Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (15:37): I congratulate the NSW Police on their ongoing initiatives to engage and improve community policing in Maitland and the wider Port Stephens Hunter Police district. Local district commander superintendent Chad Gillies and his team of officers hosted a pop-up community event in Morpeth on 7 November to meet with and talk to local residents about any concerns that they might have.

I note also that Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker and councillors Robert Aitchison and Mitchell Griffin attended this as well. It was a really good opportunity for residents to raise their concerns.

This is an ongoing program, with similar pop‑up sessions going on regularly around the district, to encourage communication in our community. It was Woodberry and Beresford's turn on 13 November.

This is a really positive and proactive program being run by the Port Stephens Hunter Police District and ensures the police become aware of local issues as they emerge in our community.