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Sun newspapers Wed 14 Oct 2009



Sun newspapers Wed 14 Oct 2009


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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D ar w in S un , - P ag e 10 2 3 - S P O T 10 SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURESun Newspapers WEDNESDAY October 14 2009 UPCOMING FEATURES GUIDE // 28th October Contact Lesley Stanbury on 8931 3122 Childrens Week // Cyclone Guide 16ls17/09 Proudly supporting Carers Week Somerville is your local community service. We have been working with Territory families for over 40 years. Somerville Community Services provide: Disability Services Family Services Youth and Family Services Financial Counselling Supported Accommodation No Interest Loan Scheme To enhance the dignity and quality of life of people most disadvantaged in and damaged by our society For more information, please contact: Darwin - Phone 8920 4100 Email scs@somerville.org.au Palmerston - Phone 8935 1500 Email scspalm@somerville.org.au 16ls15/09 CCOOTTAA 4400 yyeeaarrss oonn aanndd ssttiillll wwoorrkkiinngg ffoorr yyoouu Australians from all walks of life, and all backgrounds, could become a carer at any time COTA (NT) is still working at caring for seniors and carers across the Territory. First incorporated in the Northern Territory in August 1969, Council on the Ageing (NT) has represented the interests of mature age carers for more than 40 years. As the peak body for Northern Territory seniors, COTA (NT) is dedicated to protecting and promoting the well being of Territorians aged 50 years and over and indigenous Territorians aged 45 years and over. The Northern Territory Government provides financial support to assist COTA (NT) in fulfilling its policy, consultation, representation and information dissemination roles. COTA (NT) is passionate about the needs of senior Territorians and the advocacy on their behalf. Its mission is to empower older people, those who work with them, government and the community into achieving well-being and social justice for older people. COTA (NT) also delivers projects which assist Territory seniors. Current projects include provision of assistance to seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and peer education programs funded by the national prescribing service (Seniors Quality Use of Medicines and Generic Medicines), and beyondblue (Beyond Maturity Blues). Individual members play an important role in maintaining and informing the work COTA does. Memberships also offer genuine savings on a wide range of products and services through the Ambassador card. For more information about membership, COTA (NT)'s project work, or about accessing free information programs, please contact admin@cotant.org or phone 8941 1004. You can also learn more from its website at www.cotant.org THERE are 2.6 million unpaid family carers in Australia. Carers are young, of working age, older, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. They live in major cities, regional, rural and remote areas, and may have been born outside Australia. Carers come from all walks of Australian society and can come into their caring journey at any stage throughout their life. In the 2.6 million carers in Australia, approximately 500,000 are primary carers, 71 per cent of primary carers are women, and 78 per cent care for a person living in the same household. 26 per cent care for a child, 42 per cent care for a partner, and 23 per cent care for a parent. 380,000 primary carers are under the age of 26, and 170,000 of those are under the age of 18. Carers in Australia contribute an estimated 1.2 billion hours of care annually. This is the equivalent of $30.5 billion of formal care services in Australia Each care situation is unique. Some carers need to assist with tasks of daily living and spend their days feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting or administering medications. Others care for people who are fairly independent but need supervision or help with their finances and transport. The worst part is anyone, at anytime, can find themselves as a carer. Who ends up caring? RRAACCHHAAEELLSS DDEESSIIGGNNAACCAAKKEE 2009 Small Business Champion Award winner, Bakery /Cake Store Category RACHAEL'S DesignaCake marked a significant hat-trick in being named the National Small Business Champion Awards 2009 Northern Territory Winner for Bakery/Cake Stores. Owner-operator of the home-based Darwin business, Rachael De Virgilio, said taking out the category for a third year running had left her "gobsmacked". "Thanks to customers, staff, family and friends for their business and support," she said. "Winning the award is icing on the cake after a very challenging year. FLIGHT PATH GOLF AND ARCHERY 2009 Small Business Champion Award winner, Health and Fitness Services Category FLIGHT Path Golf and Archery has just won its second Small Business Champion title. Having just celebrated the sixth year of operations, marketing and promotions officer Lisa Thomason said Flight Path Golf and Archery were extremely proud to receive this title again. "It's nice to get a bit of recognition for all the hard work," she said. This year an 18-hole mini golf course was added to the facility and now this small business is gearing up to introduce yet another exciting activity very soon. With the additional yet-to-be-unveiled new activity, the driving range, archery, the mini golf, and children's party area, Flight Path Golf and Archery plans to become the best recreational stop in Darwin. Over time Flight Path Golf and Archery has demonstrated its facility and friendly staff can deliver a unique team-building experience to corporate, social and sporting groups as well as providing a fantastic function venue for that special occasion. Keep an eye on this small business over the next little while. 23Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY October 14 2009SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE 16ls12/09 ADVERTISING PROFILE: PEARL GALLERIA To instigate your own Sun Newspapers special advertising feature, phone Lesley Stanbury on 8931 3122 WWhhaatt aa ppeeaarrlleerr!! Eddie Jacklen, Aidan O'Connor and Vinnie Karthik have a hit out on the mini golf course AS a locally owned-and-operated business here in Darwin, The Pearl Galleria are more than pleased to announce it's third win in the category of best jewellery store in the Northern Territory for the 2009 Australian Small Business Champion Awards. The 2009 win brings up a trifecta of recognition for The Pearl Galleria after also taking out the award during the previous two years. The jewellery business has two shops in The Galleria off Smith St Mall, and and also in Casuarina Shopping Centre which both stock an extensive range of beautiful diamond rings, wedding rings, wedding jewellery hire, chocolate pearls and provides a jewellery manufacturing service based in Darwin with nothing needed to be sent away providing efficient and quality workmanship. The small business champion awards are a timely reminder that people in small business do care about the community they are surrounded in. The Pearl Galleria owner Gaynor Beck said supporting community groups was an important value her business strives to provide. "Self-funded groups like Tindal Preschool or small sporting clubs really do need a hand to have available great raffle prizes to raise funds to buy the basics of needed equipment," Mrs Beck said. "Although it's sad that these parent and friends groups do it hard, The Pearl Galleria will always help where possible." The Pearl Galleria's sponsorship program knows a little or big bit can really help community organisations from the Arafura Sea to the north to Tennant Creek in the south, and realises with out major support maybe some of these clubs would not survive. Mrs Beck has been on committees and helped in seeking funds for her local school and cancer council and understands how hard it is to get fundraising off to a great start. "That's why The Pearl Galleria remains a big supporter of our Territory," she said. Flying high for recreation Clues to stop your biz blues The 2009 Small Business Champions Award win brings up a trifecta of recognition for The Pearl Galleria CCRREEAATTIIVVEE TTEERRRRIITTOORRYY 2009 Small Business Champion Award winner, Specialised Small Business Category AWARD-WINNING PR and marketing agency, Creative Territory, has encouraged local businesses to get an annual marketing health check. The NT-based agency offers small businesses a complete overhaul of their marketing and promotion strategy with creative ideas and solutions guaranteed. Managing director Tracy Jones said a marketing strategy is the lifeline of any business, especially in hard times. "There's a tendency to do away with what may seem like unnecessary expenses during uncertain economic times, but marketing should not be one of them," Mrs Jones said. "It's easy to think of marketing and promotions as a discretionary expense that can be dropped, but it's during a downturn that you need to be growing your market share. "Our Marketing Health Check package is designed to collect the best strategic and creative ideas for your business and tailor communications and branding to reach your target audience." The check-up includes a consultation and workshop for $600 including GST. "Your goal could be big or small and you might only have a limited budget to spend, but it doesn't matter, we can help take the mystery out of marketing," Mrs Jones said. "What we do best is find creative and practical ways to do things marketing, promotions, advertising, product and brand development, people management. "So we put your knowledge in a room with our creative consultants to give your business communications a once over." Mrs Jones said her most successful clients in the current economic climate are those that are investing market share rather than profit margin. "In the wash up of the downturn, it will be those companies that have the biggest slice of the pie who will be doing the best," she said. "Even though belts may be tight right now, it's the time to review and grow your business, and give your marketing a check up." Tracy Jones SSeerrvviinngg uupp aa hhaattttrriicckk

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