I would like to take this opportunity in wishing you an enjoyable Christmas and new year period, hopefully bringing moments with family, friends or a chance to grab some relax-time.

Spare a thought for those where Christmas can also be tough, through whatever circumstance – I also want to thank our local police and emergency services who are continuing to work, looking after us over the summer.

With many likely to be near a pool or inland waterway over the break, a reminder to be extra watchful of young children and remind visitors of the risks posed when swimming in local rivers, dams or creeks.

Our electorate offices are closed over Christmas/New Year, however we are checking in regularly, so please feel free to call and leave a message for me to assist you on return.

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.

Take care – shop local – and enjoy this wonderful time across our region.