Christmas Countdown - Community Street Stalls - Government Update

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Christmas Countdown - Community Street Stalls - Government Update

Monday, 03 December 2012

We have officially entered the countdown to Christmas and things are beginning to wind down. However, there is still plenty of things happening in Menai and across the State.

On November 20, we celebrated Hammondville's 80th Birthday and for those living locally, we produced a commemorative booklet to showcase the important history of the suburb. If you would like a copy, you can download it from this website or request a hardcopy to be mailed to you.

You might see me out and about this month, as I try to attend as many school presentation days as I can and Christmas celebrations around the community. I'm also holding another community street stall this Saturday. I'll be joined by Liverpool Council Mayor Clr Ned Mannoun.

CHIPPING NORTON - 9.30am to 10.30am - Chipping Norton Market Plaza, Barry Road, Chipping Norton

 

MOOREBANK - 11am to 12pm - Moorebank Shopping Village - Stockton Avenue, Moorebank


WATTLE GROVE - 12.30pm to 1.30pm - Wattle Grove Plaza, Cnr Australis & Village Way, Wattle Grove

Parliament has now finished for 2012 and it's back to work in the Hammondville office until we resume in February next year. The 2013 Parliamentary sitting calendar is available here. My office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm until the 21st of December. I am still available for appointments until then, but feel free to send me an email if you'd prefer.

Here is a brief recap of some of the work that this Government has achieved this past week:

 

OPAL CARD – MAKING IT EASIER TO GET AROUND

  • The trial of the Opal card, Sydney’s new electronic ticketing system, begins next week and it’s set to revolutionise the way people get around.
  • The Opal card will make public transport more convenient and will see the end of ticket queues and fumbling for change.
  • This technology for Sydney is long overdue and the NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering it after a decade of delays.
  • The Opal starts on the Neutral Bay ferry route, rolling out to more than 40 ferry wharves from Parramatta to Manly by the end of next year, with trains coming on-line on the City Circle in the second half of 2013.
 

NEW BAIL LAWS 

  • This week we announced new bail laws for the 21st century, with community safety at its front and centre.
  • The new laws simplify and make the bail process more consistent. This means police and legal resources can be focused on catching and prosecuting criminals. 
  • Under the current law, decisions about bail are made based on the offence a person has been charged with – not the risk they pose to the community. Our reforms will ensure the risk to the community is the first thing taken into account.
  • Our new laws are supported by a broad range of stakeholders including the NSW Police Force and the Police Association. 
 

FREE PHOTO ID CARD FOR SENIORS AND CARERS

  • The NSW Government delivered on another election commitment this week with seniors and carers now gaining access to free photo identification cards. 
  • The free card is available through motor registries to eligible seniors and carers who do not have a NSW driver’s licence.
  • It’s hoped this saving will ease the cost of living burden for seniors and carers – and they sure deserve a break.
  • Around 200,000 people will benefit from this initiative. 
 

GOVERNMENT TOBACCO INVESTMENT PUT TO AN END 

  • The NSW Government has taken immediate steps to ban all tobacco investments across government.
  • While the NSW Government has no direct investments in tobacco, NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) and a small number of other public sector agencies do have these investments in their portfolios. 
  • The decision sends a further message about the dangers of smoking and the huge burden that smoking puts on the NSW health system.
 

LICENSED VENUES HEED WARNINGS ON VIOLENCE 

  • The state’s most violent venues list released this week is the smallest since the scheme began four years ago that shows much progress has been made. 
  • However, the message for the 18 venues on the list is clear. They need to lift their game and take urgent action to reduce violence on their premises.
  • People should be able to safely enjoy a night out without being caught up in mindless drunken violence.
  • We are determined to tackle the scourge of alcohol-fuelled violence as shown by our tough new restrictions on high risk venues in Kings Cross. 
 

STADIA STRATEGY TO GROW MAJOR EVENTS AND TOURISM

  • A new strategy for the future development, planning and investment of major sporting venues was released with a focus on growing major events and tourism.
  • Historically, investment in major outdoor stadia has been ad hoc and this plan is designed to correct that.
  • This plan will ensure when taxpayer dollars are invested, it meets the key objectives of retaining and attracting major events.
 

REMINDER TO GET READY FOR SUMMER DISASTER SEASON 

  • With the arrival of summer, it’s important people prepare their homes and families for potential natural disasters such as bushfires and storms.
  • Just by taking some simple precautions, people can save lives and property.
  • These include talking to your family about an evacuation plan in the event of a natural disaster and cleaning up around the house.
  • All the emergency services have important information on their websites well as the Ministry of Police and Emergency Services at www.mpes.nsw.gov.au.
  • Further information on disaster preparedness can be found at:

-       www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

-       www.stormsafe.com.au

-       www.floodsafe.com.au

-       www.fire.nsw.gov.au

-       www.health.nsw.gov.au