Mr PASIN (Barker) (16:26): I rise to offer my condolences on the recent passing of Pamela Lynette Walker OAM. Pamela passed away peacefully on 7 March, aged 79. She was a Limestone Coast icon, awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day in 2000 for her services to the community. In founding the Southern Heritage Singers in Penola, Pamela became well-known for composing many of their pieces and encouraging the next generation of musical talent. As a music teacher, she nurtured literally thousands of students, including Euan Doidge, who became well-known across Australian stages and, indeed, those around the world.
Pamela also volunteered as an organist at the Penola Catholic parish. Pamela sadly leaves behind a much beloved husband, Peter, a union lasting 59 years. Pamela is a beloved mother and friend of Kym and Jo; Danny and Karen, deceased; and Susan as well as an ever-proud grandmother of Dylan, Bradley, Tom and Luke.
There is no doubt Pamela’s loss will be deeply felt across the community she impacted. The Limestone Coast has lost a preeminent musician who the community will genuinely mourn. My family and I pass on our condolences to her family and everyone impacted by her loss. I hope that her family takes solace in the knowledge that her achievements earned her the respect of the community and the support of a generation of talented musicians.