Fee cuts are sav­ing big bucks

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

AL­MOST 180 tradies in Mur­ray will save roughly $340,000 over 10 years by not hav­ing to re­new their li­censes ev­ery three years.

Part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s bet­ter busi­ness re­forms, Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said these changes fol­lowed ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, which also showed sig­nif­i­cant sup­port for re­tain­ing 13 home build­ing li­censes.

“This is a fan­tas­tic out­come for con­sumers and our lo­cal tradies, be­cause it main­tains im­por­tant pro­tec­tions, while also re­duc­ing costs,” Mr Evans said.

“We’re keep­ing all 13 home build­ing li­censes be­cause we need skilled and qual­i­fied tradies, but we’re also re­duc­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den on our small busi­nesses.

“Re­newal fees will drop from up to $605 ev­ery three years, to just a $51 pro­cess­ing fee for tradies to up­date their de­tails ev­ery five years.

“That gives them more money to pay the bills, put food on the ta­ble, or grow their busi­nesses.”

The li­censes that will be­come on­go­ing in­clude dec­o­rat­ing, paint­ing, fenc­ing, glaz­ing, kitchen and bath­room bench­top in­stal­la­tion, splash­back in­stal­la­tion, paving, shower screen in­stal­la­tion, duct­ing/me­chan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tion, shade sails and shade sys­tems in­stal­la­tion, dry plas­ter­ing, wet plas­ter­ing and mi­nor main­te­nance/clean­ing.

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