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Country Labor Dialogue - December 2010

Country Labor Dialogue - December 2010

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Published by: NSW Labor on Feb 14, 2011
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Country LabordiaLogue
Grondbreakng reorms or NSW Electon
The NSW Government recentlmade grondbreakng and mportantreorms to Electoral Fndng andDsclosre laws n NSW. For the frsttme, donatons and expendtrewll be capped. Donatons are alsobanned rom developers, tobaccocompanes and proft-drven lqoror gamblng bsness enttes.
Premer Krstna Keneall andthe NSW Government shold becongratlated on these hstorcchanges to the electoral sstem.
 The reorms also have importantimplications or our countrycampaigns. These reorms ensure that ourcandidates in country electoratesreceive direct fnancial support torun their campaign. Candidates whogain over 4% o the primary vote willbe entitled to be reimbursed 100%or the frst $10,000 they spend, andthen 50% or the next $40,000 theyspend. Total expenditure is cappedat $100,000 per electorate. This means that our countrycandidates will be entitled to aminimum o $10,000 in publicunding. This unding will be returneddirectly to our local campaigns– Party Ofce will not retain thismoney. These reorms are an important stepin increasing the transparency o political donations. I am proud thatit is a Labor Government who hascontinued the process o reorm inthis important area.I look orward to working with youtowards the next State Election, andbeyond. I wish you and your amiliesa very Merry Christmas and bestwishes or 2011. 
Sam Dastar
General Secretary
$155 mllonSothCoast CorrectonalCentreopened
 The NSW Government’sdecision to locate thecorrectional centre at Nowrahas delivered a massive jobsboost to the South Coast. Through the lie o the project,the centre supported 2,200 jobs, with about hal o theconstruction workorce comingrom the local region. The correctional centre will createat least 200 permanent jobsonce the acility becomes ullyoperational by early next year.It is estimated these new jobswill inject around $10 milliona year into the south coasteconomy.“This centre was completedater just two and a hal years– and I thank all o the peoplewho have helped deliver thisproject on time and on budget,”Premier Keneally said.Recruitment is already underwayor correctional ofcers, industriesofcers, education ofcers,administrative and health sta.
Premer Krstna Keneallannonced the fnalsts o the 39thContr Msc Awards o Astralaat the lanch o the 2011 JacoTamworth Contr Msc Festval.
The estival is one o the largestevents o its kind in the world, and hascemented the Tamworth’s reputationas Australia’s country music capital.“The Tamworth Country Music Festivaland Country Music Awards, ondlyknown as the Golden Guitar Awards,capture the heart and soul o ournation,” Premier Keneally said.Tamworth is synonymous with countrymusic and every January the city istransormed into our capital o countrymusic.The NSW Government, throughEvents NSW, has partnered withTourism Tamworth, the Country Music Association o Australia and theTamworth Regional Council in planningthe Tamworth Country Music Festivaland Country Music Awards o Australiaor the past three years.Joining the Premier at the launch werethe Minister or Major Events KevinGreene, John Williamson, Presidento the Country Music Association Australia, Tamworth Regional CouncilMayor Col Murray and Felicity Urquhart,Female Artist o the Year 2010.
PremierKris tina Keneally, Minis ter  orCorrec ti ve Ser vices PhilCos ta and Memberor KiamaMa tt Bro wna t the o  fcial opening o   the Sou th Coas tCorrec tionalCen tre.
Premer lanchesTamworth ContrMsc Festval
Premier KristinaKeneallyat the launchof the2011JaycoTamworth CountryMusicFestival.
Premer Krstna Keneall ofcallopened the $155 mllon, 600-bed SothCoast Correctonal Centre near Nowra –the State’s 36th correctonal aclt.
New brdgeat Matland named
$500,000 boost or new Tamworth Helcopter Base
Premer Krstna Keneall joned the local commnt to celebrate the ofcal namngceremon o the new brdge at Matland. Ths s part o the $65 mllon Thrd HnterRver Crossng project, an mportant pece o nrastrctre or the regon.
Premer Krstna Keneall opened the new $2.3 mllon resce helcopter base atTamworth Arport and annonced a rther $500,000 to assst wth addtonal pgrades.
“The new 350-metre brdges abot delverng realmprovements to trafcmovement arond the Matlandarea,” Premer Keneall sad.
Ms Keneally said the third crossingo the Hunter River will reducecongestion on Belmore Bridgein Maitland and provide analternative route to the heritage-listed Morpeth Bridge. This will save drivers 10,500kilometres travel every day by 2016and cut greenhouse gasses byabout 2.5 tonnes a day. The bridge will be named ater well-known local identity and long-timeresident o Maitland, Harry Boyle,ondly known as “Mr History” dueto his passion or studying andremembering the past.Local MP Frank Terenzini said theHarry Boyle Bridge is expected tobe open to trafc beore Christmasthis year once fnal road works arecomplete, several months aheado schedule.
The Tamworth resce helcopterperorms search and resceoperatons, attends car accdentsand transports crtcal patents tohosptals n Tamworth, Newcastleand Sdne.
Since the Tamworth helicopterservice started in 2000, it hasfown more than 1,600 missions.It attends more than 100 motorvehicle accidents each year.The Westpac Rescue Serviceraised the money or the dedicatedbase at Tamworth Airport.This will provide better emergencyresponses in the New Englandand North West regions.The new Tamworth acility includesa brand new hanger or thehelicopter, sta training rooms,oces, kitchen and crew quarters.This year alone, the NSWGovernment will provide$4 million to the Hunter NewEngland Westpac RescueHelicopter service, so they candeliver their vital services.The additional $500,000 grant romthe State Government will ensureurther upgrades to the acility atTamworth Airport, including a fightplanning centre, new engineeringacility and the tting out o the newbuilding.
Premier KristinaKeneallyat the openingothenew$2.3millionrescuehelicopterbasefacilitiesatTamworthAirport.
PremierKristinaKeneallyandMemberforMaitlandFrankTerenzini atthe naming oftheHarryBoyle Bridge.

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