The Committee and members of Advance Morwell Inc. are saddened by the passing of Life Member Max Williamson. His significant contributions to the Morwell and Latrobe City community leave a legacy of his tenacity and personal commitment to the improvement of life for others. Max joined the Committee of Advance Morwell soon after the organisation was established in 1997 and remained on the committee until late 2017 when he did not seek re-election to the Committee. Max was an ideas man and also had the ability to plan, research and deliver projects to enhance the fabric of the Morwell and Latrobe City population. He had a deep involvement in the Planning and establishment of the Sir Stanley Savige memorial in what is now well known as Legacy Place in Commercial Road Morwell.
Max worked with the Council and the Centenary Rose Garden Committee to establish signage in the Rose Garden sponsored by a grant from Engie.
This signage followed on from Max’s prior work developing the Welcome to Morwell signs that now grace Morwell’s main town entrances along with a series of decorative banners that were erected around the town.
In more recent times, Max demonstrated his adaptability and grasp of contemporary culture when he organised the painting of a 'street art' decorative mural on the wall of Valley Trophy Centre.
As well as his service to Advance Morwell, Max Williamson has been an active member of the Morwell and Latrobe City Community. His membership of Morwell Jaycees, the Morwell Lions Club and Morwell Probus have led to his participation a great many projects that have over the years improved the lives of many in our community and left a lasting legacy to his ability to get things done.Max undertook many roles for Advance Morwell, representing the organisation in many forums and liaising with a range of people and bodies as a voice for and to ensure many civic programs were delivered effectively. He represented Advance Morwell for over 14 years on the Energy Australia “Energy Environment Review Committee” (ERC) and every year ensured additional Christmas decorations were installed, along with supporting all Advance Morwell Trader’s events to maximise the return on any expenditure of member’s funds. His work in leading the restoration and subsequent ongoing maintenance and management of Airlie Bank House, including supporting tenants and promoting the facility, has ensured that this significant piece of Morwell history has been retained for the benefit of future generations.
His involvement in the Committee for the Town Common over many years saw this asset continue to develop and evolve into the town’s premier attraction for children of all abilities.
Max Williamson was made a life Member of Advance Morwell last year and while he may be physically lost to our community his memory will live on through the projects he was involved in over years of active service to this community.