Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — I wish to express my heartfelt condolences on the passing of a former member for Ringwood, Peter McArthur, on 2 February. Peter is being laid to rest today. Peter served as the member for Ringwood between 1976 and 1982. His passion for community was so evident throughout his life. Starting in radio announcing in 1960 and becoming a newsreader for the ABC in 1964, he worked in both TV and radio. He was a broadcaster, a weatherman, a newsreader and an interviewer. He also did weekend breakfast with 3LO.
Peter was elected to the Croydon City Council for six years from 1970, serving as mayor in 1974–75. He continued his service the following year by entering the Legislative Assembly and returned to broadcasting with the ABC until 2002, when he no longer served in the state Parliament. He was passionate about community radio and spent much of his time with Channel 31 and Radio Eastern FM, which he established with two others.
He came from an extensive political family. His grandfather Peter Campbell McArthur and his great‑uncle John Neil McArthur both represented the seat of Villiers and Heytesbury in the Assembly, while his uncle was the member for Corangamite from 1984 to 2007. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Peter and great to spend time with him, and I pass on my condolences and prayers to his children, Warrick and Fleur, at this sad time.