Barwon businesses to benefit from July changes


Small business in Barwon will benefit from a range of legislative changes that will come into effect in July. Amendments to the Retail Leases Act earlier this year, aim to improve fairness and create better relationships between tenants and landlords. Under the new changes, landlords will have to register a lease within three months of it being signed.

Small businesses will also get greater access to justice with the Act increasing the financial cap on disputes that can be heard in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), from $400,000 to $750,000.

It’s very important for small retailers to know up-front what their financial obligations are before they enter into a lease, and the Act will now require landlords to accurately disclose and estimate outgoings in a disclosure statement. For more information go to:


Patients and carers who frequently visit NSW public hospitals will save as much as $200 a week under parking fees and expanded concessions. A website and smartphone app – the first of its kind in Australia – will provide information on how to access the discounted rates. These changes mean much cheaper and fairer parking fees – especially for patients visiting hospital for regular or long-term treatment.

The website ( and app, provide information on fees and concessions, eligibility criteria, maps, public transport options and other health-related subsidies.  The concessions are to be extended to every public hospital car park in NSW where fees are applied.

Under the new policy, a three-day discounted ticket will cost a maximum of $10.90 and a seven-day ticket $21.70, and both allow multiple entries and exits.


Sporting clubs, business associations, youth groups and victim support groups in Barwon are winners in the NSW Government’s 2017 Community Safety Fund. More than $630,000 has been allocated to local crime-fighting projects to complement the work of the NSWGovernment and law enforcement agencies including specialised education programs, installation of CCTV and lighting and early intervention initiatives. The proposals which won grants under this program represent innovative solutions to local problems and I congratulate the successful groups for the quality of their applications.

For further information on the Community Safety Fund please visit:


Congratulations to Reverend Graham McLeod for receiving the Premiers Community Service Award presented by Deputy Premier, John Barilaro MP and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries MP.