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  • NSW Premier Mike Baird today officially opened the latest Service NSW one stop shop at Hurstville - delivering on the NSW Government’s commitment to improve services to the residents and businesses of NSW.
     
    “The Service NSW centre at Hurstville joins a list of 20 one stop shops opened across the State in just over a year,” Mr Baird said.
     
    “People rightly expect the same high level of customer service from government as they get from the private sector – these one stop shops deliver that.
     
    “Service NSW one stop shops are open for extended hours on weekdays and on Saturday, making it easier for people to carry out a range of government transactions at a time that suits them.
     
    “The opening of the centre at Hurstville marks an important milestone, it being the first store to open as part of stage two of the rollout of one stop shops. By July next year there will be 36 sites open across the State with more to come.
     
    “Since opening its doors late last month, the team at Hurstville has already served more than 6,000 customers.
     
    “With low waiting times and a customer satisfaction score of 98 per cent, this centre is setting new standards for service delivery for the residents and businesses in the St George region.”
     
    Since being launch in July 2013, Service NSW has served more than six million customers through its digital service at www.service.nsw.gov.au, 24/7 phone service and service centres.
     
    The Premier was joined today by the Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet, Oatley MP Mark Coure and Rockdale MP John Flowers.
     
    Mr Perrottet welcomed the new facility, which has extended trading hours (7am-7pm weekdays, 9am-3pm Saturday), concierge services and online kiosks to help customers conduct their transactions even faster.
     
    “Being able to carry out multiple transactions in one place saves everyone time and money,” Mr Perrottet said.
     
    “To complement these one stop shops, the government is looking to make it even more convenient for customers by putting more transactions online as well as new initiatives such as LiveChat and more self-serve kiosks to increase convenience for customers.”
     
    Service NSW offers customers access to more than 800 government transactions including driver licence applications and renewals, vehicle registrations, Seniors Card applications, owner builder permits, housing payments and more.
     
  • The sails of the Sydney Opera House have turned a vibrant orange and yellow during an event hosted by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello in celebration of the Hindu festival of light, Deepavali.
     
    Mr Baird and Mr Dominello were joined by Multicultural NSW Chair and prominent member of the Indian community, Dr Hari Harinath, to mark the occasion.
     
    “This is the first time the Opera House has been lit up in celebration of Deepavali, the festival of light celebrated by the global Hindu community,” Mr Baird said.
     
    “The sails of the Opera House lit up as Mr Dominello and Dr Harinath joined me to light a traditional diya, a ceremonial lamp in Hindu culture that signifies the lifting of spiritual darkness and the renewal of life.
     
    “Deepavali is celebrated across the world. This special event has been held for the Hindu community of NSW, which makes a valuable contribution to our multicultural society.
     
    “This festival has been embraced by Australians of all backgrounds and is one of many cultural and religious celebrations that take place every year across NSW.
     
    “The NSW Government celebrates cultural and religious diversity and it’s through events such as these that we can learn and understand more about each other’s backgrounds.”
     
    Mr Dominello said the State’s South Asian community was made up of over 200,000 people who now call Australia home.
     
    “Deepavali has been celebrated for centuries across the Indian subcontinent and many thousands of people from this region now call NSW home.
     
    “People from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka as well as South East Asia have brought with them the rich traditions of Deepavali and we appreciate the positive contributions they’ve made to our multicultural society,” he said.
     
    The Sydney Opera House will remain lit in Deepavali colours for one night only until midnight on Tuesday 21 October with the support of the NSW Government.
     
    NSW Parliament House was lit up simultaneously and will remain lit each night until Wednesday 5 November, when the Premier hosts a Deepavali event at Parliament House.
  • Gough Whitlam was a favourite son of NSW and a giant of the national political stage.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Troy Grant today announced the appointment of Monaro MP John Barilaro to Cabinet following the resignation of Andrew Stoner.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird has congratulated Troy Grant who has today become NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird today paid tribute to Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who has announced he is retiring from politics at the next election.
  • Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has today reaffirmed the State’s triple-A credit rating and upgraded NSW to a stable outlook, in a clear endorsement of the strong and stable fiscal management of the NSW Government.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced new measures to restore trust in politics in the state, including tougher penalties for candidates who breach donations laws and more transparency by requiring parties to disclose donations before the next election.
  • NSW will lead a collaborative trial, with the support of the Commonwealth and other states and territories, to explore further how cannabis can offer relief to patients suffering from a range of debilitating or terminal illnesses.
  • Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ClubsNSW providing certainty for the thousands of clubs and employees across metropolitan and regional NSW.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli have wished Year 12 students well as they begin their Higher School Certificate (HSC) written examinations today.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner today joined Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton to open a $110 million medical research facility in Western Sydney.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner today welcomed the Governor of Guangdong, His Excellency Mr Zhu Xiaodan, to NSW Parliament to celebrate and progress the Sister State relationship between NSW and the Chinese province.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird today attended a tree planting ceremony with the Governor of Guangdong, His Excellency Zhu Xiaodan, at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced Sydney’s brand new rapid transit trains will run every four minutes during the peak on the North West Rail Link as part of a $3.7 billion contract just signed by the NSW Government.
  • The Australian and NSW Governments today announced a major step towards relief for motorists using Sydney’s notorious M5 East, with the start of pre-construction work on Stage 2 of WestConnex, and invitations issued for companies to design and construct the new tunnels.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole today announced record funding of up to $1 billion to ensure NSW has strong, modern councils to deliver the housing, jobs and local infrastructure people need.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird has tonight announced the appointment of Blair Comley, a former senior Commonwealth public servant, as Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet.
     
    Mr Comley, 44, is a trained economist and is currently a special adviser with financial services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
     
    Between 1994 and 2007 he held a number of senior roles with Commonwealth Treasury, including an assignment with the Australian delegation to the OECD in Paris.
     
    In 2013 he was Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and between 2008 and 2013 was with Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, including as Secretary from 2011 to 2013.
     
    Mr Baird said, “Blair Comley is an outstanding public servant who has a track record of leading and delivering major policy reforms in areas including taxation, energy and climate change.”
     
    “I believe he is the ideal person to take leadership of the public sector in NSW as, together with the Public Service Commission, we work to transform it into an even more dynamic, flexible and productive organisation, and indeed drive reform for the Government and the people of NSW.”
     
    Mr Comley said “I am delighted to be appointed to this role.  I look forward to working with the Government to help make NSW an even better place to live.”
     
    Mr Baird also paid tribute to Simon Smith, who has been Acting Secretary for the past five months.
     
    “Simon has done an outstanding job in leading the Department of Premier and Cabinet, especially during the transition to a new Premier,” said Mr Baird.  “I have no doubt that Simon will continue to be an important leader in the NSW Public Service.”
     
    Mr Comley will take up his new role on October 7.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today kicked off the start of tunnelling on the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link – Australia’s biggest public transport project.
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird today launched a new initiative to promote Sydney as a leading financial centre and regional trading hub for the Chinese currency, the Renminbi (RMB).
  • NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced the NSW Government will focus on doubling the value of Chinese tourism to NSW by 2020 following the success of recent major events, such as this year’s Vivid Sydney Festival.
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