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  • New Plan To Deliver Conservation Legacy For Western Sydney

    A new plan to protect koalas and conserve critical biodiversity assets in growing parts of Western Sydney has been unveiled by the NSW Government today.

    Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the draft plan is one of the largest strategic conservation planning exercises ever in Australia.

    “The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is a once-in-a-generation commitment to protect south-west Sydney’s rich environmental assets and important koala population, while providing certainty for investment in a growing part of Sydney,” Mr Stokes said.

    “Rather than assessing the biodiversity impact of individual development applications on an ad-hoc basis, we’ve identified upfront the key areas that need to be protected.

    “With Western Sydney’s population expected to reach 1.5 million people by 2056, this plan delivers certainty for local communities and investors alike.  Too often the environment has been an afterthought in urban planning.  This plan prioritises and protects urban bushland before urban development.  This approach secures environmental conservation but with the certainty needed to support the strategic delivery of infrastructure, housing and jobs for Western Sydney.”

    Minister for Environment Matt Kean said the draft Plan includes a new koala reserve to ensure Sydney’s largest and healthiest koala population is protected.

    “The Georges River Koala Reserve will protect up to 1,885 hectares of existing koala habitat and enhance the connectivity of fragmented patches of important habitat, including protecting the important north-south koala corridor so this iconic species can move about safely,” Mr Kean said.

    “We will invest $84 million in the first five years to plant 100,000 trees in the Georges River Koala Reserve to restore koala habitat and install 120 kilometres of koala fencing.”

    The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan spans eight local government areas including Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly, Hawkesbury and Penrith.

    The draft plan incorporates findings from the NSW Chief Scientist’s Campbelltown Koala Report which  provided advice on effective methods to mitigate the impact of urban development on koala habitat.

    The draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will be on public exhibition until 25 September 2020. To view the draft plan or have your say, please visit: planning.nsw.gov.au/cumberlandplainconservationplan

  • 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