Wednesday, 26 June 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • The NSW Government will create more quality green spaces and increase the tree canopy in Sydney by 2022.

    Two of the new Premier’s Priorities will focus on improving the environment. The first priority aims to increase the number of homes in towns and cities within a reasonable walking distance of quality green, open and public space.

    The second priority will aim to increase the tree canopy in Sydney by planting a million trees across Sydney by 2022.

    More trees will provide communities with more shade, cooler suburbs, more oxygen and better urban environments.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said planting trees and creating new parks is just as important as building new roads, rail lines, schools and hospitals.

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  • Ombudsman welcomes workplace relations system review

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Australian government will take a fresh look at reinvigorating our workplace relations system.

    “The federal government’s intention to review the workplace relations system is encouraging for the small business sector,” Ms Carnell said.

    “The overwhelming view among small businesses is the legislation is far too complicated, particularly for those with less than 20 employees and no expert HR or legal departments.”

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  • Red Rich Fruits amends contracts with growers after ACCC concerns

    A trader in apples, pears and other fresh fruits has agreed to change its horticulture produce agreements with growers after the ACCC raised concerns the agreements contained unfair contract terms, and terms which did not comply with the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

    M.V Napoleone & Co Pty Ltd, trading as Red Rich Fruits, has agreed to amend a term in its standard form horticulture produce agreement considered by the ACCC to likely be an unfair contract term under the Australian Consumer Law.

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  • The NSW Government will aim to increase the number of public school students in the top two NAPLAN bands for literacy and numeracy by 15 per cent by 2023.

    Under the new Premier’s Priority, an additional 18,700 students will improve their literacy skills and 13,500 students will boost their numeracy skills.

    The Bump It Up program(external link), which identifies schools that have potential to lift their students’ performance in literacy and numeracy, will be extended to all schools across the state.

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  • Stable year for Murray–Darling Basin infrastructure operators, despite drought

    Hotter and drier-than-average weather led to reduced water availability and higher prices for tradeable water products in 2017–18, placing pressure on water users in the Murray–Darling Basin, the ACCC’s ninth annual Water Monitoring Report has found.

    Despite this, the ACCC found that 2017–18 was a relatively stable year for major water infrastructure operators, with relatively minor changes in hypothetical (or average) bills for irrigators in the majority of networks.

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  • Concerns about AP Eagers’ proposed acquisition of AHG

    The ACCC has preliminary concerns about AP Eagers’ (ASX: APE) proposed acquisition of the shares in Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) (ASX: AHG) that it does not already own, and its impact on competition in new car retailing in the Newcastle/Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.

    The ACCC is currently assessing an application for merger authorisation from automotive retailer AP Eagers.

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  • Fishermans Bend: Australia's largest urban renewal project

    About 80,000 jobs and 80,000 homes are targeted to be created by 2050 at Fishermans Bend.

    Did you know Australia's largest urban renewal project is taking shape right on the doorstep of Melbourne’s central business district? It’s called Fishermans Bend and it’s a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the coming years.  

    But for starters, where exactly is it?  

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  • Uukoo wins Newcastle Regional Pitchfest

    Newcastle startup Uukoo will head to Sydney to take on the best regional startups in NSW after winning the Newcastle leg of the Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest – Australia’s largest pitch competition for regional startups.

    Minister for Jobs Stuart Ayres said Uukoo, which has created a digital application to treat people with dementia, has secured an all-expenses paid trip to a three-day Regional Bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub on 12-14 August.

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  • Australia's population grows by 1.6 per cent

    Australia's population grew by 1.6 per cent during 2018, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

    ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said: "Steady growth over recent quarters has resulted in a population of 25.2 million people at 31 December 2018."

    The number of births in 2018 reached an all time high of 314,900, 161,900 of these were male and 153,000 female. The previous record was 312,200 in 2012. There were fewer deaths in Australia during 2018, compared with 2017 (158,500 in 2018 and 160,100 in 2017). As a result, natural increase was 156,300 people in 2018, compared with 144,100 in 2017.

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  • Doubling Tasmania’s power generation capacity

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is on track to achieve our bold vision to unlock Tasmania’s potential as the renewable energy Battery of the Nation.

    The first Tasmanian Energy Development Conference, being held in Devonport this week, is outlining how a second interconnector will unlock Tasmania’s huge renewable energy potential thanks to our many natural advantages including hydro and world class wind power resources.

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