Take the time to pause and commemorate on Remembrance Day

HONOUR: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is encouraging the community to pay their respects to Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen Sunday, marking 100 years since the Armistice.
HONOUR: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is encouraging the community to pay their respects to Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen Sunday, marking 100 years since the Armistice.

This Sunday marks the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, when, after four brutal years of warfare, a peace settlement was reached.

I’m encouraging the community to pay their respects to Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen and observe a minute’s silence at 11am this Sunday, November 11, marking 100 years since the signing of the Armistice.

At 11am on November 11, 1918, fighting was suspended and there were huge celebrations across the world. This Sunday, November 11, 2018, our community will come together again to reflect on the events which shaped our history.

The First World War remains Australia’s most devastating war resulting in 60,000 deaths and 156,000 wounded, gassed or captured.

This Sunday I encourage everyone, no matter where you are, to take a minute to pause and commemorate our brave servicemen and servicewomen from every country who lost their lives in war and armed conflicts.

Lest we forget.

Tourism drive

A kKEy industry report released this week has revealed NSW is home to more than a third of the country’s tourism businesses and reinforced NSW’s position as Australia’s premier tourism state.

NSW had once again come out on top in a tourism research report which examines the stability and health of Australia’s tourism industry.

Tourism is big business, especially here in the Bathurst Electorate, and it’s pleasing to see more and more operators and tourism providers coming on board to further expand and diversify NSW’s impressive visitor experience.

Visitation to our State means jobs and according to the report, NSW has 29 percent more employing tourism businesses than Victoria and 78 percent more than Queensland.

Caravan savings

REGISTERING a caravan or camper trailer will be cheaper from November 1 with the NSW Government approving a 40 per cent reduction in in the weight tax component in registrations for private users.

The motor vehicle tax reduction for private users is part of a suite of measures being introduced by the NSW Government this year to put more money back in consumers’ pockets. About 120,00 registrations will benefit from the reduction. The discount applies to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing 255kg to 4.5 tonnes. (The weight tax component is already free below 255kg).

The amount saved depends on the weight of the caravan or camper trailer, with a saving anywhere from $46 to $471.