Here we are, at the start of 2015, and already with so much to look forward to.
We have kicked off the year in spectacular fashion, welcoming an official stage of the Tour Down Under to The Parade in Norwood.
The Parade was buzzing with cycling professionals and enthusiasts alike, with people of all ages coming along to support the start of Stage 3.
Congratulations to all those involved in such a successful event, including all the local businesses that welcomed and embraced the increased volume of visitors.
We have a proud cycling culture in Norwood. I am patron of the Norwood Cycling Club, which is the oldest cycling club in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest cycling club in South Australia. Jack Bobridge also hails from the Norwood Cycling Club, so it was fantastic to personally wish him good luck at the start of this stage.
Earlier in the month I was also honoured to speak at the Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony at the Norwood Town Hall. We are so fortunate to live in a country that celebrates cultural diversity and embraces different values and beliefs. It was great to welcome so many new citizens to our local area.
State Parliament resumes on Tuesday the 10th of February and I am eager to have a positive start to the new parliamentary year. One of the first priorities is to block any regulation aimed at removing pensioner concession payments on local government rates.
I have also announced that the State Liberals will scrap Labor’s Emergency Services Levy hikes if elected in 2018. These increases have been unfair and are hurting household budgets. We want to remove the hikes and give families and individuals the relief they deserve.
Finally, I would like to wish all school students and teachers all the best for the new school year! It’s an exciting time of year when everyone can set goals on what they’d like to achieve in 2015.