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

MAKING THE CBD MORE PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY

Sydney is quickly starting to realise the benefits of a pedestrian friendly CBD. Over Christmas we saw pedestrians, quite literally taking to the streets as they made the most of the temporary retail spaces set up along the bitumen of George Street. For the first time in recent history, pedestrians were free to wander along this historic street without bus and car traffic. The city CBD is now set to become even more pedestrian friendly with Minister for Roads Duncan Gay today announcing that the Sydney CBD 40km/h speed limit will be expanded in April to improve pedestrian safety. Continue reading

OFF THE PLAN PROTECTIONS SECURED

  We’ve all heard the stories about first home buyers buying off the plan thinking they’ve just bought their dream home, and then in 12 months time, finding out they've been ripped off buy someone who it turns out reckons they could make more money if they put the home they were promised back on the market at a higher price. NSW Parliament today approved amendments to the Conveyancing Act 1919, strengthening protections for buyers who purchase properties off the plan. Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said the new laws are intended to prevent rogue developers from rescinding contracts using the sunset clause to make windfall profits. “The NSW Government has listened to the community’s concerns and acted swiftly to provide home buyers with greater certainty,” he said. “Any developers who are thinking of acting unethically should know that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated.” Continue reading

SYDNEY METRO ACCELERATES THROUGH CBD: STATIONS CONFIRMED AND FIRST BORER TO ARRIVE IN 2018

The first tunnel boring machine will be in the ground before the end of 2018 on Stage 2 of Sydney Metro – bringing world-class metro rail under Sydney Harbour and the CBD.NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today revealed the locations of Sydney’s new world-class metro railway stations and announced investigations will begin into potentially extending metro rail from Bankstown to Liverpool. “We’re wasting no time delivering Australia’s biggest public transport project,” Mr Baird said. “Sydney Metro will change Sydney forever – it will help boost capacity of our rail network by 100,000 people every hour, servicing our growing global city for generations to come.”  Continue reading

NEW CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE CHINESE VISITORS TO SYDNEY

Sydney-based Upper House MP Shayne Mallard today welcomed the NSW Government’s launch of a major new tourism campaign with Australia’s national carrier Qantas, to encourage more Chinese visitors to Sydney and NSW. Premier Mike Baird launched the campaign after meeting with Qantas China-based executives in Shanghai during his second official visit to China as Premier. The new joint campaign between the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and Qantas features a large outdoor digital billboard promoting travel to Sydney and NSW with Qantas. Continue reading