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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

A University of Queensland student employability service has won a prestigious 2016 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability Team (BEL SET) recently won the employability category ahead of finalists from the University of Sydney, Marcus Oldham College and Bond University.

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

Pictured from left to right: UQ Chancellor Peter Varghese AO, BEL SET Director Rhea Jain and UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne (Photo: UQ)

In their report, the judges said employability was an increasingly important issue for universities.

“The University of Queensland is to be commended for its systemic, embedded approach to boosting employability, and the demonstrable results it has produced,” they said.

UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ Law students in particular ranked the highest nationally in securing graduate full-time employment.

“I congratulate the BEL SET team for this outstanding result, which should give great confidence to future students considering studying business, economics or law at UQ,” Professor Byrne said.

“The BEL SET program challenges students to develop employability skills from enrolment, throughout their studies and as graduates.

“This strategy was recognised as a flagship program in the UQ student strategy 2016–2020 and was also applauded by the Group of Eight which featured it in their journal this year.”

Director Rhea Jain said the award was a reflection of the hard work and dedication of her team, who all drew from extensive experience in recruitment consulting and talent acquisition within the industries the students aspired to enter.

“Our programs are run in partnership with employers so our students learn directly from industry experts and gain real-life experiences through industry placements and professional development opportunities,” she said.

“Last financial year we placed 1800 students with almost 600 employers and supported thousands of students by providing 150 employability workshops or events in partnership with more than 100 employers.

“The program is only 18 months old and this award is further confirmation we are on the right track and will provide momentum for us to continue to develop and refine the program.”

In 2015, the BEL SET team doubled student engagement in its programs.


Discover more about the study opportunities available at UQ Business School and at UQ Law School. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com!

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

UQ Business grad begins 250km trek across the Simpson Desert

UQ Business School alumnus and budding young entrepreneur Zachary Fook has started a 250km trek across the Simpson Desert to raise funds for Youngcare.

With the help of UQ Business School sponsorship, Zachary is close to reaching his $15,000 fundraising target, which will go directly towards helping young Australians with high care needs to exit or avoid aged care facilities.

UQ Business School

Zachary Fook in Birdsville, where the Simpsons Desert Challenge begins (Photo credit: UQ)

The Simpson Desert Challenge mirrors the daily challenges faced by young people living in aged care: isolation, uniformity, restrictions, and little self-determination.

After graduating from a Bachelor of Business Management at UQ, Zachary is now an account executive at Youngcare, where he works with corporate partners, ranging from small family-run businesses to national corporations to manage and develop their workplace giving programs.

“Working at Youngcare has helped me understand a great deal more about the issues we are facing as a society. It’s a really great career fit,” he said.

Zachary’s interest in tackling social issues began in a third-year course at university where he started a social initiative with two fellow students.

“The course was a turning point in the journey, as it made me realise that people and communities have an incredibly important role in business success,” he said.

This classroom idea has now grown into The Tippy Toe Co., a non-profit ballet school and social enterprise for special needs children and young adults aged 3-18 years.

The Tippy Toe Co. has since been featured in the media, in UQ’s Create Change campaign and used as a case study in parliament for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the Business School and Youngcare had a successful relationship for the past five years.

“Sponsoring Zachary on the Simpson Desert Challenge is another great way to show support for the terrific work that Youngcare do,” he said.

“We wish Zachary the best of luck throughout the challenge and we look forward to growing our relationship with Zachary and the Youngcare team in the future.”

Zachary Fook will complete Youngcare’s Simpson Desert trek between April 28 and May 8, 2016.

To donate or show support for Zachary, visit https://youngcaresdc2016.everydayhero.com/au/zac-fook-simpson-desert-trekker


Do you have questions about UQ Business School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Generous gift helps establish a chair of finance at UQ Business School

The UQ Business School will name its Chair in Finance in honour of Malcolm Broomhead, in recognition of a $3-million gift from the alumnus and leading Australian businessman.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj thanked Mr Broomhead for his very generous support and said an international search was under way to fill the newly established Malcolm Broomhead Chair in Finance.

UQ Business School

Malcolm Broomhead (Photo credit: UQ)

“The generous three-million-dollar gift from Malcolm has now made it possible to endow this chair of strategic importance to UQ,” Professor Høj said.

“We are fortunate at UQ to have a strong alumni network whose generosity and support of the next generation is allowing us to extend our programs, attract quality staff and offer transformative student experiences.

“Mr Broomhead’s philanthropy is of a very high order and a fine example to others.

“It will enhance the UQ Business School’s capacity to educate and develop the business leaders of the future.”

Mr Broomhead is Chair of Ascinao Ltd, Chair elect of Orica, and a non-executive director of BHP Billiton Ltd and BHP Billiton Plc.

He was project engineer and construction manager with MIM Holdings in Brisbane when he undertook his MBA at the UQ Business School in the early 1980s.

“The MBA was a career-changer,” Mr Broomhead said. “I was working my way up the professional ladder when I started. The MBA program enabled me to really accelerate my career.”

Mr Broomhead said he found finance the most useful component of his studies, and went on to become a chief financial officer on his way to becoming a chief executive officer.

He said he chose to support the UQ Business School because he believed it was important for those who had been successful to give back and support the education of the next generation.

“UQ Business School is the leading MBA provider outside of North America and Europe,” he said.

“I think having a top business school is really important to the Australian economy—to our standards of living—and also a really important link into Asia.

“I think philanthropically supporting our universities is becoming more important, given our demographics and the competitive nature of education globally.

“We can’t continue to rely on the government to totally fund the education system. It’s important we encourage individuals who have been successful in life to support education.”

Mr Broomhead said Australia had a global competitive advantage in education.

“We may have a small population, but there are real niches where we can be world-class, including medical research and education,” he said.

“We need to ensure we maintain the highest standards possible.”

UQ Business School Academic Dean and Head Professor Andrew Griffiths said the school was seeking an internationally regarded professor with a strong research background who could create a high-quality learning experience for students.

About the UQ MBA

The UQ Business School program is ranked as one of the leading MBAs worldwide and number one in the Asia Pacific region. Its unique features help to set it apart from other MBA programs and provide added value to students.

While all MBA programs aim to develop leadership skills, UQ Business School’s Leadership Capability Framework provides visible evidence of your progress. There is also the chance to put your leadership skills into practice while working with community organisations, to collaborate with the renowned Wharton School on an international consultancy project, and to explore new markets on an MBA immersion tour.

UQ Business School’s reputation for research and its strong links with industry ensure fresh and relevant content, while the flexible study options allow you to fit in your learning alongside lifestyle and work commitments.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 31 each year

Apply to the UQ Business School!


Find out more about UQ Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

UQ Idea Hub

Students with a passion for entrepreneurship are set to benefit from the University of Queensland’s new UQ Idea Hub program.

The program will bring together workshops, experienced mentors and a network of local and global innovators to help grow ideas and to equip students with knowledge and skills to kick-start their business enterprises.

UQ Idea Hub Director Nimrod Klayman said throughout the program students would have the potential to form, develop and test their early-stage ideas for potential commercialisation.

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UQ Idea Hub participant Visakh Vignesh (Photo: UQ)

“The start-up scene is really taking off around the globe,” he said.

“This has provided UQ with the perfect opportunity to harness the ideas and talents of our students, helping them to realise their business potential.

“Places like the Silicon Valley are built around start-ups and venture capitalists, and I think it’s really important for Queensland, and in particular Brisbane, to establish ourselves as a hub of ideas and activity.

UQ can play a vital role in this, as the university’s aim is that our students will be the change-makers of the future.

“We think that providing them with environments to form their ideas, hone their pitching skills and develop their commercial thinking truly results in well-rounded, industry-ready and forward-thinking graduates.”

After being run as a pilot program in 2015, the UQ Idea Hub is now open to all students from UQ.

Pilot program participant and UQ student Visakh Vignesh said the level of networking with mentors and fellow students was extremely beneficial.

“Even that first batch of students in the UQ Idea Hub realised it was quickly developing into something more exciting than just an entrepreneurship incubator,” he said.

“Each session introduced various concepts and stages of the entrepreneurship process, and also gave us the opportunity to listen and speak to people who are highly successful and vested in the Australian start-up scene.

“At the end of the day, it was incredible to be in a room with so many brilliant minds at work.”

Applications for the UQ Idea Hub are now open to UQ students. Visit the website https://ideahub.uq.edu.au/ for more information and to apply.

About UQ Business School

UQ Business School aims to create an environment where the disciplines of research give students the skills to find the knowledge they need, where good ideas are tested and polished to become great ideas, where rigorous analysis is celebrated and collaboration is valued. The school is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, UQ Business School brings together more than 130 subject experts with more than 8,000 students, and offers a wide range of degree programs and executive education.

Areas of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business & Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism & Hospitality


Do you have questions about UQ Business School? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

UQ students head to Dubai on global business

Four University of Queensland students will compete in an international business competition in Dubai in April, after notching up UQ’s third consecutive win in a national tournament.

Judges in the Australian sector of the KPMG International Case Competition praised the UQ team members for their innovative, creative and realistic solutions to the set challenge, which centred on the Qatar-FIFA World Cup scandal.

UQ Business School

The national champions: Nicole Brazier, Edward O’Brien, William Randall and Joshua Roser (Photo credit: UQ)

The national champion team—from UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law—is now preparing to take on competitors from 23 countries in the international finals.

Team member Nicole Brazier, a final-year law (First Class Honours) and science student, said the competition tested students’ flexibility, teamwork and ability to come up with innovative business solutions to real problems.

“Teams have three hours to prepare a presentation and responses on a realistic business scenario and they then answer questions from KPMG executives,” Ms Brazier said.

Her teammates include William Randall, a final-year commerce student; commerce student Edward O’Brien; and Joshua Roser, who is studying commerce/economics.

“Our team is named ‘Look At Me Now, Dad Consulting’ and has a strong combination of academic excellence and commercial experience,” Ms Brazier said.

“We are all involved in the UQ community in volunteer and leadership positions. Most of us met in person for the first time only on the morning of the state finals, but we quickly established a cohesive and friendly team.

“Over the summer, we did a lot of preparation as a group to ensure our state win was more than just beginner’s luck.”

Ms Brazier said the team was excited about participating in the world finals and hoped to follow in the winning footsteps of 2014 UQ team members, who have been providing advice and guidance.

The 2014 team comprised Lachlan Campbell (Bachelor of Laws/Commerce), Daniel Mouat (Bachelor Commerce/ Economics), Jonathan Black (Bachelor of Laws/ Commerce) and Samuel Leigh (Bachelor of Laws/ Commerce).

The KPMG International Case Competition has been running for 13 years.


To find out more about UQ Law School and UQ Business School. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

UQ engineering student named Young Australian of the Year

Selfless work creating change for homeless people has propelled a University of Queensland student to be named Young Australian of the Year

Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce student Lucas Patchett and business partner Nic Marchesi established Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile clothes-washing service for the homeless.

The pair jointly won the prestigious national award at the Australian of the Year Awards in Canberra on Jan. 25, where winners were announced in four categories.

UQ Engineering School

Lucas Patchett (left) and Nic Marchesi converted an old van into a mobile laundromat and now washing 200 loads a week (Photo: University of Queensland)

Mr Patchett and Mr Marchesi were announced as the Queensland Young Australians of the Year in November. At that time, Mr Patchett said he was shocked to receive the state awards.

“I’ve been blown away by the support we’ve been getting and seeing how generous people are,” Mr Patchett said.

Orange Sky Laundry began in September 2014 when the two best mates converted an old van into a mobile laundromat which they drove around Brisbane.

Last year they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone-ravaged communities.

“We’re now washing more than 200 loads each week,” Mr Patchett said. “We also have to say thank you to our 250-plus volunteers, who are fantastic.”

The UQ engineering student said his work with Mr Marchesi was about more than just washing clothes.

“One of the first guys we helped actually studied engineering like me,” Mr Patchett said. “But after some bad luck in life he ended up on the street, and that really opened our eyes to the massive issue of how easily homelessness can happen.

“We really want to start a national conversation.”

In just over a year, services have expanded rapidly, with four vans now running in Brisbane as well as the Gold Coast and in Victoria.

The pair plans to expand across Australia and to introduce a training and employment model.

Another UQ student, Tasman Bain, was a finalist in the Queensland Young Australian of the Year awards.

Mr Bain has founded a youth-led women’s rights initiative in Papua New Guinea, served as a UNICEF youth ambassador and volunteered for many charitable organisations.


Want more information about engineering programs available at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

UQ Business School recognised as leading tourism research unit in Australia

UQ Business School is leading the way in tourism research and expertise, according to the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) announcement.


Study tourism at UQ Business School

Administered by the Australian Research Council, the ERA is a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of research in Australian universities using a combination of indicators and review by committees comprising experienced and internationally recognised experts.

Overall, the school performed strongly in the 2015 assessment, ranking “well above” or “above world” standard in all areas of its research.

UQ Business School received the highest possible rating of five—well above world standard—for research in the areas of Business and Management, Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, Information Systems, and Tourism.

It also obtained the second-highest rating of four—above world standard—for research in the fields of Accounting, Banking, Finance and Investment, and Marketing.

Especially notable is the result in Tourism research, which saw a dramatic rise from a 2012 rating of three, to a rating of five this year.

Tourism Cluster Leader Associate Professor David Solnet said this result reflects the hard work, dedication and planning put in by past and present tourism academic staff, and the commitment of the University of Queensland and the business school in supporting the tourism area.

“The ERA rating of five highlights that we are now recognised as the highest rated tourism research unit in Australia. UQ Business School has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that the tourism discipline is among the best in the world, and has invested significant effort and resources to facilitate global leadership status,” he said.

UQ Business School Tourism & Hospitality

As tourism and hospitality have become increasingly knowledge based, higher learning has become more important in opening career doors. UQ’s programs prepare students for a wide range of careers and help existing managers to improve their skills—from destination marketing and visitor attractions to operations management for hotels, restaurants, catering and leisure facilities. Other career options include hotel consultancies, casinos, cruise ships, airlines and retail travel.

Master of Tourism, Hotel & Event Management

  • Event Management
  • Hotel management
  • Travel & Tourism Management

Master of Tourism Leadership

  • Service Management
  • Tourism Development
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Visitor Management


Learn more about studying tourism at UQ Business School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information. Email shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

UQ Business School MBA ranks number 1 in Australia – again

The UQ Business School MBA program has topped the Australian Financial Review BOSS MBA survey for the second consecutive time.

The survey, Australia’s only independent national ranking of MBA programs is conducted every two years by the Financial Review Group.

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UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths (Photo credit: UQ)

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said this latest accolade underlined the school’s position as the leading MBA provider outside Europe and North America.

“The UQ Business School MBA is ranked number one in Australia and the Asia Pacific by The Economist and is number 16 worldwide,” Professor Griffiths said.

“And Australia’s most influential rating body, the Graduate Management Association of Australia, has awarded our MBA a five-star rating for 10 years in a row.

“Now the AFR BOSS survey confirms the school’s position as a leading provider of quality business education to develop the next generation of global business leaders.”

MBA Program Director Dr Sarah Kelly said UQ Business School’s MBA was not just about management theory, but also learning how to apply it.

“The UQ Business School MBA strikes a balance among academic rigour, practical experience and personal reflection to develop principled leaders who can resolve challenging problems, inspire and motivate others, and bring about systemic change,” Dr Kelly said.

“Our students have plenty of opportunities to put their skills into practice.

“They can choose to work alongside CEOs to resolve real-life business problems, build international experience by collaborating with other business schools to help companies enter the Chinese or US markets, or gain insight into emerging economies through immersion tours.

“We also encourage our business leaders to contribute pro bono through the opportunity to work on community projects. This emphasis on practicality is reflected in the outcomes,” she said.

About the UQ MBA

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a Masters-level general business degree which will equip you with the sophisticated skills and knowledge required to become a successful business leader.

The UQ Business School MBA program is ranked as one of the leading MBAs worldwide and number one in the Asia Pacific region. Its unique features help to set it apart from other MBA programs and provide added value to students.

While all MBA programs aim to develop leadership skills, UQ Business School’s Leadership Capability Framework provides visible evidence of your progress. There is also the chance to put your leadership skills into practice while working with community organisations, to collaborate with the renowned Wharton School on an international consultancy project, and to explore new markets on an MBA immersion tour.

UQ Business School’s reputation for research and its strong links with industry ensure fresh and relevant content, while the flexible study options allow you to fit in your learning alongside lifestyle and work commitments.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 31 each year

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a 4.5 GPA on a 7-point scale, have at least four years of relevant full-time work experience (or equivalent) gained while working in a dedicated supervisory or management role, (approved by the executive dean) and a 550 GMAT score or above.

Apply to UQ Business School MBA program!


Find out more about UQ Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Would you trust a robot with your life?

Trusting robots to relay a medical diagnosis was the focus of University of Queensland PhD student Teegan Green’s winning UQ Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation at Customs House.

As the winner of this year’s UQ 3MT Final, Ms Green from the UQ Business School will go through to the 3MT Trans-Tasman competition at UQ on Oct. 2, 2015.

UQ Business School

Teegan Green’s research focuses on tele-health technologies (Photo credit: UQ)

In a tightly fought contest, Ms Green edged out the runner-up and People’s Choice winner Shaun Chen from the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, who spoke about his research investigating ways to help international students in engineering.

Ms Green’s research focuses on telehealth, and why the use of common technologies such as phone, video conferencing and email is still an uncommon medium to deliver a clinical diagnosis.

“This is surprising because of the benefits that exist for patients, particularly those that are living in rural and remote areas,” Ms Green said.

“We need to develop more efficient, effective and scalable ways to decrease the tyranny of distance that exists for rural and remote patients, and better cater to our ageing population.”

Ms Green said her research showed that one of the key issues is trust.

“Trust is crucial to how we communicate,” said Ms Green. “Non-verbal communication makes up most of our communication in terms of facial expressions and body gestures.”

Ms Green says the challenge is the difficulty to incorporate into technology these non-verbal cues that facilitate trust.

“If we can already remove the doctor from the room, and from the same time zone, what happens when eventually we can remove the doctor altogether,” she said.

“I would like to thank my supervisors, Dr Nicole Gillespie and Dr Nicole Hartley from the UQ Business School, and Associate Professor Anthony Smith.”

3MT is a competition that challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes.

The concept sprang from the UQ Graduate School in 2008, and competitions are now run in over 200 institutions internationally.

The event was hosted by the ABC’s Steve Cannane and the judging panel included Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett.

​As the winner of the 3MT UQ Final, Ms Green was awarded a $5000 travel grant and will challenge competitors from more than 45 universities across the Asia-Pacific in the Trans-Tasman 3MT Final at UQ.

UQ Graduate School Dean Professor McEwan said the 3MT competition was an opportunity to showcase the outstanding contribution that UQ research students make to their fields, as part of their training.

“Research students at UQ develop sophisticated research skills and can provide amazing insight,” Professor McEwan said.

“3MT highlights the value of research students being able to communicate their work to a variety of audiences, from government to industry, and to the people who will benefit from their research.

“These communication skills are vital for the development of a knowledge economy.

“Communication can speed the translation of great research and outstanding outcomes for society and business.”


Do you have questions about UQ Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Youngcare the winner in UQ social media success story

Benevolence has paid off for a group of UQ business and UQ law students who have been recognised for helping national charity Youngcare boost its social media presence.

Their winning project was part of a community engagement program organised by the University of Queensland’s Business, Economics and Law Faculty to give 180 students real-life experience working with non-profit groups.

UQ Business School

Pictured from left: UQ Marketing lecturer Dr Nicole Hartley, CEP Coordinator Cass Vickers, Hui Jia Ong, Youngcare Marketing Communications Coordinator Jake Myers, Edith Cham, Youngcare CEO Samantha Kennerley, Rebecca Bennett, Lewis Guo, Theresa Yu (Photo credit: University of Queensland)

Team leader and Bachelor of Business Management student Edith Cham said the group (Rebecca Bennett, Hui Jia Ong, Theresa Yu, Lewis Jun Ze Guo, Bingjie Liu, Xin Wang, and Hilary Baker) devised a plan to improve Youngcare’s social networking and make its YouTube channel stand out from the crowd.

“We were thrilled to work with Youngcare because, as an energetic, bold, innovative community organisation, it is pioneering, driven and impactful in its work serving the physical needs of young people with high care needs,” Ms Cham said.

Youngcare CEO Samantha Kennerley said the students’ work would make a big difference.

“This is a wonderful initiative run by UQ and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate,” Mrs Kennerley said.

“The students have done an impressive job and I am very excited about the ideas they have come up with.

“The next step for Youngcare is executing the project.

“We’re committed to helping young Aussies with high care needs live life with choice, independence and dignity. I’ve got no doubt this project will be another positive step on this journey.”

UQ Community Engagement Program coordinator Cass Vickers said the 17 projects in the running this semester were of an exceptionally high standard.

“The Youngcare project stood out because the students were passionate about the cause, really listened to their client, and created an integrated solution,” she said.

“The community engagement program is building an appetite among our students for opportunities with a social outcome.”

The award for Most Outstanding Team Leadership went to Liesda Marsdon whose team worked with food charity SecondBite.

Several projects were highly commended for their work with Community Mates, Givit Kids and Gifts4Good.


Learn more about business and law programs available at the University of Queensland. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.