The second last week before Christmas is traditionally a quiet time for committees – not in 2019. Last week, there was a hearing every day as four committees worked right up until the end of the year, finishing up the year with a visit to Gunnedah.
In Committees this week, Portfolio Committee No. 6 recommends a bold new plan to fix ‘crisis’ in NSW’s music scene, dairy industry under the spotlight, and plans for the new Powerhouse at Parramatta are revisited by Portfolio Committee No. 4.
This week in committees, hearings commence into the NDIS and Light Rail, and the music and arts inquiry visits Newcastle and Tamworth.
Highlights from committees through July and August with new reports on emergency services agencies and drug rehab facilities, and updates on Budget Estimates and the music and arts inquiry.
Another busy week in committees sees former Premier Mike Baird questioned about the Government's plan to relocate the Powerhouse Museum; Oz music artists The Preatures and Set-Mo give evidence to the inquiry into the music and arts economy; and the State Development Committee conduct a speedy inquiry following the referral of a bill from the Selection of Bills Committee.
In this first edition of 'In Committees', the Kings Cross Hotel and Oxford Art Factory shine a light on challenges faced by venues and the live music industry in NSW; members hear about the challenges faced by regional communities tackling drug rehabilitation; and the case for replacement of the Windsor Bridge is placed under the spotlight at a second hearing.