19 September 2013
(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I acknowledge the contribution of Housing NSW tenants who stand for election and participate in their local neighbourhood or estate advisory boards, meeting regularly with police, council and Housing NSW officers to identify and solve local problems.
Board members give up their time to listen to and consult their neighbours, to learn about the various bodies that can help address problems and keep pushing ongoing concerns to get long-term solutions where short-term fixes have not worked. I commend those involved for the neighbourhood advisory boards in my electorate including Surry Hills, Woolloomooloo and Millers Point. I am particularly proud of the neighbourhood advisory boards that have carried out safety audits to make sure their buildings and precincts are safe for more vulnerable tenants and those who find it hard to get around or to speak about their concerns. These volunteers contribute to a safer and stronger community and make their precincts more liveable and healthier.