Blue Mountains Small Business Awards

[Download PDF] On Friday 23 October 2015 I attended the ninth annual Blue Mountains Business Awards presentation night at the Fairmont Resort in Leura.

I was a guest of the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber at these awards, and I thank President Vent Thomas and Business Awards Manager Heather Shepherd for their efforts and energy in supporting business achievements and organising such a fabulous night.

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Graffiti Removal

[Download PDF] New South Wales Graffiti Removal Day occurred on 18 October.

Successive governments have been committed to reducing graffiti vandalism by encouraging local communities to get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti.

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Mining and Petroleum Bills 2015

[Download PDF] I speak on behalf of my community, the Blue Mountains community, about the package of bills before the House relating to the Government's proposed changes to the administration of the mining and the petroleum industries in New South Wales.

The Blue Mountains electorate is unique. It is unique as the interface between metropolitan Sydney and the Central Tablelands region and it is unique because we are a community with World Heritage listed national parks on our doorsteps, at the ends of our streets and surrounding us.

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Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre

[Download PDF] Tonight I acknowledge the work of the Blue Mountains Women's Health and Resource Centre in leading and coordinating innovative violence prevention programs for high school students in my electorate. Since 2001 this service has championed the delivery of domestic and sexual violence prevention programs in Blue Mountains high schools. Starting with PAIR—Preventing Abuse in Relationships—the service worked with our local women's refuge, local council and other community organisations to educate year 9 students about domestic violence and how to create healthy and safe relationships.

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Vale Street Centre Katoomba

[Download PDF] During Mental Health Month I pay tribute to the Vale Street Centre in Katoomba for its wonderful work. The centre provides a social and recreational service for people living with or recovering from mental illnesses. 

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Stop TAFE Cuts

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[Download PDF] Tonight I acknowledge TAFE NSW as the major provider of quality, comprehensive, public vocational education and training. Our TAFE system has built the economic, cultural and social capacity of communities across New South Wales. It has provided equity in education. It has offered opportunities and pathways for students and teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is a public education system that provides quality education regardless of a student's capacity to pay and there are important and positive stories to tell—for example, the inspiring story of Melissa and her TAFE Outreach experience in the Blue Mountains.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme Urgency Motion

[Download PDF] I am pleased to support the essence of both motions. 

New South Wales Labor welcomes the signing of a bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth Government and the State Government for the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS].

I give kudos to the Federal Labor Government for its fantastic work in providing a framework for this milestone, which was delivered today.

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100 Years of Women in Policing

[Download PDF] I pay tribute to women police officers in the Blue Mountains electorate. In the 100 years since women first joined the NSW Police Force, the face and culture of policing has changed dramatically. To mark this occasion, I was joined at my electorate office this week by Sergeant Allanah Anson, Sergeant Kylie Pettit, Senior Constable Lisa Banks, Senior Constable Mary Lou Keating, Senior Constable Bianca Kleyn, Senior Constable Melissa Rosevear, Senior Constable Michelle Jancso and Constable Nikki Lee Jarvis.

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Blue Mountains Community Services

[Download PDF] I commend the work of Blue Mountains community sector organisations for providing services to my local community. I also publicly declare my continued support of those services. I value my longstanding relationship with the sector and will use every opportunity I have to advocate on behalf of the best interests of the Blue Mountains community sector.

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RNs in Aged Care 24/7

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[Download PDF] I stand here proudly for the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association [NMA] and the many residents in nursing homes and aged-care facilities across this State, their friends, families and supporters. I stand here on behalf of approximately 27,000 people who are signatories to a petition insisting that the New South Wales Government preserve the critical role of the registered nurses and directors of nursing in aged-care facilities across this State.

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