Weekly Update - Liverpool Secures New Recycling Centre, 2UE Broadcasts from Hammondville Public and gets a visit from John Paul Young

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Weekly Update - Liverpool Secures New Recycling Centre, 2UE Broadcasts from Hammondville Public and gets a visit from John Paul Young

Monday, 19 August 2013

Happy Monday! It is starting to feeling more and more like Spring has sprung and we are still a few weeks away from the end of Winter. I hope you managed to catch some time outside enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend - it was absolutely stunning. I know the early mornings are getting a little easier thanks to the sun making an appearance a little earlier and the temperatures not being so arctic!

My Friday morning was a particularly early start to join 2UE's Breakfast Team, Dicko and Sarah, for their live broadcast from Hammondville Public School. When Hammondville celebrated its 80th birthday late last year, I learned that Hammondville Public School was also headed for a big birthday in 2013. Just a few weeks ago they reached 80 years and 2UE wanted to come along and help the school community celebrate the milestone birthday. Another special guest made a surprise visit to the School, former student John Paul Young! You can check out some of the photos and video from the day on 2UE's website. And some more here.  It was a great way to start the day and lovely to see the school community get involved - even if a little bit of an earlier start to the day!

Not long after the broadcast wrapped up, I joined Liverpool Mayor Clr Ned Mannoun to announce that Liverpool Council will be getting their own Community Recycling Centre thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). With so much of our waste simply going to landfill, it is always important to support new ways we can recycle and reuse more of that waste. Liverpool Council is already a known leader in this area and this grant is in recognition of their already impressive recycling programs. It is also hoped that the new public Centre, which should be open by the end of the year, will help to reduce illegal dumping throughout the local area. Thank you also to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Robyn Parker MP for helping to acknowledge Liverpool's achievements in waste reduction.

As I mentioned in my last blog, Parliament resumed last week and I was able to contribute to three different bills during the week. You can read my speeches via the Parliament website. 

Don't forget its Daffodil Day this Friday August 23rd. Help 'grow some hope' for cancer survivors and for better treatments.

Here's the update from around the State. Have a great week!

 

IMPLEMENTATION BEGINS OF TEACHING REFORMS

  • Beginning teachers in NSW government schools will receive greater support under the NSW Government’s teaching reforms – Great Teaching, Inspired Learning -  now being rolled-out across the state.
  • From next year all permanent beginning teachers will have two hours per week release time, to support the development of their skills in their first year. They will also have access to an experienced teacher who will be given one hour per week release to provide mentoring and support. 
  • Public school principals will also have stronger powers to manage the classroom performance of teachers and support underperforming teachers, and a quicker process to remove those not meeting required standards. 
  • As part of a push to attract the best people into teaching, we’ve also outlined a new cadetship and internship programs to employ high-achieving school-leavers and final-year teacher education students as paraprofessionals in schools.
 

BUS AND FERRY COMMUTERS TO BENEFIT FROM LATEST TECHNOLOGY

  • Bus and ferry commuters are the latest beneficiaries from improved technology.
  • From this week, the Opal electronic ticketing card can now be used across all 16 locations on Sydney Ferries routes east of the Harbour Bridge, making it easier and more convenient to catch a ferry.
  • Furthermore, bus customers in the northern suburbs and north west Sydney are now able to track bus arrival times in real time, with the expansion of the popular bus apps. 
  • Real time bus information is now available on CDC Hillsbus and Forest Coach Lines services, in addition to where it’s already operating on Sydney Buses, Newcastle Buses and Busways Blacktown, as well as Sydney Trains services. 
 

MORE SUPPORT FOR OUR NURSES AND MIDWIVES 

  • Health Minister Jillian Skinner has announced the appointment of more senior specialised nurses and support staff to enhance patient care in key parts of the state’s public hospital system.
  • The senior nurses will help mentor the record numbers of new nurses and midwives entering NSW hospitals, while the support staff will assist them in their non-clinical duties, allowing them to devote themselves more fully to patient care.
  • The workforce boost will include 40 extra Clinical Nurse Educators / Clinical Nurse Specialists, 35 extra senior nurses to provide in-charge support and ensure better patient flow in NSW’s busiest emergency departments on the two busiest shifts of the day and 60 new Clinical Supports Officers for community health and community mental health services. 
  • Since coming to office, we have employed over 4,000 extra nurses and midwives - NSW has never had more nurses and midwives, with over 47,500 now employed in our health system.
 

MAKING NSW NUMBER ONE FOR CONSTRUCTION

  • An independent report from respected forecasters BIS Shrapnel has found NSW is set to lead the nation on construction growth in the years ahead.
  • The report states: “After a decade of underperformance, the NSW economy is set to grow faster than the Australian economy over the next three years with rising construction the key driver. While construction activity is declining at the national level, within NSW it is picking up.”
  • It goes on: “The good news for NSW is this stronger performance is expected to be sustained through the next four years which will provide the state economy a welcome boost.”
  • The report says the state’s civil construction market is projected to receive a large boost from new government infrastructure projects spearheaded by the North West Rail Link, Sydney Light Rail, several Pacific Highway upgrades and the WestConnex road project.
 

EVERY POLICE COMMAND TO RECEIVE A DEFIBRILLATOR

  • In a major boost to community safety and health, every Police Local Area Command across the state will receive a defibrillator.
  • This will add to the first aid capability of Police by providing them with greater safety equipment in the case of an emergency.
  • The initiative will be known as ‘Project Tamplin’ in honour of the much loved Newcastle Senior Constable Tony Tamplin who died suddenly in May 2013. 
 

MINISTER CONGRATULATES CASEWORKERS ON IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

  • Community Services caseworkers are seeing more children at risk than occurred under the previous Labor Government - showing our reforms to the child protection system are making a real difference.
  • New figures released by Family and Community Services Minster Pru Goward show the number of face-to-face assessments completed in the nine months to 31 March 2013 is 27.7 per cent.
  • This compares with 27 per cent in 2011/12 - as published in the Community Services Annual Statistical Report - and much higher than the 21 per cent recorded under the former Government in 2010. 
  • Ms Goward has thanked our very committed caseworkers for their great efforts.  
 

ABORIGINAL TOURISM PLAN IN PLACE

  • There’s a new plan to grow the Aboriginal tourism industry for NSW through the development and promotion of Aboriginal tourism experiences. 
  • The Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan will be rolled out over the next three years in partnership with Aboriginal businesses and tour operators.
  • One of the first programs from the Plan to be introduced is the state’s first Aboriginal Tour Operators Workshop being held next month to provide operators with information about developing tourism products and to learn from the experiences of other Aboriginal tourism operators.  
  • NSW Aboriginal Tour Operators and tourism products will also be showcased in new Aboriginal content featured on the sydney.com and visitnsw.com websites.
 

GLEBE ISLAND TO BECOME AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST EXHIBITION SPACE

  • Glebe Island is being transformed into Australia’s newest exhibition space with the site being prepared to host its first event in February next year.
  • The Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island will be the home of Sydney’s biggest exhibitions from February 2014 until the end of 2016 when new state-of-the-art facilities are opened at Darling Harbour.
  • Concrete to fill three Olympic swimming pools will be needed for a 25,000 square metre slab that’ll be the foundation for a massive pavilion that will attract up to 300,000 visitors each year.
  • The facility will offer up to 25,000 square metres of high quality, fully-enclosed and air conditioned space to house exhibitions and will also give Sydneysiders a rare chance to set foot on a part of the city they’ve probably never had an opportunity to see.
 

NEW NEPEAN HOSPITAL CAR PARK OPENS

  • The long-awaited new, multi-storey car park at Nepean Hospital is now open for hospital staff and visitors – a key milestone in the $139 million redevelopment of the Nepean Hospital campus.
  • Providing sufficient parking spaces at our hospitals is about more than just convenience - it is about ensuring equity of access to quality health care. 
  • Staff, patients and visitors to Nepean Hospital have been crying out for a modern, accessible and secure car park for years. This new six-storey facility will provide 657 additional parking spaces.
  • The NSW Government is investing more than $100 million to increase car park capacity at hospitals identified as having the greatest need.
 

ONE OF STATE’S BUSIEST TRAIN STATIONS FINALLY GETS A LIFT

  • The NSW Government will make trains at Redfern Station accessible to customers in wheelchairs and parents with prams for the first time. 
  • The improvements were part of the $770 million Transport Access Program – a NSW Government initiative to deliver real improvements for public transport customers which has more than 100 projects underway or completed. 
  • At the moment it is virtually impossible for people in wheelchairs to access trains at Redfern, and extremely difficult for parents with prams and the elderly, so this is a good start to ensure all customers can access the network at Redfern. 
  • Redfern Station is a major transport hub on the network, with 50,000 customers passing through the station every day, also serving students attending the University of Sydney.