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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 21

Mr ANTHONY SMITH (1:45 PM) —On Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Montrose Community Ideas Day in the heart of Montrose at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges in the Casey federal electorate. The Montrose Community Ideas Day was the inspiration of a group of dedicated locals from the Montrose Township Group who put together the day to hear directly from people in Montrose about the sort of future they would like to see for Montrose. Throughout the morning hundreds of local residents met with the leaders of numerous voluntary and civic groups, including the Scouts, the Montrose Historical Society, the Japara community house, which does such a great job in Montrose, the CFA and the police—to name a few. They also participated in a range of workshops throughout the morning where they put forward their ideas on the sorts of things they like about Montrose and the sorts of things they might like to see improved in the future. They had their say on how to make Montrose the best possible place it can be. The executive of the Montrose Township Group should be recognised—its president, Rob Earney, its vice-president, Pauline Walton, its secretary, Julie McDonald, and Doug Fisher, Steve Downey, Chris Dowling, Ron Buckland, Stuart McCall, Kim Wormald, Irene Helmer, Gareth Little-Hales and David Dobson. (Time expired)