My Article in the February Issue of ‘The Village Observer’

  • February 1, 2020

Lane Cove Public School

As many residents would know a fire caused extensive damage to Lane Cove Public School in January. Fortunately no one was hurt. However, the fire destroyed the school’s canteen and school hall. The school’s P&C Association has set up a GoFundMe Page in order to raise money to help the school recover.

To help Lane Cove Public School reach their goal of $25,000, please visit

So far many locals have made very generous contributions and the school has continued to receive support from the NSW Government to rebuild facilities. The fire has obviously caused considerable disruption for students and to other community groups that use the hall. However, I am sure it will bounce back and continue its fine tradition for education excellence.

Australia Day 2020 Honours

I was delighted to see so many exceptional locals honoured for their contributions to this nation by the Governor-General this Australia Day. I would like to congratulate the Lane Cove and Hunters Hill recipients Ms Catherine Inglis AM, Ms Christine Franks AM, Mr Paul Hackett OAM, Mr Peter Maniscalco OAM, Dr Samiul Sorrenti OAM, Mr Michael Wilson OAM, Mr James SiangChung Yu OAM and Brigadier Peter Connor AM.

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for making a difference.

Lunar New Year

Finally I was proud to attend the Lunar New Year Celebrations in Chatswood with fellow Parliamentarians and dignitaries. It was particularly wonderful to see the celebrations continue despite the challenges and worries that the coronavirus has presented especially for Chinese Australians. Many local businesses have been affected by the coronavirus, often by completely unfounded fears about its potential risks in Australia. The key message from health authorities is that there is next to zero risk in Australia so let’s all support our local Chinese restaurants and businesses!