Thu, 26 Apr 2018
I recently had the opportunity to speak with CEO John Martin and Head of R&D Dr Charlotte Morgan of Pymble-based regenerative medicine company Regeneus about the stem cell based therapies they are developing for osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal and dermatological diseases. It is always a pleasure to visit companies like Regeneus knowing that the work they are doing not only puts Australia ahead in innovative medicine, but also has positive outcomes for residents of Bradfield.
Thu, 26 Apr 2018
I was pleased to drop in and watch the Junior netballers at Ku-ring-gai Netball Association’s first game of the 2018 season at Canoon Road Netball Courts, South Turramurra. It was great to see all the young players - and of course all the mums and dads without whom none of them could have been there! Thank you KNA Patron Brenda Williams, President Jo-Anne Perry and Executive Committee Members Nathan Tilbury and Loraine Unicomb, for your hospitality and I wish all your teams the very best for a successful season ahead.
Mon, 09 Apr 2018
On Sunday morning I participated in the Lindfield Rotary 10km Fun Run. It was a great opportunity to come out and support the work of Lindfield Rotary, and to catch up with constituents. All of the proceeds raised on the day are put towards local and international beneficiaries, including KYDS Youth Development Service, Meals on Wheels, and the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter.
Wed, 28 Mar 2018
On Saturday I spent some time by Chargrill Charlie’s in St Ives to meet constituents and hear their concerns. Some of the issues raised included Labor’s tax refund plans, immigration and education. Keep an eye on my Twitter @PaulFletcherMP to see where I’ll be doing my next listening post.
Mon, 26 Mar 2018
I was pleased to attend the St Ives Junior Cricket Club presentation afternoon at Hassall Park where local families and teammates came out in their blue and yellow to celebrate a successful season of cricket. I presented medals to the young under 6 and 7 players from the T20 Blast side, the girls from U13 Perry (the only all-girls side) and the Spirit of Cricket awards to 6 deserving players. Well done to Club President Mahesh Malalage, Katherine Steverson and the team for organising such a great, relaxed and enjoyable afternoon.
Sun, 25 Mar 2018
I was pleased to attend the Ku-ring-gai Amateur Swimming Club Age Championships held at PLC Pymble, and to present medals to the place getters, young and old, at the poolside dais. KASC Secretary Judy Macourt OAM, President Emma Shaw and the team of volunteers deserve a big congrats in organising this event. KASC is a wonderful organisation where swimmers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to have a go!
Thu, 22 Mar 2018
I was pleased to join the school community at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Asquith for an outdoor mass to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school. The Bishop of Broken Bay Peter Comensoli led the service, which was marked by the participation of many of the schoolchildren of St Patrick's. On a balmy March afternoon there was a wonderful feeling amongst the hundreds gathered for this joyous occasion. Congratulations to Principal Bernard Cumming and past and present staff, students and families – sixty years is something to be very proud of.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018
I was pleased to take part in the 10km Ku-ring-gai Chase Fun Run, supporting Special Olympics Australia Upper North Shore. My goal was to beat my age – in other words to do the 10 km in under 53 minutes. I managed 51 mins 11 seconds so pretty happy! It was great to see a strong crowd of locals who taking part in either the 5km Barry Easy Walk or the 10km fun run through the leafy streets of North Wahroonga. Over $15 000 was raised thanks to the generosity of so many supporters, including local schools, business and community organisations. Well done to everyone who ran or walked – hope to see you all again next year!
Tue, 20 Mar 2018
We held the first event in the Bradfield Seminar Series – a lecture by Mr Dave Sharma, former Australian Ambassador to Israel (and Bradfield resident), speaking on the topic “Making Sense of the Middle East: Opportunities and Challenges for Australian Foreign Policy.” There was a strong roll up of Bradfield constituents who were treated to a fascinating and authoritative presentation explaining the geopolitics of the Middle East. Mr Sharma’s insights as a former diplomat were especially valuable. Following Mr Sharma’s presentation, there was a lively Q&A session. Thanks to Dave Sharma for giving this presentation and to our generous hosts Roseville College.
The Bradfield Seminar Series will comprise occasional public lectures on contemporary and important issues given by a speaker with distinctive expertise. Look out for notice of the next event in the series, later this year. If you would like to be put on the mailing list to be alerted of future events, please contact my office on 9465 3950 or email me at [email protected].
Fri, 16 Mar 2018
Last night I hosted a community meeting in St Ives to provide an update on the progress of the Turnbull Government and to take comments and questions from constituents. It was encouraging to see more than 60 people attend and take a keen interest in the work of the government. Issues that were discussed included energy reliability and affordability, Labor’s tax refund slug, aged care and cost of living. If you would like information about my next community meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on (02) 9465 3950 or email me at [email protected].
Thu, 08 Mar 2018
I was pleased to join in Chinese New Year festivities in Chatswood Mall. As usual there was a big roll up for this important event. In my remarks I highlighted the important contribution to modern Australia made by Australians of Chinese background – and nowhere is that contribution stronger than on the North Shore. The colourful Lion Dance was once again a crowd favourite – and a wonderful way to welcome in the Year of the Dog.
Mon, 19 Feb 2018
On Saturday morning I spent some time at Wahroonga shops meeting constituents and listening to their concerns. Some of the issues raised included the NDIS and local traffic flow around the Wahroonga area. Keep an eye on my Twitter @PaulFletcherMP to see where I’ll be doing my next listening post.