Dear Berowra Resident,
It’s a tough time for families and local businesses in our community.
The key driver for this economic distress is inflation.
For decades, Australia has operated in a low inflation environment, and
the corrosive impact of inflation on household budgets and savings has
not been felt for a long time.
Inflation destroys purchasing power and savings.
There are two ways you can get inflation under control – the first is by
increasing productivity. Increasing productivity effectively increases
supply within the economy and it takes pressure off prices.
The other thing that takes pressure off prices is government actions
that take pressures off demand. That’s why the Federal and State
governments must get their budgets under control.
The recent Federal budget increases spending by $185 billion.
Recently, I spoke in the Parliament about local shopkeepers and about
the pressures they are facing. Sadly, I said that shop closures will be a
certainty in coming months.
You can read that speech by clicking on the link below.
I believe the number one issue in Berowra
and across Australia is the economy. My focus, and that of Liberal
colleagues, is on policies that reduce pressure on families and small
businesses by developing policies that reduce inflation, improve
productivity and lower tax.
IN THE COMMUNITY
We live in a vibrant local community that looks out for each other.
Our charity, sporting, school, environmental, religious, and service
groups do so much across Berowra and it’s wonderful to get out and
If you'd like me to visit your business,
organisation or community event, please don't hesitate to reach out to
my office on 9980 1822 or Julian.Leeser.MP@aph.gov.au.
ROUND TABLE WITH LOCAL PHARMACISTS
Our pharmacists do a great job serving the local community.
I believe in community pharmacies because they add an additional layer
of care to our health system by watching out for their patients, many of
whom they know by name.
Recently, I met with almost 20 local pharmacists from across the
electorate to discuss the Albanese Government’s proposal for 60-day
dispensing of some medicines.
It was clear to me that the proposal is highly flawed and was rushed through with little to no consultation.
It comes at a time when there is a scarcity of some medicines due to supply chain issues.
Labor’s policy will also make many of our pharmacies unviable. The
average financial loss to pharmacies caused by the change is anticipated
to be $140,000. This is not a cost a community pharmacy can absorb.
The plight of pharmacies is of great concern to me, and I will continue to speak up on behalf of community pharmacies.
BROOKLYN POST OFFICE
In March, the Brooklyn Post Office, which had served the local community since 1874, closed.
Brooklyn is a relatively isolated community and the Post office was a
hub for everything from picking up parcels to paying bills and topping
up opal cards.
The loss of the Post Office has had an impact on the residents of
Brooklyn and the river communities of Wobby, Dangar Island, Wondabyne,
Cogra Bay, Cheero Point, Mooney Mooney, Bar Point, Marlowe, and Milsons
I have taken up the fight to restore the Brooklyn Post Office alongside the Brooklyn Community Association.
Last week, I met with the CEO of Australia Post, Paul Graham, in my
Parliament House office. We spoke at length about the Post Office and I
gave him a letter putting the case for the re-establishment of the
Brooklyn Post Office.
As developments occur, I will keep you informed on this issue.
LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONS AND
LOCAL PARALYMPIC CHAMPIONS
Youth sport plays such an important role in community life here in
Berowra, and I am proud of the great young sports people that live in
The Local Sporting Champions and Local Para Champions grants recently opened and will remain open until 31 July.
The Local Sporting Champions program provides successful applicants aged
12 - 18 with grants of $500 - $750 towards the cost of participating in
state, national, or international championships. The Local Para
Champions program is open to applicants aged 12 – 24, with grants of
$750 - $1000.
If you know a competitor, coach, or official who could benefit from this
grant, please encourage them to apply. They can do so by visiting https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions or https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local-para-champions
SAVE THE DATE: VISIT FROM SENATOR CLAIRE CHANDLER
On the afternoon of Thursday July 20, Senator Claire Chandler, the
Shadow Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, will be visiting our
electorate to meet with our local Sri Lankan and Iranian communities.
If you are a member of those communities and you are interested in
attending, please save the date. Further information will be provided in
the coming weeks.
KING’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST
Congratulations to the Berowra residents honoured as part of the King’s Birthday Honours List.
To be included as part of the King’s Birthday Honours List is one of the
highest honours that any Australian can receive. The Honours recognise
the substantial contribution that each recipient has made to Australian
The outstanding recipients from Berowra exemplify the best of people in
our electorate – particularly in how they embody the values of service,
hard work, and community spirit.
Please join me in warmly congratulating:
The Honours List also recognised the work of the Late Ian White OAM for his work supporting athletics.
- Mr David Blunt AM - For significant service to the Parliament of New South Wales
- Mr Lindsay Johnston AM - For significant service to architectural building and design education
- Professor Simon Mark Willcock AM - For significant service to primary health care, and to tertiary education
- Dr Stuart Bragga OAM – For services to education administration and community history
- Mr Michael Morris OAM – For services to the Jewish community
- Ms Diana Moehead OAM – For service to youth through Girl Guides, and to thE community
- Mr Grant Wargren AFSM - A recipient of the Australian Fire Service Medal
If you know someone in our community who should be nominated for an
award in the order of Australia you can go to itsanhonour.gov.au. The
best way to recognise people is for other Australians to nominate them.