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.
Archives: August 2017
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.
As the member for Buninyong there is no doubt this has been a fantastic budget for the Buninyong electorate. It is a great Labor budget because it invests in important things that are vital for the health of our community: local schools, community safety, local roads and infrastructure, and emergency services. Importantly, the budget is about delivering jobs for each area of the state, but significantly, from my point of view, in the Ballarat region.
Ahead of the last election, as part of the now Andrews Labor government campaign policies, we said we wanted to reflect strongly on best practice in regard to our environment. We said that as part of the suite of activities we would be undertaking as a government we would be reviewing the EPA, because after 40-plus years of operation it was important that the EPA be reviewed with a view to strengthening the activities it can undertake.
With growing numbers of juniors, women and girls signing up to play grassroots sport it is important that people have access to good facilities that will encourage them to get involved and stay active.