Pen­nant Hill stu­dent wins trip of life­time

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Politics - MATT KEAN, MIN­IS­TER FOR IN­NO­VA­TION & BET­TER REG­U­LA­TION

I was pleased to see Matthew Pines of Pen­nant Hills High School has been named the win­ner of the 2018 Pre­mier’s An­zac Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship. Matthew is one of 20 out­stand­ing Year 10 and 11 stu­dents from across NSW that will em­bark on a once in a life­time tour of the bat­tle­fields and me­mo­rial sites of the Western Front in Europe in June and July this year.

The tour will in­clude travel to Flan­ders in Bel­gium to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Hamel on 4 July. The 13-day tour will also take in other sig­nif­i­cant Aus­tralian bat­tle­fields in­clud­ing the Ypres Salient, Pass­chen­daele and the Somme.

Matthew’s ap­pli­ca­tion stood out amongst the stu­dents at Pen­nant Hills High School. He vis­ited War­ren and fol­lowed the jour­ney of his great­grand­fa­ther Martin Cleve­land Pines who served in both wars. Matthew’s re­search into his great-grand­fa­ther and the video he pro­duced were out­stand­ing. He was able to cap­ture the AN­ZAC spirit per­fectly. Matthew also cur­rently serves in the Navy Cadets and I wish him all the best for the trip.

To view Matthews sub­mis­sion prize win­ning video go to: https://youtu.be/fxdtLJrCVNg

I was also pleased to award Pen­nant Hills High School with a Com­mu­nity Build­ing Part­ner­ship Grant of $15,000. The money was used to up­grade their kitchen fa­cil­i­ties in the hall. This is now a top notch fa­cil­ity which can be used by the school and the com­mu­nity groups who hire the hall.

Hornsby Sta­tion Car Park

The Ge­orge Street park­ing at Hornsby Sta­tion is back in full use again. The car park was turned into a work site in June last year to al­low for work to be done to im­prove the Hornsby junc­tion.

Com­muters now have quite a few op­tions for park­ing in Hornsby. There are 370 spots in the Ge­orge Street car park as well as free park­ing from Mon­day to Fri­day at West­field. This means cus­tomers now have ac­cess to more than 700 spa­ces dur­ing peak times close to Hornsby Sta­tion.

Trans­port for NSW is con­tin­u­ing to work with Hornsby Coun­cil to pro­vide ad­di­tional park­ing for com­muters us­ing Hornsby Sta­tion as part of broader plans for the precinct.

Free flu shots

Chil­dren aged be­tween six months and five years old will be el­i­gi­ble for free flu jabs this year thanks to the $3.5mil­lion in­fluenza vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram. The NSW State Gov­ern­ment knows the com­mu­nity was hit hard last year by the flu sea­son and wants to do some­thing to help vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.

We all know how hor­ren­dous the flu can be and is es­pe­cially hard on the small­est mem­bers of our fam­i­lies. Lit­tle kids are also most likely to spread germs so a free flu jab will not only keep them safe, but will pro­tect oth­ers they come into con­tact with.

Chil­dren who have never had a flu vac­ci­na­tion will need two doses, one month apart. The vac­cine will cover four strains of in­fluenza virus, two A strains and two B strains, likely to be cir­cu­lat­ing this win­ter.

Last year there were more than 12,000 con­firmed cases of in­fluenza in chil­dren un­der five, with many more likely not to have been tested. If you would like more in­for­ma­tion, see www.health.nsw.gov.au/ im­mu­ni­sa­tion

Stu­dent Matthew Pines to­gether with Hornsby RSL Sub-Branch Pres­i­dent Terry James, Head of HSIE Roger Nic­col all in the front row, and Prin­ci­pal Ross War­ren and Matt Kean MP in the rear

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