26 February 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, February 26 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I wish to applaud the Paddington Business Partnership, which supports small business in the area, particularly along Oxford Street, around Fiveways and the adjacent commercial areas. With funding support from the City of Sydney and Woollahra Council, the partnership has a great wayfinding map, welcoming website and regular activities to attract business to the area, while also providing ideas and strategies for business operators and looking after the local community. At a well-attended meeting of the partnership late last year, I spoke about my work for the area, along with the federal member Dave Sharma. Business operators concerned about maintaining the Paddington vibrant and diverse heritage precinct and helping small businesses compete with huge corporations and shopping malls. I share their longstanding vision for a calmer, pedestrian-friendly shopping strip in Oxford Street, including reducing traffic speeds and removing clearways. I commend the Paddington Business Partnership for their work with all levels of government and their passion for the future of this unique precinct.