JOINT STATEMENT ON JERRARA POWER

Mayor Bob Kirk and NSW Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today issued a joint statement regarding the proposed Jerrara Power waste to energy project near Bungonia.

Mayor Bob Kirk said he and Mrs Tuckerman have listened to the proponent of the project, been involved in community consultation and also had meetings with concerned residents and groups such as the Jerrara Action Group.   

“Last week we had the opportunity to meet with NSW Minister for Planning & Public Spaces Rob Stokes, and during this we raised our strong concerns regarding effect on the environment, human health, biodiversity, toxicity, transport and water usage,” Clr Kirk said.

Mrs Tuckerman said she too has strong concerns regarding this proposal and our community’s objections are abundantly clear.

“I want to thank the community for their feedback and representations made – I am doing everything in my capacity to strongly voice their concerns in NSW Parliament. I have advocated for further policy work with the Premier and Deputy Premier, the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Energy and Environment to determine appropriate areas for these kinds of projects across NSW. We can’t keep having these proposals threatening our way of life because of our close proximity to Sydney.

“There are many concerns surrounding the proposal including the health and environmental uncertainty and the protracted process that will eventually ascertain the project is unsuitable and frankly not welcome here,” Mrs Tuckerman said

Mayor Kirk said Goulburn Mulwaree should not be seen as an easy option for the dumping of Sydney’s waste.

“I understand waste to energy projects may have a role to play in our waste economy moving forward as we can’t continue to rely on landfill, however if these projects cause no odour, environmental effects or other issues they can be built in Sydney closer to the main source of waste as is the case in other capital cities throughout the world.”

“We have strong concerns regarding impact on mental and physical health of the community, and the uncertainty being created by this proposal. A number of residents purchased in this area after undertaking their due diligence research, only to now find this proponent can use the NSW Government Infrastructure SEPP to bypass Council’s planning policies in order to proceed with this proposal.

“Goulburn Mulwaree is already home to a number of quarries, renewable energy projects and the Veolia Woodlawn Eco Precinct where another waste to energy project is proposed. It is unreasonable for our region to become the concentration point for Sydney’s waste issues due to our proximity to the City,” Clr Kirk said.

HUME HIGHWAY AND YASS VALLEY WAY INTERSECTION PUTS SAFETY FIRST

Safety upgrades have begun on the Hume Highway and Yass Valley Way intersection.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the work funded through the Network and Safety Program will involve extending the deceleration exit lane by 100 metres to reduce the risk of crashes.

“There were 4 crashes at this intersection over a 5-year period, with motorists crashing into guard rails as they exited the highway,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This work will provide a longer distance for motorists to slow down and exist safely.

“The upgrades will also include lane widening, signage installation and line marking and will generate 15 local jobs.”

Work began on Wednesday 16 June between 7am and 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and is expected to be completed by late July, weather permitting.

Lane closures and a 40 km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and to follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

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YASS A WINNER IN MASS SOCIAL HOUSING UPGRADES

Yass social housing tenants are among the beneficiaries of the NSW Government’s $40 million capital works program for social housing.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said local Community Housing Provider Argyle Housing is upgrading homes across its portfolio through the program.

“This NSW Government program has improved our housing stock while providing jobs for tradespeople and injecting cash into our local economy,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“It’s having a direct impact here in our local community. I spoke to Alan in Yass whose window was replaced and whose house was painted through the scheme.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the program is delivering capital works for more than 2000 properties across NSW that are owned by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation and managed by Community Housing Providers.

“The program is supporting more than 350 jobs across NSW, with more than half of them in regional areas,” Mrs Pavey said.

“We’re improving the quality of homes for thousands of social housing tenants and families across NSW, while supporting local businesses that supply workers with the tools, trades and building materials to give these properties a fresh lick of paint or building works.”

Argyle Housing CEO Wendy Middleton said the program allowed the Community Housing Provider to improve the quality, safety and comfort of homes. “We hope these measures contribute to supporting positive health outcomes for tenants, particularly those in areas where extreme heat and cold are experienced including in Yass,” Ms Middleton said.

NSW GOVERNMENT TO APPOINT PROPERTY SERVICES COMMISSIONER

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has today announced increased consumer protection in the property services sector along with improved industry support with the NSW Government’s decision to appoint a Property Services Commissioner.

Mrs Tuckerman said this is great news for people living in the Goulburn electorate as the Commissioner will provide expert advice on how services delivered by the NSW Government to the property services sector and the community can be improved.

“The property services industry is a significant employer in the region and is a substantial contributor to our local economy,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“As a Government, it is crucial that we work with the property services sector to put in place consumer protections as we commit to restoring confidence in the industry.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the new Commissioner will join the Property Services Expert Panel and is the next step in the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting the property and real estate sector.

“I am determined to properly support the property services industry which employs over 37,000 people and contributes $100 billion to the NSW economy,” Mr Anderson said.

“We are taking the same successful approach we did for the building and construction sector with the appointment of the Building Commissioner. We want to see a well-respected industry expert take the lead and make the case for reform, while actively supporting consumers and ensuring best practice, modern regulation of the property sector.”

The Commissioner will be responsible for ensuring a strong, vibrant property sector, which is responsive to the needs of property services professionals and ensures the highest compliance and professional standards for the benefits of consumers.

“Consumer protection is at the forefront of our agenda and we know the property sector supports this objective as well,” Mr Anderson said.

COVID SUPPORT FOR CROWN LAND ASSETS

The NSW Government will provide $57,758 to three Crown Land Manager’s across the Goulburn electorate.

Laggan Hall will receive $2,289 for the purchase of a dishwasher and kitchen facility hygiene improvements, Towrang Community Hall will receive $35,000 for the upgrade of the toilet and the Gundaroo Park Land Manager will receive $20,469 for the supply and installation of signage.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the funding is being provided by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment under the Crown Land Manager COVID-19 Recovery Support Program.

The Crown Land Manager COVID-19 Recovery Support Program is providing $4.1 million in grants statewide to help Crown land managers recover from the pandemic by funding asset improvements and work, health and safety plans on reserves.

Applications were invited from all Crown land managers, including local councils and other trust managers, via an expression of interest which closed on 30 April 2021. Grants valued from $5,000 to $150,000 (GST inclusive) were on offer for a range of things including: upgrades to hygiene facilities such as toilet blocks, soap dispensers and hand sanitiser stands; procurement of equipment, signage and other resources to support COVID safe events; work, health and safety audits for reserves by qualified professionals.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said many Crown reserves were forced to temporarily cease operations during COVID which had a significant impact on their visitors, events and income.

“These grants will improve risk management practices by funding work, health and safety audits by qualified professionals to support the use of public lands,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This program aims to boost the social benefits of Crown reserves and support regional economic recovery post-COVID while supporting jobs in regional areas.”