Members Statement – MOUNT WAVERLEY ELECTORATE ANNIVERSARIES

Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (13:28): It would seem that it is anniversary season in Mount Waverley district. Firstly, I would like to start off with my congratulations to Janice and Norman Parsons, who are celebrating 60 years of marriage on 15 August. Norm and Jan have been involved in the local community, especially the Waverley Garden Club, and we see Norm every month as he comes to collect their printing. They both have attended the club meetings together for longer than their newsletter editor can recall. They settled in Glen Waverley not long after marriage. They have raised their three children there, who will all be coming together to celebrate this special occasion.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate Colleen and Max Thiele on their 60th wedding anniversary. Colleen and Max are two dedicated volunteers in our local community, who have given their time to the local Good Shepherd parish, including volunteering for the piety stall. The parish had nothing but warm words to say about Colleen and Max.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to congratulate Philip and Laraine Smith, who are celebrating 50 years of marriage on 16 August. These two people really are an amazing couple who have beaten the odds. Two years into their marriage, with Laraine eight months pregnant, Philip broke his neck in an accident and became a quadriplegic. Soon after, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Kelly. When I spoke to Kelly she had nothing but pride and admiration for her parents love for each other. The life that they have led together and the family they have built is a testament to the love that they share. A happy anniversary to all.