Social media basics for your business – using Facebook and Instagram

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We use Facebook and Instagram for our business promotion and also to keep up with the latest trends to help our local, small business clients.

While we aren’t declaring ourselves gurus when it comes to the socials, we’d like to help out and share some of the special sauce that keeps our accounts vibrant and relevant.

In light of this, we’d like to present the following freebies to our local community of small business owners and employees – feel free to message us with success stories or point out where you think that we are wrong!

OK, let’s get started with the tips.

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Infographic time! Absurd rules from NBNCo

It is pretty well known that we deal with a lot in Fixed Wireless (FW) and Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technologies. We have experience in Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) as well and try to get anyone that can away from Satellite (Sat or SkyMuster) if we can.

We’ve even been accredited as NBN Business Advisors due to our training and commitment to getting people connected.

But sometimes the rules don’t make sense… <shakes head slowly>


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Proposed NBN Fixed Wireless North Clare tower application

NBN Fixed Wireless Clare tower coverage - NAR DesignDo you live outside of the town boundary of Clare and have been struggling for decent internet? NBN have an application in with council that needs your support. This includes the areas of Armagh, Stanley Flat, Spring Gully, Emu Flat, Neagles Rock and Spring Farm.

The proposal at 29 Government Road (off Blyth Road), Armagh is ideally suited to meeting the required nbn radio coverage and service levels, whilst minimising the impact on the surrounding landscape as a carefully sited slimline monopole.

Before the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council DAP makes a decision on the Application, Council will consider all submissions on the proposal. Our consultants at Aurecon have only recently been advised by Council that advertising of the application commenced on 12th August and will finish on 26th August (this Friday).

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NBN info session at the Rising Sun hotel with NAR Design and Aussie Broadband

NAR Design and Aussie Broadband at the Rising Sun Auburn 25-9-2015Do you want to know more about the National Broadband Network (NBN)?

NAR Design will join Aussie Broadband at the Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn on Friday the 25th of September 2015 between one and five in the afternoon for an informal afternoon Q&A session and you are welcome to come along and ask questions, check your address and sign up.

Fixed wireless towers have recently gone live in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys in South Australia between Watervale and Tarlee, including Leasingham, Auburn, Undayla, around Saddleworth, Rhynie, Riverton, Giles Corner and Tarlee with a tower at Owen servicing Alma. NBN Fixed wireles offers speeds of 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload with the promise of 50/20Mbps before the end of the year.

The NBN install is free for standard installs and if you sign up on a 24 month contact Aussie Broadband will provide a preconfigured wireless router for free as well.

These speeds come with cost effective quotas and you can choose whether you still need your landline, migrate the number to an internet service (VOIP) or do without and save.

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NBN Roadshow coming to Clare 30th July

NBNRoadshow at ClareThe NBN (National Broadband Network) is a nation building project to provide a superfast broadband connection to all premises in Australia at an equitable cost.

When complete, 93% of Australian premises will have an optical fibre connection that allows a range of speeds and plans into the foreseeable future. The remaining 7% will connect via either fixed wireless or satellite but all users will have access to the same ongoing costs and plans.

There are great benefits to the nation to provide such a wholesale solution. Locally, the Clare region will see a vast improvement in both access costs and connection speed leading to benefits for business, education, health, agriculture and more.

NAR Design provides a range of services that will be impacted by the NBN and would like to help promote information on the rollout to our community.
The NBN Roadshow will be in Clare on the 30th of July 2013 at the Clare Sports Centre providing information and answering questions on the NBN and the rollout. You can register here.

NAR Design does Movember

NAR Design does Movember - donate now!

It’s Movember and time to focus on men’s health. To show our commitment, Rob is donating his face to the cause by growing a moustache for the entire month of November, and need your support. Rob’s Mo will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for prostate cancer and male mental health.

I’m asking you to support my Movember efforts by making a donation by either:

  • Donating online at:
  • Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember’, referencing my Registration ID: 5230753 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 60, East Melbourne, VIC, 8002

If you’d like to find out more about the type of work you’d be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website:
Thank you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men’s health.

Rob Mader

Unity walk for Parkinson’s in the Mid North 28th October

Parkinson’s SA Inc (PSA), a not for profit organisation, is dedicated to supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease and their carers.

‘The Unity Walk for Parkinson’s in the Mid North’ is to be held next Sunday, 28th October, on the Clare Oval commencing at 11:00am, with registration and warm up sessions from 9:30am onwards.

This event will be the first time a Unity Walk for Parkinson’s has been held outside a capital city in Australia so PSA is very keen for it to be a huge success. There are approximately 6500 Parkinson’s disease sufferers in South Australia and a disproportionate number of these live in rural areas.  This is believed to be a result of the farming community’s exposure to pesticides and weedicides which are known to be a factor in the cause of Parkinson’s.

More information on PSA is available at:

More information on the walk and online registration is available at:

Download the Unity Walk 2012 CLARE Brochure

Make a Brighter Christmas for Locals

A Brighter Christmas NAR Designs Country Business MumsIt’s Anti-Poverty Week this week and NAR Design’s Country Business Mums group has decided to ’Make a Brighter Christmas for Locals’ by donating gifts and non-perishable food items to people in need in our community with the help of local charity organisations.

Making a Brighter Christmas is open to all members of the community and we encourage as many people as possible to participate so please download the flyer to forward onto your contacts.


Ideas for gifts include:

  • Non-perishable food e.g. a packet of flour (a small thing but very useful)
  • Soap, shampoo or other hygiene items
  • Books
  • Toys
  • A gift for a 12-16 year old boy or girl as they struggle to get enough of those

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NAR Design presents Country Business Mums’ High Tea 24th August at Eldredge Vineyards

NAR Design Country Business Mums High Tea August 24 2012 at Eldredge VineyardsJoin us for a High Tea inspired lunch … quirky, kitsch and a lot of fun.

Friday 24th August, 11am at Eldredge Vineyards in Spring Gully near Clare.

Do you feel like no matter how hard you work in your business or job you still come home to cooking and cleaning like a 1950’s housewife?

Well, let’s embrace the domestic goddess within and have a fun day out with the girls. Come along in your best apron or retro frock if you feel like getting into the spirit of things (optional).

Plenty of sweet and savoury treats, bubbly and of course, tea.

Have fun networking, meet some great people and promote yourself and your business all while having some ‘time out’ for yourself.

There will be prizes, special offers and lunch for only $33.

Get in quick as places are limited. Please RSVP by 17th August – – 0433 205 661

You can also download the flyer to email on to others.

A Bit about Country Business Mums:

Being a mum in business has a lot of unique challenges whether you own your own business, have a partnership, a hobby business at home or you’re the woman behind your husband’s success.

Country Business Mums provide a fantastic opportunity to meet other mums in business, share stories and experiences, get advice, promote your business and build a support network.

Keep in touch with this event via the NAR Design Facebook page.