Graham Watt lives in Burwood and was elected the Member for Burwood district at the 2010 Victorian State election. He was the owner/operator of a mobile phone retail store in the late 1990s and was a sales representative and executive for four years. In 2002, Graham started his own small business as a carpet cleaner, and it’s as a small business owner that Graham gained an appreciation of the importance of small and medium business to the local economy. Graham unsuccessfully ran for the Liberal Party in 2002 and 2006 in the electoral district of Northcote, which was a safe seat for the ALP.

Graham has been a member of a number of local community organisations. Some of his memberships have included the Ashburton Support Services Committee of Management, the Inner-East Community Health Service, the Friends of Wattle Park and he has been a committee member of St Michael’s Parish School’s Parents and Friends Association. Graham is currently a member of the Melbourne Victory Football Club and supporter of the Hawthorn Football Club. Graham grew up in public housing with his ten sisters and being part of a large family taught Graham to make the most of every opportunity. Graham is a part of his local community. Graham recognises what a difference volunteers can make to the lives of those they assist. The communities of Burwood are built on volunteerism and Government needs to do more to recognise the important role they play.

As a former member of the Box Hill Athletic club and life member of the Australian Centurions Club, sport has been a big part of Graham’s life. He was blessed as a former Australian school boy Champion and State Champion to travel both interstate and overseas for Athletics. In 2004, he walked a hundred miles in 24 hours, to become an Australian centurion, something achieved by only 57 people on Australian soil.

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