Amongst preparing for Christmas and winding down on the challenging year 2020 has been for all of us, my staff and I are also in the midst of moving the Narungga Electorate Office from its existing location of 51 Robert Street Maitland to 37 Graves Street Kadina.
The removalist truck arrives next Tuesday 22nd December, so from that date the Robert Street Maitland office will be closed.
When I was first elected in 2018, I inherited the Maitland office of my predecessor Steven Griffiths and have been there since. With the lease on this building ending in January 2021, the decision was made to move the electorate office to Kadina, the region’s commercial centre which houses numerous government agencies.
In my view the move to the electorate’s highest populated Copper Coast region will improve accessibility for a majority of constituents, particularly in light of the electorate boundary changes to come into effect from March 2022 when the Adelaide Plains communities are to be removed from the State seat of Narungga.
Localities including Mallala, Dublin, Lower Light and Long Plains and the beach communities of Port Parham, Thompson Beach and Webb Beach are to move out of the Narungga electorate in 2022 to be replaced with communities further north of the existing electorate boundary such as Blyth, Brinkworth and Redhill. Thus, in my view, the new Kadina office is considered a good central location for the new electorate office.
I thank all the local tradies who have been working very hard in the lead up to Christmas to have the new office fit out ready to go for the new year.
This year has been a challenge for so many individuals, families, businesses, community organisations, our front line health workers and all tiers of government and industry sectors, with the terrible fires early in the year and then from March, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christmas has come around very quickly, and I was sorry not to have been personally able to attend the end of year school assemblies I usually do to present the MP medal to deserving recipients but with restrictions on attendances, I was mindful not to take up a seat of a family member.
After a Christmas break, the new office at 37 Graves Street Kadina will open on Monday, 11 January 2021. The existing phone number of 88322455 will remain active throughout the transition period, and our email ([email protected]), Facebook and website contact details remain the same.
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to all! My staff and I look forward to starting a new year in a new location.