20 December, 2019
This is my last newsletter for 2019 and what a year it has been!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my team over the year. We are really looking forward to 2020 in both Federal Parliament and the local community.
Here is an update on what has been happening in our local Warringah community, drawing on our vales of integrity, inclusion and innovation.
Thank you again to NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers who so selflessly and tirelessly give up your time and energy to fight these fires. Thanks also to your families who are supporting your efforts and businesses and employees who enable RFS volunteers to take leave. I was truly devastated to hear that two volunteer firefighters had lost their lives this week in the NSW fires.
More fires are predicted over the holiday period so please stay safe and continue to monitor the RFS website for the latest updates: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
As the air pollution continues to be a challenge to many residents in the community, remember to take precautions such as having a mask and avoid spending time outdoors or doing strenuous exercise on heavy air pollution days.
Please also remember to use water sparingly as NSW has enforced water restrictions. You can find out more information HERE.
It has been a privilege to attend many school ceremonies within Warringah as students end their school year to embark on an exciting 2020. I have been in awe of the students’ achievements across the electorate and I always leave these presentations feeling energised and empowered that our future is in good hands.
Congratulations to all the students who completed their HSC and a special call out to Manly Selective Campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College for coming 13th in NSW. To see how your school went click HERE.
My team and I have successfully secured grants for 16 schools, 20 sporting and community organisations and 18 junior athletes, amounting to more than $510, 000. And there is more to come. Please keep an eye on our website for any updates HERE.
REPORT ON NUCLEAR POWER
As part of the Energy and Environment Committee, the final report on considering nuclear power in Australia was released last week. My statement on the inquiry can be found HERE.
Some of the issues we have touched on recently include NDIS, Aged Care, The Sydney Harbour Trust Review, The Family Law Inquiry and the impact of Seismic Testing.
If you have not yet made a submission, you may request an extension and make a submission to the following inquiries:
- Submissions for the Sydney Harbour Trust Review close on Monday 23rd December. To understand what this means for you as a Warringah resident click HERE
- There is a Senate inquiry looking into the impact of Seismic Testing on fisheries and the marine environment, which includes waters within the Warringah electorate. For more information click HERE
- The Aged Care and Disability Royal Commissions continue to accept submissions which you can do HERE and HERE
- The Family Law inquiry - if you require an extension to complete your submissions, please contact the secretariat on [email protected]. For more information on how to lodge a submission visit HERE
Two further inquiries to consider are:
- Inquiry into the business case for the NBN and experiences of small businesses – Closes 17 January, 2020;
- Inquiry into Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Industries - Closes 31 January, 2020
Special thanks to my wonderful team of volunteers aka “Team Zali” who have helped out enormously in the community and around the electorate office. We had a great picnic gathering where it was nice to see so many familiar faces and provide an update in person.
The Christmas break is a time to reflect and be thankful of our wonderful community. Please remember to check on your neighbours and if you are on your own, there are community lunches being put on in the following areas:
- Manly Freshwater Parish at St Mary’s Church, 6 Raglan Street Manly, starts 11.30am
- Salvo’s Christmas Day Community Lunch – Hornsby starts at 12pm Bookings preferred. Please contact the church office on 02 9477-1133. Address: 29-31 Burdett Street, HORNSBY NSW 2077
HELPING YOU IN WARRINGAH
Thank you to everyone who responded to our community survey, we will be sharing the results in the new year.
Since being in office we have received many emails from Warringah residents about a range of issues including the single use plastics, immigration and climate change.
My team and I are available to meet and discuss any issues. Please get in touch by emailing [email protected] or call the office on 9977 6411.
Please note the Warringah Electorate Office will be closed from 12pm on Friday 20 December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 6 January. We look forward to working with you in 2020.
Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and be safe on the roads.
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