Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

I congratulate the Varuna team on the Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival that was held earlier this year and for enabling and growing the festival from its humble beginnings 17 years ago. Continue reading

Burragorang - The Lost Valley

Earlier this year at the fabulous Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba I had the privilege of attending the exhibition opening and book launch for Robyn Collier's "Burragorang—The Lost Valley". Continue reading

Blue Mountains Art Events

I am very fortunate to live in a creative and diverse community. The Blue Mountains is home to artists, performers and creative thinkers. Continue reading

Tribute to Libby Raines OAM

Last month Libby Raines, OAM—an absolute stalwart of Mount Wilson—died peacefully. Libby loved the bush and, as a keen walker, founded the Mount Wilson bushwalking group in 1990, leading the group for 28 years. Continue reading

Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics

I speak in support of the historic Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018, as a woman, as a Labor woman and as someone who needed to visit a reproductive health clinic at a very difficult time in my life and was harassed by these judgemental, supposed "sidewalk counsellors" shouting at me that I was a "baby killer". Continue reading

Katoomba Live and Local

It is no secret that the Blue Mountains is a melting pot of incredible musical talent. Katoomba Live and Local was an opportunity to see so much of the diverse genre of music on display in one afternoon. Continue reading

Kosciusko Wild Horse Heritage Bill

In speaking in debate on the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Bill 2018 I echo the sentiments of my Labor colleagues who have already spoken about the proposed legislation. It is remarkable to me that a bill on a strictly environmental matter was introduced to the Chamber not by the Minister for the Environment but by the Deputy Premier and "Minister for TAFE Cuts". It is remarkable because this matter is completely unrelated to the Deputy's Premier's ministerial responsibilities. Yet, here he is, introducing a bill for reasons that we can only speculate on. Continue reading

Blue Mountains SES Vehicles

Tonight I refer to the impact on my electorate of the consistent failure by the Liberal-Nationals Government to adequately fund and resource the Blue Mountains State Emergency Service [SES]. Yesterday the Minister for Police, and Minister for Emergency Services and his lackeys were traipsing around the building celebrating Wear Orange Wednesday and this afternoon they hosted SES top brass at the rooftop garden on Level 9. Continue reading

Library and Information Week

I contribute to this matter of public importance as this week is Library and Information Week. I thank the member for Swansea for bringing such an important matter to our attention. We have heard already about the importance and significance of libraries in local communities. I am enthusiastic about public libraries both as a learning and education resource and as a social hub in our communities. Continue reading

Paul Trevaskis' 90th Birthday

On the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, I acknowledge and recognise the work of Mr Paul Trevaskis over many decades in his role as Honorary Secretary of the Blue Mountains Commuter and Transport Users Association. Continue reading