Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:27

REGIONAL NSW BOOMING UNDER RESTART FUNDING

REGIONAL NSW BOOMING UNDER RESTART FUNDING

A record number of infrastructure projects are coming to life in regional NSW with the NSW Government today announcing it is well on track to spend 30 per cent of Restart NSW funding in regional communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said every cent of a $9.5 billion reservation from Restart NSW is committed to fund projects in the regions.

“Contrary to what the Opposition Leader is spinning, the 2018/19 state budget clearly outlines the Restart NSW Fund has a balance of $32.9 billion, with $9.5 billion or 29 per cent of that fund already allocated or reserved for projects in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“A record 500 projects have been approved for funding in regional NSW, upgrading roads and rail, improving water security and revitalising infrastructure including sale yards, airports and tourism facilities with many of the works already well underway.

“On top of this, we have the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund of which every cent will be spent solely in regional NSW.

“Labor has already shown it will short-change the people of country and regional NSW, by taking away funds from the regions to shore up seats in Newcastle and Wollongong,” he said.

The Restart NSW Fund was established in 2011 by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government, to improve economic growth and productivity in NSW, through targeted investment in infrastructure - funding sources include the NSW Government’s asset recycling program and investment earnings.

“The NSW Government is honouring our funding commitment with ongoing and unprecedented investment in a prospering and vibrant regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are proud that the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government created almost 115,000 jobs in regional NSW in the past three years, which is almost twice the amount Labor created in their eight years in office,” he said.

The Restart NSW Fund is in conjunction with the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s record investment in regional NSW, which includes the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund, $100 million Regional Cultural Fund and $100 million Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:26

REGIONAL NSW BOOMING UNDER RESTART FUNDING

REGIONAL NSW BOOMING UNDER RESTART FUNDING

A record number of infrastructure projects are coming to life in regional NSW with the NSW Government today announcing it is well on track to spend 30 per cent of Restart NSW funding in regional communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said every cent of a $9.5 billion reservation from Restart NSW is committed to fund projects in the regions.

“Contrary to what the Opposition Leader is spinning, the 2018/19 state budget clearly outlines the Restart NSW Fund has a balance of $32.9 billion, with $9.5 billion or 29 per cent of that fund already allocated or reserved for projects in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“A record 500 projects have been approved for funding in regional NSW, upgrading roads and rail, improving water security and revitalising infrastructure including sale yards, airports and tourism facilities with many of the works already well underway.

“On top of this, we have the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund of which every cent will be spent solely in regional NSW.

“Labor has already shown it will short-change the people of country and regional NSW, by taking away funds from the regions to shore up seats in Newcastle and Wollongong,” he said.

The Restart NSW Fund was established in 2011 by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government, to improve economic growth and productivity in NSW, through targeted investment in infrastructure - funding sources include the NSW Government’s asset recycling program and investment earnings.

“The NSW Government is honouring our funding commitment with ongoing and unprecedented investment in a prospering and vibrant regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are proud that the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government created almost 115,000 jobs in regional NSW in the past three years, which is almost twice the amount Labor created in their eight years in office,” he said.

The Restart NSW Fund is in conjunction with the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s record investment in regional NSW, which includes the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund, $100 million Regional Cultural Fund and $100 million Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:24

Support for new parents

Support for new parents
Effective support services can help new parents give their baby the best start in life. Many new parents need some support, whether it's help with feeding and settling their baby, or more intensive support.

Improving services for new parents and babies was the focus of a report tabled today by the NSW Parliament’s Committee on Community Services. The inquiry found issues with service coordination and accessibility, and gaps in support for parents who need extra help.

"Services for new parents can be disjointed and inconsistent. Our recommendations aim to ensure all parents can access universal services and vulnerable parents get more intensive support,” said Committee Chair Kevin Conolly MP.

“We heard that Aboriginal children have poorer outcomes because of trauma, violence and disadvantage. Supporting Aboriginal families to provide nurturing homes for their babies has to be a priority.”

According to Mr Conolly the inquiry also found that there are gaps in parenting services — for example, dads are often left out.

"The role of fathers in babies' development isn't fully appreciated and they're seen as helpers rather than equal partners. We think parenting programs for new fathers should be expanded and their role better recognised."

Improving access to parenting services was another focus of the inquiry. The report found that technology could be used to provide services to parents that are harder to reach, like those in rural areas.

"We heard about services being provided via web chat, telephone helplines and text messaging. We've recommended further development of technology-based parenting services.”

“We also looked at improving support for parents and babies with disability. We've recommended that parenting information be produced in accessible formats, and agency staff be trained in disability awareness. Services gaps caused by the NDIS also need to be addressed.”

"The first thousand days of a child's life are an important foundation for their future wellbeing. Our report aims to ensure that all new parents can create a loving and nurturing home for their babies."

FECCA says immigration decision shows lack of leadership
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) said today that the Prime Minister’s snap decision to cut immigration numbers by 30,000 showed a lack of leadership and was driven by dubious polling.

The Chairperson of FECCA, Mary Patetsos, said today: “At a time when leadership is required, we see Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacting to a divisive agenda.

“Our strong immigration level is vital to Australia’s economic growth, something Mr Morrison himself emphasised earlier this year when he declared that cutting immigration would negatively impact the Budget, that it would ‘hit the bottom line, the deficit’

“Instead of now declaring ‘enough, enough, enough’, Mr Morrison should be showing national leadership with a comprehensive plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure so that it can service a growing, prosperous nation.

“It is not good enough for the nation’s Prime Minister to abandon long-term vision for our future and opt for short-term populist politics.

“The real issue in the so-called ‘immigration debate’ is inadequate infrastructure, not migrant numbers. We need a Government that shows true leadership on population policy,” Ms Patetsos said.

FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Our role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of our constituency to government, business and the broader community.

Jade Roberts, Mutya ng Pilipinas Australia newly crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities 2018.

50th Year Celebration of Mutya ng Pilipinas and Coronation Night held at Mall of Asia Arena

in Pasay City, Philippines last September 2018. (Rey Padernilla)

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