By Ray Williams

The Hills Shire will receive $276,631 towards a new inclusive playspace at Equinox Drive Box Hill, through the Everyone Can Play grants funding. The open space will feature a nature inspired theme and provide a range of facilities for a range of abilities such as: picnic and gathering areas, a turf kick-about area, a loop track, and a shared pathway as part of the Box Hill Trail Network.

AUSTRALIA’S TOUGHEST ANIMAL CRUELTY PENALTIES
The NSW Government will soon enshrine the country’s toughest suite of animal cruelty penalties into law, bringing them more into line with community expectations.

Cruelty: increased from $5,500 to $44,000 and/or 12 months’ imprisonment for individuals and $220,000 for corporations for each act;

Aggravated Cruelty: increased from $22,000 to $110,000 and/ or 2 years’ imprisonment for individuals and $550,000 for corporations for each individual act; and,

Fail to Provide Food & Shelter: increased from $5,500 to $16,500 and/or six months’ imprisonment for individuals and $82,500 for corporations for each individual act.

TRADIES WITHOUT BORDERS
The NSW Government is slashing red tape and removing barriers for tradies to work across state and territory borders, delivering a major boost for jobs and the potential to inject more than $2.4 billion into the national economy over 10 years. A new national Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme will take effect from 1 July 2021, making it simpler and easier for tradies to carry out work in multiple states and territories.

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