Russell Northe. MLA Member for Morwell – Dec. 2019


Congratulations to local Boolarra girls Aleeah and Cora-Lynn Munnich who have been successful in gaining selection for the Victorian Team to play at the upcoming Australian Indigenous Netball Carnival. Along with Traralgon residents, Destiny Murphy and Shareese Harrison the girls will travel to the Gold Coast in January 2020 to take part in the tournament. Whilst this will be a fabulous experience for the girls it can be a costly exercise to participate in such events. The Boolarra and District community have been very generous with their support of these talented netballers, hosting Friday night raffles at the Boolarra Community Hotel to assist with fund raising. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to assist with fund-raising and minimise the expected costs to the girls and their families. For those wishing to contribute please view the link to the GoFundMe page. And good luck girls!


Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Boolarra Bowls Club and have a fabulous ‘parma’ and a refreshing beer whilst enjoying some wonderful company. It was great fun to go head to head in a bowls game with President Bob, although I concede he was a bit too good for me. Next time Bob! The Boolarra Bowls Club surely has one of the best views and settings of any Club and luckily I picked a beautiful evening to attend. The Thursday evening meals have been a great success and credit to Jackie and Travis and all the team for your hard work and dedication. Good luck for the remainder of the bowls season and I very much look forward to visiting again soon and enjoying a parma and maybe even winning the return bout with Bob!


I must say it’s very positive news to learn that the Boolarra Community Hotel will once again host Tom Curtain and his show in the New Year! Tom will headline an event in February 2020 at the Boolarra Community Hotel as part of his national, We’re Still Here tour. Moved by the devastating floods, fires and droughts that continue to cripple rural Australia, Tom recently teamed-up with Garth Porter to write We’re Still Here, a salute to rural Australia and the uncanny ability of rural communities to pull together, rebuild and move forward despite ongoing challenges, natural disasters and isolation. If last year’s event is anything to go by, the 2020 show is sure to be a wonderful success. I encourage everyone to get behind this important event and take the opportunity to hear Tom perform and deliver his message of positivity and resilience. To all the organising committee and supporting businesses, a big thank you and well done for bringing this show to Boolarra!


I was thrilled to be in Boolarra again in late November to help with the launch of the new mobile stage that will be utilised by performers during the Boolarra Folk Festival. Well done to the Folk Festival committee and its army of volunteers for their foresight in regards to the mobile stage and for their ongoing selflessness and dedication in ensuring this amazing Festival continues to grow in stature and reputation. It truly is incredible the volunteer hours that have been invested in one of Gippsland’s biggest events – that’s what makes the Boolarra Folk Festival so successful! Volunteers are the life blood of an organisation whether it be to stand for a committee role, to lay the foundation for a swing set in a playground or to collect tickets at the entry gate. I spent some time looking for an appropriate quote and I found this one. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections maybe once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” The author is unknown and that, is a reflection of what a volunteer does. Achieves quietly and expects nothing in return. The community of Boolarra is indeed fortunate to have people like this in the town.


I have to say the best part of my job is meeting passionate and hardworking community members and liaising with organisations and businesses who are striving to make where they live a better place. Boolarra is blessed with an abundance of those who willingly give to their community and I look forward to continuing in my work with the Boolarra and District community in 2020. I wish everyone a fabulous Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.