Latest News


Media Releases

Members Statement – support local businesses

Jun 4, 2020 | Parliament


Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (10:00): I rise today to send good luck and best wishes to the many people in the hospitality businesses across my Eastern Metropolitan electorate and indeed the state who have been able to reopen their doors this week as restrictions ease. I have been proud to see my Eastern Metro community pull together during these times. Our local councils of Nillumbik, Banyule, Manningham, Boroondara, Whitehorse, Monash, Maroondah, Knox and the Yarra Ranges have all lead by example, and although they face many challenges of their own, they have used their resources to assist and promote local businesses, community groups and individuals and families in need.

COVID-19 has not gone—it may never be—but our health system now is ready and can cope, and I hope in the coming months we can all look back and say that this was worth it. We should all be very proud of what has been achieved. I say to all that we need to support each other, buy local, support our business owners and their staff, and consider who benefits when you buy online—a struggling local business or an offshore provider. We need each other, so support your community, stay safe, stay local.

Share this:

Related News

Proposed Aged-Care Facility – Ferntree Gully

Proposed Aged-Care Facility – Ferntree Gully

My constituency question today is for the Minister for Planning. Last week I met with residents of Ferntree Gully who are deeply concerned about a proposed aged-care facility to be built on St Elmo Avenue, a small no through road surrounded by nature reserves and...

Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021

Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021

I also rise to speak on the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021, which will strengthen Victoria’s anti-discrimination legislation. I will be supporting this bill today, and I do not think that is any surprise. Everyone is entitled to a safe...

Members Statement – Christmas

Members Statement – Christmas

This year has been a challenge; there is no doubt about that. I say to all Victorians: merry Christmas; you have earned it. I do not think anyone will be taking for granted the time we get to spend with our families and our friends this year. This is the time of year...