FUNDING BOOST TO TURN SYDNEY HOUSING INTO HOMES

Our local community groups, councils, charities and private organisations can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to create stronger social housing communities, NSW Upper House MP Shayne Mallard announced today. The one-off grants available to our local community form part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund - a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities. Continue reading

GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Our Planning Minister Rob Stokes today announced that the Greater Sydney Commission is one step closer, after legislation to establish the organisation was introduced in Parliament today. This milestone follows consultation on the structure and operation of the Commission with councils, industry bodies, and community and environment groups. The Minister said the introduction of the Greater Sydney Commission Bill recognises the foundational importance of getting planning right in Sydney.   “Getting planning right in Sydney is about ensuring that as Sydney grows, our growth is also matched by progress,” Mr Stokes said. Continue reading

SOUTH WEST RAIL LINK: SOON TO HEAD NORTH AND EAST, WITH MORE SERVICES

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has announced peak services would be doubled on the South West Rail Link by the end of the year, and customers would have direct access to more destinations across Sydney. The $2.1 billion South West Rail Link opened in February this year, ahead of schedule and $300 million under budget. Mr Constance said the rail line was proving popular with locals in Sydney's fastest growing region, with more than 1,500 train journeys every weekday from new stations at Leppington and Edmondson Park. "On Sunday December 13 we will connect the rail line with the rest of the train network and services will become part of the T2 South Line travelling via Liverpool and Granville meaning more services and more options for customers. "Peak hour frequency from the South West will double, from a train every 30 minutes to one every 15 minutes – a great outcome for locals. Continue reading

ONE STOP SHOP BRINGS CONVENIENCE TO BOTANY

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today officially opened the Service NSW one-stop shop in Botany, commending the centre’s staff on having already served more than 40,000 customers since doors opened in June. “Service NSW has revolutionised customer service when it comes to transacting with government in NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.  “The days of having to visit multiple locations for different government services are gone.  Now customers can access more than 800 transactions and services here at Botany, all under one roof.” In addition to motor registry services, the one-stop-shop provides counter services from agencies such as Fair Trading, Births Deaths and Marriages, Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, Office of State Revenue and much more. Continue reading

Helping Badgerys Creek Take off

Our Planning Minister, Rob Stokes recently announced the creation of a new Priority Growth area around the planned future airport at Badgerys Creek. Mr Stokes said the establishment of the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area will involve a new strategic framework being set out to ensure future planning for new homes, jobs and infrastructure. “This is an exciting step forward in the future planning of Western Sydney,” Mr Stokes said. “Establishing this Priority Growth Area will maximise the economic and strategic benefits of the airport at Badgerys Creek. It will also help bring about the full benefits of the associated $3.6 billion infrastructure plan. “Through good planning, we can ensure we bring the full benefits of the new airport at Badgerys Creek to the people of Western Sydney and NSW as a whole.” Continue reading