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Wednesday, 28 March 2001
Page: 25932


Mr McARTHUR (7:46 PM) —In the year of the volunteer, I wish to put on the public record the names of two outstanding volunteers in the town of Winchelsea in the heartland of Corangamite. We have in Winchelsea Mrs Nancy Mawson, who, on 8 April, will launch a book of the historical record of those veterans who saw service in the Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War. That book will be launched by Dr Denis Napthine, the leader of the Liberal Party in Victoria, who is a home town boy from Winchelsea who has made it to the very top. He will probably be the next Premier of Victoria, all going well. On 8 April we will be launching this historical record, which Mrs Mawson has spent many long hours preparing, of local identities and their families—their records, where they were signed up and where they saw service. There is generally a photo of the person who attended those wars and their family background. It is a work of tremendous devotion, and the detail, which I inspected some months ago, is quite remarkable. I look forward to 8 April and the launch with Dr Napthine of this book which will put on the record the names of those local community members who saw service, who paid the supreme sacrifice and who fought for Australia in those difficult times going back to the Boer War.

Likewise, I would also like to put on the record that, in the same town, we have the remarkable service of local sportsman Don Worland, who has been a remarkable sportsman in the town. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. I would have thought nobody in Australia more deserved to received that medal. Don Worland is an outstanding performer in bowls, cricket and football. His record is quite amazing. In the Winchelsea bowls club, he was the club champion seven times and runner-up five times. He is an accredited coach and umpire and he served two times as president. Just in the area of bowls, he has an outstanding record. He was also elected to the Royal Victorian Bowls Association Council in 1993. So in that area alone he has had an outstanding performance.

Not only that, Don Worland is a longstanding member of the Winchelsea Football Club. He was a respected player for 15 years and vice-captain for eight years. He played in seven grand finals, winning three grand finals for the Mighty Blues. The current Prime Minister was in Winchelsea in 1987, I think. We signed him up as a member of the Mighty Blues in the hope that we would win the grand final that year. Unfortunately, we missed by a whisker to win the grand final, in which we the Mighty Blues had been favourites. Don Worland served his town and his football club remarkably well. He also served as a cricketer; he is a life member of the cricket club and has a similar background, with 12 years with Winchelsea and three premiership teams. He was club captain for two years, club champion five times—and so it goes on.

Don Worland is a wonderful human being, one of those personalities in local communities who leads by example, who is highly respected. I think he felt honoured that this parliament and this government awarded him with an Australian sports medal that recognised his services in these three areas of endeavour. He exemplifies the Australian spirit of good sportsmanship, of being a good bloke and of being a person that the community looked up to. This was the case for the many generations that served with him both on the field and as an administrator.

I acknowledge in the small town of Winchelsea these two wonderful people. I am honoured to be in this parliament to recognise their achievements. Those smaller towns in rural Australia still have people of this calibre who make a contribution. It is good that we can recognise some of these unsung heroes here in this parliament.