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8 Aug 2022
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The Peninsula puts in front of us what we must do
Men's Shed project may not have started without grant
Public comment sought on draft street banner policy
Partial Peninsula power outage
Union seeks inquiry into bank branch closures
Demographic changes shown in online graphs
Clean4Shore completes Patonga clean-up plan
Please take survey, koala group urges
Donations collected for Homelessness Week
Rotary club holds charity golf day
Anglicans appoint new Peninsula rector
Uniting minister to leave parish
Mike Curley dies just short of 85th birthday
Phyll O'Regan dies at 94
Mangrove Creek holding tank loses water
Bushfire fund to support local innovators
Why do we do what we do?
Month ends with highest July and annual rainfall figures
Dual occupancy proposed for Brittania St
Four units proposed for Waratah Ave site
Revised application removes garage and second access
No details of three-unit proposal available
Are any council staff acting on its climate change policy?
Procrastination on climate change policy
More than 1000 active cases remain
Aged care home cleared of coronavirus
Hospital introduces tighter visiting restrictions
Aged care provider expects more long-term residents
New aged care wellbeing manager appointed
Building works continue despite rain
Hospital system 'failing the community', says Tesch
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Echoes of Laurel Canyon at Troubadour folk club
Patchwork group is 'powering along'
A change of scene
Cleaners awarded in Education Week
Public education appreciation awards to college staff
Kindergarten celebrates 100 days
College student member of winning YouthRock band
Association raises $2500 at athletics carnival
Pyjama day raises $400
School defers Education Week celebration
Book parade held to celebrate Book Week
Busy rehearsing on guitars
Parents to meet at Umina campus
Touch team comes fifth in the State
Day of friendship at college
Dressed as their possible future selves
Personal best in gymnastics
Booking open for family Kindergarten interviews
Naidoc activities held at Woy Woy campus
Students and parents explore curriculum options
College team make it to Oztag semi-finals
Lesson on social media careers
Students engage in 'quality learning experiences'
Woy Woy Junior Rugby Football Club players' photo
Southern Ettalong United retains fourth spot
Umina comes second in youth pool rescue event
Learn to instruct Learn-to-Swim
Cricket coach and players wanted
Open pairs championship for bridge club
Bridge club holds super congress online
Cricket club to hold sportsman's lunch
Bridge promotions
First win to Swans under-11s



The Peninsula puts in front of us what we must do

"The Peninsula is truly one of the best places on the face of this earth, but it places front and centre what we must do - protect, preserve, and nurture," Member for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid told Federal Parliament in his maiden speech last Monday, August 1.

"In the afternoon, with the sun setting, and an orange glow filling the sky, if you look out from Umina Beach, you see a small island, Lion Island, on it a colony of penguins.

"Surrounding it, and the remaining coast, rolling waves and ocean, teaming with marine life. Truly something to behold.

"Our future generations should be at the heart of each and every decision that we make.

"Therefore, we must provide them with an environment, with a planet, where they can continue to grow, to love and to become whomever they want to be.

"Without them, we are nothing, and this great Australian story ceases to exist.'

In his speech, Dr Reid emphasised health, housing and the environment.

He spoke of the importance to him of family, his local aboriginal community, and accountability and integrity in government.

He defined health broadly, "not simply a state of being free from illness or injury", but also in terms of having a healthy community, including "having a clean, strong, protected and sustainable environment".

"Health is the strength of a society and a community," he said.

"Health is a community having access to affordable and equitable care and services.

"Health is having the freedom to go about your daily lives with the reassurance that those elected to represent us are held to account.

"Health is having a clean, strong, protected and sustainable environment.

"Health is having a sense of belonging through cultural acceptance and representation.

"Health is having the ability to participate in the workforce all while knowing your children are being cared for and educated to the absolute highest standard.

"Health is having a safe and secure place to call home."

Dr Reid spoke of his experiences as an emergency department doctor, with full waiting rooms, where "the stroke and the heart attack need immediate attention, but there are no beds".

"No beds, not enough staff."

Dr Reid said: "Shifts like this formed a turning point for me.

"I stand before you today, not because I no longer want to be a doctor - I love being a doctor, and will always love being a doctor.

"But by undertaking this most important role, my skills and my experience will no longer be limited to the bedside.

"At the bedside I have the opportunity to help one family at a time.

"Here I have the opportunity to be part of something that can change the lives of everyone in our community, for the better.

"I have the opportunity to use my experiences to bring about informed, systemic change."

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