Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Lachlann Carter, the CEO and co-founder of 100 Story Building, and Sandeep Varma, who is a board member, to tour their facility in Footscray and receive an update on their current feasibility study on Story hubs. The 100 Story Building organisation has come a long way since it first opened its doors in September 2013. I was able to see firsthand the important work it does to ensure that children and young people are given the opportunity to foster their creative voice and to have their ideas shared and respected. It brings together young writers and members of Melbourne’s creative community and encourages them to share their skills and understandings through creative storytelling, excursions, publishing programs and after-school activities. It works with schools, councils, festivals and services to co-create programs that support positive outcomes for children and young people through direct programming, teacher development and strategic consultations.

I would like to specifically congratulate Lachlann Carter for his tireless work and dedication towards making a positive change to the lives of many children and young people. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, students and the local community for their support that has allowed 100 Story Building to be where it is today. I want to congratulate it for the great work it does for children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised backgrounds living in Victoria and Melbourne’s west. I look forward to working with the 100 Storey Building team to support their strategic objectives and to achieve positive results for young people in the west.

5 June 2018