Member for Bendigo East
Parliament of Victoria
Where do you work? Between Bendigo and Melbourne
What was your first job? My first real job, aside from jobs at home for pocket money, was working as a checkout operator at the old SSW supermarket. I was always stationed at the Pall Mall end of the store, where Diamond Lil’s now stands.
What book are you reading? Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
What’s your favourite saying? It’s a curse to live in interesting times.
Ideal drink: French champagne drunk with fresh oysters at The Dispensary Enoteca.
Ideal meal: Anything cooked by my husband Yorick, eaten in the peace and quiet of home, when our two children are soundly sleeping.
Favourite view in Bendigo? From the tower at the top of One Tree Hill. I grew up very close to One Tree Hill and many weekends and school holidays were spent walking through the bush to the tower and taking in the great views of Bendigo.
Undiscovered gem in central Victoria? The Flora Hill Bakehouse (13 Retreat Road); great bread, meat pies and pastries – yum.
Favourite Bendigo interior? The main hall of the Bendigo Town Hall. It’s transformation was undertaken in 2001 and I was pleased to help secure some State Government funding to help with the works. It is a stunning room and I am so pleased that Bendigo has had the benefit of this being restored to its former glory.
Apart from the people, what’s the best thing about Bendigo?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one! We have health and education services that people move to our city to be close to. We have sporting and cultural facilities that are the envy of other regional cities. To sum up, the best ‘thing’ about Bendigo is that we really do have it all!
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in Bendigo?
The signing late last year of the Dja Dja Wurrung Native Title Settlement represents a powerful step forward in how we recognise and celebrate our indigenous traditional owners. This will help preserve the culture and assist the Dja Dja Wurrung community build future economic and employment opportunties.
Your most recent discovery: Helen’s Baby Wear! I know its been in Eaglehawk for 40 years; I’ve only recently become a regular.
What makes you proud of Bendigo?
The people across many and varied walks of life who work hard day in and day out to make our great city even greater. There is a rich vein of pride in our city and its people and that motivates many to keep Bendigo moving in a positive direction.
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