Gift cards bought in NSW get three-year expiry date as from March 31, 2018

Consumer win: From March 31, 2018, gift cards will have three-years redemption deadlines, says Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams.
Consumer win: From March 31, 2018, gift cards will have three-years redemption deadlines, says Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams.

Good news for people thinking about buying gift cards this Christmas. Gift cards bought in NSW will have a three-year expiry date from March 31, next year.

The NSW government’s gift card reforms would put up to $60 million a year back in the hands of NSW shoppers.

These Australian-first reforms will give consumers confidence that when they buy gift cards for friends or relatives, they’re getting value for money.

It’s very frustrating to present a gift card only to find it’s expired, and the money spent is lost.

Most gift cards now come with a 12-month expiry period  but the three year period is a big win.

The Australian gift card market was worth up to $2.5 billion per annum, with about 34 million gift cards sold nationally each year.

Over the past five years NSW Fair Trading has had more than 1300 complaints about gift cards about expiry periods and undisclosed terms and conditions.

This initiative will form part of an ongoing suite of Consumers First reforms by the state government.

Fish set to aggregate off Port Macquarie

Fish aggregating devices, or FADs, have been deployed off our coast to provide improved recreational fishing opportunities during the summer. 

The NSW government will deploy 30 FADs along the NSW coastline.

 In summer and autumn, the East Australian Current brings warmer waters to the coast which attracts a variety of fish, such as brilliantly coloured dolphinfish, marlin and wahoo.

FADs are a GPS tracked yellow buoy with a flashing beacon for safe navigation. One is located off Port Macquarie, 16 km from the Hastings River while the other is located at Laurieton, 10km from the Camden Haven River.

Recreational fishers can find FADs by downloading the free DPI FishSmart App, which also provides anglers with information about bag and size limit rules and more.