Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Members Statement – The Dress Up Place

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (09:54): What has a handful of volunteers, a range of disabilities, more abilities and 26 000 costumes? The answer is: The Dress Up Place in Marshall, just south of Geelong. Recently I visited The Dress Up Place, who are struggling to stay open for the first six months of this year, in order to look at ways that I might be able to assist. This group of volunteers are selfless, skilled and so committed to their passion of managing and creating costumes. If you need a costume from Pokémon, Aladdin or the 1920s, 70s, 80s or 50s, any sort of hat or accessory, even a button or maybe a Dancing with the Stars inspired costume, this is the place you need to go. Diana, Julie, Robert and their volunteers will take you through their stacks of racks of garments which accommodate from one-year-olds to 100-year-olds. The outstanding thing about these volunteers is that many of them have disabilities such as ASD, OCD, epilepsy or physical disabilities or are going through chemotherapy, but this does not stop them from showing their abilities and their energy and bringing smiles to the faces of those that walk through the front door. I was very impressed, and I thank The Dress Up Place for inviting me to tour their fantastic facility. I look forward to seeing them when I come back for dress-up ideas for my 50th birthday party in July this year, which has a 70s theme.


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