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Leaders Change Games, Followers Play Old Games.  Which are you? Leaders Change Games, Followers Play Old Games.  Which are you?

Leaders Change Games, Followers Play Old Games.  Which are you?


Published August 12, 2019 | By Matt Marsh

  In this leaders versus followers contest, the debate is whether to use Compostable or  Traditional Plastic Bags.   Are you going to play for “Team Sebstainable” or “Team Planet Killers”?   Team Planet Killers are the anti-changers, zealously protecting their right to destroy OUR kids and THEIR kids and THEIR kids futures, as they argue to continue to use plastic bags, even if they are the 15 cent ones from the supermarket giants.  By the way where is that money going? The Facts About Plastic Bags Are:  Single use bags are cheap to buy and  can be used more than once. Single Use bags cost more in the long term Plastic materials can take up to 450 years to be broken down, (if ever)  True they may say degradable or bio-degradable, but never REALLY...

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The Ultimate in Sustainability The Ultimate in Sustainability

The Ultimate in Sustainability


Published April 8, 2019 | By Matt Marsh

  I recently met with a couple of colleagues who introduced me to this pretty amazing sustainable products. It’s called “Oh Crap” and has already stopped 3 million plastic dog poo bags going to landfill. Oh Crap compostable dog poo bags all traces of them are gone in 90 days. Wowwwwwww. More importantly is that the Oh Crap dog poo bags are merely the tip of the iceberg. Think of plastic items in your keeping at the moment, think of disposable and single use items that you use daily or even infrequently and there is a pretty good chance that it can become a compostable, sustainable product. And if you really want to start now we are going to have these available for sale soon. Send an enquiry or read the article in Smart Company.

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Whether to detonate or renovate Whether to detonate or renovate

Whether to detonate or renovate


Published March 27, 2019 | By Matt Marsh

  Should we renovate or remove it? This is normally a comment that is thrown around by real estate agents and builders. Rarely is it used in the context of facilities management. This week, at the Victorian Association of Catholic Primary School Principals (VACPSP) conference, we are giving people clear examples of how a real estate mindset might save many thousands of dollars if a school was to choose to renew rather than rip out and replace. Our process of floor renewal, whether it be through tile and grout deep cleaning, floor refinishing or just simply more effective cleaning will save thousands, will make your buildings look more appealing, will remove awful smells associated with unsanitary and unsightly tiles and grout and will make floors safe against accidents and the...

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Founder’s Son runs into Sebastian in Lorne Founder’s Son runs into Sebastian in Lorne

Founder’s Son runs into Sebastian in Lorne


Published March 27, 2019 | By Matt Marsh

Ben Crowe, the son of the founder of Sebastian Cleaning Services (now Property Services), was a key note speaker at the VACPSP Conference at Lorne today and told the audience that he was supposed to be named Sebastian but his Mum would not hear of it. So his dad named the company Sebastian instead. Who knows, but with Ben Crowe, we could have been Benedict Property Services.  

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Sebastian Team Grows Sebastian Team Grows

Sebastian Team Grows


Published March 25, 2019 | By Matt Marsh

As the Sebastian team continued to grow this year, we have introduced two new team members to the office and operations team. Jason Stock has joined as Technical and Specialist Services Manager. Get to know more about our services. Sandra Bryan joined the business on the 12th of March as our Administration and Operations Assistant. We wish both Sandra and Jason a long and successful time with the Sebastian team as we continue to develop our tile and grout cleaning and sealing work and the commercial portfolio that has been growing with the assistance of Mel McCarthy.

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Thanks for the Memories – School Cleaning Contracts end Thanks for the Memories – School Cleaning Contracts end

Thanks for the Memories – School Cleaning Contracts end


Published July 4, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

Last Friday, the 29th of June 2018, was a day for the cleaning industry to be saddened by: 270 school cleaning contractors who had served nearly 1200 schools in the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, provided their last service to the Victorian Government State School sector as their school cleaning contracts were ended. Why did the school cleaning contracts end? Ask the Premier and the Minister for Education. They say that it is to “ensure cleaners are paid correctly and not ripped of by bosses exploiting workers”. No cleaner was to lose a job. All successful cleaners had to offer cleaners work. Sorry gentlemen, but what you wanted to avoid is happening. We cleaned 13 schools that were part of this mess. Each school expressed their concern...

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Why we keep fragrances to a minimum Why we keep fragrances to a minimum

Why we keep fragrances to a minimum


Published June 21, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

Cleaning products usually smell very intensive, but the team at Sebastian Property Services believes minimum fragrances is the better way to go. There is a belief of many people that if it smells clean it is clean. In fact, in Singapore many years ago I was told, that if it is wet it is clean. But at what cost do we want things to smell clean to be clean? We have recently read an article by Bridget Gardner, Principal Director of Fresh Green Clean that speaks to the need to consider offering a smell-free environment. Our Complete Cleaning Solution is based on using processes and products that provide an environment that is firstly cleaned for hygiene and secondly for presentation. In doing this, we have found, just as Bridget’s research has, that there is a marginal need for...

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When will the time be right to take action? – Work Rights When will the time be right to take action? – Work Rights

When will the time be right to take action? – Work Rights


Published June 20, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

This work rights-related question is an obscure, open-ended yet great question, because it says nothing while saying plenty. The answer really depends on what it is that you need to take action on. If you have holes in your roof, the best time is to take action when the sun is shining. The consequences of not taking action then will only become evident when the rain comes. Every building that we enter has a roof problem, well – not necessarily a roof problem, but something that is considered unnecessary to change, until the stuff hits the fan and a bigger problem results. A very good example of this is for many companies who are engaging cleaning contractors that are really cheap. Whilst it may seem like a good idea to take the cheap option, it often comes with serious and...

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The Law of Unintended Consequences – School Cleaners The Law of Unintended Consequences – School Cleaners

The Law of Unintended Consequences – School Cleaners


Published May 30, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

The Andrews Government has terminated school cleaning contracts with little respect for the hard work of school cleaners done over the last 20 years. Whenever a “big decision” is made, there are always winners and losers. As cleaning contractors, we live and breathe in an industry where business comes and goes. By definition contracts are like that. People who try to do good things sometimes end up doing bad things. On the 30th of June this year, what was supposed to be a good thing, will turn out to be a bad thing. You see, the Department of Education in Victoria were CONviNcED into believing that all school cleaners were being paid incorrectly. It is true, that some have been paid incorrectly and others exploited in other ways. Responsible and ethical employers agree that...

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Ross Mitchell signs up for Whitelion Bailout Ross Mitchell signs up for Whitelion Bailout

Ross Mitchell signs up for Whitelion Bailout


Published May 2, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

Our Charity of Choice, Whitelion is holding its major fundraiser, the annual Whitelion Bailout. Our Sales & Marketing Director is lining up for the 3rd time to help raise $500, 000 this year to allow Whitelion to continue to do its great work working with Youth At Risk and the disadvantaged. Help support the charity by donating and helping raise Ross’ bail.

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