16 October 2013
(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I wish to acknowledge and commend the work of the Paddington Society and its members over decades since 1964.
The Paddington Society has worked to protect the heritage and conservation status of Paddington streets, houses, rooms and details which are recognised as being of national and State significance. The society's current residents are the custodians of our heritage with a duty to look after the suburb by retaining its cultural and heritage significance for the future. The far-sighted urban activists who set up the society wanted to maintain Paddington’s beauty, architectural and historical value; preserve existing, and expand, open space; protect residents from nuisance that prevents the quiet enjoyment of their homes; encourage community activities; protect and enhance cultural amenities; and record and maintain a history of the area. These goals remain very valid today, and I am pleased to report that all the events, submissions and liaisons I have had with the Paddington Society demonstrate that the current members proudly maintain the tradition.