On 13 August I was pleased to join the member for Ripon in speaking to small businesses in Ararat, Stawell, Maryborough and Creswick.
Today I rise to call on the Minister for Police to fulfil the clear directions given by the Chief Commissioner of Police, Ken Lay, as detailed in his letter last year for the Somerville police station, and provide the 16 hours a day service Chief Commissioner Lay had committed to in writing for the people of the Somerville community.
I would like to commend sponsors and small businesses across the state for participating in this month's Small Business Festival Victoria. The festival provides information to people who are starting or growing a business and gives business operators the opportunity to learn practical new skills and access new ideas to help boost their productivity and competitiveness. Festival events are being held across metropolitan and rural and regional areas of Victoria from 1 to 31 August.
On 12 May I was pleased to visit the electorate of the member for Eildon to meet with small business operators.
Along with Victoria's business community, I am astounded that the Andrews Labor government has introduced one new public holiday in the form of Easter Sunday and intends introducing another in the form of one on grand final eve.