Merry Christmas

16 December 2016

As we prepare to farewell 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a safe and blessed Christmas season.

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As we prepare to farewell 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a safe and blessed Christmas season.

2016 was my third year as your Member of Parliament. It’s a privilege to represent this beautiful stretch of Adelaide’s coast and I aim to continue to embrace my role with creativity, imagination and, of course, hard work.

The highlight of 2016 for me was definitely the Australia Day launch of Beach for All, which saw Seacliff become South Australia’s first accessible beach. This partnership with Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club has been a career high for me, with the ​Beach for All concept now being picked up around the nation, helping more people to access the beach – often for the first time in their lives!

Other significant achievements over the past year have included:

  • ​developing a proposal for Glenthorne National Park — a vision to protect and revitalise a vast area of open space in the southern suburbs, including opening up Happy Valley Reservoir for fishing, kayaking and sailing
  • working on an election policy which will introduce a cap on council rates
  • hosting a birthday party for everyone turning 90 in our community this year
  • continuing our successful shop local campaign with my online business directory and a flyer distributed to everyone in my electorate reminding them of the benefits of shopping locally.

While Christmas is characterised as a time of joy, for some people – too many people – it can be a difficult time. It’s a season where memories of happier days are recalled and this can trigger a real sense of loss. If you know of someone who might find Christmas challenging, maybe you could look in on them, invite them over for a cuppa or take them a gift. There is also a free Christmas dinner at the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club for people who find themselves alone on Christmas Day.

Let’s also remember those who don’t necessarily get a break at Christmas: our nurses, doctors and other hospital staff who keep our emergency departments and hospital wards open over the festive season; our paramedics, firefighters and police who work hard to keep us safe; our armed forces, some of whom are spending Christmas on deployment; and those who keep our public transport systems running.

I wish you the very best Christmas possible and a healthy, happy 2017.