MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (09:55:28): It is with great pleasure that I rise today to congratulate the members of Find Your Voice all-abilities choir from Warrnambool on their recent successes. The choir, led by inspiring Warrnambool musician Tom Richardson and facilitator Kylie Thulborn, was recently awarded the Minister’s Award for Outstanding Leadership at the Victorian Disability Awards. The choir was also highly commended for excellence in creating inclusive communities and the work of its volunteers. I was delighted to see the choir perform on Australia’s Got Talent recently. It was a magical and joyful performance that clearly touched the audience, judges and choir members. Well done to vocal soloist Jacob and dancer Bernie, who entertained us with their talent and enjoyment of music. A huge congratulations as well to the backup team, who assisted and supported the 170 members of the choir to get to Melbourne to perform. I also wish to congratulate Rosemary Malone, who was recognised for her outstanding leadership of Gateways Support Services in Geelong by being inducted into the Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll at the Victorian Disability Awards ceremony. Under Rosemary’s stewardship, Gateways grew from a grassroots service to a broad-based support service that provides services to more than 2000 children and adults and their families across Western Victoria and beyond. I am very proud of these outstanding contributions that enrich the lives of people of all abilities living in Western Victoria.
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