MEMBERS STATEMENT-CLIFFORD BAKER
Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (13:41:51): I rise to mark the passing of a remarkable member of the Mount Waverley community, Mr Clifford Aubrey Baker, AM. Cliff passed away on 13 August at the age of 91 years. Using his skills and experience as a civil engineer, Cliff spent 40 years improving our nation’s testing standards in his capacity as a volunteer and chairman of the National Association of Testing Authorities. For this he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999. I am further informed that Cliff’s work on internal PVC coating of sewage pipes was pivotal to our country leading the world in this field. As a parent of an intellectually disabled child, Cliff joined with others to convince the education department to increase the age at which children like his beloved Helen would leave school. His advocacy led to Victoria’s current three streams for children with learning challenges: primary school, secondary school and the step program for 17 and 18-year-olds. In 2003 Cliff became the volunteer regional coordinator for the annual Red Cross Calling fundraising campaign. Cliff would address students at our local secondary schools each year to great effect. Over 13 years Cliff raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Red Cross and grew the amount of local volunteers to well over 1000. In the final years of his life Cliff continued to give time and energy to Leisure Time, a group that meets at the Glen Waverley Uniting Church which aims to change the lives of isolated seniors by providing them with social activities. Cliff was a much-loved and respected man in our community of Mount Waverley. I wonder if we shall witness the likes of Cliff again. Vale, Clifford Baker.