Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (09:53): I had the pleasure of touring the Brunswick workshop of KE Design last week. KE is a business making a real difference in my community, providing 14 jobs for people living with a disability. They make brilliant tea towels and homewares; however, it was their range of beach towels that were my favourite. They tell me that they are sand repellent, but I have not had the opportunity to test that yet. I would like to thank the director, Michael Krutsch, and his team of fabulous workers for their warm reception.
Ms PATTEN: I was also excited to be at the opening of Melbourne’s first standalone medicinal cannabis clinic and dispensary in St Kilda last week with founder Gary Mackenzie. The Releaf clinic is a dispensary that will be complete with doctors who specialise in prescribing medicinal cannabis and other complementary medicine services. They will also sell a range of sustainable hemp products.
Ms PATTEN: Very briefly, I also attended the launch of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival program. Head honcho Maxwell Gratton and his team have put together a cracker of a program with a lot of local content. This is their 30th year, so I really encourage all of you to get along to see some of the wonderful programs that the Melbourne Queer Film Festival has brought to us. It is the largest in Australia; in fact it is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Well done to Maxwell Gratton and his team.