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Australia Post encourages sustainable farming

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By SAT News DesK

MELBOURNE, 1 Aug: Worm farms, veggie gardens and nest boxes are just some of the topics Australia Post is encouraging primary students and stamp collectors to immerse themselves in during this year’s Stamp Collecting Month.
Australia Post Executive General Manager Community and Consumer, Nicole Sheffield, said this year’s Stamp
Collecting Month theme – In the Garden – is a great way for kids to get hands on with sustainable gardening.
“We want it to inspire the whole family to roll up their sleeves and have some fun with sustainable gardening
projects. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors and learn about composting, being water-wise,
and plant and animal life cycles – we’re celebrating the simple things we can do, like going bird watching,
planting veggies and adding food scraps to the worm farm, that make a difference,” said Ms Sheffield.
The five stamps are set in a suburban garden in a temperate climate and feature native trees, shrubs and
groundcover plants that don’t require much water and attract helpful birds and insects. The thriving garden
scene also displays a range of projects including building and tending to a worm farm, rainwater garden, nest
box and veggie patch.
Stamp Collecting Month Ambassador Stephanie Alexander AO – cook, restaurateur, author and Founder of the
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, said this year’s theme intends to be a good pointer for
younger Australians.
“It’s vital that we educate that next generation on practical ways to support their own health and that of the
environment and doing so through fun and engaging programs like Stamp Collecting Month brings it to life for
“The sustainable gardening theme provides students and teachers across the country with the opportunity to
learn more about environmental sustainability, kitchen and edible gardening, plant and animal life cycles, and
The stamps were designed by award-winning illustrator Andrew Hopgood, who has illustrated a number of
children’s books focused on sustainability and the environment.
The stamps and associated products will be available from 1 August in participating Post Offices, via mail order
on 1800 331 794, and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.
Online education resources such as curriculum-linked lesson plans for primary school students, information on
each stamp, and more can be found at auspost.com.au/scm.
Visit the Australia Post Collectables website auspostcollectables.com.au for more information on Australian
stamp issues.

Australians on record $21 billion online shopping spree


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,28th May 2018: More Australians are shopping online than ever, with total purchases topping $21 billion for the first time, according to new research from Australia Post. Australia Post today released its annual Inside Australian Online Shopping Report – an overview of Australia’s eCommerce market which identifies who is buying what and where online.

The report showed that Australians spent $21.3 billion last year – an 18.7 percent increase compared with 2016. Local retailers accounted for more than 80 percent of the total spend.

Australia Post General Manager for Parcels & Express Services, Ben Franzi, said Australians shopped online to access greater value, choice, and convenience, and a clear example of this was the rise of online marketplaces.

“Marketplaces – such as Amazon, eBay, and Etsy – are booming, growing 74.8 percent in the past year alone,” Mr. Franzi said.

“Australians really appreciate the convenience of being able to access goods from a variety of sellers in the one location.

“In the past year, we have seen new marketplace entrants, which is always great to see, in recognizing the increased customer traffic that this type of format offers.”

Mr. Franzi said marketplaces – such as Alibaba’s Tmall Global and JD.com – were also helping Australian retailers access the lucrative international market, the total online spend of which has increased 46.7 percent to $US1.57 trillion ($A2.08 trillion) in the past two years.

“Marketplaces make it easier for consumers in our key export markets – China, United States, and India – find Australian products and offer a more convenient way for local businesses to start selling overseas.

“By 2019, total online goods purchases from across the globe is set to reach $US2.16 trillion ($A2.86 trillion), so this market represents a huge opportunity for Australian retailers.”

Fashion, health supplements and other wellbeing products, and cosmetics are among Australia’s most popular online exports. Domestically, fashion continues to be the top-selling category, increasing 27.2 percent in the past year. Health and beauty products are also popular, growing 13.2 percent, while homewares and appliances recorded 10.9 percent growth.

The May/June period posted the strongest growth during 2017, with online purchases increasing 32.2 percent. Mr. Franzi attributed the increase to retailers offering end of financial year sales for longer, in some cases more than six weeks.

The November/December period remained the busiest time of the year in terms of volumes as people looked to buy Christmas presents online.

Point Cook in Victoria remained Australia’s number one online buying location in 2017, recording 22.6 percent growth. Toowoomba was the second biggest buying location, growing at 19.5 percent, while Liverpool was the third biggest, growing 21.1 percent.

To download a copy of the Inside Australian Online Shopping Report, which is based on Australia Post’s delivery data, please visit auspost.com.au/einsights

Top 10 online shopping buying locations and % growth

Point Cook, +22.6%
Toowoomba, +19.5%
Liverpool, +21.1%
Mackay, +25.1%
Cranbourne, +27.3%
Hoppers Crossing, +31.7%
Gosford, +19.8%
Campbelltown, +25.7
Mandurah, +17.2%
Bundaberg, +22.5%

*2017 calendar year compared with 2016 calendar year.

Source: Australia Post

Australian tennis greats honored as Australia Post Legends

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 22 January: Eleven of Australia’s most loved and celebrated singles tennis players are being honored by Australia Post as the recipients of the 2016 Australia Post Legends Award, and will appear on a new postage stamp.

This year’s Legends Award, which marks 20 years since its inception, highlights eleven of Australia’s tennis elite, who have all achieved personal success in their sporting careers and played an important role in shaping the positive image of Australian tennis globally.

The 2016 Australia Post Legends Award recipients are Pat Cash, Ashley Cooper AO, Roy Emerson, Neale Fraser AO MBE, Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE, John Newcombe AO OBE, Patrick Rafter, Tony Roche AO MBE, Ken Rosewall AM MBE, Frank Sedgman AM and Fred Stolle AO.

In addition to the Legends Award stamp series, Lleyton Hewitt is being honored on a special edition farewell stamp to commemorate his retirement from competitive tennis and as the new captain of the 2016 Davis Cup team.

Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director & Group CEO, Australia Post, said this year’s award honors eleven Australians who have demonstrated sportsmanship, tenacity and inspiration through their sporting and community achievements.

“We have such a rich history of talented tennis champions in this country, so it seemed fitting as we celebrate 20 years of the Legends Award, to highlight Australian tennis and some of the inspirational singles players Australia has seen over the decades. The legacy these players have created in the sport of tennis continues to attract and inspire new generations of players to the game,” Mr. Fahour said.

“We’re also thrilled to celebrate and congratulate Lleyton Hewitt on such a successful career as he retires from competitive tennis this year. Through his dedication and commitment to the game, he continues to be an outstanding ambassador not only for the sport, but also for Australia,” Mr Fahour continued.

The 2016 Australia Post Australian Legends will be honoured at official Australia Day Council events hosted in all capital cities, with the first luncheon-taking place in Melbourne today. Each Legend will also be presented with a 24-carat gold replica of their stamp.

Pat Cash said about receiving his Legends award: “Australians love sport like no other nation and for me to be honored on a stamp as one of the legends, is an amazing acknowledgement. I never imagined my face being used as a means of postage!”

Ashley Cooper AO said about receiving his Legends award: “I was so proud to be asked to be on a stamp. I certainly never thought it would happen and to be amongst such a great group of people, well I’m just really chuffed.”

Roy Emerson said about receiving his Legends award: “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that my photograph would be on an Australian postage stamp. What an honor it is for me to be chosen, I am delighted.”

Neale Fraser AO MBE said about receiving his Legends award: “Tennis gave me a life I never could have dreamed of. To think that I would join this illustrious group of people that have been recognized in the history of the award, it makes me a very proud Australian.”

Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE said about receiving her Legends award: “Being on a stamp is a wonderful honor. Lately I have really been appreciating what I’ve done in my career, because I never stopped to think about it.”

John Newcombe AO OBE said about receiving his Legends award: “I’m a very confident person and I have great self-belief but I never expect things to come along. So when I received the call from Australia Post to say they wanted to feature me on a stamp, I thought to myself – I’m such a lucky bloke.”

Patrick Rafter said about receiving his Legends award: “I remember in 2000 the Olympians who won gold were featured on a stamp which I thought was really cool. This is an amazing milestone and acknowledgement from Australia Post and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Tony Roche AO MBE said about receiving his Legends award: “Tennis has an extremely proud history in Australia, one that I hope will continue for many years to come. To be given the honor of having a postage stamp recognizing the significance of Tennis in Australia is both special and humbling.”

Ken Rosewall AM MBE said about receiving his Legends award: “Tennis gave me the opportunity to travel the world and I’m proud my name is recognized with the game. It’s humbling to think you’re going to be on a stamp, especially alongside some of my long-time friends – it’s a good feeling.”

Frank Sedgman AM said about receiving his Legends award: “It’s such an honor. We were just athletes doing our best, so to be thought about after all these years it really is just an amazing honor.”

Fred Stolle AO said about receiving his Legends award: “I am both honored and excited to be chosen along with a distinguished group of friends and it’s a good lesson for the younger generation that childhood dreams can come true. For myself and my family this is very special.”

The Legends Award criteria honors ‘inspirational’ living Australians who exemplify tenacity, imagination, perseverance, devotion, integrity and compassion, says a Australia Post media release.

The Legends Award was initiated in 1997 when Sir Donald Bradman was the first living Australian to be honored on an Australian stamp. Prior to that, the only living people honored on Australia’s stamps were members of the royal family.

The 2016 Legends will feature on a $1 stamp, with all Legends featuring in a stamp pack, first day cover, a set of maxi cards and booklet of 10 stamps for collectors.

The stamps and associated products are available at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order phone 1800 331 794 and online at www.auspost.com.au/stamps from 21 January 2016 while stocks last.

- SAT News Service.