04 September 2017

Speech: Delivering for vital community infrastructure

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