How to stop the flood of election junk mail?

Anywhere on Earth, whether it is a Local Council, Federal, Presidential or State election, your mailbox will groan under the weight of materials aimed at winning your vote. It might be the digital age, but it seems that a letter in your letterbox is still considered the most efficient way of getting a message across.

While an informed electorate is important for the democratic process, there appears to be a glut of over-sending of junk mail for political purposes – and no clear way on how to solve this. What’s worse, the content of most of the political flyers is simply mudslinging about their opponents with little to no substance. Is anyone else reminded of children in the playground?

How can you help stop this frivolous waste of resources? Imagine the strain on our environment and the large volume of greenhouse gases generated from all the trees cut down, printing, electricity and transport of the materials. Grab a cup of tea or your water bottle and let’s get down to it.

We know in Australia that material that is deemed to be political, educational, religious and charitable is exempt from “No Junk Mail” signed letterboxes according to standards conducted by the Australian Catalogue Association. So there is no way to stop it being dumped in your letterbox along with the other junk mail catalogues enticing you to buy all sorts of stuff you don’t really need. It is likely the same in other countries.

Step 1. Incorrectly addressed political mail
Much of your mail may be addressed to former occupants of the house. You need to “return this to sender” with the note “no longer at this address”.

Step 2. Contact every political party or politician that is mailing you
There is no central database so you will need to call the office of each individual sender and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Remember to be nice! You catch more bees with honey than vinegar.

Step 3. National Standard to stop political junk mail
Write a letter to the Electoral Commission asking them to implement a National Standard to limit the number of pieces each political party is allowed to put in each household’s letterbox.

Step 4. Polling day
Don’t forget to recycle any materials you are given on the day – often the Greens Party has a box at the booths for such materials on polling day!

Written by Tracey Bailey, Director of Biome Eco Stores in Brisbane, specialists in water bottles and eco friendly, reusable choices for your home, body and lifestyle.

Kit Homes Compared to Turnkey Homes

There is a major difference between kit homes and turnkey homes. Kit homes are built by an owner builder, one who wishes to build their own home. Whereas turnkey homes are built by professionals, so that the client does not need to be involved with the hundreds of steps and processes involved with building a new home. ”Turnkey” simply means that you, the client, can go to your brand new home, walk up to the beautiful front door and simply turn the key!

The process to become an owner builder is much more complicated than one might think. For instance, it’s a requirement of the Building Services Authority (BSA) that anyone who wishes to build or renovate their own home and spend over $11,000 must hold an owner builder permit, and these permits are only issued by the Building Services Authority once you’ve completed an owner builder course. The permits expire every 6 years.

Here are a few of the processes involved with building your own kit home; legal requirements, site preparation, footings and floors, wall construction, roof construction, windows and frames, doors, screens, wall finishes, ceilings, fixtures, plumbing, gas, electrical, draining, and then some landscaping to top it all off.
If you don’t have experience in all of these areas, building your own kit home could prove to be more challenging than you may think, especially tackling all the council codes, regulations and legal requirements!

We at Bush and Beach Home Builders are professionals at building sustainable homes. We know how stressful and overwhelming the process of building your own home can be, so let us do it for you! If you think assembling a piece of furniture is irritating, building a kit home is a hundred times more complicated. Instead, let us do the work for you so that all you have to do is turn the key and enjoy your unique, climate engineered Bush and Beach home.

If you want to see some house designs or learn more about our sustainable homes, please contact our team.

Ideas All Trades Fixing Brisbane’s Storm Damaged Homes and New Building Projects

Brisbane based and BSA licensed Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd  is stepping up their private building project. The family owned business is expanding rapidly to cater to the more diverse requirements of private construction in the Brisbane area.

Ideas All Trades Pty. Ltd. formerly Ideas Painting & Plastering are armed with 9 years of trades and trades management experience in the Brisbane region with a focus on building in the Logan area.

With well demonstrated success in the insurance repair sector, and a thirst for solid growth in work load capacity and service provision, Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd are branching out in pursuit of low rise building projects including renovation, repairs and extensions on homes, new homes and commercial buildings.

As Ideas Painting & Plastering, they assisted thousands of Brisbane residence affected by the major floods of Australia Day 2012. They continue to repair storm damaged and flood affected homes; homes broken into and homes burnt out by fire on behalf of several National insurers and other major National Builders.

The trust earned by thousands of Brisbane residence is clear. Just have a look at the myriad of video testimonials they accrued on their You Tube channel. The link here will take you to the company’s founding director Will Warrens’ YouTube channel which is packed with Brisbane homeowners all voicing their approval and thanks to the Ideas tradies and administration staff for their swift and quality service.

In fact, speed, quality and ensuring customers have as little disruption to their home life with as higher quality finish as possible, is a major part of the Ideas All Trades customer service policy. They are trying to bring positive attitudes to the fore about trades practices, quality, trust in trades and value in the building trades consumer market.

Their experience as a builder responsible for insurance claim funded repairs has heightened Ideas All Trades’ commitment to quality building. The demand of high standards in insurance repairs plus the need to adapt high turnovers of unique repair requirements has given Ideas All Trades a building advantage.

The advantage is the Ideas All Trades Pty Ltd model of job management. They have most skilled building trades people required for any home repair, renovation or house extension job on their books and maintain their relationship with Brisbane construction industry and custom manufacturing small businesses by regular contact and support.

They have also developed strong ties to local engineers and other building professionals offering the owner builder, and potential homeowner assured standards of structural safety. They offer experienced support to gaining council approval to building projects such as extensions and major renovations as well.

The benefits flow to the customer who no longer needs to worry about finding trusted tradesmen and engineers to complete each complicated task. Neither is there worry for the customer to organize the order and scheduling of each tradesman in turn.

For more information or to find out how you can get started on your building project visit the Ideas All Trades website and arrange a quote today.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

Soft Tissue Release
Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

Stretching
Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

Orthotics
Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

Cortisone
Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

Surgery
A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.

Laser Clinic Brisbane

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a light based technology which treats several skin conditions in one treatment. It works in the deeper layers of the skin where traditional skincare cannot reach, thus achieving a far superior result.
Skin concerns such as pigmentation, freckling, sun damage, capillaries, redness, acne scarring and rosacea may be treated with photorejuvenation.

Pulses of light are applied to the skin via a handpiece which filters the wavelengths of light through a layer of ultrasound gel. The treatments remove most types of sun induced pigmentation like freckling, age spots and sun damage. By lessening the darker pigmentation IPL leaves the skin with a more even tone. Vascular skin concerns including capillaries, redness, acne scarring and rosacea are also targeted by the broad wavelengths of light. IPL works particularly well on red acne scarring that is left behind after undergoing acne treatments.

As most people will have several skin concerns, this treatment has become popular as it can address them all. The IPL photorejuvenation also stimulates the production of collagen which will plump and smooth the texture of the skin, improving fine lines, wrinkles and pitted scarring.

There is little or no downtime involved with photorejuvenation. Most people will experience some redness and heat in the area which subsides in several hours after treatment. The most common treatment areas are face, neck, décolletage/chest area and backs of hands.

Photorejuvenation treatments can be utilised as a once off treatment, however a course of treatments will promote the best results. A progressive result can be expected with a change usually noticed within a week after a session which is why IPL Photorejuvenation has gained such popularity among both men and women.

If you are looking for a Laser Clinic Brisbane that offers Acne Treatment Brisbane and IPL Brisbane then please see Image by Laser for a free consultation.