Wellington Shire Councillor the late Malcolm Hole has been awarded a posthumous Order of Australia for his service to local government, and to the community. Source: Timberbiz
Cr Hole was a tenacious and passionate councillor, offering steadfast leadership to his community up until his passing in 2021. This prestigious honour is a testament to his dedication and contributions to Wellington Shire.
Cr Hole’s venture into local government began 23 years ago, when in the year 2000 he first stood for election to Wellington Shire Council. Cr Hole was re-elected an incredible seven times, testament to his popularity and admiration amongst his community.
Throughout his active 21 years as a Wellington Shire Councillor, Cr Hole was a fierce champion for the work of Heyfield and the wider community.
Cr Hole’s Order of Australia recognition acknowledges his work across local government, including the Municipal Association of Victoria and Rural Councils Victoria, National Timber Councils Australia, Timber Towns Victoria, the Association of Apex Clubs, and the widespread impact he had on the local timber industry in Heyfield.
Cr Hole’s advocacy for timber communities and industries lead him to be involved with both Timber Towns Victoria and National Timber Councils Association where he enjoyed several terms as president of both organisations.
It was during his leadership at Timber Towns Victoria, that Cr Hole lead the formation of NTCA, after a request from the Howard Government to establish a national network of councils involved in forestry and plantation and became the inaugural president of the association.
Cr Hole’s legacy continues to be felt throughout the local community, as the Heyfield native timber industry continues to grapple with its early closure, and what this will mean for hundreds of timber families.
The posthumous award of the Order of Australia is a remarkable reflection of the impact that Cr Hole had on his community, and it serves as an important reminder of his dedication and achievements which will inspire the next generation of local leaders.