In 2013, Keith told HOUSING, ‘It was a wonderful industry when I joined it as a youngster in the old days and it’s still a wonderful industry today’.
Long after his retirement he continued to take part in HIA events and functions, demonstrating his commitment to the Association.
Keith was known as a man who always looked towards the future, to identify new ways to improve the industry and the lives of those involved. He once reflected: ‘I doubt whether an apprentice carpenter today would be taught how to cut a roof, because they all arrive pre-cut. Technology has brought many improvements and made home building faster, safer and more versatile’.
His dedication to the future success of HIA and the broader industry will never be forgotten, and for this he was awarded life membership of HIA (1989) and the prestigious Sir Phillip Lynch Award (2013).
‘Keith always took time to talk to members, sharing their concerns, and providing support and advice,’ says Fiona Nield, Regional Executive Director – Victoria.