Well known Yarrawonga identity, former Yarrawonga Shire Councillor and Barwon Region Police Superintendent Max Porter OAM was presented with his national medal by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AM at Government House Melbourne on Friday, October 20.
A highly respected councillor with the former Yarrawonga Shire Council immediately prior to Yarrawonga becoming part of the Moira Shire Council formed in 1994, Max was elated to have received the prestigious award for outstanding services to the community.
Those services included a distinguished police career during which time he also helped raise substantial money for Melbourne hospitals through wrestling. His involvement helping troubled youth was enormous.
Max’s community service continued in Yarrawonga with his election to Local Government.
“He certainly was someone who had the community at heart,” retired town planner with the former Yarrawonga Shire Council Frank Darke told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“Certainly, Max had the vision to get natural gas to Yarrawonga. He worked hard at that and managed to achieve that. He worked tirelessly to improve the local government economy and is very deserving of his OAM.”
Max’s older sister Elizabeth Lees, 95, of Tweed Heads in Queensland said that Max “had honoured the family”. “We’re all very proud of him - the whole seven of us. Three have passed on and now there are four siblings,” Mrs Lees, a former officer in Cypher Section in the Australian Army, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I’d loved to have been there. He’s the only member of the family who’s received an honour.”
Unfortunately Max, who received eight police citations for outstanding services during his police career, is not enjoying good health. He thanked every good wish from his many friends and admirers.