14 October 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, 14 October 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I would like to commend the rapid establishment and operation of COVID-19 clinics in this electorate. St Vincent's Hospital was able to rapidly set up a COVID-19 clinic at the City of Sydney's East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, which allowed the main hospital services to continue without putting hospital staff, patients or visitors at risk. I witnessed a great response from inner city residents, and heard reports of friendly and supportive help at the clinic despite the long queues when local alerts were sounded. The Rushcutters Bay clinic that followed a cluster of positive COVID cases in Potts Point was also welcome. I'm particularly thankful that St Vincent's Hospital was able to set this up so quickly and enable inner city residents, business operators and visitors to get tested so quickly. While the COVID-19 pandemic is with us for some time, I thank the health services and staff for the rapid responsive services that have helped prevent serious outbreaks in this electorate.