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  • 09-May-2014 08:58 | Deleted user

    Premier Mike Baird has said work is under way to investigate how to establish a Greater Sydney Authority in a bid to end decades of chaotic decision-making.

    Daily Telegraph deputy editor Ben English presenting the Fair Go Action Plan to NSW Premi

    Daily Telegraph deputy editor Ben English presenting the Fair Go Action Plan to NSW Premier Mike Baird / Picture: Jane Dempster Source: News Limited

    “It is clear we have so many moving parts across the city that we need to ensure our co-ordination is right,’’ he told The Daily Telegraph.

    Leading Sydney business and planning experts have backed The Telegraph’s Fair Go for the West campaign’s call to set up a London-style planning authority to co-ordinate decision-making among Sydney’s 43 local councils and different statutory authorities.

    “We have started some work looking at this undefined I certainly support that approach,’’ he said.

    Mr Baird made the comments after being presented with the Fair Go for The West Action Plan, which incorporates ideas put forward by our readers. The plan outlines initiatives that need to be undertaken to help Western Sydney to continue to develop into a place where families and businesses thrive.

    Mr Baird said he was “looking forward to working through” the plan to consider what initiatives could be implemented by his government.

    “The campaign has been full of energy and really reflecting the concerns and needs of Western Sydney,’’ he said. “I am excited by some of the ideas.’’

    The setting up of a Greater Sydney Authority, based in Parramatta and reporting to the Premier, is one of the key initiatives in the action plan.

    Other initiatives include:

    • MOVING key government departments of Planning & Infrastructure, RMS and Transport NSW to new Western Sydney headquarters such as Liverpool and Penrith;
    • OBTAINING $20 million investment for a feasibility study into the proposed $1.9 billion Parramatta Light Rail project;
    • REDUCING stamp duty fees for first home buyers; and
    • DEVELOPING Parramatta River Theatre into a 1400-seat top-class venue.

    Since the campaign was launched, several initiatives have already been adopted or are now under consideration, including a commitment by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to build a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

    Key powerbrokers, including company director Rod McGeoch, Westfield co-chief executive Steven Lowy, NSW infrastructure chief Graham Bradley and Committee for Sydney leaders Lucy Turnbull and Tim Williams, believe Sydney will struggle to deliver critical housing and transport infrastructure unless a Greater Sydney Authority with overarching powers is set up.

    The push for a Greater Sydney Authority comes as former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett called on Mr Baird to sack all NSW councillors after the next state election and redraw boundaries to create bigger, financially stronger councils.

    Source: The Daily Telegraphy by John Lehmann. Original article.

  • 08-May-2014 17:52 | Deleted user

    An extra $2 billion in federal funding will be injected into fast-tracking Sydney’s Westconnex motorway project as part of an unprecedented ­infrastructure package in next week’s budget.

    The Daily Telegraph has learnt Prime Minister Tony Abbott has approved a $2 billion loan to the NSW Government to bring forward the motorway’s stage 2 construction start date to as early as the beginning of next year.

    The low-interest loan, the first of its kind to fund infrastructure, would be leveraged against the tolls charged when the road opens.

    It will bring total federal funding for the 33km project to $3.5 billion and expedite completion by two years to 2019 by allowing work to begin on the M4 and M5 at the same time.

    Stage one involves extending the M4 from Strathfield, where it ends now, to a stage 3 tunnel link to the airport. Stage two, with the funds from the loan, will widen the M5 East to two, four-lane expressways between King Georges Rd, Beverly Hills, and Bexley Rd, with a new 6km tunnel from St Peters to join the widened M5 East surface and a double, three-lane expressway to St Peters and Sydney Airport.

    It will fund duplication of the M5 East twin tunnels used by 100,000 motorists a day.

    When completed, the Westconnex will cut travel times between Parramatta and Sydney Airport by up to 40 minutes.

    It will also:

    • Halve bus travel times between the inner west and CBD;
    • Generate 10,000 jobs;
    • Bypass 52 sets of lights;
    • Remove 3000 trucks a day from Parramatta Rd and;
    • Deliver more than $20 billion in economic benefits.

    Mr Abbott said yesterday: “Everything in this Budget is about building a stronger economy so there are a whole range of changes.

    “Infrastructure is what enables us to get to work, to get home and the more time we spend stuck in traffic jams, the less time we are productively at work or the less time we’re spending with our families.”

    The loan will begin to be drawn down between July 1 next year and December 31, 2018. It will be repaid at a lower interest rate closer to the government bond rate.

    Christelle Van Schellebeeck, 20, drives to work from Rooty Hill to Haberfield on the M4 and Parramatta Rd.

    She said she would be happy to see the upgrade fast-tracked. “It would mean less petrol and it would be faster to get to work,” she said.

    Source: The Daily Telegraphy exclusive by Simon Denson. Original article

  • 08-May-2014 13:05 | Deleted user

    In support of this great initiative, WSBC has assisted Platinum Partner NewsLocal and The Daily Telegraph by announcing this great opportunity to all its manufacturing members through WSBC’s social media platforms.

    As a result, half a dozen manufacturing organisations have been put forward. It’s not too late to submit an application and WSBC encourages all its members to participate in submission or nomination.


    Champions Of The West is a celebration of all that is great in Western Sydney.

    It is an opportunity to recognise the west is full of talent, ingenuity, creativity and determination.

    Champions Of The West comprises a grants competition for 12 awards, each boasting a $10,000 prize for individuals, groups and businesses.

    An additional grant of $10,000 will be awarded to the ‘Champion of Champions’ winner, encouraging people to get behind their peers who are nominated finalists.

    What kind of ideas are we looking for? Anything that will be of benefit to the community and requires a grant to help the project come to life, such as:

    • Community – facility upgrades, infrastructure, new works or equipment;
    • Environment – restoration and protection, volunteer program funding;
    • Indigenous – arts, up-skilling, scholarships;
    • Sport – equipment, uniforms, training, health improvements;
    • Small business – new products or services;
    • Education – primary, secondary, day care, special needs, TAFE;
    • Arts – skills development, new work, residencies;
    • Employment – training, job placement, social entrepreneurship;
    • Young Achiever – scholarships, workshops;
    • Health – aged care, clinical funding, training;
    • Tourism – attractions, historical/cultural sites, interpretive programs; and
    • Manufacturing/Innovation – training/development, new products or services.

    Who can apply for a grant? Anyone that lives or works in Western Sydney as determined by the Council boundaries referenced in the Champions Of The West Guidelines. Applicants under the age of 18 must obtain prior permission of their legal parent or guardian.

    Can I refer an organisation or business? You can make a referral on behalf of an organisation or business. Please complete the form below to the best of your knowledge and we will contact the nominated business or organisation if we require further information.

    Applications can be submitted between Sunday 13 April 2014 and Sunday 11 May 2014.

  • 08-May-2014 12:15 | Deleted user

    More than 100 of Western Sydney’s best and brightest young people will help shape a vision for Parramatta’s future at the inaugural Parramatta Young Leaders Forum at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) on Friday 23 May. 

    Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid said the forum, hosted jointly by Council and UWS, would allow young leaders aged 17 to 24 to make their voices heard on issues such as technology, lifestyle, innovation and government.

    Participants, who have been chosen from local high schools, universities and employers, would hear speakers including Federal Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison and head of the Kokoda Track Foundation Dr Genevieve Nelson. MC will be Channel 10 news presenter Natarsha Belling. 

    “I have organised this forum because I strongly believe all levels of government should listen more closely to our young people and consider their views when making decisions that will affect their future,” Cr Chedid said.

    “We need to involve our future generation of leaders in our long-term decision-making to ensure Parramatta is a true City of the 21st Century.

    “Young people traditionally don’t get involved in consultation initiatives so this is a great opportunity for Councillors and local business leaders to listen to their ideas and, where appropriate, work towards putting them into practice.

    “Feedback from the forum will be included in a detailed report to be presented to Council for consideration.”

    Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says the University of Western Sydney is pleased to host the Young Leaders Forum at its Parramatta campus. 

    "As one of the world's best young universities, UWS is proud to play a role in developing the leaders of the future,” he said.

    “We are delighted to partner with Parramatta City Council on this initiative, which seeks to give a voice to the younger generation, and harness their passion and enthusiasm to make a difference to the communities in which they live.” 

    Participants will discuss the following topics with local business leaders in workshops:  

    • Inspiring careers and future leaders
    • Liveability and lifestyle
    • Entrepreneurship and innovation
    • The future of technology
    • Government and media

    In addition to Minister Morrison and Dr Nelson, two inspirational young people will address the forum: Paralympic athlete and 2012 NSW Young Athlete with a Disability Kristy Pond, and social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author Sacha Krjatian.     

    Hermina Liscevic, a 2013 HSC student at Catherine McAuley Catholic secondary school in Westmead who won the John McClymont Award for History, ranked first in the State for Croatian and won the Premier’s Award for all-round excellence, will also speak at the forum.        

    Following the forum, there will be a civic reception where participants will network with Councillors and local business leaders and discuss their ideas in a more informal way.

    Cr Chedid said he was delighted the University of Western Sydney was partnering with Council to run the forum.

    “Through our Memorandum of Understanding with the university, we are working to boost higher education services in our region so local students can study where they live.

    “In Parramatta, we are creating a city of the future based on high-end technology and the jobs of the future.

    “We also have a strategic alliance with the University of New England which has a campus in our CBD, and are developing   the Westmead biomedical precinct, Rydalmere UWS business innovation park and Camellia eco-industrial precinct.

    “These are becoming centres of excellence that will attract high-end university graduates and the jobs of the future.

    “We have a vision for the future where our region’s best and brightest students can go on to tertiary education and then highly qualified jobs right here in our city.” 

    Parramatta Young Leaders Forum

    Where: University of Western Sydney, Parramatta South Campus, cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Rd, Parramatta.

    When: 11am to 5pm: Friday 23 May

    Media are welcome to attend the keynote addresses at the forum   

  • 07-May-2014 14:57 | Deleted user

    The State Government will start securing land for a rail link from Rouse Hill to Badgerys Creek, but it won’t be open by the time the new airport is completed.

    Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, pictured with new Premier Mike Baird, said the Sta

    Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, pictured with new Premier Mike Baird, said the State Government would start securing land for a northern rail link to the new airport. Source: News Corp Australia

    Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the government would secure the rail corridor through Marsden Park now to avoid a repeat of the high costs to buy land for the North West Rail Link.

    The connection would likely go from the final North West Rail Link station at Cudgegong Rd through Marsden Park to link up with the existing Western line and then the airport at Badgerys Creek.

    NewsLocal along with The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph launched the Fair Go For The West campaign last month.

    Securing a commitment from the Federal Government for a second airport was a key objective of the campaign.

    Avoiding the mistakes of the North West Rail Link

    Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the land needed to be preserved for a rail line to the second airport to avoid the same mistakes made over the North West Rail Link.

    Last month Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Sydney’s second airport but said the Federal Government would only provide additional funding for road infrastructure.

    But any rail link from Rouse Hill to the airport via the existing Western line will not be open in time for the airport.

    “To begin with, access to the second Sydney airport will be provided through road upgrades, park and ride facilities and public transport services including new express buses,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “The State Government will secure a public transport corridor from the North West Rail Link into Marsden Park for future generations.”

    Ms Berejiklian said one of the reasons the North West Rail Link would cost $8.3 billion was because a corridor of land hadn’t been secured.

    Planning ahead to secure this corridor now would reduce future costs, she said.

    Londonderry state Liberal MP Bart Bassett said the transport corridor into Marsden Park was vital for Western Sydney’s prosperity.

    “It’s only at certain times in the political landscape that the political planets align and this is one of those occasions where I actually believe we can make these corridors a reality allowing governments to budget for building rail and road infrastructure in the future,” he said.

    Source: Rouse Hill Times by Lawrence Machado. Original article.

  • 07-May-2014 08:02 | Deleted user

    WSBC Gold Member, Australian Turf Club (ATC), invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Assistant Race day and Events Operations Manager.

    ATC is Australia’s premier Thoroughbred racing organisation with an exciting program of race meetings at Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm.  We have a long and proud history of delivering exciting and entertaining Thoroughbred racing in the Sydney region, traditionally playing a leading role within the Industry. The ATC also provides high quality entertainment, first-class facilities, award winning catering and customer service and is a renowned entertainment venue. The ATC plays host to profiled corporate and consumer events and exhibitions including the Future Music Festival, and the Caravan & Camping Supershow.

    About the Role

    Based at the award winning Rosehill Gardens and reporting to the Race day and Events Operations Manager, this permanent full time position will coordinate and manage race day and non race day events and functions with a focus on operational aspects of food, beverage, client and customer service. Further, the position seeks to provide direction and support to Food and Beverage employees to improve operational efficiency and outstanding customer experiences. Due to the nature of the role, the successful applicant will be required to work evenings and weekends.

    To be successful in this role the candidate will need to meet the following criteria:

    • Extensive experience in operating and managing a variety of large scale functions and events
    • At least 5yrs demonstrable experience in a hands on operations role preferably from a hotel, convention or theme park background
    • Experience in managing both large public and trade show events
    • A proven track record of managing, motivating and improving the performance of a team of people in a customer service environment
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritise, plan and execute multiple tasks
    • Superior oral communication, written, interpersonal and presentation skills
    • Sound conflict resolution and problem solving skills
    • Well-developed computer skills in Word, Excel,  EBMS, Etivity, Visio, Task retail and electronic sign systems
    • A well developed understanding of legislative requirements relevant to food and beverage services such as HACCP, RSA and OH&S.
    • Certificate 4 in Frontline Management
    • Valid Responsible Service of Alcohol certification

    What we offer

    The ATC offers employment in an award winning venue with a dynamic service driven environment, career opportunities and free on-site parking for staff.

    Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria to

    Applications close 15th May 2014 

  • 07-May-2014 07:43 | Deleted user

    Raising Hope For Homeless Women

    Parramatta Mission has been providing community services for over 40 years. Helping people who are homeless, people facing crisis and people living with mental illness.

    Today, Parramatta Mission is one of the largest providers of community mental health services in New South Wales, as well as one of the largest providers of community services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Sydney. We do this with a vision to be a community transforming lives through our values of grace, dignity, inclusion, faith and hope.

    Pathways for homeless women have been minimal and a reoccurring gap in our society over the past decade. With an increase in the cost of living, rising rates of domestic violence, and employers demanding higher levels of workplace experience and skills, the gap is rapidly increasing.

    Mental health is another common theme present in women experiencing homelessness, and when paired with the above mentioned factors, mental health symptoms can often be exacerbated.

    While social housing is a temporary fix for homeless women with complex needs, for many women it can only be seen as that, a temporary fix. A holistic approach toward meeting women’s individual needs is a necessary requirement in reaching a more permanent solution.

    Restrictions around implementing a holistic approach for individual women include, limited funding, limited affordable housing, limited access to therapeutic interventions and extensive time delays for professional intervention. These restrictions significantly impact on the healing process that is vital for women to connect with the community and maintain stable tenancies and housing over significant periods of time.

    Gala event objective

    Parramatta Mission’s Raising Hope for Homeless Women Gala Event, hosted by Mark Taylor, is being held to raise awareness and funds to address the unmet need of crisis accommodation for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    All proceeds will go towards building and developing crisis accommodation for homeless women.

    Crisis accommodation is intensive support and the provision of case management to restore hope in women who have been deeply traumatised in life.

    Together we can help women escape the danger and despairing reality of homelessness, giving them hope and assistance to transition into safer and more independent living.

    As a Corporate Partner of the Raising Hope for Homeless Women Gala Event you will benefit from:

    • Networking
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Team Building
    • Marketing and brand awareness
    • A great night with friends, family, clients and staff for a great cause
    • Being a known major partner in the implementation of crisis accommodation for homeless women in Western Sydney

    The Parramatta Mission team is dedicated to working with your organisation, ensuring your sponsorship investment is maximized through marketing and communication opportunities.

    This is a great chance for your organisation to promote your brand and supportive role in bridging the gap in services for homeless women.

    Parramatta Mission is dedicated to expanding our footprint over the coming years. Your continued support and partnership will not only enable great change in our community, but provide your organisation and staff the benefit of being part of a community transforming lives.

    Additional Event Information


    Waterview in Bicentennial Park

    Bicentennial Drive (entrance off Australia Avenue)

    Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

    Commencing at 7:00pm

    Expected attendance: over 400 guests including representatives from leading corporate and community organisations, and Parramatta Mission staff and stakeholders.

    Celebrity host for the evening: Mark Taylor

    Mark has been the well-respected patron of Parramatta Mission for 17 years. During this time

    Mark has been a positive presence in the Meals Plus Community Kitchen and Outreach Program. Socially engaging with consumers as they attend Meals Plus for their lunch and actively supporting Parramatta Mission and its services in our vision of transforming lives.

    Mark brings with him, as one of the guest speakers to the Parramatta Mission Gala Event, the

    Captain of the Australian Cricket Team, Michael Clarke. Michael has successfully led the Australian Cricket Team to wins in the Ashes and the South African series.

    On the night there will be additional guest speakers, silent auction items, entertainment, beauty booths, gift bags and more.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with like-minded people and organisations.

    For more details of how you can get involved and the level of sponsorships available, click here or contact:

    Aaron Power

    P: [02] 9891 2277

    M: 0407 445 224



  • 07-May-2014 07:42 | Deleted user

    Parramatta Mission has been providing community services for over 40 years helping people who are homeless, people facing crisis and people living with mental illness.

    Today, Parramatta Mission is one of the largest providers of community mental health services in New South Wales, as well as one of the largest providers of community services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Sydney.

    The programs and services that Parramatta Mission provides are delivered with the values of grace, dignity, inclusion, faith and hope, and with a vision of transforming lives.

    A growing concern in our society and the community sector is the lack of crisis accommodation for homeless women.

    We know that there is a need for emergency housing for women, and we plan to make a difference.

    Parramatta Mission is hosting this Gala dinner event to raise awareness and funds to address this issue.

    The aim is to raise enough funds to build and develop accommodation for homeless women, which will also provide case management, support and assistance to women in need, homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    Parramatta Mission thanks you for your support and partnership in this event.

  • 01-May-2014 20:10 | Deleted user

    The people of Western Sydney are finally getting a fair go after being treated as an economic afterthought by ­policymakers for far too long. The Australian government is putting an end to Labor’s investment vacuum by delivering a ­record $3.5 billion roads package over 10 years in Western Sydney that will create at least 4000 jobs in addition to other economic spin-offs and slash drive times for local residents.

    This historic investment includes the construction of new motorways and upgrades to existing infrastructure which will support a new airport at Badgerys Creek, boosting the local economy and making Western Sydney an even better place to live and do business.

    As Australia’s third largest economy and in its own right our fourth largest city, Western Sydney needs the infrastructure of the 21st century to unlock its economic potential so local residents have more employment ­opportunities closer to home and can enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

    As Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said on numerous occasions, we want people to spend less time stuck in traffic and more time being productive at work or at home with their families.

    That is why we are fast-tracking infrastructure development in Western Sydney so the 200,000 people that have to leave the region for work every day can do so more quickly and safely or, alternatively, have access to more employment opportunities closer to home.

    Our infrastructure plan will deliver significant upgrades to major and local roads including widening of Bringelly and The Northern Rds, construction of a new four lane motorway between the M7 and the Northern Rd, upgrades to key interchanges and a $200 million package to upgrade local roads.

    These projects will increase the capacity of the region to handle future traffic growth, improve accessibility to the M7 and M4 motorways, significantly reduce travel times and improve the safety performance of Western Sydney’s road network.

    Both the Australian and NSW governments are serious about building these vital economic road projects quickly, which is why ­construction work has been fast-tracked to commence this year with the first ­contracts for Bringelly Rd expected to be put to tender in July and planning on The Northern Rd also substantially progressed.

    I will continue to work closely with NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay to plan and prioritise funding of current projects and consider future projects for later stages of the program.

    Unlike the previous Labor government, when we make promises we get on with the job of delivering them. Not only are contracts being put out to tender and planning is well underway, we are already actively engaging ­residents and businesses to ensure they have the opportunity to add value to the roll-out of this significant ­infrastructure investment.

    In the past two weeks my local federal and state parliamentary colleagues and I have hosted a number of information sessions with key stakeholders from local government, business, tourism, education and health sectors.

    The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with University of Western Sydney Vice Chancellor Barney Glover welcoming the long overdue infrastructure investment: “The ­framing of these commitments around employment and economic priorities ­confirms both levels of ­government understand the region’s capacity.’’

    The Australian government’s investment in Western Sydney’s future is a key pillar of our broader economic action strategy and builds on significant commitments we’ve already made, including $1.5 billion towards building WestConnex and developing the Moorebank intermodal terminal.

    These commitments, coupled with our responsible management of the Budget will ensure Western Sydney gets a fair go and grows into one of the economic powerhouses of Australia.

    Source: The Daily Telegraph by Jamie Briggs. Original articleJamie Briggs is Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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