RIVERSIDE GOLF, TENNIS AND NETBALL CENTRE

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) – As the great Paul Kelly once sang, ‘From little things big things grow’. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to officially open the brand-new Riverside golf, tennis and netball centre at Fairbairn Park, made possible with $1.5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor government. For far too long, girls have had to play netball and tennis on second-rate facilities while the boys’ facilities have traditionally been far superior. Well, that is no longer the case, and it was an absolute joy to be able to see the finished product being enjoyed by scores of girls on the weekend. I want to thank the City of Moonee Valley for partnering with the state government, the member for Lara for his outstanding labours and endeavours in championing this great project, as well as Netball Victoria and the Essendon District Netball Association for their advocacy. I also want to acknowledge the great role played by Richard Randell from EDNA for his tireless advocacy. Richard, you should be so pleased with all your efforts. We finally did it.