(Community Recognition Statement, 17 May 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Woollahra Residents’ First councillors Harriet Price and Louise Elsing have tabled a notice of motion to get the local council to seek heritage listing, and the mayor and I both hope it will pass unanimously. I have written to the Mayor of Woollahra to look at making changes to the Local Environment Plan to prevent hotels being turned into residences. This campaign isn’t just about saving a pub, it’s about protecting the heritage, diversity, and liveability of historic Paddington, and I toast all those involved in the awesome community campaign.
Tuesday 1 May 2018
I’ve supported the campaign for an increase in the Payroll Tax threshold to support smaller businesses employing staff. The current threshold is $750,000 and I’ve asked the NSW Treasurer to consider increasing this to $1 million and simplifying administration of the tax.
Tuesday 1 May 2018
A number of people have contacted me about the liquor licence removal and sale of the Four in Hand Hotel in Paddington. I’m not aware of any restrictions on this process and have written to Woollahra Council asking for review of the Woollahra LEP to better protect Paddington’s traditional corner hotels. My letter is HERE.
There’s an online petition you can sign HERE.
Monday 23 April 2018
I remain concerned that Sydney’s late night scenes and opportunities for emerging performance artists are dwindling and I’ve asked to meet with the minister responsible for licensing laws.Read more
Tuesday 10 April 2018
If Sydney is seriously going to be a global city, we need to remove the 1.30am lockout for small bars and well managed venues. The Committee for Sydney’s latest report identified serious concerns with the lockout laws’ impacts on Sydney’s nightlife and made some sensible recommendations for greater diversity of night-time activities and late night transport.
Momentum for reforms to encourage safe night-time events and activities is building. The report is HERE.
Monday 26 March 2018
The Committee for Sydney’s ‘Sydney as a 24-Hour City’ report identified serious concerns with the lockout laws’ impacts on Sydney’s nightlife.Read more
Monday 19 March 2018
New South Wales has over 94,000 electronic gaming machines and up to 75 per cent of the money going into these machines comes from moderate risk and problem gamblers. This has led to disastrous social costs including financial ruin, homelessness and broken families.Read more
Tuesday 13 March 2018
I am concerned that the government’s new laws to enable Revenue NSW to use its extensive powers, including to garnish a debtor’s account, to collect debts on behalf of councils and government agencies could cause some people hardship.Read more
Monday 5 March 2018
The City of Sydney is reviewing planning controls for late trading under its Development Control Plan and you can provide and suggest amendments. Comment is open until Friday 30 March HERE.