Alex's Update Issue 142

Tuesday 13 October 2015

This issues: Young Achievers Awards, Elder Abuse Inquiry, Mental Health Month, Saving Millers Point, William Street Festival and Watsons Bay Plans.


I encourage you to nominate local people up to the age of 29 for NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards, with categories including Career Kick Start, Community Service, Environment and Sustainability, Fashion, Aboriginal Education, Indigenous Achievement and Leadership. Winners will receive $2,500 and a trophy. Nominations close 7 December. Details: or telephone 1300 735 445.


The NSW Parliament has an Inquiry into Elder Abuse considering the scale of financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect, and any further protections needed. Submissions are due by 15 November. Details HERE


On Friday I joined the Inner City Mental Health Recovery Working Party for their Mental Health Month celebrations in Surry Hills. It is great to see so events and activities that help reduce the stigma of mental illness, and promote inclusion and good mental health for everyone.

Link in with Inner Sydney Mental Health Recovery Working Party

Inner Sydney Regional Council’s listing of local mental health services and resources

City of Sydney Narratives Project community support resources.

Download, print, sign and return my petition to increase mental health support for social housing tenants HERE


I was pleased to help launch “The Point Is...” exhibition about Millers Point at 107 Redfern Street. I’m inspired by the campaign to save the community, and the strength and conviction of residents and their supporters.

Links to my recent questions in Parliament: Sirius buildingSocial housing stockMillers Point sales.

We’re working with the Minister for Social Housing to save some social housing in the area and protect vulnerable tenants. My latest request to the minister is HERE.   


Join me at that William Street festival Saturday to see Paddington at its best. Details at


Constituents have asked me about major development plans for Watsons Bay. There’s a community meeting on Thursday 15 October at the Gap Bluff Centre. Community campaign details at