It was my great pleasure to join President Dick McDonald and the Surf Coast’s Mayor Brian McKiterick for the turning of the sod at the Anglesea Bowling Club last Wednesday. After a 10-year journey—or, more correctly, battle—construction has finally begun on their $1.1 million new clubroom, supported by $500,000 from the Turnbull government. And I was actually at the Torquay Bowls Club for its season opening on Friday night and the upgrade of its new club, thanks to $1.5 million from the member for South Barwon, Andrew Katos. It has absolutely transformed this place; it’s now a thriving community hub, which is one of the fundamental reasons why we invest in these very important facilities.
On Saturday I joined Golden Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Des Phelan to open the Bannockburn’s new soccer pavilion, to which our government has contributed $100,000. President Anthony Vanjek gave the most wonderful speech about the importance of volunteers and the sacrifice of families in growing this club, so it is a great credit to everyone at the Golden Plains Soccer Club.
And on Saturday night, I joined the owners, staff and friends of Charles Stewart & Co. for a wonderful centenary celebration of this preeminent real estate and livestock company which has done so much for farmers and for the broader community of south-west Victoria. Congratulations in particular to Neil and Michael Stewart, as well as to Peter McConachy. It was a wonderful night and it is a wonderful company.
4 September 2017