Victorians have a choice come November this year: a choice between Victoria's backward slide under the Premier or a clear plan of leadership under the Liberal-Nationals — a plan to restore confidence and pride in our state; to take Victorians forward and not ride roughshod over them as this government has done; to put Victorians first for a change and treat them with respect rather than the bullying we have seen and witnessed from this government; to make sure our justice system reflects community expectations; to offer real solutions to deal with those issues that Victorians worry about, like escalating violence, out-of-control cost of living, the massive congestion on our roads; and to end the war on our Country Fire Authority volunteers.
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.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) - My constituency question is for the Minister for Families and Children. Is the minister going to fulfil her commitment to increase neighbourhood house coordination program funding for Mitcham Community House and Central Ringwood Community Centre as per her election commitment to them in 2014 — yes or no?
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) (17:29:35) — (13 628) My request is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that he direct the revision of the lanes exiting onto Maroondah Highway from Heatherdale Road in Mitcham. Heatherdale Road is the border of the Maroondah and Whitehorse councils, and since the removal of the level crossing the load of traffic coming out of Heatherdale Road and turning right onto Maroondah Highway has significantly increased. That means that approximately five cars can get through on a cycle, but the extent of the wait time is very significant, particularly if there is someone coming across the road from Dampier Grove.
Ms RYALL — Congratulations to Eastwood Primary School and Deaf Facility on their successful twilight market. There was food galore, rides, produce and gifts, as well as music by Eastwood dad's band, and to top it off, perfect weather. Well done to the organising committee and all the volunteers who put in so much time to create a wonderful event.
Ms RYALL — Congratulations to the three local schools in my electorate who participated in the parliamentary schools debate last week. Ringwood Secondary College, Norwood Secondary College and Mullauna College competed for the annual Victorian shield for excellence in debating. With a variety of year 8, 9 and 10 students, all schools showed a high level of preparedness, enthusiasm and competence in debating — a fabulous effort by all. Well done to Mullauna College, who took home the shield for the sixth year in a row.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) (09:58:39) — Congratulations to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and parish on holding a fabulous day to celebrate their 50th anniversary — a day full of great food, rides and entertainment. It was a fantastic effort by the organising committee and volunteers, who made the day a fabulous success.
My adjournment request is to the Minister for Public Transport and the action I seek is for the Minister to ensure that regular school time bus services are provided so that students who live in and around Mitcham can take public transport directly to their school, Aquinas College.