Our other business Harleys Educational is the largest most trusted Educational Supplier in North Queensland.  And we're excited to announce they have teamed up with Staedtler to give away a car worth $36,000.

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Fresh from winning the 2012 CREATIVE ARTS CATEGORY in the World Wildlife Fund Earth Hour Awards in New South Wales, GhostNets Australia have continued to impress.

The GhostNets Australia documentary, "The Young Boy and the Ghost Net" (which was previously selected from numerous video submissions, as one of only nine international documentaries to be highlighted at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) Movie Night in Hawaii March 2011) is now going into the Rochefort Film Festival in France and another at Saint-Tropez!

The film was also translated into French and shown at an exhibition in Paris last year. Magnifique!

Those that were lucky enough to see the 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse from Cairns this morning, would have seen something a bit like this.

Far out, what a week we’ve had. The highlight was definitely filming for Tourism Australia for the launch of their campaign "best jobs in the world''.

Tourism Australia has teamed up with industry and State and Territory tourism partners in a new $4million campaign targeting the international youth market – a segment which last year contributed a whopping $12 billion in tourism spending. The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP  flew into Cairns to launch the campaign.

On Wednesday 9th of January 2013, category 3 severe tropical cyclone Narelle came close to WA's north-west coast creating a spectacular natural event; a wall of dust and water. Check out these amazing pictures that were captured. You can read more in the article from WA Today.

On Wednesday morning (the 14th of November) Far North Queensland was treated to a once in a lifetime spectacle: a Total Solar Eclipse. Bright and early that morning Visual Obsession, Empire Entertainment, Dentsu Japan and Panasonic Japan began preparations to live stream the Eclipse using state of the art astrophotography equipment from 4 Mile Beach, Port Douglas. An estimated 30,000 spectators lined the beach from various hotels that back onto the popular tourist strip of beach, with the Sheraton Mirage Eclipse Eve Party taking place the night before. A second location setup was also organized at Fitzroy Island - to ensure maximum visibility, and also to provide a fallback for any weather conditions that may plague the visibility of the sun.

Facebook is growing.

I don't just mean its number of monthly active users (which is now over 1 billion people), I'm talking about Facebook as a company. They are growing and maturing in ways that are great news for advertisers and small business owners. With the recent much-publicised IPO, many investors voiced concerns about Facebook's ability to monetise and Facebook has responded by putting serious effort into attracting advertisers from both ends of the spectrum, from big brands to small business.

What does that mean for Australian small business owners? It means initiatives like the Facebook Small Business Bootcamp.

Cairns was selected to host the very first Small Business Bootcamp, run by Facebook on Friday at the Rydges Tradewinds. I was asked by Facebook to present sessions in two of the seven speaking slots, one on "How to create a Facebook Ad campaign for your business", and another on "How to sell products and services on Facebook".

We drove up to Mt Carbine north west of Cairns to carry out some 3G network tests and document the rising sun. Why would we do that!! Panasonic Japan have contracted Empire Entertainment who in turn have contracted Visual Obsession to track, film and stream (on the internet) the Total Eclipse of the Sun on the 14th of November 2012.

GhostNets Australia are certainly on a winning streak. Just to add to their growing list of environmental, design and film awards, GhostNets Australia have recently been awarded the 2012 Sustainable Ocean Innovation Award for their work in northern Australia, competing with applications from the US, Canada, Philippines, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, and the UK.

Congratulations Bob and the Unity Team, it's a pleasure working with you.

(The Visual Obsession Crew)

With a clear win for the mayoral position in Cairns, Mr Manning and six of his Unity team are set to join council ranks. Visual Obsession is proud to have assisted with this successful campaign by delivering their message throughout the campaign with the use of online and print media.