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  • 新年快乐 Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới – Happy New Year!

    新年快乐 Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới – Happy New Year!

    25th January, 2012

    Spectacular weather provided the back drop for the thousands of people who gathered in Springvale to usher in the year of the dragon.
    Lion dancers, fire crackers, awesome hawker food and people from all walks of life helped mark the Lunar […]

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  • Queen Elizabeth Centre – Noble Park

    Queen Elizabeth Centre – Noble Park

    9th November, 2011

    I was thrilled to visit the Queen Elizabeth Centre in Noble Park.
    The centre provides support for young parents and children during the challenging early years.
    To the newly arrived CEO, Athina Georgiou, as well as Kirsty Evans, director of nursing, and […]

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  • Springvale night market

    Springvale night market

    25th October, 2011

    An exciting idea many years in the making reached fruition with the official opening of the Springvale full moon night market. Modelled on the well-known night markets that are familiar to many Australians visiting parts of Asia, the Springvale night […]

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  • Visit to Stawell Gold Mine

    Visit to Stawell Gold Mine

    11th October, 2011

    On a recent trip to Stawell I was joined by the Member for Ripon, Joe Helper MP, on a visit to the Stawell Gold Mine.
    Owned by the Northgate Minerals Corporation, it is Victoria’s longest continually operating gold mine and employs […]

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  • A happy cat!

    A happy cat!

    5th October, 2011

    What a difference a year makes!
    Last year, Geelong’s preliminary final loss to Collingwood found me washing John Brumby’s car to settle a bet made when water restrictions on car washing were eased.
    This year, following Geelong’s dissection of the Pies, […]

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  • The Victorian Tourism Industry’s Amazing Race

    The Victorian Tourism Industry’s Amazing Race

    4th October, 2011

    The Victorian Tourism Industry’s Amazing Race occurred on Friday 9 September. Destination Melbourne, in an act of questionable desperation, invited me to join the DML Dashers.
    Following an afternoon of ice skating at the icehouse, a visit to the Chill On […]

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  • Ikea comes to Springvale

    Ikea comes to Springvale

    27th September, 2011

    Proof that Springvale remains Australia’s multicultural heart was the opening of Swedish home furnishing giant, Ikea on 8 September.
    The Southern Hemispheres largest Ikea store at 36,000sqm (yes for Ikea aficionados, that is 3 times larger than the Victoria Gardens store) […]

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  • A recent visit to Max Brenner

    A recent visit to Max Brenner

    26th September, 2011

    I recently joined Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, Federal MP Michael Danby, John Lenders, Martin Pakula and other Labor Members of Parliament, to show support for Max Brenner chocolates.
    In the face of the anti-Israel boycott of the chocolate store politicians, business […]

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  • Visit to Shell refinery

    Visit to Shell refinery

    1st August, 2011

    A recent visit to the Shell Refinery in Geelong gave me the opportunity to be briefed on some of the key issues facing the Shell refinery.
    A plant tour provided insight to the Cat Cracker, the benefits of upgrades to deal […]

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  • 2011 State Budget Reply

    2011 State Budget Reply

    6th May, 2011

    The 2011 State Budget Reply was given by the Shadow Treasurer, Tim Holding MP, in the Victorian Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2011.
    Speaker, there is an apocryphal story about the novice Treasurer who on his first day in the job, […]

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