Jack Vinall OAM was a born leader, a man for his time in a different time, a time not as complicated as the times we have today are. Three times mayor of Morwell, he was an exemplary sportsman in cricket, a football player, an encourager and a coach. Family was first and community was all. As a councillor for those many years, he was a visionary for Latrobe Valley. He took them through a time of change. He was a person of strength in a time when men were men. He was a prankster as well. He was prominent in Young Farmers and the National Party. He was passionate about sitting with his friends around the campfire, with beer cooling in the Morwell River and beautiful freshwater crayfish to cook on the pot. When I walked out of the memorial service with Graeme Middlemiss, I said that was a different time. His family beautifully described a different era of fun and pleasure and good times. I know across this country, there are Jack Vinalls everywhere. Vale, Jack Vinall, an amazing contribution to life and family. The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members’ statements has concluded.
Feb 16, 2021 | Speeches