Members Statement: Craigieburn Festival

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (13:55:12): Despite scorching hot weather last Saturday, this year’s Craigieburn Festival was another huge success, with thousands of local residents turning out for a fantastic day of performances, rides, food and market stalls. As always the festival was a great opportunity to catch up with local residents and meet many new people. Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by for a chat. In particular I would like to thank the members of the new Hume Climate Action Now group, who stopped by to introduce themselves. I wish them all the very best in their endeavours. Unfortunately this year’s festival did not include the annual CFA torchlight parade, which was cancelled as our local firefighters were responding to the Bunyip bushfires. This is a timely reminder of the absolutely critical role that our volunteer and career firefighters perform. Every year the torchlight parade provides the opportunity for our community to line the streets and say thank you to the many firefighters who protect our community. We could not do that this year as these champions were busy protecting another part of our state. This is why we have so much respect for them—they go where they need to go to protect whoever needs their help. So while I did not get the opportunity to do so on Saturday, I take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to all our volunteer and career emergency services workers, particularly those in our fire services. I know that every single local resident is immensely grateful for the work that our firefighters do, and I look forward to the torchlight parade returning as part of next year’s festival. I congratulate Hume City Council on another successful Craigieburn community festival.