04 May 2023

Vicki invites the Minister for Veterans to visit the Montmorency Eltham RSL and thanks those involved in the Anzac Day proceedings.

Vicki WARD (Eltham) (17:21): (156) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Veterans, and the action I seek is for the minister to visit the Montmorency Eltham RSL in my electorate. I invite the minister to come and learn more about the amazing work the Monty Eltham RSL do in assisting those who have served or who are serving and their families, people who may be seeking friendship, support, information, advocacy and advice. Last month I attended the moving Eltham Anzac Day dawn service and the Were Street, Montmorency, Anzac Day march and service run by the Montmorency Eltham RSL sub-branch.

I give my thanks to the Montmorency Eltham RSL president Glen Ferrarotto, senior vice-president and secretary Andrew Hall, vice-president Graeme Munro and the broader RSL committee, Michael, Kate and staff, for their tireless work. Thank you also to Montmorency service MC Ken Hodgson and Eltham Rotary volunteers for their help with and support of the dawn service, particularly MC Ken Paynter and president Mike Englefield.

A number of local schools also played an important role in these services, and in particular I acknowledge Evey Hunter, Aislinn Tham, Alex Hardy and Scarlett Magnanini from Catholic Ladies College; Mila Berry, Rueben Kelly, Cedric Vivian and Silvie Jenkins from Briar Hill Primary School; Zach Driscoll from Eltham College and choir members Olivia Bhatia, Molly Brennin, Anahatt Kuar Chhina, Jessica Doody, Lucinda Fandert, Peter Gallagher, Lucy Moxon, H Reiger Morrice and Bethany Riggs; Maisie Walsh, Kris Van Der Kamp and Maddie Azzopardi from Eltham High School; Eltham East Primary School; Ryan Lawrence from Montmorency Secondary College; and Matilda Walpole from St Helena Secondary College for the important role that they played in these services. A big thankyou goes to Campbell McKinnon and young Lucas Shen for their exceptional playing of the last post and rouse.

The work the Montmorency Eltham RSL sub-branch does in our community is pivotal not only for the mental health and wellbeing of service people and veterans in our community but also for the community building they do. I invite the minister to come and visit Montmorency Eltham RSL sub-branch to see the incredible work they do firsthand.