Mallard sets the record straight on trains

Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MLC has delivered a stinging rebuke of claims by Labor’s Trish Doyle MP that new interurban trains are unsafe and track upgrades are unnecessary. Speaking to the Legislative Council on Thursday the 6th of April Mr Mallard said “I am addressing Parliament today to set the record straight on this issue for the alarmed residents and businesses of the Blue Mountains”. Continue reading

Welcome CTP reforms will reduce most green slips by $200

A new NSW CTP Green Slip Scheme is a step closer and expected to commence in December after a bill to reform the scheme passed NSW Parliament this week. Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the passage of the Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017 would substantially reduce Green Slip premiums and ensure people injured in motor accidents get the support they need to recover.“Average premiums will be slashed from around $700 down to around $520 for Sydney passenger vehicle owners and from approximately $480 today down to $430 for country drivers,” he said. Continue reading

Media reports support for RSL

I was pleased to see our support from NSW Upper House was well received in the local Blue Mountains Gazette this week. 

NSW Parliament endorses quick rebuild for Katoomba RSL

Shayne Mallard accompanied by Liberal Councillor Kevin Schreiber, Katoomba RSL Club President Brian Turner and Club Director Steve Barrett inspect the destroyed RSL Club. Liberal member of the NSW Parliament Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC has successfully passed a resolution in the NSW Upper House calling on all three levels of government to work together for the speedy rebuild of Katoomba RSL club following the devastating fire on the 24th of February.  Continue reading

2016/17 NSW Budget

I was pleased to speak in Parliament about the recent State budget where I highlighted the elimination of State debt, the huge infastructure investment and the failures of Labor.  Continue reading

VOLUNTEER PROTECTION DECLARED ACROSS NSW

Premier Gladys Berejiklian today thanked the NSW Rural Fire Service, emergency services personnel and volunteers right across the State for their tireless efforts fighting more than 200 bush fires over the weekend. Ms Berejiklian has announced the activation of employment provisions ensuring emergency volunteers are protected from employer victimisation. “Our volunteers worked selflessly to protect lives and property in some of the worst conditions NSW has ever seen, and they continue to do so,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We thank our volunteers for their courage and commitment – without their efforts, we would be looking at a very different outcome today. Continue reading

DELIVERING A BETTER FUTURE FOR NSW STUDENTS

More high quality schools will be delivered under draft planning reforms to address the increasing enrolments caused by the state’s strong population growth. Education Minister Rob Stokes, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts and Early Childhood Education Minister Sarah Mitchell released the draft State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities for community consultation. The draft SEPP will streamline approvals processes for delivery of new and improved schools as well as childcare facilities, universities and TAFEs. A draft design guide for schools created by the Government Architect and a draft planning guideline for child care facilities are also included in the draft planning reforms package. Continue reading

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The booming North-West region will get an unprecedented boost of 1000 extra bus services ahead of new Metro trains arriving every four minutes. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the surge in extra buses while inspecting construction progress at Cudgegong Road Station, the first station on Sydney Metro – Australia’s biggest public transport project. The new services are a part of more than 1,700 extra weekly bus trips that are coming online across Sydney, the Illawarra, the Central Coast and the Hunter. The services will begin in February and will be delivered under the NSW Government’s Growth Services Program, which provides more bus services for customers when and where they are needed. Ms Berejiklian said the Hills District is growing to twice the size of Canberra in the coming decades and will be home to more than 600,000 people, and demand is rising. Continue reading

FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO COMBAT LOCAL CRIME

Communities across NSW are being encouraged to come forward to the NSW Government with solutions to stamp down on local crime and anti-social behaviour. Liberal Member of the New South Wales Upper House Shayne Mallard, urged community groups, council, businesses and organisations to apply for a grant up to $250,000 for ideas to boost local safety and pride. "As a local councillor for 12 years before entering parliament I appreciate how local communities have great ideas to improve safety. "It might be a Rotary club graffiti clean up day or security lighting around public transport hubs. "I encourage local community organisations and councils to apply for a grant." Mr Mallard said. Continue reading