Menai, NSW (PRWEB) October 16, 2013
When it comes to events centred on public health – particularly mental illness support and community building – Menai locals can always count on Melanie Gibbons to actively participate. Known as a complete mover-shaker, Gibbons doesn’t tire in supporting activities and projects that will ensure positive change in the way every member of the community lives and will strengthen that sense of community. Her brand of leadership has always been to lead by example and to support Menai’s continuous quest for higher standards of living and services; she always commits herself 100% to the causes that people have always known her to advocate.
This level of commitment was detailed in a blog post she published early this month; she reported her attendance during the launch of a new partnership between SITA Waste Services and the Kookaburra Kids Foundation. The objectives of the partnership are close to her heart so despite her packed schedule, it was an occasion that she definitely could not afford to miss. The event highlighted how SITA has signed on to be a corporate partner of the foundation for the next three years; its commitment to allocate funding to finance much-needed respite camps for children of families affected by mental illness was also discussed. As Deputy Chair of the Committee on Children and Young People, Gibbons expressed her enthusiasm in supporting the partnership of the two prominent organisations: "I look forward to seeing the fruits of this partnership in the coming months," she said.
She also includes two important social events that allowed her the opportunity to closely interact with local constituents. One was the official opening of the CUSP: Designing Into The Next Decade Exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse where she came to represent the Premier, and the other was the celebration of St. Thomas’ Day at the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral in Wattle Grove where she had the opportunity to address the congregation.
Lastly, Gibbons reported her participation at the Southern Sydney Community Health Forum which was a great assembly for St. George and Sutherland Shire residents and herself to let Health Minister Jillian Skinner know about their health care concerns within the area. As co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Mental Illness Group (which advocates special health care services for people with disabilities and mental disorders), many looked forward to her presence not only as an important government official, but also as a Shire local.
Melanie Gibbons regularly comes out with updates about her own activities, timely information about Menai, and the causes she supports; visit her website http://www.melaniegibbons.com.au for more information.