Parliament

Blackwood sewerage scheme

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — Last Wednesday evening I attended my third Blackwood Action Group annual meeting at the Blackwood pub to provide the community with an update on the rollout of the Blackwood localised septic sewerage solution. After four years of inaction and incompetence by the previous..

Macedon electorate

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — (12 041) My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport. Minister, can you advise when works to upgrade the car parks at the Kyneton, Woodend and Gisborne railway stations will commence? Funding for additional car parking and upgrades was announced in the..

Clarkefield railway station

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — (12 031) The matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that the minister join me at her earliest convenience on a visit to Clarkefield railway station in my electorate. I..

End of life choices

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — On Sunday, 16 October, I participated in a seminar presented by the Trentham Labor Party branch. The seminar called Dying Well was organised by local members Don and Mary Harvey and Lynne Mohr, who are to be congratulated for an excellent event. As speakers..

NIALIN WATERSON

Ms THOMAS  — Congratulations to Nialin Waterson of Kyneton, the inaugural winner of the Parents Victoria Joan Kirner Parent Participation Award. Nialin is a quietly passionate and tireless volunteer in the Kyneton Primary School community. She has devoted hundreds of unpaid hours of her time to..

PAST ADOPTION PRACTICES

Ms THOMAS — I want to acknowledge that it is four years to the day since the Victorian Parliament offered an apology to the victims of past adoption practices in Victoria, and today I join in affirming that apology. As our Premier, then opposition leader, said..

MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE

Ms THOMAS  — It is a privilege to rise today to speak on this matter of importance. Given the way in which we have brought Victoria’s no. 1 law and order issue, family violence, into this place for considered policy debate, it is important that we take..

ADJOURNMENT

Ms THOMAS -The adjournment matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Acting Minister for Sport. The action I seek is for the minister to fund a much-needed court redevelopment at the Riddells Creek Tennis Club. Sport is a vital part of..

ADJOURNMENT

Macedon- The matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that the minister join me in Romsey to advise when the traffic management study of the Barry Street intersection will..

SAVANNAH ROBERTS

THOMAS — Congratulations to Savannah Roberts from the 1st Gisborne Scouts, Mitchell troop, on being awarded the Australian Scout Medallion and Green Cord at a fantastic ceremony on Thursday night at the Gisborne Scout Hall. The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in scouting, and..

AFL WOMEN’S LEAGUE

Ms THOMAS — AFL CEO Gill McLachlan has described women’s football as a revolution, which it is, and I congratulate Kate Darby from Macedon, a former junior footballer with Riddells Creek, who has been drafted to Carlton, and Ainslie Kemp from Kyneton Football Netball Club, who..

Local government elections

Ms THOMAS  — As I indicated in my inaugural speech, I want to use my time in this place to write women’s names into Hansard and correct the historical record, which for too long refused to acknowledge the incredible contributions made to our communities and to..

Macedon electorate

Ms THOMAS : My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I understand progress has been made on replacing the stairs at the Sailors Falls Reserve. My question is: when will this work be complete? At Sailors Falls, near Daylesford, a..

Esther Stewart

THOMAS — This year’s Sulman prize winner is Esther Stewart of Daylesford for her work Flatland Dreaming. Esther is the niece of a friend of mine, Graham Quin, and I had the pleasure of seeing Esther’s work exhibited not that long ago at the Victorian Certificate..

Macedon Electorate Rotary Clubs

Ms THOMAS — I thank members of the Rotary Club of Woodend for the invitation to join them for their changeover lunch to celebrate the fantastic work of outgoing president Grant Hocking and to welcome new president Josephine Falzarano. I am delighted that for the first..

Ralph Walling

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — I thank members of the Gisborne State Emergency Service (SES) unit for the invitation to join them once again at their annual dinner. What a great night and what a wonderful way to celebrate Ralph Walling’s 14 years of service as unit controller…

HEPATITIS

Ms THOMAS — On Wednesday, 24 August, I was pleased to attend the Kyneton community lunch to speak about the Andrews government’s hepatitis B and C strategies as part of Hepatitis Victoria’s Liverability Festival. Community lunches are a weekly event that bring together Kyneton’s diverse community in a..

LIONS PARK, RIDDELLS CREEK

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — Riddells Creek local Narelle McGellin has a big dream, and importantly she has put in the hard work to make that dream a reality. Under Narelle’s leadership I have watched the transformation of Lions Park in Riddells Creek into a beautiful play..