STATE MEM­BER FOR CAS­TLE HILL - HON RAY WIL­LIAMS MP

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CHEAPER GREENS SLIPS ON THE WAY

Last year the Gov­ern­ment un­der­took a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the cur­rent scheme that has now been in place for over 16 years. The re­view found that the Green Slip sys­tem is fail­ing peo­ple in­jured on our roads, and be­com­ing un­af­ford­able for NSW mo­torists. Cur­rently, only 45 cents in ev­ery dol­lar col­lected by CTP in­sur­ers ac­tu­ally goes to those it was de­signed to sup­port - in­jured peo­ple. Worse still, peo­ple in­jured in mo­tor ac­ci­dents can wait on av­er­age three to five years to re­ceive sub­stan­tial pay­ments un­der the cur­rent CTP scheme, and even longer in some cases. At the same time, Green Slip pre­mi­ums in NSW have in­creased by 85% in the past decade and are now the most ex­pen­sive in Aus­tralia. The NSW Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing re­forms to the CTP scheme which will lower the cost of pre­mi­ums, re­duce in­surer su­per prof­its, cut de­lays in the pay­ment of ben­e­fits, and tar­get fraud­u­lent and ex­ag­ger­ated claims. These re­forms will sub­stan­tially lower Green Slip prices for many ve­hi­cle own­ers, with state-wide av­er­age pre­mi­ums to drop from $650 to $528. NSW mo­torists will shave around $120 off their Green Slip un­der the new scheme. The re­forms will en­sure in­jured peo­ple re­ceive ben­e­fits more quickly to en­able them to re­cover and re­turn to nor­mal life. Un­der these new re­forms, in­jured mo­torists who can­not prove another driver was at fault will be covered for up to six months for loss of in­come, treat­ment and care. In­jured peo­ple who are not at fault in an ac­ci­dent will be en­ti­tled to ad­di­tional in­come and med­i­cal sup­port, and those with mod­er­ate and more se­ri­ous in­juries will re­tain ac­cess to the com­mon law sys­tem. The NSW Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to en­sure the CTP scheme de­liv­ers what it was de­signed to do: pro­vide in­jured peo­ple with the ben­e­fits and sup­port their need to re­cover.

75 YEARS AND GO­ING STRONG

I was hon­oured to at­tend the Ken­thurst Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Bri­gade’s 75th An­niver­sary Din­ner on Fri­day 7 April 2017, at the beau­ti­ful Al­le­gro Func­tion Cen­tre. This com­mem­o­ra­tive event had an in­cred­i­ble 1940’s era theme in recog­ni­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s es­tab­lish­ment date of 6 April 1942.

Upon ar­rival, guests en­tered a themed ‘time tun­nel’ of sand-bagged bunkers and cam­ou­flage nets, which ef­fec­tively trans­ported them back to the early twen­ti­eth cen­tury. The venue was dec­o­rated with old fire­fight­ing, farm­ing and mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia, and the room was filled with the sounds of Aus­tralian Army Band Syd­ney and some fan­tas­tic ‘swing’ mu­sic. There were uni­forms and medals ga­lore along with fox fur stoles and grace­ful evening gowns. It was a glo­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion, and a fit­ting com­mem­o­ra­tion to the in­cred­i­ble his­tory of the Ken­thurst Bri­gade which was es­tab­lished after the dev­as­tat­ing fires that swept the Hills in 1939. Out of the ashes, rose lo­cal armies of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers who cre­ated this in­cred­i­ble lo­cal net­work of Brigades in Kel­lyville (the old­est), An­nan­grove, Rouse Hill, Box Hill/Nel­son and Ken­thurst; who work tire­lessly to at­tend emer­gen­cies both lo­cally and fur­ther afield when needed. Con­grat­u­la­tions Ken­thurst Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice on your 75th An­niver­sary, and thank you for all the in­cred­i­ble work that you do, and have done.

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS

Colin & Valda Morley - 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary; Peter & Sy­bil

Jones, Ian & Elsie Now­land - 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary

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