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

FUNDING BOOST TO TURN SYDNEY HOUSING INTO HOMES

Our local community groups, councils, charities and private organisations can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to create stronger social housing communities, NSW Upper House MP Shayne Mallard announced today. The one-off grants available to our local community form part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund - a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities. Continue reading

GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Our Planning Minister Rob Stokes today announced that the Greater Sydney Commission is one step closer, after legislation to establish the organisation was introduced in Parliament today. This milestone follows consultation on the structure and operation of the Commission with councils, industry bodies, and community and environment groups. The Minister said the introduction of the Greater Sydney Commission Bill recognises the foundational importance of getting planning right in Sydney.   “Getting planning right in Sydney is about ensuring that as Sydney grows, our growth is also matched by progress,” Mr Stokes said. Continue reading

SOUTH WEST RAIL LINK: SOON TO HEAD NORTH AND EAST, WITH MORE SERVICES

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced peak services would be doubled on the South West Rail Link by the end of the year, and customers would have direct access to more destinations across Sydney. The $2.1 billion South West Rail Link opened in February this year, ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget. Mr Constance said the rail line was proving popular with locals in Sydney's fastest growing region, with more than 1,500 train journeys every weekday from new stations at Leppington and Edmondson Park. "On Sunday December 13 we will connect the rail line with the rest of the train network and services will become part of the T2 South Line travelling via Liverpool and Granville meaning more services and more options for customers. "Peak hour frequency from the South West will double, from a train every 30 minutes to one every 15 minutes – a great outcome for locals. Continue reading

ONE STOP SHOP BRINGS CONVENIENCE TO BOTANY

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today officially opened the Service NSW one-stop shop in Botany, commending the centre’s staff on having already served more than 40,000 customers since doors opened in June. “Service NSW has revolutionised customer service when it comes to transacting with government in NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.  “The days of having to visit multiple locations for different government services are gone.  Now customers can access more than 800 transactions and services here at Botany, all under one roof.” In addition to motor registry services, the one-stop-shop provides counter services from agencies such as Fair Trading, Births Deaths and Marriages, Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, Office of State Revenue and much more. Continue reading