Members Statement – LeadWest

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I rise to commend and congratulate LeadWest on its inaugural Spring into the West, a week long showcasing event highlighting what is so great about the western region of Melbourne, held in our very own and iconic Queens Hall this week. LeadWest is the regional organisation for Melbourne’s west. Its primary focus is advocacy for the western region of Melbourne. LeadWest’s membership includes all six local governments in Melbourne’s west, including Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham. In addition to the local councils, LeadWest has a growing membership and affiliate base, comprising major companies, organisations and not for profit organisations with substantial operations and interests in Melbourne’s west. LeadWest packs a punch when it comes to advocating for our western suburbs, and the showcase event this week is going to be an important highlight of the parliamentary calendar year. A key highlight for the Spring into the West event was the networking function held in Queens Hall. It was a great night and wonderful opportunity for all people passionate about Melbourne’s western suburbs, including LeadWest’s members, affiliates and other stakeholders, to network with local members of Parliament representing the west. The event was addressed by the Premier, LeadWest’s chair Barry Harvey, AM, and Gary Mehigan, owner of the famous and historic Maribyrnong Boathouse restaurant in Moonee Ponds. I place on the record my thanks to Barry Harvey, chief executive officer Craig Rowley and advocacy projects manager Karin Grima for all the work they did in bringing this important showcase event to Parliament House. LeadWest will be an outstanding advocate for many years to come.