Seventy-seven River Murray-based irrigation projects have been offered a share of $38 million in funding under the fourth and final round of the highly successful Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP).
If all projects accept their offers, it will mean a total of 259 projects will have received funding under the $240 million program since it first opened in 2014.
Round Four proposals include new solar energy and netting projects, as well as new winegrape plantings and uptake of new food manufacturing technology.
Advanced Hair Studio Pty Ltd (Advanced Hair) will partly refund some customers who purchased the Advanced Laser Therapy Program between April 2015 and June 2017, following ACCC concerns that Advanced Hair’s contract contained terms that were unfair.
Advanced Hair supplies hair loss treatments and procedures including laser therapy as part of 3-12 month programs.
One of the cancellation clauses in Advanced Hair’s contracts required customers to pay the entire cost of the program even if they had attended only one or two laser sessions.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the Federal Court’s judgment to uphold the Fair Work Commission decision on penalty rates.
The Federal Court has found the Fair Work Commission met its legal obligations through the exhaustive two-year process it undertook to reach a decision.
Comments attributable to Ombudsman Kate Carnell:
“Small business operators will be relieved at this decision, which levels the playing field in competition against big business.
Freycinet is one of Tasmania’s premier tourism hotspots, with locals and visitors flocking to the area in droves to experience the region’s stunning natural areas.
With visitation up seven per cent to a record 292,000 for 2016-17, Freycinet is still the State's most visited national park and remains vitally important to the East Coast as tourists visit and spend in our local tourism businesses, shops and eateries.
We want to ensure the area continues to build and attract even more visitors, and I am pleased to announce Emma Riley and Associates have been selected to develop a long-term master plan for the area.
This Stay Smart Online Week, the ACCC is warning the community to watch out for common online scams they might encounter.
The online sphere – email, the internet, social media and mobile apps – has overtaken telephones as scammers’ preferred tool of the trade to contact potential victims. In 2017, the ACCC’s Scamwatch site has received more than 51,000 reports of scammers trying to con people online. Online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017, with people aged 45 to 54 most likely to lose money.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is providing taxpayers with simple ways to protect themselves from scammers as part of Stay Smart Online week.
Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson says it’s important for taxpayers to remember to stay vigilant and to help family and friends be wary of emails, phone calls and SMS during tax time that claim to be from the ATO, even if they seem legitimate.
Think about neighbours, particularly with vineyards, and don’t underestimate the potential distance of impact before spraying weeds this spring, PIRSA is warning crop producers.
Actively growing grapevines are highly susceptible to herbicides and were the subject of off-target damage from spray drift or chemical trespass following summer rainfall events early in 2017.
Certain weather conditions such as inversions, can result in spray drift damage up to tens of kilometres from the application site, so producers must consider sensitive crops that might be some distance away when planning a spray operation.
The ACCC today announced it will not make a decision on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its special access undertaking (SAU) until NBN Co further progresses its consultation with customers on its pricing model.
NBN Co submitted its revised SAU variation in June 2017 to incorporate fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-basement and hybrid fibre coaxial technologies (multi technology mix services) into the SAU, to reflect the current NBN model. This has the effect of extending the current SAU pricing arrangements to these MTM services.
The ACCC has today released the findings of its study into the Brisbane petrol market, which shows a lack of competition is causing Brisbane motorists to pay more for petrol than in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Between 2009–10 and 2016–17, Brisbane motorists paid 3.3 cents per litre (cpl) more for petrol on average than motorists in Australia’s other four largest cities.
“The ACCC’s report confirms Brisbane drivers’ suspicions that they are paying too much for petrol, and that some local fuel retailers are enjoying high profit margins at their expense,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore will join forces with transport experts, health experts and community representatives at a public meeting next week to call on the NSW Government to rethink WestConnex to deliver a better deal for all Sydneysiders.
The discussion will explore why WestConnex won’t solve Sydney’s transport needs, why it will increase congestion and how its $50 billion budget could be better spent.