Jodie Harrison

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  • Charlestown Local Woman of the Year
  • Lake Macquarie Sports Awards
  • Charlestown Electorate Community Building Partnership Grant Recipients
  • Closing the Gap Report
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE
  • HANSARD - HUNTER ICE EPIDEMIC
Thursday, 16 March 2017

Charlestown Local Woman of the Year

Charlestown Local Woman of the Year

Legislative Assembly Hansard – 08 March 2017 – Proof

Today I recognise Lynda Little, Charlestown's Local Woman of the Year. Lynda manages The Place; a community centre at Charlestown. The Place is a financially sustainable social enterprise enabling participant-led community activity. The mission of The Place is to provide a safe and welcoming venue that engages and supports a diverse community and responds according to local community needs. The income generated from local businesses hiring rooms in The Place directly supports its work within the community, including the provision of information and referral services. The Place offers a number of regular activities and workshops, including over-50s exercise classes, playgroups, cooking classes for people with disabilities, and yoga. As well as being the inaugural manager of The Place, Lynda is an active member of the Hunter Regional Neighbourhood Centre Forum and the Local Community Services Association, the State peak body for community development organisations. I commend Lynda and her staff for their tireless efforts in supporting the community and people of Charlestown

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Lake Macquarie Sports Awards

I commend Lake Macquarie City Council for recognising athletes, their families, sports administrators and the role of sport in contributing to a healthy community through holding the Lake Macquarie Sports Awards. Once again, the awards, which were held last Saturday, were a highlight of the Lake Macquarie calendar.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Charlestown Electorate Community Building Partnership Grant Recipients

Late last year I was pleased to give 13 local groups an early Christmas present by letting them know that they had been successful in their application for funding under the Community Building Partnership program. I invited all the successful applicants to a morning tea at which they discussed the projects and the impact those projects will have in making Charlestown an even better place to live and to visit.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Closing the Gap Report

February 13 marked nine years since Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generation, a moment in time few of us will forget. It was an apology for what he termed as "this blemished chapter in our national history" and "the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians." The catalyst for the apology was the 1997 Bringing Them Home report. That report suggested the first step in healing is the acknowledgment of truth and the delivery of an apology.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE

Every year more than 400,000 people across Australia experience domestic violence and every year domestic violence costs the Australian economy more than $16.8 billion. Paid domestic violence leave will send a strong message to the community that domestic violence is unacceptable and that we, as a society, will properly support people leaving violent relationships. The Council of Australian Governments must discuss domestic violence leave in December, and I hope the Premier supports its inclusion on the agenda, and also a national right to access paid domestic violence leave.

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Thursday, 06 October 2016

HANSARD - HUNTER ICE EPIDEMIC

The rise in the use of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, is having a devastating effect across New South Wales. Ice is highly addictive and relatively cheap, with much of it produced in Australia. No-one is immune from addiction. It affects people from all walks of life. The use of ice in the Hunter has been on the increase over the past decade and, sadly, in recent years it has accelerated rapidly. Numbers from the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research are alarming. In Lake Macquarie the possession and/or use of amphetamines over a 24-month period has increased by 77.6 per cent. In 2011 there were 46 incidents of possession and/or use of amphetamines. In 2015 the number of incidents more than quadrupled, with more than 200 reported incidents.

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