7 May, 2021
As I write, Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong) is under greater restrictions. Please make sure you are fully aware of the restrictions and what you can and cannot do. For the latest information see the NSW Health website HERE.
Federally, the ban by the Government on Australians returning home from India until May 15 has been deeply concerning to me and my crossbench colleagues. Together, eight of us signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging him to bring Australians stranded in India back home.
The Government needs to urgently establish fit-for-purpose quarantine facilities to reduce the risk of leakage from current hotel quarantine.
It has been over a year since we have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we have called on the Government to develop a long term plan that is clear, sensible and compassionate.
The Government has threatened any Australians trying to return home with up to 5 years jail or $66,000 fine. This is a dangerous precedent and wrong.
You can read our media statement HERE and the see the joint letter HERE.
Congratulations to the Local Sporting Champions who were awarded yesterday at Freshwater. The grants are a federal initiative that identify talented athletes and offer between $500- $700 to go towards travelling costs, accommodation, meals, registration fees, uniforms and other expenses.
As someone who travelled extensively for skiing, I know how much these grants can help our young athletes. I'm proud to say there have been over 100 Local Sporting Grants awarded to Warringah athletes since I was elected.
This has meant $65,500 has gone straight back to the community to support young athletes in sports such as rowing, canoeing, surf lifesaving, swimming, athletics, volleyball, water polo, tennis, basketball and sailing/yachting.
Congratulations all! The next round of Local Sporting Grants closes June 30. Check out our website here: https://www.zalisteggall.com.au/sport_grants
MOSMAN INDEPENDENT HUB OFFICIALLY OPENS
Last week I was thrilled to open the Mosman Independent Hub at Spit Junction! It was fantastic to meet so many new and familiar faces.
It is wonderful to have such a welcoming space on the Lower North Shore where Warringah residents can drop in and find out more about what is happening locally and in Federal politics.
The office is now open:
10-4pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10-2.30pm Every first Saturday of the month
The official Warringah Electorate office remains in Manly at Level 2/17-19 Sydney Road, which you are also welcome to pop in to.
WARRINGAH YOUTH AMBASSADORS
We had our first Youth Ambassador meeting of Term 2 recently, where we discussed the issue of consent with a presentation by Consent Labs. As usual, I was blown away by the maturity of the Ambassadors when discussing such a complex and sometimes difficult topic.
I look forward to the next meeting in June.
SMALL BUSINESS HARDSHIP GRANTS
During COVID-19 many businesses were affected by the sudden closure during the Christmas and NYE lock down. Please see THIS LINK for more information:
Photo: Mark Merton
If you live in Warringah, keep an eye out for a vaccine information flyer from my office
The NSW Government is seeking feedback on the proposed North Balgowlah bus route changes. Click HERE for more information
Every Saturday the Pittwater Clean Up Crew meet for beach clean ups – to find out more go to this website: https://www.pittwaterecoadventures.com/ or check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ecoadventurecrew/
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is seeking community feedback on the Draft Concept for North Head Sanctuary. To have your say and find out more information, including consultation workshops and sessions, please visit HERE
There is a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Impact of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link (nsw.gov.au). Submissions close June 18
Please forward this on to your network of family and friends in Warringah by sending them this link: https://www.zalisteggall.com.au/sign_up