APPRENTICES DOING IT TOUGH ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR $15,000 SCHOLARSHIPS

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman has today encouraged first year apprentices doing it tough in the Goulburn electorate to apply for the 2019 Bert Evans Scholarships.

The Scholarship, which is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, provides first year apprentices that are experiencing financial and personal hardship with $15,000 over three years to assist them complete their training.

Mrs Tuckerman said that the scholarships would make a real difference to apprentices that are working hard to undertake training and contribute to the community.

“These scholarships are another great example of how the NSW Government is supporting our first year apprentices to get the skills they need to have successful careers.

I encourage any local apprentice that is in need of a helping hand to consider applying for one of these great Scholarships” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Member for Skills and Tertiary Education, Dr Geoff Lee, said that the scholarships were a great way of ensuring that NSW continues to have a strong and skilled workforce.

“We know how important apprentices are to the future of our industries and these scholarships will help hard working apprentices who are struggling finish off their training and have fulfilling careers.

Applications are open until 19 July 2019, and apprentices who start their training between 1 March 2018 and 19 July 2019 are eligible to apply.

To lodge an application, visit www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or phone 13 28 11.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SKATE PARK EXTENSION

The extension of the Goulburn Skate Park in Victoria Park begins this week, with the design now complete and Trinity Skateparks to get underway with construction.  

Consultation was undertaken in the late months of 2018, with the process highlighting the need for a combination of bowl and street style features that cater to beginners, and park amenity needs such as shade and water refill stations.

Funding for the project was successfully sourced through a grant application to the NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund, in which Victoria Park was awarded $896,000.

“As the construction partner Trinity Skateparks have been fantastic. They have undertaken proper consultation with users of the park which will lead to great outcomes. The design links nicely with the upgraded car park works which will be undertaken as part of the Goulburn Aquatic & Leisure Centre redevelopment. Victoria Park is the region’s premier health and wellbeing precinct, and continues to get better!” said Mayor Bob Kirk. 

“Our young people identified the need for improvements to the skate park and they have been part of the process every step of the way, from flagging the work that needs to be done to assisting in the design. Even today, some young men using the facility – Cory, Jordy and Patrick – were keen to have a chat and give us some more feedback on the project” said Wendy Tuckerman, Member for Goulburn. 

“The NSW Government is pleased to support these improvements for such a well-loved facility – I can see only benefits for expansion of the facility to give access to beginners.”

The new site will be fenced off from Monday 20th May, however the main park will remain open throughout construction. The extension to the Skate Park is expected to be completed in early July 2019.

THE FIRST OF YASS VALLEY’S THREE NEW AMENITIES BUILDINGS TO OPEN IN BINALONG

The brand new amenities building in Binalong will be officially opened by the Mayor of Yass Valley, Rowena Abbey on Saturday, 25 May 2019, coinciding with a Binalong Brahmans home game.

“A new amenities building has been on the Binalong community’s wish list for many, many years and I am very proud to be officially opening this building,” said Yass Valley Mayor, Rowena Abbey. 

“Sport and social activities are so important for small communities such as Binalong and I cannot thank the NSW Government enough for understanding this importance and providing us with the funding to achieve this project.”

Binalong is the first of three amenities buildings to be opened under the $1.65m Yass Valley LGA Facilities Upgrade Program, which was funded under NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Wendy Tuckerman, Member for Goulburn, is pleased the project has been completed so quickly.
 
“I’m sure the new building will be greatly appreciated in the peak of rugby league season – usually coinciding with the coldest time of the year.
 
“The NSW Government’s significant investment in improving facilities across Yass Valley are set to benefit our residents and visitors alike. 
 
“The Stronger Country Communities fund is a once-in-a-generation investment and I’m excited to see these projects being completed and opened,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This new amenities building will mean that Binalong’s primary school and sporting teams will be able to host more events and our town will be able to welcome visitors with new and clean facilities,” said Libby Elliot, President of Binalong Progress Association.

“The community of Binalong is extremely thankful to the NSW Government and Yass Valley Council for the investment in our village.” 

Construction of the Sutton amenities building is well and truly underway, with the building anticipated to be opened for the community in September 2019. Construction of the Gundaroo amenities building will take place in the 2019/2020 financial year, with the finalisation of plans currently underway.

The officially opening will take place at the Binalong Recreation Ground at half time (approx. 2.30pm) of the Binalong Brahmans v Boorowa Rovers rugby league game on Saturday, 25 May 2019.

GET YOUR PAWS OUT FOR A WALK GOULBURN!

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock MP and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman are encouraging local dog lovers to get their paws out for a walk and join the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk on Sunday.

Mrs Tuckerman said the RSPCA’s biggest annual fundraising event will see droves of dogs take part in 18 events across NSW and 75 in Australia.

“All participant-raised funds go directly to help care for the more than 32,000 animals which enter NSW RSPCA shelters every year.

“Our best friends like nothing better than the sight of their owner walking towards them with their lead,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Tails will certainly be wagging as pet owners prepare for the Million Paws Walk. I encourage all local dog lovers to take their furry best friend out for a walk on Sunday and not only enjoy this great weather but some valuable time with their pet.

“And even if there is no local Million Paws Walk event, there are some great locations in our local area for residents to enjoy some play time with their pooch.”

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock MP said the Million Paws Walk was a timely reminder to all dog owners of the three pillars of responsible pet ownership.

“As well as joining the fun of Sunday’s walk, pet owners can help the RSPCA and look after their best mate by ensuring their pet is registered, microchipped and de-sexed,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Not only do these three steps provide health and lifestyle benefits for your pet, it is the best possible chance of getting your dog returned to you if it goes missing.

“Pet registration has never been easier. And there’s only one lifetime registration fee.

“You can register your pet online via the NSW Pet Registry or Service NSW websites, or by using 1 of the 99 Service NSW digital kiosks across the State, or over the counter at your local council.

“Pet registration fees go straight back to the community by funding local pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness initiatives.

“Pet owners should also create a profile on the NSW Pet Registry and keep their details up to date to ensure a joyful reunion if their dog goes missing.”

For more information visit www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au. For information on Million Paws Walk events visit www.millionpawswalk.com.au.

MAKING IT EASIER TO DO BUSINESS IN WINGECARRIBEE SHIRE

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, today announced that aspiring business owners in Wingecarribee Shire, can set up a small business faster and with less hassle, now that the NSW Government’s Easy to do Business program is up and running in Wingecarribee Shire.

More than 100 councils have signed up to the program, which makes it easier for business owners in the cafe, restaurant and small bar industry to engage with all levels of government.

Ms Tuckerman said the decision by Wingecarribee Shire Council to join the program provides a boost to the local dining scene and well-regarded café culture in the local area.

“With Easy to do Business, business owners here in Wingecarribee Shire can now access one digital platform which has all the information they need, call one phone number and start a small business faster, “Mrs Tuckerman said

“Navigating all the rules to start up a café, restaurant or small bar was complicated and time consuming, but this initiative means a small bar could be up and running six months faster.


“Business owners will be able to spend more time planning their business, and less time on paperwork.”

Wingecarribee Shire Council Mayor Clr Duncan Gair said the Easy to do Business program is a great win for local businesses that will allow entrepreneurs to pursue their business goals more easily.

“We believe that our shire has much to offer businesses of all sizes and we look forward to working with Service NSW and its Easy to do Business program to assist our local and regional business sector industry bodies to deliver a thriving and nationally recognised economy,” Mayor Gair said.


The program includes a personalised digital platform and an over-the-phone Business Concierge support service. The Business Concierge team has now helped more than 1500 people start or grow their business.

The service can help with everything from getting a council development application right the first time, to applying for a liquor licence for a small bar.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello congratulated Wingecarribee Shire Council on joining the program.

“Easy to do Business is all about making government easier to navigate for those seeking to start a business. This has been achieved by reducing paperwork, eliminating duplication and enabling concurrent approvals across different regulators,” Mr Dominello said.

“The measure of success is simple. Less time spent dealing with government means more time spent developing your business and faster commencement of operations.”

The initiative is delivered by Service NSW in partnership with the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner and the Better Regulation Division.

For more information visit https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/ or phone 13 77 88.