Unforgettable Brisbane 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final Celebrated with Legacy Artworks


Two significant contemporary Indigenous art murals were unveiled today that were painted as a lasting reminder and legacy of Brisbane hosting the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

Yeronga South Brisbane AFC Juniors President Lachlan Grantley joined artists Birrunga Wiradyuri and Kane Brunjes to unveil one of the legacy art pieces today.

The final touches were made to the mural at the Yeronga South Brisbane Australian Football Club this morning, to add the 2020 Premiers, Richmond Football Club to the piece.

Commissioned by Brisbane Economic Development Agency, artists Birrunga Wiradyuri of the Wiradyuri Nation and Kane Brunjes, a Gunggari, Kabi Kabi man, worked together on the two pieces, called The Journey at Yeronga AFC and The Challenge at Zillmere.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said it was important that Brisbane embraced and celebrated its debut as the host city of the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final and these murals would ensure that legacy was unforgettable.

“Hosting the AFL Grand Final in Brisbane provided an amazing opportunity for residents to experience the excitement and festivities of the game, while also celebrating the city’s diversity and inclusiveness,” Cr Schrinner said.

“These murals at suburban football clubs represent the impact such an event can have for the whole city, including at a grassroots level, and no doubt many of Brisbane’s football fans will talk about the year Brisbane hosted the grand final for some time to come.”

AFL Queensland CEO Dean Warren said the murals were a wonderful legacy for AFL in Queensland.

“This has been a historic and unforgettable year for AFL in our state. To see these incredible artworks capture the moment, forever in time is a wonderful tribute,” Mr Warren said.

“We hope that the murals continue to inspire hundreds of kids across our city and state to believe in their dreams of playing at the highest level, and that anything is possible.

“We would like to thank the Brisbane City Council for its support of such a wonderful initiative.”

The Journey mural at Yeronga AFC tells a chronological and geographic story of the 2020 AFL season featuring crosshatch references to the Indigenous and non-Indigenous players. It reads from left to right articulating the entire AFL season from round one through to the final. It illustrates the winners from each round with all teams honoured for their achievements. Each regular round of the season is depicted by boomerang shaped icons, made up of the winners of each round as well as referencing the past and present Indigenous players, their families and communities who are massive supporters of the AFL. Richmond Football Club feature in the final aspect of the piece with the Premiership Cup aptly positioned at the very end of the Mural. 

The Challenge mural at Zillmere depicts the obstacles of the 2020 Toyota AFL Season. It features an AFL Football with goal posts on either side, the full roster of AFL teams and features the 2020 Premiers including the prestigious Premiership Cup. The goal posts are painted as spears to honour all of our First Nations families and communities being represented across the nation in the AFL. 

The title of both murals was inspired by the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final’s marketing campaign, BELIEVE IN THE UNBELIEVABLE, very relevant given the challenges of 2020.

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About the Mural: The Journey, Yeronga AFC

  • Each regular round of the season is depicted by a boomerang shaped icon made up of the winners of each round as well as referencing the past and present Indigenous players, their families and communities who are massive supporters of the AFL.
  • There were 2 x draws during the season which are featured with both team’s side by side in the apex area of the boomerangs. Some Boomerangs are different shapes which is referencing the many different types of Boomerangs within the Indigenous culture as well as accounting for the byes in each round.
  • The first two rounds are followed by a gap in which sits an icon representing the onset of social distancing and lockdown measures due to COVID-19 which stopped the season dead in its tracks.
  • The QLD icon denotes the move of the AFL as a whole to QLD to be able to reignite the competition and get on with the season. From there the Boomerangs denote rounds 3 through to 18 where the iconography changes and simply shows all the teams who played their way into the finals through to the two teams featured in the Grand Final.
  • The Premiership trophy at the very end of the wall has a significant increase in the gap between the finals rounds which are closer to show the intensity of the finals.
  • Richmond Football Club has been placed next to the cup and is shown larger than the rest of the teams in the preceding iconography.
  • The title is fitting to tell the story of not only the 2020 AFL season but to have an AFL Grand Final played at the Gabba!

About the Mural: The Challenge, Zillmere AFC

  • This is a statement piece featuring simplistic iconography that tells the story of the challenge and duress for the players and their families during the COVID-19 impacted 2020 AFL season.
  • An AFL football features in the centre of the work set over a wide-open space with goal posts behind it and on either side.
  • A boomerang featuring nine of the 18 AFL teams is on either side of the football with the 2020 AFL Toyota Grand Final teams featured in the apex of each boomerang. The boomerang shaped icon references the past and present Indigenous players, their families and communities who are massive supporters of the AFL.
  • The composition of the work is slightly asymmetric in reference to the 2020 season being a bit out of shape.
  • The football shows extreme wear and tear and features some jagged markings to reference the COVID-19 impact on the players and their families.
  • The colour of the ball and the markings on the ball are deliberately hot and work well in all light. This is reference to the determination of the AFL and the players to ensure the 2020 AFL season went ahead, though with some challenges and pressure.
  • The Premiership Cup is put deliberately in front of the football to denote it as the foremost pursuit of the season.
  • Richmond Football Club is featured on the opposite side of the football, again prominently positioned in front of the football to honour the achievement of the premiership winning team.
  • The 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final, ‘BELIEVE IN THE UNBELIEVABLE’ features in the foreground of the work to reference the achievement of a full AFL season despite COVID-19 as well as the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final that was played at the Gabba.

ARTIST 1: Birrunga Wiradyuri

Birrunga Wiradyuri is a man of the Wiradyuri Nation and the founder and principal artist of the multi award Birrunga Gallery & Dining. He is dedicated to fulfilling his Cultural responsibilities, following, and practicing the central Wiradyuri law of Yindyamarra: to do something slowly, to respect, to be gentle, to be polite, to honour. A path he readily acknowledges challenge him to grow daily.

 

ARTIST 2: Kane Brunjes

Kane Brunjes is a Gunggari, Kabi Kabi man practicing in both public and gallery realms. Through his art practice Brunjes aims to solidify and represent a visual portrayal of how he views and reacts to the environment surrounding him with consideration to history and story. Now working exclusively with Birrunga Gallery he continues to develop these core foundations with a guided lens of expertise. Brunjes is the inaugural participant in Birrunga Gallery’s 3-year Cultural Creative Residential program.

 

About Yeronga:

  • Yeronga was derived from the aboriginal word yerongpa meaning ‘sandy place’  
  • Extensive history of Yeronga began with the Aboriginal Jagera tribe.
  • The two main tribes in Brisbane are Jagera and Turrbal.
  • In the 2016 ABS Census, there were 6,535 people in Yeronga (State Suburbs). Of these 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.0% of the population. The median age of people in Yeronga (State Suburbs) was 36 years.

About Zillmere:

  • The name Zillmere derives from German dialects.
  • The Turrbal people occupied the region north of Brisbane River, including the area covered by Zillmere
  • In the 2016 ABS Census, there were 8,967 people in Zillmere (State Suburbs). Of these 49.4% were male and 50.6% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.2% of the population. The median age of people in Zillmere (State Suburbs) was 33 years.





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Queensland Nominees for the 2020 Toyota AFL National Volunteer Awards


The Toyota AFL National Volunteer Awards recognise outstanding volunteer contributions across nine categories.  We celebrate the Queensland nominees below in each of these categories. Thank you to these incredible volunteers and to everyone else in Queensland who generously donate their time to help make the game in Queensland an incredible success.

 

Queensland Community Volunteer – Taylah Pringle

A truly selfless servant of the game, Taylah always puts others and her club first. She takes on multiple volunteer roles every year, a commitment she has shown since she was a junior player.

As Captain of the Panthers women’s team, and club Vice President, she is an outstanding role model for young women in AFL. She has led her team to their inaugural premiership in 2018, all while developing and implementing the Rockhampton Panthers Mission statement and vision.

Since completing school Taylah has pursued studies in Sports Medicine. She now shares her experience as Trainer every Saturday for the Under 13, Under 14 and Under 17 teams, whilst maintaining her other official volunteer and playing commitments.

Supporting the broader Rockhampton community, Taylah has played a major role in the introduction of the Cystic Fibrosis Round with the Glenmore Football Club. This initiative has now evolved into a Charity Ball between both the Rockhampton Panthers and Glenmore Bulls, that has raised in excess of $12,000 for those in need. In all the total now sits at $30,000

While Taylah’s dedication to the Panthers alone makes her a worthy recipient of our Queensland volunteer of the year nomination, her passion for growing female football extends well beyond her own club. She played a major role in promoting youth girls’ football in 2018, leading to the establishment of a competition in 2019. 60+ girls now participate in the Capricornia regions youth girl’s competition, due largely to the determination of Taylah in establishing the competition. This in the heart of Rugby League territory.

Within the Capricornia youth girl’s competition Taylah now coaches her own team, while also playing the role of mentor to many young women involved in the game.

 

Queensland Auskick Volunteer –  Rob Cray

2019 is the first year Rob took the lead as the Auskick coordinator for Kedron.  His enthusiasm and drive for the development of the game encouraged others to get involved with the club.  Rob places an enormous emphasis on other volunteers to ensure they enjoy the experience and have the resources to deliver the program successfully for the participants. After only one week, Rob also began leading the Kids Squad members, owning and driving the Auskick program for Kedron with huge success. He is extremely well respected in the footy community and has a positive effect on all involved.

Volunteering is a passion of Rob’s. It comes naturally to him and is something he gets great satisfaction from. Rob wants to progress the game and understands the importance of providing a positive and enjoyable experience for participants and other volunteers at grassroots footy. He understands that through his role with the Auskick program, has the opportunity to provide a high level experience for participants starting their footy journey. Rob is an advocate for the Auskick program and works extremely hard to ensure the Club sustains is position as an Auskick powerhouse in Queensland. The highlight for Rob is simply seeing the kids and their parents getting involved and having fun playing footy. He enjoys being in a position to positively influence the experience of Auskick participants.  Rob always ensures he is on time and well organised. This means that the kids can get straight into the program when they arrive and are always engaged. He is extremely well liked by the kids and always makes sure every participant walks away after each session wanting to come back. He is exceptional at varying the activities and games each session so the kids feel like they are learning something new every week.

Rob understands the importance of building strong relationships with local schools. He has successfully promoted Auskick to schools around the Kedron area to boost Auskick numbers and has also joined forces with 2 other local clubs to ensure participants have a ‘next play’ option. This initiative has significantly boosted transition numbers in the local footy community.

 

Queensland Diversity Volunteer – Kelly Barron

Kelly was the key driver after meeting with Meg Pullinger (AFLQ) to discuss how we (AFLQ) could engaged 15-25yrs from a diverse background.

Kelly along with Meg developed an 8 week program that introduced over 90 male and females aged 15-25 years old to Australian Football. The program covered such topics as basic skills, umpiring, match play and will be taking a group of the 30 most high engaged students to watch the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba towards the end of the 2019 season.

This program has introduced 90 new people to Australian Football and has seen a large majority want to either take up playing or umpiring footy. A great feel good story and one that opens up new opportunities for recruitment across both playing and officiating.

 

Queensland Disability Inclusion Volunteer – Cheryl Haack

Cheryl Haack has held various roles on the committees of Gold Coast Recreation & Sport, Special Olympics Gold Coast and Special Olympics Queensland for in excess of 10 years. Many families and athletes have benefited from her drive, passion and commitment to provide opportunities for people with disabilities. In more recent years through Gold Coast Recreation and Sports involving with the AFL, Cheryl has been heavily involved in support of the QLD AFL Inclusion Team.
Cheryl has been involved since the start of the program 5 years ago, providing her expertise in welfare and player management while away at the National Inclusion carnival and helping AFLQ develop the below list of procedures that we consider vital to the success of our State inclusion program.

 

Queensland Junior Coach Volunteer – Wayne Poole

Wayne Poole has been a leader at the Jindalee Jags for over 16 years. He has held numerous roles from volunteering, stepping up to be the President, taking up the role as Coach Coordinator through to his greatest love coaching.

Wayne first completed his coaching accreditation in 2003. This year he coached the Under 12’s and was challenged by having his team play in the Division 1 McDonalds Cup despite his team more likely being more competitive in Division 2. There was some unrest from the players parents feeling the challenge was to great. Along the way they had some big defeats. It was challenging managing the parent’s expectations, but he did not shy away from communicating with them.

Despite this Wayne made the training and match program enjoyable for his players. He set out to ensure they all felt a sense of belonging to the club, concentrating on developing skills, building relationships between players and setting problem solving ‘game sense’ challenges for them along the way. After splitting the competition in half for the finals Wayne’s team was beaten in the last round by 150 points. Again, the parents were concerned for their kids and wanted to forfeit from the finals to save any embarrassment. One of the parents said let’s ask the kids what they would like to do. They all wanted to play and experience playing in finals and despite the results they were having fun. The following week Wayne’s team, the Jindalee Jags U12 side, won by 8 goals. All the hard work was starting to pay off. The AFL Brisbane Juniors have had so much feedback from other coaches on the positivity of Wayne program and how he interacts with his players.

 

Queensland Senior Coach Volunteer – Mark Wallin

The success of the Yeppoon Swans Senior group over the past five years speaks for itself regarding Mark’s ability to lead a Senior Team. Mark along with his club committee built a strong club from their junior program with a lot of the players having started in the Under 8’s.

Under Mark’s leadership the Swans have collected four Premierships and a Queensland state record of 66 games undefeated. Mark’s ability to get his squad back on the field each year and buy in to do the hard yards together in the off-season is credit to his and the team’s success. The regional success of Mark was further exemplified this year with his selection on the Coaching Staff of the North Queensland Senior Men’s Representative team.

Mark consistently attends coach AFL education sessions in a bid to improve his coaching and lead his players. Mark has also been inspired to raise money to Fight MND by setting up his own page. Thus far having raised $1,500. Each year Mark looks to nurture the Swans youth players into the senior team.

In all Mark has a great ability to lead young men, role model his behavior and has a great understanding of the importance community connection and contribution with his football club and players.

 

Queensland Community Primary School Coach Volunteer – Kurt Gislingham

Kurt ensures that his school is actively participating in AFL. His efforts have seen Gave State School participate in Auskick. Footy Frenzies, Everyone Matters – our year 4 curriculum program, as well as enter 1 primary female and 2 primary male teams into the AFLQ Schools Cup this year.

Kurt also coordinates an exceptional inter-school AFL competition. Kurt’s comms are outstanding,
ensuring a well-run, enjoyable competition for all schools involved. In 2018 Gaven State School became State Champions after they won the Primary Male Division of the AFLQ Schools Cup and this year, their primary male team has once again made Finals as regional winners of the Gold Coast North qualifiers.

 

Queensland Community Senior School Coach Volunteer – Andrew Grubba

Andrew has actively promoted AFL to all students under his care by securing staff from AFLQ to come into the college to run sessions with sessions with the students as part of the teaching of the HPE curriculum. This promotion of AFL enabled the college to enter two teams in the AFLQ Schools Cup for the first time in 2018, with the college’s year 4-6 girl’s team finishing 3rd in the state and the boy’s year 4-6 team finishing as runners up in the regional stage of the competition. To build on this success and to ensure even more students had an opportunity to experience Australian Rules Football and the benefits of physical activity in general, Andrew established the AFL Academy at the college at the start of 2019.

There are currently close to 350 students now part of the academy program. As a result, the college entered 15 teams in this year’s AFLQ Schools Cup, including an Under 15 Male Inclusion team. This amount of interest in AFL at the college is solely down Andrew’s passion, dedication and
determination to ensure the students at the college benefit physically, mentally and socially from
the inclusive nature of AFL. Andrew also won the “Student’s Choice – Teacher of the Year” Award, proving how much his student’s appreciate his passion and dedication.

 

Queensland Community Umpiring Service Volunteer – Luca Bisogni

Luca committed to the Co coaching role of the Brisbane Junior competition in 2019 along with his field umpiring pursuits in the QAFL. This required a commitment of 3 nights per week for the season as well as countless coaches meetings and other nights on the phone organising weekly appointments.
Luca made time to make himself known to the football operations staff in the office and his drive to improve the culture in the juniors space was evident to all with his action plans and team engagement.

To further prove Luca’s commitment, he recently formally met with AFLQ staff to present a list of findings from 2019 as well as recommendations for the junior space in 2020. This shows he wants to identify deficiencies as well as be part of the solution to change our community landscape.
The AFLQ Umpiring department first met Luca in 2014 when the number 2 heritage list umpire was inducted to the inaugural year of the revamped State Umpiring Academy. Luca spent two years on the panel whilst commuting from northern NSW and after graduating in 2016 returned to umpire a year of local football and commence a role as Development Coordinator for AFL Queensland. In 2018 Luca decided to return to the High Performance group where he has consistently umpired as well as giving back to the State Umpiring program in a mentorship capacity. Luca demonstrates the values required to retain a vast array of umpiring types hence receiving our nomination.

National Award Winners Press Release: https://www.afl.com.au/news/520763

 





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Toyota named top ESG brand in Japan survey


TOKYO — Toyota Motor recently topped a survey of corporate brands in Japan with regard to their environmental, social and governance, or ESG, policy.

The survey, conducted from May 25 to June 30 by Nikkei Business Publications, found Toyota in the top spot overall, ahead of beverage maker Suntory Holdings and supermarket operator Aeon.

The poll was the first of its kind by the Nikkei group company and designed to present a snapshot of how consumers and businesspeople view companies and brands in terms of their ESG activities. Toyota was rated especially highly for its leadership in corporate governance and innovation. The automaker ranked first in the social, governance and integrity categories, and second in the environmental category.

“We are very happy to receive high ratings, but we have just started working on ESG programs,” said Yumi Otsuka, deputy chief sustainability officer at Toyota.

The online survey covered 560 corporate brands in Japan. There were 21,000 valid responses.

Suntory, which came in second in the overall ranking, scored well on environmental issues, specifically its work in biodiversity and nature conservation. Respondents mentioned the company’s motto: “Live with water” in citing the company’s environmental work.

Aeon, which came in third overall, was the only retailer in the top 10. The company was highly rated in the environmental and social categories. Its long-standing policies, such as charging customers for plastic bags before that became compulsory, have burnished its image. Aeon also drew praise for being quick to sell sustainable seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and other bodies.

Taking a closer look at the survey’s top performer, Toyota ranked first in four of 12 environmental areas, including “making efforts to address climate change” and “making efforts to save energy.” In the social category, the company topped the list in six of 12 areas, including “paying attention to the safety and health of employees, such as by preventing industrial accidents,” and “paying attention to product safety.”

In governance, the automaker was the highest rated company in all 12 areas, including “top management is keenly aware of governance.” In integrity, it ranked first in five of nine areas, including “contributing to the creation of a better society and the achievement of the [United Nations’] Sustainable Development Goals,” and “thinking of future generations while managing the business.”

Although it was No. 1 in many areas, it fared less well in others. Many peopled rated the company lower on “discrimination against nonregular workers and minorities in the workplace,” where the automaker came in second. In gender equality it was rated third for being “less positive about employing women and appointing few women to executive positions.”

Toyota has few women in senior roles. Only 2.5% its managers were women in 2019. The company has pledged by fiscal 2025 to quadruple the number of female managers from about 100 in fiscal 2014, and to raise it fivefold by fiscal 2030.

“We recognize the issue [of promoting women] as our most important task,” said Otsuka. “Although our targets are still not high, we want to create an environment in the company that allows women to make full use of their abilities.”

Toyota is also working on the issue of foreign hires in Japan. “We recognize that there are problems regarding foreign workers in auto manufacturing as a whole, and conducted a survey of foreign occupational trainees, including those in our supply chain, starting last year and into this year,” said Hideaki Saito, project general manager at Toyota’s sustainability management department. “We have also begun working to reduce trainee placement fees by conferring with trainee-sending agencies in Vietnam and management groups in Japan.”


A Lexus LF-30, an electric concept car, is displayed at this year’s Beijing auto show: Toyota has sold more than 10 million eco-friendly vehicles worldwide.

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The survey’s comment section reveals Toyota’s strength in ESG activities, with three words coming up frequently.

The first is “eco-cars,” such as electric and hybrid vehicles. Toyota has sold more than 10 million eco-cars worldwide, led by its well-known Prius compact. The automaker unveiled an electric vehicle, the Lexus UX300e, at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China, last November, and is now selling the luxury model in China and Europe. The car will be introduced in Japan in the first half of next year.

The second term frequently mentioned by commenters was “smart city.” This appears to be a reference to Woven City, an experimental “connected city” Toyota plans to build in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, at the foot of Mount Fuji. At the CES convention held in the U.S. city of Las Vegas in January, the company announced plans to build a model city. The announcement received a lot of media coverage in Japan.

Third, many respondents referred to the company’s “top [management].” Many businesspeople have a favorable opinion of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, appreciating the way he presents corporate results and company policies at news conferences.

In an earnings announcement in May, Toyoda revealed that the carmaker expects an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.74 billion) for the current fiscal year ending in March 2021. He also declared that his mission was “to nurture empathy among workers,” and “to work on the SDGs in earnest.”

Toyota has begun reorganizing to promote sustainability, setting up a sustainability management department in June last year. In February this year, it created the positions of chief sustainability officer and deputy chief sustainability officer. These officers are charged with promoting ESG activities.


Toyota is undertaking a smart city project in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, seen here in this artist’s rendering.

Toyota has also stepped up disclosures. While many companies issue corporate sustainability reports annually, the carmaker now updates its Sustainability Data Book on its website whenever there is important new data. The online report has already been updated three times this year.

Toyota has also begun reforms to its work processes and human resources development. The company is known for its kaizen system of continuous improvement at its factories. Since the coronavirus outbreak, it has started working to improve the productivity of office staff as well. “We are working on kaizen across the company, with employees being encouraged to sort their work into three categories: stop, change and continue,” said Saito.

One area where Toyota was rated markedly higher than other companies surveyed was in “paying attention to product safety.” This may reflect the company’s announcement in June of a new vehicle safety technology.

Toyota said it will make its Thums injury analysis software freely available from January 2021. The software allows computer analysis of injuries caused by car crashes, using various models of different genders, ages and physiques. The company will offer the technology, which it says will enhance vehicle safety around the world.





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Toyota, Hitachi & JR East To Develop Fuel Cell For Railway Vehicles 


The companies plan on starting testing by March 2022 on the JR East Tsurumi Line, Nambu Line, amongst others that haven’t been disclosed.

It seems like many Japanese companies are in a bit of rush to accelerate the transition to clean and renewable energy. Only last week Honda announced that it was leaving F1 at the end of 2021 in a bid to go fully carbon neutral by 2050, now Toyota, Hitachi and JR East have formed a coalition to develop railway vehicles which are based on fuel cells – powered by hydrogen. 

From a broader point of view, the idea is to develop hybrid test vehicles that are based on fuel cells. JR East brings its expertise in railway vehicles while Toyota brings its expertise from the automotive sector while Hitachi’s technology for developing hybrid drive systems with JR East is already quite well known. Toyota’s work in this space is also quite important since it was behind the SORA fuel cell bus. Together the three will make a system that has high-output control that is necessary for driving railway vehicles.

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Toyota and Hitachi are making the hybrid technology

If one looks at the vehicle they are developing for testing – the FV-E991 – then it is basically a train configuration with two cars in one unit. The hydrogen is filled using the fuel cell and undergoes a chemical reaction with the oxygen in the air to generate electricity. This electricity is stored in a battery which is also charged by the electric power generated by the fuel cell and also by capturing the energy from the regenerative braking. 

“The hybrid drive system supplies the electric power to the traction motors from both the fuel cell device and the main circuit storage battery, controlling the movement of the wheels. Toyota will develop the fuel cell device and Hitachi will develop the hybrid drive system,” the companies said in a statement. 

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The train will be tested in March 2022

The trains will also have a unique design to symbolise their environmentally friendly nature. It is said to be designed with a blue splash pattern “to represent the moistening of the earth and symbolize water generated from the chemical reaction in the fuel cells as a motif, the railway vehicle design conveys both a sense of speed.” 

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Aliro to regenerate Toyota site to new employment hub


The Aliro project is one of many developments in the Sutherland Shire which also includes the Woolooware Bay Town Centre by developers Aoyuan International and Capital Bluestone. That includes new commercial suites, to cater for more people who are opting to work closer to home.

Aliro’s chief executive Daniel Wise, said Aliro had been fielding strong interest from a range of leading global and national brands keen to secure a position on the 12.4 hectare site.

These have come from a range of uses including logistics, education, corporate office, recreational, food and beverage and multiple film production studios.

“The estate will create a strong employment hub within the Shire,” Mr Wise said.

“Importantly, the creation of this significant employment hub will provide an opportunity for businesses to attract and retain a mix of different local skills.”

The estate will create a strong employment hub within the Shire

Aliro CEO Daniel Wise

Mr Wise said that given the scale and strategic location of the site, it represented a generational and industry-creating opportunity to secure significant international investment for Sydney and NSW.

“Together with the appropriate government support and investment, we anticipate creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs upon completion. This comes at a critical time for NSW and the community, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Wise said.

“We are currently scoping possibilities for the future of the site, however, local jobs are a key focus. The great thing about this iconic site is that the possibilities are endless.”

Mr Wise said the scale of the site, including the potential for adaptive reuse of the existing buildings, provided the opportunity to deliver more jobs and amenity for the Shire community.

Mr Wise said Aliro would work closely with the the council, government, local business and the community to deliver an “outstanding” result for the site and the Shire.

“To ensure the site achieves its maximum potential we will be looking for government to support critical and important transport infrastructure investment to and around the site to ensure safe and effective access and traffic flow for occupants, business and the surrounding community,” he said.

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SoftBank and Toyota want driverless cars to change the world


SoftBank and Toyota want to change the world of transportation through autonomous vehicles and other technologies.

The high-profile Japanese companies are forming a joint venture called Monet to develop businesses that will use driverless-car technology to offer new services, such as mobile convenience stores and delivery vehicles in which food is prepared en route.

SoftBank (SFTBF) will own just over half of Monet, while Toyota (TM) will hold the rest.

The new company’s name isn’t a reference to Claude Monet, the famous French painter, but rather a shortened version of the words “mobility network.”

Toyota President Akio Toyoda and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son attended the announcement of the project Thursday in Tokyo, a rare joint appearance by the heads of two of Japan’s biggest global companies.

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SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Toyota President Akio Toyoda in Tokyo on Thursday.

Toyota first approached SoftBank with the idea of creating a Japanese alliance to try to catch up with global rivals that are developing autonomous driving tech.

Around the world, top carmakers and tech companies like Google’s parent, Alphabet (GOOGL), and China’s Baidu (BIDU) are pouring resources into self-driving vehicles.

Driverless vehicles have the potential to cause huge disruption in the auto industry and are also likely to transform the ride-hailing business.

Son, SoftBank’s billionaire founder, presides over a sprawling empire of artificial intelligence companies, internet businesses and ride-hailing startups, which can collect huge amounts of data on traffic patterns, passengers’ requests and other transportation trends.

The new venture taps into SoftBank’s advantages in tech and data, and Toyota’s vehicle-manufacturing expertise. Its aims include developing ways to tackle problems created by Japan’s rapidly aging society and shrinking workforce.

Over the next decade, Monet plans to roll out services like self-driving buses that can drive the elderly to grocery stores, hospital shuttles where medical exams can be done on board, and mobile offices. It will focus initially on Japan with a view to expanding globally.

SoftBank has already put money into autonomous driving. Its $100 billion tech-focused Vision Fund committed $2.3 billion to General Motors’ self-driving car unit GM Cruise earlier this year.

On Wednesday, another top Japanese company, Honda (HMC), said it would also invest $2.8 billion in GM Cruise.

Toyota has started pumping resources into driverless cars.

It set up a new company in March dedicated to the research and development of self-driving vehicles, with plans to invest $2.8 billion to develop a commercially viable autonomous car.

Both SoftBank and Toyota have invested in or partnered with some of the world’s biggest ride-hailing startups including Uber, China’s Didi Chuxing and Singapore-based Grab.

The new SoftBank-Toyota venture shows how relations between automakers and tech companies have shifted.

Twenty years ago, Son approached Toyota with the idea of connecting the company’s Japanese dealerships on the internet. But Toyoda turned him down.

Back then, Son said, SoftBank was a small company reaching out to the “giant rock” of Toyota. Today, it’s the carmaker that’s asking him for help.

— CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (Hong Kong) First published October 4, 2018: 1:32 AM ET



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