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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:49


WESTERN Sydney manufacturing workers will be able to respond quickly to industry training needs as part of the NSW Government’s $37.4M New Education Training Model (NETM).
Western Sydney University and GE Additive have teamed up to deliver job–specific short courses at the MakerSpace facility at the Kingswood campus.
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the “first micro-credential” course will launch this month, providing students with the skills necessary to secure newly-created jobs.
“This sends the message that Western Sydney is an optimal place to train the workers of tomorrow in the most industry relevant way. We’re working with GE Additive to provide the skills necessary for their metal additive design and 3D printing business,” Mr Ayres said.
“The New Education and Training Model (NETM) delivered through the Western Parkland City Authority helps us build the pool of talent in Western Sydney, it’s a win for industry and workers making it possible to upskill in a meaningful way in as few as 40 hours.”
“There are huge opportunities for people in Western Sydney to take up high-skilled, high-paid jobs and under this new model, businesses can propose the design of a micro-credential and work directly with the education sector.”
Chair of Western Parkland City Authority Jennifer Westacott said the courses will feed the pipeline of skilled workers for a range of cutting-edge industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, defence and pharmaceuticals manufacturing.
Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University Professor Barney Glover AO said the collaboration symbolized an engaged approach to relevant education.
“Western Sydney University is passionate about supporting new learning opportunities and helping to drive innovation across Western Sydney in an effort to bring economic and social transformation to the region.”
Training will be completely funded by the NSW Government during the pilot stage with up to 3000 students participating in 100 micro-credentials.
Training will be completely funded by the NSW Government during the pilot stage with up to 3000 students participating in 100 micro-credentials.
Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:46


A 16-metre-deep sink hole is being filled in as part of the NSW Government’s works to repair and reopen the critical western rail freight line.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway visited Leura and received an update from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on repair works.
“The Blue Mountains rail line is a critical freight corridor linking east with west so the TfNSW team has been working 24/7 to get the line reopened,” Mr Farraway said.
“The extent of weather damage across hundreds of metres of track, culminating in the 16-metre sink hole, is staggering. Ballast and the track base underneath was washed away, and a culvert was damaged close to the Great Western Highway.
“TfNSW and Sydney Trains have had to effectively rebuild the entire section of track, while filling in the sink hole and ensuring the area is stable for trains to run on.
“The team has done a great job and removed more than 500 tonnes of debris and we expect to be able to open the line to freight this Saturday, 26 March then to limited diesel-powered regional passenger trains such as the XPT, Bathurst Bullet, Dubbo and Broken Hill services on Monday, 28 March.
“As the electrical services are still out, the intercity fleet are expected to be back online on Friday, 8 April.”
Mr Farraway said extra resources had been deployed to fix the sink hole and surrounding areas.
“Almost 200 staff are working to restore the line using 53 items of heavy machinery, including cranes, concrete pumps, tip trucks, vacuum trucks and excavators,” Mr Farraway said.
The Blue Mountains Line is currently closed between Emu Plains and Lithgow.
Transport for NSW is working on a staged approach to re-opening the track to allow limited intercity passenger shuttle services between Penrith and Springwood this week, with buses continuing to replace trains between Springwood and Lithgow.  
Customers are reminded to please allow extra travel time and plan ahead at www.transportnsw.info
and using live apps.  
Tuesday, 12 April 2022 02:43


FORGETTING or losing vehicle registration paperwork is now a thing of the past, with the NSW Government launching a fully digitised, paperless rego service.
Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the new Digital Vehicle Registration service is a one-stop shop for millions of drivers, offering digital renewal notifications and a Certificate of Registration all in one place.
“Around 16 per cent of registrations are not renewed on time due to paperwork being damaged, misplaced or simply stuck on the fridge and forgotten about,” Mr Dominello said.
“Through the new service, motorists can opt-in to get electronic reminder notices and access their digital Certificate of Registration through their MyServiceNSW Account.”
To opt-in to Digital Vehicle Registration, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au
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