quality of R.M.Williams through the stories of its people, process and products. Honouring the tenets of grit, tenacity and a pioneering spirit, Undeniable Character champions the qualities within that mirror the characteristics of Reginald Murray Williams himself.

R.M.Williams are thrilled to have a female addition to the Undeniable Character family that celebrates the strong women who have been part of the brand since the beginning. As one of Australia’s new wave of personalities, Phoebe represents a new generation of Australian spirit and the very traits which define the brands’ DNA – strength, tenacity, exploration and humility.

Born in Sydney, Tonkin grew up fascinated by storytelling, dreaming of journalism then finding an outlet in acting that saw her move to Los Angeles at 22 to pursue her dream.

This uniquely grounded yet determined spirit led to key roles in acclaimed movie and TV series, both in Australia and abroad, including STAN series Bloom and the International Emmy-nominated series Safe Harbour. Her extensive lead role credits on US television include CW series The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, as well as guest lead roles in The Affair, Stalker, Westworld and The Secret Circle. Phoebe commenced her career as Cleo Sertori in three seasons of the internationally acclaimed series H20: Just Add Water, for which she received an AFI Best Actress in a TV Drama nomination.

Phoebe’s feature film credits include lead roles in Bait, Take Down and The Ever After. Phoebe has just completed her writing and directing debut with her short film Furlough, a passion project that has allowed her to bring her love for storytelling to the forefront in a new and impassioned way, and in perfect timing for her new role as R.M.Williams Undeniable Character.

Of the partnership, Phoebe says, “R.M.Williams is a brand I’ve grown up with and embodies all that I love about being Australian – from the commitment to preserving and championing our land to the culture of friendship we are lucky to have. While I’ve been coined as the first female ambassador, the truth is that there are hundreds of hardworking females and undeniable characters which have fed into the rich history of the brand. 

R.M.Williams commitment to exposing and fostering both new and past undeniable characters was something which was immediately appealing. My craft values storytelling above all else so I was hugely flattered to be part of that.

Of the partnership, Phoebe says, “R.M.Williams is a brand I’ve grown up with and embodies all that I love about being Australian – from the commitment to preserving and championing our land to the culture of friendship we are lucky to have. While I’ve been coined as the first female ambassador, the truth is that there are hundreds of hardworking females and undeniable characters which have fed into the rich history of the brand.  R.M.Williams commitment to exposing and fostering both new and past undeniable characters was something which was immediately appealing. My craft values storytelling above all else so I was hugely flattered to be part of that.

Source: R.M.Williams

CAMILLA’s First Ever ONLINE Warehouse Sale

News in from Camilla. . .

“In these extraordinary times our Tribe have rallied to present this year’s famous Warehouse Sale online for the very first time, running from Thursday 26 March-Monday 30 March.”

“We’ve gone deep into the archives to find the rarest unseen treasures, and the Villa has been buzzing as we photograph, code and upload each unique piece so it can be shoppable from home.  Discover a trove of collector’s prints, one-off samples, never-seen-before prototypes, specially made pieces, and nostalgic silhouettes. We love that everyone who was looking forward to attending in person still can, along with our beautiful Australian customers who don’t reside in Sydney.” Camilla

Source: Camilla

Hush Puppies: The Future Is Retro

This March, Hush Puppies Australia is embracing ‘The Future Is Retro’ trend by bringing back an oldie, but a goodie – the much loved Upbeat classic trainer. Since originally launching 30 years ago, Hush Puppies have put a spin on the old-school style, bringing it back in fun retro colours, Golden Sun Suede, Cayenne Suede, Sky Blue Suede and a classic White Leather.

Reviving vintage nostalgia, ’The Future Is Retro’ trend encourages consumers to embrace the retro era, mixing the old with the new – just as Hush Puppies have done with the latest release of Upbeat. Think graphic tees, funky sunglasses and oversized windbreakers mixed in with your modern wardrobe go-to’s! For the perfect ‘Future is Retro’ inspiration, visit your local thrift store or why not raid mum’s wardrobe and pair your finds with the new Upbeats for an effortlessly 90’s look.

While the Upbeats have had a colourful makeover, they still deliver on comfort, crafted with Hush Puppies’ signature Bounceä technology, meaning you’ll be retro styling in ultimate comfort all day long.

Upbeat is available to shop online on the Hush Puppies website, retailing at $159.95. With only a limited number available, be sure to get in quick as they may be an old timer but they’re sure to move fast!

Source: Hush Puppies

Koalas Released Back into the Wild After Rescue from Blue Mountains Bushfires

Four koalas (and one new joey!) that are representatives of a critically important and nationally significant population have returned to the Blue Mountains in Australia. The first four of 12 koalas rescued from approaching bushfires were reintroduced back into the eucalyptus forests today by Science for Wildlife and the support of San Diego Zoo Global. The koalas had been sheltered in safety at the Taronga Zoo until the area was deemed safe for their return after the devastating mega-fire that moved through the area in January.

“While they have coped well in care we are delighted to finally send our koalas home” said Dr. Kellie Leigh, Executive Director of Science for Wildlife. “We have been busy assessing the burnt area that we rescued them from, to establish when the conditions have improved enough that the trees can support them again. The recent rains have helped and there is now plenty of new growth for them to eat, so the time is right. We will be radio-tracking them and keeping a close eye on them to make sure that they settle in ok.”

The research team discovered that the Blue Mountains World Heritage Region is home to the most genetically diverse population of koalas in the world, and Science for Wildlife, along with San Diego Zoo Global, is committing resources to help ensure that the population is recovered. Mega-fires raced through the region over the last few weeks, devastating more than 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of habitat and threatening wildlife.

San Diego Zoo Global has been a core partner for the Blue Mountains Koala Project since it started 5 years ago, and have been raising funds to support the rescue and other emergency wildlife work that Kellie and her team have been undertaking “Successful conservation work to save species requires working collaboratively in regions all over the world, supporting partners in a variety of ways,” said Paul Baribault, President and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global.  “This is a crucial time for Australian wildlife and we are proud that our long-standing relationship made it possible for us to save these koalas.”

“During the massive fires, as 80% of the World Heritage Area burnt, we were at risk of losing the entire koala population at this site and so that’s what drove us to try something so radical and pull these koalas out before the fire hit.”  Said Dr. Leigh

The reintroduction of the koalas is just the next stage in what conservationists know will be a long-term effort to recover koala populations in the area.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to assess what is left of koalas in this region and plan for population recovery.”  said Jen Tobey, Population Sustainability researcher, San Diego Zoo Global. “We are dedicated to continuing to support this critical work to conserve a significant koala population.”

The release back into the bush is just the beginning of the story for these koalas. “The radio-tracking devices that enabled us to find the koalas quickly and move them from in front of the fire will now allow us to follow them and find out more about how koalas use the landscape after fire” said Dr. Leigh. “including where else we might find pockets of surviving koalas. That will help us to plan a future for koalas under climate change, where we expect more frequent and intense fires”

“Due to the extensive experience and expertise of our keepers and veterinary staff, Taronga is best placed to assist in emergency situations when animals, like these 12 koalas, need emergency housing and care,” says Nick Boyle, Taronga’s Director of Welfare, Conservation and Science. “We were so pleased to be able to assist Science for Wildlife on their mission to save these incredibly valuable koalas. Taronga is committed to ensuring the survival of koalas in Australia. During the bushfire and drought crisis of the 2019/20 summer our vets and vet nurses treated more than 100 koalas across our two hospitals and in the field. Whilst we still have a number of koalas being cared for at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, our attention is also turning to the long-term recovery of koalas in the wild.”

Source: Science For Wildlife

Qantas group outlines customer and employee impact of coronavirus-related network cuts

The Qantas Group has outlined the customer and employee impact of a huge drop in travel demand triggered by the public health response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this week, cuts to 90 per cent of international flying and about 60 per cent of domestic flying were announced by Qantas and Jetstar. With the Federal Government now recommending against all overseas travel from Australia, regularly scheduled international flights will continue until late March to assist with repatriation and will then be suspended until at least the end of May 2020. As the national carrier, Qantas is in ongoing discussions with the Federal Government about continuation of some strategic links.

More than 150 aircraft will be temporarily grounded, including all of Qantas’ A380s, 747s and B787-9s and Jetstar’s B787-8s.  Discussions are progressing with airports and government about parking for these aircraft.

Essential domestic, regional and freight connections will be maintained as much as possible.

Qantas’ fleet of freighters will continue to be fully utilised. Some domestic passenger aircraft will also be used for freight-only flights to replace lost capacity from regular scheduled services. There is no impact on Qantas Loyalty’s operations.

  • All regularly scheduled Qantas and Jetstar international flights from Australia will be suspended from end March until at least end May 2020. Some flights may continue in order to maintain key links, based on ongoing discussions with the Federal Government.
  • Jetstar Asia (Singapore) will suspend all flights from 23 March to at least 15 April 2020.
  • Jetstar Japan has suspended international flights and cut domestic flying.
  • Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam) has suspended international flights and will significantly cut domestic flying.

The Group will maintain connectivity to almost all Australian domestic and regional destinations that Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar currently operate to. The 60 per cent reduction in capacity will come mostly from a significant reduction in flight frequency, but also route suspensions and postponing a number of new route launches.

Comments from Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce:

“The efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus have led to a huge drop in travel demand, the likes of which we have never seen before. This is having a devastating impact on all airlines.

“We’re in a strong financial position right now, but our wages bill is more than $4 billion a year. With the huge drop in revenue we’re facing, we have to make difficult decisions to guarantee the future of the national carrier.

“The reality is we’ll have 150 aircraft on the ground and sadly there’s no work for most of our people. Rather than lose these highly skilled employees who we’ll need when this crisis passes, we are instead standing down two-thirds of our 30,000 employees until at least the end of May.”

“Most of our people will be using various types of paid leave during this time, and we’ll have a number of support options in place. We’re also talking to our partners like Woolworths about temporary job opportunities for our people.”

Source: Qantas