Labor stalwart recognised
Saturday, 12th October, 2019
By Emily McInerney
After almost 20 years’ service to the local Labor Party, Les McQuillan has been honoured with a McKell Award.
The awards panel saw an overwhelming number of worthy nominations this year, with 21 Labor Party members honoured with a McKell Award for their outstanding service to the party.
Broken Hill’s Les McQuillan said he found out about the award a week beforehand.
He then went to Sydney to receive the award from NSW Labor Opposition Leader Jodi McKay.
“I was surprised,” he said.
“It was a really good night. There was a turnout of about 150-odd people.
“It was enjoyed by all.”
Mr McQuillan said he had been a member of the party since 2000.
“I’ve always supported Labor and I’ve had an interest in politics.
“So, I thought I could help where I can.”
As a party member, Mr McQuillan attends meetings, helps with pre-polling, elections and has attended conferences.
He said he has no intention of stopping either.
“I’m still active enough,” he said.
Broken Hill branch president, Darriea Turley said Les was a champion of Labor.
“The Broken Hill branch was happy to nominate him for an award,” she said.
“His commitment to equity for all and the passion that drives him are inspirational.
“He walks the walk and talks the talk.
“He is a proud member and we are proud of him.”
Mrs Turley said Mr McQuillan is often the first at her door on election day.
“He is in his 80s and is so enthusiastic and energetic.
“He works hard to ensure there is a voice for Labor in every level of government.”
Mrs Turley said he was humbled by the award.
“He was pretty chuffed to be getting the award but is a very humble man.
“He contributes so much.”
Fellow member Marion Browne put the submission forward, saying that Mr McQuillan was always reliable.
“He very much deserves it, he does all the jobs asked of him,” she said.
“He is ultra-reliable, the first to come and help with pre-poll, setting up and taking down for events.
“He is one of those people you can’t do without.
“Les is hard working and you can always depend on him to turn up.”