| February 13, 2017

Damian Drum acknowledges Australia Day recipients in Parliamentary Speech

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, has acknowledged local Australia Day Honours recipients in a speech to the Federation Chamber at Parliament House today.

‘I was proud to update Parliament about the great work carried out by the Australia Day Honours recipients in the Murray electorate,’ Mr Drum said. ‘I wanted to recognise these great Australians by speaking about their achievements in Parliament.’

Mr Drum honoured the new Members of the Order of Australia in the Murray electorate, specifically the late Chris McPherson AM and John Dainton AM.

‘Chris McPherson had an amazing career in the print industry, as a member of the McPherson Media family,’ Mr Drum told the Federation Chamber. ‘Chris grew up in the industry and as soon as he could walk he was tearing around the offices of the Shepparton News, fidgeting on his Grandpa’s knee and scampering among the printing machines.’

‘I think Chris is going to be best remembered for his love of family and the work he did in the last years of his life in relation to the Biggest Blokes Lunch,’ he said. ‘He founded these lunches in Shepparton and they are now held across Victoria and Australia, raising $2.8m for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This work has enabled so many Australian men to understand the dangers of taking life for granted.’

‘John Dainton has been recognised for his significant service to the environment through natural resource management,’ Mr Drum told the Federation Chamber. ‘In the 1980s, he carried out critical work in fixing salinity throughout the Goulburn Valley. He was paramount in the formation of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. He is extremely excited about this award.’

Mr Drum also recognised four people who received Medals of the Order of Australia.

‘Brian Cossar from Yarrawonga was honoured for his service to veterans and their families through the RSL and legacy,’ he said. ‘Brian served in the Vietnam War. Bruce Pigdon from Yarrawonga was recognised for services to Yarrawonga Health. He’s been on the Yarrawonga Health Board as a Director for 23 years.’

‘Eleanor Hardie from Echuca had a significant career as an Office Manager of the Mid Murray Flying Club,’ Mr Drum added. ‘She was a Board Member of the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs from 1998 to 2008.

‘Malcolm Whyte from Echuca has carried out amazing service for our youth,’ he said. ‘He has been recognised for his work with the Scout Group and the Echuca Primary School’.

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