House debates

Monday, 14 July 2014

Statements by Members

Aurora Community Association

4:11 pm

Photo of Andrew GilesAndrew Giles (Scullin, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise today to acknowledge two extraordinary women from the Scullin Electorate: Cara Horner, the secretary, and Toni-Marie Wuelfert, the president, have been wonderful leaders at the Aurora Community Association. Both will be stepping down from their roles at the ACA next week having played a fundamental role in building a wonderful activist organisation supporting many thousands of residents.

Their contribution to the communities I represent has been immense. They have provided selfless, effective campaigning, working together tirelessly to support the needs of a growing community across a wide range of issues, in particular questions of transport, seeking to improve roads in an outer suburban area of Melbourne as well as being passionate advocates for improved public transport—a cause I share. Their activism has gone beyond this to many other elements, from the issues of community inclusion to the creation of a tennis pavilion, a matter the member for Bennelong will no doubt be interested in. So I am very pleased to take the opportunity in this place to say to Cara and Toni-Marie: it has been my privilege to work with you, and it does not end here. I know there is more to be done; but, with the sound foundations you have laid, the communities of Epping North and Wollert will thrive and be all that they should be.