Anzac Day

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (14:46:43) — I want to thank the Ivanhoe community for supporting Anzac Day services locally, in particular Viewbank College, with 1352 students. We had two services there, and I was pleased to participate in those while my staff represented me at Macleod College’s service. I am pleased that our local schools were involved in those services.

I also want to pay tribute to members of the Watsonia RSL, who joined the member for Bundoora and me at the Cherry Street Victoria Cross estate memorial service with president Jeff Mawkes, a Vietnam veteran. At Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, the indefatigable veterans liaison officer, Robert Winther, OAM, oversaw the services. I was honoured to read the Requiem at the Ivanhoe RSL service and also to attend the dawn service in the ruins of the Ivanhoe RSL, which is to be rebuilt, with president John Beezley, a former Vietnam veteran.

We also had a service at Heidelberg with Tim Hogan as MC, and I want to pay personal tribute to him for his work in organising that, which over 1200 people attended. I thank the Victoria Police volunteers who looked after our traffic issues. I also want to pay tribute to Heidelberg Football Club for hosting the barbecue afterwards.

To St Bernadette’s Church for their service with Fred Cullen, OAM, a World War II veteran and former 44‑year RSL president at Ivanhoe I express my thanks. RSL on Bell in West Heidelberg had a record turnout. To the 1st Ivanhoe Sea Scouts, the Melbourne Contemporary Choir and Trevor Plant’s two‑up I say congratulations. The Viewbank Gardens service in the afternoon rounded out a big week in the Ivanhoe electorate. Lest we forget.