Column for the Wallan Whistle

I write this column for the Wallan Whistle from my sick bed.

As some of you would know, I had an operation last month which has put me temporarily out of action.

Rest assured, I am keeping up with all local issues via the internet and my mobile phone!

I am really pleased to report that our Government is continuing to deliver great things for Wallan and the Yan Yean electorate.

I’m delighted to report Wallan Cemetery will benefit from a $10,000 maintenance and upgrade grant.

The money will be used to create an avenue of trees where cremated remains can be interred.

The plan to create an Ashes Avenue at Wallan Cemetery is a wonderful idea which will enhance the appearance of the cemetery for generations to come.

I’m also pleased to inform residents that 150 additional car parks will be funded out of the State Budget at Wallan station.

The Andrews Government recognises there is growing train patronage at Wallan and there was a need to ensure people have somewhere to park.

These new car parks will make it easier for people to drive to the station, catch the train and get to work on time.

My colleague Jaclyn Symes and I have worked closely with Mitchell Shire to achieve this great result.

I can report that construction has commenced on the site of the Wallan Integrated Children’s Centre.

This $3.7 million centre will give Wallan kids the best start in life as part of the Andrews Government’s investment in the early childhood sector.

The brand-new development, to be built next to Wallan Primary School, will provide 132 licensed places in its four-year-old kindergarten program and 40 licensed places in its three-year-old kindergarten program, helping to meet local demand.

By co-locating early learning centres and schools, there is a smooth transition for children as they move between kindergarten and prep.

On the sporting front, Wallan Bowls Club will receive $100,000 to install a new synthetic green, reducing water usage and running costs.

I’m also thrilled that Wallan Football & Netball Club will receive $100,000 for sports training lights at A.F Walker Recreation Reserve and Greenhills Reserve, Wallan will receive $421,000 to upgrade the pavilion with new change rooms, new umpires rooms and much needed timekeeping, first aid and kiosk facilities.

Work has also begun on Hadfield Park, Wallan to deliver a high quality adventure-style play ground that includes a splash pad and water play area.

My office is always pleased to help local residents with State Government matters. If we can help, please call us on 9432-9782 or email