State Matters with Steve Cansdell
Judging by the huge turnouts at Anzac Day ceremonies I participated in on Tuesday, the Anzac spirit is alive and well on the North Coast.
Our servicemen and women overseas demonstrate the kind of courage, determination and mateship in the face of adversity that we have come to see as uniquely our own the Anzac spirit.
Locally we make our contribution by showing up at our local Anzac Day services and pausing to reflect on the sacrifice of our Gallipoli heroes of 91 years ago and all the Australian men and women who have fought for our freedom since.
Partial win for tradesmen
The NSW Government has belatedly agreed to extend the deadline (from March 31 to September 1) for tradesmen to have their green card induction certificates converted to the new WorkCover cards.
The move follows representations I and other Northern Rivers Nationals MPs made to the Labor Government.
The cards represent proof of induction training which tradesmen need to access building sites.
A poor information campaign by the NSW Government had left many North Coast builders and other tradesmen facing huge fines despite not having done anything deliberately wrong.
Workers faced a $500 fine each time they were caught on a building site without the new WorkCover card. This has now changed and they can now go about their work until September 1 without being fined.
While that is good news, the government is still insisting tradesmen who did not meet the original March 31 deadline will have to re-do the one-day training course at a cost of $135.
This is another example of bureaucracy gone mad.
Tradesmen who have yet to convert to the new card need to contact WorkCover on 131 050.
Phone: 6643 1244
Fax: 6642 7574
Address: 11 Prince Street, Grafton, 2460