February 14 might be synonymous with red roses and chocolates for some, but it’s now also a date that has been etched into the region’s political history.
Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, marked Wollongong MP Paul Scully’s first day in the NSW Parliament.
It wasn’t love, as such, but Mr Scully did receive a warm welcome as he stepped into the NSW Legislative Assembly for the first time at 2.23pm.
The MP, who replaces the retired Noreen Hay, was flanked by Opposition Leader Luke Foley and the Labor’s Illawarra spokesman Ryan Park.
After taking the pledge of loyalty and signing the required documents, Mr Scully took his seat in the chamber.
It was an interesting first day in the Parliament – a day the Berejiklian goverment revealed the forced Wollongong-Shellharbour council merger had been axed.
The merger announcement, described by Mr Scully as “a great victory for people power against an arrogant ‘glitterati’ government”, featured heavily during Tuesday’s question time.