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