09 March 2017
Ms Ryan (Euroa) I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible work of my constituent Charlie Mead, who has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to Victorian railways. Charlie worked for 30 years building the standard gauge line in the north-east and after his retirement in the late 1980s worked as a volunteer stationeer at the Benalla railway station for 12 years. These days he meets late-night trains at the station to ensure everyone gets home safely. In rain, hail or shine he is there and he waits with passengers while they wait for a taxi or their family to pick them up. Many people across the community have experienced Charlie's wonderful generosity, but he is also very concerned about issues with the north-east line that he has noted of late.