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  • Funding Certainty Continues For Schools In The Holsworthy Electorate

    Students in Holsworthy Electorate public schools will benefit from the funding certainty delivered in their school budget allocations for next year.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the allocations are part of $10.1 billion in annual Gonski funding being delivered to public schools for 2021.

    “The distribution of funding through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM) ensures that the best possible learning opportunities are provided to directly benefit the 2021 student cohort.”

    Ms Gibbons said the $17,060,256 in funding for Holsworthy Electorate schools delivers support where it is needed the most, to students and schools with the greatest need.

    “This is an increase of over $600,000 from the 2020 funding amount.

    “2021 will be the eighth year that the Resource Allocation Model has delivered funding certainty to schools to enable them to plan so that improvement will touch every classroom and impact every student.”

    In addition to a number of needs-based funding items, the funding will be predominately allocated through the seven RAM loadings – the equity loadings (socio-economic, Aboriginal, low level adjustment for disability, English language proficiency) and the base loadings (location, per capita and professional learning).

    “Needs-based funding underpins the great strength of public education - equity of opportunity, and will ensure schools in the Holsworthy Electorate continue to flourish and deliver those opportunities,” said Ms Gibbons.

  • Training The Next Generation Of Construction Professionals

    The NSW Government is transforming the way the next generation of construction practitioners will be trained to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing sector.

    Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson and Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, today announced a new partnership between the Office of the Bulding Commissioner and TAFE NSW to create a state-of-the-art digital training platform.

    Mr Anderson said the partnership will lift skills and capabilities in NSW’s construction workforce through targeted training that fills gaps in the traditional education market.

    “The NSW Government is delivering a once in a generation transformation of the NSW building industry and the current crop of construction practitioners will critical as we lift standards in the industry,” Mr Anderson said.

    “They need new skills and capabilities to take be part of the digitisation that is underway or they will be left behind.

    “This new partnership will help to future-proof our workforce, drive continued growth and productivity and help NSW rebuild its way out of the COVID-19 induced recession.”

    Mr Lee said through the collaboration, TAFE NSW has built an online learning platform to deliver up to 18 courses by next year that will bolster core construction capabilities.

    “The construction sector, like many others, is evolving quickly. Having a learning platform that can be accessed anytime and anywhere by construction professionals is key to providing an agile response,” Mr Lee said.

    “These new micro-credential courses will ensure industry is provided with an opportunity to receive revisonary training to boost standards as well as maintain strong safety and compliance.

    Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said the initiative will upskill and empower construction students across South West Sydney. 

    “This is a move in the right direction for employers and construction professionals as the State delivers a vital pipeline of infrastructure and residential projects,” Ms Gibbons said.

  • Major Crime Categories Reduced Across The State

    Major crime categories across the State have continued to remain stable or have fallen in the two years to June 2020, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data published today.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, welcomed the report, which showed that only one of the 17 major crime categories had increased during the 24-month period.  

    The five categories which recorded major trends are:

    • Steal from person – decreased by 25.4 per cent;
    • Robbery without a weapon – decreased by 12.6 per cent;
    • Steal from motor vehicle – decreased by 12.1 per cent;
    • Malicious damage to property – decreased by 5.4 per cent; and
    • Sexual assault has increased by 9.4 per cent.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott increases in reported sexual assault may be due to more victims reporting to police, rather than higher prevalence of the offence.

    BOCSAR has also attributed part of the increase to more mandatory reporting of child sexual assault cases, which may not have otherwise come to light.

    “During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world-class police officers have dedicated their time to enforcing public health orders to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.

    “The men and women in blue work incredibly hard to protect communities right across NSW, and it’s pleasing to see their efforts reflected in these results.” 

    Ms Gibbons said this is an opportunity to look at the hard work done by the officers of Sutherland Shire and Liverpool City Police Area Commands.

    “Increased community awareness, and reporting, as well as more police proactively targeting criminals and putting people before the courts are also reflected in BOCSAR’s results,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Ms Gibbons said the NSW Government is delivering 1,500 new police – the biggest increase to the Force in more than 30 years – as part of a record $583 million investment over four years.

    “Community safety is our number one priority and this major boost in police means we’ll continue to have more police doing the right jobs in the right places to help keep people safe,” Ms Gibbons said.

    To read BOCSAR’s full report published today, visit www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au

  • 13 New Police Recruits For Our Region

    Our region will be a safer place with the addition of 13 new police officers, after they recently attested at a private ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the recruits on their dedication and hard work as they embarked on their chosen career in policing.

    “Our recruits of Class 342 come at an important time for the state of NSW. I wish them well as they embark on their chosen career,” Mr Elliott said.

    “These officers can be assured that they have the full support of this government as they step into their career in law enforcement and service to the community.”

    Police Commissioner Mick Fuller AMP said the latest intake of probationary constables will provide a valuable and timely boost to police resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Our newest probationary constables from Class 342 leave the Academy during unprecedented times, they will face challenges in their first few months that I won’t have experienced when I joined, " he said.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, welcomed the 7 recruits to the Sutherland shire Police Area Command and 6 recruits to the Liverpool City Police Area Command, after more than eight months of world-class training at the academy.

    “Our new police officers are a much needed boost to our local community and they will be a great help us as we continue to face the COVID-19 crisis,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “On behalf of the community, I am pleased to welcome these officers to their new command. Police put their own safety on the line to protect our community every day, and I commend these new officers for their dedication and wish them every success in their policing careers.

    “The NSW Liberals & Nationals are investing $583 million in 1500 extra officers over the next four years, the biggest increase in three decades.” Ms Gibbons said.

  • Rail Upgrades Pave The Way For More Jobs And Better Services For Our Local Area

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced the signing of two construction contracts totalling about $600 million to modernise and upgrade infrastructure on the rail network.

    The major milestone will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for the NSW economy to deliver essential upgrades to rail infrastructure including stabling yards, signalling, track, station platforms and power supply at key locations between Central, the T8 Airport Line tunnel and the South Coast.

    “We’re cracking on with major infrastructure projects like this one to ensure we support jobs, communities and the economy at this critical time,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “Today’s announcement means we are keeping people in work and creating about 350 direct new jobs and around 200 indirect jobs located either in Sydney or on the South Coast.” 

    The jobs will cover a range of disciplines including engineers, rail construction workers, security guards, truck drivers, electricians, plumbers, labourers, concrete workers and apprentices.

    The employment drive will also be focused on developing a diverse workforce by providing opportunities for skills development and training to groups such as women, young people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

    “The work will support the introduction of new suburban and intercity trains and allow us to deliver more frequent train services, with less wait times and a more comfortable journey for customers on the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and South Coast lines,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “We’re prioritising these lines because they are among the busiest on the network, catering for 440,000 trips in a typical day, which is around one third of daily rail customers.”

    Ms Gibbons said key service improvements for our local customers will include:

    • More services for the T8 Airport Line, including a 60 per cent increase at the International, Domestic, Mascot and Green Square stations during the morning peak, meaning trains on average every three to four minutes instead of every six minutes today
    • Additional capacity to carry 2,400 more customers in the peak

     

    Construction for the rail upgrades will begin in the middle of this year and be completed in advance of the service improvements, which are planned for late 2022.

    “This is fantastic news and shows that some great improvements are just around the corner for the our locals. One of the key concerns for my constituents is crowded trains but today’s announcement shows that this is a Government who listens, and has a clear plan in place to address what matters most,” Ms Gibbons said.

    The rail upgrades and resultant service improvements are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $4.3 billion More Trains, More Services program.

    Since 2011 the NSW Government has introduced more than 40,000 new public transport services across NSW, with more on the way.

    More information on the infrastructure upgrades is available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/more-trains-more-services

  • Funding Announced - 2019 Community Building Partnership Program

    The State Electorate of Holsworthy has secured close to $300,000 in funding, for a total of 17 projects, through the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons said the State Government funds will deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities including bathroom, playground and kitchen upgrades to name a few.

    “This is fantastic news for our local area.

    “This grassroots funding will directly help create a more vibrant and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “I congratulate all the organisations that were successful in their application and look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for community groups in the area.”

    Now a decade old, the Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 13,800 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

    Applications for the 2020 Program will open in May.

    For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp

    Organisation

    Project Title

    Amount Funded

    AFFORD (Lurnea)

    Sensory Room and Resources for Lurnea Community Day Program

    $12,879

    YMCA (Hammondville)

    Children’s Outdoor Environment Upgrade

    $10,000

    St Thomas' Anglican Church - Moorebank

    Disabled Ramp

    $4,535

    Chipping Norton Scouts

    Kitchen Renovation and Upgrade

    $9,660

    AFFORD (Prestons)

    Cooling System and Powered Pedestrian Sweeper for Employees with Disabilities

    $20,684

    Fellowship Baptist Church

    Community Recreation Areas with Landscaping and Security Upgrades

    $23,897

    Holsworthy Girl Guides

     Improvements and Repairs to the Hall

    $10,000

    St Christopher’s Parish - Holsworthy

    Upgrade of Church Audio-visual Lighting System

    $12,100

    Moorebank Air League

    New Musical Instruments (Band) Equipment for the Squadron

    $8,500

    Liverpool South Anglican Church

    Refurbishing Church Male Bathroom Facilities

    $14,900

    Liverpool District Men's Shed Inc.

    Refurbishment of new Men's Shed

    $25,000

    Holsworthy Preschool

    Flooring Refurbishment

    $20,000

    Wattle Grove Public School P & C Assoc.

    Refurbishing, Upgrading and Extension of the School's Artificial Sporting Area

    $40,100

    St Thomas Indian Orthodox Cathedral Sydney Inc.

    Demolish and Renovate the Stage Room

    $12,000

    Al Amanah College

    Playground Transformation

    $50,000

    Casula Rural Fire Brigade

    Station Improvement Project

    $8,578

    Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Assoc.

    Ride On Mower

    $13,000

  • Return and Earn Reaches Three Billion Containers

    Return and Earn has now soared past 3 billion containers returned state wide, just a month after the second anniversary of the initiative.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said our residents should be commended for their ongoing commitment to reducing litter and contributing locally to the 3 billion containers.

    “Return and Earn has been very successful in the Holsworthy Electorate with more than 52.6 million containers returned helping to contribute to the 3 billion now collected.”

    “The growth of the scheme has been phenomenal and highlights a fundamental change in people’s thinking and behaviour around litter,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Ms Gibbons said summer is peak season for return and earners cashing in their containers and helping the environment and the recent holiday period was particularly impressive for returned containers.

    “Statewide between 21 December 2019 and 13 January 2020, there were 10 days with more than 7 million drink containers returned a day, including four days with over 8 million containers returned.” Ms Gibbons said.

    “The scheme has highlighted so many positives across communities and every bottle returned is a win for the environment.”

    Until 23 February, recyclers in NSW can donate to Bottles for the Bush, on all reverse vending machines with 10 cents from each container going towards helping farmers and rural families impacted by the drought and the recent bushfire devastation. This option is part of a nationwide appeal that has raised more than $430,000 so far with more than $360,000 coming through NSW’s Return and Earn scheme.

    Additionally, Red Frog Recycling in Prestons (the Prestons Container Deposit Centre) is running the “Funds for our Firies” campaign, with funds donated to their centres or collected from businesses and homes split evenly between every Brigade registered with them.

    According to their facebook page, Red Frog Recycling has processed 40,000,000 containers, across their Prestons and Gregory Hills centres, since December 2017 and raised over $600,000 for charities, schools, sports clubs and communtiy organisations.

    “Examples like Red Frog Recycling show how much this program is creating positive impacts for our community – cleaning up our environment while also supporting community organisations” Ms Gibbons said.

    Return and Earn includes around 640 return points across NSW including reverse vending machines, staffed automated depots and over the counter sites. For more information about Return and Earn, visit www.returnandearn.org.au