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LATROBE VALLEY MALTESE MUSEUM

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD Ms SHING Eastern Victoria MEMBERS STATEMENTS   LATROBE VALLEY MALTESE MUSEUM Tuesday 3 March 2020 Ms SHING (Eastern Victoria) (13:20): I rise today to congratulate everyone associated with the creation of Australia’s first Maltese Museum in Morwell. The day before the highly successful Maltese Festa in Morwell, we saw the official opening of brand-new facilities, which have been created from a very well used and well-loved pigeon club in Morwell. Thanks to the allocation of a $56 270 grant through the Latrobe Valley Authority, we have seen a range of local service providers and contractors come together to create the most enormously touching, dedicated and passionate love letter to Malta, which consists of miniatures, of artefacts and of told history, photographs and the stories of so many of the families who came to the Latrobe Valley to contribute their labour, culture, music, stories and of course food. What a wonderful outcome. Thank you so much to Mario Sammut, who has worked so hard to bring this museum to reality, along with the very wonderful Consul General Mario Farrugia Borg, who attended on the night to officially open the museum.

LATROBE VALLEY MALTESE MUSEUM

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD Ms SHING Eastern Victoria MEMBERS STATEMENTS   LATROBE VALLEY MALTESE MUSEUM Tuesday 3 March 2020 Ms SHING (Eastern Victoria) (13:20): I rise today to congratulate everyone associated with the creation of Australia’s first Maltese Museum in Morwell. The day before the highly successful Maltese Festa in Morwell, we saw the official opening of brand-new facilities, which have been created from a very well used and well-loved pigeon club in Morwell. Thanks to the allocation of a $56 270 grant through the Latrobe Valley Authority, we have seen a range of local service providers and contractors come together to create the most enormously touching, dedicated and passionate love letter to Malta, which consists of miniatures, of artefacts and of told history, photographs and the stories of so many of the families who came to the Latrobe Valley to contribute their labour, culture, music, stories and of course food. What a wonderful outcome. Thank you so much to Mario Sammut, who has worked so hard to bring this museum to reality, along with the very wonderful Consul General Mario Farrugia Borg, who attended on the night to officially open the museum.

BUSHFIRES

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD Ms SHING Eastern Victoria MEMBERS STATEMENTS   BUSHFIRES Thursday 5 March 2020 Ms SHING (Eastern Victoria) (10:01): A year ago we saw significant fires across Gippsland, and we saw significant devastation as dozens of homes were lost across the Bunyip, Tynong North, Tonimbuk and Yinnar areas. We have seen a really concerted effort in interoperability in recent weeks and months following the fires that began in eastern Victoria and in Gippsland on 21 November. Just one year ago we saw 29 houses destroyed in a bushfire that was sparked by lightning strikes in the Bunyip State Park. This necessitated aerial strikes, on-ground work, intensive interoperability and large-scale efforts to make sure that this vicious fire, which often burnt bright white in places, was able to be contained and in fact did not cross the highway into Bunyip. My thanks are with everyone who worked so hard throughout that particular fire, who came from all over the state to assist. My thoughts are with the families who continue to work to rebuild and to recover, and my support lies with them in the work that we all undertake to make sure that long-term recovery efforts go to the areas that need them.

BUSHFIRES

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD Ms SHING Eastern Victoria MEMBERS STATEMENTS   BUSHFIRES Thursday 5 March 2020 Ms SHING (Eastern Victoria) (10:01): A year ago we saw significant fires across Gippsland, and we saw significant devastation as dozens of homes were lost across the Bunyip, Tynong North, Tonimbuk and Yinnar areas. We have seen a really concerted effort in interoperability in recent weeks and months following the fires that began in eastern Victoria and in Gippsland on 21 November. Just one year ago we saw 29 houses destroyed in a bushfire that was sparked by lightning strikes in the Bunyip State Park. This necessitated aerial strikes, on-ground work, intensive interoperability and large-scale efforts to make sure that this vicious fire, which often burnt bright white in places, was able to be contained and in fact did not cross the highway into Bunyip. My thanks are with everyone who worked so hard throughout that particular fire, who came from all over the state to assist. My thoughts are with the families who continue to work to rebuild and to recover, and my support lies with them in the work that we all undertake to make sure that long-term recovery efforts go to the areas that need them.

COVID-19

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD Ms SHING Eastern Victoria MEMBERS STATEMENTS   COVID-19 Wedesday 18th March 2020 Ms SHING (Eastern Victoria) (09:57): We are living in some pretty strange times, and we are living in circumstances of great uncertainty and unpredictability. For many people across our communities this is leading to significant fear, to misinformation and to anxiety and distress. In this regard I want to put on the record my appreciation of those people who are working really hard to infuse a little kindness, generosity, patience and indeed tenderness to those around them as we endure some circumstances which I think perhaps none of us have really understood the enormity or complexity of and which will continue to unfold over the coming weeks and indeed months. I know that people across our services sector and industries are doing it tough. I know that the provision of customer care is particularly difficult at the moment, including for those working in our retail sectors. My thanks to them and to everyone who is treating them with the respect, the value and the recognition that they deserve and providing them with a safe workplace as they go about their business. My thanks also to those in the health, medical and allied services industries, who are working around the clock and who are also isolating themselves from their families and their friends in order to continue to go about doing the work to save lives and to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In addition to this I want to say thank you to everybody who is applying common sense, who is making sure that we stand the best possible chance of getting through this together and who is fundamentally thinking of others as we go about our daily lives.

COVID-19

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD Ms SHING Eastern Victoria MEMBERS STATEMENTS   COVID-19 Wedesday 18th March 2020 Ms SHING (Eastern Victoria) (09:57): We are living in some pretty strange times, and we are living in circumstances of great uncertainty and unpredictability. For many people across our communities this is leading to significant fear, to misinformation and to anxiety and distress. In this regard I want to put on the record my appreciation of those people who are working really hard to infuse a little kindness, generosity, patience and indeed tenderness to those around them as we endure some circumstances which I think perhaps none of us have really understood the enormity or complexity of and which will continue to unfold over the coming weeks and indeed months. I know that people across our services sector and industries are doing it tough. I know that the provision of customer care is particularly difficult at the moment, including for those working in our retail sectors. My thanks to them and to everyone who is treating them with the respect, the value and the recognition that they deserve and providing them with a safe workplace as they go about their business. My thanks also to those in the health, medical and allied services industries, who are working around the clock and who are also isolating themselves from their families and their friends in order to continue to go about doing the work to save lives and to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In addition to this I want to say thank you to everybody who is applying common sense, who is making sure that we stand the best possible chance of getting through this together and who is fundamentally thinking of others as we go about our daily lives.

UPGRADING MORWELL SCHOOLS BRICK BY BRICK  

Students in Morwell will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Kurnai College (Morwell Campus).

 

BACKING COMMUNITY GROUPS ACROSS THE LATROBE VALLEY

The Andrews Labor Government is backing community groups and projects across the Latrobe Valley with more than $1.3 million in grants awarded today.

A SAFER JOURNEY ON THE MAROONDAH HIGHWAY

Drivers using the Maroondah Highway can look forward to a safer journey with safety improvements underway between Coldstream and Healesville thanks to the Andrews Labor...

MORE POLICE FOR BAW BAW, BASS COAST AND LATROBE TO SUPPORT SAFER COMMUNITIES

Residents in Baw Baw Shire, Bass Coast Shire and Latrobe City will soon see more police on the streets, with an additional 80 officers allocated...

MORE SUPPORT FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING AFTER BUSHFIRES

People struggling with their mental health after the state’s devastating bushfires will get more immediate and long-term support during the recovery under a $23.4 million...