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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP

State Matters - 7 February 2022


SINGLETON and Mid-Coast are among 21 councils that can apply for a share of $30 million funding to help fast track new homes across regional NSW.

Ahead of the Government’s initial response to the Regional Housing Taskforce recommendations, the councils are able to access up to $1.4 million to help deliver new and improved public spaces and infrastructure for their communities.

To qualify, the councils will need to prepare and implement plans to address the Taskforce’s recommendations at a local level, such as updating infrastructure contributions plans and housing strategies.

Applications for the funding close on 11 March with more information available at


The first round of construction grants is available to co-fund the building of ultra-fast chargers for Electric Vehicles (EV) across NSW.

The State Government will provide up to 50 per cent of the capital costs for businesses to construct fast and ultra-fast charging bays along key travel routes.

Paterson, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Murrurundi, Quirindi and Wallabadah have been identified as optimal regional zones in the EV fast charging master plan.

Ultra-fast chargers can take as little as 15 minutes to charge vehicles to travel up to 400 kilometres.

Construction under the $35 million first round is expected to start later this year and be completed within two years.


The NSW Government is funding 5,000 fee-free Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses to support new workers to enter the hospitality industry and encourage former workers to return to the sector.

The courses are available from this week through until late-June and can be completed with a Liquor & Gaming NSW approved training provider including TAFE NSW.

Anyone whose RSA competency card has expired within the past two years, or will expire before 30 June, can complete a short online refresher course to renew their certification for free.

The Government is extending the renewal periods and waiving renewal fees for all holders of RSA competency cards which expired since 1 February 2020 or will expire by 30 June 2022.

This free renewal applies to any competency cardholder with a RSA endorsement, and those with both RSA and Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) endorsements.


Landholders are being reminded to keep an eye out for their Local Land Services (LLS) rates notice over the coming weeks, with rates being reintroduced for the first time since 2018.

LLS rates have been waived over the past three years as part of the NSW Government’s nearly $4 billion drought support package

Local Land Services has created a dedicated ‘Rates Hub’ online so landholders can learn more about the services their rates contribute to and pay their rates in one place.

To find out more about the LLS rating process and the services on offer to landholders, visit or call 1300 795 307.


Parents and carers of children enrolled in NSW primary schools will benefit from a new $155 million program for Before and After School Care (BASC) services.

The $500 voucher will assist every family with primary school children providing one voucher per child for approximately 60 sessions of free care.

BASC providers can register from this week to redeem the vouchers and parents will be able to apply for and use the vouchers from 28 February.

The NSW Department of Education has partnered with Service NSW to roll out the program with further details at;


Young community leaders and passionate advocates from across the state are being encouraged to nominate for the 2022 NSW Youth Advisory Council.

The 12 member Council has a statutory role to advise the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people.

It meets regularly throughout the year to provide advice to the Government and the Advocate for Children and Young People as well as to monitor and evaluate policies and legislation which affect young people.

One of the key priorities of the Council is promoting a diverse range of views, including the voices of rural and regional young people.

All young people, aged 12 to 24 years, who want to advocate on behalf of their peers are welcome to apply by Sunday 13 March at;


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