By NSW Premier Mike Baird
Now in its sixth year, Vivid Sydney has become one of the city’s most anticipated events, showcasing our creative industries such as digital media, design, animation and music in an engaging and interactive way. With 40 per cent of Australia’s creative industries based here in NSW, the festival gives our emerging talent a golden opportunity to work with some of the best in the business.
This year’s festival is made up of more than 200 events, including free light installations and projections transforming Sydney’s architecture and open spaces through Vivid Light, Vivid Music shows, and 300 speakers at creative industry events as part of Vivid Ideas.
More than 800,000 people took part in Vivid last year, and with even more people expected to take part this year, I’d like to remind everyone heading out to leave the car at home and catch one of the 3,500 extra public transport services on offer during this fantastic festival. As is the case with major events such as New Year’s Eve, I’d like to encourage everyone attending Vivid Sydney to plan their journey to and from the CBD at, vividsydney.com.
On another note, we have announced two key changes that will make it easier to own a car in NSW.
We’re currently in the process of introducing 10-year driver’s licences, and will extend the validity of vehicle safety inspection reports, or pink slips.
At the moment, all light vehicles more than five years old require a pink slip to have their registrations renewed, but from the end of this year pink slips will be valid for six months rather than six weeks. We expect the change to benefit more than three million vehicle owners across NSW, giving them greater flexibility when choosing a convenient time to book in their annual vehicle safety inspection.
Within the first few months of next year, we’ll also be giving customers between the ages of 21 and 44, the option of purchasing a 10-year driver licence. The cut off has been set to ensure everyone on the road takes an eye test every five years once they reach 45 years of age. The change will mean drivers who have a good record won’t need to make as many trips to their Roads and Maritime Services registry or Services NSW centre to renew their licence.
These are common sense reforms based on an Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal review into licensing in NSW, and build on the NSW Government’s initiative to remove red tape and make life easier for drivers. Additionally, we’re also expecting the measures to save more than $3 million a year as a result of the time and administrative savings.
We understand people have busy lives and we are introducing these measures to streamline government services for drivers and businesses across the state.