Australia Day 2015

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — It was a privilege to attend this year’s City of Kingston Australia Day breakfast. The event is always a great occasion, and it was pleasing to see in attendance many volunteers from a range of local communities.

It was also an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of our citizens and community groups of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the City of Kingston Citizen of the Year, Charlie Mizzi. Charlie has been a tireless community advocate for many years. His voluntary work has included being a member of the Ronald McDonald House committee for 20 years, a member of the Oakleigh and Clarinda Village committee and the local Neighbourhood Watch, a supporter of our senior citizens and a member of the Avicultural Society of Australia.

I wish to also acknowledge the City of Kingston Young Citizen of the Year, Carrie Ewin. Carrie is a remarkable young person who has been volunteering in our community through the Longbeach PLACE community centre since 2008. She is in the process of completing a masters of psychology after attaining a double degree in law and psychology.

Carrie and her brother Chris have recently established a digital literacy project for seniors. They run a range of classes supporting seniors in understanding and using various technologies. This is a vital community service at a time when seniors are increasingly vulnerable to scams and the advancement of technology. I take this opportunity to congratulate Carrie and her brother.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.