Milton Morris remembered as ‘inspiration’
Milton Morris AO is being remembered as an inspiration to the 22,000 students who have passed through the doors of Hunter Valley Training Company.
Fondly known as Mr Maitland, Mr Morris died in his sleep on Tuesday night leaving a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come. He was 94.
Born in Mayfield in 1924, Mr Morris rose to local and political prominence when he was elected as the Member for Maitland in 1956 for the Liberal Party and held the position until 1980 when he resigned to contest the Federal seat of Lyne.
During his time as the Minister for Transport (1965 – 1975) he affected great changes in road safety, with the compulsory wearing of seatbelts, breathalyser and radar speed traps all introduced during his tenure.
Mr Morris left politics after the 1980 election campaign, establishing the Hunter Valley Training Company (HVTC) in 1981. The company was initially created for a six year term to provide a skilled workforce to construct Muswellbrook’s Bayswater Power Station.
It was so successful that company is still operating, almost 40 years later.
Since then 22,000 young people have benefited from the skills training and employment opportunities HVTC provides.
“It is a testament to Mr Morris’ passion and commitment to the value of vocational education and training that, three decades on, the Company continues to provide skills training and employment outcomes for young people across its ten regional divisions in NSW,” HVTC Chairman Robert Cameron AO said.
“Mr Morris was highly respected and well regarded by all who have had the pleasure of knowing him.
“He was an inspiration to all his colleagues, students and employees at HVTC and will be deeply missed.”