This month I've been making the most of the spring weather by getting out and about doorknocking and speaking to residents at our local supermarkets, as well as hosting several local street corner meetings. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop and speak with me about issues that concern you.
Cost of living pressures and the rising cost of electricity remain the two key worries across the electorate. The Liberal Team has recently announced the Liberal Energy Solution, which will reduce the average household's electricity bill by $302. I encourage you to read more about it here - www.liberalenergysolution.com.au
In the lead up to Christmas I will be holding more street corner meetings, continue to knock on doors and visit supermarkets. If you see me out and about, please come and say hi.
Update on Life Care developments
Since my last community e-news, the Liberal Party has made a positive announcement in relation to the proposed Life Care developments in Joslin and Norwood.
My position on these developments is very clear - I do not support any development on these sites that are higher than the existing height limits.
I do not support the Ministerial Declaration that has allowed these to be considered with no involvement from, or respect for local residents. If the Liberal Party is elected in March, we will immediately revoke the Declaration that has been made to allow these developments.
I am calling on the Labor Government to rule out granting any approvals for these developments before the March state election, so that local residents can choose whether or not to support a Liberal Government, which will halt these developments, or a Labor Government, which wants to facilitate them.
Thank you to all the locals who came out to my recent street corner meetings to voice your concern over these developments. I encourage your continued involvement on this issue, and will keep you updated on any progress.
Petition in Parliament
This week in the Parliament, Vickie Chapman MP and I presented a petition of 1,851 signatures, calling on the State Government and Life Care to rethink their proposed developments in Joslin, Norwood and Glen Osmond. The local community worked extremely hard to gather these signatures, and I thank them for their effort.
We will continue to ensure that the concerns of our local community are heard - and ultimately are working with you to call on the government to use their powers to put off any development on these sites until after the election.
Year 12 completion
This is a fantastic (and stressful) time of year for many of our year 12 students. The often gruelling task of completing year 12 is nearly over, and it's a great opportunity to recognise your dedication and commitment, and acknowledge some exceptional individuals.
Over the past week I attended the year 12 Graduation Ceremonies for Mary MacKillop College and Norwood Morialta High School, and would like to particularly congratulate Ray (pictured below) on receiving the Dunstan Award for Languages & Cultures.
I want to take this opportunity to wish every single student the very best for their exams!
Norwood Primary School Sports Day
With Norwood Primary School celebrating their 140th anniversary this year, last week they held a Heritage Sports Day. With the sun shining, it was a perfect day to be out and about at Coopers Stadium cheering on the teams.
Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards
We have some outstanding individuals in our community, and I'm sure you know a few.
Nominations are now open for the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards. There are a number of categories open, so I encourage those 29 and under to apply - www.awardsaustralia.com/saya
Nominations close 19 January 2018, so there is still plenty of time.
Essentials 4 Women South Australia
Essentials 4 Women South Australia (E4WSA) was founded by Amy Rust and Kelly Peacock in April 2015 when it became clear that the one thing missing from most donation drives were essential sanitary products and underwear for women. That is where E4WSA comes into play.
E4WSA aims to provide all women with the basic, but costly items for feminie hygiene including sanitary products and underwear.
Once again, my Electorate Office will be a drop off point for the E4WSA donation drive, so I encourage you to donate to this very worthy cause.
Donations will be made into E4WSA Packs and distributed to those women in need.
Suggestions of what to donate include:
Donations can be dropped off to my office between 9.00am and 5.00pm at U2, 90-94 The Parade, Norwood.