Somerville Recreation Centre Opening

Previous DocumentMrNext Document BURGESS (Hastings) (09:38:47): I was proud to stand with the wonderful Somerville community on Saturday, 4 May, to help officially open the new Somerville Recreation Centre three years after the original centre was devastated by fire. This new centre is home to the Western Port Steelers and serves as the Western Port Basketball Association’s headquarters, with more than 130 registered teams and almost 2000 members. Lots of other sports are played at this facility. This great new facility will provide enormous benefits for local residents and families for decades, and I want to congratulate the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, and in particular Cr Julie Morris, on all of their hard work and the outstanding result achieved.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 2019

Previous DocumentMrNext Document BURGESS: Every year I have the great pleasure of joining my community in support of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, a wonderful initiative of the Cancer Council. This year I was privileged to join the Bittern and Tyabb biggest morning teas and was again amazed by the endless capacity of my wonderful community to get out there and support people fighting this disease. I am also looking forward to joining the residents of St John’s Retirement Village in Somerville for their biggest morning tea this Thursday.


Previous DocumentMrNext Document BURGESS: It is with great pleasure that I inform the house that Victoria won the 2019 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships held in Mackay last weekend. This major event, more commonly known as 'Multibowl’, is the premier lawn bowls competition for athletes with a physical disability. Victoria beat all states in every game, worked well as a team and got the job done. I am also very proud to announce that Hastings local Wendy Odgers took out the bronze this year in singles and did her home town proud. Well done to Wendy and the entire Victorian team. You are true legends.

2019 Federal Election

Previous DocumentMrNext Document BURGESS: I want to record my heartfelt congratulations to the Morrison government for their emphatic victory on Saturday, 18 May. Australia chose to support a strong economy and positive future for all Australians, led by an honourable man, over more taxes, more debt and more Labor lies. I was delighted that Greg Hunt, MP, was re-elected as the member for Flinders. I know Greg well. He is a great local member, an excellent Minister for Health and an outstanding person.

Western Port Men's Shed

Previous DocumentMrNext Document 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.


Previous DocumentMrNext Document 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.

St Joseph's Crib Point Family Fun Fair

Previous DocumentMrNext Document 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.


Previous DocumentMrNext Document 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.

Andrews Labor Government confirms cuts to school asbestos removal program

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.

Labor confirms cuts to planned burning across Victoria

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.