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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 21

Mr STEPHEN SMITH (1:46 PM) —Today I would like to speak about an important local institution in my electorate. It also happens to be an important state and national institution. It is the Western Australian Cricket Association, best expressed by the iconic WACA Ground in East Perth.

On a Friday a couple of weeks ago, a great servant of the WACA announced his intention to retire and, as is characteristic of the person concerned, that was done without fuss or fanfare. That person was Mr Geoff Havercroft, who in 1986 became the Membership Manager of the WACA and since 1997 has been the association’s secretary. Geoff is the complete gentleman and he is and has been the complete professional. So far as cricket, administration and life are concerned, Geoff always knows the right thing to do, as compared with the wrong thing to do. He is one who always prides himself on conducting himself correctly and he is one who in his work prides himself on a professional attention to detail.

Over a long period of time—indeed greater than the 20 years that I have been a member of the WACA—Geoff has earned the trust and respect of those people who have come into contact with him. As is typical of Geoff, despite his intention to retire, he immediately offered his voluntary assistance to the WACA. Over the course of the years as the local federal member for Perth, I have come to know Geoff well. I regard him as a good cricketing friend. I give him my best wishes on his retirement.