House debates

Monday, 14 July 2014

Statements by Members

Casey Electorate: Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association

4:32 pm

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Casey, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise today to make mention of NAIDOC Week. On Wednesday of last week, I had the privilege of attending the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association family fun day at the Sanctuary House Motel in Badger Creek, just near Healesville. It was, as I said, a privilege to attend and to spend some time with some of the leaders of the community there. I pay tribute to Brooke Collins, who does so much for the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, otherwise known as HICSA, and to everyone else who works with her, for the great work that they do throughout the community in Healesville and beyond.

I had the opportunity to once again speak with Alan Wandin and some members of the Wandin family, who have a rich Indigenous history in Healesville. Indeed, we had the time to reflect on the contribution of so many, years ago in the First World War—something that I will enlarge upon when I have another opportunity.