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Budget funds to shape better planning system

Budget funds to shape better planning system

first_imgBudget funds to shape better planning system The NSW Government has pledged $240 million this financial year and more than $570 million over the next four years to create a more timely, certain and transparent planning system.Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the 2020-21 NSW Budget investment would result in faster planning determinations, better public spaces and a uniform digital platform to be used across state government and local councils.“The challenges of COVID-19 have given us a unique opportunity to reform the planning system to enable us to build a better NSW and these changes will drive greater efficiency and productivity long after the pandemic,” Mr Stokes said.“In addition to the highly successful Planning System Acceleration Program, the introduction of a Planning Delivery Unit will fast-track assessments of complex proposals.”Mr Stokes said that the Planning System Acceleration Program had determined more than 100 projects since April, creating the opportunity for more than 50,000 jobs, 25,000 homes and 400 hectares of public space.“The first program accelerated shovel-ready projects, but the next phase will focus on medium-term projects,” Mr Stokes said.“The planning system is one of the levers the NSW Government is using to help stimulate the economy and keep it moving. We are always looking for ways to make the system smarter.”Funding will go towards:e-Planning: $22 million for 2020-2021 ($92 million over four years) for a single, common digital platform for all councils and state agencies to use for planning matters which reduces development assessment times and drives overall productivity and investment across the state;Public Spaces Legacy Program: $76 million in 2020-2021 ($250 million over three years) to incentivise local councils to accelerate development applications and rezonings and be rewarded with grants for public space in the local community;Planning System Productivity Reform: $64 million in 2020-2021 ($133 million over three years) to significantly reduce timeframes in decision making across the NSW planning system over the next three years, including a 33 per cent reduction (in timeframes) for planning proposals, 25 per cent reduction for regionally significant development approvals and 17 per cent reduction in major project assessments;Planning Delivery Unit: $12 million in 2020-2021 ($28 million over three years) for a team that works with NSW Government agencies to fast-track planning projects. Initial projects will create opportunities for more than 66,500 new jobs and 50,000 new homes across Greater Sydney; andAccelerated Infrastructure Fund: Provides almost $76 million in 2020-21 to support the delivery of community infrastructure in high growth areas of Blacktown and The Hills Local Government Areas in north-west Sydney. Includes funding for councils to deliver local roads, stormwater infrastructure and public space.“These initiatives will help create a planning system that is more efficient and less complex – whether you’re dealing with the NSW Government or councils,” Mr Stokes said.“These have been challenging times and we are making sure the planning system is doing its bit for our economic recovery.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Blacktown, community, covid-19, digital, Economy, efficiency, environment, Government, infrastructure, Investment, local council, Local Government, Minister, New South Wales, NSW, planning, project, stormwaterlast_img read more

$500bn potential value from transformations underway in newly digitising sectors in India

$500bn potential value from transformations underway in newly digitising sectors in India

first_img By EH News Bureau on April 1, 2019 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts $500bn potential value from transformations underway in newly digitising sectors in India McKinsey’s report finds that the potential productivity unlocked by the digital economy could create up to 60-65 million jobs across almost all sectors by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0) In a recent 0report Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation, the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) concluded that while the core digital sectors like IT and business process management (IT-BPM), digital communication services including telecom, and electronics manufacturing have the potential to double their contribution to GDP by 2025, there are new and exciting opportunities in the $500bn of economic value that could be generated by newly digitising sectors. These include agriculture, education, financial services, healthcare, logistics, retail and manufacturing, where digital innovations are already driving huge productivity and growth benefits.McKinsey’s survey of digital readiness covering around 600 companies suggests an uneven pattern of digital adoption among businesses. “Sectors alone do not predict how much a company has digitised,’’ said Anu Madgavkar, an MGI partner who headed the research. “MGI’s India Firm Digitisation Index shows that there are leaders and laggards on digital adoption across all sectors, from IT and media to healthcare, energy, and manufacturing. Company size does not correlate to digital readiness: small companies are leapfrogging in areas such as digital payments and digital marketing,” she added.“Leading companies are already achieving a 30-per cent increase in productivity by deploying digital technology to drive sales, operations productivity and new business models. There is a two-three times gap between leaders and laggards in each sector based on each company’s leadership and execution intensity,” said Alok Kshirsagar, Senior partner, McKinsey & Company.The report also finds that the potential productivity unlocked by the digital economy could create up to 60-65 million jobs across almost all sectors by 2025. Digitisation may also automate or eliminate the equivalent of 40 million to 45 million current jobs, necessitating large-scale retraining and redeployment. “The changes brought by digital adoption will disrupt India’s labour force. While technology will supplant workers in some areas, it will augment them in other areas and many jobs will change as machines complement humans in the workplace,” said Anu Madgavkar.To prepare for these changes, workers will need to be retrained at a massive scale – from high-tech workers trained in data analytics, artificial intelligence and blockchain, to workers who need functional digital skills necessary to operate in organised digitally-enabled value chains, such as in e-commerce, ride-hailing, telemedicine, or IoT-enabled plants and warehouses. “This will require deep partnerships across companies as well as in the public and private sector,” added Alok Kshirsagar.MGI’s analysis of 17 mature and emerging economies finds India is digitising faster than any other country in the study save Indonesia—and there is plenty of room to grow. India’s internet subscriber base of 560 million is second only to that of China, but still only 40 percent of the populace. Close to 90 per cent of all retail transactions in India, by number, are still made in cash. While e-commerce revenue is growing at 20 to 25 per cent per year in India, only five per cent of trade is done online, compared with 15 per cent in China.The report emphasises that if India can continue its digital growth trajectory and prepare its workforce, the rewards will be palpable to hundreds of millions of its citizens. However, all stakeholders will need to respond effectively if India is to achieve its digital potential. Executives will need to anticipate the digital forces that will disrupt their businesses and invest in building capabilities, including partnering with universities and outsourcing or acquiring talent to deliver digital projects. Governments will need to invest in digital infrastructure and public data that organisations can leverage even as they put in place strong privacy and security safeguards.Capturing the gains of the digital economy will require more ease in creating, scaling, and exiting startups, as well as policies to facilitate retraining and new-economy jobs for workers. Individuals will need to inform themselves about how the digital economy could affect them as workers and consumers and prepare to capture its opportunities. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Healthcare IT News Share Add Commentlast_img read more

Christmas party

Christmas party

first_img Cleo Oliver, from Unity in Christ Educare, had her face painted by Monique Uys. Children from Unity in Christ Educare in Tafelsig enjoy a snack. 1 of 8 A total of 180 children were spoiled and entertained at the Christmas party. Plainsman reporter Marsha Leitch, middle, and Northern News Kuils River, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein (KBK) reporter, Tara Isaacs, right, entertained the children from Unity in Christ Educare. Musa Xaba, 7, had loads of fun operating the fire hose.center_img Father Christmas made sure no child left the park without a gift. Here the children of Little Lighthouse receive their gifts. With them is Cape Community Newspapers editor Chantel Erfort, back, right. Cleo Oliver, from Unity in Christ Educare, had her face painted by Monique Uys. Cape Community Newspapers threw a Christmas party, at De Waal Park in Oranjezicht on Friday December 6, for children from underprivileged communities. The children were entertained with games and magicians from The College of Magic. They had their faces painted and the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service let the children explore a fire truck. No Christmas party would be complete without Father Christmas, and he did not disappoint. Apart from enjoying snacks and lunch, the children also each received a Christmas present. A total of 180 children took part. They came from All Saints Educare in Makhaza, Khayelitsha; Nkosiyazi Educare in Harare, Khayelitsha; Izibele Eduare in Mfuleni; Unity in Christ Educare in Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain; Solomons Haven, in New Woodlands, Mitchell’s Plain, and Little Lighthouse Daycare, in Hanover Park. The sponsors included the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service, Rozario Brown, DStv Mitchell’s Plain Festival in Association with the Plainsman, KFC, Rohloff Group, Goal Supermarket, College of Magic, Hip Hip Hooray, Daniel Schmidhauser, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, One Up Cash & Carry, Cape Cookies, Food Lover’s Market, Zee Zee’s Halaal Foods, and TRS Events. Msoja Mxhaxheni, 8, Isaac Mlonyeni, 6, and Musa Xaba, 7, from Izibele, got to see the inside of a fire truck. Yacoob Davids, 5, and Nazeerah Abrahams, 5, from Little Lighthouse Daycare in Hanover Park, had loads of fun while fireman Chanton Petersen helped them on the see-saw.last_img read more