Portarlington Primary School

A couple of weeks ago I was able to visit Portarlington Primary School. We committed $5 million to rebuild that school, and what a great school it is. It is an amazing, beautiful building with incredible learning spaces. I would go as far as to say..

Barwon Heads Cricket Club

Last week I had the pleasure of opening new facilities at the Barwon Heads Cricket Club — I joined club president Paul Summers and a number of junior players to open a new shade shelter. The shelter is the result of a $100 000 election commitment from the..

Queenscliff Music Festival

Last Thursday night (23rd November) I had the pleasure of launching the 2017 Queenscliff Music Festival, which was a great success over the weekend. At the launch I was pleased to join, amongst others, festival chairman Geoff Mutton, festival director Andrew Orvis, councillors and community..

Remembrance Day

On Saturday we again took time to commemorate the end of World War I and to remember those in our community who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all during wars since World War I. On Remembrance Day I was once again pleased to..

Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden

On Remembrance Day I was proud to open the newly established Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden. The garden and memorial is on the site of the former memorial hall built in 1923 to commemorate those from that community who fell in World War I. The Bellarine..


Last weekend the annual Bellarine Relay for Life was held at Leopold Primary School. This year a total of 21 teams made up of 203 participants took part in the relay and over $40 000 was raised for cancer research. A special mention goes to..

Women in Policing

I was delighted recently to join the Governor, the Chief Commissioner of Police and senior police at Government House to celebrate Victoria’s 100 years of women in policing. We had hundreds of past and present women who have served Victoria Police there on that evening…


On Sunday, 5 March, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Indented Head Boat Club ‘Fishing with disabilities’ day. This initiative of the club and its members provides kids with a disability the opportunity to experience boating, fishing and — no doubt for many the highlight..


On the recent Labour Day weekend I once again had the pleasure of opening the Bellarine Agricultural Show. The show is a much-loved event that really does highlight the important role agriculture has and will continue to play on the peninsula. While there are historic..

Ocean Grove Country Fire Authority Brigade’s annual dinner

It was with great pleasure on Saturday, 15 July, that I once again attended the Ocean Grove Country Fire Authority brigade’s annual dinner — I was asked to propose a toast to the brigade — and to celebrate with them the great work of the..

Vietnam Veterans

I had the pleasure of welcoming to the Bellarine the state sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association, which held its first council meeting for 2017 at the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale RSL. The association is an important organisation that provides a very effective support and advocacy service..

Bellarine Electorate Integrated Brigades

I was pleased to spend time with the volunteers and career staff at the Ocean Grove integrated brigade and also the Corio, Belmont and Geelong brigades. We have seen a 78 per cent increase in responses and call-outs from our integrated brigades in the last 10 years…

New Ambulance Service

I was also recently pleased, with the Minister for Health, to celebrate the new ambulance station that is being built in Bellarine for the Swan Bay area, plus a new team of seven paramedics who have already started and are operating across the Bellarine region.

Barwon Heads Library

The City of Greater Geelong recently announced its intention to close the Barwon Heads Community Library. I have been working closely with the local residents and the administrators of the council about this issue. It is absolutely critical, in my view, that this important local..

Queens Birthday Honors

I want to offer my sincere congratulations to a number of very worthy recipients of this year’s Queen’s Birthday awards. Anne Brackley, who I am proud to say has been a work colleague and friend for almost 20 years, received a Medal of the Order of..