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Country Labor Dialogue - June 2010

Country Labor Dialogue - June 2010

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Published by: NSW Labor on Feb 14, 2011
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Premier announces: No newcoal mine in the Upper Hunter
Premier Kristina Keneally andMinister for Planning, Tony Kelly,announced the Bickham CoalProject – a proposal for an open cutmine to extract coal for the next 25years – will not proceed.
 The project was stopped due torisks of water contamination anddrainage particularly on the PagesRiver and the incompatibility of landuse – threatening the viability of theregion’s internationally renownedthoroughbred breeding industry.“This decision gives the State’sthoroughbred industry the increasedcertainty it needs to continue toharness the dynamic global market– of which it is a leader,” PremierKristina Keneally said.Minister Kelly said that the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC)review of water studies providedadditional technical rigour andexpertise to the Department of Planning’s assessment of the project.“The PAC received submissionsfrom stakeholders, and conductedpublic hearings and meeting withexperts, Government agencies,local government and industrygroups,” Tony Kelly said.
Frank Terenzinipromoted toCabinet
Premier Kristina Keneallyhas promoted Member forMaitland and Country LaborMember, Frank Terenzini,to the Cabinet following theresignation of the Ministerfor Transport and Roads,David Campbell.
Frank Terenzini will becomeMinister for Housing, Ministerfor Small Business and Minister Assisting the Premier onVeterans Affairs. He joins otherCountry Labor members, TonyKelly, Ian Macdonald, SteveWhan and Phil Costa in theMinistry.Country Labour congratulatesFrank on his promotion.
PremierKris tinaKeneallya t ArrowfeldHorse S tud.Coun tr y LabourMember Frank  Terenzinihas been promo tedto Cabine t.
NSW’s multi-billion dollar thoroughbred industry – the world’s secondlargest – will be protected following a State Government decision toprohibit coal mining at the Bickham site in the NSW Upper Hunter.
Ruralwomento behonoured
The contribution of womenvolunteers in rural NSW willbe formally recognised in anannual honour roll.
Nominations for the honour roll,known as Hidden Treasures, arenow open.“This initiative will provide alasting legacy to our tirelesswomen volunteers, who arethe backbone of many ruraland regional communities,”Primary Industries MinisterSteve Whan said. About 50 volunteers will beadded to the list, which willbe published on the RuralWomen’s Network website.“Women are doing a great job across many regionaltowns and cities, they play animportant voluntary role byproviding support to communityorganisations, local businessesand of course families,” Ministerfor Women Jodi McKay said.The honour roll will be presentedat the annual NSW Women’sGathering, which will be held inWentworth, southern NSW, from29-31 October 2010.Hidden Treasures is a jointproject of the Rural Women’sNetwork, NSW Centre forVolunteering and NSW Ofcefor Women’s Policy.Nominations can be made viathe Rural Women’s Networkwebsite www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/ rwn or by calling the Centre forVolunteering on (02) 9261 3600.
Funding boostfor Parkes sportingand racing groups
Sport and Recreation MinisterKevin Greene visited Parkesrecently to meet with localsports and racing groups.
Kevin Greene ofcially openeda $50,000 NSW Governmentfunded upgrade to the ParkesHarness Racing Club. Thisinvestment has seen greatimprovements to the track andstables at the Racing Club. The Minister also announced$1000 in funding for further worksat the Racing Club track.“Parkes Trots is still a greatattraction for the local community,and they’ll be holding fourSaturday twilight race meetingsin the upcoming months,”Kevin Greene said.Kevin Greene also met withParkes Cricket Associationmembers to provide them with$1000 in funding for new syntheticwickets for local junior cricketers. The Minister also unveiled aplaque to commemorate localcricket legend Cec Pepper. The plaque and wooden seatin Keast Park are a permanentreminder of Cec Pepper’sachievements. Pepper madethe fastest ever century recordedin Parkes cricket in 1935.
Minis terGreeneunveiling aplaqueas a remindero Cec Pepper’sachievemen ts inParkes
 The NSW Government willprotect the internationallysignicant River Red Gum forests and woodlands.
 The landmark decision will preserve in perpetuity100,000 hectares of ancient trees – many of whichare more than 300 years old – and their ecosystemsincluding 50 species of threatened fauna and signicantbreeding habitat for 18 migratory birds.It will create two wetlands of international signicance– Millewa and Werai, and two Living Murray icon sites –Millewa Forest and the River Murray Channel. The announcement, made by Premier Kristina Keneallyand the Minister for Environment, Frank Sartor, marksthe largest protection of land for conservation in NSWsince 2005 when the State Government protected350,000 hectares in the Brigalow bio-region.“Many of these River Red Gum trees are estimated tobe over 300 years old, which means they were herebefore Captain Cook arrived and if protected they canlive beyond 1,000 years,” Premier Keneally said.Premier Keneally said an increased management andindustry assistance package totalling $97 million wasalso secured as part of the historic agreement.
Minister for Roads, David Borger, ofciallyopened a new, 10.5 kilometres, 4-lane section ofthe Pacic Highway.
The Johns River Bypass, worth $190 million, is openin time for the July school holidays when many NSWfamilies travel north.The whole project has supported around 750 jobs inconstruction and related elds, with around 60% ofthese people coming from the local area.“This will improve safety and reduce travel times onthe Pacic Highway,” David Borger said.This is a real demonstration of how the NSW andFederal Governments are working together to makethe Pacic Highway safer.Further sections of upgraded highway betweenJohns River and Herons Creek are beingprogressively opened to double lane divided road asthey are completed.The whole upgrade will be completed in July 2010,with the exact timeframe dependent on the weather.
Upgrading the Pacic Highway –Johns River Bypass open
Riverina Red Gum Forestsprotected
Minis ter Borgera t  theopeningo the Johns RiverB ypass

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