The safety of our emergency service workers and volunteers received a huge boost today with the NSW Government announcing it will introduce a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing them on the roadside.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant said the 40km/hr rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line.
“Our emergency service workers and volunteers are out there every day, often putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us and keep us safe on the roads,” Mr Grant said. “Our police, fire fighters, ambulance officers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers do difficult and dangerous work with little or no fanfare.
“These new measures will help ensure the safety of our dedicated emergency service personnel.” Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the new rule will strengthen current laws and require motorists to slow down to 40km/hr when an emergency vehicle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flashing on all roads.
“The new rule will begin as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign,” said Mrs Pavey.
These rules will give all emergency workers extra protection, and confidence that they can go to work and at the end of their shift, get home safely to their families.
The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12-month period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations as well as stakeholder groups.
The NSW Government has introduced new rules making it easier to develop versatile, well-designed and more affordable low-rise medium density housing across the State.
The Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code and Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide will allow well-designed, dual occupancies, manor houses and terraces to be built under a fast track complying development approval, saving homeowners time and money.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the new Code would facilitate faster housing supply and contribute to housing affordability.
“The need for more high-quality medium sized homes comes as population projections estimate metropolitan Sydney will need another 725,000 homes to accommodate an extra 1.7 million people by 2036,” Mr Roberts said.
“Low-rise medium density housing is the missing part of the NSW housing stock between traditional free-standing homes and strata-titled apartments.
“With the growing and ageing population in NSW, there is a need for a greater variety of houses to suit the range of needs and lifestyles including growing families and empty nesters.
“The Code and Design Guide will encourage the market to provide more diverse housing options by making it easier to build well-designed, quality medium density homes that respect existing neighbourhoods.”
Proposed two-storey building height limits will ensure the size and scale of complying development is low rise and will easily fit into established streetscapes.
“The Greater Sydney Commission’s Region and District Plans identify medium density housing as promoting greater housing choice, diversity and affordability. It allows for seniors to downsize as well as being a more affordable option for young people,” Mr Roberts said.
The Medium Density Design Guide has been developed in partnership with the Government Architect’s Office and aims to improve the design of medium density housing by addressing key considerations including layout, landscaping, private open space, light, natural ventilation and privacy.
Mr Roberts said the Design Guide was influenced by a national medium density design competition held by the NSW Government that invited architects and building designers to present a glimpse of the future of the state’s homes while testing the controls.
“During the competition, talented creators showed what the future diversity of homes will look like, using space, light and smaller blocks,” Mr Roberts said.
Executive Director, NSW of the Australian Institute of Architects, Mr Joshua Morrin, said that good architectural design of medium density homes would ensure that residents could enjoy good amenity and liveability.
“Architectural design prioritises both quality of space and human amenity - qualities which our cities will need all the more as they continue to grow - the spaces that we live in need to work harder.
“The smaller homes that will increasingly be part of our cities, highlighting the need for good design principles and requirements, such as those in the Medium Density Design Guide. We need more quality design to future proof the liveability of our communities,” Mr Morrin said.
Housing Industry Association’s Director, David Bare, said the code would help with supply and cost.
“Faster approvals of these types of homes will address both supply and affordability. They are typically built on smaller blocks of land than traditional free-standing homes, which helps improve affordability,” Mr Bare said.
The new Code will only apply in areas where councils have already permitted medium density housing under their Local Environmental Plan.
A three-month deferred commencement period will apply to the Code and Design Guide to allow councils and industry time to prepare for the new changes.
Consultation with the community, councils and industry informed the preparation of the new code and design guide.
For more information on the code and design guide, visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/mediumdensityhousing
The five-yearly Census provides critical data and information to support important Australian decisions by governments, community organisations, businesses and individuals.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reviewing the information collected in the 2021 Census of Population and Housing to ensure it best meets our nation’s needs and informs Australia’s important decisions.
A public consultation, launched today through the ABS website, seeks input from data users, community groups and organisations on their data needs and the most useful information to collect in the 2021 Census.
Population and Social Statistics General Manager Dr Paul Jelfs said, “It’s important that our nation’s largest statistical collection remains relevant and meets users’ needs”.
“Submissions can be easily made via the ABS consultation hub,” Dr Jelfs said.
The ABS will assess any changes suggested through the submission process based on evidence and demonstrated need. We will seek to minimise the burden on the community by managing the number and complexity of questions asked in the Census.
“It’s wonderful to see quality 2016 Census data being used widely and this consultation process is about ensuring our 2021 Census data is even more valuable and useful,” Dr Jelfs said.
“The Census adds to the wealth of knowledge from other ABS data collections,” Dr Jelfs said.
The ABS has been undertaking a comprehensive review of the operation of the 2016 Census and has identified areas of improvement for 2021. As we work towards 2021, the ABS will share our approach to how people can participate in the Census, our approach to ensuring privacy and security of information and how we provide the final Census results.
Submissions on 2021 Census topics close on 30 June. Following analysis, the ABS will publish preliminary findings from this consultation process then make recommendations to the Australian Government.
Details on how to participate, including instructions for making your submission and frequently asked questions are available online at http://www.abs.gov.au/census-consult
The Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content 2021 publication provides detailed information on the topics.
For access to the latest Census data, please visit www.abs.gov.au/census.
Sonata Cultural Concert: Songs of Unity in Diversity is the title of the upcoming concert in Blacktown of Sonata, the leading kundiman group in Sydney. Organised by the Sydney Sonata Singers, or simply Sonata, this concert marks ten years of performing kundiman songs by this group of Filipino senior citizens. For the past 10 years, Sonata held concerts and performed regularly in Blacktown and throughout Sydney, during festivals and various community functions. Recognising their contribution to culture and arts with their unique repertoire of Filipino music, Sonata is now a resident cultural singing group of Blacktown Arts.
The enduring success of Sydney Sonata Singers, according to Loy Tagudin, founder and Choirmaster, relied on the harmonious relationship among its member. Loy says, “Music makes the world go round and it is music that binds us together. But most importantly, it is our friendship and collegiality that creates the crescendo, the unifying mix of diverse sounds, blending into one musical voice that makes Sydney Sonata Singers unique as well as very Filipino.”
Loy Tagudin and Buddy Japon, President of Sonata will lead the two-hour concert on 13th May 2018 at the Bowman Hall in Blacktown. This will be the fourth concert for this singing group. This concert however, will be different, Buddy explains. ‘We will be rendering both English and Filipino songs, to signify our desire for integration and unification of culture and values of Australia. This is a wholesome family event and everyone in the community, family members and friends are welcome to attend.
The concert ticket is reasonably priced at $20. To purchase a ticket, contact Viring Atienza on 0415 697 822or Tez Hermoso on 0451 314 034.
The Philippines has a population of over 100 million, unfortunately about 25% of them are living below the poverty line. When any of these families have the misfortune of having a child or children born with facial deformities, there is nothing they can do about it as they have no means to pay for their operations, therefore untreated these children are left with severe speech impediments ,malnourished because of in adequate food intake due to their open palates. Some of them have not even attended any schooling out of fear of being ostracised by their classmates & the possibility of being marginalised by the society... So a group of 10 Fil. /Aussie best friends decided to form ASK Foundation Phil, a small non for profit organisation based in Manila & its only focus is to help alleviate the sufferings of their unfortunate countrymen.
ASK Foundation's members are Via Hoffmann (team leader), Des Eito, Evelyn Zaragosa,Ann Morgia, Ver Nemeth,Ahl Diroy, Wilma Warta, Sokee Wescot , Cecile Modolo & Mila Jalandoni .
ASK Foundation has made a partnership with a group of 24 Specialists surgical medical volunteers of Operation Restore Hope New Zealand headed by Dr. Tristan de Chalain & Dr. Christopher Wachsmuth of Germany .Their other volunteers are Pearl Ventura & Ana Barbajo from Australia ,Dr. Jeff Fairley , Dubai & Josephine Realisan of the UK. Remarkably for the past 20 years,the International volunteers do not only donate their time & expertise pro bono but also pay their way & accommodations to the Philippines. They also brought in the much needed machines in the operating rooms for the mission.
Ask Foundation is responsible for all the logistical needs of the ORH team ,such as, Provide the Public host hospital , Recruitment of Patients , Prepare all necessary government licenses of the surgical team, Organise & fund the pre & post op. procedures , medications,supplies, food,transportations , the housing of the patients etc..
On March 11, 2018 ORH & ASK Foundation on their 20th year has concluded another successful mission in Paranaque City where it all begun in 1998 under the watchful eyes of it's then former Mayor Joey Marquez & his medical director Dr. Leigh Obed. On his retirement , the ORH mission has come in full circle not only having served Paranaque city for 6 years but has also helped the communities of the provinces of Batangas and Caloocan city . Now back again on it roots (3rd year) in the city of Paranaque under Mayor Edwin Olivarez & Ospital ng Paranaque's Chief of hospital Dr. Neal Orteza who have been both so generous in giving the permission for the mission to take over their public hospital for 10 days each year not only for their constituents but also to help other indigent patients from different parts of the Philippines.
Ask foundation's volunteer recruiter headed by Jason & Rowena Belen oversees all the recruitments of patients nation wide working along side Ms. Christine Diroy of Cavite & Dr. Sarah Marquez of Batangas. They work tirelessly to reach out to the poorest of the poor communities to help the patients reach ASK & ORH mission whilst Ms Lirio Penafuerte is ASK's volunteer coordinator who does all the in ground works for the patients stay in hospital.
ASK & ORH organisations are purely run by volunteers and that there are no administrative cost in running it's mission.
What makes ORH /ASK Foundation's mission unique is it's dedication & compassion to their recruited patients.
4 months each year, ASK foundation's team oversees the preparations of each and every patient's making sure they are treated with any illness to qualify for their respective surgeries. (Majority of these children are afflicted with Primary Complex (tuberculosis ) Pneumonia & very malnourished.) They are brought to their local community doctors for assessment, treated & given vitamins for 3 months before being transported to Paranaque city where they are housed & fed 3 days before the international team arrives for the final screening. This year out of 92 recruited patients 74 qualified but unfortunately due to some unforeseen circumstances . 65 patients were successfully operated on with 78 procedures. 9 patients were deferred due to health reasons but were put on waiting list for the next mission. In the mean time they are are still provided with continuos help .
Whilst there are so much work in organising a successful mission, nothing can compare to the reward one gets in seeing the transformation of each child & feel the happiness of their parents but of'course this is only possible because of all the generous donors who made OPERATION RESTORE HOPE & ASK FOUNDATION"S missions a success through out the years.!
Mr. U. Hoffmann The Cast & Crew of Koronang Hilaw
The Ladies of ASK F. Inc Joey Marquez
Mr.&Mrs John Kinsela of Billbergria Pty Ltd. Melanie Marquez
Atty. Danny & Mrs Danny Araj of Blackstone Water House Lawyers Soxie Topacio
Atty. Veno Panicker of Blackstone & Waterhouse Lawyers Kenneth de Leon
Phil.Community Herald Wyn Wyn Marquez
Mr. & Mrs Volker Heinen Dizzy Dizon
Ms.Wilma Quirante of ABC Car Rentals & Tourist Transport Inc. Albert Frias
Mr. & Mrs. Mila Jalandoni Kristina Hoffmann
Mrs. Sigrid Hoffmann Andrew Barris
Rotary Club Paranaque Southeast Bing Cristobal
The Rotary Club of Northwest Sunrise Marcus Rivera
Unitop General Merchandise Inc. Nadia Trinidad
Mr. Arnul Pan Charles Cham
Open Reel Film Gears Co Archie Lubrin.
B.I R. & I.N.D Family David Michael White
Emilio Galetzki of Penoles Metals & Chemicals Inc Vanessa Sew Hoy
Mr. Rapael Ibanes & family
Mr & Mrs Horst Kessler Lilibeth
Mrs. Chelo Hoffilena Franco Baltazar
Arch. Bobby Manosa Klein Hicks
Dr. Neal Hamilton of Cosmetic Concept Joel Corpuz &
ARTEC Technologies BHAJUNE
ABS CBN 's TFC
AS WE Celebrate ORH & ASK Foundation's 20th year & it's legacy . The team are reminded that what they do is so important in helping the unfortunate Children of the Philippines face a better future.!
Maraming Salamat Po!!
This year’s mission of "Operation Restore Hope“ is a special one. We are celebrating our twentieth anniversary.
Exactly 2o years ago Dr. Christopher Wachsmuth, co founder and president of “ORH" Germany“ and Tristan De Chalain, founder and president of "ORH New Zealand" first started operating on children from the slums of Manila.
An experienced team of plastic surgeons, anesthetists, theatre nurses, technicians and admin staff aim to improve the lives of children suffering from cleft lips and palates, as well as children with hand and foot deformaties, burns and tumors.
As an indispensable organiser Ms. Via Hoffmann, co founder of "Alay Sa Kinabukasan“ or for short, ASK foundation has taken care of organisation and logistics in the Philippines for the past 20 years . Her own team spends months in preparation prior to the start of the mission, taking care of legalizing work permits, arranging custom clearances as well as venturing out into those shanty towns of Manila and other remote areas all over the Phillippines finding children in need of help.
ORH Administrator in New Zealand, Hector Gonzales is another prominent figure within the organisation, the expert in all matters relating to administration, logistics and tecnical questions concerning the logistics of ORH’s missions in Manila.
From March 9th to 17th, the highly specialized team of 32 will strive to operate on as many as 75 patients in the hospital Ospital Ng Paranaque. During this sometimes highly emotional week, our volunteers from New Zealand, Australia, the UAE, UK and Germany will happily exchange their daily routine at home to complete another mission and thereby change the outlook on life forever for these children.
To maximize the use of resources, especially time, and thereby help as many patients as possible, a smooth and well- organized process is essential:
The first two days are utilized setting up theatres and wards and assessing prospective patients prior to commencing the surgical week. To accomodate all cases 3 teams are operating simulataneously all day long.
The international team has once again chosen Ospital Ng Paranaque for this year's mission. The professional cooperation with Dr. Ephraim Neal Orteza, Director of the hospital, its location and the high technical standards of performance of its staff are integral to the success of these missions.
Our aim is also to give Filipino doctors and nurses a chance to see the work by including them into our medical teams.
By involving local medical staff into the ORH team we aim to be part of their education. Operation Restore Hope has a long standing relationship with the local Department of Health as well as other medical institutions and we believe strongly in passing on knowledge and skills wherever we can..
To all our Sponors, assiting hospitals, partners and friends around the world' our sincere gratitude. Without your highly appreciated contributions, none of this would be possible. We hope these posts provides you with some insight into the work we are so passionate about.
The Philippine Community Council, New South Wales (PCC NSW) and Alliance of Philippine Community Organizations Inc. (APCO), two of the leading and opposing Filipino-Australian organizations confederating many allied groups under each umbrella in NSW recently elected its officers for the next term of office.
The separate elections came immediately after 7 years of cold war that climaxed in an open-ended joint statement signed by both groups affirming their commitment to effectively serve their respective constituents and the Filipino community at large whilst pledging to continue working with the Consulate in promoting and protecting the interests of all Filipinos in NSW.
The PCC NSW elected officers 208-2019 are comprised of: Serna Ladia, president; Alric Bulseco, external vice president; Ethel Singzon, internal vice president; Rod Dingle, secretary; Judith del Prado, treasurer; Mercy Jones, internal auditor; Angelina Jenkins, public relations officer; Sheila Collantes, Espie Pogson, Lilian de los Reyes, Emily Rudd, Precy Santos, Darell Swadling, Rowena Turnbull, directors.
APCO elected officers for 2018 to 2020 include: President (Violeta Escultura); VP Senior (Cora Paras), VP Junior (Charles Chan); Secretary (Linda Price); Asst. Secretary (Rita Agostino); Asst. Treasurer (Alma Middlebrook); Auditor (Richard Ford); PRO ( Ralph Imbrago) and Board of Directors (Cora Bojarski, Emma Braceros, Fe Hayward, Josie Maynard, Mick Miguel, Glorina Papaiannou, Albert Prias, and Linda Trinidad).
AGAPI scores change to PCC NSW oath-taking
We publish here in full a relevant and related press release from Evelyn Opilas.
The Association of Golden Australian-Pilipinos Inc (AGAPI) has scored a change in the way elected officers of the Philippine Community Council of NSW are sworn into office, clearly demonstrating the important contribution seniors can make to the community.
In a motion presented to the PCC NSW annual general meeting 25 March in Marayong, AGAPI moved that newly-elected officers of the peak body take their oath of office in front of the members, with the returning officer swearing them into their respective roles.
Public figures, such as politicians and diplomats, previously inducted PCC NSW officers-elect to commence their roles.
The Sydney Australian Filipino Seniors Inc. (SAFSI), represented by its president Angie Belleza, seconded the move.
The motion, passed overwhelmingly without further debate, brings to the fore the clamour for procedural changes besetting PCC NSW in recent years.
“I am glad AGAPI was given the opportunity to initiate this change,” said AGAPI president Dorothy del Villar, who is recuperating from surgery, and has appointed PRO Evelyn Opilas as her proxy to the PCC NSW annual general meeting.
The AGAPI motion presented a three-point rationale, namely: that PCC NSW was formed to promote the interests of the Filipino community in NSW; that PCC NSW gets its mandate from affiliate organisations in NSW; and that PCC NSW, while composed of volunteers, is accountable to its affiliates, hence it is only proper that elected officers take their oath of office in front of the body they have sought to serve with the returning officer inducting them into office.
Such move enables elected officers to perform their tasks immediately without having to wait until they are inducted by politicians or diplomats of choice.
Rey Manoto, coincidentally a councillor at Campbelltown Council, inducted the elected officers, being the returning officer for the PCC NSW elections.
UNSOLICITED KUDOS, HOWLS, & PROTESTS OVER MOSTLY REELECTIONISTS AND OVERSTAYING OFFICERS
In much the same way as APCO which may have a new President, PCC retained many of its long-standing officers who keep running year in year out in different posts leaving practically no room or chance to other aspiring leaders thus causing a lot of muffled howls and election protests.
The reality is that it will always be a numbers game so that new candidates who are hardly known and don’t really have the opportunities to campaign never get elected.
The ‘fury over the jury’ (the elections per se) became more evident and vociferous in the case of PCC this year, who by the looks of it, chose to close ranks and re-elected its former President Serna Ladia, making her the second to Elsa Collado, another Ilocano who was also re-elected in a row of two terms, in much the same pattern as Kate Andres had served as President three times at different intervals. These three ladies -- Ilocanas all -- compose the long list of Ilocano-dominated PCC past Presidents which also includes Malynne Andres-Chun, Ric de Vera, Jimmy Lopez and Ruben Amores.
PCHN gathered that many people questioned the winning of Mercy Jones, a long-standing PCC officer who has served the organization year in, year out in varying roles, this time as the new Auditor. Whilst everybody acknowledges Ms. Jones’ long-involvement and solid contributions to PCC, the “sayang na sayang naman” (loosely translated as ‘such a great loss’) general lamentation is really a hue and cry over the notion of letting good chances of discovering new people go by in reference to another new candidate who many opined should not have been wasted and given the opportunity to serve and offer new insights and experience given his professional background.
Ms. Jones was quick enough to post her credentials online in a bid to tone down the strong reactions.
Reacting vehemently to Ms. Jones, a Bicolana by the name of Demi Robinson who also ran for the post of VP Intl but lost, informed PCCHN that Ms. Jones sent her a “ Reference Letter from her Affiliate, the Illawarra Women’s Migrant Group as if justifying her win for the position of Auditor against a CPA/Lawyer.”
“This is incomprehensible and I think the Filipino Community needs to know”, Ms. Robinson decried.
Following is the rest of Ms. Robinson’s letter:
...In retrospect, I will start with what I saw as imperfections in the Election Processes. For all you know these ‘flaws’ in the systems may have contributed to my unsuccessful bid.
Notwithstanding, the wider Filipino community should be informed in regard to the standing procedures/systems prior and during the election. Why, because PCC-NSW Inc is the peak body Filipino organisation and for me this peak body is accountable to the community. Besides, we all purport visibility in the Community.
In a nutshell this was how the procedures went this year:
• The President and/or Secretary received nominations for candidacy 7 days prior to AGM/Election.
• A Working Bee within the Board convened to prepare the ballot paper 4 days before the Election.
• A Returning Officer was appointed to conduct the election 5 days before the election.
• A Reception Committee during the AGM/Election is appointed to authentic registered and financial Affiliates who will cast their votes.
It is my view that the nomination forms were not properly scrutinised/examined according to the Constitution and that some candidates background were not checked as to their suitability to the position. Further, an email to the Board and Affiliates was sent by the Secretary prior to the AGM re names of candidates but without the names of Affiliates who nominated them. How do we know the legitimacy of the nominations from Affiliates when these documents were vetted only by the President and the Secretary who were both running as Office-Bearers for 2018?
I am of the opinion that an independent person/s comprising a Committee on Elections (Comelec) must be appointed at least 4 weeks prior to the Elections, to ensure impartiality, transparency, accountability, accuracy, and most of all, data integrity. If the 7 days ruling is in the Constitution, then it has to be changed and develop new guidelines. Further, the preparation of ballot paper should be handled by the Committee on Elections and the appointment of the Reception Committee should be selected by the Comelec
I do not wish to judge the Reception Committee this year; however my view is that the executive power vested on the President was exceeded by President Serna Ladia by appointing Elsa Collado in the Reception Committee as Chair. Ms Collado, President of the Affiliate Ilocano Association was casting her vote and I saw a conflict of interest in her role as Chair. The Committee was tasked to scrutinize paperwork and to distribute the ballot papers. Aside from being a financial member in 2018, a form must indicate the Affiliate activity/ties for the year. However, what is written on the form may not be the truth or perhaps no forms were submitted at all. How does the Reception make an informed decision in allowing an Affiliate to vote if these requirements are not met?
Furthermore, and please correct me if I am wrong, Elsa Collado was given a Representative Form from another Affiliate (after the registration process has ceased) to cast a vote has, to authenticate her own paperwork co-signed by the other member of the Reception Committee.
NOT THE LAST WORD
In the same vein as taking PCC and Ms. Jone’s particularly to task, PCCH publisher Evelyn Zaragoza emailed Ms. Jone’s reinforcing other’s congratulatory messages re. Ms Jones background certifications displayed online at the same time prognosticating: “I hope with your 'Certificate' there will be a much better, more improved PCC, NSW.” Furthermore she underscored: “I also congratulate all the newly elected and re-elected officers. I wish all the elected officers PERFORM THEIR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ACCORDING TO THE 'TITLE' THEY ASPIRED FOR and they will be more VISIONARY, ACTION & RESULT-ORIENTED. Looking forward to seeing PCC, NSW's activities more 'unique' from what their affiliates are already doing. REMEMBER: 'PCC NSW is the PEAK BODY.PCC; NSW's involvement should extend to the greater Australian community and be able to utilize its resources which will benefit PCC's affiliates and the wider Filipino-Australian community in NSW. Be more ACTIVE in involving PCC NSW to the Ethnic Communities Council (ECC, NSW); FECCA and other policy-making body.
REMEMBER: PCC NSW is the PEAK BODY.”
YET ANOTHER FEEDBACK
Meanwhile, in fulfilment of our promise in the last issue that we shall ’ print other important feedbacks to the never-ending talk about the famous PCC-APCO reconciliation, here is one more incisive comment from Ms. Evelyn Opilas: “My apologies for the delayed response – it took me a while to process what happened because up to now, I cannot imagine how the Embassy and the Consulate got involved in the seeming mess between PCC NSW and APCO only to come up with a ‘statement’ confirming the status quo.
Reality check: It is not in the job description of diplomats to straighten out so-called wrinkles in a community that is not within their jurisdiction.
Am I correct in assuming that both PCC NSW and APCO are groups formed within Australian rules?
Then the two groups should have gone to an Australian arbitration/mediation body if they wanted their sad, sorry state to be straightened out, not run to the Consulate or the Embassy looking for ‘solutions’/ ‘reconciliation’/ etc. That’s not their job but then again, many so-called Filipino community leaders march to the Phil Consulate/ Embassy for recognition as if such gives them an imprimatur for effectiveness, ‘lakas’, and ‘karapatan’.
I can only say ‘Nakakahiya. Nagsayang pa kayo ng oras.’
Where is the integrity of purpose, stature of leadership, respect for process? How can you reconcile/ equate/ liken an apple with an orange that PCC NSW and APCO seem to have been? The only common ground would be that both have seeds, and assuming they grow, the plants would still produce apples and oranges. To her credit, the Ambassador’s letter seemed kind and non-committal.”
Housing approvals across the state continue to soar with over 70,000 home approvals granted in 2017, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said this was the third consecutive calendar year that NSW recorded more than 70,000 building approvals.
“The rate of building approvals and completions in NSW is continuing to power the NSW economy and provide vital employment opportunities across the building and construction industry,” Mr Roberts said. Mr Roberts said almost twice as many homes were approved December 2017 compared to 2010, when, under Labor, only 36,828 homes were approved. “NSW is the number one state in the nation for housing approvals and continues to far exceed the Premier’s Priority Housing Target of 50,000 approvals per year which improves housing supply and helps to support housing affordability.
“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering the homes for tomorrow to cater for our state’s growing population.”
The latest figures released by the Department of Planning and Environment show that Western Sydney remains the epicenter of the state’s housing construction with 27,540 new homes approved in the year to November 2017.
“Along with our record transport infrastructure investment, these strong levels of housing approvals are vital to improving affordability and ensuring NSW remains number one.
“And we are also ensuring that new housing is matched by more schools, hospitals, and green space”.
Acting Treasurer, Victor Dominello said: “One of our Government’s priorities is to get more homes built and make it easier for first home buyers to enter the market and own their own home.
“Thousands of people have taken advantage of the stamp duty exemptions and reductions to buy their first home, in the first quarter since the reforms came into effect”.
The housing affordability package announced as part of the June Budget removes stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 and reduces duty for first homes between $650,000 and $800,000.
“It is essential we prepare for the future by ensuring our children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to own their own home,” Mr Dominello said.