Lake Macquarie Local Government Area Residents

I take the opportunity in what probably will be my last community recognition statement for this year to recognise the approximately 200,000 residents of the Lake Macquarie local government area who, as the Mayor of the Lake Macquarie and member for Charlestown, I am very proud to represent. I commend the residents of the Lake Macquarie local government area for their activism, prominence and strong contribution to political debate. A recent example is the many constituents of the Lake Macquarie local government area who wrote passionate submissions to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal [IPART] conveying their thoughts on amalgamation. There were so many submissions that Lake Macquarie residents were in the top 10 group across the State to make submissions to IPART. I encourage this activism as it is the only way to ensure that Lake Macquarie constituents' perspectives continue to be heard. I assure them that I am listening. I am very proud of both the Charlestown and Lake Macquarie communities I represent.