How & Why Amusement Parks In Melbourne, Victoria Are One Of The Largest Attractions

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Amusement parks. I bet that some or most of us cannot describe what they. Also known as theme parks or fun fairs, they are a collection, group of entertainment attractions such as rides located in one locality for the enjoyment of masses (large groups) of people.

Melbourne and Victoria have loads of these. From Luna Park (theme park) which was established back in 1912, to Playtime Crown (Video Arcade), to Wonderland which is an amusement centre; Melbourne has made these a part of their culture. It is their tradition.

Melbourne receives a total of 2 million international visitors and 57.7 million local tourists. Of these Luna Park has a share of 800000 plus satisfied visitors annually. Impressive right?

These amusement parks are preferred as Melbournian family function venues and hosting Christmas parties for a variety of reasons:

1. Memories to last a lifetime

A visit to an amusement park is an unforgettable experience. From the moment you walk in through those gates, you are in an entirely different world. Letting go of all the worries of the outside world and ready to have some fun. From the rides, the shows, the water parks, etc. amusement parks are the perfect place to make memories.

We all seek to have good times with friends and family, and pretty much the only time most are together is during the Christmas holiday. With this limited time, most families are often in search of memory making. Therefore the preference for amusement parks. It is proven that experiences make us happier than material belongings.

Families also want a chance to interact with their favourite brands and character. It is also an opportunity to partake in safe thrills that make for unforgettable memories.

A visit to one of this will be an event rich with mixtures of emotions. From joy to fear and anxiety too. You will be talking about it for months on end.

2. Fosters bonding

Christmas and family outings are meant for family fun. Time with your loved ones. These are the few times one gets to meet their elder sister, grandparents, that long lost uncle, etc. And furthermore, what better way to have fun than with family and friends?

Most people prefer to have their family outings in amusement parks because then they have a chance to make memories. From taking amazing photos with mickeys’ backdrop to helping each other overcome their fears on the rides and slides, from these activities families, are brought much closer.

3. Sober fun

Chilled Drinks

Well, there are three things most people like vodka, vodka, and vodka. We are a drinking nation, and we like it that way. It’s a perfect ending to our workdays, it’s how we bond with our colleagues, and there is no party if alcohol is not involved. However, alcohol is not ideal for the young ones. After all, it is only for 18+.

So, how do you have fun with your little ones?

Amusement parks offer an ideal environment to have mad fun with your kids. They will enjoy it and so will you. It will take you back to your childhood days and you will have a great time with them. This happens to be the reason as to why families prefer their outings in amusement parks.

4. World of difference

Amusement parks are an entirely different world. They are your ideal world, your dream world. The world is full of mummies and dragons. Who wouldn’t want that?

By visiting amusement parks most families’ step into an experience they have never had. For that one day, they can be immersed in a new world and forget the one we live in. They can be whoever or whatever they want or have ever imagined being. Seeking to make the most of the little time they have together, they choose a place they can be carefree, a place where they can release their inner child.

5. A full array of children activities

Binky Train in Park

Carnival games, cars for kids, road runner, and the mirror maze, etc. These are just a few of the activities for kids available. We all love these little ones and as such seek to give them a great experience. This great experience is the reason why most families visit these amusement parks.

They are out in search of a place where their kids can have mad fun.

The binky train, ghost train, Arabian merry, red baron and the carousel are some more activities for kids.

Solar Energy: Why Google Is Switching To Green Energy 2017 Onward?

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Google is one of those internet giants that consume as much energy as the entire city of San Francisco. And, why not! The whole world runs on the services of Google, be it Google Search Engine, YouTube, Gmail or Android Google Play Services!

After the Paris Climate Agreement, it has rather become indispensable and a mandate to switch to sustainable and green energy modes so as to minimise the dependence on none- renewable resources. Giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and others have agreed to help in achieving the global climate change goals, by switching to 100% renewable and clean energy by 2020. In Australia large solar power unit suppliers like Eurosolar Group working to help Australia use renewable energy.

Google is the largest buyer of solar and wind energy for its 13+ data centres that is set across 150 cities globally. And, the demands from these data centres are sooner expected to rise by about 9% this year. For achieving the aim of 100% switch to green energy by 2017, the company would have to buy more than 6 Terawatt hours of solar and wind energy this year, to count the least. Currently, Google alone buys approximately 44% of power from all solar and wind farms and soon, this percentage is probably going to rise higher.

The Google’s target to reach the 100%, took them about 5 years, since 2012. Initially, they had to face many hurdles due to non-popularity and high prices/ power purchase agreements. However, with government initiatives, climate concerns and improve in technology and efficiency, the costs of green energy set ups have considerably come down despite the overall increase in demand for power.

Way back in 2009, Google started purchasing solar energy from the local utility. But, with time and because of a drastic increase in demand, Google began producing its own energy. It built renewable plants very close to the data centres so that there could have been minimum transmission losses (note: solar energy is only efficient within certain limits, unlike coal or hydroelectric sources). However, the biggest challenge has been that there is not enough land available near these data centres and amongst those which were installed- couldn’t meet 24X7 energy needs. In 2010, Google bought the right to purchase electricity at wholesale rates, by getting approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Since then, the cost of renewables has come down by 80% for solar energy and the process of switching over to green has become robust, rapid and very affordable for giants like Google.

solar panels

Looking at the enormous cost of installing solar power generation setups, Google has already made massive investments in buying renewable energy credits and solar electricity generation units. However, due to the global promotion of these great resources, the costs of power production have been significantly falling (about 12.1% drop) since the past ten years. Credit also goes to government tax benefits and affordability in the long run for both business owners and houses. According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar and wind energy for most of the world will be the ‘cheapest’ source of energy by 2030 (the target year for the epic Paris Agreement).

Unlike smaller firms, big companies like Google have enough resources to understand the Global Energy Markets and have the potential to negotiate and buy renewable energy at cheaper rates and put them to better and appropriate usage. Currently, Google has contracts with about 20 projects across the US, Chile and Sweden. Many renewable energy suppliers actually said that they perhaps wouldn’t able to operate without the help and finance of giants such as Google.

Not just switching to the green energy mode has become a necessity, all big and small businesses must also look for ways with which it can cut down on energy usage and increase efficiency with minimum wastage. Though the new President of the USA, Donald Trump, has vowed to revive the bankrupted none- renewable industries and will probably bring up anti- renewable policies, Google is certainly not looking forward to making any changes in its renewable energy initiatives, and thus help save the earth. Google sees the current investment not as a burden, but an asset that will pay them good returns in the long run. If Google would require more power for the next 10 years down the row, then the giant may also look forward to making agreements for low-carbon energy sources such as biomass, hydro and nuclear.

The trend of switching to green energy by Google and other big corporations will not only control on carbon emissions but will also inspire and chart a course of actions for smaller businesses, firms and even residential communities to take bold actions and help achieve faster sustainable developmental goals. If Google achieves its aim, it will become a symbol and a role model of good corporate citizenship and environmental responsibility.