Saturday, 25 February 2017 Sydney

Invest In Australia News::

  • ACCC releases draft access determinations for non-NBN superfast broadband services

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft decision for the declared superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The draft determination outlines the prices retail service providers will pay, in the absence of a commercial agreement, to acquire NBN-like fixed line superfast broadband wholesale services on non-NBN networks.

    “A key objective has been to ensure that retail service providers and customers supplied via SBAS and LBAS networks would not be any worse off than if they were supplied by the NBN,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

  • Dwelling approvals fall in November

    The number of dwellings approved fell 2.9 per cent in November 2016, in trend terms, and has fallen for six months, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

    In November dwelling approvals decreased, in trend terms, in the Northern Territory (5.0 per cent), New South Wales (4.3 per cent), Queensland (3.9 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (3.4 per cent), Victoria (2.5 per cent) and South Australia (1.1 per cent). Dwelling approvals increased, in trend terms, in Western Australia (1.9 per cent) and were flat in Tasmania.

  • Names Adelaide the World’s Rising Star

    Most of us already know Adelaide is a rising star but, it’s now official, with internationally renowned travel advisor website rating our city 2017’s number one destination in its Rising Star Awards.

    Tourism hot spots like Malta, Stuttgart, Cairo and Bucharest are well known throughout the world but these destinations all follow Adelaide in the top ten listing. 

  • Secure your home this summer

    The City of Sydney is working with NSW Police over the summer to help Sydneysiders protect their homes from opportunistic crime.

    The Safe City team has created a number of tips for residents to consider before leaving their homes unattended. These include:

  • 100 new buses to be built on the North West

    The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs, and I am pleased to announce Metro’s 100 new buses will be built in North West Tasmania.

    Southern Prospect will partner to manufacture the new fleet, resulting in the creation of over 40 new full time jobs in the North West.

    The new fleet represents the single biggest investment in public transport in Tasmania’s history and highlights our commitment to create jobs for Tasmanians and provide a sustainable public transport system both now and in the future.

  • Improved access to child health services

    Improved access to child health services and better staffing will result from the move of the Child Health and Parenting Service (CHaPS) from DHHS back into the Tasmanian Health Service (THS).

    The transfer reverses a decision by Labor, who in Government separated child health from other health services, which has made it more difficult to sustainably and effectively deliver the service.

  • First $10,000 barramundi hooked for 2017

    The first barramundi for 2017 has been caught in the NT Government’s Season 2 Million Dollar Fish competition, in Darwin River.

    The 55 centimetre fish is the seventh prize-tagged barramundi worth $10,000 which was hooked by Palmerston resident Benjamin Kaart last night.

    “Congratulations to Benjamin on this great catch, the first for 2017, in the Million Dollar Fish competition,” said Department of Tourism and Culture Acting CEO Susan Kirkman.


    A median break intersection on the Stuart Highway in front of the Coolalinga United fuel station will be upgraded to improve safety for all road users.

    Ongoing population and development growth of the Coolalinga area has increased traffic and created road safety and accessibility issues at the median break.  

    The median break intersection currently in place was not built to service high volume turning traffic from new developments in the growing business precincts located adjacent to the highway.

  • Motorists should buy now to avoid petrol price spikes

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims has urged motorists to shop around now to find the best deal before price cycles push petrol prices higher. The ACCC is concerned that petrol prices are increasing in Sydney, and those in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide may increase in coming days, following largely OPEC-inspired recent increases in wholesale petrol prices.

  • Labor/Green priorities for 2017 very revealing

    The nominated priorities for 2017 of Bryan Green and Cassy O’Connor are very revealing, and confirm that Labor and the Greens have no plan for Tasmania’s future.*

    When asked about his top priorities for 2017, Labor leader Bryan Green revealed he is more interested in himself than the people of Tasmania, with two of his five priorities for the year being about elections.

    Notably, Mr Green failed to mention altogether the need to balance the budget, which is no surprise given Labor’s appalling financial record.

  • Redevelopment of Allied Health facilities another step in fixing the health system

    The redevelopment of the Launceston General Hospital’s Allied Health Department is part of a $4 million capital works package funded by the Hodgman Liberal Government.

    We made a commitment to fix Tasmania’s ailing health system and it will continue to be a major focus of the Government this year.

    With a record $6.4 billion spend over four years, we have already made major improvements to our health system such as the redevelopment of the Allied Health Department that had not been upgraded since the hospital was built more than 30 years ago.

  • Green Front Group Farce Gets Worse

    The attempts of Tasmania’s newest Green front group to hide from public scrutiny have become farcical and left any credibility it may have had left in tatters.

    We now have a spokesperson for the anti-fish farming group Let’s Grow Tasmania’s Future commenting anonymously to the media.*

    If it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable – a secretive, cashed-up group running a misleading and offensive campaign against Tasmanian jobs where even the so-called spokesperson hides behind a veil of secrecy.

  • Building Reforms to Support Booming Property Market and Job Creation

    A booming real estate sector and a bumper tourist season will encourage further investment in Tasmania’s building and construction industry as the Liberal Government’s nation-leading building reforms come into effect.

    Gaining approval to build in Tasmania is now faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper with the commencement of the new Building Act and its new approach to cutting red tape, which will help to create jobs – our number one priority.

  • Mailbox safety to prevent identity theft and fraud

    The City of Sydney is calling for new design standards on apartment mailboxes to protect residents from identity theft and fraud.

    In a submission to Standards Australia, the City of Sydney has called for the existing Aust–NZ Standard for mailbox location and lock requirements to be extended to cover apartment buildings.

    A revised design standard would allow the City and other councils to amend planning controls and require new developments to have mailboxes installed inside secure areas, with individual locks and keys for each apartment mailbox.


    A project to identify future infrastructure requirements to provide improved road access to Alice Springs through Heavitree Gap for commuters, travellers, and freight providers is now out for public tender.

    The section of the Stuart Highway which passes through the area known as The Gap in the picturesque MacDonnell Ranges is the only sealed road link connecting the Northern Territory to South Australia. It also connects the Alice Springs CBD to the rural residential and industrial developments south of Alice Springs and the Alice Springs Airport, as well as being a connecting link along the alternative route to Uluru.

  • New pest animals declared to protect environment

    The ACT Government has declared the European Red Fox, the European Wasp and certain exotic fish species to be prohibited pest animals in the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman said today.

    “From today, it is prohibited to supply or keep the European Red Fox and European Wasp,” Minister Gentleman said.

    “Anyone already keeping exotic fish species that have become prohibited now has a legal responsibility to prevent them escaping into the wild and cannot sell them.

  • Valve to pay $3 million in penalties for misrepresenting gamers' consumer guarantee rights

    On 23 December 2016 the Federal Court ordered Valve Corporation (Valve) to pay penalties totalling $3 million for breaching the Australian Consumer Law. Valve is one of the world’s largest online game retailers and operates the Steam game distribution platform. 

    In March 2016, the Court found that Valve had breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations to consumers in relation to its online gaming platform, Steam.

  • 20,000 complaints by shoppers about consumer guarantees

    More than 20,000 shoppers complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about consumer guarantees in 2016, with more than a quarter reporting problems returning electronics and whitegoods to retailers.

    As the Christmas period ends and Boxing Day sales wind down, the ACCC is reminding shoppers they have automatic guarantee rights that a product will work for a reasonable period of time under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

  • Sydney NYE a sweeping success

    Sydney Harbour foreshore erupted into a kaleidoscope of colour last night as the City’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomed in the New Year.

    More than one million people flocked to vantage points across the city to witness 20,000 fireworks launch from the coathanger of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and 800 pyrotechnic effects shoot high above the Sydney Opera House sails.

    For the first time ever, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks were live streamed on Facebook, with viewers joining over one billion people tuning in on screens across the globe.

  • 2016 Road toll

    The Hodgman Liberal Government is strongly committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on Tasmania’s roads through our Towards Zero vision.

    Sadly, 2016 has seen 279 people seriously injured and 38 killed on Tasmanian roads.

    Last year’s road toll of 38 fatalities is five more than the previous year and four more than that of the five year average.

    In a small state like Tasmania, it is highly likely that one of those people was somebody you know or love.

  • Full disclosure needed on ad campaign

    Tasmanians urgently need full disclosure from the shadowy organisation attempting to drum up opposition to plans for the salmon industry expansion near Triabunna.

    This organisation, which calls itself Let’s Grow Tasmania’s Future, appears to be just another front for the anti-jobs coalition of radical environmentalists and the Greens.

    There is nothing on their website to disclose their origins, membership, or backers, apart from a blatantly misleading claim to be ‘non-politically-aligned and not anti-salmon farming’.

  • More access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 January 2017

    People aged 25-28 transition to the life-changing NDIS from tomorrow, giving participants aged between 12 – 28 years more choice and control around their care needs and their ability to participate in the broader community and to achieve their goals and their aspirations.

    With the Budget back on track the Hodgman Liberal Government is able to invest more in essential services that support the vulnerable. We have committed $572 million to fund the NDIS over the next four years, including over $230 million to deliver specialist supports in 2019.

  • A New Era for Tasmania’s Building Industry

    New Year’s Day will mark the beginning of a new era for Tasmania’s building and construction industry.

    From tomorrow, gaining approval to build in Tasmania will be faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper as the Liberal Government’s building reforms come into force with the commencement of the Building Act.

    The changes cut red-tape and help to encourage investment and the creation of new jobs. The amendments also introduce a risk-based approach to approvals.

  • Music at the heart of NYE celebrations

    Revellers are being encouraged to look up and listen for the full fireworks effects this New Year’s Eve as Sydney sees out 2016 with its biggest fireworks show yet set to a rocking soundtrack.

    A soundtrack that includes songs from rock legends Prince and David Bowie, Australian artists Sia and Flume and international stars Coldplay and Guns N’ Roses will take the fireworks to another level.

    Sydneysiders can tune in to 104.1 2DayFM for the exclusive soundtrack at 9pm and midnight.