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  • Liverpool Seniors Skill-Up In Get Online Week

    Seniors in the Liverpool local government area are being encouraged to enhance their digital skills by enrolling in technology training programs during Get Online Week.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said it is vital no one is left behind as our community continues to embrace technology.

    “Get Online Week revealed around four million Australians have low digital skills. It is important that we provide assistance in helping our seniors access services, do personal business online or use email and social media to communicate,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “Even if seniors have little or no digital experience they can join fun and practical classes to develop the skills and confidence needed to benefit from technology.”

    Participating libraries and community colleges across NSW are now taking enrolments for low-cost or free training through the NSW Government’s Tech Savvy Seniors program.

    Tech Savvy Seniors offers a range of courses including a basic introduction to using tablets, computers, smartphones, email or social media.

    Ms Gibbons said that accessibility is at the centre of all training, with courses also able to be delivered in Auslan and languages other than English.

    “Some of the topics available to our local residents include Introduction to Email, Introduction to the Internet and, Social Media.

    “These courses are held at Libraries across the Liverpool region – including at Casula and Liverpool - with some of the courses in Hindi and Arabic.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee said NSW Seniors Card statistics show more than half of the state’s older residents use smartphones, tablets or laptops but we can improve the amount of seniors utilising social media to connect with family and friends.

    “Being skilled in an increasingly digital world is vital for our seniors to stay connected with their family and friends especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said.

    “While our seniors are better connected than ever, with more than 70 percent accessing the internet daily, we can improve on this to ensure all older people have the opportunity to use and benefit from this technology.”

    The NSW Government’s partnership with Telstra has ensured thousands of people over 60 have completed training at more than 180 locations across the state.

    Social inclusion is a key priority of the NSW Ageing Strategy, part of the NSW Government’s commitment to meeting the needs of our ageing population.     

    For more information on local courses, visit: https://www.telstra.com.au/tech-savvy-seniors

  • Notice of Motion - RSPCA Yagoona Centre

    Melanie Gibbons moves, that this House:

    1. Commends the Government for its $12 million investment towards the RSPCA Centre at Yagoona.

    2. Acknowledges this investment will ensure that the RSPCA adoption facilities are enhanced and expanded.

    3. Recognises this investment supports animal welfare given the centre is responsible for the adoption of 15,000 cats and dogs every year.

    4. Thanks the Minister for Local Government for announcing this funding and for supporting this worthy cause.

  • Funding Green Light For New Boating Infrastructure At Sandy Point

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced $722,000 in NSW Government funding for Sutherland Shire Council’s plans for upgrading the Sandy Point boat ramp on the Georges River.

    Ms Gibbons said the boat ramp upgrade represents one of 69 successful projects allocated grant funding under the NSW Government’s $28 million investment in Round 3 of the Boating Now program which supports infrastructure projects to improve boating access, amenities and safety for NSW boaters.

    The new round will allow local councils, boating and community groups, as well as private sector organisations, deliver new or upgraded boating infrastructure, including boat ramps, jetties, wharves, car and trailer parking, dinghy storage racks and sewage pump-outs.

    “The Sandy Point upgrade will involve re-building the existing boat ramp and the installation of a new pontoon to make it easier and safer for boaters to access the Georges River.

    “The program is funded from boating licence and registration fees which are reinvested back into initiatives that improve boating for local communities.

    “We are offering delivery partners up to 25 per cent of the grant value up front to help fast-track the planning and delivery of projects to stimulate local economies.” Ms Gibbons said.

    As part of the new round of funding, $2 million has been set aside for boating infrastructure to be repaired quickly following damage caused by severe weather events such as storms and bushfires.

    The remaining funding will be allocated to priority infrastructure outcomes identified in the 2018 Maritime Infrastructure Plan, which provides strategic guidance for investing in maritime infrastructure, with the outcomes that are receiving funding to be announced later this year.

    The Boating Now Program also contributes to achieving the outcomes for the ten-year Marine Estate Management Strategy to coordinate the management of the marine estates in NSW.

    The Boating Now Round 3 allocation is in addition to the $70 million investment since the program commenced in 2015.

    For more information on the program and successful projects go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/key-build-program/boating-now.

  • Funding Green Light For New Boating Infrastructure At Light Horse Park

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced $163,870 in NSW Government funding for Liverpool City Council’s plans for a new kayak launch facility at Light Horse Park in Liverpool .

    Ms Gibbons said the new non-powered vessel facility represents one of 69 successful projects allocated grant funding under the NSW Government’s $28 million investment in Round 3 of the Boating Now program which supports infrastructure projects to improve boating access, amenities and safety for NSW boaters.

    The new round will allow local councils, boating and community groups, as well as private sector organisations, deliver new or upgraded boating infrastructure, including boat ramps, jetties, wharves, car and trailer parking, dinghy storage racks and sewage pump-outs.

    “The project at Light Horse Park will involve designing and building a new kayak launch facility on the Georges River close to the new Paper Mill Precinct. The new launch facility will include an all-abilities access kayak launch platform to cater for individuals in a wheelchair.

    “The program is funded from boating licence and registration fees which are reinvested back into initiatives that improve boating for local communities.

    “We are offering delivery partners up to 25 per cent of the grant value up front to help fast-track the planning and delivery of projects to stimulate local economies.” Ms Gibbons said.

    As part of the new round of funding, $2 million has been set aside for boating infrastructure to be repaired quickly following damage caused by severe weather events such as storms and bushfires.

    The remaining funding will be allocated to priority infrastructure outcomes identified in the 2018 Maritime Infrastructure Plan, which provides strategic guidance for investing in maritime infrastructure, with the outcomes that are receiving funding to be announced later this year.

    The Boating Now Program also contributes to achieving the outcomes for the ten-year Marine Estate Management Strategy to coordinate the management of the marine estates in NSW.

    The Boating Now Round 3 allocation is in addition to the $70 million investment since the program commenced in 2015.

    For more information on the program and successful projects go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/key-build-program/boating-now.

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • Holsworthy Electorate Chooses My Community Projects

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced the winners of the My Community Project, with applicants now able to bring their ideas to life. Our region will benefit from projects put forward and voted on by the local community, which will now be funded by the NSW Government’s My Community Project program.

    The successful projects are:

    • Newbridge Heights Public School Playground ($129,000) – This project is about creating a safe and fun environment for the children to socialise, explore and get active.
    • A Playground and Outdoor Learning Area for Chipping Norton Public School ($98,360) – Transform the school’s blank grass canvas into an engaging, interactive outdoor learning space and to promote happy healthy hearts and bodies.
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid ($80,000) – Parents from Moorebank Community of Schools (Moorebank High School, Chipping Norton Public School, Nuwarra Public School and Newbridge Heights Public School) will learn how to assist adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health problem.

     

    Ms Gibbons thanked all applicants and sponsors for taking the time and effort to develop their ideas along with the members of the community who voted.

    “My Community Project captured the imagination of our local community with people putting a lot of work into their ideas and it was great to see locals getting behind the projects that matter to them,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “These projects came from the community and were voted on by the community and I look forward to seeing them becoming a reality and providing a local benefit.”

    More than $24 million was made available, spread across the entire State, for projects valued between $20,000 and $200,000 that would make communities more liveable, cultural, accessible, safe, revitalised or healthy.

    Acting Treasurer Damien Tudehope said My Community Project was a great example of real grassroots democracy in action and the projects chosen to receive funding reflected the wishes of the people.

    “There has been a tremendous response to the My Community Project program with more than 61,400 people casting their vote through the My Community Project website across the State,” Mr Tudehope said.

    For further information visit www.nsw.gov.au/mycommunityproject

  • Over $4.5 Million For Upgraded Facilities at Ernie Smith Reserve

    The Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Community is set to benefit from $4.5 million of NSW Government funding to upgrade facilities at Ernie Smith Reserve in Moorebank.

    NSW Sports Minister, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP and State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP announced funding today outlining plans for upgraded training facilities, to be used by the Western Sydney Wanderers, the Matildas and the local community.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP welcomed the NSW Government’s investment in the region.

    “These upgrades will encourage more female players and children to get involved with sport, which is an important focus for our community,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “This upgrade will be fantastic for the community and will see a number of clubs and organisations able to utilise the training and competition facilities, as well as providing an important sporting facility for women and children especially.

    “This announcement goes hand in hand with our doubling of the Active Kids Rebate – which now provides $200 a year for each school aged child to participate in sport.” Ms Gibbons said.

    A two-stage upgrade will see installation a of new astro turf playing surface, extensions to amenities buildings and new stadium seating, security fencing, new change rooms, lighting installation and a carpark upgrade.

    NSW Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres MP said this was great news for South Western Sydney community with a number of sporting organisations benefitting from the upgrade.

    “These upgrades at Ernie Smith Reserve are another example of how the NSW Government is helping improve sporting facilities around the state, supporting key stakeholders and the wider community,” Minister Ayres said.

    President of Southern Districts Soccer Football Association, Mr Andy Favaloro said that with 10,000 kids involved with the association, this is an amazing funding commitment secured by Melanie Gibbons.

    “It is an wonderful future for our association and community – this funding will go a long way to supporting our youth and womens’ programs.” Mr Favaloro said.