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Russel Northe MLA:
Parliamentary Tributes for Local Achievers

Tribute to local recipients of recent Queens Birthday award.

By Portal Admin - 30th June 2019 - Back to News

Yesterday in Parliament Member for Morwell Russell Northe paid tribute to two local persons who made incredible contributions to our community and also acknowledged local recipients of recent Queens Birthday awards.


I would also like to pay tribute to Wayne Casey, who we sadly lost on 11 June. Wayne was a trailblazer in our community who will forever be remembered as a co-founder of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program. Wayne was born in Yallourn and served a 30-year career with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and was then the chief executive officer of Energy Brix. Wayne was a local success story who gave back to his community in his many volunteer roles. Condolences to his wife, Carol, and to all of Wayne’s family at this sad time.


Mr NORTHE (Morwell) (09:53):
I wish to pay tribute to local identity McRae Norman Wood, who sadly passed away on 27 May. Recognised in 2017 with an Order of Australia Medal for his extensive and dedicated career in local education, he was an integral member of and volunteer for many community groups, including Rotary, Probus, Scouts and Meals on Wheels. My sincerest condolences to his wife, Judy, and to all of Mac’s family at this difficult time.


Two community members were deservedly recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Derek Amos was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the Gippsland community. Derek is a former member for Morwell and Latrobe City councillor. He has been busy in his apparent retirement, having founded Barrier Breakers, an organization that support sufferers of mental health illness. Congratulations, Derek.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Gye was awarded an Australian Police Medal in recognition of his dedicated career with Victoria Police. Craig helped to establish the Gippsland multidisciplinary centre to ensure local victims of sexual assault are treated with care, dignity and support. Congratulations, Craig, on this recognition.


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