Coffee catch-ups at Lampshade Café

Continuing my series of catch-ups at cafes in our community, today I joined local residents at the Lampshade Café in Somerton Park.

We chatted about issues ranging from local trees to how we can improve our education system.

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Brighton Oval Official Opening

Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson, Local Federal Member Nicolle Flint and I today unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the redeveloped Brighton Oval.

Home to many local sporting clubs, Brighton Oval is used by hundreds of players, volunteers, life members and local residents who love the grounds. 

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Hamilton Reserve Community Celebration

It was beautiful weather this Saturday morning at Hamilton Park Reserve, Warradale, as we celebrated recent upgrades to the reserve by the State Government and Marion Council. 

Strong communities have good public amenities and, as part of the upgrade, the State Government contributed $180,000 to fund fantastic new automatic toilet facilities. 

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Brighton Lacrosse Club Tour

This afternoon I'm at Brighton Lacrosse Club to celebrate the offical opening to see their new clubroom!

On our tour of their stunning new site, one of the club's life members told me that when the old clubrooms were built many decades ago the besser blocks used cost two shillings each!

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Tour of local schools in our community

Brighton Primary School is one of our great local schools with an inclusive atmosphere clear from the moment you step onto the school grounds. School Principal, Ian Filer and 10 impressive young students on from the Student Executive proudly showed me around their school community in a personal tour.

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Check out the new Tutti Arts Centre

This year, local arts organisation Tutti Arts moved into their exciting new headquarters in Brighton.

I had the pleasure of visiting their new headquarters and seeing creative artists at work. Tutti’s leadership team including President Andrew Downing, Founder and Artistic Director Pat Rix, GM Linda Williams and board member Paul Kirkwood showed me around the new site, and I was fortunate enough to see several performances including the Thank God Its Friday choir singing Katy Perry’s hit Roar.

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Sod turning at Brighton Secondary School

Today, the Member for Black, David Speirs, the Member for Morphett, Stephen Patterson, and I were treated to a tour of Brighton Secondary school by Principal Tony Lunnis.

We saw sections of the school where part of a $13.84m upgrade is underway to construct a new two story-building with general and specialised learning areas, as part of the State Government’s Building Better Schools program.

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Happy Birthday to the Centenarian!

One of the greatest challenges of COVID-19 restrictions has been dealing with separation and isolation, especially among older residents in the community.

When restrictions on social gatherings eased, and with a COVID-safe plan in place, Townsend Retirement Village held a special birthday celebration for one of its oldest residents, Mr Ron Rosenberg, who turned 100.

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Much needed help from Treasure Boxes

I had the pleasure of visiting Treasure Boxes, a local not-for-profit organisation that provides vital essentials to disadvantaged babies and children within our community.

CEO and founder Ms Rikki Cooke showed me around their industrial-size warehouse where I saw volunteers packing much-needed items, including clothes, cots, feeding equipment, car seats and toys—all bound for households across South Australia.

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SPEECH: IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSPORT ACCESSIBILITY

The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (15:27): It is with great pleasure that I rise today to speak about a silent success my team and I have been able to achieve in our local community. On both sides of the chamber I believe we work very hard in our local communities and a lot of the work we do goes unnoticed. They are probably things that only a fellow local member would appreciate. But every now and then we do have some great successes that I think have a positive impact on our community.

One such example was the work we did to help out a young man in our community, Declan Lorenzin. Declan suffers from vision impairment, he uses a cane and he is a very active member of our community. I want to paint this picture for you, Mr Speaker. Imagine catching public transport without the use of your eyes. Catching a train in total darkness, you do not know where the door is going to stop on the platform, where the doors are going to open. It is quite a daunting thing to consider. But Declan is a remarkable young man who lives in Warradale and, despite his vision impairment, he lives a very independent life and catches public transport on the Seaford line to his parents' house.

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