Northern Rivers Echo

Wonderful Women

I was honoured to join Jodie McRae at the presentation of the NSW Woman of the Year Awards last week in Parliament House, at which Jodie was announced as the Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year. Jodie truly has been an inspiration in setting up Jodie’s Inspiration and raising funds to purchase cold-cap machines to help locals undergoing cancer treatment, whilst at the same time battling her own cancer journey.

Congratulations also to Helen Trustum, Richmond Valley’s Woman of the Year and Sandra Binney, Business Woman of the Year. Both these women do an outstanding job in their local communities.

Smart Meters

The NSW Government has announced competition will be enhanced in metering to give customers greater control over their electricity consumption through the voluntary, market-led rollout of smart meters.

The Electricity Supply Amendment (Advanced Meters) Bill 2016 allows installers and retailers to compete for market share and this completion will place downward pressure on prices. Smart meters give consumers full transparency of power use, real time information and remove the cost of manual meter inspections.

The NSW Government is the first state in Australia to start competitive metering installations and there will be no decrease in safety standards.

More information is available at: www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au

CTP Review

The NSW Government has announced a major review of the NSW Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Green Slip Scheme to drive down costs for motorists and better protect those seriously injured in a road accident

The current scheme, which has been operating since 1999, is now in urgent need of reform to ensure it remains affordable for vehicle owners and delivers the appropriate benefits to injured people in a timely manner.

Green Slip prices in NSW are now the highest in the country with an average of $630 for a standard passenger vehicle. We have seen a 70% rise in premiums since 2008 and without reform, we are likely to see further significant price rises in coming years.

The NSW Government has released a CTP Options paper and is seeking public comment. The Options Paper is available at www.sira.nsw.gov.au.

The review focuses on achieving four key objectives:

  1. Increasing the proportion of benefits to seriously injured road users
  2. Reducing the time it takes to resolve a claim
  3. Reducing opportunities for claims fraud
  4. Lowering Green Slip prices

I encourage motorists to visit www.sira.nsw.gov.au, to have their say on how we can create a CTP scheme that is more efficient, cheaper, fairer and sustainable.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577