JONES, MR HENRY

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. J.M.A. Lensink:

That this council expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr Henry Jones and places on record it s appreciation for his long and tireless commitment to the River Murray and the Murray- Darling Basin .

(Continued from 4 June 2014.)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(20:22:04): It is a privilege to contribute to this motion, and I firstly extend my thanks to the Hon. Michelle Lensink for moving this motion and also the amount of detail that she put into her speech about the late Mr Henry Jones. I had the privilege to meet Henry Jones on a number of occasions, not only as a member of parliament but also in community aspects of his part of South Australia. As has been mentioned earlier, not only was he a passionate advocate for his industry and his environment but he was also a great community stalwart and, something close to my heart, a passionate country football person. Those people are always pretty special in my eyes.

I had the privilege to hear evidence from Henry on a number of issues to parliamentary committees about matters fishing, and I think it is pretty clear that Henry had forgotten more about fishing and about the Lakes and Coorong than most people will ever know. He was a fascinating man to listen to in relation to those issues, and I particularly remember him giving the committee that I chaired about pipis and cockles evidence that in some ways put into perspective some of the other evidence we had heard, because he had that great history that backed up his knowledge.

I think also the thing that I will always remember about Henry is that, as a commercial fisherman and someone who had generations of commercial fishing in his family background, he was like the majority of people in his industry and the majority of farmers. He knew that if he messed up his patch there would be no patch for him to work in. He used that philosophy in his dedication to the Lakes and Coorong, particularly to the Clayton Bay area but also the whole of the River Murray system and the state that he loved. I commend the motion moved by the Hon. Michelle Lensink to the chamber. Mr President, I draw your attention to the state of the council.