Mr PURCELL (Western Victoria) (09:59:00) — It was great to see in the Warrnambool Standard this week another article on the near completion of the fish restaurant and fish and chip shop on the Moyne River in the port of Port Fairy. What was disappointing, though, was the lack of mention of the work of the former port manager, Max Dumesny, in his untiring efforts to make this happen. It was my pleasure to have been on the Port of Port Fairy Board, mainly as chair, with Max since its inception over 20 years ago and to have worked with Max and the board to raise over $1 million to see this dream come true. Most of the $1 million came from dry hiring the port dredge into waterways in Melbourne and papermaking plants in Gippsland. Out of working hours Max and I would pore over tender documents in the evening and load the dredge and dredge pipe over the weekend to squirrel away over $1 million to fund this building.
Max Dumesny retired as port manager last year, and while I will not be surprised I will be very disappointed to see that Max probably will not even get invited to the opening. In my mind I think not only should Max be invited to the opening but he should be the person to cut the ribbon. Decades of service over and above the call of duty must be recognised and rewarded, and I call on the Moyne shire to do their bit and ask Max to officially open this building. I, for one, will not be attending if invited to watch some politician take the credit for what Max has spent decades to make happen. Well done, Max Dumesny. I am proud to call you a friend.
"People can grab their fish and chips like the old tradition, go out and sit on the bench with the kids and have a look at the bird life or seals in the river and really relax."