19 June 2017

Speech in Parliament: People power delivers for the Bellarine

Yesterday was a terrific day for people power in my electorate of Corangamite. I was delighted to announce on behalf of the federal environment minister, the member for Kooyong, that the Turnbull government has included Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and its environs on the 2017 priority assessment list for National Heritage listing. The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve, overlooking the rip, is of enormous historical value. I would like to congratulate Andrew Sutherland, Lester Hunt and the Friends of Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve for nominating this wonderful part of the world. I have been a very big advocate for this region and for national heritage listing.

I also want to acknowledge the former environment minister, the member for Flinders, who also threw his support behind this push. Such recognition is so important. It will provide greater protection of the site and also open up new opportunities for funding to maintain and improve the precinct.

It was also a great day for people power when it came to supporting our wonderful libraries. I was absolutely delighted to join a rally in Barwon Heads after the City of Greater Geelong administrators overturned a terrible decision to close the community libraries at Barwon Heads, Highton and Chilwell. Congratulations to these wonderful communities. I will keep on fighting with them.

19 June 2017