Category: New South Wales

State News: New South Wales


Brain-eating virus causes lake closure; thanks AGL

Editorial

Photo and caption from Photo from Central Coast Fly Rodders’ Club. A major tourism lake in NSW’ famous Hunter Valley has been poisoned, resulting in the closure of the lake. Gas corporation AGL, who have a significant plant on the edge of NSW’ Lake Liddell, have closed the lake to swimmers after a brain-eating amoeba was found. Tourism operators on the shore of the lake are expected to just fend for themselves with no explanation or compensation offered for the poisoning. Continue reading

RSL sub-branches close whilst group sits on millions

Editorial

The Returned and Services Leagues Clubs (RSLs) of NSW are rolling in money, but precious little is being spent on veterans. Some NSW state sub-branches sit on millions of dollars in assets, especially property assets, because they don’t trust higher levels with their money, whilst the RSL nationally is legally a charity. Meanwhilst, multiple RSL Sub-branches close because they lack the legal expertise and funding to fight property battles. The iconic Five Islands RSL at Speers Point NSW – a treasured venue on the shores of NSW’ Lake Macquarie – sold in 2014 for just over $1m, a figure which barely buys a house on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Continue reading

RSL board being paid off with development $$$

Editorial

If you felt that RSLs have had more focus on profit than on veterans, you’re right. The ABC has revealed that the RSL federal president, along with three other board members, have been paid together $300k a year for at least three years from the RSL’s billion-dollar nursing home development offshoot, RSL LifeCare. The NSW board members’ positions at least are prohibited from councillors taking what it calls ‘a position of profit’ within the organisation. Continue reading

Regional airports need red tape cut for tourism

Editorial

Entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith has said that regional airports will continue to suffer unless red tape is cut allowing private jets and helicopters to more easily access the regions. Continue reading

20,000 indigenous artefacts found in central Sydney

Editorial

20,000 indigenous artefacts – including spearheads and cutting tools – have been found in the construction site of Sydney’s light rail. Continue reading

Creative thinking + investment can limit violence

Editorial

This article in the Sydney Morning Herald explores what large cities around the globe do to invest in their night-time economies – including targeted police beats that cooperate with bar owners, staggered closing times to prevent critical masses of revellers, and even little teams of volunteers diffusing sticky situations one by one. Continue reading

Submissions invited for alcohol law review

Editorial

Australia does have a problem with alcohol-related violence, but measures taken to avoid it has seen Sydney’s nightlife extremely depleted and angered the public. Prior to a national enquiry to be headed by Senator Glenn Lazarus, tourism operators are invited to send their observations on liquor laws and subsequent safety and cultural issues to info@thetourismnews.com.au. Your submissions will be included in our parent company’s submission to the review. Continue reading

Shine taken out of Crown Lands in collapse

Editorial

Ratchet straps were all that was holding an overwater restaurant in place on NSW’ Lake Macquarie, despite the venue being inspected by NSW Department of Crown Lands being done in early December 2015, and the department noting urgent repair requirements. The leaseholder from Crown Lands had been withholding rent to the department to compensate for money his company had been forced to spend on pier repairs. Continue reading

$800m promised for a stadium that could never be

Editorial

NSW premier Mike Baird made a splash in late 2015 when he promised to have a contractor build an $800m stadium to replace the Sydney Cricket Ground. Problem is, the SCG Trust never agreed to give up the current stadium site, and both the NSW Government and the SCG Trust would prefer to encroach on Centennial Parklands – which the prime minister and much of the public are vehemently opposed to. Continue reading

Perth arts event left to the dogs of the city

Editorial

Performers at the Perth Fringe Festival, ‘Fringe World’, are reporting increased abuse in which artists are ‘followed, cat-called and harrassed’ year-on-year. One drag artist was told he should have his head cut off. Continue reading

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