03 June 2019
(Community Recognition Statement, 28 May 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I congratulate the residents of 254 Crown Street in Darlinghurst, in particular, David Chivers and Mark Demal, for their community building and environmental action. David and Mark set up a local Return and Earn collection point to encourage residents in their building to reduce waste and recycle and raised more than $500 in just a few months. They used this money to buy equipment and materials for their community room and community garden, host special events and provide a gathering space for residents.
Residents made small gardens and planters to create a welcome green space, peaceful retreat and fragrant garden in the building common areas, with veggies, flowers, herbs and spices. Residents' efforts created a welcoming environment, brought people together, encouraged social activity and supported people who live alone and who may be away from family. I am inspired by this community action and residents' combining recycling education, waste reduction and environment awareness with building a stronger community.