Locals fighting to make Parramatta a better place to live
One of the best parts of my job is seeing the fantastic work that people are doing to make out community stronger, and to make Parramatta a better place to live.
Save Willow Grove
The grassroots campaign to save this valuable heritage site and build a world class museum elsewhere in Parramatta has won overwhelming community support. The CFMEU has also placed a Green Ban on Willow Grove.
The NSW Government has started removing trees and demolishing outbuildings but the fight to save Willow Grove continues. You can find out more about how you can support the campaign here.
Westmead Push for Palliative Care
Despite being one of the biggest hospital precincts in Australia, Westmead Hospital has not had a dedicated palliative care ward for many years.
The Westmead Push for Palliative Care is fighting to change this - follow them on Facebook to find out how you can help.
Housing Australia Future Fund
Labor believes the Federal Government needs to take urgent action to address the housing crisis. That why we've committed to establish a $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund to build more social and affordable housing.
Find out more about Labor's Housing Australia Future Fund here.
The Uluru Statement, Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week
The Uluru Statement from the Heart
Four years ago, First Nations communities delivered the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The statement asks for a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement making and truth telling. You can read the Statement in full here.
You can show your support for the Statement by signing up as a supporter. One of the most effective ways to support the Statement is to share it with your friends and family - you can find a supporter kit to help you share it here.
National Sorry Day
On National Sorry Day (May 26) we remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the Stolen Generations - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
More information about National Sorry Day, the Stolen Generations and the Bringing the Home Report can be found on the Reconciliation Australia website.
You can find out more about the important work of the Healing Foundation - a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families - on their website.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to reflect on what they can do to help achieve reconciliation in Australia.
It begins on May 27 - the anniversary of the 1967 referendum - and ends on June 3 - the anniversary of the High Court's decision in the Mabo case.
You can find a list of actions you can take all year round on the Reconciliation Australia website.
Locally, Riverside Parramatta is hosting Yuin Byalla (Truth Talking) at 6:00pm on 3 June. Writer Bruce Pascoe, astronomer Karlie Noon and representatives of Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led climate network SEED will be discussing the themes of this year's Reconciliation Week (More the a word. Reconciliation takes action.) and NAIDOC Week (Heal Country!). You can find tickets here.
Volunteering in Parramatta
Stay up to date on grants
You can stay up to date on grants for local community organisations by subscribing for my monthly Grants Bulletin here.
Expressions of interest for the Powering Communities Program - which helps community organisations fund projects that can improve their energy efficiency practices and lower their energy bills - are now open. You can find more information about the grants and submit an EOI before 12pm June 7 here.
I’ll be hosting a grants forum on Monday 12 July to explain the ins and outs of the grant application process and how organisations can maximise their chances of success – you can register now to attend in person or on Zoom here.
Please get in touch if you're concerned about, or you've been directly affected by any of the issues I talked about today - or any other federal issues.