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

Reforming And Renewing Strata Schemes in NSW

Debate has begun in the NSW Parliament's Upper House on the need to reform and renew the swathes of Strata Schemes that exist in New South Wales. I spoke on the bill prepared by the Minister responsible for Fair Trading the Hon. Victor Dominello MP. The bill enables Strata owners to make collaborative decisions about their homes whether it be a proposal for collective sale, or addressing nuisances such as smoke drift. The reforms are designed to unlock the potential of our State. Sydney is increasingly a city of medium- and high-density living. It has been the path of urban development largely since World War II, with the notable exceptions of Potts Point, Kings Cross and Elizabeth Bay where higher density urban living and apartments emerged after World War I. The reforms will bring high density living into the 21st Century. You can view the speech here. Continue reading