Well done, Max
By LUIS FELIU
AUSTRALIA'S longest-serving elected local-government representative, Cr Max Boyd, was given a standing ovation by more than 300 people during a celebration of his 40 years of service to the Tweed community on Saturday night.
Affectionately known as the grandfather of the Tweed, Cr Boyd, 71, has spent more than half his life on Tweed Shire Council, including 18 years at its helm.
Cr Boyd was praised by a series of speakers for his long- time dedication and commitment to the people of the Tweed at the function at Murwillumbah Civic Centre.
People from all walks of life and politics heard stories and testimonials from friends and family about the life and accomplishments of Cr Boyd, who also presented with a commemorative parchment certificate for his 40 years of service by the Local Government and Shires Associ-ation.
Cr Boyd said people in the Tweed lived in the best part of the world and that it was worth fighting for "what we have, what we stand to lose and what we stand to leave as a legacy".
He also spoke about the loss of his leg to a smoking-related disease 37 years ago and how his feelings of self-pity evaporated after meeting people in a worse condition than his in a rehabilitation hospital. That experience was pivotal to his recovery and "getting on with life".
Cr Boyd said he has "tried to do precisely what you believe to be right in all my time in local government".
His youngest son, Scott, told the those in attendance that throughout his 39 years of life, his much-loved dad had been in council.
Cr Boyd praised his wife of 43 years Marguerite for raising their three children while he dedicated himself to both their passion - the Tweed and its people.
Cr Dot Holdom, who helped organise the party, said speakers were effervescent in their praise for Max, his family and dedication to the community.
"If you could've bottled the room with all the love and respect there, it would've been the best thing to give away to people," Cr Holdom said.
"It was one big happy family - and you didn't have to be blood-related."
Yesterday morning, a humbled and grateful Cr Boyd said he was "still trying to come out of the clouds" after the celebration of his 40-year milestone.
"It will be something Marguerite and I will remember for the rest of our lives, it was a lovely gesture and I'm very thankful," he said.
The function, entitled 'Max The Man, His Music, Our Valley' included a performance by the Barry Singh Quartet and songs by the 15-member Tweed Chorus of Women.
Among the crowd were Richmond MP Justine Elliott, Father Harry Reuss and council general manager Dr John Griffin.