May 22, 2018  |  Members Statement

Banyule Community Health Service

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:50:12) — I rise to congratulate and to thank the newly inducted life members of what was in 1975 the West Heidelberg Community Health and Welfare Centre and today is the Banyule Community Health Service: Sister Frances Baum of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — I want to congratulate her for her life membership of the Banyule Community Health Service; Jim Pasinis, the former and long‑serving chief executive officer of the service; David McKenzie, the deputy chair of the board and also, since 1991, a member of the board of directors, who is a former member of the House of Representatives for Diamond Valley; and of course Peter Ogden, a board member since 1990 and previously a local business operator in West Heidelberg, who can often be found in the cafe at the community health service, keeping his finger on the pulse of all the comings and goings.

Can I say, on behalf of our community, we want to commend the CEO, Mick Geary, and the board chair, John Ferraro, and his team for making sure that this was a respectful and appropriate occasion to acknowledge decades of service from these people. It is a hard‑earned right to be a life member of the Banyule Community Health Service. We are very thankful for their work. The community health service was rebuilt by the Bracks government in 2007 and continues to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. We are very thankful for the service and the work of everyone who works there.