I rise today to recognise and congratulate a valued member of the Laverton community, Mrs Lesley Ould. Lesley was a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia this year. This recognition could not be more deserved. Lesley has been involved extensively in the Laverton community for nearly 40 years. She truly is a local community treasure. Lesley has been involved in the development and distribution of important community information. Her position as secretary of the Around Laverton community newspaper has seen its monthly distribution rise to 6000 copies. Aside from writing content for the paper, Lesley doubles as a distribution manager, organising volunteer walkers for letterboxing. She then completes her own deliveries.
This inspiring woman is also group leader of the 2nd Laverton Scout Group and has been involved there for more than 30 years. Each year Lesley leads her cubs and scouts in the Clean Up Australia Day project in and around Laverton. In 2008 Lesley became the president of the Laverton community garden, adding to a variety of other community-related positions which include being president of the highland and national dancing association, a member of the youth foundation committee, the Laverton festival working group, the Laverton community renewal group — and the list goes on. Lesley is an example of the many selfless people in the Altona electorate who devote their time, energy and wisdom to building and strengthening our local community. We are extremely proud to have such an outstanding community leader in our midst.