Destroyer Sustainment contract to create 50 jobs in Bennelong

The Turnbull Government has today announced the creation of 50 new jobs to be managed from Raytheon Australia’s Macquarie Park facility in Sydney.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne and Liberal candidate for Bennelong, John Alexander congratulated BAE Systems Australia and Raytheon Australia on the subcontract while touring their facilities earlier today.

Today’s announcement of 50 new jobs marks the initial $20 million subcontract for the Destroyer Enterprise, involving BAE Systems Australia as managing contractor and Raytheon Australia as the destroyers’ combat system integrator.

The new Destroyer Enterprise, an industry group led by BAE Systems Australia, will manage the sustainment for these destroyers – Navy’s newest and most capable warships.
This is yet another example of the Turnbull Government creating jobs in Bennelong, and a result of the strong advocacy of John Alexander.

The overall sustainment of the new Air Warfare Destroyers is expected to generate more than 200 jobs in Sydney with further subcontracts to be finalised next year as the Destroyer Enterprise matures. These will include those between the managing contractor, the ship repairer, Thales Australia, and the ship designer, Navantia Australia.

In addition to drawing on the work of local SME’s, the roles generated from this contract will require highly skilled engineers, technicians, procurement specialists and program managers, all of whom can draw upon the decade of expertise that has been built at Raytheon Australia’s Naval Sustainment Hub in Macquarie Park.

These jobs build upon Raytheon Australia’s foundation as the country’s largest combat system integrator.

The govern ment congratulates BAE Systems Australia and Raytheon Australia on this important first step in establishing the Destroyer Enterprise which deliver an effective and efficient sustainment capability whilst also securing the capability of these warships as the most complex and sophisticated in the history of the Royal Australian Navy.

 

‘BACK TO THE FUTURE’ NEW SCHOOL PLANS FOR MACQUARIE PARK

The NSW Government today announced that it is securing land for a new school site in Macquarie Park. 
 
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced an exclusivity agreement to buy back from private hands the old Peter Board High School site that was controversially closed, and subsequently sold, twenty years ago by the then Labor Government. 
 
Ms Berejiklian said it was especially pleasing for her to see that a school will be built on the site where she went to high school. 
 
“Our community was devastated when the Labor government of the time decided to sell off the land where our school had been operating for years,” Ms Berejiklian said. 
 
“I am so pleased to see the land returned to the local community and cannot wait to see it transformed into a new school.” 
 
The exclusivity agreement has been secured with the current owners of the property to enable a new high school to be reinstated on the site once the Department of Planning and Environment’s Macquarie Park master planning process is finalised. 
 
The NSW Government is also exploring opportunities for a primary school within the Macquarie Park precinct to address strong local enrolment growth into the future, with these plans to be resolved following the master planning process. 
 
Minister for Education Rob Stokes said: “As part of the NSW Government’s record $4.2 billion school building program, I’m pleased to announce that planning is now underway to secure this land for future schools.” 
 
Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander said it is great to have this land back in the hands of the community, to be used for the community.   “I have worked hard advocating for more community infrastructure in Bennelong, such as parks, sports centres and schools. This is a great decision by the Berejiklian Government, which will give Bennelong families another great local school,” Mr Alexander said. 

 Ryde MP and Minister for Finance Victor Dominello said these new schools at Macquarie Park will provide the infrastructure this growing community needs to thrive into the future.   
 
“This is brilliant news for our community,” Mr Dominello said. 
 
“The old Peter Board High School was closed by the Labor government in 1998, and with the Premier being one of its former students, I know she is dedicated to see a school returned on the site to service the local community,” Mr Dominello said.   

Safer Streets for Eastwood

John Alexander has brought the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, to Eastwood to show the steps being taken to help protect the community.

After a 58-year-old man was savagely attacked by two men in Eastwood, John Alexander worked hard for federal funds to improve the local safety measures. Following extensive advocacy by John, a $200,000 government grant was provided for the installation of CCTV cameras and better lighting.

“The best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it occurring in the first place, and the Government’s Safer Streets Communities Grants program has made Eastwood safer.”

MACQUARIE PARK INTERCHANGE A WIN FOR COMMUTERS

Faster and smoother transitions between buses, trains and taxis will become a reality for commuters in the Macquarie Park precinct after the Turnbull and Berejiklian governments agreed to build a major new interchange.

The state-of-the art interchange will make commuting to and from the state’s second biggest business district easier for more than 20,000 transport customers who travel through the precinct each day. 

The $100 million investment will ensure the construction of a new bus interchange connecting Macquarie University and Macquarie Centre, improving access to transport options.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the joint project would streamline the commuting experience for transport customers and reduce congestion on local roads. 

“This interchange is a game-changer for peak-hour commuters who travel to and from Macquarie Park every day. It will provide faster, safer and easier transitions between various transport options,” he said.

“John Alexander has campaigned tirelessly for better transport services for his community. We are delivering the transport infrastructure to ensure Sydney residents spend more time at home with their family and less time commuting.’’

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the interchange would make a massive difference to the 20,000 public transport customers who travel to and from the precinct each day.

“Macquarie Park is a critical driver of economic growth in NSW, and it is important we deliver the best public transport possible to the tens of thousands of people who live, work and study in the area,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This funding will allow us to not only fast track the project, but also choose a design with the best outcomes for urban amenity.”

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the funding towards a new interchange would support the NSW Government’s work in improving local transport and the construction of the Sydney Metro mega-project, which opens in 2019.

“We have been doing our homework in preparing a strategic business case for the transport priorities of Macquarie Park, this important injection of funding from the federal government will allow us to fast track a better interchange for our customers,” Mr Constance said.

Liberal candidate for Bennelong John Alexander said the interchange would improve traffic flow around Macquarie Centre and Macquarie University, and reduce congestion for local motorists.

“This interchange is a huge win for people of Bennelong. It will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier for commuters to travel from A to B,’’ he said.

Work will begin immediately on a business case that will determine the final design and whether parts of the interchange should be built underground.

MEDIA RELEASE: Keneally caught out on Medicare claims

Kristina Keneally has serious questions to answer about her claims regarding Medicare. 
 
Official data from the Department of Human Services shows that in the week before the October long weekend, not a single person waited over an hour at the Ryde Service Centre in the week that Kristina Keneally claimed she had an hour’s wait.  Not one person. 
 
Indeed the average waiting time for that week was less than 13 minutes – almost five times faster than the now utterly discredited Keneally claim. 
 
Here are the official stats: 
 
 

Medicare Figures Nov 2017.JPG

Ms Keneally should immediately apologise for misleading voters. 
 
The people of Bennelong can’t trust Kristina Keneally. The people of New South Wales can’t trust Kristina Keneally. 
 
Labor continues to peddle disgraceful lies about Medicare. 
 
The reality is that Australians are getting more access to Medicare services under the Turnbull Government – with bulk billing and government spending at all-time highs. 
 
Figures released today show that bulk billing for the September quarter was 85.9 per cent – significantly higher than Labor’s 82.2% when they were last in Government.  
 
And we’re spending more than ever before on Medicare – with record funding increasing each and every year from $23 billion in 2017-18, to $24 billion, to $26 billion to $28 billion in 202021. Spending under Labor was $19.5 billion in 2012-13.  
 
Kristina Keneally has been caught out.  
 

New Hall for the Italian Bilingual School

Italian Bilingual School (IBS)

I was very excited to join Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Principal Silvia Onorati at the Italian Bilingual School (IBS) for the official unveiling of their new hall. IBS is the only Italian bilingual school in NSW, celebrating their 15th birthday this year. The school received $550,000 in funding to help deliver the new state-of-the-art hall, which will open some exciting new opportunities for the IBS students.

Posted by John Alexander on Friday, 24 November 2017

I was very excited to join Senator Fierravanti-Wells and Principal Silvia Onorati at the Italian Bilingual School (IBS) for the official unveiling of their new hall. IBS is the only Italian bilingual school in NSW, celebrating their 15th birthday this year.

The school received $550,000 in funding to help deliver the new state-of-the-art hall, which will open some exciting new opportunities for the IBS students.

MEDIA RELEASE

New Hall for the Italian Bilingual School

Students and staff at the Italian Bilingual School in NSW will have full use of a newly refurbished and extended hall thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells officially opened the new facility in Meadowbank today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.

The Turnbull Government provided $550,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources. 

Minister Fierravanti-Wells said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities:

“As someone who has had the benefit of a bi-lingual and bi-cultural upbringing, I know how important the school has been for the Italo-Australian community.  Can I congratulate the parents and the school community for their support and contribution to realise this project.

“The Turnbull Government is investing an additional $23.4 billion in Australia’s schools through the Gonski needs-based funding plan that will ensure students who need the most support, get the most help as quickly as possible.

“We’re delivering the real Gonski needs-based funding that Labor distorted with 27 special arrangements with states and territories and sectors.”

Minister Birmingham said the Government’s recurrent funding growth will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.

 “The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

For more information on the Quality Schools reform package visit: www.education.gov.au/qualityschools

Blenheim Park

After working hard to advocate for more open community spaces in Bennelong, I was really excited to join state Ministers Roberts and Dominello for their announcement that further development will not be allowed in Blenheim Park.

Blenheim Park is a fantastic community asset for local families, and I am delighted that we have been able to save it. I will continue working with local communities to protect our open spaces and provide facilities for local communities.

John Alexander will contest Bennelong

John Alexander OAM has been endorsed by the Liberal Party to contest the Bennelong by-election.

He has received confirmation from the UK Home office that he has successfully renounced the UK citizenship that he may have been eligible for through descent.

Mr Alexander will ask the voters of Bennelong to support him in continuing his work for the local community.

John Alexander said that after resigning from Parliament to clear any possible doubts about his eligibility, he has not stopped advocating for the needs of his community.

“For the past 7 years, I have worked hard to represent the people of Bennelong in our national parliament. With support from this great community we have been able to deliver local road improvements, build better cohesion amongst the diverse Bennelong community, and ensure continued delivery of important local services.

“There is still so much more that I have to contribute for this community, to make Bennelong an ever better place to live – such as the Bennelong Gardens, Bennelong HealthFit, and the Business Villages campaigns.

“I will give this campaign everything I have, as the Bennelong community deserves a member who cares deeply for it and will be an effective voice in Government.”

MEDIA CONTACT

Ian Zakon 0436 487 927 or ian.zakon@nsw.liberal.org.au