Mr PEARSON (Essendon)- I rise to acknowledge the great contribution and public service of Jim Cusack. Jim has recently concluded a 15-year stint representing the community he loves as a councillor for Myrnong ward in the City of Moonee Valley. Jim has represented his Moonee Valley constituency over this time with integrity, decency and an unwavering focus on fairness. He genuinely believes in consultation as a means to achieve meaningful local outcomes, and in his councillor role he always sought to ensure that the community was heard.

As a proud member of the Australian Labor Party, Jim is a much-respected and friendly fixture at local events, festivals and rallies. He is well known for being the first person to meet people in his front yard and to discuss any issues of concern with neighbours passing by—listening, talking, problem-solving and providing genuine grassroots public service and politics.

Jim stood firmly against the east–west link with other councillor colleagues, undoubtedly achieving the best possible outcome for local residents. A passionate republican and eminently proud of his Irish heritage, Jim Cusack can be rightly proud of the fantastic contribution he has made to his community, because most of all he cared. Thank you so much, Jim, for your service to our community. You left our place better than you found it. Stay safe and go well.