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A s.185 (Enterprise agreement) application from Menzies Aviation (Ground Services) Australia Pty Ltd for the Menzies Aviation (Sydney and Melbourne) Customer Service Enterprise Agreement 2019 has been ratified by Fair Work Commissioner Harper-Greenwell sitting in Melbourne on 12 August 2019.

A s.185 (Application for approval of a single-enterprise agreement) by Hobart International Airport Pty Limited T/A Hobart Airport for the Hobart Airport Enterprise Agreement 2019 has been granted by Fair Work Deputy President Young sitting in Melbourne on 12 August 2019.

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) has made a major strategic appointment with experienced tourism, aviation and corporate executive Simon Westaway becoming its Executive Director.

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has ordered overseas investors to sell a historic Waikato hotel complex after they failed to follow through with an agreed redevelopment. Group Manager for the Overseas Investment Office, Vanessa Horne, says the OIO approved Kingstown Blue Spring Resort (KBSR) to purchase the Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel near Tirau in July 2014. The company needed consent under the Overseas Investment Act to purchase the property because of the size and location of the land, and its historic value. “The Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, having first opened its doors in 1889. The property includes hot springs and several historic buildings,” says Ms Horne. “As part of the OIO consent, KBSR agreed to undertake work to improve the facility. This included protecting important heritage features and improving public access to the property. “KBSR also said it would construct eight new hot pools and 22 new guest rooms, which would have increased the number of guests that could stay and was intended to make it more attractive for visitors and tourists. This was one of the main reasons why the application was approved. “The improvements would have provided benefits to the community, including the creation of jobs, walking access through the land to the Waihou River, and the protection of a heritage site. KBSR was given four years to complete the work.” KBSR undertook some minor work, however, the OIO became concerned about the company’s ability to complete the developments in time and comply with its consent conditions. Ms Horne says the OIO visited the property and worked with KBSR to try to resolve its concerns. “KBSR has made very little progress towards completing the required developments and the OIO has decided the company is in breach of its consent conditions. “The OIO has declined an application from KBSR to change its consent conditions. KBSR did not adequately address our concerns or give us confidence they would be able to complete the developments in the future. “KBSR has been ordered to dispose of the Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel.” Ms Horne says the OIO has stepped up its enforcement activity over the last few years. “The OIO will act against overseas investors that don’t follow the rules and those that don’t deliver the benefits to New Zealand that the Overseas Investment Act requires. “This case highlights the importance of overseas investors taking their obligations under the Overseas Investment Act seriously.”

A former heritage trust chairwoman has accused her fellow trustees of being “dysfunctional”, following her resignation. Former Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust chairwoman Adrienne Shaw said this week she had left the trust as she felt fellow board members lacked the “time, energy and passion” to move the heritage site’s ambitions forward. Her resignation called into question plans announced last year to develop the 150-year-old gold-rush camp into a multipurpose visitor complex, for an estimated $4.5million. Geraldine resident Ms Shaw had been instrumental in driving the plans and establishing a target date of 2025. In a July 27 email to friends and associates, she said she had resigned “due to ongoing differences in opinion and styles”. However, Ms Shaw said she felt she had been “ambushed” by other trustees during a recent annual meeting. “I’m a positive, solution-focused person and, stepping away as I now have, I can see that perhaps clashed with entrenched dysfunctional elements of the board.

Bronze Hospitality Pty Ltd and Hansson have a s.604 (Appeal of decisions) on foot before the Full Bench in Court 9 – Level 5 in Melbourne.

Jetstar Airways Limited will face u p to a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) in front of Fair Work Deputy President Colman in Court 8 – Level 6 in Melbourne (Wenke).

An application by Tara Hotels Pty Ltd (s.120 – Application to vary redundancy pay for other employment or incapacity to pay) will be determined by Fair Work Deputy President Gostencnik in Court 7 – Level 6 in Melbourne.

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