Lo­cal Politi­cian Say

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - In this Issue -  DAVID ELLIOT MP

CRIME IN THE HILLS TREND­ING DOWN

The tire­less ef­forts of the Hills Lo­cal Area Com­mand have re­sulted in con­sid­er­able re­duc­tions in crime lev­els in our com­mu­nity.

The most re­cent quar­terly data from the Bureau of Crime Sta­tis­tics and Re­search (BOCSAR) is proof of the ex­cep­tional work of lo­cal po­lice in pre­vent­ing crime.

In the 24 months to De­cem­ber 2016, 16 out of the 17 ma­jor crime cat­e­gories ei­ther fell or re­mained stable, in­clud­ing mur­der, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and rob­bery.

Lo­cal sta­tis­tics from The Hills Shire fol­lowed the state-wide trends, with 11 of­fences re­main­ing stable or trend­ing down.

I am re­ally pleased to see down­ward trends in Baulkham Hills, with break­ing and en­ter­ing a dwelling down 18.9% and mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft down 23.4%.

This lat­est data from BOCSAR is a tes­ta­ment to our lo­cal po­lice and their ded­i­ca­tion to the safety and pro­tec­tion of our com­mu­nity, led by Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Critchlow.

I would like to thank all the com­mu­ni­ties in the Baulkham Hills elec­torate for be­ing vig­i­lant and es­tab­lish­ing proac­tive part­ner­ships with our po­lice, en­sur­ing public safety con­cerns are prop­erly ad­dressed.

ANZAC ME­MO­RIAL ART­WORK HON­OURS BAULKHAM HILLS SOL­DIERS

Baulkham Hills sol­diers who en­listed and fought in the Great War are to be hon­oured as part of a stun­ning art­work at the re­fur­bished Anzac Me­mo­rial in Syd­ney’s Hyde Park.

Baulkham Hills and Car­ling­ford are among 1,699 NSW towns, sub­urbs and lo­cal­i­ties where sol­diers en­listed from for the Great War. As part of the Anzac Me­mo­rial Cen­te­nary Project, soil sam­ples will be taken from these sites and dis­played in the Hall of Ser­vice as part of a per­ma­nent art­work by artist Fiona Hall.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment is up­grad­ing the Anzac Me­mo­rial in Hyde Park to re­alise the vi­sion of the Me­mo­rial’s orig­i­nal ar­chi­tect, Bruce Del­lit, in­clud­ing a wa­ter cas­cade reach­ing south through the park to Liver­pool Street. It will also have new ed­u­ca­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and stor­age for the Me­mo­rial’s col­lec­tion.

The lo­cal com­mu­nity will be en­gaged to par­tic­i­pate in the col­lec­tion of soil or at­tend an event to wit­ness soil be­ing col­lected as the Anzac Me­mo­rial Cen­te­nary Project Soil Col­lec­tion con­tin­ues.

This project is col­lect­ing soil from 1,699 lo­ca­tions across the state from where Aus­tralians en­listed for the First World War.

It is about bring­ing our state to­gether to re­mind our­selves that peo­ple from all ar­eas of NSW an­swered the call to de­fend our coun­try and con­tinue to do so.

Mr El­liott col­lected the first sam­ple of soil at the Bathurst War Me­mo­rial Car­il­lon at a cer­e­mony on March 27.

The Anzac Me­mo­rial is the state’s prin­ci­pal me­mo­rial to all Aus­tralians who have served, and col­lect­ing soil from sites from where men and women across NSW came from re­minds us that this me­mo­rial be­longs to ev­ery­one.

The Anzac Me­mo­rial up­grade will be com­plete in late 2018, as the Cen­te­nary of Anzac com­mem­o­ra­tions draw to a close.

BLITZ TAR­GETS IL­LE­GAL “NO RE­FUND” SIGNS

Con­sumers have been urged to re­port il­le­gal “no re­fund” signs af­ter one in five NSW busi­nesses were found to be dis­play­ing them.

The alarm­ing fig­ure has been re­vealed af­ter Fair Trad­ing con­ducted a re­cent blitz, vis­it­ing more than 550 busi­nesses to see if they were dis­play­ing the il­le­gal signs.

I have been ad­vised by the Min­is­ter for In­no­va­tion and Bet­ter Reg­u­la­tion, Mr Matt Kean, that un­der the Australian Con­sumer Law, re­tail­ers were not per­mit­ted to post “no re­fund” signs in their shops or print sim­i­lar mes­sages on re­ceipts or in­voices.

This is be­cause they im­ply a re­fund is not pos­si­ble even when a prod­uct is de­fec­tive.

Con­sumers aren’t al­ways en­ti­tled to re­fund – for ex­am­ple, if they have just changed their mind. How­ever, they cer­tainly do have the right to a re­fund if there is a prob­lem with a prod­uct, and to sug­gest oth­er­wise is il­le­gal.

To im­prove com­pli­ance with the law, NSW Fair Trad­ing con­ducted Op­er­a­tion Re­fund on Fe­bru­ary 20 and 21, 2017. Twelve con­sumer pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers vis­ited 561 re­tail­ers at 52 lo­ca­tions across met­ro­pol­i­tan and re­gional NSW.

Ig­no­rance is no ex­cuse and I’m told these busi­nesses will be in­spected again to en­sure they are com­ply­ing. If nec­es­sary, fur­ther ac­tion will be taken to pro­tect the rights of their cus­tomers.

Con­sumers con­cerned about “no re­fund” sig­nage should con­tact Fair Trad­ing on 13 32 20.

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