NEW ERA OF HEALTHCARE FOR NEPEAN HOSPITAL

A $550 million redevelopment will transform Nepean Hospital and bring a state-of-the-art healthcare facility to the region, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced today.  Mr Baird and Mrs Skinner said the redevelopment will provide more services, beds and staff to serve the growing Nepean population and is in addition to a new $26 million car park. “We are delivering the biggest hospital rebuilding program in the State’s history, with $5 billion worth of hospital infrastructure in the past six years and 10 new or upgraded health facilities opened this year alone,” Mr Baird said. “The population of Western Sydney is due to rise significantly in the next 20 years and our major investment will ensure we meet the healthcare needs of the region.” Immediate works will commence to upgrade the Emergency Department, with a paediatric assessment and treatment area, establishment of a safe assessment room and the upgrade of the mobile duress systems and CCTV. Continue reading

$500 MILLION FOR NSW’S ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman today announced a nation-leading $500 million environmental funding package that will support a range of innovative environmental programs with a focus on job creation and consumer savings.Mr Speakman released two draft plans today, the NSW Government’s draft strategic plan for the $500 million investment package and the draft plan to Save NSW Energy and Money, plus accompanying policy framework. The policy framework sets out an aspirational goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, and complementing Australia’s existing national targets. “The two draft plans set out significant new measures. The first sets out possible investment actions to stimulate investment in advanced energy in NSW, to build climate resilience and to help households and businesses use energy more efficiently,” Mr Speakman said. Continue reading

OUTSTANDING RESULT ACHIEVED IN $16.189 BILLION AUSGRID LEASE

The NSW Government has achieved another outstanding result in its infrastructure program, entering into a binding agreement with an all-Australian consortium for the partial lease of Ausgrid. Premier Mike Baird said the transaction will deliver gross proceeds of $16.189 billion to the State and will help fund critical infrastructure projects as part of the Government’s $20 billion Rebuilding NSW plan. “This is another excellent result for the people of NSW after our successful $10.258 billion lease of TransGrid,” Mr Baird said. Continue reading

MAKING IT EASIER TO BUILD TERRACE HOMES

  A new design guide will help make it easier to build well-designed low rise, medium density homes across NSW, following the release of a draft Medium Density Design Guide by the NSW Government. The majority of homes currently under construction in NSW are freestanding houses and apartments, however a third of homeowners surveyed by the Department of Planning said they would consider downsizing to terraces – preferences which are being driven by changing lifestyles and demographics. Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the draft policy is intended to encourage more and better designed terraces, townhouses and dual occupancies (two houses on one block) in response to demand for this versatile housing type. Continue reading

A NEW VISION FOR SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

  Plans for the biggest revitalisation of Sydney Olympic Park in its history were released today with the precinct overhaul set to provide homes for 23,500 residents, businesses, new transport links, parklands and retail. Sports Minister Stuart Ayres and Planning Minister Rob Stokes today unveiled the Sydney Olympic Park Masterplan 2030 which combines the best of world class sporting and entertainment infrastructure with new homes, jobs and parklands. Continue reading

NEW STRATEGY TO PROMOTE GOOD DESIGN

Around this time last year I gave notice of a Private Member’s Motion in support of the 2015 Sydney Architecture Festival. It was a good opportunity for all sides of politics to get involved in a considered debate about the role of architecture and design in our state more generally and it sparked interesting discussion about how we might want our city to look in the future. Continue reading

NSW BOOMS ON BACK OF STRONG ECONOMY

NSW is the most popular state in the country to live and work, with fewer people leaving than ever before according to updated population projection data released by the Planning Minister Rob Stokes today. The State’s strong economy and lifestyle options as well as Sydney’s status as the nation’s only global city are driving NSW’s status as the best state in the country. “NSW is the state of opportunity,” Mr Stokes said. “Sydney is the economic capital of the country – and over the next 20 years we’ll cement that position.” The NSW Population Projections 2016 Update, show the NSW population growing from 7,218,528 million in 2011 to 9,925,550 million by 2036 –  another 2.7 million residents. These projections are 225,000 more people than forecast in 2014 projections. Continue reading

NEW MANAGEMENT FOR WENTWORTH PARK: PUBLIC USE TO CONTINUE

  Great to see that Minister for Lands and Water, Niall Blair has announced the appointment of Rodney Gilmour as administrator, to manage the ongoing public use of Wentworth Park Sporting Complex.  Keeping Wentworth Park in public use is a priority for the Baird Liberal Government, especially as our city moves towards higher density.  Mr Gilmour has been appointed as administrator of the Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust for up to two years, replacing Jason Masters, whose term as interim administrator of the Trust concluded 26 August 2016.   “Mr Gilmour will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the Wentworth Park site, including ongoing public use for community purposes, in the lead-up to and following the cessation of greyhound racing on 1 July 2017,” Mr Blair said.  Continue reading

REDEVELOPMENT OF ANZAC MEMORIAL BEGINS

The first sod has today been turned on the $40 million enhancement of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. “It is fantastic that work has today begun on this major upgrade, which will bring to life the original 1930s vision of Sydney’s Anzac Memorial,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said. “By enhancing this Memorial we are ensuring future generations can continue to honour those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. “Just this week Australians were reminded of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country, with the 50 year commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam.” Senator for NSW the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO said the redevelopment included plans to build an education and interpretation centre beneath the Anzac Memorial, and a water cascade at the southern side of the Memorial. Continue reading

Media Release: CTP ‘GREEN SLIP’ SCHEME REPORT RELEASED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 August 2016 The Upper House committee on Law and Justice today tabled a report reviewing the state’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) ‘Green Slip’ insurance scheme. The committee has had an oversight role in relation to the operations of the scheme for the past 17 years. It previously conducted this role by reviewing the implementation of the scheme by the former Motor Accidents Authority (MAA). Following legislative reforms to the state’s insurance and compensation schemes in 2015, the MAA was abolished and its role assumed by a newly established organisation – the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA). This is the committee’s first review of the scheme since those changes Continue reading