Anzac Day

There are so many great things to talk about today on state budget day, but I want to focus on congratulating the fabulous members of my community for the respectful and wonderfully warm way they commemorated Anzac Day. Hurstbridge RSL sub-branch president Noel Morse and secretary Noelene Park had their fabulous Saturday service as always. I want to thank my great friend John Parker, who laid the wreath on my behalf because I could not be there.

My day started on Anzac Day with the dawn service in Doreen run by Australia’s youngest RSL sub-branch, the Doreen sub-branch, and MC’ed by the fabulous principal of Laurimar Primary School, Jason McBean. The new president of Doreen RSL, Wes Wridgway, and secretary, Judith Carter, should be very pleased with the amount of people that they draw to this wonderful service, which brings a new community together at Laurimar Primary School, the only primary school in Australia that hosts its own cenotaph.

To commemorate the centenary of Anzac Day, the Wallan Commemorative Committee, chaired by Tony Gill, organised a beautiful march down the street and a service in Wallan. Diamond Creek RSL had their fabulous, well-attended mid-morning service, and the Whittlesea Anzac Day march and service with Ned Panuzzo, president of Whittlesea RSL, and Denys Potts, secretary, had one of its best attendances ever. Well done, all.