Farming Future of the Liverpool Plains Secured

The Baird Government has built a strong reputation for listening to the people of NSW and taking  action where action needs to be taken. The latest and most important example of this was the Government’s decision to do everything it could to protect the unique concentration of volcanic and biophysical strategic agricultural land (BSAL) soils that are known as the Liverpool Plains. Continue reading

NEW WIND ENERGY FRAMEWORK TO OFFER CERTAINTY

  The NSW Government is inviting the community to have its say on a new wind energy planning framework, designed to provide greater certainty and consistency for renewable energy development. The framework that will ensure NSW has the right settings to attract investment while balancing the needs of the community. This new policy framework has been developed in response to concerns from community and industry about uncertainty in the application of the draft 2011 wind farm guidelines and long delays in assessing projects. As a fervent supporter of renewables I welcome the release of the new framework and encourage the community to engage in the consultation process. Continue reading

LIFTING ACCESSIBILITY TO SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

The breathtaking views from the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will soon become more accessible with lifts to the bridge’s walkway in planning. Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the NSW Government is planning to install lifts at Kirribilli and The Rocks to ensure everybody can experience the scenic walk across Australia’s most recognisable landmark. “The Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway is appreciated by more than a million people each year for exercise, to take in views of the harbour or travel between home and work – and it should be available for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Gay said. “These changes would mean there are no constraints for people with prams, the elderly or for those in a wheelchair to access the Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway. Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN FIRST INITIATIVE TO REDUCE RECIDIVISM

  In an Australian first, social impact investment will be used to target parolees with the aim of reducing the rate of reoffending and re-incarceration. Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Corrections David Elliott today announced that the NSW Government will partner with not-for-profit groups Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) and arbias, supported by a joint investment from National Australia Bank (NAB) and ACSO. “NSW is leading the way when it comes to Social Impact Investment – and it allows us to address serious challenges facing our community while harnessing the expertise of the not-for-profit sector as well as financial support from private investors,” Ms Berejiklian said. Continue reading

Greyhound Racing to be Shut Down in NSW

NSW will become the first Australian state to shut down greyhound racing after a Special Commission of Inquiry found overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting. Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing Troy Grant announced today that the NSW Government is acting to protect animal welfare as a priority, and is planning for an orderly industry shutdown as of 1 July 2017. Mr Baird and Mr Grant released the report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW, which found that between 48,000 and 68,000 greyhounds – or at least half of all greyhounds bred to race – were killed in the past 12 years because they were deemed uncompetitive.   Continue reading

NSW MOTORISTS TO BENEFIT FROM CTP REFORMS

The NSW Government today released a plan to overhaul the state’s Compulsory Third Party Motor Accident Insurance Scheme aimed at making it fairer and more affordable for road users. Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said that under the Government’s proposal, defined benefits would be introduced for low severity injuries, with lump sum compensation retained for the most seriously injured. “We have the least affordable motor accident insurance scheme in the country, with Sydney passenger vehicle owners currently paying between $537 and $886 for their Green Slip,” Mr Dominello said.  Continue reading

NSW BUDGET: $108 MILLION BUS BOOST

  Double decker buses will serve some of Sydney’s busiest routes, and around 3,800 extra weekly services will be added as part of a $108 million investment in new buses in the 2016-17 NSW Budget, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced today. The 80 seat double deckers can carry 65 per cent more capacity than normal size buses, and will be used on key corridors including the busy Rouse Hill-City service (route 607X), between Blacktown and Macquarie Park (route 611), and for the first time, the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway (route T80). “Thousands of Sydneysiders rely on bus travel every day to get from A to B and we know demand for services is continually increasing, particularly in growth centres in the North West and South West, as well as in inner city areas like Green Square,” Mr Constance said. “This is all about staying ahead of the curve to ensure customers have sufficient levels of service well into the future. Continue reading

FUTURE STATE: NSW 2056 – OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR NATION’S NUMBER ONE ECONOMY

On Thursday, 26 May 2016 Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian released the Future State: NSW 2056 report, which gives an insight into what NSW might look like in the next 40 years and provides suggestions on how the country’s number one economy might become an even more attractive place to live and work. The intergenerational report is published every five years and projects demographic, workforce and housing trends across NSW over the next four decades. It also provides a long-term projection of the State’s economic and fiscal position. Continue reading

Leichhardt's Community Recycling Centre Open

  MLC Shayne Mallard and Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne today launched Leichhardt Council’s upgraded community recycling centre for residents to drop off paints, oils, gas bottles, batteries and other household problem wastes. Mr Mallard said upgrade was made possible through a $193,000 grant to the council under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. "This service is one in a network of 100 community recycling centres and services being built and introduced across NSW under an Environmental Trust and NSW Government partnership,” Mr Mallard said. Continue reading

PARLIAMENT COMMENDS THE SYDNEY ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

The Parliament of New South Wales yesterday acknowledged the importance of the Sydney Architecture Festival and the value of good urban design and architecture to the state of NSW. The motion moved by the Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC a Liberal member of the NSW Upper House congratulated the festival organisers, directors and sponsors including University Technology Sydney, the NSW Architects Registration Board and the Australian Institute of Architects, and noted the role that the Sydney Architecture Festival has in ‘enabling the community to participate in and enjoy the history and architecture of Sydney.’ Led by Mr Mallard, several parliamentarians from across the political spectrum spoke at length about the intrinsic value of architecture to the state, and the centrality of architecture and architects to good governance. Continue reading