|PREMIUM RATE REDUCTIONS ON THE WAY FOR BARWON BUSINESSES|
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has today welcomed further reductions to NSW WorkCover premiums as part of the commitment by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to make the workers compensation scheme fairer and more sustainable.
Improvements to the Scheme means 200,000 employers across 414 industries in NSW will receive an average premium rate reduction of five per cent.
“In Barwon, around 7,100 businesses are set to benefit from an average premium rate reduction of 4.8 per cent,” Mr Humphries said.
|PUBLIC CONSULTATION BEGINS ON BUSHFIRE PROTECTION LAWS|
The NSW Government and NSW Rural Fire Service is inviting public feedback on a draft Code of Practice for the new 10/50 laws giving residents in designated bushfire areas additional powers to protect their homes.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries said the legislation will allow homeowners in designated areas to clear trees within ten metres of their home, and thin vegetation other than trees within 50 metres of their home.
“With the consultation period beginning, it provides the community with a great opportunity to provide feedback ahead of bushfire season,” Mr Humphries said.
|State of Barwon|
NSW Bucks the Jobs Trend: Unemployment Remains Steady
I was pleased to see the latest ABS Labour Force figures indicate the continued strength of the NSW economy, with the State’s unemployment rate remaining unchanged at 5.7 per cent.Â Â While the national jobless rate edged up from 5.9 to 6.0 per cent, NSW has held firm, adding more than 10,000 jobs in June. Of the nearly 16,000 jobs created nationally, almost two thirds of those were in NSW, indicating again the strength of our economy.Â This is a great result, and keeps NSW as the second strongest employment market, second only to Western Australia.
Consultation on NSW Mining Policy Ends this Week
The Department of Planning & Environment is proposing changes to the NSW Mining Policy to:
- Ensure a consistent approach to transitional arrangements for the Gateway process
- Adjust CSG exclusion zone mapping – an additional 19 properties are proposed to be added to the viticulture Critical Industry Cluster
- Clarify that minor modifications of existing CSG projects within CSG exclusion zones, which do not enlarge, expand or intensify CSG development are permissible
- Clarify the application of State significant development criteria for CSG exploration wells
Importantly, no additional CSG development will be allowed as a result of these changes.
The policy will continue to safeguard homes and valuable agricultural land in NSW from the impacts of coal seam gas and coal mining activities.Â I invite you to offer your feedback on the proposal by clicking on the consultation website link, downloading the documents and submitting your views via the online form.Â Consultation will end at 12.00pm on 16 July 2014.
White Ribbon Night for Ending Violence against Women
Next Friday July 25 is White Ribbon Night and I’d encourage everyone to get involved in this important event.Â White Ribbon Night invites communities across Australia to unite by having ‘a night in to get the word out’ about the importance of standing up to end violence against women.Â You can get involved by:
- Selling White Ribbons or wristbands to raise funds for White Ribbon
- Registering a ‘Night In’ with friends and family and ask guests to donate what they would spend on an average night out
Those who register online at www.whiteribbon.org.au/night will then become an official White Ribbon Night host and receive Resources to help organise your ‘Night In’.Â Donations will support White Ribbon's work to prevent violence against women before it occurs and help drive social change. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Applications Closing for Local Infrastructure Grants in Barwon
Applications for the 2014 Community Building Partnership program close on Friday, 18th July and I would like to encourage those community groups who haven’t already applied to do so.Â The recent NSW budget boost of $100,000 for Barwon will allow even more community groups to apply for grants that benefit the local community by providing positive social, recreational and environmental outcomes.Â Since the program stated in 2009, I have been fortunate to support projects that have built, upgraded or enhanced local infrastructure.Â Applicants can apply for the Community Building Partnership by visiting www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au.
Victims of Crime get 21st Century Support
The NSW Government is doing what it can to ease the experience of victims of crime and with that in mind I welcome the launch of an innovative new mobile app to help victims and their families navigate the justice system.Â The app makes it easier and simpler to get information about the court process, support services and victim’s rights.Â It provides information and guidance for victims from the time of the crime until after the court process has finished.Â The free Justice Journey app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and on the App Store.Â It is also available on DVD, YouTube and online at www.victimsservices.lawlink.nsw.gov.au.
To the current dry conditions across much of the electorate, we desperately need widespread and soaking rain as soon as possible...
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