Australia Day: Honourable nod to 1990s Liberal politicians Mike Board and Richard Lewis

Mike Board (middle) officially opens Horizon House in 2014. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Mike Board (middle) officially opens Horizon House in 2014. Picture: Bruce Hunt

FORMER politician Richard Lewis is best remembered for his mid-1990s stint as Planning Minister in Richard Court’s government, but his service to the southern suburbs spanned decades.

Before entering State politics Mr Lewis was a City of Melville councillor from 1970 to 1984, a period that included two stints as deputy mayor.

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The Liberal Party member was elected to represent East Fremantle in 1986 and when that seat was abolished in 1989, he won and held on to the new seat of Applecross until 1996.

During his time as Planning Minister Mr Lewis oversaw the challenging planning for the Northbridge tunnel and locked in the CAT bus service that remains a feature of CBD transport.

On Saturday the now 79-year-old South Perth resident was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the WA Parliament and the community.

His State politics colleague Mike Board, who spent 12 years representing Murdoch from 1993 to 2005, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to youth.

Mr Board was Youth Minister from 1997 to 2001 and remained the Opposition spokesman for the next three years after the Liberals were ousted from government.

But his work with young people certainly did not end with his time in State politics.

Mr Board, who now lives in Victoria Park, spent more than a decade managing St John of God Health’s Horizon House program before taking on his current position a chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Protection (WA).