I attended the Victorian Parliament’s men’s health breakfast this morning with 25 other blokes, and we were privileged and uplifted by AFL legend and educator of and advocate for men’s health David Parkin, OAM. We reflected not just on footy and our own health but on those we have lost through mental and physical health hardships and how to live a balanced life. Again this year in my community we have lost good people, men, by their own hand. On R U OK? Day we ask and challenge ourselves to understand others. I am drawn to the strength of Hugh Mackay and his book The Good Life, where he talks about a good life being one 'devoted to the common good’ and its value to and impact on others.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Olympic Village Primary School and in particular principal Cresten Pearce and school council president Margaret Phillips for hosting both the Premier and me on Wednesday in touring the $6 million redevelopment of Olympic Village Primary School. It is quite apt as we head to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next year that at the place in West Heidelberg, Olympic Village, where we hosted athletes back in 1956, we are building a brand-new primary school which will open in September next month. This is really important. It will cater for up to 175 students. We have got the funds there to also do the landscaping and knock down the old buildings. It is going to be a fantastic space for the West Heidelberg community, particularly Olympic Village, and I am very pleased with the leadership of both Margaret Phillips and Cresten Pearce and the parents community there.
I also wanted to acknowledge Simon McMillan, who has retired as chief executive officer of Banyule City Council after a 20-year career, including 12 as the CEO. He is moving across to the City of Whitehorse as the chief executive. Both as a local councillor in Banyule when we appointed Simon as chief executive and also as a local MP I know he has been a fantastic advocate for the community. He has huge respect and is well regarded not only by the 1000 staff who work at Banyule but right across the community. He goes with our best wishes and thanks. We know he will continue to make a great contribution to the City of Whitehorse.
Can I also send my congratulations to my old school, Viewbank College, for its successful production of Back to the 80s, as Viewbank College was transformed into William Ocean High School and the class of 1989. I was pleased to attend one of the performances.
I rise to give thanks for the life of Sigmund Jörgensen, OAM, from 29 April 1940 to 21 July 2019, one of the founders and leaders out at Montsalvat in Eltham. I was certainly pleased to join people to celebrate an amazing life of generosity and leadership in our community and a great supporter of course of the green wedge.
This morning I was very pleased to join the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education at the official opening of the $6.39 million redevelopment of Rosanna Golf Links Primary School. We were joined by 527 students, including the senior concert band members, conducted by Aaron Vreulink, school council president Matthew Oates, principal Kelly Morrow and student leaders Dylan Starmans and Elise Black. Our special guests included the inspiring Professor Graeme Clark, AC, who opened the upgraded deaf facility.
I would also like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2018 Olivia Newton‑John Wellness Walk and Research Run at La Trobe University. A huge thanks to the event patron and driving force behind not only the Olivia Newton‑John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre but also the Olivia Newton‑John Cancer Research Institute, Olivia Newton‑John, the inspiring patron herself.
It is the Education State in the Ivanhoe electorate. At Viewbank College, an $11.5 million new theatre and classroom redevelopment is complete at my old school. Banyule Primary School’s $3.47 million redevelopment is underway, on top of the $1 million for early works and planning allocated last year. At Ivanhoe Primary School, a $2 million four prep classrooms project has now been completed for next year, and a $4.5 million further redevelopment at Ivanhoe Primary School is underway. At Olympic Village Primary School there is $6 million for the new school in West Heidelberg.
I want to pay my respects to Vietnam veterans and to the commemorative service at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. A shout‑out to veteran volunteers and veterans themselves, including Jeff Freeman; our RSL presidents at Greensborough and Ivanhoe, Lee Webb and John Beezley; and to the Minister for Veterans for attending an event at the repatriation hospital on Wednesday to announce further support for veterans. Lest we forget.
I was very pleased to join the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Minister for Training and Skills and the member for Eltham at the opening of the Banyule‑Nillumbik Tech School, a $10 million project to invest in our young people. Some 14 000 students from 19 secondary schools across the Banyule and Nillumbik local government areas will benefit from that tech school. The Premier also announced the next 10 free TAFE courses for high‑demand industries.