Five Fluffy Cygnets Born at Moore Park’s Kippax Lake in Successful Second Year Environmental Trial

A second year trial of Centennial Parklands’ floating nesting pontoon has produced another successful outcome for a pair of Black Swans in Moore Park’s historic Kippax Lake, with five fluffy cygnets born.

“Kippax Lake is an important heritage feature in Moore Park, but it also plays a critical role for native wildlife,” said Amara Glynn, Environment Officer at Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.

“We introduced the nesting pontoon last year after a park visitor suggested the idea.

“Before it was introduced, the resident swans had an inconsistent breeding history in that area.

They would try and nest on the side of the concrete platform, and while there were some successful breeding seasons, it is not uncommon for dog attacks or flooding to disrupt the nest.

“The arrival of these babies is a triumph for the Parklands team and a great surprise – it is extremely early in the breeding season!

The current pontoon, made of timber and a durable matrix of fibres formed from recycled plastic, will be retired once the cygnets are fledged and mature enough to leave the nest.

A sturdy new and improved pontoon will be established at Kippax Lake in time for the next phase of the breeding season.

For visitors looking to do their bit, Amara has some tips:

“While we’ll continue to monitor the welfare of the new cygnets, we ask park visitors to keep any dogs on a leash and not walk a dog within 10 metres of the lake.

Also please place rubbish in a bin to ensure it does not get washed into the lake and become a choking hazard for any of the wildlife in the area. Everybody can do their part.”

Source: Centennial Parklands

2017/18 Epic Australia Pass: The World's Best Value Ski Pass?

Monday, June 12, 2017 marks the final day to purchase the 2017/18 Epic Australia Pass, Australia’s most valuable ski pass.

Skiers and snowboarders who are planning a ski holiday to North America for the 2017-2018 winter season can lock in the best price on skiing at Whistler Blackcomb – the largest ski resort in North America – Vail, Park City, Breckenridge and more.

Priced at AU$849 for adults, AU$479 for students and AU$566 for seniors, the Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in just under four of days skiing.

The pass is sold exclusively online at

Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 10 days at Whistler, Vail and/or Beaver Creek, combined; as well as unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada; and unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher.

Holiday restrictions apply to resort access in North America. With such iconic resorts on one ski pass, the Epic Australia Pass is the best value and most flexible ski-pass for Australians, offering year-round skiing at an unmatched price.

Now is the best time to save on accommodation, as well.

Guests can book early and save. Visit to find discounts of up to 40% off across Vail Resorts’ iconic mountains; but the pass value doesn’t stop there.

Because Vail Resorts’ believes pass holders should get the best perks, all 2017-2018 Epic Australia Pass holders can enjoy an additional 20% off the lowest available accommodation rates in the U.S.A. Additionally, all pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, an exclusive community that helps skiers and snowboarders get even more value out of their pass through exclusive deals on accommodation, airport transfers, mountain dining and more.

Source: Vail Resorts

Great Collaboration With the Woolmark Company: Ten Pieces Collection at Icebergs

Maurice Terzini and Lucy Hinckfuss have revealed TEN PIECES 17:18 VERTICAL STRIPES 41-50, their third show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia held at the iconic Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Releasing their fifth offer of wardrobe essentials, in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, TEN PIECES Resort 17:18 is a ten-piece Merino Wool jersey collection and knitted Cashwool® collection.

Merino and silk Merino jerseys in soft earthy colours have been introduced to offset the black and white staples and reinterpret signature silhouettes.

Modern day monochrome twin sets have been designed to offer the wearer a simple yet elegant choice in casual dressing and the addition of knitwear signals a new and evolved TEN PIECES.

Vertical print stamps influenced by industrial architecture and landscapes, the sporty punk muse has a more refined overall look suggested through detailed finishes.

References to Sharpies – suburban youth gangs in Australia in the ‘60s and ‘70s – see the collection styled with a raw and quintessentially Australian edge.

TEN PIECES Resort Runway collection will feature accessories by Berlin-based designer Brohn Smith of Breath & Stone, a collaboration between two like-minded designers focused on forging their own identities.

At TEN PIECES there are no seasons or reasons only TEN options that are interchangeable.

Collection in stores and online in September.

Source: Ten Pieces

Ellery and Etihad Airways Celebrated 10 Year Milestones at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

A ground breaking decade of fashion and luxury travel was celebrated at an exclusive Australian Fashion Week VIP Event in Sydney overnight.

Distinguished Australian designer, Ellery, last night co-hosted an exclusive event – ELLERY X ETIHAD AIRWAYS – together with the Abu Dhabi-based airline at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The event celebrated ELLERY’s 10th year since showing for the first time at Australian Fashion Week with a retrospective of iconic looks from the ELLERY archive.

Etihad Airways celebrated its 10 years of service to Australia and global commitment to fashion with the Australian launch of its Runway To Runway program.

Adding further excitement to the occasion, Etihad Airways also unveiled a new fashion initiative – Model Diaries– an original content series featuring IMG Model Georgia Fowler in the inaugural episode.

Produced in partnership with Etihad Airways and IMG, the series will follow notable models from take-off to touchdown as they travel to fashion events around the world.

Upcoming destinations include Mumbai, London, Abu Dhabi and beyond.

Etihad Airways’ ‘Runway to Runway’ initiative is a unique loyalty and rewards program specifically designed to support the fashion industry’s international travel requirements.

Runway to Runway members are eligible to receive special airfares, airport lounge access, complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and check-in, additional checked baggage allowances, as well as preferred cargo and group travel rates when travelling for photo shoots, showing collections overseas, or conducting business in overseas markets.

Source: Etihad and Ellery

Brilliant Reaction to Designer Thomas Puttick Using 60-year-olds in Fashion Week Show

IN ONE of the most refreshing displays of fashion and runway diversity, a young Australian designer has gone where not many have gone before.

Thomas Puttick has actually used ‘older’ models in his eponymous designer label show, on the first official full day of Australian Fashion Week.

Just before the show started at Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern, the voice of designer Puttick explained why his choice of ‘diverse’ women. Or the models he called his ‘muses’.

“The new series is a way for us to present empowered women who have a strong message, and who carry themselves,” he said.

There were tall women, former models, shorter women and even women who weren’t the traditional ‘rake-thin’. Some of the names included Yvonne Tozzi, Nadine Bush, Dina Broadhurst, Nima Davif and Aminata Conteh-Biger.

Puttick’s fashion pedigree is sound, having worked with the like of Alexander McQueen, Christopher Esber, Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang and his collection featured ethically sourced fabrics in soft and flowing pieces that really could be worn by many ages, shapes and sizes.

Slip dresses, flowing coats, simple oversized black pants, white shirts and tube skirts gave the whole collection a relatable and wearable edge.

Also showing today was Alice McCall, who kicked off an early Monday morning with a rock- chick kind of show featuring combinations that could be put together if we’d all raided grandma’s wardrobes and funked her pieces up with the addition of cool-school granny pants.

As well, Bianca Spender delivered an extraordinarily streamlined show in loose and layered pastel hued pieces — she really has inherited the understated and all-class gene from her fashion designer mum, Carla Zampatti.

Bianca accessorised her pieces with some killer Dinosaur Designs jewellery and buckles.

The incredibly cool new label from Mikey Nolan, Double Rainbouu and Karla Spetic will show today while Aussie model, 20-year-old Byron Bay-born Jordan Barrett is, allegedly, being paid $100,000 to ‘walk’ in a show from designer Justin Cassin today.

Red carpet favourite Steven Khalil is scheduled to show his exquisitely made extravaganzas on Monday afternoon while Zhivago and Sass & Bide will also wrap up day one of the annual fashion fiesta which runs until Thursday night, when Romance was Born wraps up the fashion week that was.

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