Tribute to Andy

(Condolence, 5 November 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I acknowledge the passing in August of the Pyrmont resident who was known as Andy. Constituents contacted me about Andy and his experience of rough sleeping and living scared, alone and in poor health, followed by an early death at age 36—an all too common occurrence for homeless people. Andy lived in Pyrmont for more than 10 years. His public life and quiet death reminds us that there is much to be done to address disadvantage and isolation. I thank the Pyrmont residents who welcomed Andy into the community and who offered him support, whether it was meals, drinks, clothing, bedding, a locker for his belongings, kind words and friendly smiles. All these acts of kindness show what it means to be a community. It was a privilege to join the wonderfully caring Pyrmont community at Andy's memorial service. He will be remembered.