200 ELEC­TION COM­MIT­MENTS DE­LIV­ERED

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politician Say -

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has hon­oured more than 200 elec­tion com­mit­ments de­liv­er­ing new hos­pi­tals, schools and record jobs growth across NSW. Over the past two years the NSW Gov­ern­ment has:

• Opened and up­graded 14 hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing Royal North Shore, Black­town and Mt Druitt, Camp­bell­town and Prince of Wales Hos­pi­tals.

• De­liv­ered more schools and class­rooms in­clud­ing fund­ing for new schools at North Ke­lyville and Bella Vista and more than 1100 new class­rooms, pro­vid­ing more than 25,000 ad­di­tional stu­dent places. 15 new and re­lo­cated schools are ei­ther in con­struc­tion or the de­sign/ plan­ning stages, while 24 ma­jor up­grades are in con­struc­tion or in the de­sign/plan­ning stages.

• Cre­ated more new jobs NSW has the low­est unem­ploy­ment of any state in Aus­tralia - at 5.2 per cent. Since 2011, 300,300 jobs have been added in NSW, ac­count­ing for al­most 37 per cent of new jobs across Aus­tralia in that time.

• In­vested record amounts on in­fra­struc­ture 16 of our ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects have moved into the con­struc­tion phase, in­clud­ing WestCon­nex, NorthCon­nex and New­cas­tle Light Rail. Some $11.5 bil­lion of the $20 bil­lion Re­build­ing NSW pro­gram has al­ready been com­mit­ted to a range of pri­or­ity projects while tun­nelling has been com­pleted for the Syd­ney Metro North­west.

• In­creased hous­ing sup­ply Hous­ing ap­provals and com­ple­tions are at all-time highs. While we know we have more to do on tack­ling hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, we have made mas­sive progress on clos­ing the hous­ing gap left be­hind by La­bor.

• Boosted re­gional in­fra­struc­ture We have com­mit­ted nearly $500 mil­lion to build a pipe­line to se­cure Bro­ken Hill’s wa­ter sup­ply, we are half­way through the $4 bil­lion pro­gram to up­grade the last 155km sec­tion of the Pa­cific High­way to four lanes and are continuing to in­vest record amounts into re­gional hos­pi­tals and schools.

FIRST STEM SCHOOL COM­ING TO WESTERN SYD­NEY

The first school in NSW fully de­voted to science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) ed­u­ca­tion will open in 2021 at the planned Syd­ney Science Park in Western Syd­ney. This is an his­toric mo­ment and a real win for NSW. With its dy­namic pop­u­la­tion, new in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams and rapid growth, Western Syd­ney is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for the state’s first STEM school. The school will be the first of its kind in NSW and is the prod­uct of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Dio­cese of Par­ra­matta, who will build the school, and Syd­ney Science Park devel­op­ers, Ce­lestino. It will cater for more than 2000 stu­dents from pre-school to post-Year 12 and of­fer unique op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate with and learn from the re­search in­sti­tu­tions and in­dus­try based at the park. A ded­i­cated STEM school at the heart of this vi­brant new precinct en­ables us to em­brace a new era in ed­u­ca­tion, one where cu­rios­ity and cre­ative think­ing are crit­i­cal. The STEM pro­gram would pre­pare stu­dents for the jobs of the fu­ture. We des­per­ately need more stu­dents study­ing science at univer­sity and this school will en­able us to think be­yond main­stream learn­ing into a world of end­less new pos­si­bil­i­ties. The $5 bil­lion, 280-hectare Syd­ney Science Park will be a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional cen­tre for re­search and devel­op­ment with a fo­cus on food se­cu­rity, health and en­ergy. De­tailed plan­ning for the first stage of the project is un­der­way. Con­struc­tion of the Syd­ney Science Park STEM school is ex­pected to be­gin in late 2017 or early 2018. The school is due to open in 2021.

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS

70th Wed­ding An­niver­sary Mr Peter and Mrs Sy­bil Jones

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