Eight more sleeps until Santa arrives! & Menai Weekly Update

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Sign up here to stay up to date with issues in Holsworthy.

Eight more sleeps until Santa arrives! & Menai Weekly Update

Monday, 17 December 2012

Only one more week to go until most of us will be setting our out-of-office messages on our email and finishing off the last minute Christmas shopping. Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, December is usually the time of year we get to slow down and enjoy a well-earned break. It's been a busy year and one full of achievements. 

On the weekend, I had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to the Southside Paddlers Club at Woronora to help them set up a permanent clubhouse. After a burglary earlier in the year, this money will go toward providing a more secure storage facility for their equipment. Fortunately, I was pleased to hear that one of their boats has since been recovered!

I've also heard that this year's Premier's Seniors Christmas Concert was highly entertaining. I'm glad I was able to give all our tickets away this year. If you want to be on the list for next year, just send me an email at menai@parliament.nsw.gov.au and we will add you to our list. I hope to have copies of the DVD soon to distribute as well.

I was also pleased to hear that 3 more police officers are joining Liverpool Local Area Command and a further 6 for Sutherland. Not only is it a great boost for our local police but an exciting time for these new recruits who are beginning their careers. 

Here's another weekly update of the progress we are making in this great State. 

And don't forget, there are only eight more sleeps until Santa arrives!

 

NSW GOVERNMENT WEEKLY UPDATE

 

LIGHT RAIL TO REDUCE CONGESTION AND REVITALISE SYDNEY

  • The NSW Government has announced light rail will be built through the Sydney CBD to Randwick and Kingsford to reduce congestion and revitalise the city.
  • The estimated $1.6 billion, 12 kilometre light rail project will link Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct including the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.
  • Light rail will be built in parallel with the implementation of a redesigned bus network to significantly reduce the number of buses clogging the CBD during the peak.
  • Around 40 per cent of George Street will be pedestrianised, between Bathurst Street and Hunter Street, for light rail – meaning 60 per cent of George Street will still be accessible to private vehicles.
  • The NSW Government is getting on with the job of building for the future.

 

BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE STATE’S FUTURE

  • The light rail announcement comes as released the final Long Term Transport Master Plan and the NSW Government’s State Infrastructure Strategy – comprehensive long-term documents that set the state’s infrastructure priorities for the next 20 years.
  • This is a government that is getting on with the job of delivering landmark infrastructure projects which will strengthen the NSW economy, create jobs and improve people’s quality of life.
  • We have committed $61.8 billion to building infrastructure over four years.
  • On average that is $1 billion more each year than in the previous four years

 

WORLD CLASS CONVENTION, EXHIBITION AND ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT FOR SYDNEY

  • We’ve lifted the lid on plans for Sydney’s new world-class exhibition, convention and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour – one of our key election commitments.
  • The government will partner with preferred bidder, Destination Sydney, to deliver new facilities that will be unrivalled in Australia and generate $200 million a year for the NSW economy
  • In addition to these facilities, the project will revitalise the precinct with a hotel, a new urban neighbourhood at Haymarket, more public space and improved pedestrian routes  
  • This will reinstate Sydney as the home of conventions and exhibitions in the Asia Pacific and create 1,600 jobs during construction and when completed be home to 4,000 jobs across the precinct

 

REVITALISATION OF NEWCASTLE

  • Newcastle will be revitalised through a new commercial hub providing thousands of jobs, homes and services
  • A new transport interchange will be established at Wickham, meaning trains will still service Newcastle but no longer divide the city
  • The rail line is Newcastle’s “Berlin Wall” – we want to reconnect Newcastle with its waterfront to unlock its potential.
  • We’ve made the decisions that will reinvigorate Newcastle while the former Labor Government only dithered

 

NEW ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL OFFICIALLY OPENED

  • NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Health Minister Jillian Skinner officially opened the new main building at Royal North Shore Hospital – the centrepiece of a $1.1 billion overhaul.
  • The opening of the redeveloped Royal North Shore Hospital is a demonstration the NSW Government is getting on with the job of building for the future by renewing health infrastructure across the State.
  • This state-of-the-art building ensures Royal North Shore Hospital will continue to deliver a high standard of patient care, while providing much better facilities for the hardworking clinical staff.
  • This hospital is in Sydney’s northern suburbs but it delivers expert health care for people right across Sydney and the state – many of whom are transferred there for its specialist care.

 

MORE THAN 300 NEW OFFICERS WELCOMED INTO POLICE FORCE

  • A further 304 men and women have graduated from the Police Force Academy at Goulburn to join the ranks of the NSW Police Force
  • Almost half of the graduates will go to commands in the South West and Sydney Metro regions, and almost one in three will go to regional areas
  • Since March 2011, the NSW Government has increased the authorised strength of the state’s Police Force by a total of 290 officers to 16,096.

 

EXTRA CBD PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR PERIOD

  • To assist Christmas shoppers and partygoers, the NSW Government will be running additional public transport services to and from the Sydney CBD.
  • The free CBD shuttle will have extended hours until 9pm through to Christmas Eve, while more than 100 extra evening and late night bus services will be running.
  • Ferries between Circular Quay and Manly will increase running every 20 minutes between 10am and 6pm from tomorrow.
  • There are also extra CBD secure taxi ranks in place until New Year’s Eve, as well as the additional patrols by the Police motorcycle squad.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE JUSTICE STRATEGY

  • A new domestic violence justice strategy will be implemented across NSW to make victims safer, hold perpetrators accountable and prevent re-offending.
  • A more co-ordinated and consistent approach to domestic violence will improve police gathering of evidence, the efficiency of the court process and the support received by victims.
  • This fresh approach will help reduce the risk of cases falling through the cracks.
  • Copies of the strategy can be found at www.domesticviolence.lawlink.nsw.gov.au

 

MANCHESTER UNITED COMING TO NSW

  • The world’s biggest football club – Manchester United – will be calling Sydney home for a week next year
  • The pre-season tour will be highlighted by a match against an A-League All Stars team at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 20 July 2013
  • The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, beat stiff competition from other states to host the Australian-exclusive match
  • It’s already shaping up as the biggest sporting event in Australia next year and a boon for our tourism industry with thousands of interstate fans snapping up tickets to the match