Speeches | June 19, 2018
Members Statement - Hon. Bernard Phillip Dunn, OAM
Victorian Parliament - 19 June 2018 - Ms KEALY - I acknowledge the sad passing of Bernie Dunn, OAM. Bernie was a great man and leader for our region in both local and state government, in agriculture, in farming and with his family. Bernie entered Parliament as a passionate 25‑year‑old Country Party member for the upper house seat of North Western. He held this position in the Legislative Council from 1969 to 1988 and was elevated to Leader of The Legislative Council during that time. Bernie later became the state president of The Nationals, and in 1997 he was elected to Horsham Rural City Council, serving three terms as mayor.
A memorable achievement for Bernie was moving the Horsham saleyards out of town to unlock the city gardens precinct. He was also a fierce advocate and supporter of saving Longerenong College. Bernie’s list of achievements is long and was recognised with life membership of the Victorian Nationals in 2001 and a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007. Personally, Bernie was always there for me with sound advice on political issues and the community. I will always remember him for his kind support, particularly his sage words on the importance of balancing the demanding job of being an MP with spending time with your family. Thanks, Bernie.
Bernie will remembered as a true gentleman — kind and loving and generous with his support and advice. He has left the region a far better place to live and work. Bernie now rests with his soulmate, Dot, who passed in 2011. On behalf of all current and past National Party MPs and members, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Dunn family. Vale, Bernie Dunn.
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