Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure like many of you, I can’t wait!
I hope all of you can enjoy the festive season and I hope it is filled with laughter, good company, and some sunny weather.
I was recently overjoyed at the responses from our local Primary School students who participated in my inaugural “What Christmas means to me” drawing competition.
I received hundreds of creative entries that demonstrate the many ways to celebrate Christmas.
Whether it be sun, sand and barbecues, or the more traditional themes of reindeer, snow and Christmas trees – this competition was a fantastic celebration of our wonderfully diverse region.
As we exchange gifts and share meals with loved ones, let us also remember those less fortunate and extend a helping hand to those in need.
I understand that this time of the year is not easy for everyone, especially with times tough at the moment due to increased food prices, soaring rent costs, rising interest rates, and out of control energy bills.
The spirit of Christmas is not just about the presents under the tree but also about spreading kindness and compassion to those around us.
Lastly, I want to encourage everyone travelling on our roads to be careful and ensure you are able to arrive safely at your destination this holiday period.
It’s been a truly incredible year as your local MP, and I look forward to many more in the years to come.
Here’s to a fantastic holiday season and an even better New Year.
Annabelle Cleeland MP,
Member for Euroa