ADJOURNMENT NOTES- NOVEMBER EDITION

Welcome to Adjournment Notes.As we enter the final three sitting weeks of Parliament - extended to make up for days vacated owing to the covid pandemic - we are looking upon a relative return to normality. Continue reading

MOVEMBER

I moved a motion in the Legislative Council to recognise the important work of the Movember Foundation. As I noted in my speech introducing the motion, the Movember Foundation’s light-hearted approach to men’s health makes difficult conversations seem more manageable. Continue reading

JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO GAY HATE AND TRANSGENDER HATE CRIMES BETWEEN 1970 AND 2010 ANNOUNCED

The NSW Government has announced it will establish an inquiry into gay hate and transgender hate crimes.  The announcement follows the recommendations of a report by the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues tabled in May this year. Continue reading

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS: NEW RULES

The NSW Electoral Commissioner has issued updated regulations governing the conduct of the coming Local Government elections on 4 December 2021. In summary to reduce the risk of COVID infection polling booth workers, handing out how to votes, putting up signs and campaigning within 100 metres of a polling booth including prepoll is banned. The details of the regulation are below. In response to similar prohibitions in the ACT and overseas volunteers often campaign in nearby shopping areas obviously observing COVID safety requirements.  Continue reading

$130 MILLION MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY PACKAGE

The Perrottet Government has announced a new $130 million package which will provide immediate access to help for anyone whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

NSW HYDROGEN STRATEGY TO DRIVE INVESTMENT, CREATE JOBS AND POWER PROSPERITY

NSW is set to attract more than $80 billion of investment, drive deep decarbonisation and establish itself as an energy and economic superpower with the launch of the NSW Hydrogen Strategy. Premier Dominic Perrottet said as NSW worked through post-lockdown recovery, hydrogen was an opportunity to drive new investment and help secure jobs right across the State. Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTURE FIRM TO DESIGN FIRST BRADFIELD BUILDING

Designers of Sydney’s iconic International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour and Perth’s Optus Stadium have been engaged to bring the first building in the Bradfield City Centre to life. Internationally-recognised architecture firm Hassell has been appointed to design an advanced manufacturing hub in the Bradfield City Centre, the new precinct being built next to the Western Sydney International Airport.  Continue reading

HAVE YOUR SAY ON PROPOSAL TO RAISE WARRAGAMBA DAM WALL FOR FLOOD MITIGATION

Community members are encouraged to have their say on the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall for flood mitigation. Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposal to raise the dam wall for flood mitigation is now on public exhibition. Continue reading

NEW WESTERN SYDNEY NATIONAL PARK TO LEAD FIGHT AGAINST EXTINCTION

Quolls, bettongs and the brush-tailed phascogale are just some of the locally extinct species making their historic return to a new National Park and feral predator-free area in western Sydney. Continue reading

NEW $5 BILLION WESTINVEST FUND TO REJUVENATE WESTERN SYDNEY COMMUNITIES AND BOOST JOBS

A new $5 billion investment by the NSW Government will help secure a brighter future for western and south-western Sydney families and residents, helping build new and improved facilities and local infrastructure to help communities hit hard by COVID-19. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new WestInvest Fund would focus on projects that make a real difference to quality of life, help create jobs in the process, and change the face of Western Sydney for the better. Continue reading