June 16, 2020  |  Members Statement

DAVID MCKENZIE OAM

I rise to offer heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the Ivanhoe electorate to David McKenzie, OAM, a recipient of that award in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list. It was a big time, early June, and of course on 30 May, David celebrated his 87th birthday.

As a former MHR for Diamond Valley—more familiar to people in this place as the seat of Jagajaga in our federal Parliament—in those turbulent, exciting and reforming days of the Whitlam government he was our local MP from 1972 to 1975 and set the gold standard for representation that we have seen maintained by his successors, the Honourable Peter Staples and the Honourable Jenny Macklin.

Can I say also that in his work as a life member now, after 25 years service as a board member at the Banyule Community Health service, with campuses in West Heidelberg and in Greensborough, his work there has been exceptional, and we have seen of course that service recognised by the Premier in the healthcare awards.

He has also worked as a former shire president at Diamond Valley and given many years service as a councillor there, now well known to us across the Banyule and Nillumbik area. That work has been most significant, and I congratulate him for being recognised for a lifetime of community service and also for his wise counsel to me and support for me in the work that we continue to do together in our community, and to his wife, Barbara, congratulations.