NSW Flood Inquiry to hear from residents, businesses and local government in Sydney’s North West

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NSW flood data shows road damage worth billions

Storms have left these potholes on the roads of Austral, Sydney’s west.(Provided: Jimmy Mtashar)

The New South Wales government says new data shows catastrophic flooding in parts of the state this year has caused $1.3 billion in damage to local council roads.

Resilience NSW has received updated information also showing $150 million in damage to the national road network.

More than 24,000 potholes have been repaired on national roads.

Regional Roads Minister Sam Farraway said funding from the federal government’s natural disaster declaration would cover the cost of roadwork for the councils.

“I believe the community understands and appreciates that we won’t be able to restore road infrastructure to exactly how it was overnight,” he said.

“It’s going to take time and money.

“We work on money and we have real solutions around financing that give certainty.”

Opposition regional roads spokeswoman Jenny Aitchison said residents of the community were angry and frustrated with the state of local roads.

Sydney’s Vivid pays tribute to Queen

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A seven-minute light show paid tribute to the Queen last night.(ABC News: Provided)

The Sydney Harbor Bridge was colored royal purple last night to mark 70 years of service by Queen Elizabeth II.

Other buildings and landmarks around the city were also lit up for seven minutes, supporting the UK’s official Platinum Jubilee celebrations from June 2-5.

The date also marks the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

“As Sydney shines during Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest light festival, it is also an opportunity to highlight the Queen’s dedicated and distinguished service over the past 70 years and her many achievements. outstanding as a monarch, which includes 12 official visits to New South Wales,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said.

Flood survey to visit Windsor

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A swollen Hawkesbury River has inundated several towns northwest of Sydney this year.(Provided: Fire and Rescue)

A parliamentary committee investigating the response to this year’s NSW flood crisis will visit Sydney’s north west today.

The town of Hawkesbury was part of a strip of the region inundated by floodwaters twice in March and April.

A public session of the committee will hear from residents and local officials such as the mayor, MPs and business figures.

Committee Chairman Walt Secord MLC said: “The committee has just concluded hearings and forums on the North Coast which have been extremely valuable.

“We are hoping to gather evidence across western Sydney to get a full picture of the impacts of these floods.”

The hearing will take place at Windsor RSL from 2 p.m.

Civil service on strike next week

A man in a plaid shirt and dark jacket smiles, with autumn trees in the background.
Secretary General of the Public Service Association, Stewart Little.(Supplied: PSA)

Civil servants plan to go on a 24-hour strike next Wednesday, but the state government is seeking an injunction.

Representatives of the Civil Service Association met Employee Relations Minister Damien Tudehope this week but could not reach an agreement.

The union has demanded a pay rise and has pledged to take industrial action if its demand is not met within four days.

He says the government has imposed an “unfair” salary cap on civil servants and wants salaries to rise by at least 5.2%.

Mr Tudehope said he was disappointed by what he called a “cynical” action and called on the employers to take legal action to the Industrial Relations Commission.

“Given that the government’s wage offer will be announced in a few weeks, the proposed industrial action is premature and unnecessary,” he said.

ICAC reviews pork barreling

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has put pork in the spotlight.(Provided: Sydney Criminal Lawyers)

The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a forum today to discuss the pork barrel.

The forum will consider whether the practice is legal and ethical, and whether it could constitute corrupt conduct under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.

Chief Commissioner Peter Hall QC will host a panel moderated by former ABC journalist Kerry O’Brien.

The panel will also consider whether grant funding schemes should be regulated by a statutory instrument to ensure money is spent only for public purposes.

It will be streamed live on the ICAC website starting at 10 a.m.

Government says climate plan on track despite planned mine expansion

NSW Environment Minister James Griffin said the government had not deviated from its net zero action plan, despite approving a major Hunter mine expansion.

New South Wales planning officials have recommended that an independent committee approve an extension to the Mount Pleasant coal mine near Muswellbrook.

This would be by far the largest expansion of the state, doubling the rate of production and mining until 2048.

Mr Griffin said the government’s bid to achieve net zero emissions had not changed.

“We have to strike the right balance…as I said, we have a strong commitment to net zero and a number of means and mechanisms to achieve it.”

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