February, 2009  

Welcome to the February issue of the Advance Global Newsletter. Please forward this newsletter on to anyone you think would like to connect with Advance.
1. Message from the CEO
 2. Victorian Bushfire Information
3. Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal
4. Advance Asia 50 Summit: The Few are Selected
1. Message from the CEO
The only thing that seems important to write to our diaspora about this month is the devastating bushfires in Victoria and floods in Queensland, which have made headlines around the globe. Many Australians and friends from around the world have shown a great desire and willingness to assist in any way they can. [More...]
2. Victorian Bushfire Information
With record temperatures in Victoria over the past week, bushfires have swept across the state in the worst fires in Victoria's history. The death toll stands at more than 180 and many more Victorians have lost everything they own. [More...]
3. Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal
The Queensland Premier has launched a Disaster Relief Appeal to help people affected by the flooding in North and North West Queensland. The damage bill is estimated at $142 million. [Donate...]
4. Advance Asia 50 Summit Selections
The lengthy 'Asia 50' selection process drew to a close and invitations were sent to the select few who fit the bill as established and emerging Australian leaders. [More...]

5. 2009 Australian Innovator of the Year
ImpediMed, representing the State of Queensland, was named winner of the 2009 Australian Innovation Shoot Out following a six-state competition. [More...]  

6. Think Global, Act Local
Advance Members attended the free screening of the Australian documentary, The Third Wave, followed by a panel session with director, Alison Thompson, producer, Oscar Gubernati and Melissa Bieri, NY Cares and Daphne Casey, UN Development Programme.[More...]
7. Advance Job Board
Have you had a chance to view this month’s Advance job board postings? There are positions listed in San Francisco and Los Angeles:

Investment Manager, Invest Victoria
Winery Field Sales Manager, Robert Oatley Vineyards

8. UK book launch - A Town Like Paris
 More than 130 eager Advance Members packed into Daunt Books on London's Marylebone High Street for the UK launch of Bryce Corbett's soon to be literary classic 'A Town Like Paris'. Bryce is an Australian journalist who has been living and working in Paris since 2000. [More...]

Upcoming Events

Tue 17 February
Bushfire Fundraiser

Tue 17 February
Thu 26 February
New York:
Sat 14 February
Victorian Bushfire Fundraiser

Wed 18 March

Mon 30 - Tue 31 March
* View Other Australian Events taking place around the globe.

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