BACKUP FOR LIFE: SUP­PORT­ING OUR FOR­MER OF­FI­CERS

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politician­s Say -

For­mer po­lice of­fi­cers will ben­e­fit from $2 mil­lion in NSW Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to­wards a joint ini­tia­tive with NSW Po­lice Legacy to sup­port for­mer lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies.

BACKUP for Life of­fers greater sup­port to in­jured of­fi­cers and their loved ones with co­or­di­nated pro­grams and ini­tia­tives that recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion for­mer of­fi­cers have made while serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

Of­fi­cers de­serve all the sup­port they can get as they tran­si­tion to life out­side the force.

Many of­fi­cers carry phys­i­cal and men­tal scars fol­low­ing years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and this can make the tran­si­tion from ac­tive duty more dif­fi­cult.

NSW Po­lice men and women give so much to our com­mu­nity and this pro­gram will en­sure they get the help they need, in­clud­ing sup­port to get back into the com­mu­nity and jobs, as well as phys­i­cal fit­ness and coun­selling ser­vices.

We can never un­der­es­ti­mate how sig­nif­i­cant a burden the role of a po­lice of­fi­cer is and how it can af­fect their well­be­ing.

Many of­fi­cers have in­vested so much of their life and iden­tity in be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and leav­ing can present a broad range of chal­lenges for them and their fam­i­lies as they ad­just to a civil­ian life­style.

NSW Po­lice Legacy’s en­tire ethos is our care for the po­lice fam­ily.

North-West Syd­ney bus cus­tomers are now ben­e­fit­ting from an ad­di­tional 40 ser­vices per week.

The new ser­vices are part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Growth Ser­vices Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive to de­liver more bus ser­vices for cus­tomers where and when they are needed most.

The 40 ad­di­tional ser­vices per week will be in­tro­duced on Hills­bus ser­vices, routes 611 and 619: 25 ad­di­tional ser­vices per week will be in­tro­duced on route 611 be­tween Black­town, Seven Hills and Mac­quarie Park dur­ing the AM peak pe­riod on week­days. These ad­di­tional trips will re­sult in an in­crease in ser­vice fre­quency on route 611 be­tween Black­town and Mac­quarie Park to ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery five min­utes. 15 ad­di­tional ser­vices per week will be in­tro­duced on route 619 be­tween Cas­tle Hill and Mac­quarie Park dur­ing the AM peak pe­riod on week­days. These ad­di­tional trips will re­sult in an in­crease in ser­vice fre­quency on route 619 be­tween Cas­tle Hill and Mac­quarie Park to ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery 7-8 min­utes.

An ad­di­tional 150 off-peak and af­ter­noon ser­vices were also in­tro­duced on these routes ear­lier this year.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment knows North-West Syd­ney is boom­ing and de­mand for pub­lic trans­port is in­creas­ing. While we get on with build­ing the Syd­ney Metro North West, we need to do what we can in the mean­time to en­sure cus­tomers in the Hills district have a suf­fi­cient level of bus ser­vices to help them get to where they need to go.

Cus­tomers can go on­line and use the trip plan­ner at trans­portnsw. info.

You can also plan trips by down­load­ing real-time trans­port apps, and North West cus­tomers can re­ceive bus ser­vice up­dates for their area by fol­low­ing the new Trans­port Info Twit­ter han­dle @ Bus­esNorthWes­t. Al­ter­na­tively, they can call 131 500.

Syd­ney bus cus­tomers, in­clud­ing those in the North-West, will also ben­e­fit from around 3,800 new weekly trips as re­cently an­nounced as part of the 2016/17 Growth Bus Ser­vices Pro­gram.

Since March 2011, the NSW Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered more than 15,800 ex­tra weekly pub­lic trans­port ser­vices for cus­tomers.

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