MEMBERS STATEMENTS: HARRY VAN MOORST
MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:35):
I rise to acknowledge to the house the passing of well-known local identity Harry van Moorst. Harry was a fervent advocate for the environment and many social justice issues. A faculty member of Victoria University, he shared his knowledge and intellect to support Wyndham and Melbourne’s west in countless causes. Harry’s passion and activism on social justice concerns goes back to his student days at Melbourne University. He participated in many campaigns for the anti-conscription movement of the period for the Vietnam War.
Best known locally for his enthusiasm for a better environment, Harry helped lead the fight in 1998 against a proposed toxic waste facility in Wyndham. He took the campaign to the streets of Melbourne, drawing attention to the impacts proposed on our local community supported by the Kennett government of the day. Harry continued to advocate and support the Wyndham community for a better environment. He was the director of the Western Region Environment Centre for many years and an active member of the Wests Road RDF and Waste Management Community Reference Group, and he joined with local environment groups to participate in community tree-planting days. His endeavour was always to improve the natural environment and amenities in the west of Melbourne. Harry inspired countless people in Wyndham to become active participants in their local area, and he will be remembered for making his community a better place to live. I express my deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.