MELANIE GIBBONS APPOINTED PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FAMILIES, DISABILITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP has appointed State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, as the Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Disability and Emergency Services.

Ms Gibbons said she is looking forward to working with the new Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, the Hon. Gareth Ward MP and the new Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon. David Elliott MP.

“Families, Disability Services and Emergency Services are all areas that I am deeply passionate about and have a genuine interest in.

“We have already seen some great local advancements in these areas, including the construction of a new RFS Station at Sandy Point and over 500 FACS jobs that I was able to secure for the Liverpool region as well.

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“There are so many volunteers that work in the Emergency Services sector day and night to ensure that we are safe and secure – I recognise and thank them for all of their efforts, and can’t wait to work closer with them in the coming future.

“I look forward to hitting the ground running and ensuring our local views are heard within these important policy areas.” Ms Gibbons said.

Before entering the NSW State Parliament in 2011, Ms Gibbons was the Development Manager at Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD) and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time working in the disability sector to this role.

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Additionally, Ms Gibbons credits her uncle, Bourke Gibbons OAM, as an inspiration to her and is someone who drives her passion for helping people with disabilities.

“My uncle Bourke is a dual Paralympian and an amazing fundraiser, and a true inspiration to me.

“He shows me that the decisions governments make have real and lasting impacts on people – especially on those who may be unable to speak up for themselves.” Ms Gibbons said.

In her first speech to Parliament in 2011, Ms Gibbons said that “we need to realise that those with disabilities need to be listened to. They know the issues, and often they can also provide the solutions. We must engage more than ever before in a meaningful dialogue with those with disabilities, the non-government sector and the service providers to ensure their needs are being met.”

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Ms Gibbons has committed to continue working on this vision and working with Minister Ward to ensure that people with disabilities continue to have a strong voice in NSW.

“Whilst the Premier has given me additional responsiblities, I will continue to be available to work on areas of concern for our local community and deliver the new infrastrucutre I promised at the election.” Ms Gibbons said.