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FACILITY PERSPECTIVES | VOLUME 11 NUMBER 1
Are you ready for the sparc-FMA International Lighting
and Facilities Event?
It’s time to get ready for the sparc-FMA International Lighting and
Facilities Event 2017. The event will be held at the new International
Convention Centre at Darling Harbour over three days, 30 May – 1
June 2017, in the very middle of Vivid Sydney. sparc-FMA is a joint
initiative of the Facility Management Association of Australia and
Lighting Council Australia.
sparc-FMA will continue the strong heritage of the three previous
International Lighting and Facilities events. Last year’s event
successfully featured around 80 exhibitors and had more than 2000
delegates though the door. It is a chance to network with architects,
specifiers, facilities managers, designers, project managers, electrical
engineers, contractors and many more.
The event will feature an exhibition showcasing the latest in facilities
management and lighting innovation from Australia and the world.
Don’t miss out on this important event. Please visit the FMA
website for more information, or visit www.sparcfmaevent.org.
Keep up to date with the FMA on social media
The FMA is active on social media! We’ve always been there, but it’s
now time to really connect with our members in a whole new way.
FMA social pages are being updated on everything from industry
news and insights, to upcoming events and information. So, please
FMA social pages:
3 Facebook: www.facebook.com/Facilities-Management-
Association-Australia-1765102233816303/ – or just search
‘Facility Management Association, Australia’.
3 LinkedIn: Just search ‘Facility Management Association of
Australia (FMA)’ and request to join the group.
3 Twitter: Search @FMAAust or go to www.twitter.com/
Sparc-FMA social pages:
3 Facebook: www.facebook.com/sparc-FMA -130866637415528/
– or just search ‘sparc-FMA’.
3 LinkedIn: Just search ‘SPARC-FMA’ and request to join the
3 Twitter: Search @sparcFMA or go to www.twitter.com/
sparcFMA. See you there!
The 171 Collins Street, Melbourne, site tour was a
The 171 Collins Street site tour enabled attendees to go on an
exclusive tour of the back-of-house operations at Melbourne’s first,
6 Star NABERS–rated building and the new Property Council of
Australia’s premium-grade development in Melbourne’s CBD.
The tour provided insight into active fine tuning, sustainability
philosophy and how to effectively commission a property to
Green Star design standards while meeting the anchor tenants’
leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) requirement.
It also provided a direct visual insight into the technology that made
it possible, and what it takes to be a premium office building in the
Thank you to the presenter, CJ Harshana Wijewardane, Senior
Facilities and Engineering Manager at Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd.
We received an overwhelming response, and we hope to run this
tour again in the near future.
How can retail businesses fund sustainability projects?
Retail businesses have the opportunity to make a significant change
to their operating costs, therefore improving sustainability. For most
retailers, a major portion of these costs are lighting, heating and
cooling, but if you can reduce energy and materials use, as well as
the amount of waste sent to landfill, this can change.
Upgrading lighting systems or committing to preventative
maintenance programs in retail environments can be costly, but
the federal and state government can help with this, and there
are opportunities to apply for funding through federal or state
government initiatives aimed at decreasing energy usage.
There are energy-saving schemes across all states that are now
For more information on opportunities in your state, please
visit the Programmed blog: ppsblog.programmed.com.au.
Female tech leadership to receive a big boost with the
Ambitious female entrepreneurs with big ideas will participate in a
groundbreaking innovation program called the SheStarts program.
Ten female-led tech companies have been selected from hundreds
of applicants across Australia to commence the program, which
will involve an eight-month plan designed to step up the founding
journey. Their stories will give us a unique look into entrepreneurship
and start-ups, with those selected receiving $100,000 in funding to
bring their idea into existence.
They will also take part in the SheStarts accelerator program, which
is running January–June next year, and involves a world-class team of
start-up mentors, project managers and creators.
If you would like to follow the journey of 10 tech start-ups
that are turning their ideas into action and building innovative
tech-enabled businesses globally, please visit the website:
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