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  • Scholarships To Support Students In Liverpool

    46 young people across the Holsworthy and Liverpool electorates will receive cash grants of $1,000 to help achieve their academic aspirations and training goals as part of a NSW Government scholarship program.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Scholarships would help lift the load for students in their final years of high school and early years of tertiary education.

    “The program is an investment in the future of young people growing up in social housing or who are in out-of-home care,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “These scholarships aim to improve school completion rates, boost vocational and tertiary qualifications and enhance work readiness, so that young people can break the cycle of disadvantage.”

    The program is available to young people living in social housing or on the housing register, students receiving private rental assistance, or those living in crisis, supported accommodation or out-of-home care.

    Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said recipients can use their funds for education-related expenses such as textbooks, IT equipment or internet access.

    “A good education provides the foundation for the future and these scholarships are about giving young people a helping hand to pursue education or work,” Mr Henskens said.

    “We want to see young people growing up in social housing or out-of-home care break the cycle of disadvantage and live long, happy and healthy lives. These scholarships are one of the ways the NSW Government is helping to make that happen.”

    DCJ Scholarships are funded under Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, a ten-year plan to drive better outcomes for social housing tenants.

  • A Public Spaces Legacy For Liverpool

    Liverpool will share in a total of up to $250 million in NSW Government funding to create a legacy of quality, green and accessible public space to be treasured for generations to come.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that $4,750,000 has been allocated to Liverpool City Council, as part of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.

    “This funding is a great win for Liverpool and highlights the NSW Government’s support for improved public space and parkland in South West Sydney.

    “The program will create public spaces for future generations and help to keep people in jobs to ensure the local economy keeps moving with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

    “The funding will go towards upgrades to the public domain of Macquarie Street, creation of the Phillimona Gardens parklet, and the delivery of an outdoor performance stage within the Casula Parklands precinct.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the funding being delivered to councils was reliant on them meeting agreed targets to speed up local development applications.

    “This program is the first of its kind in NSW and demonstrates state and local government working together to create a legacy of beautiful public spaces that communities, for decades, can be proud of,” Mr Stokes said.

    “In exchange for legacy funding, councils participating in the program need to speed up their assessment times. They have until June 30 to keep hitting their targets but, so far, the program has seen a 20 per cent improvement.

    “It’s been great to see the unclogging of the planning system as part of this program - 42 of 53 planning proposals that had been stuck in the planning system for more than four years have been resolved and 161 of 168 regionally significant development applications have been cleared.”

    Liverpool City Council will be provided with funding for project planning and design and will have until 30 June 2021 to demonstrate they have met DA assessment performance improvements to lock in their full allocation of funding, ahead of construction starting on projects from August this year.

    For more information, visit:

    https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Planning-reforms/NSW-Public-Spaces-Legacy-Program

  • South-Western Sydney Better Prepared For Emergency

    Residents in south-western Sydney can be assured their local emergency services are well equipped after the announcement of $10,000 grants to the Casula Rural Fire Brigade and the NSW State Emergency Services Liverpool Unit.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon. David Elliott MP, was joined by State Member for Holsworthy and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services,  Melanie Gibbons MP, and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Assistant Commissioner Kelly Browne AFSM, to present a $10,000 grant to the Casula Brigade for the construction of a new covered area that will enable the safe storage of trucks and other equipment.

    “The NSW Government is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment, infrastructure and resources they need to carry out the important work of protecting their local communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents,” Mr Elliott said.

    Assistant Commissioner Browne thanked the brigade’s 54 volunteers for their dedication, commitment and service to their communities.

    “You only have to look at the last season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when bush fires and emergency situations threaten,” Assistant Commissioner Browne said.

    “I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the Macarthur District.”

    Ms Gibbons thanked all RFS volunteers for their service to the local community and for their help right across NSW.

    “Our RFS volunteers give up so much time away from their families and friends to ensure that we are safe.

    “We are no stranger to bushfires in the Holsworthy electorate and I hope this funding will help keep their important equipment safe for when it is next needed.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Mr Elliott and Ms Gibbons also joined NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York, at the NSW SES Liverpool Unit to announce a $10,000 grant, which will allow the unit to purchase 50 new lockers for their members, along with a new training roof, to use for practicing responding to storm damage.

    “This grant is just one example of the NSW Government’s commitment to investing in NSW SES and its volunteers, who give up their time to put the needs of others above their own,” Mr Elliott said.

    Ms Gibbons said it was reassuring to see the NSW Government is committed to investing in the local NSW SES.

    “Over the past 12 months, our unit has responded to nearly 530 requests for assistance, with 152 of those coming through during the most recent flood event,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “We are incredibly proud of our volunteers, and we know they help their community without want of any reward or recognition. I’m pleased we can make their facilities a little more comfortable and safe.”

    Commissioner York thanked the Minister and NSW Government for their ongoing support of NSW SES and its volunteers.

    “Members of our Liverpool Unit are skilled professionals, that help their communities through storms and floods,” Commissioner York said.

    “I want to thank the volunteers, as well as their families and employers, for without their support, they would not be able to dedicate the time they do to helping their local communities,” she said.

     

  • World-Class Facilties Open For Mainsbridge School Students

    Term 2 began with the new Mainsbridge School welcoming students and teachers into new facilities for the first day of Term 2.

    Students from Mainsbridge School for Specific Purposes are enjoying a brand new, purpose-built facility on part of the existing Warwick Farm Public School site.

    The project has delivered 20 new classrooms, a hall and multipurpose space, special programs spaces, a library, hydrotherapy pool, and administration and staff buildings.

    State Member for Holsworthy and Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Disability, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the community will benefit from the new Specific Purposes School.

    “This relocated Mainsbridge School will provide the local community with the high-quality education facilities our children need to succeed,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a government delivering for communities like ours, making sure all students have the facilities they need.”

    “The teachers and school staff work incredibly hard each day to support students at this school so that they feel valued and cared for and receive the education they deserve.”

    Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government was building on the state’s world-class education system with the largest school infrastructure investment in the state’s history.

    "Every student in NSW deserves the best environment to learn and achieve, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be,” Ms Mitchell said.

    “Facilities like the hydrotherapy pool change lives for students and families, and I’m so happy and proud this facility is open for them.

    The relocated school will better cater to the current students' needs while also accommodating the projected population of children with specific needs in the Liverpool area.

    The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

  • Edmondson Park Service NSW Centre A Step Closer

    Edmondson Park residents will soon have access to a ‘digital-first’ Service NSW Centre in the heart of the community, with the location now locked in.

    Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said a lease has been signed to establish the new Service NSW Centre within the Ed.Square complex in Edmondson Park.

    “This Service NSW Centre will make a real difference to the community when it opens in the second half of this year,” Mrs Gibbons said.

    “The Centre will make it easier for locals to access hundreds of NSW Government transactions in one convenient location, including driver testing.”

    Edmondson Park is the fourth of 10 new Service Centres to be built in some of the fastest growing parts of Sydney, and the 111th Service Centre across NSW. It will feature modern facilities with additional staff available to help customers on self-serve touch screens or to complete a transaction over the counter.

    Minister for Customer Service and Minister for Digital Victor Dominello said: “People go to Service NSW to get their first vehicle registration, driver licence or a Seniors Card. They can also apply for birth, death or marriage certificates.”

    “Service NSW is also a gateway to up to 70 government savings and incentives that help ease the cost of living, including Toll Relief, Active Kids  and Creative Kids vouchers, and energy rebates.”

    Further information on Service NSW is available at www.service.nsw.gov.au

  • Seniors In Liverpool Get Social

    The social calendar in Liverpool just got busier with the NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program providing opportunities for local seniors to get active and stay connected.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said Liverpool City Council successfully acquired an $8,300 grant to host a free ‘Seniors Tea Break’ across two days where our local seniors’ community are able to enjoy a High Tea, entertainment and an exhibition of local service providers.

    “This grant is an opportunity for older people in our area to get out into the community and be social, happy and active,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “Seniors in our region lead the way as role models, carers and volunteers. We want to see them continue to be active participants and valued for their contribution.”

    Almost 80 projects were selected across the state, adding to a diverse schedule of activities including social dances, educational workshops and health programs.

    The grants program had three categories covering small, community-run activities with grants up to $1,000, to large-scale programs with grants of up to $10,000.

    This year, accessibility was in focus with many programs incorporating an online option to allow more seniors to participate.

    “There has been a real emphasis on online engagement for seniors during the last year and these options will help older people join the fun,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Successful recipients will hold local programs and activities during the NSW Seniors Festival, which runs 13-24 April 2021.

    Acting Minister for Seniors, Geoff Lee, said the program aims to give all older people the chance to be part of the NSW Seniors Festival.

    “For more than 60 years, our seniors have joined the Festival’s activities and programs, which foster innovation for healthy ageing,” Mr Lee said.

    “Staying connected is pivotal to wellbeing, so we’ve backed local initiatives to help reach seniors no matter their language, location or mobility level.”

    Learn more about the NSW Seniors Festival at: www.seniorsfestival.nsw.gov.au

  • 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.