Sat, 30 Mar 2019
The Morrison Government today announced over $1.3 million in funding for Playgroup Australia to continue delivering its PlayConnect Playgroups and Better Start Community Events programs.
Access to best-practice early childhood programs, such as PlayConnect Playgroups, is vital for children with developmental delay or disability. PlayConnect Playgroups provide play experiences that are responsive to the needs of children aged 0-6 with autism or autism-like symptoms and provide an environment of peer-support for families
By investing in children before they reach school age, we are helping to maximise their opportunities in education, the community and in work, later in life.
Thu, 28 Feb 2019
I attended the Roseville Golf Club for the presentation by Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank Branches of Bendigo Community Bank of donations to four very worthwhile organisations: Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter; KYDS Youth Development Service; St Lucy's School & Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury. A great initiative and congratulations to all involved.
Sat, 09 Feb 2019
I had the privilege to attend and address the Chinese New Year Festival in Chatswood. This event celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Pig, and was a wonderful example of the vibrant Chinese culture we have here in Bradfield. To those celebrating Chinese New Year, I wish you good health and prosperity over the coming year.
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
I hosted a Community Meeting at Waitara Magpies, attended by around eighty Bradfield constituents. I began with a report to the meeting on the priorities we are pursuing in Canberra, including employment (with 1.2 million jobs created since we came to government) and keeping the budget strong so we can fund the services Australians rely on such as Medicare and social security. During a lively Q&A session, quite a number of topics came up including the high price of energy and concerns about the reliability of the energy network; the need for more investment in rail (I mentioned our $9.4 billion commitment to Inland Rail and our $20 million program to fund business cases under the Faster Rail program); the need for more bike paths; as well as some local development issues.
These meetings are very helpful to me in understanding the priorities and concerns of my constituents – and I really appreciate the effort made by so many to come along and participate.
I hold these meetings regularly so look out for notifications on social media and my website if you are interested in coming along.
Thu, 31 Jan 2019
One of the best parts of my job as a Member of Parliament is being able to participate in the Australia Day citizenship ceremonies in Bradfield. This year I attended the Ku-ring-gai Council Australia Day citizenship ceremony at Bicentennial Park in West Pymble. The enthusiasm of new citizens is always inspiring to see– and a powerful reminder of how much our nation benefits from the energy, commitment and hard work of immigrants from around the world. You can watch my Australia Day message below:
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
I attended several end-of-year School Presentation Ceremonies across Bradfield, presenting academic, sporting, and citizenship awards to students at Asquith Girls High, Turramurra High, St Ives High and Killara High Schools as well as students at Asquith and North Turramurra Public Schools. I was impressed with the high standards evident at each school. I particularly congratulate the recipients of my Bradfield Prize for Citizenship:
Asquith Girls' High School: Lily Perry
Turramurra High School: Rohan Meagher
Ku-ring-gai High School: Jonathan Steer
St Ives High School: Alexander Lane
Killara High School: Saarthak Sinha
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
I had the great privilege to hand out staff awards at Sunnyfield Disability Services in Chatswood. Sunnyfield employs over 1,200 staff in 65 locations across NSW and the ACT, providing accommodation services, assistance with daily life, social and community participation, supported employment, clinical services and support coordination.
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
I attended the presentation afternoon in East Lindfield for the Lindfield Rollers Bowling Club. It was great to present some awards including to the 2018 Club Champion Mr Phil Lewis.
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Around 50 Bradfield community groups were represented at my end-of-year community drinks that I hosted in my Electorate Office. The occasion was an opportunity to celebrate the combined efforts of the multitudes of volunteers who have worked tirelessly in Bradfield in 2018. The organisations that were represented were wide and varied - including sporting clubs, charitable groups such as EasyCare Gardening, Lions and Rotary Clubs, churches, synagogues, Guides and Scouts, the free counselling service KYDS as well as Ku-ring-gai Historical and Art Societies, school groups and members of various P&C’s. Just over $1000 was raised on the night for the ongoing work of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter (HKWS). It was a privilege to hear updates from Sallianne McClelland, President of HKWS, Stephen Lloyd, President of the Ku-ring-gai Community Shed, Lindem Netball Club President Rodney Jackson and David Castle, President of Marian Street Theatre for Young People.
Sat, 08 Dec 2018
I held a community listening post outside Harris Farm Lindfield. It was great to get feedback from members of the community across a range of issues, and hear what mattered to them. Keep an eye on my Twitter @PaulFletcherMP to be notified when I do my next community listening post.
Sun, 02 Dec 2018
I attended Chabad North Shore’s Chanukah on the Green in St Ives to celebrate the first night of this uplifting 8-day festival of lights. Thank you to Rabbi Shapiro, Rabbi Lewin and Chabad North Shore’s Community Director Chanoch Suffrin for your uplifting messages, as well as the opportunity for me to take part in the lighting of the Menorah. To all the volunteers and wider members of Bradfield’s vibrant Jewish community, Happy Chanukah!