Members Statement: John & Lina Pallisco

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I rise to congratulate popular menswear retailer John Pallisco and his wife, Lina, who after 44 years of trading on Keilor Road, Niddrie, have decided it is time to retire and embark on a new chapter in their lives, which will include some long‑overdue travel.

John and Lina both have much to be proud of, from their shop’s humble beginnings in 1987 to where it is now. In fact John began a hairdressing business in the shop in 1970. Then when Opal Male Fashion closed in 1987 he took over the menswear shop, renaming it Tuscany Menswear. He has since been a respected trader on the popular Keilor Road
shopping strip and worked with the traders association committee for 44 years before being elected president last October. The shopping centre’s growth has been due to a small group of committed local traders like John and Lina.

Since my election a little over two years ago I have appreciated getting to know both John and Lina, who are held in high esteem by their fellow traders and loyal customer base. John in particular is admired and respected for the workload he has taken on, spanning more than four decades, on behalf of the Niddrie traders. John can take pride in the continuing success of the Keilor Road shopping strip. In fact it was John who was an integral part of my campaign for the upgrade of the much‑neglected Niddrie toilet block located not far from his shop on the corner of Keilor Road and Matthews Avenue. We featured together in an article dated 18 March 2013 in the Moonee Valley Weekly
titled ‘Keilor Road traders demand council spends a penny’.

Fittingly, as John and Lina depart, the City of Moonee Valley has recently announced that $220 000 has been set aside in the 2014–15 budget to upgrade the notorious toilet block — one last gift from John to his fellow traders. John and Lina retire later this year with many great memories and having made many great friendships.