Matters of State | Troy Grant

The strategy: On display and the team will be on hand to answer your questions at a community event on November 3 at the Macquarie Street Rotunda in Dubbo.

The strategy: On display and the team will be on hand to answer your questions at a community event on November 3 at the Macquarie Street Rotunda in Dubbo.

With Christmas only nine weeks away the NSW Government has taken steps to protect consumers and help them get a fairer deal on gift cards and stamping dodgy ticket scalpers.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

The NSW Parliament recently passed legislation to amend the Fair Trading Act 1987, these amendments will crack down on price gouging in the sport and live entertainment industries.

All too often you hear stories of tickets to sporting and other events being resold online a hugely inflated prices, the governments changes will help prevent this. The other positive change is in relation to gift cards.

There is now a mandatory minimum three years expiry date for gift cards sold to consumers in NSW, this change alone will put millions back in the hands of shoppers that’s currently lost to retailers through unused balances on expired gift cards.

NEW CROWN LAND STRATEGY

The NSW Liberals and National are encouraging crown land managers, tenure holders, trust, councils and the wider community to have their say on the draft community engagement strategy for crown land.

This strategy is central to improving transparency and meaningful engagement with the community on crown land decisions and mandates that engagement must occur where deals and activities have potential to impact on community use and enjoyment of crown land.

The Community Engagement Strategy is on public exhibition until November 26 2017. For more information contact Crown Lands on 1300 886 235 or visit www.crownland.nsw.gov.au

40 YEAR VISION FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORT

The NSW Government last week unveiled its vision for the future of Regional NSW transport. It is customer focused, technology driven and emphasises better regional connections.

The Future Transport 2056 draft regional strategy outlines improvements to the network over the coming decades. Better regional inter-connectivity, enhanced east-west links and easier access to ports will be an important focus while also making significant improvements to safety, reliability and efficiency of our roads and highways.

Future Transport 2056 is a comprehensive strategy to ensure the way we travel is more personal, integrated, accessible, reliable and sustainable.  The draft strategy will be open for comment until December 3.

The strategy will be on display and the team will on hand to answer your questions at a community event on November 3 at the Macquarie Street Rotunda in Dubbo.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABORIGINAL EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS

I urge the Aboriginal people in the Dubbo electorate to apply for a scholarship that will support them in studying a bachelor level early childhood teaching qualification. The new Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Scholarship program will complement ongoing training and leadership opportunities designed to support Aboriginal educators working in the early childhood sector in the electorate.

It is absolutely crucial Aboriginal culture is embedded in early childhood education and this unprecedented scholarship investment will encourage more of that.

Currently, less than ten per cent of Aboriginal staff working in NSW preschools have a bachelor degree or above, compared to the NSW average of more than 30 per cent. This investment by the NSW Government aims to close the gap for degree-qualified professionals. Applications for the Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Scholarships program will open on Friday, November 3 and will be accepted until Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Until next week, Troy