Northern Rivers Echo
This week I was joined by the Minster for Health Jillian Skinner to celebrate the completion of the first portion of the $80.25m Stage 3A redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital.
Construction of the emergency department and renal unit is now complete and in commissioning stage, with the finishing touches also being put on the new 270-space, multi-storey car park worth $9.3 million.
I look forward to its official opening later in the year.
I am very pleased the NSW Government has announced it will introduce a 10 cent refund container deposit scheme that will significantly reduce litter across the state.
The scheme will apply to most drink containers between 150ml and three litres, which will display NSW CDS labelling.
Giving people a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle drink containers will help to significantly reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.
Some of the scheme’s features include:
- A 10 cent refund for anybody who returns an eligible container
- Collection depots will range from large-scale depots through to stand-alone reverse-vending-machines and pop-up sites
- Funding of the 10 cent refund as well as the associated handling and administration fees will be provided by beverage suppliers.
I am concerned that over the past few months I have had an increase in representations from pensioners whose vehicle registrations have lapsed and subsequently been fined for driving an unregistered car.
Pensioners do not pay registration costs to the Roads & Maritime Service, but they do need to be aware of a few things. If you pay your green & pink slip premiums prior to the registration due date, the electronic transfer of this information will automatically register the vehicle – no further action is required. However, if you don’t make these payments until the due date or afterwards, then you must complete the registration either online or by visiting Service NSW.