My week began with visits to MI Fellowship, a local mental health agency and the Greater Shepparton City Council where I had a catch-up with the Acting CEO and executive team.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I travelled with the Family and Community Development Committee members to take evidence and visit disability services in Colac, Warrnambool and Geelong. These visits are associated with the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services and will be visiting Shepparton and other areas in the coming weeks. I drove home from Warrnambool to Shepparton the back way through Maryborough and Bendigo. While the country is beautiful I was concerned to see how very dry it is across the State.
Thursday was a busy day back in the electorate. First up, I attended a morning tea at Gallery Kiaela which is a local independent not for profit Aboriginal art gallery founded and supported by the Kaiela Institute. You can visit their website for more information http://www.kaielainstitute.org.au/gallery-kaiela.html or visit them in Shepparton at 137-139 High St.
Next I dropped in on the ACSO working group meeting. There were representatives from various bodies present considering properties that could be possible locations for the proposed drug rehab centre.
On Friday I met with the GV Health Community Advisory Group at the hospital where we reviewed all of the nominations forms we have received. After that, I attended a follow-up meeting at Greater Shepparton City Council with representatives from the education sector.
Over the weekend, I was honoured to speak at the opening of the Relay for Life in Shepparton. Since this event first began in the Greater Shepparton area, nearly 2.5 million dollars has been raised. I commend the volunteers and the community for this impressive effort.
Peter and I attended the celebration dinner at St Joseph's Primary School Numurkah commemorating their 125 years of service to the community. It was such a good night!
My office heard from constituents with a wide array of ideas and concerns including the need for more myki retail outlets in the region, medical cannabis, the closure of Port Phillip Bay for commercial fishing and how it might affect our region.
This week it is back to parliament where there will be several bills to be voted on. You can read about each bill here and I have listed them below: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/legislation/1824-bills-this-week
- Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
- Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Aboriginal Principal Officers) Bill 2015
- Adoption Amendment (Adoption By Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015
- Justice Legislation Amendment (Police Custody Officers) Bill 2015
I hope everyone had a great weekend. There was certainly plenty on in the electorate including the Shepparton Relay for Life and the Numurkah Food Bowl Festival. Throughout Shepparton and the wider district there are always so many events to go to on weekends with a great choice of things to do.