Essendon Electorate

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  — What a big four years it has been in the state district of Essendon. We have rezoned and we have rebuilt Strathmore Secondary College, we are rebuilding and refurbishing Strathmore Primary School, we have rezoned Strathmore North Primary School, we have put seven new car parks at Strathmore station and we are funding the redevelopment of Essendon Primary School, including the foundation centre.

We have looked at restoring the Moonee Ponds courthouse after it was damaged by fire. We have introduced mandatory height controls for the first time in my electorate. We are upgrading Ascot Vale Primary School. We are funding the Wingate Avenue Jobs Victoria Employment Network program as well as other important programs down at Flemington to support newly arrived migrants in my community. We have looked at running out the school breakfast program in both Debney Meadows Primary School and Ascot Vale West Primary School.

We have established the Flemington revitalisation program, which will look at providing job opportunities for public housing tenants on the Flemington public housing estate. We have started the process of getting rid of 198 walk-up units at Flemington to make it a mixed community with energy-efficient, modern, 21st-century housing. We have introduced pedestrian and cycling safety improvements along Racecourse Road in Flemington. We are building netball courts to a competition standard at Riverside in Ascot Vale. We are upgrading women’s change rooms at the Essendon Rowing Club. And we are getting rid of — finally — the Buckley Street level crossing. It has been four fantastic years. I hope I have the opportunity of another four.