Robb Report Announces Richard Clune In New Role

Three years after its Australian launch, Robb Report Australia & New Zealand enters an exciting new phase with former GQ editor Richard Clune appointed Editor-in-Chief.

Clune brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role having worked across TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. His recent stewardship of GQ Australia was pivotal to the brand’s success and profitability, along with its claim on various national publishing awards.

“I’ve loved Robb Report for many years and so it’s a tremendous privilege to be appointed Editor-in-Chief of Robb Report Australia & New Zealand,” Clune said. “Not only is Robb Report the region’s most exciting luxury brand, but it’s the only one to speak directly to Australia’s rapidly expanding luxury sector.

“I’m genuinely enthusiastic about the journey ahead – to elevate and enliven the brand while delivering unique new initiatives that will further develop Robb Report Australia & New Zealand’s standing in what it offers both our audience and our partners.”

Robb Report Australia & New Zealand Publisher Freya Purnell said: “We’re excited to welcome Richard on board as he brings strong experience in the luxury sector and a fresh commercial perspective to take the brand into the next phase of its development.”

Source: Robb Report

Stephen Graham and Rochenda Sandall join the cast for Line of Duty season 5

The highly anticipated Line of Duty series five follows two years on from the events of series four. Stephen Graham (Save Me, Peaky Blinders) and Rochenda Sandall (Black Mirror) join the cast as John Corbett and Lisa McQueen – two pivotal figures in a deadly organised crime group. 

Known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’, Corbett and McQueen become persons of interest to AC-12 following a deadly chain of events.

Set in the fictional police anticorruption unit AC-12, Line of Duty is a cat-and-mouse thriller that takes a probing look into modern police corruption, starring Adrian Dunbar (Broken), Vicky McClure (Broadchurch) and Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen).


All the details: Gold Dinner digs deep to raise over $3million

Over 500 of the country’s leading philanthropists and captains of industry have gathered at Fox Studios for the annual Gold Dinner, the most exclusive charity gala for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, which is now in its 22nd year.

With a vision to transform health outcomes for children now and for future generations, the Gold Dinner, Australia’s signature charity event, has raised close to $30 million since inception. And in an immersive gold (themed and styled) experience, guests generously pledged their support for this year’s beneficiary – Critical Care across The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, in the aid of the state’s most critically ill and injured children. Together the evening raised a staggering $3,000,000 and counting.

Speaking about Critical Care and why it is such an important area, Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation said: “When a child is seriously ill or injured in our State, there is a network of critical care which wraps around them to give them their best chance at survival and recovery – from specialised transport to emergency and from intensive care to sophisticated training and education. Through the funds raised at Gold Dinner 2019, we will ensure the expert critical care teams from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network will be there for every child, every step of the way.”

Notable guests for this year’s fundraiser, included: Simon Baker, Hon Julie Bishop MP, Tim Minchin, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Steven Lowy, Skye Leckie, Channel 9’s Deborah Knight and Peter Overton, Karl and Jasmin Stefanovic, John and Amber Symond and Marc Freeman.

Helping to raise these crucial funds, guests were invited to bid at auction for special prizes, including:

Confessions of a Former Foreign Minister – an intimate lunch by Guillaume Brahimi hosted by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, which due to popular demand sold twice at a total of $77,000

Paspaley Pearl Safari Experience which sold for $15,000

A private cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard the luxury Ghost II which sold for $34,000

Throughout the evening, guests dined on a feast of the senses. A special custom menu collaboration was curated between celebrity chefs, Guillaume Brahimi and Nobu Matsuhisa, which included hiramasa yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and braised wagyu short rib served on Paris mash – served alongside Bollinger Champagne and stunning wines. Any left over food from the evening was donated to OzHarvest trucks waiting outside the event and shared with people in need.

A special extra touch – surprise guest performer, Amy Shark, set the tone for the evening with an acoustic rendition set for guests before revealing a secret space, which transformed into a dance floor that continued into the night.

Long-time donor to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, philanthropist and businesswoman Monica Saunders-Weinberg led the 2019 Gold Committee as Chair, pledging that ‘it’s a great honour to be able to contribute to the future of children’s health’.

The vision and efforts for this event would not have been possible without the committee, which comprises of longstanding members Alina Barlow, Roslyn Hakim, Emma van Haandel, Eva Galambos and Wallis Graham and this year welcomed Hon Julie Bishop MP, Richard A Weinberg, Mikey Filler, Kathryn Carter, Karl Stefanovic, Emma Cooper, Guillaume Brahimi and Phil Schofield.

Source: Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation

The Gold Dinner for sick kids raises over 3 million bucks

I attended what I think is my 22nd Gold Dinner last night – seems an eternity – when it was first called the Gold Ball.

A major fundraiser gold ball  for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, over 3 million bucks was raised to help the trauma departments at the hospital (Westmead too is a beneficiary of the ‘Gold’.) Take a read of this to find out what the Gold Dinner is all about.

Highlight must be an exquisite country family – a beautiful young man named Charlie (I would guess he’s around 19 now) and his mum and dad got up to tell us their experience, when Charlie had a brain trauma at school (it had been laying dormant since birth) and the unbelievable support, treatment and rehab he went through. He was in hospital for 7 months.

There was not a dry eye in the room as this articulate, beautiful, incredibly tall and dare I say, handsome young man made his way up onto the stage – with the help of a walking stick – but the words that came out of his mouth were heartfelt and joyous.

This is reality. This is real life.

The Gold Dinner has had many incarnations & has raised over $25 million in its existence.

This year’s committee chair is Monica Saunders – her late dad co-founded Westfield. She is an absolute, rolled gold, flies under the radar delight. Yes, she is seriously rich, as were most in the room.

Umm, bar a few. Hi!!!! 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼

One of the big fundraising elements of the Gold is pledging. So, lights came up and Julie Bishop and Karl Stefanovic worked the room as the incredible Justin Miller wrangled the crowd.

Whether it was for an incubator, a $30,000 hospital bed, or a new neonatal crib, every cent you pledge goes on that item.

Such is the emotion of the night when they came around to the pledges, I remember when our beautiful son Connor was born.

His oxygen saturation levels weren’t great and he was rushed to the special care unit before going downstairs to ICU  for a couple of days at the hospital.

I remember going downstairs in my wheelchair – I’d had a caesarean, so there was a little bit of pain – but nothing like the little struggle he was going through until he was well enough to come up and be back with me, in my hospital room and next to me in my bed.

The medical fraternity is made up of gods, ‘fixing’ children – small, medium and large – through the most hard of times that none of us could imagine.

In I roomful of millionaires and billionaires, I was incredibly happy to play just a tiny role in buying a new little crib for a child to help what my beautiful boy went through for those couple of days.

The whole night was exquisite and as I looked around the room I wondered about the mill & billionaires, I thought if I was a billionaire I’d be giving millions. What price do you put on a child’s life?

To give back and be grateful about our medical fraternity is so important and boy, in our humble situation, it certainly gave our kid the best kickstart ever.

Thanks for a wonderful night for a great cause.

By Melissa Hoyer

Mrs Sippy Bali Announces Special Performers at the Most Anticipated Pool Party This Summer

Mrs Sippy Bali, the largest saltwater beach club in Bali, returns for summer season to kick off a highly-anticipated performance of Australia’s top dance music group, Sneaky Sound System, starting from July 6 to the end of September 2019.

Poised to redefine the Ibiza’s party experience, Connie and Black Angus from the group will be hosting the island’s hottest pool party every Saturday. Another top guest star to perform includes the Australia’s most in-demand DJ, Dom Dolla.

“Starting in July 6, we’ll draw a new fest every week through our special program, Sneaky Saturdays, performing the dynamic duo Sneaky Sound System. Every Saturday, top numbers of the MTV Awards nominees and winners of the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (ARIA) will be played, including UFO, Pictures, and Hip Hip Hooray.” said Ratna Dewi, Marketing Manager of Mrs Sippy Bali.

Boasting the 800m2 saltwater pool and 5m height of diving platforms, Mrs Sippy Bali will bring visitors to exhilarate the adrenaline-filled experience in a new up and coming pool party best companion. “Bali never fails to fascinate, particularly in this most-awaited season, millions of international travelers agree that today is the perfect time to zen out in this exotic destination,” added Ratna.

According to Badung Regency Tourism, foreign tourists visiting the Island hit a record of 6.5 million people in 2018, or nearly half of the total international tourists in Indonesia throughout the year. Singaporean visitors alone recorded a 97% increase with the top attractions include wellness and laid-back holidays in day-beds or sipping cocktails while seeing crystal seas lap the golden sands.

Those expecting full immersion into the laid-back pool party soiree should drop in to the Bali’s most iconic pool club. Located in the Island’s most popular sunset beach, Seminyak, Mrs Sippy offers an ideal space for sipping the best-seller Spiced Coco Mojito, with the mash-up of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Spiced Orange Blossom, Mango, Lime, Mint and Coconut Water to enliven the night.

Set to pair a laid-back summer vibe is a plate of Salt & Pepper Calamari, while visitors float in double-size daybeds and cabanas, surrounded by a view of swaying palm trees and the beach club’s Mediterranean-style architecture.

Source: Mrs Sippy Bali