Norwood Secondary College turns sixty this year. The classrooms are old and rundown with its last capital works learning space, a 1970s library.
Under a Liberal Nationals government, Norwood will no longer be the forgotten school. Norwood will receive $50,000 to immediately commission their redevelopment master plan.
The Liberal Nationals believe road rules should be based on common sense.
Recently, too many road rules have been designed by bureaucrats. Some of their ideas might be good on paper, but in the real world they create more problems than they fix.
Congratulations to Antonio Park Primary School on yet again another fantastic fete. It was a huge attendance as always, with this year's theme of Where's Wally. No-one had any trouble finding Wally; he was everywhere. Congratulations to all involved, including the committee, teachers and volunteers, who worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a great success, with great food, great entertainment and great fun.
Heatherdale Preschool recently celebrated its 65th anniversary. This preschool has made an indelible mark on our community and on the huge number of lives it has provided a foundation for over 65 years. Congratulations to the president and the committee, both past and present, as well as all staff and volunteers who have taken the preschool from strength to strength.
The Nunawading Lions Club recently celebrated International Women's Day, holding a fabulous fundraising event in Mitcham for The Babes Project, an organisation that does incredibly important work in supporting and empowering women facing pregnancy and motherhood alone. The night was a huge success, raising $3000, with many soft toys and first teddies donated. My thanks go to the president, the committee and those who organised the event. To know that each of you have supported The Babes Project's incredible volunteer work at such a critical time of a woman's and newborn's life is so satisfying. I know that the women who receive that support are so very grateful.
Ms RYALL— A big shout-out to our local Chinese community, who celebrated the Lunar New Year — the Year of the Dog — with a spectacular showcase of Chinese culture, fabulous food and activities at Box Hill. Well done to the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse and all volunteers.
Ms RYALL - My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. The land opposite the Heatherdale railway station in Heatherdale Road, where so many have to park to catch the train, is currently for sale. If the minister does not buy the land, where will these people park?
Ms RYALL — The Mitcham community came together in February to raise funds for ovarian cancer research. Mama's Afternoon Tea was a great afternoon hosted by the Innes family with fantastic food, fun and laughs. Early detection of ovarian cancer is vital with 1580 women expected to be diagnosed this year and 1047 expected to die this year from this horrid disease. It is always encouraging to see local groups in our community raising awareness and funds for this cause.
Ms RYALL— Thanks to Antonio Park Advisory Committee for once again putting on a great annual community barbecue. The Antonio Park Advisory Committee continue to work tirelessly on keeping our local area maintained and clean. They do a fantastic job. They are one of our major organisers of National Tree Day events in the local area and they are always looking for new ways to enhance the conservation value of the Antonio Park bushland. Well done.
Ms RYALL — A big well done to the Simpson Park/Somers Trail Advisory Committee on holding their annual Clean Up Australia Day event in Mitcham. Every year the group of volunteers grows bigger and bigger and they continue to achieve great results with many bags of rubbish filled. The Simpson Park/Somers Trail Advisory Committee work all year round to keep our local area clean and beautiful.