LUNCH WITH NEW DUNKLEY PATRON SENATOR DAVID VAN
THE Liberal Party’s newest Victorian senator, David Van, will be guest speaker at a lunch organised by Committee for Greater Frankston on Wednesday 25 September. Senator Van has been selected as the Liberal Party patron representing the seat of Dunkley and South East Melbourne.
The departure of former Dunkley federal MP Chris Crewther sees Senator Van take an active interest in Dunkley for the Liberal Party. Mr Crewther was defeated by Labor’s Peta Murphy at the federal election in May. Senators represent Victoria as a whole rather than suburb-based electorates, but are often involved in lower house seats when the party does not have a sitting MP.
Senator Van was the sixth Victorian senator elected at the May federal election, effectively taking the seat from Derryn Hinch. Senator Van’s Liberal senate colleagues are Jane Hume and James Patterson. The state’s three other senators are Raff Ciccone and Jess Walsh (both ALP), and Janet Rice of the Greens.
Before entering Parliament, Senator Van was founder and managing director of South Melbourne-based De Wintern Group, formed in 2003. He worked with clients involved in three royal commissions – the Esso Longford gas explosion, HIH Insurance Group collapse, and the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
Born and raised in bayside suburbs and now a resident of St Kilda, Senator Van has a degree in horticulture. His sporting pursuits include diving, sailing, mountain biking and skiing.
Committee CEO Ginevra Hosking said the lunch, at the Frankston RSL, would be an opportunity for committee members as well as members of the public to hear Senator Van and ask questions. “Now the election dust has settled, our committee is concentrating on continuing our advocacy for major projects committed to and budgeted by the federal Coalition,” she said.
Ms Hosking said these included:
* Extension of the metropolitan, electrified rail line from Frankston to Frankston East, Karingal, Langwarrin and onto the Mornington Peninsula (the federal government has already committed an initial $225 million, about half the cost, but the state government is not yet on board).
*Building a multi-deck car park for 500 commuter vehicles near Frankston train station, 100 short-term places for Frankston CBD shoppers, and expanding Seaford and Kananook station car parks (total cost $56 million: $38.5 million from federal government and $17.5 million from the state government).
*Major road improvements at Carrum Downs (Lathams and Ballarto roads) and the Golf Links Road Project.
*Creation of the National Centre for Healthy Ageing at Frankston, for which the government allocated $32 million in the recent Budget. This national medical research hub is a joint initiative of the federal government, Peninsula Health and Monash University. Plus $10 million for a children’s emergency centre at the hospital.