I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of an 88-year-old Somerville resident, historian, author and extraordinary human being, Leila Shaw, after a short illness.
Following up on concerns raised with me by small businesses from around Victoria, I submitted a number of questions on notice to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.
I raise a matter for the Acting Minister for Police. The action I seek is that the minister immediately provide sufficient additional frontline police to open the Somerville police station, allowing it to fulfil its intended purpose of keeping Somerville and surrounding communities safer.
On 16 February I was pleased to visit a number of small businesses in the Pakenham area with the wonderful member for Bass. These small businesses form the very backbone of what our state is and build our state's resilience and strength, yet this government ignores them.
On 21 February I was invited to Crib Point, with the Crib Point RSL, to participate in a Vietnam War veterans gravesite vigil for Colin Joseph Whiston, a soldier who died on active service in August 1966 during the Vietnam War.
On 24 February I attended a coastal villages law and order community forum that was organised by the Tooradin and Coastal Villages Commerce Committee in response to the crime wave that is hitting Victoria.
On behalf of our community I would like to publicly thank our local emergency services workers, whose brave efforts kept our community safe yet again as they fought to control recent fires in Crib Point and Somerville. We are very fortunate to live in a state that is protected by excellent firefighters and outstanding brigades. This is the second year in a row that Crib Point lives and property have been saved from fierce fires by the supreme efforts of a group of people and a change of weather.
To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria:
We, the undersigned citizens of Victoria, call on the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to note the harmful impacts of the decision by the Daniel Andrews Labor government to declare new public holidays in Victoria.
Late last month I had the honour of signing a pledge to show support for our local brigade firefighters. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria(VFBV), the body that represents volunteer firefighters across our state, has launched a campaign to encourage Victorian MPs to support all firefighters in recognition of the risks they run of contracting cancer from exposure to toxins as part of their firefighting service role.
The Hastings electorate has been ignored during the Premier's first year in office. For 11 years under the Bracks and Brumby governments budget after budget neglected our area. In stark contrast, over the four years the coalition was in government hundreds of millions of dollars were poured into badly needed upgrades to local infrastructure and services.