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  • Hundreds Of Extra Bus Services For Our Local Area

    State Member for Camden, Peter Sidgreaves MP, and State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that more than 300 additional weekly services will be added to key routes across our local area from 23 August 2020. 

    The extra services are funded through the NSW Government’s Growth Services Program, which is an initiative to deliver services when and where they are needed.

    “Around 190 new weekly services will be created on route 841 from Narellan to Leppington,” said Mr Sidgreaves.

    “This comprises of additional off peak and weekend services, with a bus every 30 minutes during these times. The route will also be altered in Emerald Hills to operate along Emerald Hills Boulevard, providing a more direct service and supporting residential growth in the area”.

    Additionally, more than 120 additional weekly services will be added to route 869 from Ingleburn to Liverpool via Edmondson Park.

    “These extra services will operate early in the morning and in the evenings on weekdays, as well as on weekends. Customers will see a bus every 30 minutes for longer, with the service operating until 11pm, 7 days a week,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “We are also introducing a new N31 Nightride service which will run between Liverpool and Leppington, seven days a week with stops at Liverpool, Casula, Edmondson Park and Leppington.”  

    From 10 August, customers will be able to view the new services and plan their journey online at www.transportnsw.info.

    Since March 2011, the NSW Government have delivered more than 2,700 additional weekly bus services in Sydney’s South West.

  • Construction To Start On Temporary Car Park At Edmondson Park Station

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that construction is set to begin on temporary car parking spaces for public transport customers at Edmondson Park Station during the upgrade of the existing car park. 

    “When I announced the additional spaces last year, I said that temporary car parking would be made available during the construction of the new multi storey car park – and I’m happy to be able to deliver on this commitment.

    “Landcom will build the temporary parking on behalf of Transport for NSW and work is set to begin in the coming weeks.” Ms Gibbons said.  

    The temporary cark park will have around 180 free and untimed spaces and be located next to the existing car park on the northern side of the station. These spots are expected to be available while major work on the new multi-storey car park is underway.

    The new multi-storey commuter car park is the first step in delivering up to 2,000 additional spaces at Edmondson Park Station and is expected to open in mid-2021.

    Key features of the new multi storey car park include:

    • up to 1000 additional parking spaces
    • free parking for up to 18 hours
    • accessible parking spaces
    • lift access
    • road pavement and pedestrian pathway upgrades
    • CCTV, lighting and wayfinding for improved safety and security
    • provision for electric vehicle charging spaces and motorbike parking is also being assessed.

     

    For more information on the project, please visit:

    https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/edmondson-park-commuter-car-park

  • Planning Application Lodged For $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment

    A key milestone of the $790 million redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital has been reached, with planning applications lodged and new designs of the hospital unveiled, taking us one step closer towards redeveloping Liverpool Hospital into an international hub of medical excellence, research and education

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard welcomed the launch of the designs, acknowledging the extensive consultation that has helped shape the project.

    “The latest designs and planning lodgement follow a comprehensive process of planning and consultation involving Health Infrastructure, South Western Sydney Local Health District, hospital staff, local medical and emergency personnel, community groups and patients.”

    The lodgement of the planning applications for the $740 million hospital upgrade and expansion – known as the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct,  as well as the new $50 million car park, was a major achievement in delivering the project for the communities of South Western Sydney.

    Melanie Gibbons, State Member for Holsworthy, also announced Multiplex as the successful tenderer for the next stage of early works, working alongside stage one early works contractors Roberts Pizzarotti.

    “Stage two early work is set to commence within weeks, with construction work and refurbishment happening on site. It will be great to see more construction taking place and contributing to our local economy and to a better facility for our area and our healthcare workers. ” Ms Gibbons said.

    This early construction will enable hospital operations to continue and allows major construction to take place once planning is approved, and includes reconfiguration of existing car parks, a new kitchen facility, retail spaces, a new mortuary, helipad upgrades and construction of a temporary education facility.

    The new flythrough and images can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ll6eGaXAMuLlWkhYurz8lydLNDTNqV-J

  • 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

  • NSW Patient Experience Program Coming to Liverpool Hospital

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that patients at hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 Clinics in Liverpool will soon benefit from an $8.6 million expansion of the NSW Government’s Patient Experience Program, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

    An additional 86 full time equivalent staff will be recruited to 50 hospitals across NSW, with facilities operating COVID-19 clinics a priority, including 2 at Liverpool Hospital.

    “This program will help to create a better customer experience for everyone who needs to use our emergency departments.

    “Patient Experience Officers will greet patients on arrival and help to guide them through their care, providing information on where to go, what to expect, and updates on appointment queues.

     “Patient Experience Program staff receive specific training from the NSW Ministry of Health Patient Experience Team, Service NSW, and their Local Health District, to ensure they are well qualified to provide this extra support to patients, carers and visitors.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said the recruitment of new positions is already underway, and there has been overwhelming interest to participate in this exciting program.

    “This program has already been immensely valuable at the pilot sites, and extending this extra support across NSW is very timely as we continue to combat COVID-19,” Mr Hazzard said.

    As part of the program patients receive:

    • access to free Wi-Fi, mobile phone charging stations, additional power points, water and other refreshments
    • information sent to their mobile device about what to expect during their stay
    • fact sheets on their particular condition/ treatment options
    • ongoing care instructions after discharge, available in multiple languages.

     

    Advice in multiple languages will also be given on safety, hygiene and COVID-19 symptoms.

    The funding boost to the Patient Experience Program is part of the NSW Government’s $800 million investment to support the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For more information visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Performance/Pages/experience.aspx

  • 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

  • Government Invests in the Future of Hurlstone Agricultural High School

    A new model of agricultural education will benefit students across the State for years to come, with the NSW Government today announcing upgrades to the existing Hurlstone Agricultural High School at Glenfield as well as a new Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education in the Hawkesbury and new selective streams of agricultural education at Richmond High School.

    Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the new model will preserve and enhance the rich history of agriculture in the Western Sydney Region, and will support agricultural and STEM education needs for students across NSW.

    “This new approach will not just strengthen agricultural education opportunities, it will also foster industry engagement, creating broader educational pathways,” Ms Mitchell said.

    “We have also consulted extensively on the existing Hurlstone Agricultural High School, and I am pleased it will now stay at its current Glenfield site as an academically selective, boarding, agricultural high school; keeping its name and receiving an upgrade to boarding facilities.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, welcomed the announcement.                                                                                                            

    “Hurlstone Agricultural High School has played an important part in the educational landscape of South west Sydney for generations and I am pleased the NSW Government is committed to ensuring this continues.”

    Ms Gibbons said these facilities will provide an amazing opportunity for aspirational students interested in agriculture to study to engage and learn.

    The Department of Education will continue to work with Landcom on the future of the Glenfield Precinct Plan. 

     

  • Funding for Holsworthy Electorate Community Languages Classes

    Community-run language classes in the Holsworthy Electorate will share in more than $5.5 million in funding from the NSW Government.

    The Community Languages Schools Program provides funding to community organisations to help establish and run language schools in the local area.

    Some examples of funding in the Holsworthy Electorate include:

    • Balar Malar Tamil Educational Association, which runs classes at Holsworthy Public School will receive $12,883.54 in funding to support the operation of its community Tamil lessons.
    • Islamic Charity Projects Association, which runs classes at Lurnea Public School, will receive $27,095.28 in funding to support the operation of its community Arabic lessons.
    • Australian North Cyprus Friendship Association, which runs classes at Chipping Norton Public School, will receive $3,320.50 in funding to support the operation of its community Turkish lessons.
    • The Centre for Indian Languages and Arts will receive $5,000 to start running community classes in Hindi and Telugu at Holsworthy High School.

     

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP has welcomed this funding, saying it will help to support language diversity in our local community.

    “Community language schools play an important role in helping young people maintain strong links to their heritage and cultural identity,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “I’m proud to support our community language schools and the work of their dedicated volunteers.

    “The Liverpool region is such a diverse and multicultural community - and this is one of our great treasures.

    “This is one way the NSW Government can help in fostering and celebrating that diversity,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the Community Languages Schools Program has already had a profound impact on students from all backgrounds.

    “Research shows that children who learn a second language show greater cognitive development in higher order thinking skills, which means their brain has acquired the capacity to think quickly and strategically, creating a solid foundation for their schooling years,” Ms Mitchell said.

    A list of successful recipients is available below:

     

    Balar Malar Tamil Educational Association Inc

    Holsworthy PS

    $12,883.54

    Tamil

    Islamic Charity Projects Association Inc

    Lurnea PS

    $27,095.28

    Arabic

    Co.As.It. Italian Association of Assistance

    St Catherine of Siena Primary - Prestons

    $2,257.94

    Italian

    Amistad Latina Spanish School Inc

    Nuwarra PS

    $2,922.04

    Spanish

    Liverpool Polish Saturday School Inc

    Casula PS

    $3,984.60

    Polish

    Al-Khair Inc

    Chipping Norton PS

    $3,054.86

    Arabic

    NSW Umit Uighur Language School Inc

    Casula PS

    $2,390.76

    Uighur

    Australia North Cyprus Friendship Association Inc

    Chipping Norton PS

    $3,320.50

    Turkish

    Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia Inc

    Nuwarra PS

    $5,047.16

    Sanskrit

    Hoodan-Noor (Guidance of the Light) Inc

    Ingleburn HS

    $18,993.26

    Arabic

    Nova Ukrainian School Inc

    Holsworthy HS

    $531.28

    Ukrainian

    Flamingo Education Inc

    Holsworthy HS

    $4,250.24

    Chinese

    Western Sydney Urdu School Inc

    Amity College - Prestons

    $12,485.08

    Urdu

    Lebanese Moslem Association

    Prestons PS

    $        13,016.36

    Arabic

    Macarthur Youth Malayalee Association (MYMA) Inc

    Chipping Norton PS

    $                2,500

    Malayalam

    Centre for Indian Languages and Arts - Hindi Inc

    Holsworthy HS

    $                5,000

    Hindi and Telugu