MCKINNON INSTITUTE FOR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

During our COVID19 pandemic we’ve seen all levels of government responding on a day to day and even hourly basis. It’s good to participate in a parliament funded seminar and workshop course on crisis leadership which is open to all NSW state MPs. Today we heard from Hon Gerry Brownlee MP via Zoom about the immediate and post crisis impacts of the two Christchurch earthquakes.  Continue reading

ADJOURNMENT NOTES- 24 JULY 2020

Welcome to Adjournment Notes. One of the exciting initiatives of the NSW Government after the State election was the creation of a Minister for Public Spaces.This is the first time NSW has had a Minister for Public Spaces who will identify and protect publicly owned land for use as parks or public spaces. Continue reading

MALLARD WELCOMES COMPLETION OF RAIL UPGRADES

I welcome the completion of the upgrades to the Blue Mountains train line. Blue Mountains commuters are to be congratulated for working cooperatively as the rail line and some stations have been upgraded to meet the same rail standards as the remaining Sydney network. Continue reading

ADJOURNMENT NOTES- 8 JULY 2020

Welcome to Adjournment Notes. We have finished the first half Parliamentary term and are into the winter recess in July. We started the year with catastrophic bushfires and now dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and being ever vigilant against a second wave of the deadly disease. Continue reading

NGULA BULGARABANG REGIONAL PARK

It was very special to attend the naming ceremony of the Ngula Bulgarabang Regional Park formerly known as the Radiata Plateau. Ngula Bulgarabang translates to "a very large forest" and covers 300 hectares near Katoomba and includes some of the last undeveloped ship-shaped rocky headlands in that area of the western escarpment. Continue reading

STATE RECORDS ACT INQUIRY

I Chaired the second hearing of the Social Issues Committee Inquiry into the State Records Act 1998 and Policy Paper non its review on July 1.  Continue reading

REPORT ON KOALA POPULATIONS AND THEIR HABITAT IN NSW

The Upper House report on ‘Koala populations and habitat in NSW’ which I worked on over the past 12 months has been released.The report makes many findings and recommendations some focused on local issues and others policy considerations for the government. Continue reading

BLUE MOUNTAINS VISIT WITH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER KEAN

Some days are pretty special in this job. Yesterday being a good one spending the day with my mate Minister for the Environment and Energy Matt Kean in the Blue Mountains. Continue reading

PRIVATE MEMBERS STATEMENT- GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY UPGRADE AT BLACKHEATH

I was pleased to continue to inform the House on progress on the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains and took the opportunity to call on Labor to stop playing politics. Continue reading

ADJOURNMENT NOTES- 10 JUNE 2020

Welcome to Adjournment Notes. This past week has been busy with the return of Committee work as well as 'the new normal' Parliamentary sittings resuming.  Continue reading