20 November 2014
(Community Recognition Statement, 19 November 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I was proud to join my husband, Victor, and Sydney city councillor Jenny Green to officially open the Love is the Colour Exhibition, which is a fundraising event for Pets in the Park, an inspiring charity that builds relationships with and improves the lives of homeless people and their companion animals. Pets in the Park provides practical advice, veterinary treatment, de-sexing, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming and microchipping, which can cost hundreds of dollars and be difficult to arrange for people living on the streets. I visited the organisation's monthly clinics in Darlinghurst with my dog, Max, and I have seen the care and compassionate work it does. I have also witnessed the love and enrichment that pets give their owners who are homeless, and I commend this thoughtful and creative response. The photographs in the exhibition powerfully show the importance of these much-loved pets. The exhibition and associated calendar will raise money to continue the work of Pets of the Park. In particular I acknowledge the founders of Pets in the Park, Dr Mark Westman, Vicky Causley, Leah Skelsey and Linda Worland. I commend all involved.