Members statements: NIDDRIE ELECTORATE

CARROLL (Niddrie—Minister for Crime Prevention, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Youth Justice, Minister for Victim Support) (13:27): I rise to pay tribute to the people of the Niddrie electorate and to recognise and thank them for their incredible resilience and compassion in the face of hardship through the coronavirus that has been brought to our doorsteps. I want to begin by acknowledging Helping Hands Mission in Airport West, particularly their community pantry that helps some of the most vulnerable members of the community, and also congratulate and thank Moonee Valley City Council for their $20 000 investment in this wonderful and important facility.

We know investing in community, stimulating the economy and growing jobs are so important during the pandemic. That is why I am very proud that we are continuing to build the Education State in the Niddrie electorate, beginning most recently with more than $9 million invested in Avondale Primary School. I want to put on record my deep appreciation to the outgoing principal, Paul Mulroyan, for his advocacy, along with the school council.

Can I also say to see the Western Autistic School and Rosehill Secondary College taking shape is so important in our local community. These are wonderful schools. I am particularly proud of the Western Autistic School in Garnet Street in Niddrie. More than $7 million is going towards this redevelopment that will provide students with special needs the care and support they need. And just today principal Arthur Soumalias from Rosehill Secondary sent me a video on the redevelopment of Rosehill Secondary College, and I am very proud to see that school coming along in leaps and bounds.

I also spoke and met with the mayor of Moonee Valley last Friday and saw the 50-metre pool being redeveloped as part of our state-of-the-art leisure centre in East Keilor, which is very important—a regional facility, world’s best. Finally, Women’s Health West: we know domestic violence is a big issue at the moment through the pandemic, so the $3 million to Women’s Health West is so critically important.