Thursday, 27 February 2020 Sydney

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  • Water Storage Project To Provide A $33 Million Boost For Mclaren Vale Wine Region

    The McLaren Vale wine industry is set for a $33 million boost in productivity and the creation of more than 150 jobs as a result of a $7.3 million water storage project which is about to commence.

    The project includes the construction of a 600ML water storage facility at Seaford Heights which will redirect recycled waste water from the Christies Beach Waste Water treatment plant to McLaren Vale irrigators to use in the production of wine grapes.

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  • ACCC finds food franchisors not disclosing critical information

    The ACCC has found that franchisors in the food services sector are commonly providing inadequate information to potential franchisees.

    In its most recent round of compliance checks of the franchising industry, the ACCC reviewed disclosure documents from a sample of 12 franchisors in the food services sector and found many were problematic.

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  • Strategy funds new app and sanctuary to help save NSW’s koalas

    A $45 million NSW Koala Strategy will fund a hospital and accommodation facility in Port Stephens, along with a mobile app to help preserve NSW’s koala population.

    The ‘I Spy Koala’ app was developed to get NSW communities involved in mapping where they have seen koalas in the wild.

    The strategy will allocate $3 million toward the two initiatives.

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  • Company fined $88k for unlawful creek front activities

    A company operating at Bundabah in the Port Stephens area was given the maximum penalty after being found guilty in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Thursday of four counts of unlawful activities on waterfront land.

    In the case brought by Grant Barnes of the Natural Resources Access Regulator, Tea Garden Farms Pty Ltd was ordered to pay $22,000 for each of the offences plus professional costs of $20,000.

    The offences involved removing vegetation at three sites on Nanabah Creek, and depositing rock and turf at one of the sites.

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  • Small businesses to benefit from national energy check program

    Speaking at the launch of the Business Energy Advice Program today, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell commended the introduction of free advice to help small businesses with 20 or less employees choose the best-priced energy options to suit their needs.

    “These small businesses make up more than 97% of businesses in Australia and when it comes to energy consumption, they really feel the pain,” Ms Carnell said.

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  • Global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen charged with criminal cartel conduct

    Following continuing investigations by the ACCC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO), a Norwegian-based global shipping company, has today been charged with criminal cartel conduct.

    The charge relates to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of certain vehicles to Australia between June 2011 and July 2012.

    The charge was laid by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution (CDPP) in the NSW District Registry of the Federal Court. The matter has been set down by the Court for a first mention on 29 August 2019.

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  • Weak Australian dollar sees petrol prices at highest level in four years



    The annual average retail petrol price in 2018–19 was the highest in real terms (i.e. adjusted for inflation) in four years according to the ACCC’s latest report on the Australian petroleum market for June quarter 2019.

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  • ABS selects Census Privacy Impact Assessment provider

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced it has selected Galexia to undertake the 2021 Census of Population and Housing Privacy Impact Assessment.

    Galexia will identify and evaluate the potential impact of the Census on the privacy of individuals. It will also recommend ways to minimise or manage possible privacy issues or risks.

    General Manager, Census Division, Chris Libreri said the commencement of the Privacy Impact Assessment is an important stage in the development of the next Census.

    “We are taking a ‘privacy by design’ approach to planning and conducting the Census. This ensures the privacy of individuals is considered at every step, right across the program.

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  • ACCC continues to focus on supporting small business

    Unfair contract terms are a key focus in the ACCC’s latest Small Business in Focus report.

    The twice yearly report, which provides an update on key developments in the small business, franchising, and agriculture sectors, reports on the ACCC’s continued actions to protect small businesses against terms in a standard form contract that may be considered unfair.

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  • Landmark and Ruralco rural services deal not opposed

    The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural services company Ruralco (ASX:RHL) by Nutrien, which operates in Australia through its wholly owned subsidiary, Landmark.

    The ACCC’s decision is subject to an undertaking requiring Nutrien to divest three rural merchandise stores located in Broome (WA), Alice Springs (NT) and Hughenden (Qld), to a purchaser approved by the ACCC.

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