2017 SWFL

I rise to speak about the 2017 South West Football League season. This year was historic, with the league being the first in regional WA to have a fully aligned women’s competition. Congratulations president Barry Tate and general manager John Vidos for your strong leadership. Every young woman who played created history.

The Bunbury Football Club created history as well, by winning the inaugural women’s premiership, defeating the Harvey Bulls Football Club by three points in a nailbiter. The Bulls were leading when the Bulldogs’ Lilly Taylor kicked the winning goal with just minutes to go. Bulldogs workhorse Karen Cowley was named Player of the Match, following a standout season. Their key forward, Trisha Lake, had a brilliant year, winning the inaugural fairest and best medal—a sensational achievement. Lake won the medal ahead of South Bunbury’s Katie Grieve, who’s been drafted by Carlton— congratulations, Katie!—and ahead of Karen Cowley and Harvey’s Larissa Versaci, who also had great seasons.

Kai Luzi led the way for the Bulldogs, who won the colts premiership by 27 points over Harvey Brunswick Leschenault. In the reserves, South Bunbury ended HBL’s 39-game-winning streak, winning by two goals. Tigers forward Kale Francis was best on ground, kicking three goals. The Bunbury Football Club had a great premiership day, defeating HBL in the league. Full forward Matt Martin kicked four majors, and the Bulldogs won their eighth premiership. Aiden Clarke won the Pike medal, being best on ground.

Congratulations to the premiership coaches across the four grades: Trisha Lake, Troy Hollands, Kane Westbrook and Jamie Nani. They’ve each developed their teams this year and etched their names in history. I congratulate them. I also take the opportunity to thank and congratulate Glenn Omodei, WA Football Commission’s south-west regional development manager, who ensures the game continues to grow through the region from the grassroots level up. And a special mention to Kevin Nettleton, who has the record for the most games umpired as a field umpire: 698 games. That’s a fantastic achievement.

Country and community football is really critical. I know in my small community of Harvey how important the AFL football club is. Often these clubs are the glue that holds communities together. There are so many volunteers, right through from Auskick with the little kids to the seniors in the league and the wonderful pathway it offers our people through to the AFL level. It offers opportunities for social interaction, with great role models and strong leadership. They’re great clubs. I congratulate them on their season.

2017 SWFL season

The 2017 SWFL season has been one of the most historic ones in the league’s history.

A strong voice for SW seniors in need

Member for Forrest Nola Marino says a new, free support network is now available to stand up for the rights older people in need in the South West.

“The Turnbull Government understands that, from time to time, older people, their families and carers need help to navigate their legal and aged care rights,” Mrs Marino said.

“I meet senior South West residents every day and I know how vulnerable they can be. That is why the new Older Persons Advocacy Network will be of such benefit, by giving people a strong voice.”

Mrs Marino said the new service is easily accessed, through a website and a freecall number.

“South West residents are automatically connected with our local (State or Territory) advocacy organisation,” Mrs Marino said.

“Trained advocates then assess their needs and can provide personalised service and meet with them if necessary.

“The aim is to ensure their rights are respected and that they can make informed decisions about their future.”

Mrs Marino said OPAN help was available to all South West residents aged 55 and over, including those who may be living with a disability or dementia, or were from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Turnbull Government has provided $25.7 million over the next three years for OPAN to deliver the new National Aged Care Advocacy Program.

“This service is about respect for local seniors’ rights and individual needs and expectations,” Mrs Marino said.

Older residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to opan.com.au or call 1800 700 600.

Endometriosis funding

The Turnbull Government is taking steps to address endometriosis.

Endometriosis funding

Last night, as we heard, there was the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness.

I want to acknowledge the member next to me, Nicolle Flint, the member for Boothby, and of course Gai Brodtman, the member for Canberra, for putting this together.

I acknowledge every wonderful woman who was there, particularly the woman who suffers from endometriosis and who had been trying to raise awareness for 29 years.

I thank the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, for being the first minister to acknowledge the significance of this dreadful condition.

The Turnbull government will create the first national action plan for endometriosis, which is just an amazing recognition for these women and for what they’re suffering.

I want to thank everyone who’s going to be part of this first national action plan, the Australian Coalition for Endometriosis.

They are doing a huge job. These women deserve every bit of recognition and support we can give.

While I’m here, I wanted to say I’m an endometriosis ambassador.

Why? Because my daughter is suffering from endometriosis and she nearly died as a result.

So I want to say to her, Kylie, my precious daughter, and to every woman of any age in Australia who’s suffering from endometriosis, we have the first national plan.

It’s a start. It’s not the end; it’s just a start. I want to thank every precious woman like my precious daughter.