Community facilities | March 15, 2017

Kealy – Invitation to Parliament House open day

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP invites constituents of the Lowan Electorate to visit Parliament House for a public Open Day on Sunday, 19 March 2017 between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm.

“This is a great opportunity for people to have a look at Parliament House, inspect building works of a new wing, tour the Queen’s Hall, the Parliamentary Library, the two Chambers and to see the magnificent Parliamentary gardens,” Ms Kealy said.

“Within the Parliamentary gardens is a restored Federation garden seat to commemorate the service of Lieutenant George Hamilton Lamb MP who served as the Member for Lowan between 1935 until his death in 1943 and who is the only Member of Parliament to have died during active military service.

“There will also be a variety of musical performances to be enjoyed in Queen’s Hall and the gardens,” she said.

A temporary office annex built in the Parliament House gardens in the 1970s is being replaced with a contemporary and permanent building. This new building will provide offices for parliamentarians enabling heritage areas inside Parliament House to be restored for activities such as meeting rooms, community programs and information services about parliament.

“The architecture of Parliament House, especially the Legislative Council Chamber is quite remarkable. Over the years there have been refurbishments to the building, but the Council Chamber remains one of the finest examples of the style of building of its time and is well worth a visit,” Ms Kealy said.

Entry to the Parliament of Victoria Open Day is free and includes exhibits from all departments. 

“The Open Day provides a perfect avenue for Victorians to see their Parliament and to gain an appreciation of the grandeur of the building,” Ms Kealy said. 

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