Melissa’s Message

Shadow Cabinet hosting

By Melissa McIntosh

Last week I hosted Shadow Cabinet members across our Lindsay community.

We had a women’s breakfast to celebrate the amazing work of so many small business people, community advocates, and many more.

 A highlight was announcing a new set of local awards, including the Lindsay Women in Leadership Award, the Lindsay Aussie Made Business Award, the Lindsay Community Service Award, the Lindsay Educator of the Year Award, and the Lindsay Healthy Active Living Award.

Opie Manufacturing is a family business in Emu Plains. They are a manufacturer and metal processor. They employ over 90 people and are continually expanding their operations and investing in more equipment. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and I got a tour from Tristan who is the grandson of the founder and runs the company alongside his sister. 

I visited Ribs and Roast at Manufactor with Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Industry and Small Business Sussan Ley. They make brisket and other meat products. It’s yet another fantastic business in our community producing quality goods for Australians.

Our Health and Aged Care spokesperson Anne Ruston toured The Royce and met with Western Sydney community pharmacists to discuss the government’s changes to dispensing policy. 

Transport shadow minister Bridget McKenzie visited Western Sydney Airport and JK Williams.

Shadow Minister for the NDIS and Homelessness Michael Sukkar hosted a rountable with local providers and met with a youth homelessness service provider. 

Defence spokesperson Andrew Hastie met with Vietnam veterans at the St Marys outpost train. 

Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor met with Christ Mission Possible in Penrith to talk about their services and cost of living issues with Finance spokesperson Jane Hume.

Jonno Duniam, our Environment, Fisheries and Forestry shadow minister toured a conservation site in Mulgoa with the Cumberland Land Conservation group. 

Resources spokesperson Susan McDonald met with Mulgoa Quarries. 

The Coalition’s Education spokesperson Sarah Henderson met with Penrith Christian School. 

Communications shadow minister David Coleman and Paul Fletcher, spokesperson for science, met with AusComply and Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad. 

Our energy spokesperson caught up with Coffey Engineering. 

I thank them for coming to Penrith and surrounds to listen to people and businesses about what’s happening on the ground in Lindsay.