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.
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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.