Oromia Media Network

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — Recently I attended the second Oromia Media Network launch, along with Labor’s candidate for the federal seat of Melbourne, Sophie Ismail. The Oromo community is an ethnic group inhabiting Ethiopia, northern Kenya and parts of Somalia. With around 38 million members, they constitute the..

Small Business Information

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — (Question 6967) My constituency question is to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade. I have a large Horn of Africa community in my electorate, many members of which are interested in starting their own small businesses, which is something to be applauded..

Rod Gurry

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I would like to recognise the wonderful contribution that Rod Gurry has made to our community. Rod Gurry works as an electorate officer for federal opposition leader Bill Shorten but is also president of the Rotary Club of Strathmore. He has done a..

Essendon North Farmers Market

Mr PEARSON — More recently I attended the Essendon North farmers market. This market has recently been established at Lincoln Park in Essendon North. It was a great day, with lots of fantastic produce, particularly from areas like Gippsland, which was wonderful.

Jesuit Social Services

Mr PEARSON — I would also like to acknowledge the great work that Jesuit Social Services does. I had a recent meeting with John Prior from the NAB, who along with Jesuit Social Services has pioneered the African Australian inclusion program for the NAB. This is a..

Essendon Fields – Hyatt Place Hotel

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — (Question 6816) My constituency question is to the Premier. Essendon is home to Essendon Fields employment precinct at Essendon Airport. Construction is currently underway to build the new Hyatt Place hotel. I am hopeful that the hotel might be able to provide employment to..

Sue and Scott West

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I would like to acknowledge the great work Sue West and her husband, Scott, have played in advocating on behalf of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Sue and Scott’s son Charlie was diagnosed with autism at the age of..

Ascot Vale Primary School

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the government to fund a flexible outdoor learning centre at the Ascot Vale Primary School for children with special needs. I am so fortunate to have a..

Essendon District Aquatic

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — (Question 6741) My constituency question is for the Minister for Health. The latest round of applications for the community shade grants program closed last December. This fantastic initiative of the Andrews Labor government dedicated $10 million to assist local groups in providing SunSmart infrastructure..

Dr Nigel Toussaint

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the great work of Clinical Associate Professor Nigel Toussaint, who is a nephrologist with a special interest in chronic kidney disease and is also a resident of Moonee Ponds. Nigel works at the Royal Melbourne Hospital..

Back to Work Program

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — My constituency question is to the Treasurer. Essendon Fields, which is based at Essendon Airport, used to employ 500 people 15 years ago and now employs more than 5000 people and is one of my electorate’s largest employers. I am interested in encouraging Essendon Fields to..

Mulu Mihreteab

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I acknowledge Mulu Mihreteab’s recent award as Victorian Family Carer of the Year. Mulu is Eritrean and fled from Eritrea and arrived in Australia via New Zealand and South Sudan. Mulu is my neighbour of some 10 years and is the single parent of..

Regan May

8 December 2015 Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I also congratulate Regan May, who has been elected as head school captain of Mount Alexander College for 2016. Regan has been an active participant in the Essendon Youth Council throughout the year, and I am delighted that he has..

Eritrean Community Awards Night

8 December 2015 Mr PEARSON — I also thank Al-amin Idris for inviting me to the 5th Awate Awards night, which recognises academic success in our Eritrean community. At the ceremony were students who had completed their masters or bachelor degrees or who had recently completed high school…

Bulla Road, Essendon

 26 November 2015 Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I seek is for the minister to meet with Essendon Fields representatives and me to discuss the construction of a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at Bulla..

Essendon Electorate Government Achievements

25 November 2015 Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — This month marks my first year as the member for Essendon, and I am so proud of what we have managed to achieve in such a short period of time. Education was a key theme I campaigned on. I was..

Moonee Valley Legal Service

24 November 2015 Mr PEARSON (Essendon) —  My constituency question is to the Attorney-General. The Moonee Valley Legal Service plays a wonderful role in our community by providing support to many residents who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. The centre is an independent community-managed, non-profit..

Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre

11 November 2015 Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I would like to acknowledge the great work of Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre and its manager, Cathy Connop. The centre is a wonderful community institution in Flemington and is a real community hub offering many services. I have attended..