Since being elected to the seat of Bass in the Victorian Parliament in 2018, my focus and energy have been dedicated to advocating and delivering for the communities I am so proud to represent.
And my commitment to this wonderfully unique area made up of a proud, caring, hardworking, inclusive and diverse community has never waivered. I am as determined as ever to enable it to succeed, and grow, and flourish. There is still so much work still to do.
It’s for this reason that I have nominated to again stand for the seat of Bass at the next state election.
I’m grateful to those who have encouraged me to re-stand and to the communities who have worked alongside me on projects large and small.
Together, we have acted with a sense of urgency and purpose to deliver record funding to the region.
And across the electorate, there are new and upgraded schools, hospitals, road and rail infrastructure, skills, training and job opportunities that are all helping families and businesses to recover after some of the most challenging and unpredictable circumstances that any of us could ever have imagined.
Social and affordable housing, mental health supports in our primary and secondary schools, regional parks that immerse ourselves in nature, walking trails, revamped sporting facilities, solar on roofs, supports for our arts and events sector, innovation programs for our food and fibre industries just to name a few and really at the core of it all is to live well, work close to home, have the pathways and opportunities for our kids and feel supported and connected in to our community.
I absolutely love the community I live in and represent – from Pakenham to Clyde, up to Koo Wee Rup, around Lang Lang, across to Phillip Island and on to Inverloch, with all the myriad of townships and places in between.
However, with huge population growth across the area, the Victorian Electoral Commission has moved the communities of Pakenham and Clyde North into other seats as part of a redistribution of electoral boundaries.
But we will remain connected, through the programs, services, resources and priorities that we share, and the challenges and opportunities that we have in common.
The electorate of Bass will also welcome Tooradin, Pearcedale, Cranbourne South, Devon Meadows and Cannons Creek, which will reflect the clear and ongoing connections to Westernport Bay. And I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to apply the same level of energy and engagement within the new boundaries.
Not just in learning about the things most important to these communities and being put to work to fight for the services, programs and projects you deserve and need, but also in learning the stories, history, beauty and delicate nature of these areas and their enduring connections to Country.
These changes to the boundaries of Bass will not take effect until the election next November. And so until these changes are made, please be assured that I will continue to serve all parts of the electorate, and to advocate as fiercely and articulately as I can, to secure our fair share of engagement, funding and resources.
I hope that you will continue to seek my assistance and advocacy, and that together, we can make sure that the communities of Bass continue to thrive over the coming year. And I also hope that – as you have done for the last three years – I can continue to connect with you in all of the ways that make this part of the world so very special.
Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale.