1. What have been your main achievements over the past year?
The year started with one of my greatest personal achievements to date – marrying my partner, Anna. In terms of serving the electorate, the launch of PHEAST – Pacific Healthier Eating Active Stronger Together – to work towards long-term solutions to improve public health, and my first community health forum on young people and anxiety in partnership with local mental health advocate Sandra McDonald, of Beautiful Minds and One Door Mental Health.
2. What are your priorities for 2018?
We need to make sure we have adequate local services to match growth. At the same time, I’m aware that our community is bearing the brunt of Sydney’s development and that’s not fair. Our community’s vital green open space must be protected. I remain steadfastly opposed to the sale of the Hurlstone Farm and continue to advocate for the protection of the Scenic Hills.
Following positive feedback on my mental health forum, I intend to host another community forum to continue the important conversation that mental health matters.
3. What are the three best aspects of the area you represent?
The people – I never cease to be amazed by the wonderful people I meet in our community – and its diversity: our community’s many cultures enriche the local area’s vibrancy.
Also, our unique mix of older, well-established suburbs and newer suburbs has its challenges as we seek to stop overdevelopment and preserve our green space.