TIM PALLAS (Werribee – Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Trade and Investment) (09:37): I rise to pay tribute to and to celebrate two outstanding representatives of Wyndham, Cr Heather Marcus and Dr John Pasco, who have both greatly contributed to the wellbeing of our local community.


I am pleased that Cr Heather Marcus has been acknowledged in the recent King’s Birthday honours and presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division. The OAM was awarded in recognition of her service to local government and to the community of Wyndham. Heather has been involved in community work for over 40 years, serving on local committees and as an elected councillor for five terms and two terms as mayor. She has been an avid activist who thrives on helping others and promoting Wyndham as a terrific place to live. Heather also runs major local events, such as a dance-off competition and fashion awards. I am thankful that I have not been an active participant, though I have been proud to support these events that raise funds for charities and celebrate local talent.


I also acknowledge Dr John Pasco, who recently retired from his role as director of emergency services at Werribee Mercy Hospital. John served in this position for 16 years and was well known for his kind and generous nature and the care he provided to local residents. I wish John a relaxed retirement. After a fulfilling career looking after others, he will be well missed. I thank both John and Heather for their service and their valuable contributions to Wyndham.