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Recognising a lifetime of community service.

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Recognising a Lifetime of Community Service

Friday, 31 August 2007

Ninety-year-old former Member for Ballarat North, Tom Evans, was today acknowledged for his dedication and tireless work in the Ballarat community. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Tony Smith, presented Mr Evans with the Liberal Party of Australia Certificate of Appreciation during a visit to Creswick.

“Tom Evans has been a tireless contributor to the Ballarat community, enriching its spirit and working to improve the lives of community members,” Mr Smith said.

“He was a member of countless community organisations and represented the area in the Victorian Parliament with distinction from 1960 to 1988.

“Tom worked hard to improve sporting and education sectors in Ballarat, serving on the councils at Ballarat High School and North Ballarat Technical School.”

He was also founding President of Smeaton Bowling Club and the Country Greyhound Racing Association of Victoria and was a Life Member of Clunes Football League and Prospect Tennis Association. He was also the number one patron at North Ballarat Football Club.

Mr Smith said it was important Tom was recognised for the valuable contribution he made to improve Ballarat and surrounding area.

“He worked to make life better for the community and it was through his dedication to the area he was able to establish the Western Improvement Passenger Train Service and help restore Anderson’s Mill in Smeaton,” Mr Smith said.

“Tom dedicated his life to public service, serving as a Shire Councillor, State Parliamentarian, member of the Municipal Association and member of the Liberal Party since 1946.”

Mr Smith said the Liberal Party of Australia Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to nominees who had made a substantial contribution to the Liberal Party over at least 15 years of their membership.

“Tom has been a member of the Liberal Party for more than 60 years and in that time, he has energetically contributed to so many facets of public life,” Mr Smith said.

Liberal Senator for Victoria, Julian McGauran and Liberal candidate for Ballarat, Samantha McIntosh, also attended the presentation and congratulated Mr Evans for a lifetime of community work.

Media Contact: Rhiannon Keen, ph: 0438 316 505