March out and about

It’s hard to believe that we are already this far into 2015! I spent Clean up Australia Day this year with the Kensington Residents Association cleaning up the streets of Kensington. It was great to see a solid contingent of people joining the KRA in the morning and staying on for the BBQ at Borthwick Park.  The dedicated volunteers reflect the pride that local residents have in ensuring that our local suburbs stay fresh and clean. Congratulations to all involved.

I was honoured to be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Norwood’s meeting at the Town Hall earlier this month. I thank President Graham Perrin for chairing the meeting, and facilitating such a great forum of discussion. The Club has a very rich history in Norwood, and last year celebrated its 60th birthday with a dinner of over 50 people! I am proud to be an honorary member and encourage any interested individuals to visit the Club’s website at www.rotarynorwood.org.au and get involved.

I attended this month's Australian Citizenship Ceremony at the Norwood Concert Hall to welcome the new citizens to our community. It really is an honour to share this momentous occasion with them, and I congratulate the Norwood Payneham and St Peters Council for hosting this ceremony. 

St Joseph’s Payneham is a great Primary School in our community. This month I presented the school with a new State flag at their assembly and flag raising ceremony. It was fabulous to present them with this flag and have a chat with some of the students about their aspirations. I am always impressed by the enthusiastic students at St Joseph’s Payneham and wish them all the very best for the rest of the school year.

On the Parliamentary front, I am pleased that legislation to establish an independent inquiry into South Australia’s crippling water process passed the Upper House on the 25th of March with support of cross benchers.

My team promised to establish this independent inquiry into the price of water in South Australia after the former head of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia said that the State Government had no interest in reforms that serve the interests of customers. The government has instead been using SA Water as a cash cow making our water bills extraordinarily high. It is my hope that this inquiry into water pricing in our state will create pressure for a better and more equitable system.