One of the pressing needs in our local community and one of my priorities is to support small business to grow and create jobs. I want to do this in a practical and tangible way, hence the idea of launching a shop local campaign.
Over 60,000 people have signed a petition, expressing their desire to save the Repat Hospital from closure. I am determined to continue this fight and to stop the state Labor Government’s short-sighted decision.
The Cement Hill industrial site (pictured above) has been a blight on our local landscape for many years. This area forms the gateway to Marino and Kingston Park and, for a generation, we’ve had to look at an overgrown wasteland and dilapidated, graffiti-clad buildings every time we drive to and from our homes.
In recognition of Fair Trade Fortnight (May 8 – May 22, 2015), my electorate office in Brighton has just become fair trade accredited, ensuring that we do our bit to support decent, dignified work practices and sustainable economic development in developing countries.
At the beginning of the year, I had the privilege of being able to travel to Zimbabwe as a guest of World Vision. Zimbabwe has been brought to its knees as a result of corrupt leadership and I witnessed a country that seems paralysed by fear and choked by bureaucracy.
I am pleased that, after significant pressure, the Transport Department finally resurfaced one section of the road. However, despite this small improvement, there is still much work to be done to ‘fix Brighton Road’ and I will continue to push for immediate improvements such as further resurfacing and long-term strategic improvements including a railway overpass at Hove.
Work began late last year on Hallett Cove's much-anticipated War Memorial, with the initiative scheduled to be finished for the commemorations being organised to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.
Each quarter I release two newsletters with an update on what is happening in and around our community.
It is one year since I was elected as the Member for Bright and it has been a busy and enjoyable year. Being a Member of Parliament is an incredibly diverse job, with unique challenges, uplifting rewards and the ability to drive real change.