Tender process changes

Small and medium businesses have better opportunities to take part in tenders for work with the state government because of changes to the prequalification scheme. Government agencies are now required to seek at least one quote from a small-to-medium enterprise for contracts worth up to $1 million. "I encourage local business owners to take advantage of the excellent opportunities to do business with government that these changes enable," Londonderry MP Bart Bassett said. Details:

Advice for aged care

Those looking for aged care services now have access to a tool to help estimate the cost. Lindsay MP Fiona Scott said the fee estimator was available online or via the phone and would allow people to enter their income and assets and receive an estimate of the fees they may be asked to pay when they enter residential care or access home care. Details: or 1800 200 422.

Power report welcomed

Londonderry MP Bart Bassett applauded the Productivity Commission Final Report on Public Infrastructure which found the lease of the NSW electricity grid to be "in the public interest"."The lease of public electricity grids is part of ensuring the long-term progress of a region [western Sydney] that will grow by hundreds of thousands of people needing amenities and services within the short to medium terms," he said.

Public schools celebrated

Education Week celebrated its 60th anniversary recently — and Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly said it was important to recognise the contribution of local public schools. "In 1954, the theme for Education Week was 'lighting the way to a better world'. So much has changed since then, but our local public schools remain committed to that philosophy," he said.