Express 21 January 04
Welcome to 2004. I trust everyone had an enjoyable, safe and relaxing
Christmas and New Year season.
I am looking forward to attending Australia Day celebrations once again this
year. I will be taking part in festivities at Kyogle and Tabulam. The day
captures the spirit of what being Australian really means. It refreshes national
pride in past achievements, our history, and makes us reflect on the vast
opportunities that are available to us.
Woodenbong Central School
Late last year I had the pleasure of attending the Woodenbong Central School
Presentation Assemblies. This also included the induction of the 2004 captains.
Casino & West of Range Interviews
I will conducting interviews in Casino on Wednesday 28 January at the Richmond
Valley Council from 12 noon. I will also be visiting Old Bonalbo, Bonalbo,
Urbenville, Legume, Woodenbong, Grevillia & Wiangaree on Wednesday 4 February.
Anyone wanting an appointment on either of these days, please contact my office
for a time.
Inquiry into Serious Injuries & Deaths in the Workplace
The Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1 is holding an
Inquiry into Serious Injuries & Deaths in the Workplace. Written submissions are
encouraged to be sent to the Director, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 1,
Legislative Council, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney by 4 February
2004. Copies of the Inquiry's Terms of Reference or further information can be
obtained from my office or by contacting the Committee Secretariat on 9230 3544
Building Consultancy Licences
Commencing January 1 2004 any person who is retained by a consumer to carry out
a pre-purchase inspection of a residential building will be required to hold a
licence, under the Home Building Amendment (Building Consultancy Work)
Regulation 2003. Consumers will be able to check the licence details of building
consultants on the public register maintained on the Office of Fair Trading
website. Information and licence application forms are available on the website www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or by calling the Home Building Service on 1800
Building Active Communities Funding
This Department of Sport & Recreation assistance will fund projects which
increase sport, recreation and physical activity for identified groups from
under-represented and disadvantaged people within the community, and/or address
health and social issues. There are small (up to $2,000) and large
($10,000-$25,000) grants available. The closing date for small grants is 30
January and for large 12 March. Application forms can be obtained from my office
or the Department's website www.dsr.nsw.gov.au.
Casino Community Benefit Fund
In 1995 the Casino Community Benefit Fund was established to provide financial
assistance to organisations offering treatment services (counselling,
rehabilitation etc), education and awareness raising for problem gamblers and
their families, and activities addressing the flow-on effects of problem
gambling. The program provides the opportunity for "not for profit" community
based organisations to apply for financial assistance. Applications forms are
available from my office or can be downloaded from the Department of Gaming &
Racing website at www.dgr.nsw.gov.au. The closing date is 13 February.
Draft Property, Stock and Business Agents Amendment (Tenant Databases)
Tenant databases are operated by private companies who collect information about
tenants and make it available to real estate agents. Agents use this information
to assess a person's rental history when considering an application to rent a
property. The draft Property, Stock and Business Agents Amendment (Tenant
Databases) Regulation 2004 aims to protect tenants in NSW from unfair treatment
in relation to the use of tenant databases. The regulation prescribes rules of
conduct under the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 regarding the use
of tenant databases by New South Wales real estate agents.
The draft regulation does not directly regulate database operators but rather
the agents who list tenants on databases. Comments on the draft regulation are
invited by 9 February and should be sent to: The Project Manager, Tenant
Databases Regulation, Policy Division, Office of Fair Trading, Level 20, 227
Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of the draft regulation can be obtained from my office or at