Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party


Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (10:05): I am sure members in this place are aware of my past life in the police force. When we were acknowledged by members of the community whilst on the beat it was especially humbling. The work of emergency services workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been admirable, as we could all agree. As a result of their dedication my office purchased a high-demand commodity, chalk, and launched a competition called Frontline Chalk Support. Families in my electorate were able to request some chalk to be sent to them on the proviso that they used their chalk to send a message of thanks to our emergency service workers. We were overwhelmed with the response and ended up sending over 300 packs of chalk out to the community, including to some schools, preschools and kinders who requested it. After images of the amazing creations came back to us a fierce discussion between my staff and me was had to choose the winners, but ultimately artworks from two families kept popping up. I would like to congratulate siblings Mia and Xavier, and Zayne, Rhiley and Reegan, who were the winners of the Frontline Chalk Support competition. I hope through a bit of isolation fun a discussion was had between parents and kids about the great job our emergency services workers continue to do. I thank them, and I thank all of our emergency service workers.


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