Victoria's inaugural Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley made a visit to Mildura on Sunday.
During his visit Mr Lapsley made a Life Membership presentation to the former President of the Mildura Life Saving Club Greg Rhodes.
The Life membership presentation was made Sunday lunchtime at the Mildura Golf Club, the venue for many of Mr Rhodes finest sporting achievements as an amateur golfer,
For the past eight years Mr Rhodes has been instrumental in re-establishing patrols of Australia’s main inland river beach Apex Park, where the club was formed in the early 1960’s after a succession of drownings in the Murray River.
In 2011 the Clubrooms of the Mildura Life savers was damaged by flooding and Mr Rhodes got behind a clean up campaign and then recruitment of members to ensure that after a year of no activity, the club was able to provide life saving services for the 2012 summer.
Mr Rhodes grew the club membership to around 20 and his voluntary efforts resulted in him being honoured by Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner over the weekend.
Mr Lapsley has been in the job since July 2014 and has overall responsibility for coordination before, during and after major emergencies including management of consequences of an emergency.
During his visit Mr Lapsley joined others for an inspection of the Mildura Life Saving Club facilities and the Apex Park beach tourist spot, which is also the venue of the Mildura Rural City Council owned Apex Caravan Park.
The Mayor of Mildura Cr Mark Eckel joined Life Saving Victoria member Darren McLeod , Mr Lapsley, Life Saving Victoria General Manager of Lifesaving Development Andrew Foran the current Mildura Life Saving Club President Louise Tarrant and the Mildura Life Saving Club treasurer Daryl Beasy for the inspection.
Pictured (left to right) Darren McLeod, Craig Lapsley,Mildura Mayor Mark Ecklel, Andrew Foran, Louise Tarrant and Craig Beasy.