August 23, 2012  |  Member's Statement

Italian Community of Keilor Association: Diego Luppino

Last Friday, 10 August 2012, I had the honour and privilege of presenting Diego Luppino, a constituent of mine, with honorary life membership of the Italian Community of Keilor Association. Mr Luppino was awarded life membership of ICKA in recognition of his services to community and business and, above all, his generosity.

Mr Luppino is a local success story. Just like many other successful people in Australia, he migrated from Italy to Australia as a young man. He married Giovanna, his lovely wife, and together they raised three children, of whom I know they are very proud. Today he is a valued member of his local community, through ICKA and the Niddrie Traders Association. Diego is someone I know I can call upon for advice.

I also take this opportunity to put on the record my appreciation to ICKA for its encouragement and support since I was elected as the state member for Niddrie. In particular I wish to thank president Emanuele ‘Nino’ Distefano, who will later this year celebrate his 90th birthday, and secretary Frank Magarelli. ICKA is a wonderful community organisation serviced by committed volunteers, such as Frank Magarelli and Frank Cardillo. The electorate of Niddrie is enriched by the members of its local Italian community, and I again thank them all for their support. I am looking forward to improving my Italian with the support and tutoring of members of ICKA.