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NSW GOVERNMENT WEEKLY UPDATE – 1 APRIL 2021

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METRO SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM STIMULUS PROJECTS More than 190 schools will receive priority upgrades, including improvements to playgrounds, sports courts and libraries, thanks to Tranche 2 of the $120 million NSW Government Metro Renewal Program. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell visited Homebush Boys High School to announce the projects that … <a href="http://www.16news.com.au/index.php/2021/04/04/nsw-government-weekly-update-1-april-2021/" class="more-link">Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "NSW GOVERNMENT WEEKLY UPDATE – 1 APRIL 2021"</span></a>

METRO SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM STIMULUS PROJECTS

  • More than 190 schools will receive priority upgrades, including improvements to playgrounds, sports courts and libraries, thanks to Tranche 2 of the $120 million NSW Government Metro Renewal Program.
  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell visited Homebush Boys High School to announce the projects that will receive funding.
  • Ms Berejiklian said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring students across NSW have access to quality school facilities.
  • The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

RECOVERY CENTRES OPEN IN FLOOD-AFFECTED AREAS

  • Dedicated community Recovery Centres are now open, providing face-to-face support for NSW residents affected by recent rainfall and subsequent extreme flooding.
  • The first Recovery Centres are located in Port Macquarie, Taree and Laurieton with another opening in Macksville.
  • Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said the NSW Government, community organisations, and welfare bodies will work from the recovery centres to assist individuals, businesses, farmers and landholders dealing with the fallout from the record-breaking storms and flooding.
  • For those wanting to be assisted remotely, and for more information on all available disaster assistance, please contact the Disaster Customer Care Service at Service NSW on 13 77 88 or online via service.nsw.gov.au.

FIRST RIDE ON NEW INTERCITY FLEET

  • Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance went for their first test ride on one of the next-generation fleet of intercity trains.
  • Premier Berejiklian says the New Intercity Fleet will offer unprecedented levels of comfort, convenience and reliability for passengers.
  • A date for the train to enter service will be determined once staff training and operational readiness activities have been completed in the coming months.

NSW OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH NEW AGENCY- INVESTMENT NSW LEADING THE WAY

  • Investment NSW, a new NSW Government agency, is open for business, reinforcing the State’s position as the economic engine room of the country.
  • Premier Berejiklian says the new agency will drive local and global investment and create the jobs of the future for NSW, showing the world that the State is open for business.
  • For more information about Investment NSW visit https://www.investment.nsw.gov.au/

LICENCE FEES WAIVED FOR FLOOD IMPACTED COMMUNITIES

  • The NSW Government is waiving fees for the costs of replacing up to 35 different types of SafeWork and Fair Trading licenses for flood affected communities.
  • Deputy Premier and Minister Responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro and Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson announced tens of thousands of NSW residents impacted by the devastating recent floods will benefit from the waivers.
  • For more information on licence fee waivers please visit here and here.
  • For more information on hazards around your property following storms and floods, read SafeWork NSW’s fact sheet here.

MORE BUS SERVICES FOR SYDNEY’S WEST

  • Bus customers will soon benefit from better connections and more frequent trips across north west and western Sydney, with more than 2,000 additional weekly services starting next month.
  • Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the changes will provide commuters with new and improved services, with more options across the entire day.
  • Suburbs that will benefit from the bus improvements include Pitt Town, McGraths Hill, Box Hill, Rouse Hill, Riverstone, Schofields, Marsden Park, Mt Druitt, Erskine Park, St Clair, St Marys, Werrington, Jordan Springs, Penrith, Wetherill Park, Prairiewood, Smithfield, Fairfield and Bonnyrigg.

MORE THAN $4 MILLION AWARDED TO NSW COMMUNITY SPORT

  • More than 700 community sporting organisations across NSW are set to benefit from the NSW Government’s $4 million Local Sport Grants Program.
  • The program provides grants to sporting organisations to increase and remove barriers to participation, purchase equipment and improve facilities with 831 grants awarded to 728 sporting organisations representing 58 different sports.
  • For further information on the Local Sport Grants Program, visit:https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/localsport

EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS TO BE HONOURED

  • Nominations are now open for the 2021 Rotary Clubs and Districts of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards in recognition of our frontline emergency services personnel for service above and beyond the call of duty.
  • The awards recognise the dedication and service of emergency service personnel and volunteers from Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW State Emergency Services, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, Marine Rescue NSW and Surf Life Saving NSW.
  • Nominations will close on Sunday 9 May 2021 and the finalists will be announced on Wednesday 16 June 2021.
  • Members of the public and emergency service workers are encouraged to submit nominations online via the awards website at https://nsw.rescawards.org.au/.

FREE HYGIENE PRODUCTS FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • Free menstrual hygiene products will be available to students in two pilot regions in NSW ahead of a wider rollout.
  • Information about the products and their availability has been supplied to principals and schools will educate students who are likely to access the products as well as distributing materials to their community.

NEW LAW PROTECTS PETS FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

  • Domestic violence victim-survivors and their companion animals will have greater protections from abuse under new laws that commenced this weekend.
  • Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said the protection of animals will now be a standard Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) condition after reforms passed Parliament in November.

PLAN AHEAD THIS EASTER LONG WEEKEND

  • Drivers are being urged to plan ahead before travelling this Easter long weekend, with a number of roads still closed across NSW due to the recent wild weather.
  • Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said maintenance crews are out in force fixing roads which suffered significant damage during flooding over the past two weeks.
  • More information on how to best plan your journey is available at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/holiday-journeys

AN EGGSCELLENT END TO DAYLIGHT SAVING

  • Clocks wind back an hour this Easter Sunday, marking the end of dark starts to cooler days.
  • Daylight saving ends officially at 3am on Sunday, 4 April, when clocks go back an hour to 2am. Most internet connected devices will update automatically, but for manual clocks don’t forget to make the adjustment before turning in on Easter Saturday.

Source: 16 News http://www.16news.com.au/index.php/2021/04/04/nsw-government-weekly-update-1-april-2021/

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