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NSW raises climate targets, Federal Govt still missing in action

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NSW raises climate targets, Federal Govt still missing in action

THE NSW GOVERNMENT’S move to ramp up its 2030 emissions reduction target to 50 percent below 2005 levels builds on the history of climate leadership by states despite Federal inaction, says the Climate Council.

NSW’s new target is an increase from its previous goal, which aimed to cut emissions 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This follows the Victorian Government’s commitment earlier this year to reduce emissions by 45-50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

“NSW’s new target is a commitment to climate action this decade that recognises the urgent need to cut climate pollution, whilst boosting the economy, unlocking clean jobs and protecting residents from worsening climate impacts,” said Climate Council Campaigns Director Alix Pearce.

“Regrettably, the leadership shown by state governments—including the NSW Liberal National Government—is not matched by the Federal Government, which stubbornly refuses to raise its insufficient 2030 target of 26-28 percent below 2005 levels.

“The Federal Government stands increasingly isolated as it ignores calls from business leaders, farmers, local governments, our international allies and trading partners, and UN climate officials, for stronger action,” said Ms Pearce.

The Climate Council says the science demands that Australia reduce its emissions by 75% (below 2005 levels) by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2035 to avoid locking in catastrophic climate impacts. As a first step, Australia must at least match the updated commitments from our key allies, and pledge before Glasgow to at least halve our emissions (below 2005 levels) by 2030.

“To do its part to help avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate change impacts, Australia and all state governments must immediately end the expansion of new coal and gas projects, and accelerate the transition to 100 percent renewable energy,” said Ms Pearce.

“Given the extraordinary economic opportunities for NSW from investing in clean technology and new industries, ratcheting up this target over time will be a pathway to more investment, cleaner and cheaper electricity and healthier communities in the state,” said Ms Pearce.

“As one of the sunniest and windiest countries on Earth, Australia has everything needed to prosper in a global net zero economy. Climate action shouldn’t be a partisan or political issue; it just makes economic sense,” said Ms Pearce.

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The library is open online and for Click & Collect ONLY

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The library is open online and for Click & Collect ONLY

All Richmond Tweed Regional Library branches and the Mobile Library will be offering free Click & Collect and online services only from 11 October-1 December.
The Research & Family History Centre will remain closed until 1 December.
Library Management’s decision is based on a balance between meeting the requirements of the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 commencing 11 October, and delivering quality services to library members.
Acting Regional Library Manager Lucy Kinsley said that, “it was a difficult decision to make, but one that provided the most equitable service to our community. This decision will be reviewed if the NSW Public Health Order is changed”.
During this period there will be no access to PCs, face-to-face programs are cancelled, printing services are unavailable, and there is no physical browsing of the collections.
Library members can access the free Click & Collect services by visiting the library website or app and placing reservations on items of their choosing, or alternatively, staff can select items on a particular theme, topic, or genre for you. Contact your local branch to arrange a Staff Selection or book a time to collect your Click & Collect items. The Online library is always open, providing access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and more. Details on accessing Click & Collect and the online services are available from www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au or by phone.

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REGIONAL HOUSING TASKFORCE FINDINGS RELEASED

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REGIONAL HOUSING TASKFORCE FINDINGS RELEASED

An independent report reflecting the community’s experiences of housing and the planning system in regional NSW has been released by the NSW Government.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the Regional Housing Taskforce report details feedback from consultation with more than 500 people across regional NSW.

“The Regional Housing Taskforce’s report gives us a clear picture of the unqiue factors affecting housing in each regional community, and I want to thank every person who took part for their contributions,” Mr Stokes said.

“The report confirms COVID-19 has accelerated an existing trend of people moving from the city to the bush, and this has had an acute impact on regional housing markets.

“The findings tell us what regional communities need to better support their housing needs and I look forward to receiving the taskforce’s detailed recommendations in October.”

Chair of the Regional Housing Taskforce Garry Fielding said the taskforce would now prepare recommendations for the NSW Government to consider in October.

“The communty’s feedback will be used to develop recommendations outlining how the planning system can address housing needs and stimulate supply,” Mr Fielding said.

“I want to thank each person who gave us their time and ideas to help us prepare such a comprehensive report that identifies housing trends, what we’ve heard, detailed findings and the next steps.”

The key issues raised in the findings report include:

· Greater prioritisation on the coordination and delivery of infrastructure to support new homes;
· A need for collaboration between all levels of Government, the housing development industry and the community to develop the right type of housing where people need it;
· Calls to speed up planning processes and reduce duplication, particularly where opportunities to provide housing are time-critical; and
· Demand for more affordable and diverse housing in line with changing demographics, jobs growth, natural disasters, and migration trends.

To review the findings, visit: www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/regional-housing.

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ROYAL RANDWICK WELCOMES BACK FANS FOR THE EVEREST

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ROYAL RANDWICK WELCOMES BACK FANS FOR THE EVEREST

The NSW Government has confirmed Royal Randwick will host 5,000 fully vaccinated spectators for The TAB Everest, Saturday 16 October, with the State on track to pass the 70 per cent double dose vaccination target.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said welcoming fully vaccinated racegoers back to the track is only possible thanks to the vigilance of NSW residents during lockdown.

“Getting crowds back at major events is a big part of the NSW Government’s Reopening NSW roadmap, and after months of following the sport from the couch, I know fans are looking forward to cheering on the world’s fastest horses in the flesh,” Mr Barilaro said.

“In NSW we are hitting our vaccination targets ahead of schedule, which means The Everest will be Sydney’s first major sporting event with fans in attendance, as we emerge from lockdown.”

Minister for Better Regulation and Minister responsible for racing Kevin Anderson said the racing industry in NSW stood above the rest when it came to operating in a COVIDSafe way, contributing more than $3.5 billion annually to the NSW economy and acting as a significant employer for almost 14,000 people in metropolitan and regional NSW.

“Spring wouldn’t be spring without The Everest and the prospect of having crowds trackside at Royal Randwick for the world’s richest race on turf is very exciting,” Mr Anderson said.

“The Australian Turf Club brought a proposal to the NSW Government earlier this month to update us on how they will conduct the event in a COVIDSafe way and I know they are eager to welcome fans trackside with open arms.

“The thoroughbred industry stood tall throughout the worst of the pandemic, keeping thousands in work and even more entertained with some sensational racing already taking place this year.”

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Jamie Barkley said the NSW Government has led the way in seeing vaccination rates substantially increase, allowing Sydney to prepare to open up major events such as The Everest again.

“The Sydney Racing Carnival is one of the biggest events on the spring sporting calendar and The TAB Everest is beamed to 66 countries around the world,” Mr Barkley said.

“The ATC greatly appreciates the support of the NSW Government to make The TAB Everest the first major event back with 5,000 spectators as we emerge from lockdown.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit: nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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