Somerville Police Station Announcement

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:47:22) — Last week the shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue in the Council, and I attended the Somerville police station to do something that should never have been necessary. We were there to make it clear that if elected in eight months time, a Guy government would open the police station that was worked for by the Somerville community, paid for and built by the Liberal Party but heartlessly denied by the Premier and the Labor Party — people who would deny a community safety just to satisfy their own political agenda.

Somerville Rise PS Leadership Ceremony 2018

Mr BURGESS — I had the pleasure on 9 February to present the young student leaders at Somerville Rise Primary School with leadership badges. There are many budding young leaders at this school, and I was impressed at how each one of them was able to look me in the eyes as they shook my hand. That is a great sign for the future for them. They will make outstanding ambassadors for their school. I would especially like to thank Mrs Nicky Fammartino, the principal at Somerville Rise Primary School, for her invitation.

Luke Batty Memorial Shield 2018

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:42:36) — It was an honour to attend the annual Luke Batty Memorial Shield T20 cricket match on 25 January between the Tyabb All‑Stars and the Victoria Police Cricket Club. It was wonderful to see so many participants and spectators in attendance determined that they will never forget Luke’s tragic circumstances or our community’s commitment to putting an end to the scourge of domestic violence.

Next Member for Cranbourne - Ann-Marie Hermans

Mr BURGESS — On 10 February I was pleased to join Ann‑Marie Hermans, the local Liberal champion for community needs in Cranbourne and candidate at the next election, to meet Cranbourne residents to talk about the issues they face and how their concerns have been ignored for so long by Labor. Among the many messages of support Ann‑Marie received on the day were offers of assistance for her campaign and in other ways.

Australia Day 2018

Mr BURGESS — On 26 January I was pleased to be invited to the Frankston City Council to attend an Australia Day citizenship ceremony alongside Christopher Crewther, the federal member for Dunkley, at the Frankston Arts Centre. Congratulations to all new Aussies who took the pledge to become citizens of this beautiful country.

Funding for Neighbourhood Houses

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:50:20) — (14 016) My question is to the Minister for Families and Children. When will the Andrews Labor government deliver on its 2014 pre‑election commitment to increase funding for the neighbourhood houses that the community needs? Crib Point, Hastings, Somerville and Langwarrin are all community houses that are very important community assets. Constituents and patrons of these houses are concerned that their neighbourhood houses continue to face increasing needs and costs and are struggling to maintain current services. Neighbourhood houses offer a wide range of services and support, including diploma and certificate courses, computer courses, art and craft, Victorian certificate of applied learning classes, health and wellbeing programs, English as a second language, home improvement classes, playgroups, occasional child care and other facilities including hall hire. My community asks that the Labor government commits to supporting our neighbourhood houses in line with the promise it made to them.

125 Years for Tyabb Cricket Club

Mr BURGESS — On 13 January I was pleased to attend a function at the Tyabb community hall to celebrate 125 years of the Tyabb Cricket Club. This magnificent achievement recognises the long and proud history of a remarkable club; it was a milestone well worth celebrating.

High Street, Belmont

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:44:22) — On 24 January the member for South Barwon and I met with many Belmont small businesses following the announcement of the Andrews Labor government that it will fund the imposition of bike lanes through one of Geelong’s great local shopping strips and the removal of 70 vital car parking spaces in High Street, Belmont, in the process. The Labor member for Geelong has completely ignored the concerns of these local businesses which, less than a decade ago, invested more than $200 000 of their own money to create a similar number of desperately needed car parks. Removal of these 70 important car parking spaces will hit these family businesses hard by driving many of their regular customers away to areas where parking is more readily available.

Committee for Greater Frankston

Mr BURGESS — It was great to see the state Liberal opposition leader in Frankston on 19 January speaking at a luncheon hosted by the enormously effective Committee for Greater Frankston. He took the opportunity to speak on many topics, including the importance of the development of the port of Hastings and the electrification and duplication of the Stony Point railway line, and to emphasise the Liberal‑Nationals commitment to both.

Crib Point Fire Brigade

Mr BURGESS — I was pleased to be able to join the team at Crib Point fire brigade and other emergency service personnel at their support day at Hastings Bunnings on 20 January. Sincere thanks to Bunnings for their great support for our emergency services workers.