By NSW Premier Mike Baird @MikeBairdMP
Sydney’s much-needed second harbour rail crossing is a step closer with the planning approval process for the second stage of the Sydney Metro getting underway this week.
Work is already underway on the first stage of the city’s new metro network, the Sydney Metro Northwest from Rouse Hill to Chatswood – currently the biggest public transport project underway in Australia.
With stage one taking shape before our eyes, we’re cracking on and have announced the start of the planning approval process for stage two. The Sydney Metro City & South West will be a continuation of the Northwest line from Chatswood right through to Sydenham.
A new rail crossing will have to be dug out under Sydney Harbour as part of this stage of the metro project, and we expect work on twin railway tunnels to begin next year. The railway tunnels will stretch 15.5 kilometres all the way from Chatswood to Sydenham, including more than 40 metres below the surface of the Harbour.
With a capacity to move more people across Sydney Harbour in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined, this metro will change how people move around our city forever.
This week, commuters have been given a first glimpse of the new CBD stations to be located at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross at North Sydney, Barangaroo, Martin Place and Pitt Street. We’ve released the Environmental Impact Statements for the entire second stage of the metro and are encouraging the public to take a look and provide us with feedback before the consultation period ends on 27 June. For more information please visit, www.sydneymetro.info
Also this week, I visited Brookvale Public School on the Northern Beaches to announce a new initiative to inspire more students to study maths and science.
The jobs of the future will require the next generation of scientists, engineers and tech-professionals to be highly skilled in these areas, so the Government is investing in teacher training to make the subjects more appealing in the classroom.
In a NSW first, university students studying to become primary teachers will have the option to specialise in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects as part of their courses.
It’s hoped that specialised teachers will be able to inspire students to continue learning. We know students who develop an interest in these subjects early on are more likely to continue studying them in high school, TAFE or university.
Primary teachers are currently trained as generalists in a range of subjects but from this year, students at three NSW universities can become STEM specialists by electing to study additional maths and science courses. Students enrolled in primary education courses at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and UTS will have the option to specialise from this year, with the first graduates finishing their courses at the end of 2017.
This announcement is in addition to the $50 million we’re spending upgrading science labs at schools across the state during this term of government.