House debates

Monday, 2 May 2016

Constituency Statements

Eildon Primary School Centenary

4:31 pm

Photo of Cathy McGowanCathy McGowan (Indi, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

Colleagues, on Saturday I had the delight of participating in the centenary celebrations of Eildon Primary School, No. 3931. The highlight of the day had to be meeting Vi (McKay) Weeks, who was a student at the school in 1927. She was the oldest student present. Together with the youngest student, Ava Carr, a foundation student in 2016, they planted the centenary tree, which was a California redwood, symbolising the connection between the United States of America and the builders of the weir wall.

Eildon Primary School is a beautiful school. It has 42 students, seven staff and superb gardens. It is wonderful to see the kindergarten on the grounds. Eildon is situated in the upper Goulburn Valley. It is adjacent to the Cathedral Ranges, on a site right next to the Eildon Weir. It is renowned for everything from its education right through to its outdoor education, holidays, adventure sports, fishing, fine food, bushwalking and, in particular, the weir and all that goes with the weir.

I would particularly like to acknowledge my colleagues who were there on the day: the MP for Eildon, Cindy Mcleish; Margaret Rae, the mayor of Murrindindi; Eileen, Wendy and the new principal, Jai, for the terrific work that they did; and Mark and Jill Howard for the invitation. In closing, I thank the community of Eildon. It was a fantastic job. Well done! You have a beautiful school.