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About

Kevin Conolly MP | Riverstone

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My commitment to you

I will always put the needs of the people of this area first. As we meet the future of changing technology and new urban development, I will strive with you to maintain the traditional community spirit which has grown up in places like Riverstone, Schofields and Quakers Hill over generations. Together with locals I will work to ensure that the infrastructure, services and facilities needed by our growing population are delivered, so that each person and each family calling this district home has the widest possible opportunities available to them. In NSW Parliament I will speak up for this community, for what we need and for the values we share.

-Kevin

My commitment to you

I will always put the needs of the people of this area first. As we meet the future of changing technology and new urban development, I will strive with you to maintain the traditional community spirit which has grown up in places like Riverstone, Schofields and Quakers Hill over generations. Together with locals I will work to ensure that the infrastructure, services and facilities needed by our growing population are delivered, so that each person and each family calling this district home has the widest possible opportunities available to them. In NSW Parliament I will speak up for this community, for what we need and for the values we share.

-Kevin

About Kevin

Kevin Conolly was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Riverstone for the Liberal Party of Australia on March 26th, 2011.

Kevin with his wife Cathie

Kevin has lived in Sydney’s north west for more than 30 years and with his wife, Cathie, raised their six children in the area.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education from the University of New South Wales, Kevin helped hundreds of local students through their high school education during 14 years as a school teacher. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Religious Education from the Catholic College of Education, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Administration) from the Australian Catholic University.

Moving from school into education administration, Kevin worked in a number of roles for the Catholic Education Office at Parramatta prior to entering state politics.

Kevin was elected to Hawkesbury City Council in 1999, serving until 2012 while still working as an education administrator. He held the position of Deputy Mayor for six years.

Kevin and Cathie with their children and grandchildren.

In 2011, Kevin contested the previously safe Labor seat of Riverstone in north-western Sydney. He was elected with a two-party-preferred swing of 30.2 per cent, believed to be the largest such swing ever achieved by a Liberal Party candidate anywhere in Australia to this day. His win meant that for the first time in the seat’s 30-year history that it was not held by Labor.

In his time in Parliament Kevin has been the Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services and the Committee on Economic Development. He has also been a member of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Ethics. He has served as co-chair of the Sri Lankan and Filipino Ministerial Consultative Committees.

Since 2019 he has held the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

Achievements as Member for Riverstone

Since Kevin was elected as Member for Riverstone in 2011 in the Liberal-National Government, he has delivered many improvements for the electorate and region.

After years of unfulfilled promises from Labor, the Liberal-National government of which Kevin is a member commenced building this 23km metro rail line as soon as it was elected.

One of Kevin’s key campaign goals in 2011 was to secure a new high school for the area. The school opened at the start of 2015.

Along with the new high school, the need for a new primary school in The Ponds area was also clear. The school was built during Kevin’s first term.

Demand for places in schools for special purposes across western Sydney is growing. The Ponds School commenced on a temporary site adjacent to Riverstone High School while its specialist facilities were built on the Greenview Parade site.

The old police station at Quakers Hill was not large enough to accommodate the officers needed in this growing area. The new station was built by the Liberal-National government, opening in 2016, with the old building retained for use by specialist police squads.

The old bumpy two lane country road was completely rebuilt at a cost of $234 million and now provides a major corridor for the region.

Existing bus routes have had service frequencies increased and new routes serving new suburbs have been introduced. This is an ongoing process.

The facilities at Blacktown Hospital have been dramatically improved and enlarged at a cost of over $700 million to match the growth in the region and enabling new services to be provided.

Blacktown-Mount Druitt Hospitals have shared in the more than 5,000 extra nurses employed across NSW and the big increases in the number of doctors and allied health staff.

This major divided carriageway arterial road replaced the two lane country-style road which had been unchanged for decades. It was built with centre space to allow enlargement to six lanes in future.

Innovative new teaching spaces to accommodate extra students were opened in late 2019.

The major increase in capacity at Schofields Public School will be completed in 2020, replacing the old school buildings with modern flexible teaching spaces.

The first stage of expansion and improvement at Riverstone High School was completed in 2020. This paves the way for the school to accept senior years students from 2021.

This innovative bus service for which Kevin had lobbied was introduced with the opening of the North West Metro. It has been immensely popular in this growing and developing area, providing flexibility in accessing transport hubs.

The long-term North West Growth Area plan has taken shape under the Liberal-National government, with state funding of sewer and other utility services enabling the quicker release of land to meet housing demand.

Local schools have all benefited from increased special needs funding targeted to meet identified needs.

Millions of dollars have been invested in augmenting and modernising facilities at Nirimba TAFE to ensure that top class trades education continues to be provided.

When the North West metro was under construction, the Liberal-National Government took a long-term view to make provision for its future extension to Marsden Park and beyond. This will keep the cost of future construction to far less than it might have been.

The special Regulation gazetted to overcome the problems of paper subdivisions has enabled the first precinct with the “scheduled lands” to be developed and reach the market. Other precincts will follow in future.

Provision has been made for a new Fire & Rescue station to be built on land secured within the Marsden Park North precinct, ready for the day when the Rural Fire Service hands over responsibility for this area.

Galungara Public School is the latest school to be constructed in the electorate, opening to students at the start of 2021. Located on Farmland Drive in Schofields this school was built in less than 1 year due to the use of new modular construction methods.

The pedestrian bridge over Old Windsor Road makes it easier than ever for pedestrians to access Kellyville station on the North West metro line.

The transformation of Hambledon Road from a two-lane rural road into a major four-lane sub-arterial thoroughfare has been delivered this year after being announced in 2018. The government has provided $27 million of the $33 million required for the upgrade, with Blacktown City Council contributing the remainder of the funds and managing its design and construction.

Railway Terrace in Schofields, Grange Avenue in Marsden Park, Regent Street in Riverstone and Loftus Street in Grantham Farm are all undergoing works to upgrade and widen the roads to alleviate traffic congestion as part of the NSW Liberal Government’s Accelerated Infrastructure Fund announced in 2020, providing Blacktown Council with $45 million to construct these ‘shovel ready’ projects.

Through my personal representations to the Premier, the formula which determines the eligibility criteria for schools to qualify for supervised crossings was relaxed, allowing 2 primary schools in this electorate and 300 schools across the state to be now eligible for school crossing supervisors to be funded by the Government into the future.

In that time NSW has recovered from being the worst-performing state in the nation’s economy to become the nation’s powerhouse, with more jobs created in NSW than in all other states combined.

Under the Liberal-National Government NSW paid off debt left by Labor, leaving the State debt-free when the Coronavirus pandemic occurred and allowing more state government support here during the crisis than any other state in the country.

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