It was great to start my community catch up sessions in Stathmerton on Friday.
I spent the morning at Café@3641 chatting to locals and hearing about priority issues in the region.
We also visited Cactus Country and Monichino Wines, two great family businesses and tourist attractions in the area.
I plan to get out and about to every town in the Shepparton District for community catch ups, so keep an eye out on Facebook and in your local paper for dates.
Earlier in the week I was in Melbourne to attend the Family and Community Development Committee meeting.
The committee is looking at ways of ensuring systems are in place to protect the disabled from abuse.
It will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the system with a view to informing Victoria’s position on appropriate quality and safeguards for the NDIS.
Back in Shepparton I attended an elder’s afternoon tea at Rumbalara followed by a tour.
I met with the Goulburn Valley Squash Club, who received a VicHealth Active Club Grant last week.
The grant of more than $2000 will allow the club to buy new equipment including racquet ball racquets and squash racquets.
I also met with a Dookie Silo Committee representative, Aboriginal leader Paul Briggs OAM and did several media interview regarding the Port of Melbourne privatisation.
I’m concerned the revenue from the privatisation will not return to the rural and regional areas that helped build the port through exports.
I’m urging the Coalition, Greens and micro parties to oppose the legislation in the Upper House, unless we get a guarantee that an equitable portion of the privatisation proceeds will be funnelled back into regional infrastructure investments.
My office also heard from constituents regarding introducing Myki in Shepparton, speeding in 60km/h zones, traffic noise in Numurkah and price increases by Victorian power companies.
I hope you’re all having a safe and enjoyable long weekend,