(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, Parliament House)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate I commend Lou's Place in Potts Point. It is a drop-in day centre for women in crisis who are experiencing homelessness, health concerns, violence or abuse.
I recently met with the women and workers of Lou's Place. The women were passionately keen to be actively involved in reform, to have their stories and experiences heard and to address homelessness in both the inner city and across New South Wales. Following this meeting, more than 100 women experiencing homelessness and crisis have written and openly shared their individual stories of strength and resilience to overcome hardship and difficult times. I have delivered these letters to the Premier who I hope will visit Lou's Place and meet with these women to discuss ending homelessness. I commend Lou's Place and these inspiring women for sharing their extraordinary stories. I acknowledge the workers and volunteers for providing a supportive and safe space for women to get through tough times and back on their feet.