Melbourne and Olympic Parks Amendment Bill 2016

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — In the short time I have available to me I would just like to say to the member for Macedon that I have seen the Rolling Stones three times, and she has missed something. It is a pleasure at this very late time to speak on the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Amendment Bill 2016.

I would just like to put on the record that I have actually run at Olympic Park — and won, as well — as a student athlete at Sunshine West High School. We had a fantastic former Olympian coach in Bill Earle. We actually ran the race, and won, and it was just a fantastic experience to stand on that dais at Olympic Park and get that blue ribbon which said ‘first’. I think I have still got it amongst my memorabilia.

This is a very important bill, because it is again about making sure that Melbourne, the world’s most livable city, remains the sporting capital of the world. I think both sides of politics believe it is very, very important that we, as the sporting capital of the world, invest in our sporting infrastructure. Yes, this is about a bridge, but if you have been down to that area, as I have many times — I have watched, many times, finals; not a grand final with the Western Bulldogs in it, I am still waiting for that experience — you will know that this is about a very important bridge that will make the area much more conducive to pedestrian traffic. It is a busy place, so it deserves this sort of infrastructure, and I am very pleased to see that it has been named with an Aboriginal term, the Tanderrum Bridge. I commend the bill to the house.

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