Mr PALLAS (Werribee – Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Trade and Investment) (09:42):

I acknowledge to the house the late Peter Parry, who was a CFA life member of Hoppers Crossing fire brigade in my electorate.

Peter passed away just after Christmas following an illness. I express my condolences to his wife Carol and their extended family.

Peter not only lived for his family, he was a passionate member of the CFA for 47 years, serving his community alongside other CFA members. He continued his service throughout his illness, spending time on light duties right up until November. There he sat on Saturdays or Sundays checking off the vehicles, ensuring that they were ready for the coming week. To have contributed so much of his life in a volunteer capacity is testament to Peter’s character. It comes with the best hallmarks of courage, selflessness and integrity.

Peter joined the Melton brigade in 1976 and then transferred to what was previously known as the Mossfiel brigade, now Hoppers Crossing, in 1981. Captain Paul DiMartino expressed the respect that was felt for Peter. Through his mentorship to many junior and senior members and his contribution to the CFA state competitions, Peter was recognised as a role model to many.

The loss of Peter will be deeply felt across the CFA. His contribution and dedication will not be forgotten.

On behalf of the Wyndham community, I express my thanks to Peter for his service and commitment to put the protection of others before himself.