Huge congratulations to the East Ringwood Junior Football Club on their triple win over the weekend with the under-11A, under-13A and under-14A teams winning premierships. Congratulations to all the players, coaches, team managers, volunteers, parents and supporters who pushed through the icy-cold conditions on the day. Under 14A won 54-17 against Lysterfield; under 13A won 60-13 against Blackburn; and under 11A won 8-2 against Blackburn. So it was a fantastic effort by a fabulous junior football club, and I wish it all the best for the young girls who are playing next week in their premiership game.
Congratulations to Ian Barnes, one of our local unsung heroes, who has dedicated 50 years of voluntary service to the Ringwood Football Club. He began as a junior player in 1968 before becoming a trainer and later a committee member. Barney has become a lifetime member of the senior football club, where he is still the head trainer, and he has also received a lifetime membership of the Ringwood Spiders All-Abilities Sports Club. Ian has given so much to the club, without ever asking for anything in return. There are few in our community who have given as much as Barney has, and his longstanding and amazing contribution to the life of the club is admirable. Without volunteers such as Ian, our community would never be what it is today.
Mitcham Football Club has once again proven that they will stop at nothing to get behind a good cause. With an important cause, they go for it. On Saturday the club held their very successful women's day to raise funds to fight against motor neurone disease (MND). With over 250 women in attendance and many undertaking the ice bucket challenge, it was amazing to have the inspirational Neale Daniher as the special guest.
He delivered a very real message about how short life is, how important it is to make the most of it and have fun at the same time. Neale's personal fight and determination to raise awareness in the fight against MND has been nothing short of spectacular. MND is a progressive, degenerative, neurological condition that has no known cure. We need that cure. Congratulations to the organising committee and to all volunteers and everyone who donated for this important event.
I recently had the honour of attending the Shades of Pink ladies lunch fundraiser held at Bramleigh Estate in support of raising funds for the new breast cancer centre at Maroondah Hospital. This centre will allow the 25 000 women who use breast cancer screening services and other services in relation to breast cancer treatment to have that undertaken onsite. Congratulations to Kat Coopersmith, Mary-Anne Lowe, Sarah Allan and Sarah Pedersen and to all those involved for a wonderful event supporting Eastern Health and raising $117 000.
Ms RYALL - My adjournment request is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I seek is to have a full road safety review at peak before and after school times on Mitcham Road between Springfield Road and the Mitcham Bowling Club. The review needs to ensure that flashing 40‑kilometre signs are installed on Mitcham Road outside Mullauna College. Mullauna College and Mitcham Primary School are next to each other and share a pedestrian crossing on Mitcham Road outside Mitcham Primary School.
The Clocktower Community Club held their Christmas in July luncheon at the Maroondah Sports Club recently. With 50 people in attendance it was a fun‑filled afternoon complete with Christmas hats and bonbons. The Clocktower group does a fantastic job in keeping those who may otherwise become disconnected and lonely in touch with others in a fun and interesting way. Well done to all the wonderful people who put in such a big effort to hold the luncheon.
It was fantastic to attend the Norwood Football Club ladies lunch, which as usual was packed with laughs, fun and dancing. I am so passionate about the impact of our sporting clubs and sport for people of all ages, particularly children. The clubs are like family to so many, and for our young people sport and coaching not only provide skill in a sport but help develop focus, discipline and teamwork. With Norwood’s cricket nets in disrepair and their netball team with nowhere to train, I was thrilled to announce a commitment that an elected Guy government will contribute $100 000 to a new dual‑purpose cricket and netball training facility at the Norwood ground.
Congratulations to the Ringwood Redbacks Football Club on their fabulous president’s lunch. Funds were raised toward research and support for those with spinal muscular atrophy, a little known about yet not uncommon illness that can have devastating effects on little ones and their families. The Redbacks played in orange socks to show their support, and it is great to see local sporting clubs doing what they can to support those in our community.
Congratulations to the Ringwood Saints Baseball Club on their 50th anniversary. Ringwood Saints is a fabulous family club, with baseball enjoyed by all ages in our community. This was well demonstrated at their recent birthday celebrations, with every age group present. The Saints have six senior teams and numerous junior sides, as well as T‑ball, and they attract both women and men as well as boys and girls to their exciting sport. I wish the club all the best for the next 50 years, and may it go from strength to strength.
Congratulations to Mountview Uniting Church in Mitcham on its 50th anniversary. It was fabulous to join the congregation and Reverend Byrne on Sunday for their celebration service with the Maroondah Singers. I am grateful for the Mountview Uniting Church and their faithful Christian service to our local community.