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Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:32): I rise today to make mention of NAIDOC Week. On Wednesday of last week, I had the privilege of attending the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association family fun day at the Sanctuary House Motel in Badger Creek, just near Healesville. It was, as I said, a privilege to attend and to spend some time with some of the leaders of the community there. I pay tribute to Brooke Collins, who does so much for the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, otherwise known as HICSA, and to everyone else who works with her, for the great work that they do throughout the community in Healesville and beyond. I had the opportunity to once again speak with Alan Wandin and some members of the Wandin family, who have a rich Indigenous history in Healesville. Indeed, we had the time to reflect on the contribution of so many,…
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (09:40): I rise this morning to talk about the great work of the Metropolitan Traffic Education Centre, otherwise known as METEC, in Bayswater North in the federal electorate of Casey that I have the honour of representing. For over 40 years METEC has provided a safe closed-road training and education facility for particularly younger drivers. It is built on 10 hectares of land, has four kilometres of private roads and has all of the usual traffic features: intersections, traffic lights, roundabouts—everything required to provide an ideal learner training facility. Over those four decades METEC has saved countless lives by training many thousands of young people to drive more safely, many doing their courses prior to receiving their licences. I have worked with and supported the centre for many years. It is playing a vital role in our community. All of us know the importance of teaching…
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:11): It was my pleasure yesterday to attend the official opening of the Hillcrest Fire Station and Yarra Valley group headquarters in Woori Yallock on the Warburton Highway in the electorate of Casey. The Hillcrest brigade was formed some seven years ago when three of the local brigades—Don Valley, Launching Place and Woori Yallock—decided to merge under the motto of 'Three communities, two stations and one brigade'. Yesterday, after seven years of work, we saw the opening of their brand new station and Yarra Valley group headquarters. I want to pay tribute to Captain Fiona Burns and the team for all the work that they have done in bringing about yesterday's opening and for all the work that they do on behalf of the community. Yesterday, it was also an opportunity to recognise some of their members who have been awarded national medals. I want to…
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:52): On Sunday, 4 May I had the pleasure of attending the Gladysdale Primary School annual festival. It was the 30th anniversary of their annual festival, a festival which raises money for the school. It was a great community event with many stalls run by local businesses, parents, past parents and teachers, who all combined to raise $12,000, which will be used for new play equipment and reversible basketball rings. I want to pay tribute to the principal, Mr John Shackleton, to all of the teachers and to the school council, who put in so much work in trying conditions—freezing cold weather in the heart of the Yarra Valley on that Sunday morning—to bring about a successful festival again this year. It was also a great community-building event. There were a number of competitions. I make mention of the winners of the scarecrow competition, Amy Knight…
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:38): On Friday morning, 14 March, I had the pleasure of attending the school assembly at The Patch Primary School in the electorate of Casey at the invitation of Principal Debra Herrmann. I was there to present certificates to their school leadership group and to see firsthand the great work that the school is doing. I also had the pleasure of presenting an Australian flag, an Aboriginal flag and a Torres Strait Islander flag to the school. I was pleased to see how seriously they take study of the history of all three flags. I particularly want to mention the flag monitors for the school, who have an important responsibility and are, obviously, doing a great job. They are Tameika Butler, Nyssa Walton, Ebony Huidobro, Alex Morrison, Indigo Sangster, Sophie Lee-Wren, Lily Margerison, Ashley Britton and Yasmin Page.
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (10:39): Last Saturday the Mooroolbark community again hosted the Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival at the Red Earth Park and Mooroolbark Community Centre. It is a wonderful annual event that brings together local schools, businesses, community groups and many others in a low-cost environment with entertainment for people of all ages. Throughout the day there was a parade, a full stage program, roving performers, kids activities, workshops, rides and food stalls. It was a tremendous event. The hardworking community and a hardworking committee ensures that this event is a success each and every year. I want to pay tribute to the chair of the event, Andrew Lang; to the vice-chairs, Randall Bourchier, Barbara Austin, Liz Ryan; to the secretary, Jean Mitchinson; and to the tireless treasurer, Margaret Goldup, who does so much for the group as well. Most of the local schools were involved in the parade and…
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