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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 3052

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (16:28): In the lush King Valley, just to the east of Wangaratta, lies the beautiful community of Moyhu. On 24 October, I had the enormous pleasure of sharing pizzas at the Moyhu Hotel as the guest of the Moyhu Action Group. A special thanks to John and Nicky Bridges for organising the event, and the many in the community who turned out. A special call-out to young Lily Day. Lily is in year 11 at Galen college. She is particularly interested in politics and has been asking me to lobby Galen college to get global politics into the year 11 and year 12 curriculum—I am onto that, Lily.

The issues that the community raised include cycle tourism; changes to the pension and the impact that they are having on local people; penalty rates and the impact they have on getting staff; access to the NBN and mobile phone coverage; the plight of dairy farmers; special note of the road conditions following all the rain we have had; and a call-out to VicRoads and the Wangaratta council to do something about the intersection at Whitlands, where the King Valley Road joins up with the Mansfield road.

I am really looking forward to returning to you next week for the opening of the King Valley Dairy—and particular thanks to Naomi and David for the wonderful work that you have done, the employment opportunities you are creating and the tourism sense you are making for us.