In the beautiful and scenic area of Beaconsfield, a lot has changed as we see more homes, schools and businesses in the area. With growth being paramount to any community, the balance of nature’s importance becomes more apparent.
A place to sit, walk, and appreciate what nature has to offer, becomes more relevant. Beaconsfield is very fortunate to have at its doorstep the Beaconsfield Reservoir at the Beaconsfield Nature Conservation Reserve and a very passionate group of local residents who have campaigned to protect it. This is an amazing area for bird watching, walking and relaxing amongst nature.
For many years this area has been locked up most of the time, in order to protect the water supply. This is not the case today, instead of wanting to protect this area, Melbourne Water and the State Government have plans to reduce the water level and put at risk the biodiversity of the park.
The many who speak to me about this park want to protect the reservoir and find a way to make this park an icon of the area and a place for all the community to enjoy and benefit from. Please reach out to me if you believe I can assist with this initiative any further.
Nature and what it offers can often lead to a feeling of contemplation and reflection which is appropriate as we lead up to Christmas; a time filled with positive sentiment and a hype of activity which can be felt throughout the community. It is this engagement within the daily life of the community that we need to embrace to help us move forward. We have all faced challenges through 2020, some more than others, with COVID 19 having an impact on life; socially, emotionally and financially for some.
There are many local issues within the community and to support the community, and to continue with the ethos of staying kind and supportive of each other, I am sharing the importance to “Think Local, Support Local”. I am running a competition which will assist in this initiative, where residents will be asked to nominate their favourite local business and go into the draw to win a voucher to spend over Christmas at their nominated store. Entries close on the 11th December and a winner will be drawn on 12 days throughout December. Please enter through my website: bradbattin.com.au.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas filled with all the things that bring a smile to your face, stay safe and enjoy time with family and friends.
The office will be attended over the Christmas period and closed on public holidays. You can still contact me with any ideas or concerns on 5953 0216 or Shemane Nathanielsz – Community Liaison officer via Shemane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Batttin MP
Liberal State Member for Gembrook