Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — Victoria is in the grip of a crime wave like at no other time. There has been no other time like this, where our communities have been plagued by violent thugs committing senseless acts of violence, targeting innocent community members in their own homes, on the roads, in their streets and at their businesses.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — I grieve for all who value peace, freedom, safety and our way of life. The latest London attacks of terrorism bring to the fore the lengths that those who hate what we value will go to to destroy it. This is a war. It is not a conventional war, but it is nonetheless a war. We are under attack, and it is an attack on the very freedoms and way of life that our diggers fought for so that we may have those freedoms. If those men and women could see now that what they had fought so valiantly for is under attack, they would want us to stand, they would want us to fight and they would want us to hold strong to what they fought for. That in itself means that we have an obligation to fight just like they did for our continued freedoms and our continued way of life, because the alternative cannot be countenanced. It cannot be contemplated. If we do not, then what our diggers fought for and died for would be in vain.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 807) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that he enable the availability of data on tow truck call-outs to accidents, accompanied with the associated Melway map grids, so that interested parties such as my community can identify the full picture on accident stats on a given road or intersection.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — My adjournment request is to the Minister for Public Transport, so I appreciate that she is in the chamber and hopefully we can get a speedy result to my request. The action I seek is that the minister direct Public Transport Victoria to temporarily provide two parking spaces adjacent to Colombo Street, opposite the Boom Gate Cafe in Mitcham, to enable some short‑term parking while the City of Whitehorse undertakes the full‑road reconstruction of Station Street, Mitcham, between Whitehorse Road and Colombo Street.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — It was fabulous to visit Ringwood Secondary College, meet with principal Michael Phillips and see the excellent work being done on our new year 7 and 8 education centre. We are delivering on 21st century learning spaces to ensure that Ringwood Secondary College students and their teachers are afforded the best possible facilities to deliver the outcomes our students are seeking to achieve in these crucial early years of their secondary education.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — I rise to congratulate a local constituent and long‑time Mitcham resident Sadie Hogg, who turned 100 on 12 March. Sadie was joined by over 50 people, who helped celebrate this momentous occasion. She is one of five children of parents Sarah and James McColl. James was a former member of the Victorian Parliament, from 1886 to 1901, then later a Victorian Senator. Sadie was born in 1917 in Melbourne and went to school at Deepdene State School and later in Fitzroy. Sadie travelled overseas before moving back to Australia and working in the Naval Office in Melbourne as a secretary. There she met the love of her life, Richard, an air force officer. They married in 1942. Although her father was no longer in politics, Sadie was engaged with and became an active member of the Victorian Women’s Liberal Association, Mitcham branch.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 494) My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. Will the minister ensure VicTrack maintains the grass and landscaping between the car park on the rail line alongside Thanet Court, Ringwood, on at least a bimonthly basis? The area runs alongside the 10‑kilometre Box Hill to Ringwood path, funded under the former government, and it is an eyesore for those walking or riding into Ringwood. It is only brush cut or mown on a quarterly basis, and it is often in an appalling state. The residents who are local to this area in Thanet Court, as well as the residents of Ringwood Village, take pride in their homes and neighbourhood. To have this ugly overgrowth not maintained is completely unsatisfactory. This problem is the responsibility of VicTrack, and it should be rectified.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — Can any Victorian trust the Andrews Labor government, led by a Premier schooled in the arrogance of ‘Do as I say, not as I do’? This is a party where MPs refuse to live amongst the people they represent, where they are too good to live in Narre Warren North, Narre Warren South and Werribee, so they live in Fitzroy North, Mount Martha and Williamstown, under a Premier for which everything is a matter for someone else while he takes responsibility for nothing.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 367) My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Paul from my electorate of Ringwood asks: when will the minister act to ensure that the footbridge across the Maroondah Highway next to the Coach and Horse hotel and adjacent to EastLink is cleared of graffiti? The footbridge is one of the main things that drivers see as they head east on the Maroondah Highway into Ringwood, and it is one of the last things they see when they are heading west. This is a gateway into what is a growing and vibrant hub of metropolitan Melbourne and a major activity centre, and the people of Ringwood do not want graffiti signalling the disrespect and disregard shown to them by vandals. That is what people see when they enter that great suburb. They also do not want to be looking at it as a constant reminder of that disrespect and vandalism that has been inflicted. Research shows that graffiti is best removed as soon as possible after vandals have committed their crime. That is why the former government instituted anti-graffiti activities on the Eastern Freeway, where graffiti was removed promptly and which significantly curtailed the blight that had become prolific over a short of time.
Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 399) My adjournment request is to the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to ensure all train and related public transport hold‑ups preventing the switching on of the new traffic lights on the corner of Bedford Road and Great Ryrie Street in Ringwood, adjacent to the train line, be urgently completed. These lights have sat there awaiting switch‑on for 14 months while everyone impacted by this dangerous intersection grows more and more concerned about the danger they experience when using it, be they a driver or a pedestrian. The lights are designed to dramatically control the very heavy pedestrian and traffic congestion at this busy intersection, which has three extremely large schools in very close proximity. The risk when trying to exit onto Bedford Road from Great Ryrie Street is enormous, as is exiting onto and entering from Bedford Road into Great Ryrie Street. As the minister would be aware, these lights need to coordinate with the trains and, as I understand, the switch that the community so desperately needs flicked cannot happen without the authority and action of Public Transport Victoria.