SYDNEY HONOURS THE ANZAC LEGACY

Soldiers from across the Sydney region who answered the call to fight in the Great War will be honoured as part of a moving artwork in the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Today, myself along with Minster for Veterans Affairs David Elliott took samples of soil from the Redfern War Memorial and the Anzac Obelisk in Moore Park. Continue reading

BLUE MOUNTAINS AUDITIONS AS HOLLYWOOD LOCATION

I am delighted that the Blue Mountains is one of more than 50 inspiring NSW locations highlighted in a new video aimed at promoting statewide locations to the international film industry this month.It is fantastic to see the Blue Mountains being marketed on the world stage, because the potential gains for our region are enormous.  Continue reading

NSW SES BLUE MOUNTAINS UNIT CELEBRATES ITS VOLUNTEERS

NSW SES Blue Mountains Unit members had much cause for celebration last week, with the recognition of outstanding members during their annual Awards Presentation. I was pleased to represent the Minister for Emergency Services, Troy Grant to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of these dedicated volunteers and sincerely thank them for their service. Continue reading

SCULPTURE AT SCENIC WORLD TO BENEFIT FROM NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING

It was a pleasure to represent Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall yesterday to congratulate Scenic World on their success for a grant of $27,500 for three years towards the popular Sculpture walk event. This grant is a part of the 2018 Flagship Event Fund, aimed at attracting more visitors to experience regional NSW. Continue reading

Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE

Last week I was honoured to speak on a condolence motion commemorating the life of Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE. His State Funeral is today and I thought it fitting to share my thoughts on this sad occasion. Our city, state and nation are richer for his generous contribution.   Continue reading

NEW LIFT AND ACCESSIBILTY RAMP OPEN AT LEURA STATION

Today I opened a new lift and upgraded facilities at Leura Station making it easier for people with a disability, parents with prams and tourists with luggage to travel on the picturesque Blue Mountains Line. Continue reading

A NEW SISTER PARK FOR JENOLAN CAVES

A historic sister park partnership between The Jenolan Caves Conservation Trust and Zhijindong Caves Global Geopark was recently signed by Bob Conroy, Administrator of the Jenolan Caves Conservation Trust on a visit to the spectacular karst landscape in Guizhou Province in south-west China.  Continue reading

Services boost for Penrith and Blue Mountains customers

I welcome the introduction of more than 40 extra weekly services for customers on popular routes in the Penrith and Blue Mountains areas from 12 February.The NSW Government is committed to delivering better public transport services when and where they are needed and in response to demand, we’ve added more weekly services to several key routes to give customers more choice on when they travel.  Continue reading

HAVE YOUR SAY ON MODIFICATIONS TO BLUE MOUNTAINS TUNNELS FOR NEW INTERCITY FLEET

Have your say on proposed modifications to tunnels between Newnes Junction and Zig Zag Station on the Blue Mountains Line, essential work that will facilitate the introduction of the New Intercity Fleet trains between Sydney and Lithgow.I’m proud to be part of a Liberal Government finally after nearly 40 years delivering modern trains to the Blue Mountains community. Modern trains that work across the network require modern adjustments to the 19th century line over the Blue Mountains. Once completed over the coming year or so the residents and visitors to the Blue Mountains will have a state of the art and future proof rail system that Labor failed to deliver after 16 wasted years in Government. Continue reading

MALLARD OPENS RESTORED BLUE MOUNTAINS GRAND CANYON TRACK

One of Australia’s oldest bushwalking tracks officially reopened on the weekend after an almost decade long restoration worth $4.8 million. The Blue Mountain’s Grand Canyon Track, which is more than a century old, has undergone a 4.5 kilometre restoration across some of the most challenging terrain for walking track construction in Australia.  Continue reading