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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

  • 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.

  • Major Crime Categories Reduced Across The State

    Major crime categories across the State have continued to remain stable or have fallen in the two years to June 2020, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data published today.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, welcomed the report, which showed that only one of the 17 major crime categories had increased during the 24-month period.  

    The five categories which recorded major trends are:

    • Steal from person – decreased by 25.4 per cent;
    • Robbery without a weapon – decreased by 12.6 per cent;
    • Steal from motor vehicle – decreased by 12.1 per cent;
    • Malicious damage to property – decreased by 5.4 per cent; and
    • Sexual assault has increased by 9.4 per cent.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott increases in reported sexual assault may be due to more victims reporting to police, rather than higher prevalence of the offence.

    BOCSAR has also attributed part of the increase to more mandatory reporting of child sexual assault cases, which may not have otherwise come to light.

    “During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world-class police officers have dedicated their time to enforcing public health orders to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.

    “The men and women in blue work incredibly hard to protect communities right across NSW, and it’s pleasing to see their efforts reflected in these results.” 

    Ms Gibbons said this is an opportunity to look at the hard work done by the officers of Sutherland Shire and Liverpool City Police Area Commands.

    “Increased community awareness, and reporting, as well as more police proactively targeting criminals and putting people before the courts are also reflected in BOCSAR’s results,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Ms Gibbons said the NSW Government is delivering 1,500 new police – the biggest increase to the Force in more than 30 years – as part of a record $583 million investment over four years.

    “Community safety is our number one priority and this major boost in police means we’ll continue to have more police doing the right jobs in the right places to help keep people safe,” Ms Gibbons said.

    To read BOCSAR’s full report published today, visit www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au

  • Work To Begin On Edmondson Park Commuter Car Park

    Construction is set to begin on Edmondson Park Station’s new multi-storey car park next month.

    The new facility will provide around 1,000 additional parking spaces for public transport customers, thanks to the NSW Government’s Commuter Car Park Program.

    “The existing car park - where the new multi-storey will be built - will have its entry closed from 3pm on Friday 28 August, however the existing northern car park will remain open and temporary parking will also be available from Saturday 29 August,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “The new temporary cark park will be located next to the existing car park on the northern side of the station with free and untimed spaces for customers. Four accessible parking spaces will be relocated from the southern car park to the northern car park to ensure they are still available.

    “During September, site establishment activities including piling, demolition and excavation will begin. Signage, traffic management and fencing will be in place to support customers with the parking changes,” Ms Gibbons said.

    The car park is expected to be completed and open to the community in mid-2021.

    Key features of the project include up to 1000 additional parking spaces, free parking for up to 18 hours for customers using public transport, accessible parking spaces close to the station entry and lift access.

    We are committed to providing up to 2,000 additional commuter parking spaces at Edmondson Park Station. Plans for the remaining spaces are being finalised and more information will be available to be shared with the community soon.

    For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/edmondson-park-commuter-car-park

  • 13 New Police Recruits For Our Region

    Our region will be a safer place with the addition of 13 new police officers, after they recently attested at a private ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the recruits on their dedication and hard work as they embarked on their chosen career in policing.

    “Our recruits of Class 342 come at an important time for the state of NSW. I wish them well as they embark on their chosen career,” Mr Elliott said.

    “These officers can be assured that they have the full support of this government as they step into their career in law enforcement and service to the community.”

    Police Commissioner Mick Fuller AMP said the latest intake of probationary constables will provide a valuable and timely boost to police resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Our newest probationary constables from Class 342 leave the Academy during unprecedented times, they will face challenges in their first few months that I won’t have experienced when I joined, " he said.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, welcomed the 7 recruits to the Sutherland shire Police Area Command and 6 recruits to the Liverpool City Police Area Command, after more than eight months of world-class training at the academy.

    “Our new police officers are a much needed boost to our local community and they will be a great help us as we continue to face the COVID-19 crisis,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “On behalf of the community, I am pleased to welcome these officers to their new command. Police put their own safety on the line to protect our community every day, and I commend these new officers for their dedication and wish them every success in their policing careers.

    “The NSW Liberals & Nationals are investing $583 million in 1500 extra officers over the next four years, the biggest increase in three decades.” Ms Gibbons said.

  • Hundreds Of Extra Bus Services For Our Local Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Key features of the new multi storey car park include:

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

     

    For more information on the project, please visit:

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

  • Planning Application Lodged For $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rail Upgrades Pave The Way For More Jobs And Better Services For Our Local Area

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced the signing of two construction contracts totalling about $600 million to modernise and upgrade infrastructure on the rail network.

    The major milestone will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for the NSW economy to deliver essential upgrades to rail infrastructure including stabling yards, signalling, track, station platforms and power supply at key locations between Central, the T8 Airport Line tunnel and the South Coast.

    “We’re cracking on with major infrastructure projects like this one to ensure we support jobs, communities and the economy at this critical time,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “Today’s announcement means we are keeping people in work and creating about 350 direct new jobs and around 200 indirect jobs located either in Sydney or on the South Coast.” 

    The jobs will cover a range of disciplines including engineers, rail construction workers, security guards, truck drivers, electricians, plumbers, labourers, concrete workers and apprentices.

    The employment drive will also be focused on developing a diverse workforce by providing opportunities for skills development and training to groups such as women, young people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

    “The work will support the introduction of new suburban and intercity trains and allow us to deliver more frequent train services, with less wait times and a more comfortable journey for customers on the T4 Illawarra, T8 Airport and South Coast lines,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “We’re prioritising these lines because they are among the busiest on the network, catering for 440,000 trips in a typical day, which is around one third of daily rail customers.”

    Ms Gibbons said key service improvements for our local customers will include:

    • More services for the T8 Airport Line, including a 60 per cent increase at the International, Domestic, Mascot and Green Square stations during the morning peak, meaning trains on average every three to four minutes instead of every six minutes today
    • Additional capacity to carry 2,400 more customers in the peak

     

    Construction for the rail upgrades will begin in the middle of this year and be completed in advance of the service improvements, which are planned for late 2022.

    “This is fantastic news and shows that some great improvements are just around the corner for the our locals. One of the key concerns for my constituents is crowded trains but today’s announcement shows that this is a Government who listens, and has a clear plan in place to address what matters most,” Ms Gibbons said.

    The rail upgrades and resultant service improvements are being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $4.3 billion More Trains, More Services program.

    Since 2011 the NSW Government has introduced more than 40,000 new public transport services across NSW, with more on the way.

    More information on the infrastructure upgrades is available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/more-trains-more-services