Incubator event fund open
We are calling for organisers of all new events planned to be held in the Barwon electorate from January to June next year, to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help attract more visitors and boost local economies.
The 2019 Incubator Event Fund offers annual grants to events in rural and regional NSW to assist in areas such as marketing, public relations, venue hire and attendee research.
The funding grant will assist in attracting more overnight visitors to our electorate, in the hope they stay longer and spend more time exploring everything our region has to offer.
The Government is determined to turbocharge our State’s tourism sector so that every part of NSW reaps the benefits of our record $43 million investment in regional tourism.
The 2019 Incubator Event Fund is available to organisers staging an event for the first or second time. Applications for Round One close on November 4, 2018.
Round Two applications for events held between July and December 2019 will open in March next year. The Regional Flagship Events Program is managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Tougher laws to combat online abuse
As the first Minister for Mental Health, I commend the NSW Government for introducing new laws to prevent people from using modern technology to stalk or intimidate their victims.
It is imperative that we protect our communities, particularly our youth, from the emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims on social media.
The changes are designed to protect people from serious online abuse, ranging from serious cases of cyberbullying and trolling, through to the stalking and harassment of victims of domestic and personal violence.
The NSW Government will introduce legislation amending the law to make it clear that the definitions of ‘stalking’ and ‘intimidation’ in the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act explicitly includes activities conducted online or via text messages that are designed to instill fear of physical or mental harm.
The NSW Government are committed to protecting domestic violence victims and other members of the community from new threats that arise with advances in technology.
Greater access to drought support
The NSW Government is making it easier for farmers and their families to access the Drought Transport Subsidies and the Drought Assistance Fund by relaxing the gross off-farm asset test.
The current criteria is being lifted from a $1 million off-farm assets test to $5 million, which means more farmers will now be eligible to access drought assistance.
This change acknowledges the efforts of farmers who have diversified their assets, but understandably still need help during these tough times.
Criteria for ‘new entrants’ have also been created within the Government’s drought assistance guidelines to support farmers who are new in the industry.
New entrants, including many young farmers, will now have greater access to Government assistance which will be particularly beneficial as they establish their businesses.
In addition to amending the access criteria, the Government is also making it easier for farmers to get help completing and submitting drought support applications, with Local Land Services offices now providing this assistance.
These changes will ensure farmers can access the support they need and receive their subsidy payments as quickly as possible. To find a local service centre, visit https://western.lls.nsw.gov.au/our-region