Lane Cove & North Side Community Services
One of the inspiring parts of our jobs as Members of Parliament is the opportunity to work with individuals and organisations in our electorates who are helping others in need – be it the thousands of people who volunteer their time or the dedicated professionals working in the community sector.
For many years I served on the board of the Crows Nest Community Centre, and I saw their incredible work firsthand.
I also know my part of Sydney has been something of a trailblazer in the development of great community initiatives. For example, the early development of the Mens Shed movement occurred in Lane Cove.
More recently the Waverton Hub has provided a new model for engaging communities in a way that is attracting interest across the country.
And back in 1961, what is now called Lane Cove and North Side Community Services, was a pioneer in the development of volunteer-based organisations serving the welfare of local communities.
Today the Lane Cove and North Side Community Service provide vital support for those living on the lower north shore – particularly the elderly and those with a disability.
Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the opening of the Service’s new premises in Lane Cove. I was delighted that we were able to secure a federal grant to assist in their move.
The new premises will allow the Service to better meet the needs of the local community and I congratulate all those involved in bringing these new facilities to fruition.
More importantly, I want to record in this Parliament the gratitude of so many in our community for the dedication of its staff and volunteers – led by the Chair of the Board, John Devine and its General Manager, Gillian Batt.
Our community is stronger for all they do.