Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Renewable Energy Spending Promise
The state government is pledging $1.2 billion for renewable energy transmission in the next NSW budget.
The funding will accelerate transmission infrastructure over the next 10 years, creating the Transmission Acceleration Facility, a fund to jump-start investment in new transmission projects.
Treasurer Matt Kean said there were around 50 large-scale renewable energy projects under development but were unlikely to proceed unless supported by new transmission infrastructure .
He hoped the new fund could generate up to $14 billion in new developments.
Mr Kean said a transmission acceleration facility would accelerate renewable energy areas.
“Renewable Energy Zones are modern power stations, providing cheap, clean energy to homes and businesses in NSW,” Mr Kean said.
“This is the largest investment the state has ever made in renewable energy infrastructure and is expected to help create 2,700 direct construction jobs across the state.”
The first investment will be for the Waratah Super Battery, the largest backup grid battery in the southern hemisphere.
Planned travel delays
Weekend travelers are advised to allow plenty of time as long queues form at Sydney Airport.
Traffic has piled up outside the airport and there are queues throughout the terminal as thousands of people make the long weekend exodus.
Sydney Airport is currently understaffed by 5,000 and is in full hiring over the next three weeks before the school holidays.
Anyone traveling to the airport should allow two hours for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
Women’s return to work program continues
Job-seeking women will be able to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund new work wardrobes, technology and training with a $32 million investment in the next federal budget. ‘State.
The ‘back to work’ scheme was originally announced as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget in response to the number of women who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
However, the government says the program has been so successful that it will be continued.
“The program is already helping thousands of women achieve their employment and education goals. I want this program to help as many women as possible find stable employment,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
“This is an opportunity to build confidence and financial independence for women who need it most.”
Treasurer Matt Kean said women who face barriers re-entering the workforce can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help cover the cost of common financial barriers such as work clothes or an internet connection. .
Women’s Minister Bronnie Taylor said more than 1,500 women have already completed the programme.
“Sixty-five percent of the women found employment, 73 percent applied for or started education and training, while 98.5 percent found the program helpful,” she said.
Pressure on NSW to lift age of legal liability
The Aboriginal Legal Service has welcomed the Tasmanian government’s decision to stop locking up children under 14 and is calling on the NSW government to commit to raising the age of legal responsibility to at least 14.
While Tasmania has announced measures to raise the minimum age of detention, children under 14 must also be protected from arrest, handcuffs and dragging through the courts, CEO Karly Warner has said.
In March, a NSW budget estimates hearing revealed that 293 children aged 11 to 13 had spent time behind bars in 2021. More than half of those children were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
“The New South Wales Government is committed through Closing the Gap to reducing the rate of Indigenous children and young people in detention,” Ms Warner said.
“Raising the age of legal responsibility is an evidence-based way to honor this commitment. Experts from the Australian Medical Association to the Law Society of NSW have supported raising the age.”
Specialized services for postmenopausal women
Women going through menopause in New South Wales will soon have access to a network of specialist health services.
A $40 million allocation in the 2022-23 state budget will fund a statewide clinical network to help address health issues that postmenopausal women may face, including thinning bones, weight gain and an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease and high blood pressure. and stroke.
Women’s Minister Bronnie Taylor said the state government would also launch an education and awareness campaign for GPs and employers focusing on the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
“Women often experience very difficult symptoms of perimenopause and menopause in silence. I want them to know that they no longer need to keep calm and carry on,” Ms Taylor said.
“The four new hubs and 16 services across NSW will support around 5,500 women each year, including virtual consultations for women who cannot attend an in-person service.”
Additional funding for palliative care
State opposition welcomed the decision to increase funding for palliative care and hospital units in New South Wales.
It will include $743 million for end-of-life care services and an additional $93 million for palliative care units.
State Opposition Leader Chris Minns backed the move.
“Something had to change. I thought the Prime Minister’s honesty on this was welcome, but both sides of politics need to put time, effort and energy into the underfunded part of the budget of health.”
Double demerit warning
NSW Police are warning drivers that double demerit points will be in place across the state until midnight Monday.
They also warn drivers of slippery conditions near snowfields, as the official snow season begins tomorrow.
Some country roads have been damaged by recent flooding.
Ski resorts expect large crowds after heavy early snowfall.
Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole urged drivers to be extra careful and warned that a statewide traffic operation will be taking place throughout the Queen’s birthday long weekend.
“The recent cold spell has ensured a good start to the season and we know it will be a busy time on the roads,” Mr Toole said.
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