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Friday, October 20th, 2017

Sydney Law School lecturer discusses misconceptions about crime

Punishment isn’t always the answer to reduce crime.

Sydney Law School lecturer discusses misconceptions about crime

Host Chris Neff – Open for Discussion podcast

How do we encourage people not to break the law? Most times we think of crime, it’s after the fact. But what if through certain measures we could stop a crime before it happens? No, it’s not a Tom Cruise movie, simply the idea that through certain measures, the opportunity for crime may be removed.

Dr Garner Clancey from Sydney Law School joined Open for Discussion to chat crime statistics and the strategies used today to prevent crimes. Dr Garner Clancey, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sydney Law School, is an expert in crime prevention and statistics and over the past 25 years has worked with NSW Police, the Department of Juvenile Justice and other government organisations on a number of crime prevention strategies.

Here, Dr Clancey shares four misconceptions about crime:

Myth 1: The crime rate is going up

We’re not in the grips of a crime wave. In fact, the overall crime rate in NSW has been declining since the turn of the millennium. In the UK the crime rate began declining around 1995, while in the US it began to fall in 1990, 1991.

And the falls have been quite dramatic. For example, in the year 2000 there were approximately 82,000 incidents of burglary per year in NSW, while last year it was only 32,000. And the murder rate in the state is the lowest it’s been in 40 years.

Problem is, no one can explain the major drop—it’s criminology’s “dirty little secret!

Myth 2: Closed circuit television is a good prevention tool

CCTV can be successful in preventing thefts from shops; however, the data shows that for public places it’s really not all that useful.

People may not know the cameras are there, especially if they’re intoxicated, so continue with the behaviour anyway. And those watching the cameras may not realise anything criminal is going on so can’t do anything to stop the crime.

Some cameras aren’t even monitored, so are only helpful for identification once a crime has been committed.

Myth 3: Putting people in prison stops crime

Prison is a big investment without a great return.

It costs the state approximately $200 a day to incarcerate an adult in NSW, while it costs nearly $1,000 a day to incarcerate a juvenile. It’s further reported that nearly half of those leaving prison today in NSW will return to prison within two years.

Myth 4: All crimes are reported equally

For those crimes that people need to report for insurance reasons, such as car theft or house break ins, we know the statistics are fairly accurate—not much goes unreported. Unfortunately, the opposite is true for sexual assault and domestic violence. This means that the recent rise in those crimes is only telling part of the story.

Listen to Dr Garner Clancey on SoundCloud, subscribe on iTunes.

Christopher Pepin-Neff is a lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research interests include theories of the policy process, policy analysis, the role of policy entrepreneurs, and comparative public policy.

About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor

The Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Sydney Law School!

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Find out more about studying at Sydney Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Bond Law finishes the mooting year on the winner’s podium

Bond University has capped off an outstanding year for its mooting teams by winning the biggest national moot competition in Australia.

Bond Law School students, Pierfrancesco Benedetti, Matthew Keyte, Oceane Pearse and Cameron Simpson out-argued 26 teams representing 17 of the country’s most prestigious universities and law schools to take out the Annual Michael Kirby Moot on Contract Law for 2017.

Bond Law finishes the mooting year on the winner's podium

Bond Law mooting champions  (Photo: Bond University)

The team’s winning achievements also included Honourable Mentions for Best Written Claimant Memorandum and Best Written Respondent Memorandum, while Oceane Pearse was awarded the prize for (joint) Best Oralist in the final round.

Named in honour of retired high court judge, the Honourable Michael Kirby, the competition involved four intense days of mooting, and written summaries of argument before each moot. The moot problem involved a contractual law dispute, and included the cutting-edge issue of a smart contract.

“Winning the Kirby Moot is particularly significant for the Bond team, given Justice Kirby’s long association with the university,” said Mooting Director and team coach, Assistant Professor Louise Parsons.

“It was also an honour for our students to argue the final round against the Queensland University of Technology team in front of Justice Kirby who served as one of the competition judges.”

This recent win adds to Bond’s list of national and international successes this year.

In the global arena, Bond teams were declared world champions in the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot in Hong Kong and the Wanhuida Cup Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition hosted by Beijing Foreign Studies University (the sixth time Bond has won this event).

At the Vis (East) international Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, they reached the quarter finals in a record field of 800 students from 125 teams representing 32 different countries.

On the national mooting scene, Bond University were runners up in the QUT Torts Moot Competition and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Moot Competition.

Bond Law has a strong tradition in mooting and a formidable reputation for its many successes around the world,” said Assistant Professor Parsons.

“Our teams and coaches put in an incredible amount of work preparing and practicing for each event but most students rate it as one of the most rewarding aspects of their time at University.

“Winning the Kirby Moot makes 2017 the fourth consecutive year when Bond has won three major competitions in a 12-month period and our students have already started preparing for some 2018 competitions.”

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Seminars

Want to study law but unsure of your options? Do you have questions about admissions, program structures, accreditation, practicing in Canada? Join OzTREKK for the upcoming Australian Law Schools Seminars and get the answers to your questions. Everyone is welcome to attend. Seating is limited, so be sure to register.

OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Seminars

Don’t forget to register!

University of Toronto Mississauga
Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
RSVP – See you soon!

Ryerson University
Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
RSVP – See you soon!

The following Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD:

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For information about about law degrees offered in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call (toll free in Canada) at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Newcastle law students love their new digs at NeW Space

UON’s Faculty of Business and Law and staff moved into the University of Newcastle’s (UON) $95-million NeW Space facility city in July. So far, the NeW Space facility has received rave reviews from students and the community… and some comedic ones—just have a peek at that video!

Newcastle law students love their new digs at NewSpace

Find out more about Newcastle Law School

NeW Space delivers new academic and research programs in business, law and emerging fields including creative industries, innovation and entrepreneurship. The new campus will also play an important role in connecting the university with business, industry and community partners in Newcastle and the Hunter.

The new precinct is a significant revitalisation project for the City of Newcastle and hosts a range of university-supported activities including

  • business and law programs;
  • digital library services and information commons;
  • collaborative learning and research spaces;
  • facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community;
  • social learning spaces.

Newcastle Law School also moved to the university’s landmark education precinct. JD students are currently enjoying the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Newcastle Law School Webinar

Think you may be interested in studying law at the University of Newcastle, but would like more particulars about the program and about how you can come back to Canada to practice? OzTREKK and a Newcastle Law School graduate (and former OzTREKK student!) David Lotimer will be hosting a webinar for anyone interested in studying law in Australia. Join us to learn more about studying law in Australia!

Guest: Meet law graduate David Lotimer
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Don’t forget to RSVP for this event.

Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

The University of Newcastle is now offering two intakes per year for the Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice program.

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Next intakes: Jan/Feb and June 2018
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution; or other post-secondary qualification from a recognized institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the university.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about studying at Newcastle Law School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Sydney Virtual Fair for international students

Don’t miss the University of Sydney’s virtual fair for international students! This is a great opportunity to chat online with friendly uni staff and have all your questions answered about studying at Australia’s first university.

Sydney Virtual Fair for International Students

Don’t miss Sydney’s Virtual Fair for international students

You can find out about admission requirements, watch video presentations from leading academics and current students, and learn about accommodation, student services and life in Sydney. If you’ve applied to the Sydney Sydney Juris Doctor, you can find out more about the program at 6 p.m. (EDT)!

The fair will run from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 12. No matter where you are in Canada, you can chat with admissions and faculty staff about the university’s huge range of study opportunities and have all your questions answered.

  • Virtual Fair starts – Oct. 12 @ 4 a.m. 
  • Juris Doctor – Oct. 12 @ 6 p.m. (EDT)
  • Received an offer? Get questions answered – Oct. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

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Don’t forget to register!

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Find out more about this upcoming University of Sydney virtual fair! Contact OzTREKK for more information.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

An interview with a Newcastle Law School professor

You’re heading to the University of Newcastle Law School for the 2018 intake? We’d like you to meet one of your professors!

Meet Newcastle Law School Associate Lecturer Sher Campbell, who specializes in Legal Education, Wellness and the Law, Disruptive Innovation and the Legal World, ADR, and Rural Law.

1. How long have you been teaching at Newcastle Law School?

An interview with a Newcastle Law School professor

Sher Campbell at the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2017 (Photo: UON)

Nearly ten years! I started as Dr John Anderson’s research assistant.

2. How would you describe your typical workday?

Dynamic! It’s like having a wonderful conversation with lots of people. That means by interacting in NewSpace, online or in class.

3. What do you find most enjoyable when teaching students?

I enjoy being with students who have so many possibilities and opportunities in their future. I love their refreshing perspectives, intelligence and their curiosity.

4. What are some of your key interests and hobbies?

Travelling and visiting art galleries as much as I can. Why? Art is an inspiration for change.

5. If you were studying law in 2017, what advice would you give to students?

Lucky you are studying at the University of Newcastle! We care about you and our aim is to provide you with the foundations for a long, happy and successful life in law.

The world of legal practice is changing. We regularly hear about new technologies that have the potential to remake long-term approaches to practicing law. You are part of an incredible revolution that is changing all of us in terms of how we function and how we do things. It is important to recognise that we are all a part of a new era that will change the justice sector as a whole.

To make sure that I do not fall by the wayside here, I am working with Law and Psychology researchers at the University of Newcastle and the ANU College of Law to reduce breaching of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) in NSW. We won a pitch tournament as part of the NSW Government Innovation Launch Program securing a grant of $150,000 from NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation to develop a mobile phone application for defendants of ADVOs.

The team is participating in an incubation program run with access to mentors and subject matter experts, education and support, as well as networking opportunities with potential partners and investors. The project will develop a mobile phone application called “Bernie” that will be freely available through lawyers advising respondents in ADVO applications at Newcastle Local Court.

Bernie reinforces practical and legal information given by the lawyers, information that is often forgotten due to heightened anxiety in court. Bernie can be personalised to include appointment reminders and court dates. It also provides useful support contacts, an emergency button for stressful situations, and psycho-social resources.

The team has contracted Mudbath Pty Ltd, a Newcastle-based app developer to develop the app and the program is supported by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Finance Services and Innovation and Justice NSW. This technology journey for a baby-boomer has been wonderful and I have learnt so much. I am sure that you all have ideas about this technological and how it will affect your future in a positive way.

Newcastle Law School Webinar

OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinars

Find out more about the Study Law Abroad webinars!

Think you may be interested in studying law at the University of Newcastle, but would like more particulars about the program and about how you can come back to Canada to practice? OzTREKK and a Newcastle Law School graduate (and former OzTREKK student!) David Lotimer will be hosting a webinar for anyone interested in studying law in Australia. Join us to learn more about studying law in Australia!

Guest: Meet law graduate David Lotimer
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Don’t forget to RSVP for this event.

Newcastle Juris Doctor program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution; or other post-secondary qualification from a recognized institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about studying at Newcastle Law School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Questions about Australian law schools? Don’t miss the OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinars!

If you’re considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Questions about Australian law schools? Don't miss the OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinars!

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming law webinars!

Australian law schools have made a name for themselves in the world rankings arena, many of them placing in the top 50 in the world—and trust us when we say that means something, because there are hundreds of law schools in the world. But studying law in Australia raises a whole new crop of questions: What are the admissions requirements? Do I need the LSAT? What about the NCA exams? What about articling? What happens when I want to practice in Canada?

To help answer these questions and more, OzTREKK has organised three Study Law Abroad webinars.

We know you can’t always attend an in-person seminar, so we’re bringing an Australian law school alum, a current student, and an Australian law school faculty member to you! During the following webinars, you can find out more about what it’s really like to study law in Australia: getting adjusted, campus life, student groups, law program structures, graduating—and of course, practicing in Canada.

OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinar Schedule

Bond University Law School

Guest: Meet current Bond JD student Ryan Fedoruk
Date: October 4, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

University of Newcastle Law School

Guest: Meet law graduate David Lotimer
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Griffith University Law School

Guest: Meet Griffith Law Deputy Head of School Therese Wilson & current student Stephanie Ostrowski (TBC)
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Please be sure to RSVP for one or all of these upcoming webinars!

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If you would like more information about these webinars and about law degrees offered in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com  or call (toll free in Canada) at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

From an inaugural cohort of just 75 students in 1992, Griffith Law School has been recognised as one of Queensland’s most influential law schools while maintaining the university’s unwavering commitment to social justice.

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

Study law at Griffith University, Gold Coast

Dean of Law Professor Pene Mathew said the school can look back with immense pride as it came together to celebrate at the school’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Brisbane’s Victoria Park.

“We had a mere five staff members when we first opened the school in 1992 and our small student intake had access to just the one clinical course which was at the Caxton Community Legal Service.

“Today, our students are exposed to a wide range of clinical courses where they can work with clients and are supervised by lawyers in real world legal situations.”

Ranked in the world top 100 law schools in the latest QS Rankings, Griffith Law School is also recognised as a world leader in the discipline of law in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings).

“The result in 2017 which saw us rank 38th in the world, third in Australia and first in Queensland is spectacular, especially for a school that is only a quarter of a century old,” Professor Mathew said.

The 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner has brought together a who’s who of the legal fraternity both locally and nationally. Senior members of the judiciary and the legal profession were guests with the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC taking the stage as the evening’s Guest Speaker.

A host of Griffith law alumni also attended, keen to share stories from their time at the law school which now teaches across both the university’s Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School‘s three-year graduate Bachelor of Laws program includes Canadian Law courses to prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation exams to certify your Griffith law degree for practice in Canada. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare. You can even attempt the exams on the Gold Coast before returning to Canada.

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

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Do you have any questions regarding Griffith Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

Why do we love our students so much? Because even after they have begun their studies at their Australian university, they are still willing to help new OzTREKKers get settled.

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

OzTREKK Lunch at Hotel CBD

Talk about teamwork—and a testament to how amazing and supportive our students are when it comes to helping others!

On Monday, Sept. 4, our third-semester Bondies recently enjoyed a tour hosted by former OzTREKK students. The new Bond students, who will be studying in the Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy programs, enjoyed an informative campus tour and lunch at Hotel CBD, Varsity Lakes.

Best wishes to all the new Bond University students, and a big thank you to our former OzTREKK students for helping out with the tour!

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure. The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia to provide the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for an occupational therapy career in health management or private practice.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: May and September each year
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)

Juris Doctor (JD)

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years

Bond University Law School
Bond University campus tour
Bond Occupational Therapy School
The Bond campus is impeccable!

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Are you interested in studying at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Monash law students shine at awards night

Monash Law School students Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald were finalists in the Law Student Of The Year category at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

Monash University law students shine at awards night School

Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald (Photo: Monash University)

And a huge win for barrister William Lye, a Monash law graduate and chief examiner of contracts in the Monash JD. William won the national Barrister of the Year award, as well as the prize of prizes—the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award.

Culminating in a glitzy 700-person event in Sydney, the Australian Law Awards recognise the innovative work of firms and individuals in various practice areas, as well as the outstanding achievements of students.

“It was wonderful to be able to celebrate and meet those in the industry who are driving change and positive impact within our profession,” Sophie said. “It was fantastic to represent Monash University.”

“To win the ‘best of the best’ was just amazing,” William said. ”This was a significant honour because I get to set an example for our diverse Australian community.

“To see that a Chinese Australian can make it to the industry’s top—this will inspire a younger generation of Australians, particularly from diverse communities, that they should persist in their goals and never give up.”

In an exciting development, Hannah has also made it to the finals of the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, to be held in October.

Monash University Law School  – Juris Doctor

Monash Law School offers high-quality teaching by leading academics and practitioners who are experts in the teaching of law and legal practice. Additionally, the JD program offers an interactive learning environment, small class sizes and innovative teaching.

The Monash JD program is unique as it allows students to undertake up to six elective units from the extensive Monash Law master’s program once the compulsory units have been completed. This allows students to tailor their degree and choose units that complement their interests and professional aspirations while ensuring graduates are well-rounded professionals with the core skills required to follow a wide range of legal and professional career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply now to Monash Law School!

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Would you like more information about Monash Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.