Community Newsletter

Giving young people a voice in Warringah

27 November, 2020

It’s been great to be back in Warringah and see the initiatives that organisations, schools and businesses are involved in. As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, I’ve been able to visit many more groups and schools. 


We have welcomed and loved the wide ranging support so many of you have shown to the Climate Change Bill. The high number of submissions to the inquiry has, at times, overwhelmed the system. If you haven’t got your submission in yet it’s not too late, you can now request for an extension. You can do this by emailing: [email protected] 

This will be the first parliamentary inquiry into why Australia should commit and legislate Net Zero by 2050. It will also examine why the legal framework proposed in the Climate Change Bill will assist every sector in assessing the risks, adaptation and resilience planning that is needed. 

Please go to the committee website for more information House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy


I have been involved in a number of webinars and live events to continue important consultation and collaboration on the Climate Change Bill:

  • Aware Super 
  • Green Recovery with Smart Energy Council
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • International Universities Climate Alliance
  • Sydney Salon guest speaker
  • Orthopaedic Association guest speaker on the Climate Change Bill
  • Politics in the pub in Mosman
  • “Wild Australia: After the Fires” ABC screening


Due to COVID-19 restrictions I haven’t been able to visit many groups this year so it was lovely to meet many new faces. Below is a highlight from each school:

  • Students at Balgowlah Heights Public School launched their “Worn Up” collection point. Worn Up is a terrific initiative to collect old unwearable school uniforms and turn them into usable products such as desktops.

  • It was great to be invited to St Luke’s Grammar School for their Year 10 Careers Deep Dive Day. We spoke about the importance of sustainability and the environment.

  • At St Paul’s Catholic College I was part of the “Enterprise in the Community” initiative where local businesses in Manly teamed up with students to look at business practises. The pilot program is supported by the Department  of Education seeks to teach students about real life problem solving and equip them with a range of business skills.

  • Manly West Primary School offered me a tour to see their school kitchen garden and to chat with their Year 5 and 6 classes. Again I was reminded that the future of Warringah is in very good hands!

  • Farmhouse Montessori (North Head) as part of a persuasive writing exercise, their younger students wrote to me inviting me to come and visit the school. I couldn’t possibly say no and enjoyed my time spent with junior and senior classes.


We held our first Warringah Youth Ambassador 2021 meeting that includes all the school captains of high schools in Warringah and it was a great success. During the meetings the Ambassadors bring forth ideas and raise the issues they and their peers want me to represent them on. I look forward to our next meeting in 2021.



MileOne Group in Brookvale is a local catering supplier that was hit hard by COVID-19. They supplied a lot of airlines with their catering packs and were left with a massive surplus of supplies. They were able to “pivot” but told me they would not have survived without the Federal Government’s support programs such as JobKeeper. I was pleased to see they have a strong emphasis on biodegradable and compostable packaging and a looking to encourage local manufacturing.
Congratulations to local breweries 7th Day Brewery and Nomad Brewing Co for their wins at the Independent Brewery Awards. It was great to catch up with guys from 7th Day Brewery this week and hear how business is going in busy Brookvale. Let's continue to support local businesses, including the many independent breweries in our area.


  • NDIS participants – have your say to have say on NDIS reforms by clicking on this link

  • Northern Beaches Council – have your say on the future of Manly Town Hall

  • Mini-Mos 2020 
    Saturday 27 November is the last day to register and run your own race in the Min-Mos 2020 in support of Mosman Public School and their nominated charity Take 3 for the Sea. Register at or make a donation to Mosman Public School or Take 3 for the Sea at

  • Shopping local – there is the Think Mosman First and Back Your Local campaigns that both encourage supporting local businesses.


Note: This is a COVID safe event. Tables will be spaced in accordance with NSW Government regulations. 

I would love you to join me for a special High Tea event on Sunday the 13th December from 1.45pm to 4pm overlooking the beautiful Manly Beach. We'll review an unforgettable year and hear what's in store for 2021.

To book tickets please click on this link.

I look forward to seeing you!

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