Around this time last year I gave notice of a Private Member’s Motion in support of the 2015 Sydney Architecture Festival. It was a good opportunity for all sides of politics to get involved in a considered debate about the role of architecture and design in our state more generally and it sparked interesting discussion about how we might want our city to look in the future. Continue reading


NSW is the most popular state in the country to live and work, with fewer people leaving than ever before according to updated population projection data released by the Planning Minister Rob Stokes today. The State’s strong economy and lifestyle options as well as Sydney’s status as the nation’s only global city are driving NSW’s status as the best state in the country. “NSW is the state of opportunity,” Mr Stokes said. “Sydney is the economic capital of the country – and over the next 20 years we’ll cement that position.” The NSW Population Projections 2016 Update, show the NSW population growing from 7,218,528 million in 2011 to 9,925,550 million by 2036 –  another 2.7 million residents. These projections are 225,000 more people than forecast in 2014 projections. Continue reading


  Great to see that Minister for Lands and Water, Niall Blair has announced the appointment of Rodney Gilmour as administrator, to manage the ongoing public use of Wentworth Park Sporting Complex.  Keeping Wentworth Park in public use is a priority for the Baird Liberal Government, especially as our city moves towards higher density.  Mr Gilmour has been appointed as administrator of the Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust for up to two years, replacing Jason Masters, whose term as interim administrator of the Trust concluded 26 August 2016.   “Mr Gilmour will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the Wentworth Park site, including ongoing public use for community purposes, in the lead-up to and following the cessation of greyhound racing on 1 July 2017,” Mr Blair said.  Continue reading


The first sod has today been turned on the $40 million enhancement of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. “It is fantastic that work has today begun on this major upgrade, which will bring to life the original 1930s vision of Sydney’s Anzac Memorial,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said. “By enhancing this Memorial we are ensuring future generations can continue to honour those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. “Just this week Australians were reminded of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country, with the 50 year commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam.” Senator for NSW the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO said the redevelopment included plans to build an education and interpretation centre beneath the Anzac Memorial, and a water cascade at the southern side of the Memorial. Continue reading


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 August 2016 The Upper House committee on Law and Justice today tabled a report reviewing the state’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) ‘Green Slip’ insurance scheme. The committee has had an oversight role in relation to the operations of the scheme for the past 17 years. It previously conducted this role by reviewing the implementation of the scheme by the former Motor Accidents Authority (MAA). Following legislative reforms to the state’s insurance and compensation schemes in 2015, the MAA was abolished and its role assumed by a newly established organisation – the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA). This is the committee’s first review of the scheme since those changes Continue reading

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


  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


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


  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