As we have heard from other people who have spoken on this bill, this bill focuses on two areas: essentially making our prison system safer for prisoners and for those working inside the prison system, and focusing on making our communities safer through procedures operated through the Adult Parole Board of Victoria, and also ensuring that the adult parole board has appropriate security in dealing with parolees as they make their applications for parole and as they are adjudicated upon.
Recently I attended the 160th anniversary celebrations of Magpie Primary School — a fantastic achievement for a small rural school where generations of students have begun their education. Clearly much has changed over the years, with students now learning in modern new classrooms using computers, iPads and interactive whiteboards — quite different from my school days when we had wooden desks and chalkboards and, for a short time before the advent of biros, we wrote with dip-pens and inkwells. Gone is the morning milk program where the milk, in individual bottles, sat in the sun for a while, meaning that the contents did not always taste nice. Magpie instead now runs a breakfast club funded by the Andrews government, ensuring that all students can have a great start to the school day.
Next month I will be joining in on the community celebrations for Linton Primary School's 150th anniversary. In 1857 Linton Primary School was established on the current site as government school 880. On the weekend of 14 and 15 October the Linton community will come together with a reunion dinner for former students, with a family fun day on the Sunday. I want to commend Linton Primary School's principal, Ian Forrester, the staff and all of those at Linton for the wonderful program they provide there.
As a result of this bill and actions that this government has already taken, we see significant new investment in renewables. We have got to keep that happening to get more energy supply. The other side simply want to go back to the dark ages, deny climate change and criticise us.
As we have heard from other speakers, just in 2015, 453 people across this state died from drug overdoses. We know that that is a significantly higher figure than for the number of people who died on our roads, and most people in our community would not be aware of that. Also, when you talk about drug overdoses most people in our community would consider that that was by people who had overdosed as a result of heroin or a similar illicit drug. As we know, that is not the case. In the 2015 figures 358 people died as a result of taking a recognised pharmaceutical, and many of those were given to them on prescription.
We know this is initially a matter of owners taking responsibility for their dogs and ensuring that their dogs are properly trained when they are young so that they are not likely to threaten other individuals.
Saturday was a great day for Ballarat when AFL football was played for the first time at the newly upgraded Eureka sports precinct. While some said it would never happen, the Andrews government, working with the City of Ballarat and the Western Bulldogs, ensured that this dream became a reality. I will leave it to the member for Wendouree to talk more on this.
Today I want to talk about Sebastopol fire brigade, whose members have been keeping our community safe since it was established in February 1886. Last Tuesday I was pleased to hand over the keys of a new $94 000 Ford Transit vehicle to the brigade captain, Ben Cary. This custom-built specialist response vehicle will be used at incidents involving liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or liquefied natural gas and is the first in the state to be fitted with new LPG burner technology that improves the safety and efficiency of gas flare-offs. The vehicle is also fitted with portable mobile lighting and salvage equipment.
On 12 August I was pleased to attend the Ballarat fire brigade's service awards presentation night. Over 20 brigade members received service awards on the night including life members treasurer Russell Harris, for 45 years of service, ex-captain John Harris, for 40 years of service and Peter Rae, for 35 years of service.
It was great to see the minister come to the Canadian Regional Park to announce the name change to Woowookarung Regional Park just last month. This leads us along a path to see that this particular area of land — extensive parkland around the eastern fringe of Ballarat — is now protected as the Woowookarung Regional Park, and that the community can continue to be involved. They have been particularly excited by the work of Parks Victoria since the area became a regional park. Parks Victoria have been enthusiastic in their willingness to work with the community and involve the community in every step of the planning.