Ikou Ethical Products

I congratulate Naomi and Paul Whitfield on the success of their business iKOU. Ikou is a Japanese verb meaning to rest, relax and restore. Naomi and Paul started the business in their Blue Mountains kitchen creating aromatherapy bath salts, natural wax candles, skincare and body products and organic herbal teas, sourcing natural and organic ingredients from ethical sources. Continue reading

Lithgow Jobs

Tonight I discuss something that is easily forgotten by members opposite in the Liberal-Nationals Government. Workers in regional and rural New South Wales hardly rate a mention on the agenda of the Coalition party room meetings in this place because at the end of the day they are not the sort of people that most of the members opposite represent. We have the converging pressures in the upper Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions of the effects of climate change and the uptake of renewable energy on a mass scale by middle-class households throughout suburban Sydney. This convergence in the medium to long term will render the core activity of Lithgow and its surrounds, namely the digging up and burning of coal, almost completely obsolete. This is a simple economic reality.   Continue reading

RSL NSW Bill 2018

I briefly speak to the RSL NSW Bill 2018. In late August I wrote to local RSL club representatives in my electorate of Blue Mountains seeking their views about this bill, as I knew it would be coming up for debate in the September sittings. As members are aware, the proposed bill will repeal and replace the Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) Incorporation Act 1935. I was, therefore, very keen to hear directly from the RSL grassroots in the Blue Mountains about what this bill means for them.   Continue reading

Jodie Van Der Velden - International Chocolate Hero

I rise to briefly acknowledge and commend the most fabulous Jodie Van Der Velden, a wonderful woman, a most respected and loved resident of the Blue Mountains, small business owner and a constituent I am so proud of. Continue reading

Blue Mountains Health Services

Today I raise the issue of health services in the Blue Mountains. I particularly draw upon some of the critical points I raised in my submission to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into the management of health care delivery in New South Wales last year. On a daily basis, my office is contacted by Blue Mountains residents who hold concerns about the capacity of our health system to respond to their health needs. Continue reading

Slow Down Move Over (SloMo) Bill

I speak in favour of the Road Rules Amendment (Slowing Down for Police and Incident Response Vehicles) Bill 2018 brought to this House by my colleague Labor's shadow Minister for Roads and the member for Strathfield. The bill seeks to protect those who assist motorists. It is the culmination of work by Peter Frazer and the Sarah group to ensure that motorists, first responders and emergency services workers, as well as incident response workers such as NRMA mechanics or tow truck drivers are kept safe on our roads and highways. Continue reading

Zig Zag Railway Committee

I acknowledge the Zig Zag Railway committee on the edge of the Blue Mountains. I met with the committee in mid-July this year at the Springwood Sports Club. Continue reading

Education Week 2018

We should be celebrating Education Week and those who make our education system the fantastic system it is. Education Week is celebrated on an annual basis from 6 August to 10 August. The theme for Education Week 2018 is, "Today's schools creating tomorrow's world." Continue reading

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