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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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139 STUDENTS ACROSS NSW ACHIEVE TOP RESULT IN 2021 HSC

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139 STUDENTS ACROSS NSW ACHIEVE TOP RESULT IN 2021 HSC

The students who have obtained first place in a 2021 Higher School Certificate course will be acknowledged today for their extraordinary academic achievement.

Premier Dominic Perrottet congratulated students on their outstanding results, achieved despite two challenging years.

“To top the state in an HSC course is an incredible achievement at the best of times; to do so today highlights even more so the grit, dedication and talent of the students being recognised,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Congratulations to all the exceptional young people who have achieved First in Course for the 2021 HSC. You should be very proud of your efforts.”

About 76,000 HSC students who sat at least one exam in 2021 will receive their results by SMS, email and online from 6am tomorrow.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said 149 certificates will be presented to 139 students, with 9 topping more than one course.

“The future looks so bright for the inspiring young people who we will celebrate today, and for all HSC students who showed great perseverance and resilience in their final years of school,” Ms Mitchell said

“Combined with their abilities and skills, First in Course recipients have shown what can be achieved when there is a real commitment to learning – a quality which will hold them in good stead for the future.

“I am sure the Class of 2021 are already looking to the future and are ready to take on work, training and further studies.

“As always, my thanks goes to the experienced and dedicated NSW teachers who, along with family and friends, have supported and encouraged these young people to achieve at the top of their class.”

All Round Achievers, Top Achievers and Distinguished Achievers will be published on the NESA website on Monday at midday.

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A government report has revealed farmers are afraid to speak out on their dealings with the major supermarkets because of a “fear of retribution”.

NSW Farmers Dairy Committee Chair Colin Thompson said the disappointing findings from the inaugural Food and Grocery Code review vindicated the efforts to secure fairness in fresh food supply chains.

“The majority of pay rise negotiations were fruitless for farmers in 2021 and almost a third of major supermarket suppliers cited ‘fear of retribution’ as a reason for not raising issues under the Code,” Mr Thompson said.

“Something is clearly wrong when people are afraid of having their say, and it’s clear that many farmers won’t raise concerns or ask for improved pay arrangements because of how powerful these supermarkets are.”

While Mr Thompson commended Coles and Woolworths for complying with the Code’s voluntary reporting regime, he said there was clear room for improvement in fresh food supply arrangements.

“The perishability of their produce basically means farmers are price-takers and are in a vulnerable position in their supply chains,” Mr Thompson said.

“This dynamic can give rise to abuse of power by bigger players, such as wholesalers and retailers.

“However, we do need to recognise there was some positive feedback, particularly for Aldi.”

Mr Thompson said NSW Farmers had been pushing for change in this space and had a key breakthrough with the Perishable Agricultural Goods (PAG) inquiry and its subsequent findings in late 2020.

“NSW Farmers has advocated for intervention to make supply chains such as dairy, horticulture and poultry meat more equitable – essentially so that farmers can receive the pay they deserve for their produce,” Mr Thompson said.

“Our advocacy led to a Treasury-led ACCC inquiry, which confirmed power dynamics are likely to favour wholesalers, processors and retailers, and the ACCC made a suite of recommendations to help remedy this situation.

“We need firm commitments for legislative reforms to protect farmers from unfair trading practices.”

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