My office has been receiving an increasing amount of complaints about issues caused by the construction and testing of the Light Rail, and how it will impact them when it is finally opened.
There is also growing concern over the number of bus services that will be cut/reduced when the light rail is finally operation, including buses that start at Coogee Beach. The CBD and South East Light Rail Project Environmental Impact Statement has 4 bus services being cut, that on any given day, service 10,000 people. In addition, the Berejiklian Government has refused to provide a timetable for their promise to reintroduce our 378 bus route.
Travel time testing for the Light Rail has yet to be completed, but current travel times estimates are at 38 minutes, compared to the current 20 minutes that it takes an express bus to complete the same journey.
If you are having any problems or concerns with regards to the Light Rail or our local bus services, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Responding to my community means that I must fight for better public health services. I have personally witnessed how bad the public health system can be in this State and I am committed to improving it.
Recently, the Berejiklian Government put forward a proposal to stop paediatric cardiac services at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. This issue affects people not only in the eastern suburbs but also across Sydney and New South Wales.
In the face of a proposal to move all elective cardiac procedures to the Westmead campus, doctors have been fighting to retain cardiac services at Randwick. This is clearly an issue that strikes a chord in our community, as just last week more than 500 people gathered outside the hospital to protest this proposal.
Our campaign to keep Paediatric Cardiac Services at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, has only just begun.
If you are having any problems with regards to health services, or would like to stay up to date with the campaign, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Residents throughout the electorate are angry that our great public schools are only partially funded, and that their P&Cs must raise funds to pay for basic maintenance just to keep their schools functioning. Our public primary schools are at capacity, and the Berejiklian government has no future plans for where students and parents seeking co-educational public high-schooling will go.
Schools and parents continue from across the electorate continue to reach out to me regarding safe pick-up and drop-offs. If there are any safety issues that you would like raised, or would like assistance with, or you would like me to come and speak at your P&C, please reach out to my office.
Residents continue to reach out and raise their concerns over inappropriate development that is ruining our beautiful suburbs.
We continue to see the Berejiklian Government use spot rezoning to overrule the voices of locals. This includes the West Oxford Street Development, where despite the project being rejected by Waverley Council twice, the panel recommended the project for approval.
In addition, concerns regarding the use of the boarding house SEPP continue to be flagged with my office, as the SEPP is being misused.
The people of my electorate place paramount importance on the environment. Put simply, they want me to fight for renewables, to eradicate single-use plastics and to take real action on climate change. I know that inaction is not an option and that we must address pollution and invest in the renewable energy generation mechanisms of the future. Working towards a sustainable future is of paramount importance to this community.
The Coogee stormwater problem is one of the most pressing environmental issues for the people of this electorate. A recently released Randwick Council survey showed that 100% of responders believed it is important to improve the water quality at our beaches, and I strongly believe in the need for an environmentally and economically sustainable resolution to this issue, rather than just shifting stormwater further down the coast. Disappointingly, where I committed $7 million to address this, the Liberal government has only put forward $2.5 million. I am fighting in parliament for immediate action.