Members Statement – Trevor Sinclair
Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I rise to
celebrate the life of Trevor Donald Sinclair, 27 January 1944 to
6 October 2015. He was a community champion, trusted friend and mentor. I
first met Trevor at a community barbecue on the banks of the Maribyrnong River,
organised in support of good people like Trevor for the then upcoming council
elections in 1997. This was the beginning of our wonderful friendship.
As history shows, Trevor went on to win his spot on Moonee Valley City Council, serving his community for nine years, including as mayor in 2000. Upon his election he was immediately busy, leading the campaign to save the Niddrie quarry from becoming a toxic
waste site. Over a five‑year period, Trevor and like‑minded supporters fought
the proposal every step of the way, with people power eventually winning the
day when the Kennett government abandoned its plans. The former Niddrie quarry
site is now a new housing estate, Valley Lake, and natural wetland, with the
old crater beautified and having become Niddrie Lake. Trevor was so proud of
that campaign; his favourite piece of clothing was his ‘Niddrie Lake —
Whatever it takes’ jumper. Twenty years on he was still wearing it proudly.
I was honoured to pay tribute to Trevor at his service at the Keilor East RSL, a place Trevor loved and where we celebrated his 70th birthday. A true believer and a life member of the ALP, Trevor would be proud of the 250 people who came to pay their
respects, including federal Labor leader Bill Shorten, current and former state
members of Parliament and community leaders. Trevor’s legacy to the community
is profound, and we are all the beneficiaries.
I would like to conclude with the beautiful words of his beloved wife, Morag, in the Herald Sun of 9 October:
A wonderful man to his family and tireless worker to the community will be missed by many people for his good works. He lived for his family and was my Rock. Your busy hands are at rest. You fought so hard to stay with us. Rest peacefully with Aileen. Stay with me always until I come to you and Aileen, your Morag.
Rest in peace, comrade. The legacy you have left is incredibly humbling. You were a wonderful man and a community champion. You have left a legacy to the people of Moonee Valley and the broader Victorian community. You will be missed but not forgotten.