House debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Statements by Members

Toparis, Mr Con

1:47 pm

Photo of Angus TaylorAngus Taylor (Hume, Liberal Party, Shadow Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to pay tribute to a great friend, Con Toparis. Con was the owner of Greengrocer Cycling, bike shop and cafe, in Goulbourn, a place that I know many people in this place have frequented. Whilst driving his bike on the edge of Crookwell Road at the end of Goulbourn recently, he was killed in a tragic accident. Con was one of a kind, with a driven, determined and prodigious work ethic. When he committed himself to something, it was always 100 per cent. He had a great mind, and he built up his business in Goulbourn through periods of terrible adversity, most recently the pandemic and the fire in 2016. Like so many other small-business people, he was a real innovator.

Con contributed enormously to our local community and the cycling community more generally over a long time. Most of all, Con loved his family. His two talented boys, Eli and Costa, will continue to remind us of their father every time we see them. Con's wife, Lana, has been always an important part of their business, as has his father, Elley. The Greengrocer is a true family business in every sense. I know Goulburn will miss him. I can't imagine how much his family will miss him. I will miss him enormously. There will be a hole in my heart every time I jump on my Greengrocer bike. Rest in peace, Con.