1 December 2011
The creation of Sydneys new 12-hectare convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour is progressing with three strong consortia shortlisted to build and operate the facilities. NSW Premier Barry OFarrell said the consortia were a mix of local and international players with a depth of experience in construction and maintenance as well as operations and events.
30 September 2011
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has today called on the Federal Government to address the 'vertical fiscal imbalance' in Australia by reducing the reliance of state governments on Commonwealth grants, removing tax impediments to infrastructure projects, and sharing certain tax bases with the states and territories. NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said the submission argues that the Henry Tax Review did not focus on the 'vertical fiscal imbalance' in Australia which has resulted in the Federal Government having access to the largest and most effective taxes, while the states are dependent on fewer and less efficient taxes. "There is a fundamental mismatch in the service functions of the states and their revenue raising abilities," said Mr Baird.
28 September 2011
A comprehensive two-month listening tour across NSW, being held as part of the NSW Governments planning system review, will soon head to the Upper Hunter, Tamworth and Willoughby in Sydney. The review is being led by former Environment Minister Tim Moore and former NSW Public Works Minister Ron Dyer. Mr Moore said more than 150 meetings with stakeholders and the community were being held, including community forums in at least 44 locations over the next two months. Already, 45 stakeholder meetings have been held around Sydney.