It was an eventful week that included constituent meetings, discussions with organisations and events:
- attended the Character Parade at Sirius College for Book Week- great costumes.
- Spoke to teachers at St. Mel’s on “The Challenge to Lead” followed by good discussion.
- attended a fundraiser for GV Health sponsored by Nixon & Maude. Jo and Alex showed off their spring/summer range with all proceeds donated directly to the hospital. Many local businesses donated equipment, food and products to this event. It is so wonderful to see the community and local businesses get together to fundraise for the hospital.
- I met with reps of the Fairley Leadership program to discuss ideas around the leadership needs of the region. If you are interested in applying for the Fairley Leadership program, applications are open and can be found here: http://www.fairleyleadership.com.au/
- Had a tour of The Bridge facility. The day started with morning tea that included a round table discussion with the staff and then ended with a visit to the pregnant/parent program. To find out more about The Bridge and their programs, you can visit their website here: http://www.thebridge.org.au/ or call 5831 2390.
- I attended the Shepparton Festival’s Winter Event and AGM at the GV Hotel. We were given a sneak preview of the events planned for the 20th Shepparton Festival in 2016.
- On Friday, I attended “Shaping the future of the Loddon Mallee Region for the 21st Century- Prosperity Conference” hosted by the Murray River Group of Councils of which Moira Shire Council is a member. Parts of Moira are in my electorate and I felt it was important that I attend the conference.
- Attended the Winter Festival in the mall on Saturday and a presentation of the GV Concert Orchestra’s Chamber Series on Sunday.
- Throughout the week I met with constituents as well as with Goulburn Murray Water, Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Management Board, Kaiela Institute, AFL Goulburn Murray, Shepparton Junior Soccer Association, Tatura Fire Brigade, Researchers from LaTrobe University and the Committee for Greater Shepparton.
- Also busy reviewing the Report from Commission for Children and Young People being an inquiry into the adequacy of the provision of residential care services to Victorian children and young people who have been subject to sexual abuse or sexual exploitation whilst residing in residential care.
- Some of the significant issues arising this week were water trading, Numurkah Flood Study, presumptive legislation for firefighters and future business investments and opportunities to create employment in the region.
I hope you all have a great week! It’s back to Parliament for me this week.