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Welcome to My Community Update Newsletter

Don Punch MLA, Member for Bunbury


With Parliament rising for the winter break at the end of June, it has been great to be able to spend a couple of weeks in Bunbury. Restrictions have started easing so I have been able to get out and about in our community again.
 
While we have done incredibly well in WA by banding together against the virus, we can see from Victoria that now is not the time to let our guard down. We are fortunate restrictions are easing in WA. The way to make sure we continue to see restrictions lifted is to make sure you socially distance whenever you are out and about, wash your hands regularly and maintain good hygiene and if you feel unwell at all, contact your doctor straight away.

Government Comes to Bunbury

 
Our community always receives great support from our Premier and his Ministers and the last few weeks have been no exception.
 
Hon Peter Tinley, Minister for Housing and Asian Engagement visited at the end of June. He attended an event for Tradies, hosted by the local office of the Housing Industry Association. This event was an opportunity for the Minister to speak directly with local tradespeople and construction workers about the opportunities available through the recently expanded maintenance and building programmes for public housing. He then attended a sundowner with members of the City of Bunbury Sister Cities Committee and the Board of the South West China Business Association, a function the Mayor and Bunbury City Council were kind enough to host.

Minister Saffiotti was also in Bunbury recently. The Minister for Transport was here to announce the draft of the South West Supply Chain Strategy had been released for public comment. This is an important strategy to unlock the potential for future economic growth in our region and will be vital for new industries seeking to establish themselves here. To have your say on the strategy visit https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/Freight-Ports/south-west-supply-chain-strategy.asp. The comments period will be open until Friday 21 August.



I also had the great pleasure to join Minister Alannah MacTiernan to officially open Bunbury’s new accessible fishing platform. Located at what used to be the supply jetty at the old wharf at the end of Casuarina Drive, this is a fantastic new facility complete with seating, shade, solar lighting and a fish cleaning station that will be hugely popular with anyone in our recreational fishing community who has to overcome accessibility issues. Young families, the elderly and people living with a disability can now safely go fishing and make the most of Bunbury’s amazing marine environment.
 

What's Coming Up

With restrictions easing, I have planned a couple of events over the coming couple of months. RSVPs to these events will be essential so my office can ensure the proper social distancing and hygiene measures are in place and the events are conducted safely.
 
Before the COVID-19 outbreak I had a number of Town Hall Meetings planned that unfortunately I had to cancel. As we now enter the recovery phase, it is more important than ever that I am able to speak directly with the community to hear your views about what we should be doing and your ideas for our future, so I have rescheduled three community town hall meetings.
 
Bunbury Central
1.30pm, Saturday 1 August
Bunbury RSL Hall, Spencer Street, Bunbury
 
Bunbury South
1.30pm, Saturday 8 August
Dalyellup Community Centre, Gosse Way, Dalyellup
 
Bunbury North
1.30pm, Saturday 15 August
Mecure Sanctuary Golf Resort, Old Coast Road, Pelican Point
 
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by visiting https://proudlybunbury.com.au/local-issues/events/, or by emailing bunbury@mp.wa.gov.au or calling 9791 3636.
 
And, keep an eye out if you have school aged children or an interest in schools and education in our community as I am hoping to host an Education Forum with Minister Ellery sometime towards the end of August.

Parliamentary Update

 

As we are now in the middle of the winter recess, I haven’t spent a lot of time in the Parliament over the past month. However it is important to note that in the final sitting week before we rose we were able to pass a really important piece of animal welfare legislation to stop puppy farming through the Lower House.
 
Also during that week, I had the opportunity to deliver a speech and contribute to a debate about homelessness services in our State. It gave me the chance to thank the hard working community services sector in Bunbury and to talk about how we can better support them in the work they do for our community. If you are interested you can read the speech here:
https://parliament.wa.gov.au/Hansard/hansard.nsf/0/ABA24370C0B56B95482585A4000C546C/$File/A40%20S1%2020200624%20All.pdf.

Scroll through Hansard until you get to about 6pm and you will find the beginning of the speech.

In the Community

 


Lotterywest funding is a vital component of the McGowan Government’s response to COVID-19. $159 million has been made available to support the community organisations we rely. Locally both the South West Refuge and Waratah have received funding, and recently I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Advocacy WA and Doors Wide Open, all organisations to benefit from the generosity of Lotterywest. 



Last year Premier Mark McGowan cam to Bunbury to launch RYDE, the Regional Youth Driver Education programme in Bunbury. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet the first student to successful apply for their Learner’s Permit under the programme. Learning to drive is a really important rite of passage for young people living in the regions and it essential for their future job prospects. I was very happy to meet Shania, and wish her all the best as she begins her journey to becoming a licenced driver. 

I never fail to be surprised by the wide range of events and activities I am invited to as your local member. This month I had the opportunity to give wheelchair basketball a go. Wheelchair Sports South West is keen to see more sports for people living with a disabilities to be played regularly in Bunbury and so have been hosting a couple of come and try days. I am keen to support them the efforts and encourage every to get out a support them too.

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