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  • Business Registrations Open For Dine & Discover

    Eligible businesses across the state can now register to take part in the NSW Government’s major economic stimulus program, Dine & Discover NSW.

    The program will create an economic boost for dining, arts and tourism businesses, which have been impacted by COVID-19, and encourage customers to get out and about safely.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet encouraged businesses to register and get ready so they can hit the ground running when the program goes live.

    “We’ve heard loud and clear just how tough it has been for businesses across NSW. This program will reinvigorate local economies and provide customers with hip pocket relief,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “Encouraging people to support local businesses in a safe way through this program will provide an important boost for the state.”

    Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said Service NSW is launching a specialised app for participating businesses, so they can scan and track voucher usage over the life of the program.

    “After applying online, NSW businesses will be able to track the progress of the application through their MyServiceNSW Business Profile. Business owners will then receive a step-by-step process on how to get ready,” Mr Dominello said.

    “With a high uptake of the vouchers expected across the state, the Business Profile provides one, easy to use location for businesses to stay on top of voucher transactions.

    “Businesses will be automatically paid typically within 5 business days for the value of vouchers redeemed.

      “All eligible businesses will receive an email from Service NSW with details on how to register. I also urge residents to do yourself a favour and download the Service NSW app now in anticipation of the rollout.”

    Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the program would be a boost for small businesses after a challenging time.

    “We want people to get out there, support their local businesses and get spending,” Mr Tudehope said. 

    “The program will be rolled out in a few steps to ensure a seamless customer experience.

    “Phase one will include a pilot at The Rocks and in Broken Hill in early February. The pilot will then be expanded to the Northern Beaches, Sydney CBD and Bega Valley Shire Council, which is expected to commence in late February.

    “The findings from the pilots will inform the state wide rollout, expected to commence in March, that will run until 30 June 2021.”

    Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend in participating businesses. The vouchers will be divided into two categories:

    • Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays.
    • Two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays. 

    The vouchers can only be used within businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.

    For more information on Dine & Discover NSW business registration and eligibility, visit www.nsw.gov.au

  • Sod Turned For New $50 Million Liverpool Hospital Car Park

    Construction of a $50 million multi-storey car park for the new Liverpool Hospital has begun, promising families improved access to healthcare in south-western Sydney.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard today joined Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons to turn the sod on the new building, which will have an additional 500 parking spaces.

    “Over the next decade, south-western Sydney is projected to have nearly double the current number of elderly people, and households with children,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “Families and the elderly, as well as staff, will want and need to park close to the redeveloped hospital, which will contain expanded and additional clinical services.”

    Funding for the new seven storey car park is in addition to the $740 million Liverpool Hospital redevelopment. The car park was recently granted planning approval, along with a sky-bridge over Campbell Road; an eight-storey building housing women’s and paediatric services; and a new cancer treatment centre – all part of the planned Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Ms Gibbons said construction of the onsite, multi-storey car park is expected to support around 200 jobs, while the entire precinct project will support 3,000 jobs.

    “There are so many people out of work as a result of the COVID-19 recession, which is why projects like this are vital for both the economy and health,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “No other government in the history of this State, or indeed the country, has invested in health infrastructure to the extent the Liberals-Nationals Government has, ensuring more jobs and better services.”

    Since 2011, more than 150 health projects have been completed with more than 100 more projects underway, including the new Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Some of the expanded and new services to be included at Liverpool Hospital are:

    • an additional 200 inpatient beds
    • doubling of chemotherapy treatment spaces
    • a Cancer Centre of Excellence
    • expanded and refurbished emergency department
    • expanded Neonatal Intersive Care Unit (NICU)
    • new maternity and paediatric inpatient beds.

    ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for the new car park, which will also incorporate solar panels to improve the hospital’s sustainability.

  • NSW Urged To ‘Get Ready’ For Summer

    Prepare your bushfire survival plan, don’t drive through floodwater, swim between the flags, and make sure your home is fire safe this summer – these are some of the safety tips NSW emergency service agencies have shared ahead of the 2020 summer season.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott today joined emergency services leaders on Sydney Harbour to issue the timely reminder, as people begin decorating their homes for Christmas, planning holidays in regional NSW and enjoying warm days by the water.

    “Aussie summers are iconic, but they can also be tragic. Last year, we had a horror bushfire season. This year, we’re expecting a wet and wild summer. But bushfires and storms are not the only threats we face,” Mr Elliott said.

    “I urge you to use the start of summer as a start of a conversation with your friends and families about being prepared for seasonal hazards. Especially this year, as experts warn of a La Niña summer.”

    NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said summer is a particularly busy time of year for all emergency services and urged the community to put safety first. 

    “Police will be out and about - on the streets, on our roads, in, on and around the water, and even in the air. If we all put safety first, our holidays will be remembered for all the right reasons," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

    NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said there have been more than 500 rescue requests this year from people who have risked their lives by driving through floodwaters.

    “You wouldn’t run into a bushfire, so never drive, walk or ride through flood water – it’s incredibly dangerous for both you and the volunteers rescuing you. It’s vital to know your flood risk and have an emergency plan in place,” Commissioner York said.

    NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers said last summer’s bushfire season was a stark reminder of the dangers of fire and the importance of early planning and preparation.

    “Last summer’s bushfires destroyed 2,476 homes and claimed 26 lives in NSW. Every family should have a five-minute conversation about important decisions like when to leave and what to take if a fire threatens your home,” Commissioner Rogers said.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Assistant Commissioner Paul McGuiggan said decorative lights and summer barbecues also pose a fire risk around the home.

    “Make sure you have a sufficient number of working smoke alarms throughout your home that are tested regularly and are supported by a written home escape plan,” Assistant Commissioner McGuiggan said.

    NSW Surf Life Saving CEO Steve Pearce reiterated the importance of water safety.

    “Only swim at patrolled beaches, stay between the red and yellow flags, always check conditions before heading out, wear a life jacket when boating or rock fishing, and be sure to keep an eye on your mates,” Mr Pearce said.

    Marine Rescue Commissioner Stacey Tannos said they’re ready for a record summer on the water as more people stay home instead of heading overseas on holidays.

    “Boaters should always Log On with Marine Rescue when heading out and Log Off when they return on VHF Channel 16 or the free Marine Rescue App. It’s quick and simple and gives you the reassurance that our volunteers are watching out for your safe return,” Commissioner Tannos said.

    Find out more about the steps you can take to Get Ready for summer at https://resilience.nsw.gov.au/prepare.html

  • NSW State Budget 2020-21 Announced

    The NSW State Budget for 2020-21 has been handed down, focussing on rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and bushfires.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, has said that after a year turned upside down, the NSW Government has put forward a budget focussed on jobs, compassion and support.

    “We are providing record levels of funding in areas such emergency services; mental health; public transport infrastructure; and health, to name a few.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Budget takes decisive action to meet the needs of people across NSW, as we emerge from an unprecedented health and economic crisis.

    “With so many people out of work this year and more predicted to become unemployed, we’re in a race against time to help create as many new jobs as we can,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    "This Budget has workers at its heart, with temporary, targeted stimulus to generate jobs and get businesses booming again.” Ms Berejiklian said.

    To help stimulate the State’s economy and support local jobs, NSW residents will be given $100 worth of digital vouchers that can be used at eateries and on arts and tourism attractions across NSW as part of a flagship $500 million program to help business.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the $500 million Out & About program was designed to boost businesses hit hard by the pandemic, by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the best of NSW.

    “No industry has felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 more than the hospitality, arts and tourism industries,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “NSW acted swiftly to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 and we want to help businesses by encouraging spending within local communities, especially within the hospitality, arts and tourism sectors.”

    Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total - with the program designed to encourage people to spend multiple times to support their local businesses.

    Two vouchers can be used for eating in at venues such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and other food service venues, and two vouchers can be used for entertainment and recreation, such as cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas, and amusement parks.

    For more information on this program, please visist www.nsw.gov.au

    Locally, Ms Gibbons advised that the NSW Government are continuing on with the delivery of commitments and announcements already made, with funding allocated toward:

    • The duplication of Heathcote Road between Holsworthy and Voyager Point
    • Investigations and planning for the upgrade of Heathcote Road between Voyager Point and Heathcote
    • Commuter car park upgrades at Casula, Edmondson Park, Leppington and Warwick Farm
    • New schools and school upgrades – like those at Edmondson Park and in Liverpool
    • Continuing on with the upgrade of Liverpool Hospital and carpark
    • Assisting Liverpool City Council provide more shared pathways in Chipping Norton, Liverpool and Moorebank
    • The planning of the Metro South West extension from Bankstown to Liverpool

    “I look forward to continuing to help progress the delivery of these projects – and can’t wait to see the positive benefits I know they will bring for our local community.” Ms Gibbons said.

  • New Gateway To Sydney On Its Way

    Thousands of jobs will be created as part of the toll-free Sydney Gateway motorway, with the NSW Government today announcing major milestones in the delivery of this vital connection to Sydney Airport, Port Botany and beyond.

    Transport for NSW has awarded the design and construction contract to John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture, while the project has also received planning approval from all levels of government.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Sydney Gateway connects the WestConnex St Peters Interchange, where the M4 and M8 will meet, to the Airport and Port Botany Precinct with the capacity to carry 100,000 vehicles a day and will be a game changer.

    “The NSW Government is investing up to $2.6 billion into this project, which is one of the missing pieces in Sydney’s motorway network,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “As well as providing safer and more reliable journeys, Sydney Gateway will also deliver a significant employment and economic boost, supporting 1,000 direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs.

    “These have been very challenging times for the aviation industry but Sydney Gateway continues to be a priority infrastructure project.

    “This project is an essential part of the plan to support the long-term economic growth of Sydney’s airport and port, reducing travel times and improving access to employment areas.”

    NSW Minister for Roads Andrew Constance said early work is expected to start within months.

    “The project, with the wider network, will allow motorists to bypass 26 sets of traffic lights between Parramatta and Sydney Airport’s Domestic terminal,” Mr Constance said.

    “The direct, efficient and safe route means we are also expecting Sydney Gateway to be used by half of all trucks travelling to Port Botany by 2026, handing Mascot streets back to the local community.”

    Sydney Gateway will deliver travel time savings and transform the airport precinct for future growth.

    Supported by WestConnex, drivers using Sydney Gateway will save up to:

    • 30 minutes from the Inner West to the International Airport
    • 22 minutes from Bankstown to the Domestic Airport
    • 30 minutes from Silverwater to Port Botany
    • 40 minutes on a trip from Parramatta to the Domestic Airport

    Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Geoff Culbert said in what has been the worst year ever for aviation, the progress on Sydney Gateway is a real positive. 

    "This visionary project will be a game-changer for access to the airport, will generate much-needed jobs and, importantly, will benefit our community by giving local roads back to local residents.”

    Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary Greater Sydney Elizabeth Mildwater said one major change to the project after community engagement is a new shared cycling and pedestrian path linking Alexandra Canal and the domestic terminals.

    “Around half of all feedback we’ve received from the community has been about better links for cyclists in particular, so it’s great to see a new walking and cycling path will be built to improve access to the domestic terminals,” Ms Mildwater said.

  • Site Plans Revealed For New Primary School In Liverpool

    Liverpool is one step closer to a brand new school following the release of the indicative site plans by the NSW Government.

    The new school will be built on the side of the Liverpool Boys and Girls High Schools, and will cater for the projected growth in the Liverpool area.

    The school proposes to provide new flexible learning spaces, and core facilities, including a hall, library, outdoor learning spaces and open play space. The school will also provide dedicated OOSH and preschool facilities.

    Further planning will inform the size of the school, potential staging requirements, and take into consideration future student enrolment projections.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the new school will help cater for the fast-growing school age population in the Liverpool area.

    “I look forward to the community engagement starting and am pleased the planning process is already well under away” Ms Gibbons said.

    Education Minister, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC said she was proud of the work the NSW Government was doing as part of the largest-ever investment in its public schools.

    “I’m thrilled that we’ve reached this milestone for a new primary school in Liverpool, which will deliver the high-quality school resources students need to succeed,” Ms Mitchell said.

    Planning for the upgrade at Liverpool West Public School is progressing as well, with the schematic design and State Significant Development Application lodgement set to occur early 2021.

    The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Extra Commuter Car Spaces Planned For Warwick Farm Station

    Planning is underway to deliver approximately 250 additional commuter car parking spaces at Warwick Farm Station, thanks to the NSW Government’s Commuter Car Park Program.

    “The Commuter Car Park Program is designed to make it easier for customers who need to drive part of their journey to access public transport hubs,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “This investment will not only deliver benefits for hundreds of commuters but will  generate jobs in a range of fields including engineering, construction and administration roles.”

    Key features of the proposal include:

    • adding two storeys to the existing multi-storey car park, providing approximately 250 additional spaces
    • a new lift and extension of the existing lift
    • additional accessible parking spaces close to the station
    • solar panels on the rooftop level
    • provision for future electric vehicle charging spaces
    • motorcycle parking bays
    • a new footpath through Hart Park to improve connectivity to the station
    • CCTV, lighting and wayfinding signage for improved safety and security.

    The Review of Environmental Factors is available to view online and the community is invited to provide their feedback on the concept design by Sunday 25 October 2020: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/warwickfarm

    Subject to planning approval, construction of the project is planned to begin in early 2021 and is expected to be completed by early 2022.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of additional commuter parking at Warwick Farm Station is being accelerated as part of the NSW Government’s $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund.