Member's Statement: Phil Emery

01 August 2023

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I rise to mark the passing of Phil Emery OAM.

Phil was well known and respected in our Bellarine and Greater Geelong community, known for being a kind, generous and active community member.

He was long associated with many organisations, including the Barwon Coast Committee of Management, which he led as chair from 2014 to 2021, during which time he also oversaw the redevelopment of the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and Dunes restaurant.

Phil was a founder and committee member of the Ocean Grove Harriers, a running club, since 1985; a committee member and director of the junior football program at the Ocean Grove footy club; and the inaugural president of the Shell Road sports and community pavilion.

Phil’s generosity, kindness, wise words and good humour were clear to all who knew him. His dedication and contribution to the community saw him awarded an OAM – Order of Australia Medal – in 2021 as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours. Vale, Phil.

You will be missed by an entire community. My deepest condolences to Phil’s partner in life Davina and family.