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 — 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.
Today we say farewell to Judy Milligan, an extraordinary woman who dedicated so much of her time and commitment to the Liberal Party. Judy was a long-serving member of the Mitcham-Heatherdale branch and enshrined the values of the Liberal Party in who she was and what she did — values like individual freedoms, reward for effort and supporting the vulnerable. Only a few weeks ago Judy dropped into my office a handbag full of essential items so a woman in crisis might have something special this Christmas.
Judy married the love of her life, Barrie, and was a cherished mum to Julie and David. Her love for her family was so evident and she would capture those moments, popping them up on Facebook for all to see. These included special times with her adored grandchildren Kirsten, Lachlan, Lauren, Nathan, Luke and Demi.
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Mitcham’s Sharon Fogarty is on of our unsung heroes! Her volunteer work with Mitcham Primary School has been exceptional over the last seven plus years.
Mitcham local Sadie Hogg was joined by friends and family to celebrate her amazing 100 years of life in March.
Sadie was a vision in blue and was all smiles as she opened a commemorative family tree, reminding her of all the lovely images of family and special occasions.
Sadie Hogg takes great pride in being the daughter of the Hon. James Hiers McColl, who was a Victorian Member of Parliament from 1886 to 1901 (in the seats of Mandurang and Gunbower), the Federal Member for Echuca from 1901 to 1906 and a Victorian Senator from 1906 to 1914 – a total of 29 years as a parliamentarian.
As a Victorian Member, he was Minister for Mines and Water Supply in the Patterson Government (1894) and Minister of Lands in the McLean Government (1899 to 1900). His most significant achievement in Victorian politics was the implementation of closer settlement in parts of rural Victoria in 1900.
On Sunday, I marched with our local community and paid tribute to our ANZACs, at the Ringwood RSL Centenary Commemorations. I was honoured to read the famous sonnet by Alf Wood, ‘Sound the last post, again’.