BACKUP FOR LIFE: SUPPORTING OUR FORMER OFFICERS
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.