Monday, 24 February 2020
Statements by Members
Menzies Electorate: Community Services
I mentioned in this place on many occasions before the wonderful work that the various seniors groups in my electorate do. I wanted to list a number of these groups that provide such magnificent social and supportive community environments. These include the Australian Coptic Senior Citizens Club, the Bulleen and Templestowe Senior Citizens Club, the Combined Pensioners Association of Bulleen and Templestowe, the Doncaster Senior Citizens Centre, the Greek Senior Citizens Club of Manningham, the Iranian Senior Citizens Club of Manningham, the Italian Senior Citizens Club, the St Haralambos church Greek senior citizens, the Warrandyte Senior Citizens Club, the National Seniors Australia Doncaster branch and the Eltham Elderly Citizens Club. Together these clubs provide the glue of our community, particularly for senior members. They provide that social environment. They provide a supportive environment. They enhance the physical and mental health of so many people in the community. I have spoken before about other groups such as the Chinese Senior Citizens Club, one of the biggest in Australia, and of course the Macedonian Senior Citizens Club as well. The combined work of these groups, voluntarily provided by so many people, provides a real sense of worth, of dignity and of place for many of the elderly people of Manningham.