July Newsletter

It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as your local representation in federal parliament.

This opportunity is one that I will not waste. Bennelong deserves strong and active representation and my commitment will be to deliver that to you.

I’ve been elected to serve you and that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be setting up my office with staff and a structure that will strive for engagement with locals and ensure that I’m available and accessible to you.

Please bear with me as we employee the right people, get these settings right and work towards 3 years of active representation.

Yours sincerely,

Jerome Laxale MP
Member for Bennelong


With James Lee and Family on a visit to a small business in Eastwood

After the Prime Minister’s visit to the Quad summit in Japan, his first stop was right here in Bennelong. I made a point of taking the PM to two iconic family businesses in Eastwood. Both these businesses reminded me of my own upbringing; hard working parents, kids helping out at the shop, and a network of family, friends and locals who supported them through the highs and lows.

I will always be a strong advocate for small businesses across Bennelong.

At Putney Park with members of the Ryde Dragon Boat Club

The Ryde Dragon Boat Club had a special ‘eye dotting’ ceremony to officially launch their brand new boats which had recently arrived from China. The boats, named ‘Lulong’ and ‘Heilong’ fit 22 people, and will help the club grow and reach out to new members locally.

Congrats to George, Fiona, Peter and all the crew at the club for their enthusiasm in bringing people together. It’s great to see locals use our beautiful Parramatta River to make new friends and stay healthy all at the same time!

With Lord Mayor Donna Davis and Premier Perrottet in Epping © City of Parramatta (Credit Cassandra Hannagan)

With Lord Mayor Donna Davis and members of the Epping RSL sub-branch

Epping Family Fun Day

I joined Lord Mayor Donna Davis and Premier Dominic Perrottet at the City of Parramatta’s Epping family fun day. The Day was organised to celebrate the refurbishment of the Boronia Grove Community Centre, which now boasts new community space, an art room, and will soon host a cafe.
On the day it was also great to reconnect with the Epping Scouts and meet members of the Epping RSL sub-branch. The RSL sub-branch is currently on a membership drive. If you are a serving or an ex-serving member or reservist of the ADF, then contact subbranch@eppingsubbranch.com to join.

New Eastwood Carpark

On my way to Canberra, I popped into Eastwood to grab a coffee and bumped into the Korean Community Chamber of Commerce at the newly finished Rowe Street East Car Park. They were doing an inspection of the popular new car park, and making a list of suggested improvements to send to Ryde Council.
It’s great to see local chambers work closely with councils to improve the look and feel of our local community. If you’re a member of a local business chamber, please do not hesitate to contact me and invite me along to one of your meetings.


I was able to have a chat with the Former Member for Bennelong, John Alexander, who gave me some hints and tips on how to be an active local MP. John did a great job in his 12 years in office and I hope to be able to follow in his footsteps locally.
All the best in retirement John.


In mid-June, we were able to get access to the Bennelong Office at 32 Beecroft Road Epping. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be setting up the office, heading out to community events, and responding to the many emails and letters received recently.

Down in Canberra, I’ll join some standing committees, which will help me participate in policy formation and the parliamentary process. At the end of July, I’ll head to Canberra for the first sitting fortnight of the 47th Parliament, starting July 26.

During my time as a Councillor and Mayor, I used social media to connect and engage with our local community. I’d like to extend that level of service to my new role as your federal MP.

Please follow me online, and in particular, engage with comments and join my Facebook Group “Dear Jerome Laxale”. See you online!