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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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