[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”76490″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Matt Kean[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
I encourage people to take advantage of free general admission to cultural institutions across NSW including the Sydney Living Museums and the Australian Museum in Sydney that was announced as part of the NSW Government budget for 2022/23.
This program is planned for 12 months, from 1st July, and is part of a NSW Government commitment to make arts and creative experiences more accessible for families. This complements the existing free general admission to the Art Gallery of NSW, Powerhouse Museum and the State Library of NSW. The September-October school holidays are an ideal time to visit.
I would like to recognise and say how proud I am of three local athletes who have just returned from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Kaye Scott, Michelle Jenneke and Ellie Cole all represented Australia in their third Commonwealth Games and all three performed exceptionally well by qualifying for finals in their respective events.
Dural local Michelle made it through to the final of her 100 metres hurdle event, where she achieved fifth place, in an extremely tight finish.
Hornsby resident, Ellie Cole, also finished fifth in her final for the 100 metres freestyle Para-Sport. The highly respected Australian Paralympic champion could not achieve a fairytale finish, but it was an emotional performance as she swam for Australia for the final time.
Kaye Scott competed in the Gold medal bout for the 70kg boxing event, but had to settle for a Silver medal, to go with her Bronze medal she won at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Kaye has pioneered women’s boxing in NSW when the discrimination law, that prevented women boxing, was changed and she featured in an event at Hornsby RSL back in 2009.
Like all the Commonwealth Games athletes I know, as an amateur boxer she has sacrificed a lot of her time, outside of her work commitments, training to achieve the required skill and fitness levels to represent her country. We should all be extremely proud of these three local ladies and their results.
Once again, I recognise the patience of many in our community who are impacted, in various ways, by the closure of Galston Gorge. This planned closure is to finalise the remediation work which involves stabilisation of the existing dry-stone retaining wall. Importantly, this work is a both a repair and preventative measure to greatly reduce the chances of closures in the future.
Finally, I’d like to thank the many members of my community that have taken the time to contact me with best wishes after I was recently elected as the new deputy leader of the NSW Liberal Party. I am very humbled to have been endorsed by my colleagues for this role and will continue to work with them to serve the people of NSW.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][us_image image=”76490″][/vc_column][/vc_row]