Wed, 31 Jan 2018
I don’t think there is a better day to be a politician than Australia Day. To see the joy that new citizens take in becoming Aussies on our national day, and to feel the palpable sense of national pride at community events, is a great privilege.
My 2018 Australia Day started at Bicentennial Park in West Pymble where I spoke at the citizenship ceremony and congratulated our new citizens. Then it was time for a wander round the Park, where many families from the local area enjoying the animal farm, the Australian Reptile show and arts and crafts stalls.
Moments after becoming Australian Citizens, husband and wife Vernon and Zuzana shared a few thoughts with me on what becoming a Citizen means for them and why they love Australia - one reason being meeting each other on the tennis courts of the North Shore.
You can watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/paulfletchermp/videos/923624471129628/
After that it was up to Hornsby Mall where the Australia Day festivities highlighted the vibrant multicultural community, including with traditional Indian dancing. I also got behind the BBQ with Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai Lions Club volunteers raising money for Walk Talk Fly, a foundation established to support children with cerebral palsy, such as young Jackson Kelleher (pictured).
Fri, 22 Dec 2017
I recently attended a large number of End of Year Award Ceremonies and Presentation Days at schools across Bradfield including Asquith Girls’ High School, Turramurra High School, St Ives High School, Killara High School, Ku-ring-gai High School, West Pymble Public School and Turramurra North Public School. At each of the High Schools I provide the Member for Bradfield’s Prize for Citizenship each year.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
I recently hosted Community Drinks in the Electorate Office to celebrate a year of extensive community involvement, service and volunteering. Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, Easy Care Gardening, West Lindfield Sport and Recreation Club and the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society were among numerous community organisations in Bradfield that were represented.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
I held a community meeting at the Roseville Club this week to talk about the policies that the Turnbull Government is pursuing, and take questions from constituents. A diverse range of topics were discussed including infrastructure, urban planning, energy policy and border protection.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Paul attended the Remembrance Day Service held at the Cenotaph in Hornsby, where he laid a wreath to honour the servicemen and women who died and suffered in all wars or armed conflicts, and reflected on the freedom we as a nation enjoy today.
The occasion, organised each year by a committee of veterans and members of the Hornsby RSL Sub-branch, was well attended by local residents, school students, local and state government representatives and members of Australia’s Defence force – both past veterans and those presently serving.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Paul participated in the Bare Creek Trail Run in Garigal National Park in St Ives finishing 4th in the 50-59 yr olds category with a time of 35:19 in the 6km course. Paul ran alongside many locals of all skill levels – from families to veteran runners.
The Bare Creek Trail Run has been a vibrant community event over several years. The course starts and finishes at Acron Oval in St Ives and winds through a beautiful bushland setting. This year nearly 1500 people participated in the 2 km, 6 km, 10 km or 15 km events.
Mon, 23 Oct 2017
This weekend Paul visited the Sunset Soaring Club in Wahroonga and the Eryldene Historic House in Gordon. Both of these community organisations were the recipients of a grant under the Turnbull Government’s Stronger Communities Programme. This programme is a government initiative which provides dollar-for-dollar assistance, up to the value of $20,000, to community organisations to undertake capital works projects which benefit the community as a whole.
Sunset Soaring Club is a radio-controlled flying club that flies at Golden Jubilee Oval in Wahroonga. Operating for over thirty years, the club encourages anyone with an interest in flying radio-controlled aircraft to get involved and meet people with like-minded interests. With a substantial fundraising effort from its members, the club secured a grant from the programme to build a storage facility for their equipment, allowing the club to grow in size.
The Eryldene Trust is charged with maintaining the Eryldene Historic House in Gordon, the most intact surviving example of the work of William Hardy Wilson, the prominent early twentieth century Australian architect. In recent years, the roof of the house has required repairs in order to prevent water damage to the inside of the house. Through fundraising, and a Stronger Communities Grant, the Eryldene Trust and the Eryldene Foundation were able to repair the roof, ensuring that future generations can experience all that Eryldene has to offer.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Paul participated in the Annual Sydney Adventist Hospital Fun Run ‘Run for Life’ at the SAN in Wahroonga. Paul has been a regular participant in the SAN Fun Run since 2009, competing this year in the 5km race.
The event was a great success drawing many people from across Bradfield, including families and young children, to run or walk around the leafy streets of Wahroonga raising money for the new SAN Rehabilitation Unit, a first of its kind for a private hospital in Sydney. The new 48-room Rehabilitation Unit assists patients recovering from joint, cardiac or spinal surgery and will build on the widely respected service that the SAN provides to residents throughout Bradfield.
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Paul hosted a number of listening posts across the Bradfield electorate last week to meet and greet local residents.The Turnbull Government’s work on energy affordability and reliability, national security and the improved budget situation were foremost among issues raised with Paul, as well as local issues such as increasing population density and congestion.
Mon, 04 Sep 2017
Paul attended and spoke at the Lindfield Village Hub Community Forum, held at St Alban’s Church Hall, Lindfield.
The Forum was held by Support Lindfield, which has campaigned for some years in support of intelligent development to regenerate the Lindfield town centre, on the on the western side of the Pacific Highway near Lindfield Station.
For example such a redevelopment could integrate a supermarket, smaller shops including cafes and restaurants, public space, facilities such as a child care centre or library, and a large underground car park. Similar such developments have occurred in locations such as Lane Cove over recent years.
Paul spoke alongside State MP Jonathon O’Dea, Ku-ring-gai Mayor Jennifer Anderson, and a number of local councillors and candidates, voicing his strong support for community engagement in planning and development issues.
This was the fifth Community Forum organised by Support Lindfield, and sponsors included the Turramurra and Lindfield Bendigo Community Bank Branches, Lindfield Chamber of Commerce and Lindfield Pharmacy.