Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:44:25): (515) My question is directed to the Minister for Mental Health, and the information I seek is on behalf of the Western Port Men’s Shed, which is seeking funding for a dust-extraction system at the shed that will be based in Bittern. This wonderful men’s shed, like so many men’s sheds across the state, is growing in numbers with new members and visitors and is open to people from all walks of life and of varying ages, abilities and experience. These people breathe in the fine sawdust materials that come naturally from the woodworking activities, and as such they need a system to help capture that sawdust. The men’s shed regularly holds community barbecues, raising much-needed funds for equipment, maintenance, machines, running costs, insurance et cetera; however, they require roughly $30 000 to purchase this important health aid.
Mr BURGESS: The Pearcedale community recently came together to remember a wonderful young man tragically taken from his family and community far too early with the unveiling of a memorial bench in his honour at the Pearcedale Football Netball Club on 4 April. Jayden Kyle Morgan, affectionately referred to as a gentle giant, a man with a beautiful heart, was tragically killed late last year at the age of 21 when he was struck by a car in Pearcedale Road, Cranbourne, at around 11.00 p.m. on Saturday, 17 November. This very special bench was erected in his honour as a lasting memory of a man who loved his footy and his club. May Jayden rest in peace. I doubt there was anyone among the crowd that gathered to celebrate this solemn dedication that was not roused by the Pearcedale Football Netball Club’s rendition of their song.
Mr BURGESS: Congratulations also to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Crib Point, who celebrated their family fun day on Friday, 29 March. The event was well attended, with lots of arts and crafts stalls, rides for kids and even a show bag or two. I was struck by the enormous talent among St Joey’s students, singing, dancing and playing instruments. There were also quite a few good voices in the audience, whether those parents were supposed to be singing or not.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:59:31): On Saturday, 23 March, I was thrilled to be invited to the High Society Hastings Community Open Day, where a wide range of foods, services and just plain fun were displayed by a mix of community groups, local traders and residents. It was a wonderful living, working and breathing display of the broad and diverse mix of things that Hastings has to offer. There was information from local community groups, giveaways, prizes and activities for the young and old. Congratulations to Kristy Horsfall, president Jason Dowler, the outstanding committee of the Westernport Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the more than 40 stallholders who put together such an outstanding event—yet another great production the Hastings community can be proud of.
The coastal villages are more at risk from bushfires, because of Daniel Andrews’ never-ending war on the CFA and the impact it has had on local back burning operations.
The Andrews Labor Government has yet again confirmed what Langwarrin parents have suspected, that when it comes to providing educational facilities, Labor is prepared to put political rhetoric before our kids.
On Wednesday in Parliament, the Andrews Labor Government confirmed they had cut their school asbestos removal program, which will affect local schools such as Langwarrin Primary School.
In Question Time, the Andrews Labor Government did not rule out that there has been a 75% reduction in planned burning to minimise the risk of bushfires in areas such as the Mornington Peninsula.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (16:36:07): It is a pleasure to rise to speak in the address-in-reply debate and to follow the member for Essendon. It is always enlightening to hear him tell us all what a great orator he is while he is bagging out the person that ran against him at the previous election. It is really not the way you should be approaching these things. I will be thanking the people that ran against me, because that is just the general thing that we do in here, but the member for Essendon does not seem to have picked up on that in his approach to politics. Overall I would like to thank the people of the Hastings community for having shown trust in me. I will certainly be doing everything in my power to deliver everything I can that is important to my community—all the priorities that they have made very clear to me. I will be doing everything I can to hold this government to account and to make sure that my community gets the things that it needs. I would like to congratulate the Speaker on his re-election and also the member for Bendigo West on her re-election as the Deputy Speaker.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:57:54): (118) My question is directed to the Minister for Education. Minister, I am seeking information on behalf of the Langwarrin Primary School community regarding the provision of air conditioning for the new modular building that will replace block A. The building will consist of six general-purpose rooms, including a food science room, office staffrooms and a reception area. While the new building will have heating, it appears there has been a serious oversight because school council has been informed that this brand-new modern building will be reminiscent of schools when I was going to primary school and will not have air conditioning. Mr Angus: It must be pretty old. Mr BURGESS: That is very old. I am assuming this has been an oversight because surely, Minister, it cannot be the case that this government, that likes to run the line that under its watch this is the Education State, would try and short-change the Langwarrin community by not providing air conditioning for one of its primary schools. Parents are particularly concerned about heat stress. I am sure the minister is aware that some students and teachers are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses than others. They are also particularly concerned that the school would be forced to cover the cost of air conditioning—$111 000 that they do not have.