Welcome to this edition of my Community Newsletter.
In recent weeks I have:
Announced $1 Million in Federal funding for Max Parker Pool at Revesby
Visited a number of local schools to present the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards
Announced the winner of the Banks Leadership Scholarship and Junior Leadership Scholarship for 2018
My door is always open. I'm ready to have a chat and to discuss any issues you would like to raise. Please get in touch on the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.
David Coleman MP Federal Member for Banks
OUT AND ABOUT IN BANKS
David has been meeting with residents across the electorate.
Announced funding to upgrade facilities at St George Christian School
Hosted the annual Community Christmas Morning Tea at Olds Park Sports Club
Presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards at the Blakhehurst High School presentenation evening
Attended the Carlton South Public School presentation morning and presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards
Attended the Connells Point Public School Presentation morning
Presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards at Oatley West Public School
Attended the St Christopher's Catholic School end of year presentation morning
Presented the Banks Outstanding Sporting Achievmement Awards at the St George and Sutherland Shire Table Tennis Association Presentation and Dinner evening at Padstow RSL Club
Held the third annual Bushfire Forum at Padstow Heights
Attended the Padstow Heights Public School presentation afternoon to present the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards.
Presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguised Achievement and Merit Awards at the Padstow North Public School presntation morning
Attended the St George Meals on Wheels Annual General Meeting at Peakhurst Bowling Club
Attended the Peakhurst Public School presentation morning
Attended the Penshurst Public School farewell gathering
Presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards at the Penshurst Public School presentation morning
Presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement Awards at the Picnic Point High School presentation afternoon
Visited Scribblz Pre-School to present an award to the winner of the early learning Christmas Card Competition
Attended the Picnic Point Public School presentation morning to present the Commonwealth Parliamentatian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards
Announced $1 Million in Federal funding for upgrades to Max Parker Pool
Held a presentation afternoon tea for the annual Christmas Card Competition finalists at St Luke's Revesby
Announced the winner of the Banks Junior and Senior Leadership Scholarship
Attended the Revesby Public School presentation day to present the Commonwealth Parliamentatian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards.
Attended the Year 6 Graduation Mass and presentation at St Luke's Revesby
Presented the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Distinguished Achievement and Merit Awards at the De La Salle College Revesby presentation morning
Visited Kumon Riverwood to present the Banks Language Awards
Attended the Hannans Road Public School Presentation morning
WIN FOR RESIDENTS AS COUNCIL BACKS DOWN ON OATLEY BOWLING CLUB DEVELOPMENT PLANS
David has welcomed news that Georges River Council has decided to withdraw its plans to rezone the former Oatley Bowling Club site.
Council had planned to construct a multi-storey aged care facility at the location, despite community concerns bout the impact this proposal would have on local traffic, as well as nearby bushland at Myles Dunphy Reserve.
David has opposed this plan since it was first put forward in 2016, and has represented the views of local residents continuously to Council throughout the whole process.
"Council has made the right decision by withdrawing its plans," David said. "There was a real concern in the community about the impact this proposal would have had if it went ahead, and I'm glad these concerns have been acknowledged by Council."
$1M IN FEDERAL FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR MAX PARKER POOL IN REVESBY
David has announced that $1 Million in Federal funding has been secured for the much needed upgrades at the Max Parker Leisure and Aquatic Centre in Revesby.
Max Parker Leisure and Aquatic Centre consists of an outdoor 50 metre heated pool, an indoor 25 metre heated pool, an outdoor heated children's wading pool, pool inflatable, kiosk and merchandise, shaded grandstand and amenities for the indoor and outdoor pools.
The pool has not been upgraded for many years and this is an issue of great concern to local residents.
"The space is used by a number of residents and community groups in the Southern Bankstown area," David said. "These upgrades will provide residents with a more enjoyable space and I look forward to seeing the improvements."
MORTDALE MEN'S SHED TO RECEIVE FEDERAL SUPPORT
Mortdale Men's Shed has recieved $9000 in Federal funding in the Stronger Communities Programme.
Mortdale Men's Shed is a community-based organisation that's accessible to all whose primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly & healing environment. Members are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of others. A key focus of the Men's Shed is to advance the well-being and health of its members & to encourage social inclusion.
Mortdale Men's Shed will be constructing a new shed to accomodate for the large growing group.
"The Shed will allow for wider community involvement," David said. "The Men's shed is great community organisation and I am pleased to see the group expand."
PENSHURST AND OATLEY STUDENTS WIN BANKS LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
On Friday 17th December David announced the winners of the 2018 Banks Leadership Scholarships.
The High School award was presented to Lisa Cheng from Georges River College Penshurst, and the Junior Scholarship was awarded to Year 6 student Annabelle Johnson from St Joseph's Oatley.
Tha Banks Leadership Scholarship was launched in 2013 by David and is given to the Year 10 student in Banks who displays the strongest combination of academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement.
"Lisa is an oustanding student who deserves this award," David said. " Lisa achieves academically at school and spends her spare time volunteering and her hard work in the community has not gone un-noticed."
The Banks Junior Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a Year 6 student, who excels in a range of disciplines.
"Annabelle is a well rounded student and excels academically across all of her subjects," David said.
Lisa and Annabelle as winners of the scholarship received a framed certificate, Australian Flag, a Constitution booklet, lunch and guided tour with family in Parliament House, book vouchers, and funds towards educational expenses.
PADSTOW STUDENT WINS CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION
Daniel Jiahe Lin of Padstow North Public School has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Banks Christmas Card Competition.
Each year, one winner and nine runners-up have their drawing featured on David's annual Christmas cards. The cards are distributed to people including the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and local community groups.
"Each year the Banks Christmas Card Competition attracts more entries," David said. "This year we recieved more than 800 entries from across the Banks electorate."
"Thank you to all the students who participated and congratulations Daniel on being selected as the winner," David said.
THIRD ANNUAL BUSHFIRE FORUM HELD AT PADSTOW HEIGHTS
On Wednesday 12th December, David held his third annual Georges River Bushfire Forum at Padstow Heights Public School.
The forum allowed residents to raise concens and ask an expert panel of representatives from the Rural Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife, NSW Fire and Rescue and Canterbury Bankstown Council questions about bushfire survival and preparation.
"With summer approaching it is important that we are prepared for potential bushfires," David said. "The expert panel provided clarity and assistance in developing bushfire survival plans for local homes and it was great to see so many local residents join us on the evening."
BANKS COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD
If your Community organisation would like an event placed on the Community Noticeboard please contact me.
THE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
The Benevolent Society offers the SaverPlus Program to help people establish good savings habits. Savings of up to $500 are matched dollar for dollar. For more information contact your local Saver Plus Coordinator on 0409 013 183 Mimi Liu, or enquire online at www.saverplus.org.au, call or SMS your name and postcode to 1300 610 355, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Program is funded by ANZ and the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to www.dss.gov.au for more information.
BANKSTOWN BUSHWALKING CLUB
The Club offers a range of bushwalks (from easier ½ day strolls to harder multi-day walks and weekend backpack camping trips), as well as a variety of social activities held in local bushland areas, in the Greater Sydney region, and in surrounding National Parks - Royal, Blue Mountains, Wollemi and further afield.
Members and Visitors are encouraged to attend Club meetings (7:30 pm on the second Monday each month, except Dec and Jan) at Georges Hall Community Centre, 188 Birdwood Road, Georges Hall, NSW. Further information: www.bankstownbushwalkingclub.org.au/. Membership Enquiries: Aidan – email@example.com or 0405 644 757 (text preferred).
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION
CBTA seeks volunteers to help with activities to be undertaken in community tennis administration. If you have computer skills, or love phone contact, CBTA has a job for you. See the CBTA website for more information, or call Adele on 9771 5665. You can also call Paul Burgess on 0414 767 426.
CWA GEORGES RIVER BRANCH
Join a pro-active group of ladies to learn about creative skills such as cooking and handicraft; help to raise funds for medical research, rural assistance and education scholarships and support key issues such as sustainability and the environment.
The Country Women’s Association Georges River Branch meets on the third Saturday of each month (except January) at 2:00 pm in the Sports Room, Mortdale RSL, Mortdale. Find us on Facebook on ‘CWA Georges River Branch’. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery Writers meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month (except January) from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm in the Miles Franklin Room, Hurstville City Library. They provide opportunities for local writers and encourage their projects. For more details contact Margaret on email@example.com.
EAST HILLS MEN'S SHED
The East Hills Men's Shed is open for business from 9am-3pm Mondays and Tuesdays. We are always looking for new members. Come in for a coffee or a chat. For more information, contact Bob Bishop on 0412 274 271.
GRANDVIEWS MEN'S PROBUS CLUB
Meets at Club Grandviews, 821 Forest Road Peakhurst on the first Tuesday of each month @ 9.45am. Probus brings together active retirees to enjoy Tours, Theatre Events, Dining Out plus special interest groups including Golf, Lawn Bowls and Wine tasting.
Each month experienced speakers present a variety of topics. This usually follows morning tea.
To find out more, contact John Taylor 9543 6318.
GRANDPARENTS WHO PARENTS
The Grandparents support group is aimed at those who are formal carers of their grandchildren and other kin-care situations. The group meets on a formal basis each month to provide an opportunity to discuss each other's experiences and to hear from professionals.
The meetings are held at Georges River Life Care on the 2nd Tuesday of each Month at 10am.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL BUSHCARE VOLUNTEERS
Bushcare volunteering sites are located at Evatt Park, Heinrich Reserve, Lime Kiln Bay, Marine Drive Reserve, Moore Reserve, Myles Dunphy North and South, Native Nursery Group, Oatley Park, Oatley Pleasure Grounds, Ogilvy Street, Peakhurst Foreshore, Poulton Park and the Riverwood Wetlands. For more information regarding how to volunteer, including dates and times for certain areas, please contact the Bushcare Office on 9330 6468 or email email@example.com.
HURSTVILLE CROQUET CLUB
The Hurstville Croquet Club has been operating for over 80 years.
Located at the Cnr of Percival and Cambridge street, Penshurst (Penshurst Park).
Meet Monday to Saturday - 9.45am to commence playing at 10am. There are 3 different games played at Hurstville. Visitors also welcome ($8 per game)
For enquires please contact Charles 9588 5536 or Cheryl on 95701273.
HURSTVILLE SENIORS COMPUTER CLUB
The Computer Club meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 1 pm in the Hurstville Seniors Centre, 91 Queens Road, Hurstville. The Club runs classes and has guest speakers once a month at the General Meeting. New members welcome. The group is currently seeking additional tutors to train seniors in computer literacy. For more information please call 9585 9184.
ILLAWARRA SUBURBS TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Tennis is a great way to get some exercise in both a social and competitive environment. The Illawarra Suburbs Lawn Tennis Association has been running competitions in the area for over 100 years and continues to run competitions for players of all standards every day of the week. Players are welcome to join individually or form a team and join a competition. It's cheap, fun, and a great way to get some fresh air and meet some like-minded friendly people. Check their website for further details. www.stgeorgesutherlandtennis.com.au
LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF HURSTVILLE
The Ladies Probus Club of Hurstville meets on the second Wednesday of each month, except December and January, at 10 am in the Auditorium of Penshurst RSL. The Club welcomes retired and semi-retired ladies to join them for a morning of friendship. Morning tea is provided. Guest speakers and monthly day tours are enjoyed by members. Contact Lyn on 9579 5358 to find out more.
LEARNING LINKS PARENTING PROGRAM
Engaging Adolescents is a 3 part parent group to learn a range of strategies to engage with adolescents.
To register contact Learning Links on 8525 8217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thursday 13th, 20th and 27th September 2018. Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Cost: $20 (to cover workbook). Address: Corner Oatley Avenue and Hurstville Rd, Oatley
Who can apply: Parents living in Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale and Sutherland LGAs
LUGARNO LIONS CLUB
The Lions Club of Lugarno meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Mortdale RSL 7.00pm. To find out about becoming a member of Lugarno Lions, email email@example.com.
LUGARNO PROGRESS ASSOCIATION
The Lugarno Progress Association meets at Grandviews Bowling Club - they meet on the 1st Monday of the month, except public holidays. Meetings commence at 7.00pm. For more informaiton please contact President Liane Lewis on 0432 685 285.
MULGA ROAD BOOKSHOP
Mulga Road Bookshop is a project of the Rotary Club of Hurstville. They sell quality second-hand books from $1 and all proceeds go to local charities. Gift Vouchers are also available to purchase. They are currently raising money for Rotary Kids at Play project in the Children's Ward at St. George Hospital. The Bookshop is located at 89 Mulga Road, Oatley and is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-2 on Saturdays. The shop can be contacted by phone on 8034 6269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be found on Facebook and on their website www.mulgaroadbooks.com.au
OATLEY 101 SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
The Oatley 101 Society of Artists - where artists are dedicated to sharing ideas and experiences and encouraging all aspects of artistic endeavour. There are monthly art demonstrations, workshops, regular classes in oils, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media, a Life Drawing Sketch Group, an active Social Studio Painting Group, an en plein air painting group, plus children's art classes. Visit the website: www.oatley101.com.
OATLEY FLORA AND FAUNA CONSERVATION SOCIETY (OFF)
The primary aims of the Society are to stimulate interest in Australian flora and fauna, foster an understanding of the need to conserve the natural environment and cooperate with other organisations in protecting the environment. OFF is a flourishing local organisation and welcomes new members and visitors. It holds monthly meetings with guest speakers and monthly walks. For more information see the OFF website at off.oatleypark.com.
OATLEY LIONS CLUB
Oatley Lions Club meets each month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:15 pm at Oatley RSL. Dinner meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday and include a guest speaker. Guest speakers are most welcome. For more details contact John on 0412 101 473.
OATLEY WRITERS GROUP
Where: Oatley Library (Letitia Street, Oatley) first Wednesday of each month.
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
All welcome. Come and share your writings with others. Be inspired.
PANANIA SCOUTING GROUP
The 2nd Panania Scout Group is open to new members from the local area. The group supports activities like Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Day and ANZAC Day, while also hosting youth camps and activities. Joeys, for 6-8-year-olds, is held Tuesdays from 5.30-6.30pm. Cubs, for 8-11-year-olds, is held Tuesdays from 7-8.30pm. Scouts, for 11-15-year-olds, is held Monday from 7-9pm. The groups meet at the Scout Hall on Wilson Street, Panania. For inquiries, contact Lionel on 0417075227.
PANANIA VILLAGE MARKETS
The Rotary Club of Padstow will hold the Panania Village Markets on the second Saturday of each month at Panania Library Park. There are a wide variety of stalls, including homemade food, quality craft and plants. Proceeds from the markets are used to support local and charitable projects. For more information, contact Paul Laverty on 0414 675 736 or email@example.com
PLAYGROUPS NSW - ST GEORGE ZONE
Playgroup is an informal session where mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies meet up in a relaxed and friendly environment. The adults stay to interact with other adults and to play with their children. Playgroup NSW is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting families and strengthening local communities through playgroups. To find a friendly Playgroup near you or to get FREE Playgroup NSW membership with lots of great info and offers, visit http://www.playgroupnsw.org.au
RIVERWOOD COMBINED PROBUS CLUB
The Riverwood Combined Probus Club invites the local community to their club meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10:15 am at Club Rivers Littleton St Riverwood. The club also hosts two walks a month, a book club, a coffee and group chat and a lunch and theatre group. For more details call Kristine on 9534 2741.
ROTARY CLUB OF HURSTVILLE
The Rotary Club of Hurstville meets Monday nights at Mortdale RSL at 6:30pm. The major project this year is the rebuilding of the play area at St Georges Hospital. For more information contact Jan 0412828871.
ROTARY CLUB OF PADSTOW
Want to “Make a Difference” in your local community and the world and have fun at the same time? Join us at 7 pm on any Tuesday night at the Revesby Workers Club Function Centre. For more information call Julie on 0417800023
ROTARY CLUB OF ST GEORGE NEXT GEN
Rotary Club of St George Next Gen meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm at Club Central in Hurstville. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0405 776 343.
SAFER DRIVERS COURSES
The Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for learner drivers under 25 years old who have completed 50 logbook hours. It is administered through RMS and available at several local locations. For more details, please visit the website here.
If you have always wanted to have a go at singing, but have never had the chance, Sing Australia St George is for you! Our primary goal is to encourage more Australians to sing. There are no auditions, no requirements to read music and no singing experience is required. We make singing fun, there are lots of health benefits from activities such as singing and we make friends.
Sing Australia St George meets every Monday night, except public holidays, at Peakhurst South Public School Hall in Pindari Road, Peakhurst Heights, 7.30-9.30pm. To find out more, call John or Toni Darcy on 9584 1080 or email email@example.com
ST GEORGE ART SOCIETY
St George Art Society encourages fine art. Artists (and emerging artists) share ideas and experiences, learn new skills, have a chance to exhibit their art and make connections in a social community. New members are welcome.
The society’s activities are held at Kogarah School of Arts, Cnr. Queens Avenue & Bowns Road KOGARAH and include: Critique and Demonstration with guest artists; Life-Drawing with top models; a monthly Plein Air Group; a fortnightly High School Student Mentoring Program; and Sketchability, a drawing class from beginners onward.
The Art Society will be holding a workshop on Sunday the 9th of September 10am-4pm and Sunday the 10th September 10am-4pm. Cost $60 for member and $75 for non members.
THE ST GEORGE BRANCH OF THE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES
The Association of Independent Retirees working for Australians in Retirement invites visitors from the Banks District. The St Geoge Branch meets monthly (except December) on the third Friday of the month. Meetings are held at Grandviews Bowling Club, 821 Forest Road, Peakhurst. Enquiries - Pat 9554 4113
The Association of Independent Retirees is a member-driven national, not for profit, non-political organisation which works to advance and protect the interests and independent lifestyle of Australians in retirement. A.I.R seeks to secure recognition and equity for Australians who, through their diligence and careful management, fully or partly self-fund their own retirement needs. Membership of A.I.R is open to retirees, semi-retirees, persons approaching retirement and corporate entities. For more info visit the A.I.R website: independentretirees.com
THE ST GEORGE CREATIVE ART & CRAFT CENTRE
St George Creative Art & Craft Centre, 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst, offers a range of classes in Art, Pottery, Patchwork, Needlework, Mosaics, card, papercraft and more. Check out our website: www.sgcacc.org.au, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 9579 3331 for information about our fun and friendly classes with our talented and experienced tutors. Adult classes are held day and evening, and after-school art classes for children. St George Creative Art & Craft is hosting St George Pole Depot Markets in the Park at 23 St Georges Road, Penshurst. the markets are held on the 4th Saturday of each moth.
ST GEORGE LIONS CLUB
St George Lions, with support from Club Rivers, will begin a new project on Friday 12 October, 2018 called Conversations to Support the Community.
Club Rivers, Riverwood on Friday 12th October
Guest Speaker from 12 Noon followed by a 2 course meal
For more information and registration please contact John Craig 0413 312 108 or email@example.com
ST GEORGE MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB
The club meets every Monday night from 7:00-8: 30 pm for the club race meet at Peakhurst West Public School Swimming Pool, Ogilvy St Peakhurst. It also runs a training session every Sunday morning from 8:00am-9: 15 am for club members. New members are welcome. For more information Ph: 0418 674 685 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ST GEORGE RED CROSS
The St George District Red Cross meets every second Tuesday of each month at Penshurst RSL in the Legends Room. Morning tea is from 10.00am, with meetings beginning at 10.30am. The focus of the group is fundraising for the Red Cross. All are welcome. Contact Meg on 9533 1020 for further details.
ST MARKS ART GROUP
St Marks Art Group is an informal but active group of artists working in all media who come together for the joy of art and sharing our wide-ranging talents and experience with others. St Marks Church Hall is a lovely open and well-lit venue ideal for painting and socialising with other artists in a generous and creative atmosphere. Members’ paintings may be hung around the hall in an attractive ever-changing display. The hall is well equipped with a modern kitchen and convenient facilities. Our morning tea and lunch times are a pleasant opportunity to discuss art , socialise and make friends. BYO art and materials.
Where: St Marks Hall, The Mall, South Hurstville
Contact: Lorraine Sweeney, 9546 1162 or Rex Steele Merten 9580 2808
Cost: A ridiculously small donation of $2 each to cover morning tea and coffee.
Membership of VIEW is suited to all women interested in meeting regularly, establishing lasting friendships and supporting the Smith Family charity. For Clubs at Peakhurst, Riverwood and Revesby contact Kay Underwood on 9570 8680 or email email@example.com.
The Lugarno Evening View Club holds a dinner meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Gardens on Forest. For more information please contact Adele Persi on 9533 4345.
The Kingsgrove View Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Club Rivers. For more information please contact Lorraine Ripley on 9153 8798.
The East Hills View Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at Revesby Workers Club. For more information contact Jan McKenzie on 9724 1969 or 0408 473 037.
YWCA ENCORE EXERCISE PROGRAM
YWCA Encore is a free exercise program for women in the Revesby area who have had Breast Cancer surgery. The program involves land and pool based exercises. Participants do not need to be able to swim and pools are at a comfortable temperature. To enrol or for more information please phone 92856264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A service club for business and professional women which supports women locally and internationally.
Zonta provides Breast care cushions to breast cancer patients; birthing kits to 3rd world countries; and awards and mentors high school girls.
Zonta meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at Club Central Menai. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact Robyn Fague on 0425 208 765 or email@example.com
GET IN TOUCH WITH DAVID
Please get in touch with David if there are any issues you would like to discuss. David can be reached on 9771 3400, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is at 22 Revesby Place, Revesby and is staffed from 9am—5pm, Monday to Friday.