One of the more enjoyable aspects of a parliamentarian's job is meeting and mixing with constitutents and community representatives.
New treasures to be found at Teralba
There's a fantastic new photographic exhibition showing at Teralba at the moment which you might want to check out if you're in the area. Down the road of course, the Archibalds exhibition is being stage at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery.
Jade Frith, the 15-year-old from Coal Point who died in John Hunter Hospital after she was hit by a car on Hillsborough Road at Warners Bay, was formally laid to rest at Ryhope last week. The issue of road safety at the location needs to be addressed, but I made a brief tribute to the Parliament about Jade.
Anzac Day services throughout Lake Macquarie were blessed with perfect weather and large crowds. It was great to see so many young people at local services because they are now integral to the commemorations of those who defended Australia and all too often didn't return.
Planned hike to water bills fails the fairness test
I have a couple of significant concerns with IPART's plans to raise water bills and make cuts to Hunter Water's planned infrastructure works. Predominantly, IPART's plans fail the fairness test for home owners and will significantly lift costs for pensioners. Here's a copy my submission to the IPART commissioner.