I rise to pay tribute to a stalwart of the Liberal Party in South West Coast, Max Cameron, who passed away suddenly on 9 February. Max was a true gentleman and probably typical of the type of bloke you would find in a small country community—always up for a chat, capable, practical and available to help whatever group or organisation needed him.
Max was involved in everything you could think of and did not let his health problems get in the way of being involved in his community. He was a member of the CFA and he was actively involved in the Yambuk Rifle Club, the Port Fairy Cemetery Trust and, of course, the Liberal Party, which is how I got to know Max and his wife, Maria. What I loved most about Max was his dry wit and his humour, which would always be quickly slipped in during conversation. He always made me smile.
Max offered many sage words of advice prior to and since my election to this role. He was always prepared to help, and I knew I could always drop in and have a chat and a cuppa. He and Maria worked tirelessly during my by-election campaign, providing huge amounts of support during that election campaign and during the last election. Max stood on a polling both for almost the entire day and has been incredibly active in the Port Fairy branch of the Liberal Party for many years.
I know he will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. I offer my deepest condolences to Maria and his family. Vale, Max Cameron.