The theme of my message for this edition is ‘people power’.
I’d like to highlight two great examples of what can be achieved when we work together. The first is a huge win for our residents who were recently informed that plans for the Matraville incinerator had been officially withdrawn. A great outcome for the people, led by local residents and supported by Bayside and Randwick Councils.
The other show of local strength resulted in plans for a 24/7 McDonalds on Botany Road being withdrawn recently. This application would have had a negative impact on the local area. Thank you Rachel Thornton for your efforts and Michael Daley MP and The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite for joining the fight.
This past week was also a time to reflect on mental health with R U OK ? Day. It’s a day where we specifically focus on reminding ourselves to check-in on each other. It’s not just a question that we should ask on one day each year but all year round. I found the R U OK ? events I attended very worthwhile with strong messages for all of us.
It was really powerful to be reminded that you don’t need special qualifications to help someone who may be doing it tough – often you just need to be there to show you care.
I’m really looking forward to a couple of events occurring in Bayside this weekend.
The first is the Bayside Spring Fair where we celebrate the talent and diversity we have in our local community.
The other event is the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation’s annual Beachside Dash where runners of all ages participate in a run or walk along our beautiful Bayside foreshore whilst raising money for medical research.
Details of both events are contained in this newsletter.
Another significant event for all our Rabbitoh supporters is the huge game on Sunday at the new Football Stadium. Go the Bunnies!
I end this message reflecting on the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Her gentle nature and resilience will long be remembered. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.