Today I would like to highlight a couple of the fantastic community events that the Warrandyte electorate has hosted and is going to be hosting through the rest of March. In early March I was a part of the army of volunteers that put on another successful Run Warrandyte fun run. This fantastic local event helps raise funds for important charities such as Stop. One Punch Can Kill, for multiple sclerosis research and for many local schools. This event has become a staple of the running calendar, and while it turned out to be a very warm day we were lucky to have some cooler weather on the morning of the run. I would like to put on record in this house my thanks to David Dyson and the whole team for doing so much to organise this fantastic event.
I also encourage all members of this place to visit Warrandyte this weekend for the annual Warrandyte Festival, a weekend filled with family fun, stalls and activities, offering the best of local handmade crafts, entertainment and produce. The festival is now in its 41st year, and with the theme this year of ‘Stars of Warrandyte’ it is expected to attract up to 10 000 people over the weekend to beautiful Warrandyte. Stand-out must-sees of the weekend include the Warrandyte Film Feast; the 35th Rotary art show, which I will be officially opening on Friday night; the billy cart derby; and of course the Yarra Street parade of local community groups and schools led by this year’s monarchs and local identities Julie Quinton, OAM, and Cameron Donald.
Lastly, I would like to put on the record my thanks to the local CFA volunteers from Warrandyte CFA, who formed a strike team to help during the recent Bunyip State Park bushfire. These selfless acts of service are part of why community volunteer organisations such as the CFA are so important and so vital to all of our communities.