I rise to mention just two examples of the use of the Small Towns Development Fund that I have witnessed in recent times. The first was the opening of stage 2 of the Bannockburn industrial estate on Tuesday, 15 May 2007, by the Minister for Agriculture in the other place, Joe Helper.
Supported by the Shire of Golden Plains, the local chamber and individual businesses, the stage 2 development is now under way with substantial buildings constructed and many more ready to be built. Stage 2 demonstrates the substantial growth of Bannockburn, the air of confidence and a team of people who are about taking Bannockburn forward, hinting that further stages will be necessary in the not-too-distant future.
The second example is the opening of the community meeting space at Shelford overlooking the Shelford oval, which has seen many a good cricket and football match over the years. It is a multiuse community space named in honour of Bill Gillett, a living icon in Shelford — a deeply loved and respected man. I take this opportunity to wish Bill and his wife, Sybil, all the best in the coming years. I also take this opportunity to congratulate the Golden Plains shire in working with the local communities in a tireless way and working with the government to address the needs identified by those communities.