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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14850

Mr LLOYD (1:46 PM) —In the short period I have available today, I wish to pay tribute to the life of Mr Peter D'Emden, late of Mooney Mooney, who recently passed away suddenly at the age of 72. Mr D'Emden is survived by his widow, Jill; daughter, Gail; son, Shane; and their families.

Peter dedicated his life to his family and to the service of his community. For more than 40 years he was an active member of the Mooney Mooney Rural Fire Service and for 30 of those years was captain of that brigade, making him the longest serving brigade captain in Gosford City—and, possibly, in the state of New South Wales. He was also President of the Brooklyn and District Senior Citizens Association and was, in fact, chairing a meeting of this association at the time of his sudden death. His funeral was attended by more than 200 people. The local rural fire service provided a guard of honour to their respected colleague.

I am currently seeking to have the small park area in Mooney Mooney renamed the Peter D'Emden Memorial Park as a fitting tribute to a very respected member of our small community. My condolences, and those of my wife, Kerry, go to Jill, Gail and Shane. We knew Mr D'Emden as a personal friend. He certainly made a very strong contribution to our community, and he will be sadly missed.