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  • $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Transformation Begins

    South-western Sydney communities can look forward to accessing more first class health services close to home, with construction beginning on a six-storey hospital tower as part of the $790 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Premier Dominic Perrottet said the new hospital would deliver enhanced health facilities and will include an integrated cancer centre, a larger emergency department, intensive care unit and more theatres.

    “The $790 million health and academic precinct the NSW Government is building here at Liverpool is one of the largest hospital redevelopments across the state – and will transform healthcare services in this rapidly growing part of Sydney,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “We have the best health system in the nation and we are ensuring that no matter where you live in our State you have access to the best healthcare facilities.”

    The new hospital will also include a larger neonatal intensive care unit and six new inpatient units including paediatric, maternity and women’s health services – all designed to cater to the area’s growing population. A new multi-storey car park, which is nearing completion, will also provide an additional 500 spaces across the campus.

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons today turned the sod on the site of the new hospital tower and toured the project’s ‘Buraga Gul’ skilling and employment hub which will help drive education and jobs throughout construction and beyond.

    Mr Hazzard said the new precinct in the heart of Liverpool would be an attractive drawcard for clinicians, specialists, researchers and educators locally and worldwide, which would boost the community and deliver better long term health outcomes.

    “The NSW Government is investing an unprecedented $790 million into south-western Sydney to meet the community’s healthcare needs and also provide employment opportunities for our future generations of nurses, doctors, researchers and educators,” Mr Hazzard said.

    Project builder Lendlease has opened a new skilling and employment hub next to the hospital construction site to create more education and employment opportunities for south-western Sydney communities and boost the local workforce.

    Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the establishment of the skills and employment hub is one of the key components of the project.

    “Working in partnership with NSW Health, TAFE NSW and Liverpool City Council, the hub will offer construction pre-employment programs and Aboriginal employment initiatives to support people of all ages to acquire new skills for construction and health-related roles,” Mr Henskens said.

    Ms Gibbons said the NSW Government is catering to the needs of the local community now and into the future, with close to 1.3 million people expected to call south-western Sydney home by 2031.

    “This significant redevelopment will ensure both the long-term health and economic wellbeing of local communities here in south-western Sydney,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “With around 850 construction jobs to be supported throughout the redevelopment and the potential for thousands more jobs over the project’s life, the on-site skills and employment hub will help attract, retain and upskill local workers in yet another fantastic win for our community.”

    The new precinct forms part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2024-2025.

    Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 170 hospitals and health facilities across the state, with more than 110 currently underway.

    Learn more about the $790 million redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital at www.lhap.health.nsw.gov.au

  • New Liverpool Hospital Car Park Façade Designs Unveiled

    A striking design inspired by the petals of Gandangara flowers and the rich Aboriginal history of the region will feature on the façade of Liverpool Hospital’s new $50 million multi-storey car park and is the largest scale artwork commissioned by NSW Health.

    Developed by artist Bibi Barba, in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders, services and community members, the design celebrates the local region’s environmental and cultural diversity through shape and colour on a mass scale.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the story, its significance and visual appeal of the car park façade design would give the hospital site a distinctive identity and had been embraced by local schools and hospital staff.

    “The feedback from those consulted during the design process has been overwhelmingly positive and appreciated that this prominent feature of the hospital campus was considered.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Bibi Barba was raised in Liverpool and is recognised as an international first nations artist. Inspired by her grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land, Bibi’s artwork reflects a sense of vivid storytelling, melding traditional Indigenous design with contemporary style and innovative colour combinations.

    “I’m so proud to have been involved in such a significant local project and to have worked together with community to champion an authentic Aboriginal design, inspired by our rich history in the area,” Ms Barba said.

    “While contemporary, the design has a strong connection to country, celebrating the flower petals of the region, which were collected for cultural knowledge and wellbeing,” she said.

    Liverpool Hospital General Manager, Karen McMenamin said that engagement with Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities was a key component of embedding arts and culture in successful projects, especially in the diverse south western Sydney community.

    “The arts play an important role in our hospitals, and we are working together with staff and communities to create a hospital environment that will aid recovery and provide welcoming, safe and connected spaces for all who visit – from the moment they arrive on campus,” Ms McMenamin said.

    The artwork on the façade of the new seven-storey car park is part of a broader arts and culture strategy for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct. Other initiatives are planned to be incorporated into the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital to help enhance the patient, visitor and staff experience.

    The new car park is due for completion in mid 2022, with installation of the facade artwork to follow. The NSW Government has committed $790 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct, including the new $50 million car park.

    Artist impressions of the Liverpool Hospital car park design can be found here

  • Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club Receives Christmas Bonus

    Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club (MLDHC) has received a Christmas bonus from the NSW Government following the awarding of grants in the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund.  

    They have shared in more than $20 million for new and upgraded sports facilities in Round 2 of the Fund.

    MLDHC will receive $641,956 to replace the existing surface of the synthetic turf hockey field and its watering system, while also upgrading the existing field lighting at Liverpool City Hockey Complex.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the awarding of funding was a welcome boost for local sport which was hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions.

    “2021 has been a tough year for everyone, including our sporting sector with sport postponed due to COVID,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “The awarding of these grants provides renewed optimism that 2022 will be a better year for sport and recreation across NSW.”

    The Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund has provided up to $49 million over two years to increase participation and promote healthy lifestyles across NSW.

    32 sporting organisations were successful in being awarded funding in Round 2 of the Fund.

    The Fund provided grants from $100,000 to $1 million to eligible sport and recreation organisations and councils for projects such as lighting, amenity and changeroom upgrades.

    For the full list of recipients and further information on the Fund visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants

  • Western Sydney Forum To Kick-Start Recovery

    Plans to kick-start the State’s economic recovery will be enhanced and more targeted following feedback and ideas put forward by Western and South-Western Sydney business and community representatives at a virtual forum yesterday. 

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet hosted the online forum which was introduced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian with Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres and Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope.

    Representatives from chambers of commerce, peak bodies and community organisations and local businesses outlined the issues people are facing on the ground and presented potential solutions to reignite our economy during the two-hour event.

    Mr Perrottet said the communities of Western and South-Western Sydney have shown incredible resilience in recent months and he is confident they will play a key role in driving the State’s economic recovery.  

    “We thank all of the participants for taking part in this forum where we heard a range of great ideas on how we can help kick start the region’s recovery,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “The Government will look at every single idea raised as we finalise strategies for our economic recovery, because we know if it works in Western and South-Western Sydney it will work across NSW.

    “These areas are the heart and soul of Australia’s biggest city and it is imperative we get them pumping again as quickly as possible. We are all in this together now and we will come out together, too.” 

    A range of ideas were presented at the forum including; a reopening package tailored to the region, upskilling young people for the post-lockdown economy, small infrastructure projects and housing affordability opportunities.

    Mr Ayres said with almost a quarter of our population living in the West and South-West of Sydney, its recovery would determine how quickly the rest of the city bounced back. 

    “These communities have been through an incredibly tough period and it’s really inspiring to see everyone working together to find the best ways of moving forward,” Mr Ayres said. 

    “Western Sydney is ready to bounce back strongly but we know it won’t just happen on its own, so the ideas raised during this forum will play a vital role in developing the strategies to make it happen.”

    Other ideas put forward to reboot business activity included employment incentives and confidence-building initiatives aimed at getting more people back to work.

    Mr Tudehope said small businesses would be front and centre of our economic recovery and the Government is committed to providing the support they need to get back on their feet.

    “This is not just about recovery – it’s about making sure businesses come out of this stronger,” Mr Tudehope said.

    “Western Sydney is the engine room of NSW, driven by thousands of hardworking small businesses. Turbocharging their recovery with innovative ideas and solutions is my number one priority.”

    Ideas and proposals put forward at the forum will help shape the NSW Government’s economic recovery efforts for Western and Southwest Sydney as well the rest of the State.

  • $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Gets Underway

    One of the state’s largest hospital projects will begin within weeks, with the main works contractor appointed for the $790 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the awarding of the principal contract to Lendlease, following a competitive tender process.

    “The Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct will deliver a world-class medical, research and education hub in the rapidly growing south-western Sydney region,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “The redevelopment will be a real boost for communities throughout the region, bringing greatly enhanced healthcare services closer to home.”

    The redeveloped hospital will provide a total of 900 beds, an expanded emergency department, new maternity and paediatric inpatient beds and double the capacity within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    Another key feature will be a new, expanded Integrated Cancer Centre which will almost double the chemotherapy treatment spaces.

    Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said the redevelopment would boost the local economy and meet the south-western Sydney’s community’s growing healthcare needs now and into the future.

    “The start of major works at this new world-class precinct will support thousands of jobs during the construction phases and beyond, which will be greatly welcomed as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Construction of a $50 million multi-storey car park for the Liverpool Hospital is already underway, with work being carried out by ADCO Constructions.

    The precinct is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2024-2025.

    Over $5.5 billion in health capital works are underway in  Western and South Western Sydney including:

    • $790 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct
    • $1.3 billion for a new Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital
    • $832 million Westmead Hospital redevelopment
    • $65 million Commonwealth Government funded adult Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Services Unit at Westmead. 
    • $619 million Children’s Hospital at Westmead Stage 2
    • $632 million Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment Stage 2
    • $1 billion Nepean Hospital redevelopment
    • $300 million for a Rouse Hill Hospital.

    Work on Liverpool Hospital is expected to start in the coming weeks, to be completed by 2026.

    Artist impressions and a flythrough of the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct can be viewed here: www.shorturl.at/lvzA3

  • Community Feedback Sought For Heathcote Road Upgrade At Moorebank

    Transport for NSW is seeking feedback from road users, local businesses and the community on plans to widen a 300-metre stretch of Heathcote Road at Moorebank.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said Transport for NSW is investigating her request for a future upgrade of Heathcote Road, including an additional two lanes between Junction Road and the M5 Motorway, and traffic lights at the Junction and Heathcote roads intersection.

    “I have been raising this intersection with the Minister for Transport and Roads for some time – advocating for an upgrade – and I’m happy Transport for NSW are now investigating this request and conducting community consultation.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Heathcote Road is a major thoroughfare which links Liverpool and Heathcote, connecting Sydney’s southern suburbs to the motorway network in the south-west including the M5 and M7 motorways.

    Around 36,000 motorists use Heathcote Road every day, which can created bottlenecks along the major thoroughfare such as between Junction Road and the M5 Motorway.

    Ms Gibbons said the plans in progress are to address this pinch point by widening the road to create two additional lanes and installing traffic lights at the Junction and Heathcote roads intersection.

    “This would not only reduce congestion and provide safer access to and from Junction Road and the service road, it would also create consistency with the remaining Heathcote Road corridor between Holsworthy and Liverpool.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Transport for NSW encourage you to send your feedback on the preferred option and design by emailing [email protected] or by calling 1800 271 117. You can also register your interest to attend an online information session about the preferred option.

    Feedback received during consultation period will be considered and also documented in a consultation report to assist with the next steps of the project.

    For more information, please visit nswroads.work/heathcote-road-moorebank

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • New LED Lighting For Our Schools

    Students at Hammondville, Wattle Grove and Nuwarra Public Schools will soon benefit from brighter and smarter learning spaces with the NSW Government announcing the first tranche of schools in the LED Lighting Upgrade Program.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, welcomed these improvements and said upgrades like these highlighted the NSW Liberal and National Government’s commitment to improving school facilities and supporting jobs.

    “LED lighting will improve the learning environment for students and this program will also help support jobs in our local area.

    “We know student learning is enhanced when the learning environment is comfortable and LED lighting is proven to provide a more stable source of light.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the program is an initiative funded by the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

    “The LED Lighting Upgrade Program will not only support jobs, but through the replacement of inefficient lighting with LED luminaires we will be delivering better classrooms and learning areas for students,” said Ms Mitchell.

    “This program is part of our $450 million school based COVID-19 Recovery plan to deliver thousands of school projects to hundreds of schools.”

    More than 290 schools have been announced in the first tranche with up to 1,000 schools to benefit from the $158 million program. The program will also reduce school energy bills with smart LED lighting offering a more efficient and sustainable option.  

    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.

  • 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.