Adelaide | A real estate advertising turf war is breaking out in Adelaide as local agents bristle at a surge in charges by market leader realestate.com.au.
The News Corp majority-owned website dominates the South Australian market, but it is facing a serious challenge from an interstate player that is offering SA agents the chance to buy into a new sales website.
Realestate.com.au recently increased its fees and introduced a rebate scheme – 7.5 per cent of booked ad turnover – for agents that list with it.
Vendors can only list their house on the site through a registered real estate agent. If the agent books a $2000 ad package for the vendor, the agent gets a $150 commission from realestate.com.au.
And that’s where the happy arrangement may have sat were it not for the e Full Story »
Adelaide | The State Government is preparing a prosecution case against local drivers who have been taking bookings from the controversial taxi competitor Uber.
Nearly two weeks after the car booking service started in Adelaide, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure says it is preparing a case that could lead to drivers losing their hire care accreditation.
“DPTI compliance officers have been actively investigating drivers, vehicles, and operators accessing unaccredited Uber bookings,” a departmental spokesperson told InDaily.
“DPTI is currently preparing a case for prosecution, which may include drivers facing the Public Transport Standards Committee to suspend or revoke their accreditation.”
Uber is a booking service which uses a mobile “a Full Story »
OZASIA FESTIVAL | Renowned composer Tan Dun’s 2014 OzAsia Festival work is inspired by the Chinese script of Nu Shu, believed to be the only solely female language in the world.
Described as a 13-movement micro-film symphony, Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women resulted from five years of research and incorporates footage shot in the small village in Hunan where women used the language to communicate with each other in ancient times.
Tan Dun composed new music interwoven with the stories of Nu Shu and chose the harp (which has a similar shape to the written characters) as the solo instrument for the piece, which will be performed in Adelaide by harpist Elizabeth Hainen and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
“I think it’s like a spiritual offering,” says the composer, who was last here Full Story »
FOOD & WINE | This week in The Forager: the best of South Australia’s olives and olive oil, food at the Royal Show, a recipe for organic coffee cake, and OzHarvest heads south.
Organic single-origin coffee in a pod
You can have your cake and eat it, too. Newly formed Adelaide business Organic Pod Guys have launched what they say is the only organic, single-origin and recyclable coffee pod available in the world that – when you have the knack – will fit into a Nespresso machine.
The business is the mastermind of local coffee roasters Chris Hoskin and Paolo Scidone.
“We have developed four gourmet artisan coffee styles and the coffee beans are roasted here in Adelaide,” says Scidone. “Most blended coffees have a similar flavour, but the single-origin coffee pods have Full Story »