Northern Rivers Echo

Last weekend Deborah and I attended the Southern Cross University Graduations. Congratulations to all the graduates and best wishes in their future endeavours. We also farewelled Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Lee and welcomed Prof Adam Shoemaker into the role. I wish Peter & Janet all the best in their retirement and thank them for the contribution made to SCU and its growth during his tenure and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship with Adam and his team.

The NSW Government will overhaul the building certification system in response to the Statutory Review of the Building Professionals Act 2005.

The NSW Government’s response has been released, supporting 72 of the Review’s recommendations.

The Government will introduce legislation to enhance certifier accreditation, including clarifying a certifier’s roles and responsibilities, improving the independence of certifiers and strengthening complaints processes.

An exposure draft Bill for public feedback will be released in the first half of 2017.

The Independent Review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 Final Report and NSW Government response are available at

Last week I attended the announcement by Deputy Premier Troy Grant & Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay of $4.8 million in NSW Government funding to roll out 28 new highway patrol vehicles across the state to crack down on dangerous drivers and help reduce the road toll.

The vehicles are funded through the Community Road Safety Fund where speed and red light cameras fines go. These funds go directly back into important road safety initiatives such as high visibility police enforcement.

The new high visibility vehicles are being deployed to key crash hotspots across the state, including Lismore, Tweed, Byron Bay & Grafton.

We’ve lost more than 280 people on our roads so far this year because of speed related crashes.

Drivers who continue to disobey the law while families are torn apart by loss of life on the road will have no excuse when they are caught – irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated on NSW roads.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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