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..

Bellarine electorate neighbourhood houses

We all have neighbourhood houses in our electorates. In my case I am very lucky to have five, with one new house being established. We have the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre in Whittington, the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre and the SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre in..

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club

I was very pleased again to attend this year’s Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club presentation night and to present the Fred Leiper Memorial Best Patrol Person Award, which was this year awarded to Bo Chudosnik for displaying the highest level of commitment to patrol..

Geelong region services

I put on the record my appreciation for the Deputy Speaker, as opposed to the Acting Speaker, this morning. Today I grieve for the people of Geelong and the Bellarine electorate who have been let down by this Napthine Liberal government when it comes to..

Geelong region police resources

The matter I raise is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and the action I seek is that the minister urgently intervene to stop any downgrading of police services in the Bellarine electorate. Last year community concerns were raised in this house as..