Earlier this month the Seymour community gathered to reflect on the year that has passed since the devastating October 2022 floods. The floods submerged 250 homes and businesses in our local community. At the Seymour recovery hub’s community day 140 individuals and organisations were recognised for offering their support during the flood event. Alongside my predecessor Steph Ryan and many locals, I was honoured to be recognised by our community as a local champion – the certificate is proudly displayed in my office as a source of motivation to fight for our community. I will not have time to name them all, but these community champions range from CFA and SES volunteers, local businesses and sporting clubs to families and dedicated individuals. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the local heroes who contributed to the flood recovery efforts and who continue to stand by our town. There are still over 30 uninhabited homes and many displaced families. The past year has been challenging, but I remain immensely proud of this community’s resilience in times of crisis. Not all heroes wear capes, but many live in Seymour.
I also had the opportunity to attend the 150th celebration for Tooborac Primary School. It is a small school with a big heart, and it was great to see past students and staff reminiscing and meeting the newest generation of students. I loved the stories of the snow events of the 1980s, the kissing tree, Friday fun, the Heathcote sports carnival and everyone’s hatred of walking to the toilets. Thank you to all the past and present teachers, staff and students who made Tooborac Primary School what it is today. To the organisers of the wonderful celebration, thank you.