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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
On Saturday 18 July, I stood amid a sea of black and gold jerseys to cheer from the sidelines as the Brighton Rugby Union Football Club played their first round of home games for the season.
On this special day, the clubrooms were also officially opened. I joined Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson and Club President Wayne Londema in front of a very excited crowd to cut a black and gold ribbon to mark this occasion.Read more
With the Minister for Education, I spent a day visiting several local schools including Seaview High School, Darling Primary School and Marion Primary School.
At Seaview High School, we inspected the site of the school’s new performance arts building being constructed as part of the State Government’s Building Better School’s programme. Student Presidents Rhys and Casey then interviewed the Minister and me, asking all kinds of great questions including our own experiences at school. It was fantastic to speak with such thoughtful young people.Read more
In June, I held a community catchup at the Next Chapter Gourmet Café, Oaklands Park. Local residents and I chatted over coffee about issues affecting our lives and community.
This was the first in my series of catchups at local cafes that I hope will keep people connected and offer the chance to raise issues with me or other community members, all while supporting local businesses. Some issues we touched on at this meeting included housing density, public housing maintenance and visa applications.Read more
I was recently invited to a birthday party at Sturt Palms Retirement Village, Brighton. It was a very special occasion with Sturt Palm’s oldest resident, Geoffrey Edmonds, turning 100 years old.
Surrounded by fellow residents and good food, Geoffrey regaled us with stories from his incredible life. As well as living all over the world, he’s had a lifelong interest in the music and once played the Spanish guitar for Nana Mouskouri!Read more
The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (15:15): It is with great pleasure I rise today to speak about some recent activities in my electorate. June has been a wonderful month. It has been great to be back out again as some of the restrictions have eased. That is very much to the credit of the people of South Australia, who have done an outstanding job. Of course, the officials from SA Health and the police commissioner have done a wonderful job in giving the directions as they have. I think the Premier and all the team have done an outstanding job to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep South Australians as safe as possible.Read more