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  • Keeping prices down for vulnerable Tasmanians

    The average Tasmanian household struggling with the cost of living will save nearly $550 under the Liberal’s Plan to take over Taswater.

    Under the Labor/Taswater do-nothing approach, water and sewerage prices are forecast to rise by five percent each year for the next six years.

    In contrast, under our Plan, we will cut price increases to no more than 3.5 percent.

    We don’t believe it is acceptable to have 25 towns on boil water or do not consume alerts, sewage spills seven times the national average and only one of 78 sewerage treatment plant compliant with EPA standards.

  • Last Chance For River Murray Irrigators To Access 3IP Grant Funding

    Round Four of the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) is now open for Expressions of Interest - with almost $40 million available for irrigators.

     

    South Australian irrigators holding an SA River Murray water licence may be eligible for 3IP funding to help make significant efficiency and business improvements to their irrigation enterprise.

  • South East Wine Industry Shares In $180,000 Funding

    Wineries in the state's South East are reaping the benefits of the State Government's new $1.8 million SA Wine Industry Development Scheme (SAWIDS) designed to boost visitor numbers and support the wine sector.

    Ruckus Estate is the latest winery in the region to be offered a grant of $25,000 as part of the Cellar Door Grants Program, contributing to funding a new cellar door.

    Situated near Naracoorte Caves, the new cellar door will be a welcome addition for visitors to the region - boosting local wine tourism and helping increase cellar door sales.

  • Recognition Agreement signed with Adnyamathanha

    A historic agreement between the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) and the South Australian Government was signed today at Wilpena Pound in the state’s mid-north.

    The Aboriginal Regional Authority Recognition Agreement is a commitment between the two parties to work more collaboratively, to enhance the voice of Adnyamathanha people in decision-making and driving regional priorities and growth.

    The agreement recognises ATLA as the lead regional decision-maker and the signing of the Recognition Agreement represents another significant step towards Reconciliation.

  • ATO seizes $5.8 million of illicit tobacco in regional Victoria

    An illegal tobacco crop with a potential excise value of $5.8 million has been seized and destroyed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of an excise warrant in Victoria.

    15 acres of tobacco plants were seized at a property in Macorna, near Kerang, in northern Victoria, following an ongoing investigation into illegally grown tobacco.

    ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston said the raid shows a continued resolve by the ATO to stamp out the illegal trade.

    “It’s illegal to grow tobacco in Australia, and has been for more than a decade,” Mr Cranston said.

  • ASBFEO Search for Australia’s Best Dispute Resolution Specialists

    The office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) is today launching a nationwide campaign to identify the country’s premier dispute resolution specialists to work with the ASBFEO in helping keep small businesses involved in business conflicts, out of the courts.

    The campaign seeks to bring together the very best commercial specialists in the field, with the aim of compiling an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider list for small businesses to utilise, when seeking a way forward in business-to-business disagreements.

  • Local company awarded contract to replace Lake Tahune Hut and facilities

    The Hodgman Government is committed to upgrading important parks infrastructure to improve the visitor experience in our amazing national parks, and improve environmental sustainability.

    I am pleased to announce that Westbury construction company Valley Workshop has been awarded the contract to demolish and replace the hut and toilet facilities at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap walking track, worth $450,000.

    The current facilities are at the end of their projected life, and improvements were necessary to meet current and forecast demand into the future.

  • RDIF Helps Grow Renmark Design Business

    A new location and expanded premises has seen well-known Renmark design business, Tri State Graphics, increased its workload, employ three new staff and take on new services.

     

    The move was made possible through a Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF) grant of $364,000.

    Minster for Regional Development Geoff Brock will visit the new store today (Tuesday, 21 March), to congratulate business owners Wayne & Gaylene Woosnam and see first-hand thee changes the RDIF grant has made possible.

  • Silicon Valley’s program 500 Startups to establish Australian HQ in Melbourne

    The world-renowned tech accelerator program 500 Startups will establish its Australian headquarters in Victoria after securing funding from LaunchVic, the State Government of Victoria's A$60 million startup fund.

    The announcement was made by 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis, and LaunchVicCEO Dr Kate Cornick, completing Round 2 of LaunchVic's funding program.

  • NT EPA to take part in PFAS Summit

    Representatives from the NT EPA will next month take part in a summit of international experts and regulators on the environmental regulation of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

    Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) is coordinating the summit, to be held in Melbourne from 4–5 April, on behalf of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy.

    The summit will contribute to the development of a PFAS National Management Plan to help ensure good environmental practices are applied consistently to all PFAS contaminated sites across Australia.

  • NT EPA to take part in PFAS Summit

    Representatives from the NT EPA will next month take part in a summit of international experts and regulators on the environmental regulation of per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

    Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) is coordinating the summit, to be held in Melbourne from 4–5 April, on behalf of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy.

    The summit will contribute to the development of a PFAS National Management Plan to help ensure good environmental practices are applied consistently to all PFAS contaminated sites across Australia.

  • Cheaper water bills here to stay

    Greater Sydney households and businesses will continue to benefit from low water bills, following the release of the 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan.

    The 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan(external link) will ensure there is enough water to meet the current and future needs of the people and environment of Greater Sydney.

    There are four main outcomes of the plan:

  • Don’t get scammed by a fake online store

    20 March 2017

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning online shoppers to be wary of scammers masquerading as legitimate online retailers, often selling well-known brands at too-good-to-be-true prices.

    Already in 2017, the ACCC’s Scamwatch service has received more than 1000 reports of online shopping scams worth more than $150,000 in total.

    Younger Australians in the 18 to 24 age bracket made up the biggest group of people who reported losing money to online shopping scammers. Worryingly, Scamwatch’s statistics also show nearly one in every two people reporting the scam lost money.

  • Global data analytics firm Udam sets up in Melbourne

    Global analytics company, Ugam, has set up its Australia New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne.

    Ugam's decision to locate here represents another vote of confidence in Victoria as a tech leader across the Asia Pacific.

    Ugam offers advanced analytics for retailers and manufacturers that solve marketing and merchandising problems and better engage with customers.

    The company is banking on rising interest in online shopping and the recent entry of Amazon, Alibaba and Costco into the Australian retail market.

  • Beaches Link plans revealed

    The NSW Government has revealed a preferred route for the Beaches Link and Western Harbour tunnels.

    The Beaches Link tunnel will connect to the Warringah Freeway, cross underneath Middle Harbour and connect with the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah. The Wakehurst Parkway will be upgraded to two lanes each way between Seaforth and Frenchs Forest.

  • ACCC Releases Statement of Issues on Caltex's proposed acquisition of Milemaker

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a Statement of Issues expressing initial concerns about the proposed acquisition by Caltex Australia Petroleum (ASX:CTX) of a chain of 46 service stations in Victoria from Milemaker Petroleum.

    The ACCC’s preliminary view is that the acquisition may substantially lessen competition for the retail supply of petrol in Melbourne.

  • Unemployment rate falls again, now equal with national average

    Tasmania’s unemployment rate has fallen again to 5.8 percent, equal with the national average.

    The ABS figures release today show that we have delivered on our pre-election commitment to match the national unemployment rate.

    Under Labor the unemployment rate reached 8.1 percent. Under us, the rate is a massive 1.7 percent lower than when we came to Government when it was 7.5 percent.

    Tasmania’s unemployment rate is now the second lowest of any State in the country, only behind New South Wales, the only other Liberal State.

  • 90-Day Transport Project Reaps $56m In Benefits As Work Starts On Eudunda Bypass

    Works will start this week on a heavy vehicle bypass at Eudunda - one of the reforms from a 90-day transport project which has already saved the agricultural industry more than $50 million in transport costs.



    The bypass will link the Worlds End and Thiele highways, filling a missing link in the State's 26-metre B-double network.

    It will also upgrade access to the Viterra silo and bunker sites.

    The works will include:

  • More large-scale solar farms coming to NSW

    Twelve new renewable solar power projects, including what could be the largest in the southern hemisphere, are in NSW's planning pipeline. 

    If approved, the proposed solar farms will generate:

  • Canberra’s international visitor numbers continue to grow

    The ACT has again attracted record numbers of international visitors, with 207,859 overseas travellers visiting the capital for the year ending December 2016.

    These are great results, which reflect the Government’s efforts to be more internationally engaged. Our local tourism industry supports the ACT’s strong economy by employing over 16,000 Canberrans.

    It is also great to see visitors from Singapore increase by 73.5 per cent in 2016 after Singapore Airlines began regular flights between Canberra and Singapore.  

  • AIIA survey shows Australians want government to improve its use of technology to deliver services

    The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, today released the findings of a national survey that demonstrates almost all Australians (99%) believe they would benefit from government using the latest technology for service delivery, however they rated Government lowest in their ability to do so when compared to other industries.

    The findings of the survey, which was conducted by Galaxy Research on behalf of AIIA, have been released in advance of AIIA’s Navigating Digital Government Summit in Canberra on Wednesday 5 April.

  • New technology and digital disruption bring new challenges for consumer regulator

    Fast-moving disruptive technologies and anti-competitive responses to those technologies by incumbent businesses are some of the key challenges facing consumer regulators, said Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims.

    Addressing the National Consumer Congress in Melbourne today, Mr Sims highlighted the challenges in regulating rogue online traders, sophisticated scam artists, and new retail practices like ‘subscription traps’, some of which fall short of the Australian Consumer Law and many of whom are based overseas.

  • Recognising Australia's east coast gas crisis

    ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said events following the ACCC’s April 2016 Inquiry into the east coast gas market have confirmed the Commission’s worst fears.

    Speaking in Sydney today at the 5th Annual Australia Domestic Gas Outlook Conference 2017, Mr Sims said, “One year ago at this conference I warned of “…an urgent need for both new and importantly more diverse sources of gas supply into the domestic market.”

    “The outlook for gas supply is now even worse than it was a year ago; indeed, our worst fears are being realised,” Mr Sims said.

  • ACCC takes action against Aveling Homes over online review websites

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Aveling Homes Pty Ltd (Aveling Homes), a Perth-based home building company, for alleged misleading conduct and false or misleading representations.

    The alleged conduct is in relation to review websites Aveling Homes created for its businesses, Aveling Homes and the First Home Owner’s Centre.