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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Page: 3023

Mr FRYDENBERG (9:48 AM) —I rise today to acknowledge the hard work of many individuals and organisations in the electorate of Kooyong. Ours is a strong community with deep family values and a strong commitment to volunteerism and helping others. On the weekend I attended Camberwell Primary School’s French fete. While I mangled my French language, I did pay tribute to the hard work of the principal, Helen Warnod, parent Kate Schwenk and many others for their contribution to organising a wonderful fete attended by thousands of people. The school is in fact the first bilingual school in Victoria to have French immersion right across the curriculum—and they serve pretty good escargot.

On Sunday I attended the Kew Rovers barbecue, the local football club with teams in the 9- to 18-year-old age bracket. Also, importantly, they have a girls footy team. I pay credit to the president of the club, Rob Millar; vice-president, Jeff Hooper; committee member David Macrae; treasurer, Peter Johnson; director of football, Ian Aitken; Michelle Houlihan; Andrea Herbert; and many others for their hard work in organising the barbecue—and good luck for the season.

I also wanted to pay tribute to the organisers of the Kew Festival, where I judged the parade. The winners included Kew East Primary, St Paul’s College and Sacred Heart. To Debbie McColl Davis, Annette Smith and the thousands of people who turned up at Alexandra Gardens in Cotham Road, Kew, it was a wonderful day and I thank you for asking me to participate.

I also attended the AGM of the Boroondara Netball Association. They have over 200 teams and nearly 3,500 girls playing in our local area. It is wonderful to see and it is so important. I pay tribute to the president, Sue Reddish, and to Grant Kennerley, who I presented with an outstanding contribution award for his support of the association.

I also attended the Relay for Life in Hawthorn at Gardiner Reserve with Premier Ted Baillieu, Mayor Nick Tragas, Councillor Coral Ross and Professor David Hill. This is a wonderful event that raises money for cancer research. Over 53 teams, with 900 participants, raised over $100,000 running around an oval for charity.

I also attended the National Ride to School at Auburn South Primary School. I pay tribute to Principal Gary Campbell, to the year 3s, who turned up with their scooters and their bikes and everything else that moved. Over 1,000 schools and 140,000 students Australia-wide participated in the Ride to School.

Finally, I want to mention Tom Wilcox, who has celebrated his 80th birthday. He is a wonderful community stalwart. He has been struggling with bad health and I pay tribute to his great contribution to our local community.