Welcome to Canvas
It is an honour to be a member of a government that is doing great things for our state and leading the nation. When you think that only seven years ago when we were elected NSW languished as the last state in the country in terms of key indicators like unemployment and economic growth. Through disciplined government, hard work by ministers and innovative thinking we have turned the state around to be the number one state.
That has not happened by accident and it has happened despite Labor (and some notable media outlets) cynically opposing all our new reforms. The challenge for us in the next 12 months before the 2019 state election is both to remind voters of the bad old days under Labor and the risk to our prosperity their election presents.
We also need to demonstrate that we are listening. That we know not everyone is feeling their share of the good times. We know that costs of living continue to be a burden for many of us especially families and our elderly community. There is a huge challenge ahead as we lay the final groundwork for an historic election win for the Liberal Nationals government. A goal we must all now be fully focused on.
In this edition of Canvas I take a look at the Western Sydney City Deal, the Premier’s successful business trip to Washington, the civic contribution of the late Sir Nicolas Shehadie, the Greener Places Policy and I let you know about some of the many electorate events I’ve recently attended. I hope you enjoy Canvas and please do not hesitate to contact me should I be able to assist you.
Premier Berejiklian with Prime Minister Turnbull as well as representatives from the local governments of Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Fairfield.
Western Sydney City Deal
On Sunday 4 March the Prime Minister and Premier presided over the signing ceremony that finalised the Western Sydney City Deal which sets out to deliver a game changing vision for the Western City.
The Western Sydney City Deal is a ground-breaking partnership between the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments and local governments of Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Fairfield.
The Australian and NSW governments have come together with local governments in agreeing on a set of commitments that will unlock opportunities in education, business and employment for the Western City and its people.
At the centre of this potential is a new city, supported by the construction of the new Western Sydney Airport that will connect the region and the people of Western Sydney to the world.
This investment will create world-class jobs and greater quality of life.
This deal will deliver for Western Sydney:
- North South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via the Western Sydney Airport
- World-class Aerotropolis including Commonwealth-owned land at North Bringelly
- An Investment Attraction Office to attract investment to the Western Parkland City
- New planning regime for Western Sydney to cut development costs and boost housing supply
- A $150m Western Parkland City Liveability Program to deliver community facilities
- New STEM-focussed education facilities to train skilled workers needed for the Aerotropolis
- A plan to embed smart digital technology in the Western City.
The time has arrived for Western Sydney to take its place on the world stage. The potential for Western Sydney and its people over the next 10 to 20 years is truly boundless.
Last month Premier Berejiklian travelled to Washington DC on a US Delegation with the Prime Minister, four State Premiers and some of Australia's most influential business leaders.
The Premier was there on a trade mission- spruiking the success of of New South Wales Asset Recycling Program as well as encouraging investment in Badgery's Creek Airport.
"We already have global brands in NSW from the United States but the second airport gives us that opportunity to really increase the footprint. What I want to increase in NSW is our defence, logistics, robotics and IT capacity."
"We have a highly educated workforce, great tertiary institutions and vocational education and training, so its our job to start thinking about the jobs of the future. For me, that been the most compelling opportunity here" Premier Berejiklian stated.
The Premier also addressed the National Governors Association detailing how our Asset Recycling Program has allowed for major investments in innovation and infrastructure which has made NSW's economic position the envy of the Western world.
Cr Kevin Schreiber, Hon. Shayne Mallard, Anthea Hammon and Justin Morrissey.
Sculpture at Scenic World to Benefit from NSW Government Funding
It was a pleasure to represent Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall 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.
The Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, provides grants to support marketing activities that drive overnight visitation.
We look forward to welcoming many more visitors to the Blue Mountains as a result of this exciting event, helping to further position our region as a must-see destination in NSW.
Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE
I was honoured to speak on a condolence motion commemorating the life of Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE.
Our city, state and nation are richer for his generous contribution.
Please click here to watch my speech on the Condolence Motion or here to read it on Hansard.
Hon. Shayne Mallard with Local Controller John Hughes.
Blue Mountains SES Volunteer Awards Night
Last week I represented the Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant at the Blue Mountains SES Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
It was my pleasure to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of these dedicated volunteers and sincerely thank them.
The NSW SES volunteers of the Sydney Western Region have a long and proud history of assisting their community with invaluable emergency response during floods, storms and other emergencies.
There is no question that the people of the Blue Mountains and indeed this State know they can depend on the men and women in orange for help and protection during these emergencies.
If you are interested in joining the NSW SES as a volunteer please go to www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteering/ or call 1800 201 000.
Hon. Shayne Mallard and a Transport for NSW employee at Leura station.
New Lift and Accessibility Ramp open at Leura Station
I was pleased to represent the Minister for Transport the Hon. Andrew Constance to open a new lift and upgraded facilities at Leura Station last week.
Delivered under the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to provide safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state, customers will notice a range of improvements at Leura station.
There is also a new access ramp for commuters to enter the station from a designated taxi and kiss and ride zone, making it easier for customers to use different modes of transport as well as new accessible toilet facilities.
New canopies over the stairs and part of the platform provide shelter from the weather, while safety is increased, with improved lighting and CCTV surveillance. A new footpath and taxi shelter have been built on Railway Parade.
These features will help service the Blue Mountains community now and into the future, with more people expected to call Leura and surrounds home in coming years. The changes also cater for the thousands of tourists who visit the town’s scenic attractions, hotels and restaurants on public transport each year.
The NSW Government recently announced 400 projects have been delivered since the launch of the $1 billion Transport Access Program in 2011, with many more underway or in the planning stages.
Wentworth Falls on the Blue Mountains Line was also recently upgraded and plans for a lift are underway for Glenbrook Station.
Schools Graduation Ceremonies
It was a pleasure to represent Minister Ayres at the graduation ceremonies of Cambridge Gardens Public School and Lapstone Public School students.
School graduation ceremonies are always uplifting seeing the potential of our future leaders.
The students at both Cambridge Gardens Public School and Lapstone Public school are passionate and talented young people and I wish them all the best for their future studies.
Greener Places Policy
Greener Places is a draft policy to guide the design, planning, design and delivery of Green Infrastructure in urban areas across NSW.
Green Infrastructure is the network of green spaces, natural systems and semi-natural systems including parks, rivers, bushland and private gardens that are strategically planned, designed and managed to support good quality of life in the urban environment.
The aim of the policy is to create a healthier, more liveable, more resilient and sustainable urban environment by improving community access to recreation and exercise, walking and cycling connections.
This draft of the policy is for consultation with the community and stakeholders. It aims to promote discussion about what the final policy should address. All feedback on this policy will be considered and a final version will be developed in early 2018.
Please click here to read the Draft Greener Places Policy.
As the next State election approaches it is important that we continue to work hard in both Liberal and non-Liberal held seats and take the fight to Labor.
I am the duty MLC for the following Seats:
- Share responsibility for the Blue Mountains
If you are interested in helping out in any of these seats please do not hesitate to contact me at my office.
Phone: 02 9230 2434