On Friday morning of the last sitting week I was fortunate enough to attend the Rural Press Club of Victoria breakfast. The guest speaker was Alana Johnson, farmer and 2010 Victorian rural woman of the year. Alana spoke of her vision for rural and regional Australia and of the role the philanthropic sector can play in research, food production and caring for our land. It was a detailed, informative and thought-provoking contribution. I encourage other MPs to attend future breakfasts. I take this opportunity to congratulate Ed Gannon and his team on organising the event. It was a great opportunity to network and work on issues to the benefit of our regional communities.