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  • Sutherland Hospital To Receive $7 Million MRI

    Patients in the Sutherland Shire will now be able to access MRI services closer to home thanks to the NSW Government’s $3 billion Jobs and Infrastructure Acceleration Fund.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard said $7 million has been made available to purchase the new medical technology for Sutherland Hospital which will accommodate the cost of patient scans.

    “Each year, around 800 inpatients at Sutherland Hospital need MRI services and have to be transferred to St George Hospital or referred to private providers for scans,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “Thanks to the efforts of Mark Speakman, Eleni Petinos, Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons, patients will soon be able to access onsite MRI services, ensuring less travel and faster care.”

    Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman has welcomed the news saying the investment is in addition to the $81.5 million to redevelop Sutherland Hospital’s Operating Theatre Complex.

    “Residents of the Shire have been calling out for an MRI machine so this is a great outcome for patients, carers and staff and the next step is to get a MRI licence,” Mr Speakman said.

    The Federal Government is responsible for licensing of the MRI and if a full licence is granted, it will attract a Medicare rebate on all MRI services listed on the Medicare Benefit Schedule.

    Member for Miranda, Eleni Petinos said a new MRI in addition to the Hospital’s new Operating Theatre Complex will support the health needs of patients in the Shire well into the future.

    “More than 5,000 Shire residents signed a petition seeking this MRI machine and the support has paid off. Both projects are expected within this term of Government,” Ms Petinos said.

    Member for Heathcote Lee Evans and Holsworthy MP, Melanie Gibbons also welcomed news of the onsite MRI, saying it can help reduce the length of time patients are in hospital.

    The theatre upgrade will provide more operating and procedures rooms, surgical short stay and recovery spaces, more staff amenities and a Central Sterilising Services Department. 

    For more details on the Sutherland Hospital Redevelopment click here

  • New Service NSW Centres Open In Revesby And Engadine

    More people can now complete hundreds of NSW Government transactions and access cost of living support online and face-to-face, thanks to the opening of two new Service NSW Centres.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government is on its way to opening a further 10 Service NSW Centres in Sydney, with Revesby and Engadine being the first to open. 

    “These new one-stop shop Service NSW Centres in Revesby and Engadine put the customer first. Gone are the days of waiting in line for hours to be served,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “Whether it’s renewing your vehicle registration or driver’s licence, or applying for a Seniors Card or marriage certificate, these Centres will save customers time.

    “Service NSW is also a gateway to up to 70 NSW Government Cost of Living savings and rebates, including Energy Switch, Creative Kids and Active Kids vouchers. Customers can also access nearly 1000 NSW Government transactions at Service NSW centres. Locals will be able to make an appointment with a Cost of Living Specialist who can help them identify potential savings. The average saving so far is $575.”

    Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said both centres feature a modern ‘digital first’ design with additional staff available to help customers on self-serve touch screens, or to complete a transaction over the counter.

     “We’re turbocharging the customer experience to make life easier for people,” Mr Dominello said.

    “Customers have quickly embraced the new Centres, with more than 3000 people visiting them since 28 August.

    “There are now 109 Service NSW Centres across the State, as well as four Mobile Centres that cater for customers in remote and regional areas.”

    Eight more Service NSW Centres will be delivered across Sydney by 2023 as part of an election commitment. They include Merrylands, Randwick, Northmead, Glenmore Park/Edmondson Park, Roselands and Schofields.

    Between 2017 and 2019 24 Service Centres were opened across regional and remote NSW as part of a $20 million expansion of the network.

    Revesby Service Centre is located at 38-42 Marco Avenue, Revesby. It is open from 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am – 12:30pm on Saturdays.

    Engadine Service Centre is located at Shops 7-10, Engadine Town Square Shopping Centre, 1040 Old Princes Hwy. It is open from 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am – 12:30pm on Saturdays.

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

  • 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

  • New Plan To Deliver Conservation Legacy For Western Sydney

    A new plan to protect koalas and conserve critical biodiversity assets in growing parts of Western Sydney has been unveiled by the NSW Government today.

    Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the draft plan is one of the largest strategic conservation planning exercises ever in Australia.

    “The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is a once-in-a-generation commitment to protect south-west Sydney’s rich environmental assets and important koala population, while providing certainty for investment in a growing part of Sydney,” Mr Stokes said.

    “Rather than assessing the biodiversity impact of individual development applications on an ad-hoc basis, we’ve identified upfront the key areas that need to be protected.

    “With Western Sydney’s population expected to reach 1.5 million people by 2056, this plan delivers certainty for local communities and investors alike.  Too often the environment has been an afterthought in urban planning.  This plan prioritises and protects urban bushland before urban development.  This approach secures environmental conservation but with the certainty needed to support the strategic delivery of infrastructure, housing and jobs for Western Sydney.”

    Minister for Environment Matt Kean said the draft Plan includes a new koala reserve to ensure Sydney’s largest and healthiest koala population is protected.

    “The Georges River Koala Reserve will protect up to 1,885 hectares of existing koala habitat and enhance the connectivity of fragmented patches of important habitat, including protecting the important north-south koala corridor so this iconic species can move about safely,” Mr Kean said.

    “We will invest $84 million in the first five years to plant 100,000 trees in the Georges River Koala Reserve to restore koala habitat and install 120 kilometres of koala fencing.”

    The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan spans eight local government areas including Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly, Hawkesbury and Penrith.

    The draft plan incorporates findings from the NSW Chief Scientist’s Campbelltown Koala Report which  provided advice on effective methods to mitigate the impact of urban development on koala habitat.

    The draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan will be on public exhibition until 25 September 2020. To view the draft plan or have your say, please visit: planning.nsw.gov.au/cumberlandplainconservationplan

  • 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.

  • Funding Green Light For New Boating Infrastructure At Sandy Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • NSW Patient Experience Program Coming to Liverpool Hospital

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that patients at hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 Clinics in Liverpool will soon benefit from an $8.6 million expansion of the NSW Government’s Patient Experience Program, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

    An additional 86 full time equivalent staff will be recruited to 50 hospitals across NSW, with facilities operating COVID-19 clinics a priority, including 2 at Liverpool Hospital.

    “This program will help to create a better customer experience for everyone who needs to use our emergency departments.

    “Patient Experience Officers will greet patients on arrival and help to guide them through their care, providing information on where to go, what to expect, and updates on appointment queues.

     “Patient Experience Program staff receive specific training from the NSW Ministry of Health Patient Experience Team, Service NSW, and their Local Health District, to ensure they are well qualified to provide this extra support to patients, carers and visitors.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said the recruitment of new positions is already underway, and there has been overwhelming interest to participate in this exciting program.

    “This program has already been immensely valuable at the pilot sites, and extending this extra support across NSW is very timely as we continue to combat COVID-19,” Mr Hazzard said.

    As part of the program patients receive:

    • access to free Wi-Fi, mobile phone charging stations, additional power points, water and other refreshments
    • information sent to their mobile device about what to expect during their stay
    • fact sheets on their particular condition/ treatment options
    • ongoing care instructions after discharge, available in multiple languages.

     

    Advice in multiple languages will also be given on safety, hygiene and COVID-19 symptoms.

    The funding boost to the Patient Experience Program is part of the NSW Government’s $800 million investment to support the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For more information visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Performance/Pages/experience.aspx

  • Return and Earn Reaches Three Billion Containers

    Return and Earn has now soared past 3 billion containers returned state wide, just a month after the second anniversary of the initiative.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said our residents should be commended for their ongoing commitment to reducing litter and contributing locally to the 3 billion containers.

    “Return and Earn has been very successful in the Holsworthy Electorate with more than 52.6 million containers returned helping to contribute to the 3 billion now collected.”

    “The growth of the scheme has been phenomenal and highlights a fundamental change in people’s thinking and behaviour around litter,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Ms Gibbons said summer is peak season for return and earners cashing in their containers and helping the environment and the recent holiday period was particularly impressive for returned containers.

    “Statewide between 21 December 2019 and 13 January 2020, there were 10 days with more than 7 million drink containers returned a day, including four days with over 8 million containers returned.” Ms Gibbons said.

    “The scheme has highlighted so many positives across communities and every bottle returned is a win for the environment.”

    Until 23 February, recyclers in NSW can donate to Bottles for the Bush, on all reverse vending machines with 10 cents from each container going towards helping farmers and rural families impacted by the drought and the recent bushfire devastation. This option is part of a nationwide appeal that has raised more than $430,000 so far with more than $360,000 coming through NSW’s Return and Earn scheme.

    Additionally, Red Frog Recycling in Prestons (the Prestons Container Deposit Centre) is running the “Funds for our Firies” campaign, with funds donated to their centres or collected from businesses and homes split evenly between every Brigade registered with them.

    According to their facebook page, Red Frog Recycling has processed 40,000,000 containers, across their Prestons and Gregory Hills centres, since December 2017 and raised over $600,000 for charities, schools, sports clubs and communtiy organisations.

    “Examples like Red Frog Recycling show how much this program is creating positive impacts for our community – cleaning up our environment while also supporting community organisations” Ms Gibbons said.

    Return and Earn includes around 640 return points across NSW including reverse vending machines, staffed automated depots and over the counter sites. For more information about Return and Earn, visit www.returnandearn.org.au