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Sam Mostyn with Pia Peterson WEvoke customer Sam Mostyn (left) with company founder Pia Peterson

Australia’s first chauffeur-driven Tesla service, Evoke, has surpassed more than one million kilometres of zero-emission motoring by transporting passengers in its electric vehicles.

In reaching this milestone, the Sydney-based company, founded by Pia Peterson in 2015, has offset more than 325,000 kilograms of carbon emissions and avoided burning 130,000 litres of petrol.

As well as keeping the air cleaner, Evoke’s achievement enables many of its corporate customers to claim emission reductions delivered by the sustainable transport service as Scope 3 carbon offsets.

Regular Evoke passenger Sam Mostyn, who sits on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban Group, Mirvac, Citibank Australia, the Climate Council and ClimateWorks Australia, said she was delighted to support Evoke from its early days. “Pia Peterson and her team combine exceptional customer focus with a commitment to zero-emission transport,” she said.

QCamPro founder John Convill: "We are at the start of very strong growth”Global business is booming for an Adelaide-developed smartphone app, QCamPro, that allows subscribers to view and speak through security cameras from their iPhone or Android handsets.

Launched five years ago, QCamPro now counts the US, Germany and China among the countries that have its largest number of customers. More than 17,000 people in 86 countries have downloaded the QCamPro app, which is supported by more than 50 business partners globally. The top five countries in terms of demand are the USA, Australia, Germany, China and Netherlands.

QCamPro founder John Convill launched the QCamPro Monitoring Partner Program in March 2016 at the Mobotix Conference in Miami. The program allows partners to brand the app as their own, let their own customers subscribe to the service to monitor their homes, businesses or equipment.

Yvonne NicolasYvonne Nicolas, the ‘Queen of Adelaide’, has returned home to Adelaide where this week she will launch a 400-page memoir that tracks her life’s journey including.

  • Her early days in Adelaide to strutting her stuff as an international catwalk model.
  • Igniting the Adelaide social scene with the arrival of the Hilton International and the Australian Grand Prix,
  • Being lured to Melbourne by Formula One Grand Prix supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Yvonne's stories in the book take you through her life as a businesswoman, a social influencer before the days of social media, a grieving daughter and sister, brushes with fame and spirituality.

Hugh MackayRenowned Australian social researcher Hugh Mackay will visit Adelaide next week for a church-organised public address at which he will ask why so many people disdain organised religion.

“What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?” asks Mackay in his latest book Beyond Belief. “Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in 10 Australians attend church weekly.”

In a major public lecture to kick off the 2017 Conference of the Australia New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association on Friday, October 20, Mackay will draw on research for his latest book to explore this discrepancy, which he describes as “one of the great unexamined topics of our time”.

Mackay argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever. After the October 20 lecture at the Norwood Town Hall, Hugh Mackay will be available to sign copies of his books.