Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ and gives us a sense of renewal.
With the busy lifestyles we lead, this holiday season gives us a chance to sit down and relax and spend time with family and friends.
The festive season is also a time when we travel more, so over the holidays please be vigilant on our roads and be aware of your fellow motorists and pedestrians, especially keep an eye out for children who may be testing out their new Christmas bicycle or scooter.
Christmas gives us the opportunity to appreciate what we have, our family and our friends, and to think of others.
I encourage everyone to look out for each other during the festive season; whether that means spending time with someone who is alone, watching children around water, taking care on the roads and showing respect to other drivers or donating a present for someone less fortunate than ourselves.
There are many little things that we as individuals and communities can do to make sure that the spirit of Christmas reaches into all homes throughout the Lowan Electorate.
I take this opportunity, along with my wife Judie and staff members Joanne, Leanne and Cathy to wish all western Victorians the blessings of Christmas, the love of family and the company of friends and health and happiness in the New Year.
The Lowan electorate is the largest Legislative Assembly seat in Victoria, covering 34,540 square kilometres. It is a modern and progressive electorate, providing for the needs of a diverse population of people. The electorate continually strives to secure the future prosperity and quality of life of its residents.
The Lowan district stretches from the Big Desert in the north, to within 10 kilometres of the Southern Ocean. It encompasses the municipalities of Hindmarsh Shire, Horsham Rural City, West Wimmera Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, and part of the Moyne Shire, Glenelg Shire and Ararat Rural City.