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