I contribute to debate on the Water NSW Amendment (Warragamba Dam) Bill 2018. I want any interjections by Government members of Parliament, who sit opposite carping and moaning during Opposition speeches, to occur early. This is a bad bill introduced by a crooked Government on behalf of vested interests and Liberal Party donors in the property development industry. Nothing more, nothing less. This is the same criminal Government that was responsible for water theft along the Murray River. The impacts of the proposal to raise the dam wall are very well established. We will see hundreds of square kilometres of pristine world heritage area national park flooded in my electorate. We will see sacred Aboriginal sites inundated and destroyed.Read more
I acknowledge that on this day in 2013 more than 200 homes were destroyed by bushfire in the Blue Mountains.
Many animals died in those fires, many of them pets.
Yesterday in the Resilient Australia Awards (NSW) I was proud to see some very humble people recognised for their efforts in preparedness for fire.Read more
I acknowledge my local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, which provides advice; promotes respect, empowerment and self-determination; participates in collaborative consultation; and advocates for cultural affirmation to ensure that the diverse and unique identities of Aboriginal students, teachers, families and local areas are recognised and valued.Read more
Tonight I speak in debate on the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Bill 2018 to address the failure of leadership that this bill represents. Yet again the Berejiklian Government is offering the community some inadequate or undesirable reform and expecting a pat on the back and a polite thank you from the Opposition for its troubles.Read more
I recognise members of the Blue Mountains community who recently offered their time to save a man's life.
During a sporting event at the Katoomba Aquatic Centre a senior player collapsed from a heart attack.
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.Read more
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.
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