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Question: 
When does Parliament sit?
Response: 

State Parliament follows an annual sitting roster which is available here. When Parliament is 'sitting', Melanie is in Parliament House. In between sitting days, Melanie works out of her Hammondville office.

Appointments are preferred on non-sitting days, so they are uninterrupted by her Parliamentary duties.

Question: 
What does a State Member do?
Response: 

A State Member of Parliament has a number of roles to fulfil. In the electorate, they act as an advocate for the community. When there is an issue that is affecting a group of residents, Melanie is able to take those concerns to Parliament and get them addressed.

Melanie is also able to act as a conduit between a constituent and a Minister or Government agency to get their concerns heard and dealt with.

In Parliament, a State Member can have a say on new legislation that is being introduced, such as graffiti laws, laws to help small business or gun laws.

They also have the opportunity to bring issues from the electorate to the attention of the 'House' or NSW Parliament.

Every speech that is presented to Parliament is recorded by Hansard. To see a list of Melanie's speeches visit Hansard.

Question: 
Can I have a tour of NSW Parliament?
Response: 

Most schools schedule tours of Parliament as part of the curriculum, but the general public is more than welcome to tour Parliament House. If you have a group, Parliament House is able to arrange a tour for you. See Parliament Tours.

The general public are also welcome to watch Parliament from the public gallery. Question Time is at 2.15pm each sitting day and is the time when all the members are in the House.

Question: 
Does Melanie come to community events?
Response: 

Melanie is regularly invited to various community events and celebrations. She attempts to attend as many as her schedule permits. If your community group would like to invite Melanie to an event, simply email or mail an invitation to her office.

Question: 
How long has Menai been a State seat?
Response: 

Melanie is only the second person to have been a Member for Menai. The former member, was the first to hold the seat in 1999 when it was created. Currently, it is the only state seat in the state of New South Wales to have always been represented by a woman.

Question: 
Can I come see Melanie?
Response: 

If you have an issue you'd like to discuss with Melanie the best way is to make an appointment to see her. This can done by calling the office on (02) 9825 3653 or emailing menai@parliament.nsw.gov.au

If you are able to put your request in writing to us, it helps us to be prepared for the meeting and follow up any details before you come in. In some cases, we are able to solve the issue before the meeting takes place.

Alternatively, you can discuss your issues with one of Melanie's staff. They are there to assist where possible and can also point you in the right direction for further assistance.

Question: 
Is Melanie on facebook or twitter?
Response: 

Yes, she is. You can like her page "Melanie Gibbons MP" on facebook or follow her on twitter at @melgibbonsMP.

Question: 
Can Melanie help me with funding opportunities?
Response: 

Melanie and her staff can point you in the right direction of different funding opportunities available to you, and alert you to any State Government grants that are open. In most cases, a good first step is to check out what is available at http://www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/

Question: 
What if I'm not sure if Melanie is the right person to contact about an issue?
Response: 

Sometimes it is difficult to know what level of government you need to contact or who to ask for assistance, so if in doubt, give Melanie's office a call or send us an email. We can usually point you in the right direction.

Question: 
Is Melanie available for public speaking?
Response: 

As a State Member, Melanie is regularly using her public speaking skills in Parliament House, but is often asked to say a few words at various events or even address a community group. To find out if Melanie is available to speak at your event, or can be a guest speaker for your group, contact her office on (02) 9825 3653 or email menai@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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