On behalf of their many friends in the Boolarra community, we wish Les and Meryl all the best as they prepare to start a new life leading the secessionist movement in Traralgon.
Les and Meryl moved to Boolarra in the late-Seventies and have been active participants in all aspects of small town life ever since. They found Boolarra to be a rapidly changing community at that time, with an influx of Yallourn houses and a lively mix of farming, power industry workers and Gippsland Institute students creating a rich social environment. They found it a wonderful place to bring up their two children, Darren and Jason, who continued the family tradition of involvement in the sporting and performing arts arenas.
Walking together on their morning stroll, Les and Meryl have been a common sight around the streets of Boolarra, and one of the new tracks associated with the Old Mill Site redevelopment has been named Hunt’s Track in their honour.
Together they have been involved in a very wide range of activities including the Primary School Council, the CFA, the Wool Group and Quilting Group, tennis, squash and cricket. Les had a long involvement with the original Boolarra Link committee, and was also active in re-establishing it last year. He has actively pursued better telephone, TV and emergency communications reception for Boolarra, and has used his extensive influential contacts to advance the cause.
Les also had an involvement in the establishment of the Community Development Group, and after the fires was a valuable member of the Community Recovery Committee. Over the last couple of years the finances of the Development Group have become quite complex, and Les has stepped into the breach to assist Gwenda with the role of Treasurer.
They also understood the need for a balance of work and play and were involved in convivial activities such as the Piggery Road Players, and Central Gippsland Wine and Food Club. They always had time for a chat and a smile, and have always been able to see the light side of a situation.
Their contribution to Boolarra will not be soon forgotten, or easily replaced.