Posts Tagged ‘NSW’

Taxpayer off the hook after live baiting scandal

Posted: 11:07 am on 24th March 2015

 It was almost a St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within days of the damning Four Corners report into live baiting across the greyhound  industry, aired on 16 February, the entire board of Greyhound Racing NSW was dismissed, and  the entire board of Greyhound Racing Victoria resigned, despite being cleared of wrongdoing  by the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner. The scandal looks set to rock the Australian greyhound industry, but Victorian taxpayers may see…

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Sausage sizzlers, unite!

Posted: 3:02 pm on 12th December 2014

A time-honoured plank of Australian culture is under threat in New South Wales. The ancient sausage-sizzle-after-Saturday-sport tradition (“such stuff as dreams are made on”) is firmly in the sights of the NSW Health Department. Having signed on to the Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013-2018, the latest in a series of obesity reports and plans, the Department clearly feels obliged to throw good money after bad. The latest spending…

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And the consultancy spending goes on ….

Posted: 12:07 pm on 12th November 2014

In this time of supposed government austerity it always amazes WasteWatch that consultant’s fees seem to flow with ease. We were sparked to look at it again after a report in The Australian about the Victorian government As reported in The Australian, the Napthine government in Victoria has managed to spend $360 million on consultants over the last 3 financial years.  In 2011-12, nearly $100m was spent across the public…

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The Rocks’ make-over

Posted: 3:00 pm on 30th July 2014

Remember when WasteWatch told you about Sydney’s Rocks district’s $280,000 make-over? Just two and a half months after that original contract, which was to create some “style guidelines” and an “identity system” for the district, another contract worth nearly $200,000 was awarded to another company “to deliver a long term vision and ideas for refreshing The Rocks, Sydney.” Is this supposed to be different from the first contract? Or did the…

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Roadmaps to planning reform

Posted: 2:07 pm on 5th June 2014

Dealing with the NSW planning authorities might well be at the top of any renovator’s list of nightmares. But fear not: The NSW government knows there is a problem and is working on a reform agenda. Not the same reform agenda that successive NSW governments have been tinkering with since at least 2003. This one is very different. And to show how serious this government is about delivering on the…

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Balloon-mania

Posted: 4:00 pm on 14th May 2014

Sydney WasteWatchers will be familiar with Darling Harbour and its recent infestation of balloons. These enormous 20-foot high balloons on the sides of random buildings—which spell out various imperatives like EAT, DANCE, or SHOP—are one manifestation of Darling Habour’s new “inflatable brand identity,” courtesy of international brand consultancy Interbrand. According to David Storey, the general manager of the Sydney office of Interbrand: This isn’t just about a new brand identity,…

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Getting arty

Posted: 12:00 pm on 29th April 2014

The arts are a familiar hunting-ground for WasteWatch. We have already covered some of the more curious projects from the ACT, Western Australia, and at the federal level. Now it’s NSW’s turn. The lucky recipients of NSW’s 2013-14 Arts Funding Program were announced last October, but WasteWatch hasn’t had the chance to look through them until now. Golly, there are some crackers. How about $23,345 for the “creative development of…

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$10 million for driving lessons

Posted: 9:39 am on 17th March 2014

For the last six years and a half years, learner drivers in NSW (WasteWatch’s home) have been subjected to more and more onerous conditions in order to qualify for their provisional licence. For licences issued before 1 July 2007, learners had only to complete 50 hours of accompanied driving. Then, the requirement jumped to a ridiculous 120 hours. Next, the NSW government recognised the ridiculousness of this requirement, and created…

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$6.6 million for uniform changes

Posted: 10:56 am on 22nd January 2014

Remember the extortionate cost of the new uniforms needed to change the name of then Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship? That set the Australian taxpayer back a cool $500,000. Or perhaps you’d be more familiar with its more recent name change to become the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Nearly $200,000 for that one. It can be hard to keep track….

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Obesity is big business

Posted: 10:30 am on 21st January 2014

Obesity is big business these days, if you’ll pardon the pun. Remember the $80,000 of your money given to a Victorian consulting firm last year for “research on inactive youth”? No, WasteWatch didn’t think so. You might have gotten it mixed up with the National Physical Activity Survey. Or any of these three surveys: Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Active Australia Survey. National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians. Then…

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