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CoLABS is a new outdoor arts event for Western Sydney which fuses art and science in extraordinary new ways. It brings together the community to celebrate and experience a large-scale public art event. CoLABS combines cutting edge artists with leading practitioners in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), to produce art installations, interactive audio-visual displays, sculptures and experiments that explore science ideas in engaging new ways. It is an event by Western Sydney people, supporting cultural development and STEM practice in Sydney. SMC is a primary partner for the event.
Community Connections supports initiatives and programs aimed at providing benefits to the economies, communities and environments impacted by and benefiting from WestConnex.
The overarching objectives for the 2016-17 period is to contribute to liveable communities and to maximise equitable training and employment opportunities.
The Community Connections Program is aligned to the WestConnex Sustainability Strategy and supports initiatives to deliver outcomes in five key areas:
- Cultural heritage
- Economic development
Two foundation elements of the program are the Community Grant Scheme and our Community Partnerships.
Our community grant scheme was established to help groups and organisations deliver positive outcomes providing a legacy for people in and around WestConnex. The scheme involves Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) providing grants of up to $10,000 to eligible organisations along the WestConnex corridor. In 2016/17, we awarded 95 grants supporting initiatives including:
- Helping Newington Public School build a new outdoor play area for students,
- Purchasing a new water tank for the Concord Community Garden,
- Supporting Breakfast Point Men's Shed to build rehabilitation equipment for Balmain Hospital, and
- Purchasing gardening equipment so social enterprise, WISE Employment could expand its operations and employ local disadvantaged job seekers.
Not all organisations and groups will be eligible for a grant and applications will be assessed against a clear set of objectives and criteria. For further information, read the case studies below and go to the Sydney Motorway Corporation website.
Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) may partner with organisations, events or activities that are aligned with its values and objectives as outlined in our Sustainability Strategy. The focus of these partnerships is to support organsations that deliver programs, which bring benefits to communities in western Sydney and support skills and education development. In line with this, Sydney Motorway Corporation has partnered with the following:
We're supporting Wests Tigers deliver its community program – delivering a range of grass roots programs and initiatives in communities across south western and western Sydney. The partnership involves more than 20 community events and initiatives each year and engages more than 150,000 students per year.
We're working with the GIANTS to deliver GIANTS Care – helping achieve positive and long-lasting outcomes for the people of western Sydney. GIANTS Care delivers positive outcomes for disadvantaged youth, community groups and local businesses and GIANTS aim to double the club’s community outreach to 25,000 people by 2018.
Education and skills building
Sydney Motorway Corporation is driving initiatives and opportunities that build skills, provide employment opportunities and encourage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Experience It! is Engineers Australia’s one-day student conference designed to provide NSW high school girls in year 11 the opportunity to experience engineering and enable students to decide on their area of focus. The program consists of eight work streams hosted by industry partners, offering students a taste of different engineering fields. As part of the program, a lunch time expo will be held giving students further opportunities to explore engineering and engage with industry leaders. SMC was the Gold Partner for the 2017 event.
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