Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait


During my time as the member for Wahroonga, I have enjoyed attending the ART NORTH exhibition at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh. Each year, the gallery displays the outstanding HSC major artworks created by year 12 visual arts students from schools across the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby district.

Vale Dr Tony Recsei

Red hearts on a yellow background
19th Mar 2024
I regretfully inform the House of the passing of Dr Tony Recsei of Warrawee. Tony was a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra since 1982, and a member of Rotary since 1975.
Local festivals bring people in the community together and enable organisations to raise funds for worthwhile causes. In 2022, the Pennant Hills High School Winter Carnival was held for the first time.
October was Small Business Month in New South Wales, and it was a great opportunity to recognise the contribution small businesses make to our communities. I had the pleasure of being on the panel at the Ku-ring-gai Chamber of Commerce business event and discussing many of the current issues facing our small businesses.

Leone Rocke

Alister Henskens and Leone Rocke
13th Mar 2024
I was honoured to be invited to join Leone Rocke as she celebrated her 100th birthday at the Seventh Day Adventist Aged Care facility in Wahroonga.

Gemas Day

Group photo
8th Feb 2024
I was honoured to join the memorial service for the eighty-second anniversary of Gemas Day, at the Suakin barracks, in Pymble, a few weeks ago.
Scout groups across Australia provide young people with opportunities to learn important leadership skills, engage in community service and participate in outdoor activities. People from different cultural and religious backgrounds participate in Scouts right across the country.
It is with a heavy heart that I inform the House of the passing of Lieutenant Maxwell Nugent, who sadly lost his life at only 24 in a military exercise alongside three other Servicemen.
The Wahroonga Electorate is home to the Wahroonga, Turramurra and Ku-ring-gai Rotary clubs. Each year, the Presidents of each club pass the baton to a new leader during their annual changeover dinner.
An esteemed group of 26 bowling clubs from the Upper North Shore and Northern Beaches recently competed in the 2022-2023 Pennant, an annual bowls competition.

Laura Strawbridge

17th Oct 2023
I acknowledge an exceptional young woman in the Wahroonga electorate, Laura Strawbridge of Pymble. Laura is the captain of Ku‑ring‑gai High School and earlier this year was selected as a 2023 youth MP representing the electorate of Wahroonga.

Moon Festival

Group Photo of CASS Thornleigh Moon Festival
12th Oct 2023
Thousands of Australians of east and south‑east Asian descent celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, which occurs when the moon is shining at its brightest, often between September and October.

Dr Belinda Khong

Matt Cross MP, Dr Belinda Khong, Alister Henskens SC MP and Tim James MP
20th Sep 2023
I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Dr Belinda Khong's new book titled "Water Rabbit's Mindful Adventures: The Great Race of Animal and Human Friends".
I was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Cate Newman, the president of Hills District Netball Association. I had the pleasure of meeting Cate only a couple of weeks ago at the Hills District Netball grand final.

Roger Allan Foy OAM

Map of Australia
14th Sep 2023
The Australia Day 2023 Honours List is an important part of our national holiday. The late Roger Allan Foy OAM of South Turramurra received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the automotive history.
Those who are recognised in the Australia Day Honours List have demonstrated outstanding qualities and made exceptional contributions to their community and our nation. Emeritus Professor Peter Hayden Curson of Pymble OAM was awarded an Honorary Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to tertiary education.
The late Mr Christopher Davis AM, formerly of Turramurra was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to water management at this year's Australia Day Honours List.


People donating to Lifeline book fair
13th Sep 2023
Each year, over one million Australians reach out to Lifeline for support. Its crisis support line receives a call every 30 seconds. The local Lifeline branch, Harbour to Hawkesbury is invaluable to our community.
The Wahroonga Electorate is fortunate to be home to multiple Rural Fire Service brigades and State Emergency Service units. Recently marked the 10 year anniversary of the Ku-ring-gai Emergency Services Compound and was an opportunity to acknowledge and thank some of our incredible volunteers.