NSW economy growing strongly

Paul Toole with Carole and Kevin McDiarmid.  Carole was featured in the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards Honour Roll for her service to education.

Paul Toole with Carole and Kevin McDiarmid. Carole was featured in the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards Honour Roll for her service to education.

By Member for Bathurst Paul Toole 

NSW number one for economic growth

Not only is the NSW economy experiencing the strongest growth since the Sydney Olympics, but this is the first time in 25 years we have been number one among the states for overall economic growth.

Latest ABS data shows NSW real Gross State Product (GSP) grew by 3.5 per cent in 2015-16 – stronger than any state or territory.

For the rest of Australia, Gross Domestic Product growth came in at 2.4 per cent in 2015-16 meaning NSW grew more than one percentage point faster than the rest of the country.

NSW’s strong growth was supported by an outstanding lift in exports, with services exports, such as education and tourism, growing by 12.5 per cent in the last year.

Strong growth in investment spending also indicates economic momentum will continue.

Housing investment grew by 13 per cent, public investment went up by 8.4 per cent and NSW business investment increased by 1.6 per cent.  

Things are looking good.

Co-ordinators sought for Container Deposit Scheme 

Applications are being taken now for a scheme coordinator and network operators to help put the landmark 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme into action. Registrations of interest are also being sought, in a separate process, for potential collection point operators.

To apply for prequalification as Scheme Coordinator or as a Network Operator, and to see the criteria for assessing applicants and the submission requirements, visit the NSW Government eTendering website: https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/epa

Applications must be received via the NSW Government’s eTendering website no later than 5pm on Monday,  December 5,  2016.

To register interest as a collection point operator or for more information about the container deposit scheme visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm

Take a stand on White Ribbon Day 

 Over 12 months, on average, one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner.

One in three women have experienced physical or sexual assault by someone known to them.

One in five women experience harassment in the workplace.

These are just some of the frightening statistics reported through White Ribbon.

This Friday we support and embrace White Ribbon Day and I call on all men in our community to make a stand to prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon challenges men to stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence against women being perpetrated by men.

The 2016- 17 Budget doubles the investment in specialist domestic violence initiatives to over $300 million over four years to support victims and hold perpetrators to account.

For information and support call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 2017.

Women of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution women across NSW make to their communities, business and the state.

There are six categories and I encourage everyone to nominate someone they feel worthy of one of these fantastic awards.

Nominations close on Tuesday,  January 10,  2017 and can be made at www.women.nsw.gov.au

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