Friday 21 October 2016
Retirement of Christine Fyffe
The Victorian Parliament will lose one of its most respected Members, as Christine Fyffe has today announced that she will not seek re-election as the Member for Evelyn in November 2018.
First elected as the Member for Evelyn in 1999, Christine was again elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014 to represent her community.
Before entering Parliament, together with her husband David, Christine opened and managed the highly successful and award winning Yarra Burn Winery and Restaurant at Yarra Junction.
As a former small business owner, Christine embodied what the Liberal Party is all about and with her common sense approach to politics was a fierce and effective advocate for small business, tourism and her local community.
In 1994, the Victorian Government appointed Christine as a Commissioner for the Shire of Yarra Ranges to oversee the amalgamation of a number of smaller shires in her local community – a task she aptly completed and that earned her a reputation within the community as being a strong local voice for their concerns.
Following the 2010 State Election, Christine was elected Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly by her colleagues and served with distinction for three years.
Respected by all sides of politics, Christine went on to become Speaker in 2014, managing the Parliament with composure and skill.
Christine has been a magnificent source of advice for me and all of our parliamentary team. She is a genuine person with a deep commitment to our state and to the Yarra Valley.
I and all of my colleagues will sorely miss the enduring warmth and friendship Christine has provided us over many years and I wish her and David well for life post-politics.