FLEMINGTON COMMUNITY CENTRE

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) – A big shout-out to the staff at the Flemington Community Centre. The centre is managed by council and provides an invaluable service. I want to thank Kate McCaughey, manager for community planning, who has been an effective advocate for my community; Carol Espinoza, coordinator—community development, for reinvigorating and revitalising the community centre; as well as Lauren Kerr and Khaled Abdulwahab who are delivering the Flemington Works project that is providing real employment opportunities for public housing tenants. It is so important to find good partners to work with in this noble cause, and I am so pleased that Kate, Carol, Lauren and Khaled have set the gold standard in community engagement. The public housing estate at Flemington is very different now to what it was five years ago, and so much of that comes down to working with passionate, collaborative and committed individuals to this great cause. Well done, everyone.