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What is Family Day Care?
Family Day Care is a network of Educators who provide education and care in their own homes for children aged birth – 12 years.
Each Educator is registered with a Family Day Care Service who support and monitor the provision of the education and care service.
Who is NSW Family Day Care Association?
The NSW Family Day Care Association (NSWFDCA) is the peak organisation for Family Day Care Services in NSW providing advocacy, training and support.
From the 1st of January 2014 the educator to child ratios will change. Educators currently provide care for up to 7 children under the age of 12, with a maximum of 5 children not yet attending school.
In 2014, educators will provide care for up to 7 children under the age of 13, with a maximum of 4 children not yet attending school.
This change to ratios will affect the viability of family day care in NSW.
• 4000 children each day in NSW will not have the placement in family day care;
• Educators incomes will be reduced if they do not increase fees;
• Services will incur a significant decrease in income and be presented with barriers to recruitment of educators.
• Families will be faced with higher fees and less choice.
There has been no specific research with regard to the best educator to child ratios in a mixed age group setting in family day care.
Different States and territories have different transition dates to comply with the Education and Care Services National Regulations. We are currently operating with 1:5 ratios. We are providing quality education and care for children.
What do we want?
We request an extension of the transition date for the change of ratios in order for the research to be conducted.
We propose that research be carried out by an independent group of researchers. We need to know whether there are educational and social advantages to children within FDC that justify the ratio change.
Time has taken its toll on the grand old lady by the sea, and the Club is no longer sustainable in its current form.
Harbord Diggers has conducted extensive research and ongoing consultation to find out what the community needs - from Seniors Living and childcare facilities, to a state-of-the-art fitness club, and an entertainment venue with top-class facilities capitalising on spectacular views.
Now is the time for A New Dawn For the Diggers.
3. Save Libby
Housing NSW is over-charging its tenant Elizabeth Anne Ciesiolka (Libby) at a rate of 50% of her gross income. It continues to charge rent on Child Support when Libby does not receive this. Housing NSW is sending letters to the tenant demanding the overcharged rent be paid and it can evict her from her home of 19 years on the basis of her failure to pay 50% of her gross income to it.
You can watch a YouTube video about this petition:
Short version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeCVCJ0TTZg&feature=youtu.be
Long version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoxdtCvk0Vs&feature=youtu.be
Housing NSW’s assessment of Libby’s rental subsidy application totals $213.30 rent per week but the documents provided by Libby show an annual income of $18,508, plus her son’s annual income of $3,735 totalling $22,243. The assessment charges rent at $11,073 per annum which is at a rate of 50% of the household’s gross income. This is causing severe housing stress and anxiety for Libby.
Housing NSW’s assessment of Libby’s rental subsidy does not refer to any of the documents she submitted and statutorily declared in her subsidy application. She has not been informed of why they were rejected. Housing NSW policies require she be informed in writing of any perceived irregularities in her documents but she never has been given reasons why they have been repeatedly rejected, although sometimes accepted, over the years.
Housing NSW's assessment and the following documents can be found in the contentious documents file at http://www.pdfhost.net/index.php?Action=Download&File=c8e0d2c07fdb7b8398889c8812bb782d
• First Employment Income Details: This document was rejected as incomplete by CSO Nik on 7 August 2012 because it did not state income per week and was not marked with a Company Seal.
• Second Employment Income Details: stating income per week as $385.58 and marked with the Company Seal
• Letter from Child Support Agency stating that entitlement to Child Support would cease on 18 November 2011.
• Child Support Agency Certificate under ss.116(2) of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 (Cth): showing that child support remains unpaid.
• Centrelink Income Statement: 7 August stating eligibility for Family Assistance but that no income is received fortnightly it is received as a lump sum at the end of the financial year.
• PAYG income tax statement 2012 and 2011 with 2012 showing that Libby’s son’s income averages $71.83 per week.
1. The amount assessed as $423.41 appears to be calculated from the rejected First Employment Income Details and therefore rejects the Second Employment Income Details stating income per week as $385.58.
2. The assessment fails to accept Child Support documentation that shows that child support ceased on 18 November 2011 when Libby’s youngest son finished school and that the child support remains unpaid as the payer has withheld payments and cannot be located. This issue was discussed with CSO Nik who said that HNSW must continue to charge rent on Child Support until a letter stating that no Child Support is owed is provided. Libby expressed concern about being charged rent on unpaid child support and Nik said “you have nothing to worry about because Housing NSW is ‘not for profit’”. Libby contacted the Child Support Agency but they could not provide such a letter because money is still owed. Housing NSW continues to charge rent on Child Support and Libby has already paid 50% of that Child Support to Housing NSW.
3. No account was taken of Libby’s son’s income from paid employment. Instead the assessment charges rent on Newstart but he is not eligible for Newstart as he is only 21. Libby’s son is not eligible for a payment from Centrelink because Libby receives Family Assistance for him. Nor is he eligible for both Family Assistance and Youth Allowance as previously assessed by Housing NSW.
The NSW government is planning to close up to 8 fire stations at any one time across Sydney and even more in the regional areas of the state expanding a program that is already threatening lives of our families and friends.
The Government claims that "sick leave" taken by fire fighters is the driving cause of what they call an overtime blowout. Fire Fighters [by calculations which account for extra long shifts 10 - 14 hrs] on average take only 16 hrs more sick leave per year than other "office based" Public Servants. When you consider that there are a range of Illnesses and Injuries that you can still attend an office job but not a fire station, this small difference over a year seems insignificant doesn't it?
So under this plan your local fire station may be closed and you may have to rely on Fire Fighters attending from further away.... I can tell you that waiting for a fire engine when your house is on fire is an uncomfortable feeling; an extended wait would be heart breaking... to say the least.
The Fire Brigade [aka FRNSW] is funded on the following basis;NSW Government contributes 14.6% Local Councils Contribute 11.7% and Insurance Companies contribute 73.7%
The break down of saving goes like this......
Each $1mil cut from the Fire Brigade budget saves the Govt $146,000 the remaining saving goes to :-
Local Councils $117,000
Insurance Companies $737,000
So if the Govt. achieves its target of saving $64,000,000 over the next few years this equates to a saving of :-
$8,600,000 for the Government
and a saving of .... wait for it....
$47,168,000 for the INSURANCE COMPANIES.
The petition of residents of the Great Lakes Area:
Brings to the attention of Great Lakes Council that our area has been widely documented as a place of high biological diversity on the Australian continent. That the biodiversity of the Great Lakes area is of national significance, but faces many serious threats to its continued existence and health.
The Great Lakes area is also home to several lake systems, each providing essential feeding and breeding habitat for a wide range of species, including migratory birds and valuable commercial fisheries. Our lake systems are also home to one of our primary local industries - oyster farming. The substantial rainfall and fertile soils that characterize much of the Great Lakes area support thriving and diverse agricultural industries, including beef and dairy cattle, varied food crops, horticulture, and timber plantations.
We believe that the biodiversity, water resources, and agricultural and sustainable industries, as well as the livelihoods and well being of the people of the Great Lakes, will be directly threatened by the impacts of the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas and other forms of unconventional gas, including tight sands gas. The growing body of evidence worldwide suggests the production of unconventional gas will leave a polluted legacy in the soil, water and natural environment and will create public health problems of unprecedented proportions.
It is of grave concern to the below petitioners, to know of the approved placement of a number of CSG well's at the headwaters of the Gloucester Valley - which is part of the catchment that supplies drinking water for the Gloucester, Taree and Great Lakes region.
We the residents of the Great Lakes area are best placed to protect this area now and for future generations.
For 16 years now, law abiding firearms owners have had to put up with strict gun laws after the Port Arthur Massacre. It has been 16 years now since the Port Arthur Massacre, Its time the government and Gun Control Agencies stop using it as an excuse to keep our strict gun laws.
Statistics have shown Australian and New Zealand gun owners are among the best in the world, its time the government give something back to the law abiding firearms owners of Australia.
The NSW Goverment is changing WorkCover There are a couple of major changes that affect paramedics. Firstly we are not covered for any accidents that occur when we are going to work.. As paramedics often are on-call, we would drive to work more often and be exposed more to the dangers/risks of doing so.
Announcement of the amendment: See here.
Secondly and most importantly compensation payments for injuries that occur in the workplace will reduce over time to almost nothing in a five year period. Paramedics are exposed to more risks and greater consequences of those risks. For example traffic collisions, assaults, and many mental issues such as Post traumatic stress disorder. If something happens to YOU that makes it impossible to work as a paramedic again, due to these new laws your compensation payments will decrease to around $400 a week in 12 weeks and to nothing in five years. We are the generation of degree qualified paramedics, we need protection if something goes wrong at work as we have limited back up options.
Thanks to having a useless Heath Services Union we have not gained exemption from these changes. Only police officers and mining workers (of course, which industry pays into the NSW government in 'political donations') are exempt from these changes. Its not a fight for who deserves proper workers compensation, all individuals that place their livelihood on the line for others deserve to be protected when something goes wrong. Fire Rescue NSW is in the process of planning industrial action because this issue is so serious, paramedics unfortunately do not have as strong of a union as the Fire Brigade do :( If police are exempt why aren't firefighters and paramedics?
Check out the article and write to your local state MP. It's our future career and our rights are disappearing before we start. Please also sign this petition leaving your university/training providers name in the short comment.
Why is it important to sign the Petition?
To demand that NSW Police Officers be held accountable for their actions and stop using of excessive force on Juveniles.
Police Incident: Around 4am on Saturday the 21st of April 2012 a NSW Police Officer shot two juvenile suspects in Kings Cross in a stolen car that mounted the sidewalk and stuck a pedestrian who was wedged under the stationary car. One of the police officers involved in the incident shot the youth in the front of the car and then was captured on video violently assaulting the passenger of the car who appeared to be subdued and was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the neck. The two gunshot victims from the car are in the hospital in a stable but critical condition. The pedestrian that was wedged under the car has been released from Hospital after suffering chest injuries.
Sunday Telegraph video of incident:
Media Source Couriermail - Bloody Ending to Teen Joyride In Kings Cross
The passenger of the stolen car Troy Taylor (17yr old) father speaks out about the brutality.
We believe that tax payers money should be used wisely and the government should provide free microchipping and cheap desexing programs which should be provided from every local council in New South Wales
In NSW, anyone can challenge your will. The Succession Act was introduced in 2006 and is now being reviewed by the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice.
Wills mean nothing under this law. Family, ex-spouses and friends can challenge your Will which means your loved ones miss out and costs your estate thousands of dollars in legal fess trying to defend your wishes.
Marriage is an institution vital to the well-being and natural order of society.
In particular, it confirms the importance of motherhood and fatherhood and seeks to protect children's biological identity.
PLEASE - ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN NSW AUSTRALIA.
There is no law or regulation for volunteers in New South Wales to refer to for assistance when they find that they are not being treated fairly by the management of a charity or not-for-profit organisation, or if they are not able to convince management to review its staff management practices. Some organisations have appropriate grievance policies that provide for complaints to be dealt with by independent mediation and arbitration, but such policies are not compulsory
Many volunteers find that they are bullied and their rights not protected. They have no right to seek help from the Privacy Commissioner, the Ombudsman, or the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). The Department of Fair Trading has jurisdiction over many charities under the Associations Act, but can only act if there is a breach of the Act. The Department has no power to intervene if there are breaches of the Constitution, Code of Conduct or grievance policies. Some charities take advantage of this lack of government power, knowing that the Government cannot intervene. This causes many volunteer workers to end up as involuntary unemployed.
Volunteer work is still work. Workers that receive wages have options when they are unfairly treated by bosses, but volunteer workers can't do anything about their employers. We call on government to protect all those dedicated volunteer workers who give their time, energy, and money in service to others.
Support this initiative - email this link to your friends
PLEASE - ONLY SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU LIVE IN NSW AUSTRALIA.
In NSW the rules for Learner and Provisional License Holders is as follows:
Learners must stick below the speed limit of 80 kms/hour even when travelling on a highway where speeds are up to 30 kms/hour faster.
Provisional License Holders must stick to the speed limits of 90 kms/hour for the first year and then 100 kms/hour for the next two. As well as this, Provisional license holders are only allowed to have one person under the age of 21 in the car between the hours of 11 pm and 5am.
These rules are dangerous and create a dangerous environment for new drivers. Having restrictions slower than the already assigned speed limit puts young drivers in a dangerous situation where cars travelling at up to 30 kms/hour on the same road are tailgating and sometimes even causing accidents.
To find out more about the Road rules for Learner and Provisional Drivers please visit:
Over 250,000 healthy cats and dogs are being put down per year, due to the issue of over breeding resulting in them having no owners, no home and therefore.. no life.
It is unjust and unfair to spare the life of an animal, if help can be given to them. Please remove the 7-14 day euthanization policy, and instead provide foster carers to look after them until they find homes.
Let's all speak out, for the animals that can't.
With the NSW election on in just a couple of weeks, there's a real possibility that on March 26 right wing conservatives will gain power in the Upper House.
What does this mean for NSW? It means that religious zealots, against, same-sex relationships and euthanasia will be making the decisions that count; that the Shooters Party, who will move restrictions on gun controls, may hold the balance of power; or, worse still, Pauline Hanson just might gain a seat. Let us not forget some of her statements that have shocked us in the past:
"...we are in danger of being swamped by Asians"
“Immigration must be halted in the short-term so that our dole queues are not added to...”
This election there's only one way to Save our Upper House - if you're voting Greens, preference Labor. Or if you're voting Labor, make sure you preference the Greens.
Here’s one last taste of what NSW could look like with a right wing lead Upper House:
Help Save our Upper House on March 26!
Why does it take so long to interview and investigate murder allegations? Anonymous calls are essential to police investigation, however evidence to either substantiate the claim or discredit this should be sought as soon as possible to relieve distress, save resources and time of innocent people.
Tanning in solarium beds or sunny beaches, have been one of the controversial issues over the past few years. After the massive campaign in 2008 and closing down the majority of the non-compliant tanning salons across the country, Australia has adopted one of the toughest regulations in the world for the indoor tanning industry.
Current standards don’t allow people under the age of 18 and those with skin photo type 1 to use solariums. Now the NSW Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (DECCW) has suggested a new change which will ban people under the age of 30 and those with skin photo type 1 and 2 from using solariums. Although it sounds like a brilliant idea to wipe out the remaining solarium industry by changing the rules, there are several reasons why we all have to be cautious not to rush into making rash decisions.
We have all heard a lot about wanting governments to implement sound ‘evidence based policy’, yet it is rather disappointing when a State Government makes a recommendation that is almost entirely based on emotion, with a few references sprinkled in for flavour. Reading through most of the articles and studies attached to the DECCW proposal, one can see it is not possible to statistically compare natural and artificial UV induced skin cancer simply because everyone is exposed to sunlight during their daily lives but only some choose to go to solaria for a limited period of time. It is also statistically impossible to state ‘indoor tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer’ as solarium consumers expose their skin to natural sunlight more than the average population; either to sunbathe on the beach or to show their tanned skin on the street. Furthermore, most of these references are not statistically reliable because they have a very small sample size, run over a very short period of time, have no control groups, quality of the questionnaires or interviewers are unknown, researchers could possibly be biased against solariums, some have conflict of interest (sponsored by sunscreen companies), and so on.
Currently, 18 is the legal age in Australia which allows people to drive, smoke, vote, drink, etc. While adult Australians can opt to expose themselves to other proven harmful goods and services, it seems discriminatory to ban them from indoor tanning. This would definitely result in tan fans moving to their backyards or local beaches i.e. unmonitored tanning. Throughout history, tanning has gone in and out of fashion. Unlike a few decades ago when dark tan was in fashion, a natural looking tan is perceived trendy these days. According to several studies, both men and women view a tanned body as more healthy or physically attractive than a pale body.
Hence, the most effective way of dealing with the UV tanning issue would be a long-term investment in changing the fashion rather than closing down solarium beds. (to read more go to http://www.tanrayz.com.au/media/SolariumOpenLetter.pdf )
The old timber Collector Creek Bridge, NSW, is currently being demolished by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council as quickly and quietly as possible, against Collector residents wishes.
This is wanton destruction of an important Australian historical bridge which was built in the 1880’s. The Collector Bridge is on the old Federal Highway to Canberra and is part of the route that was used by pioneers to Southern New South Wales from the 1830’s. In addition it is adjacent to the site where Governor Macquarie named Lake George in October 1820.
Upper Lachlan Council wish to replace it with a low level culvert 1.5 metres below the level of the current bridge and dig up and lower the old Highway for 100 metres on each side.
We consider this to be an act of vandalism against the heritage and environs of the Collector Creek but also of the State of New South Wales.
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(Background updated & edited 24 June 2010 by Save Collector Creek!)
Western Sydney needs a new theme park. Wonderland Sydney was Australia's Largest theme park in the southern hemisphere. It supplied a lot of people with entertainment on the weekends and plenty of jobs.
For 19 years Wonderland supplied the children of Sydney with a fun place to visit and explore.
Abuse of Indigenous student Scott Parker, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Sadly in February 2012 Newcastle City Council felled this avenue of beautiful sturdy trees in spite of community opposition and more than 13 000 petition signatures. The following was written in 2009: Laman Street is Newcastle's most beautiful street. Newcastle City Council believes the thirteen figs in the street are likely to fall down in the next five to fifteen years. They have based this on the advice of a single arborist.
The council is considering no other option than felling the trees and we believe alternatives need to be examined such as closing the street to vehicles and/or pedestrians or closing the street in storms.
As it is a non-residential and non-commercial street the chance of injury by a falling tree is remote and the trees are an integral part of Newcastle's identity.
Read more about the background of this at http://saveourfigs.wordpress.com
Fair Treatment for All Patients. Recently whilst my partner was admitted to the emergency ward of our local hospital, i was disgusted to find him in severe pain and having no other alternative than to lay on the floor within the emergency dept (not wait room) due to the lack of care by nurses and staff.
Clearly beds were empty yet from 7pm to 2am my partner had to endure severe stomach pain and vomiting whilst sitting up in a recliner when the only way to alleviate his pain was to lay. Since I sent this to the News I have had hundreds of comments to me about others experiences and i start this petition to encourage more people to voice their comments and concerns.
You can view the video footage and blog here
Channel 10 Report here: http://ten.com.au/ten-news.htm
Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary, Home of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, is currently leased by Prudentia Investments and its future is uncertain.
We, the community, do not want this land to become just another housing estate. We cannot allow this to happen, this is a beautiful piece of land and an iconic part of Australian History. This is a matter of urgency! NSW Lands needs to take responsibility & claim back this land and return it to the community.
We call on the Government to acknowledge the dire state of affairs that currently confront Waratah Park. The Government must acknowledge the historical significance of the site and the recognition it commands throughout Australia and world wide. We also call on the Government to direct the Heritage Council to consider the inclusion of Waratah Park, particularly the iconic ranger cottage, on the State's Heritage Register.
We must ensure that the site is preserved under public ownership and remains open for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of New South Wales. This is a real challenge for the current Government, and we urge it to meet that challenge.
In 2009, students in year 9, received a free laptop computer from the government, however the government completely disregarded the people in years 10-12 in 2009.
Please sign this petition if you think that the government should also give free laptops to students currently in years 10-12 in 2009.
If you want to know more please visit the blog!
The Shooters Party's Robert Brown has placed a Bill before the NSW Parliament which will allow hunting access to the State's National Parks.
The value of this Bill as a conservation tool is limitless and if successfully passed will help save countless native flora and fauna populations from predation by introduced and feral animals.
Tex and Bundy are just a symptomatic example of whats been happening in NSW in regards to the law and policy making by the Government and RTA.
Motorcycling and motorcyclist rights have continued to be ignored by our law makers, with no consultation with motorcyclists as road users, ratepayers and valued members of the community.
Tex and Bundy assist in raising $250,000 for charity annually by riding on Tex's bike all around Australia, Tex has done close to 1 million km's on his bike with Cash his last dog and now Bundy. Despite the RTA claiming no laws would be implemented without an evidence based case and community consultation. Law 297 was introduced without discussion or relevant experts and organisations included in the law making process. This law prevents Bundy from riding on the tank even though restrained and trained but the Roads Minister has concluded that she is safe riding upon the back of a motorcycle unrestrained.
This is an excellent example of law making exceeding knowledge and education, we are the motorcyclists and road users, the knowledge base for what these laws are supposed to protect. Yet Government & RTA don't see fit to acknowledge or include us in this process.
We are seeking an exemption for Tex & Bundy to continue their charity work on their motorcycle and show the NSW Government we are truly sick of being ignored.
A Petition of certain residents of the State of New South Wales state that Premier Nathan Rees should acknowledge the success of the Waverley Council subsidised Beach Runner Bus service.
The undersigned petitioners request that:
1. the Government to take on responsibility for the service on a permanent basis; and
2. the Government note that up to 400 cars per day on average were removed from the roads last summer, providing significant environmental benefit.
In 1770, Captain James Cook Declared Possession of the whole Eastern Coast of Australia. It was Declared New South Wales in the name of his Majesty King George the Third.
The Premier state was Born.
In 2008 NSW is financially ruined. The Premier State has been destroyed by a corrupt government whose governing decisions have cost us the title as the greatest state in Australia.
Our Hospitals, schools, public Transport and front line workers, are the victims of a government, whose reckless spending and failed projects have destroyed the birth place of modern Australia.
DESALINATION PLANT announced by Morris lemer, at a cost of 2 billion dollars, has proved to be a white elephant as dams continue to Surge.
T-CARD PROJECT - A ten year Struggle - FAILED
LANE COVE TUNNEL- 1.1 Billion dollars- FAILED
CROSS CITY TUNNEL - FAILED
NSW Has now been forced to cut back on Vital infrastructure projects to fill the billion dollar deficit, even though It is, The highest taxing state.
North West Metro Rail link, with a total cost of $12 billion - announced this year. GONE.
Back-to-school payment GONE.
Student Travel concessions. GONE.
Cityrail tickets - TO INCREASE BY 25% NEXT YEAR.
Harbour TOLL - Increase to 4.00$
Manly Jet Cat Service - GONE
Northern NSW petrol subsidy TO BE GONE
Electricity retailers EnergyAustralia, Integral Energy and Country Power TO BE SOLD.
Land tax increases - CONFIRMED
Green slips increasing by $10 per vehicle, per year- CONFIRMED.
Ladies and Gentlemen The State is Ruined! The debacles, the scandals, the failed projects and lies.
Enough is Enough.
We need action, now.
Morris lemma told us "there is more to do, but we are heading in the right direction".
I don’t think we are heading in the right direction, Do you?
The communities along the north coast of NSW have been waiting 20 years for the Pacific Highway to be upgraded to dual carriageway since two tragic bus accidents in Grafton and Kempsey claimed 55 lives.
An NRMA audit of the Pacific Highway in 2007 revealed that the highway's accident rate has increased in the past five years. There have been almost 10,000 car crashes on the road in the past decade in which 326 people have died and 3778 people were hurt or maimed.
The Pacific Highway upgrade needs to be fast tracked and delivered as soon as possible to reduce the road death toll and relieve the handbrake that the Pacific Highway places on regional economies.
In NSW only cyclists under the age of 12 are permitted to ride on footpaths, as well as supervising cyclists of all ages. However both the ACT and Queesland allow all cyclists to ride on footpaths.
Recent years has seen a big increase in the number of people cycling in Australia. New cyclists can lack the confidence to share the road with cars.
NSW has a limited and disjointed network of cycleways and bike paths. Cyclists are often forced to join busy roads after the end of a cycleway.
Congestion cuases many roads to be filled with cars that are at a stand still for long periods.
These situations and many others require the legal use of the footpath as a safe alternative for cyclists at all times.
If permitted access to footpaths, cyclsists should always be respectful of pedestrians, animals and all other footpath users. They should ride at an appropriate speed, keep to the left, and warn pedestrians of their presence as needed.