May 26, 2015  |  Members Statements

Moorabool and Golden Plains Shire community facilities

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — Last week I was delighted to spend time at the Meredith and Ballan neighbourhood houses and at The Well in Smythesdale, when local residents were given the opportunity to raise with me directly important issues that affect their communities. Many residents came and raised issues ranging from concerns for the preservation of the local forest in the Brisbane Ranges and along the Moorabool River, issues associated with speed limits on some of our roads, pedestrian and bicycle safety right through to concerns related to wind farms.

In Ballan, Brian Barry, Ray Meadows and David Smith from the Ballan District Vintage Machinery and Vehicle Club shared with me their plans to create a vintage machinery museum centred around a collection of Ronaldson-Tippett engines that were built in Ballarat. The collection features one of every type of Ronaldson-Tippett engine built. The club currently has 170 members, and I can see that this collection will provide members with a fantastic opportunity to come together to maintain and restore these engines while preserving an important part of our local manufacturing history.

While on these visits I also took the opportunity to visit Meredith Primary School and to inspect progress on the fantastic new community hub in Meredith. In Smythesdale I was able to appreciate the facilities provided at The Well, the town’s community hub, which also provides a home for the local historical society. It provides health services and also provides local community groups with great meeting spaces. On this point, I would like to acknowledge the work of Golden Plains Shire Council and its vision to deliver these great community facilities in partnership with state and federal governments.