The government provides me with briefings on all bills introduced into the Parliament.
At the next sitting commencing on 6 October 2015 we will be dealing with: –
- Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Amendment Bill 2015
- Public Health And Wellbeing Amendment (No Jab, No Play) Bill 2015 Victims Of Crime Commissioner Bill 2015
- Wrongs Amendment Bill 2015
- National Parks Amendment (No 99 Year Leases) Bill 2015
- Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
- Children, Youth And Families Amendment (Aboriginal Principal Officers) Bill 2015
During the remainder of the week I met with many constituents and local organisations including representatives from Valley Sport, the Tatura Bulletin and the Williamson Foundation.
I also heard from people concerned with HACC funding cuts for respite services, the lack of autism specific schools and the need for a residential mother baby unit.
Much of my week focussed on the proposed drug rehabilitation centre to be run by a partnership between ASCO and Odyssey House.
- I attended a community information meeting on Wednesday night at ASCO where many concerned Mooroopna residents voiced their opinions.
- On Thursday, I took a drive out to the proposed site. The community overwhelmingly supports the need for a drug rehabilitation centre but residents adjoining the proposed site are concerned about the proximity of the proposed location to residential homes given that many of the clients come via the Justice system. They naturally have some concerns about how this might impact on their security.
- On Friday I visited the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation centre at Molyullah about 17 km out of Benalla. I was taken on a tour of the facility by several of the residents. This is a hard journey for the residents. It takes bravery and commitment. The location is tranquil and several commented that they prefer to be away from the distraction of a township.
- The government has not committed funding to this project yet. It is something that is desperately needed to deal with the drug problem, particularly ice. We need to work together to get this facility properly located within our community.
On Sunday I attended the St Georges Road Food Festival. This is a great event and highlights what a rich and multicultural community we live in here in the Goulburn Valley. Because Peter and I live in the St Georges Road area we have joined the committee working on our local community plan supported by Greater Shepparton City Council. It brings home to me the great importance of community and what a nice feeling it is to get to know so many people in your own neighbourhood.