Local Politician Say

COMMUNITY COMMITTEE TO BE FORMED TO HELP MONITOR LOCAL AIR QUALITY

Local residents, business owners and community groups can be part of a committee invited to have a say on air quality monitoring arrangements before and during the operation of the NorthConnex motorway.

The Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC) will be established in May 2017 and operate for up to two years after the opening of the $3 billion motorway in 2019.

The committee was a condition of planning approval by the Minister for Planning and will feature representatives from local Councils, Roads and Maritime Services and three members of the community.

The committee will meet over the next five years and will be directly engaged in the monitoring and public reporting processes, including helping choose the locations of air quality monitoring stations.

AQCCC nominations will be assessed against selection criteria, including proximity to planned ventilation outlets, contributions to the community and previous committee experience.

Six air quality monitoring stations, two near each ventilation outlet, one along Pennant Hills Road and one ambient air quality reference station – will be installed at least 12 months before the motorway is opened.

For details on how to nominate to be part of the AQCCC please visit www.northconnex.com.au .

For more information contact NorthConnex on 1800 997 057, email enquiries@northconnex. com.au or visit the NorthConnex Community Information Centre at 118 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills, on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Applications for the AQCCC close on Friday 14 April 2017.

NEW SCHEME TO DELIVER CHEAPER GREEN SLIPS IN 2017

NSW motorists are set to benefit from a fairer and more affordable CTP Green Slip Scheme under a proposal from the NSW Government.

The changes will address problems with the current CTP scheme such as premium unaffordability, delays in payment of benefits to people injured on NSW roads, and reducing fraudulent and exaggerated claims that are driving up premiums.

State-wide average premiums will drop from $650 to $528. NSW motorists will shave around $120 off their Green Slip under the new scheme.

Over the past decade, Green Slip prices have increased by 85 per cent, with the average Sydney motorist now paying $703, and country motorists paying $482. This is simply unfair and motorists deserve better.

The current scheme has become the least affordable in the country and just 45 cents in every Green Slip dollar is returned to those who need it most – injured road users. The rest is chewed up in scheme costs, including insurance super profits, legal fees and medical fees.

A Bill was introduced last month and, subject to Parliament’s approval, a new Green Slip scheme is likely to commence in December 2017. Further information is available at www. sira.nsw.gov.au.

FUNDING BOOST FOR SPORT IN BAULKHAM HILLS

More than $42,000 in NSW Government funding for sporting facilities as part of the 2016/17 Local Sport Grant Program.

Funding has been provided for ten projects across the Baulkham Hills electorate. The main aim of this program is to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW.

Sport is a huge part of our way of life and the NSW Government recognises how important it is to our communities, for both social and health reasons.

The successful 2016/17 projects are:

  • Baulkham Hills Australian Football Club – Spectator Seating for the Top Oval at Charles McLaughlin Reserve: $11,185;
  • Baulkham Hills Australian Football Club – Equipment for 2017 Girls Teams and Auskick: $2,143;
  • Hills Rugby Union Football Club – 2017 Coach and Match Official Development Program: $2,000;
  • Hills Rugby Union Football Club – 2017 Supply of Club Uniform to Playing Members: $5,000;
  • Hills Seniors Rugby Union – PA and Clubroom: $2,069;
  • Hills Seniors Rugby Union – New Uniforms: $2,336;
  • Kellyville United Football Club – 2017 Club Equipment: $5,000;
  • Muirfield Golf Club – “Project Paragolfer – A Specialised Golf Cart for Golfers with a Disability: $5,000;
  • Swimming Metro North West Association – Dolphin Timing System for Swimming Carnivals – $5,000; and
  • The Hills Swimming and Life Saving Club – Portable Shade Shelters: $2,500.