Labor Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos

Steve Dimopoulos is privy to a secret we’d all like in on – he knows who the best cook in the world is.

The busy, young politician loves to cook when he can find some down time and he has only one great culinary inspiration.

“My mother, who I have no hesitation in crediting as the best cook in the world,” Mr Dimopoulos said.

“Life is full of opportunities to make a difference” is the slogan at the top of his Instagram page.

And the Labor Member for Oakleigh said it was the idea of affecting change that drew him to politics.

“I grew up in a household where we were very aware of the world around us, government and political ideas, “ Mr Dimopoulos said.

“I decided to run for council in Monash when they were trying to close down the Oakleigh Pool. I was lucky enough to be elected and we managed to save the pool. It’s now a fantastic local facility and it’s going to get even better soon.”

Elected in 2014, the Labor government committed to jobs, education, health and transport and Mr Dimopoulos believes progress has been made on many issues.

“Some of the more prominent ones locally would be the removal of nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong.

“We’ve announced the $10 million upgrade to Oakleigh station. We’re also going ahead with a $4 million upgrade to Huntingdale Station and the new bus interchange and car park improvements works are starting soon.”

School improvements (Hughesdale Primary, Amsleigh Park Primary, Carnegie Primary, Glen Eira College) are achievements of note for the MP who said he was working hard to secure future works at other great primary schools, like Oakleigh and Huntingdale.

Off duty, the Mr Dimopoulos loves to relax with friends.

“Eaton Mall is really the centre of Oakleigh – but I think the precinct will get even bigger in the years ahead,” he said.

“We’ve got some of the world’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars. And it’s not just the food which is amazing, it’s the atmosphere, it’s the sense of community.”

Fast forward out of winter to a balmy summer evening and Mr Dimopoulos would forgive you for thinking you were “in a beachside village in Greece”.

“It’s like a big community and there’s always someone there you know.”