In this edition of the Werriwa eNewsletter: This Week in Parliament, COVID Restrictions Eased, Western Sydney Health Report, and more..
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Werriwa eNewsletter

04 December 2020

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the latest edition of the Werriwa eNewsletter.

This week in Federal Parliament there was much debate about the illegal Robodebt scheme that has caused unnecessary stress for some of our most vulnerable Australians resulting in anxiety, poverty and suicide.

While the Government denies that the scheme was unfair, inaccurate or illegal, they have settled a courtcase with the victims. The settlement is not only the costliest settlement in Australian history at $1.2 Billion in tax payers' money, but it involves the most people of any settlement by any Australian Government; over 400,000 people.

Labor will do everything to get to the bottom of this. We need to ensure the Australian public that this absurd injustice can never happen again and this Government should be ashamed.

More COVID-19 restrictions have been eased across New South Wales, as well as water restrictions. Details of the restrictions eased are listed below.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards



In this edition of the Werriwa eNewsletter:

South-West Sydney Health District

This week in Parliament, I spoke in the Federation Chamber about the report tabled in the New South Wales Legislative Council titled ‘Current and Future Provision of Health Services in the South-West Sydney Growth Region.’

The report confirms what many of us have known for some time, highlighting the disproportionate under-resourcing and under-funding  of health services in South-West Sydney.

Water restrictions lifted

The NSW Government has announced an easing of water restrictions in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes all residents and businesses.

Under the guidelines, you can use drinking water to:

  • Water lawns and gardens before 10 am and after 4 pm using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, sprinklers or standard watering systems.
  • Water new turf and gardens at any time for up to 28 days
  • Water lawns and gardens with drip irrigation systems or 'smart water systems' at any time
  • Top up pools and spas to replace water lost through evaporation
  • Fill new or renovated pools and spas
  • Wash vehicles with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • Clean buildings (including windows, walls and gutters) with a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or high pressure cleaning equipment
  • Cool people and animals.
You can't:
  • Allow water to run off onto hard surfaces
  • Leave taps and hoses running unattended
  • Allow pools or spas to overflow when being filled

The restrictions have eased, but let’s stay water wise!

COVID Restrictions Eased

On Monday 7 December 2020, the NSW Government will ease the following COVID-19 restrictions.

Venues including hospitality venues, retail and places of worship:

  • One person per 2 square metres (with 25 people permitted before the rule applies), except for gyms and nightclubs (one person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 50 people allowed in gym classes or on the dance floor at nightclubs). 
Stadiums and theatres:
  • outdoors: 100% seated capacity, and one person per 2 square metres for unstructured seating areas
  • indoors: 75% seated capacity.
Gatherings in outdoor public spaces:
  • up to 100 people for outdoor gatherings (up from 50)
  • up to 5,000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated (subject to the 2 square metre rule)
  • up to 3,000 people for other organised outdoor events i.e. community sport and outdoor protests (subject to the 2 square metre rule).
Dance floors:
  • up to 50 people indoors. 
  • up to 50 performers indoors, no maximum cap outdoors
  • advice is for congregation/audience to continue wearing masks if singing. 
Under the changes, maximum capacity caps will be removed subject to the 2 square metre rule for:
  • bookings at hospitality venues
  • weddings
  • funerals
  • regional agricultural shows
  • corporate events
  • religious services.

Click here for the latest news and updates on COVID-19

Rocking around Campbelltown

Tomorrow, 5 December, a festive convoy of carollers singing Christmas favourites will be travelling around the suburbs of Campbelltown.

Santa will be leading the convoy and will be accompanied by many special guests.

Click here to track Santa's route so you don't miss out!

Liverpool Seniors Concert

Liverpool City Council is proud to host a special Christmas edition of its much-loved Seniors Concert, streamed live for FREE.

The Starliners will present a tribute act to the female acts of the 1960s in a cabaret-style show. They are backed by a band experienced musicians playing the hits of female acts such as The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Lulu, The Crystals, Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore and many more.

You will have the merriest of times as they sing classic Christmas Carols to get you into the festive season.

Click here to register for the event

This Week in Parliament

There were many great speeches in parliament this week. Below are two of my favourites.

Emma McBride

Emma spoke about the links between financial stress and the mental health crisis.

Meryl Swanson

My colleague Meryl Swanson spoke about the benefits of superannuation for young Australians

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