“In forty years of studying, working and living in the Latrobe Valley I believe the Valley has been left behind and needs a strong independent voice. I am adamant any transition / diversification must be on the Valley’s terms and not dictated to by ideologically driven political parties motivated purely by the electoral cycle. I strongly believe brown coal, being our biggest natural asset, must be front and center in recapturing and maintaining our prosperity.” Ray Burgess

For the Valley, From the Valley

Ray Burgess was drawn, from an early age, into community service and leadership. Over the last two years this has developed into an ambition to speak up for those voices in the community that go unheard.

He has completed a degree in Applied Chemistry BAppsSci(Chem) (1977) at GIAE and a Diploma of  Materials Engineering DipMatEng (Monash 1989).

After joining the SECV in 1978 he enjoyed fifteen years in the power industry at Yallourn and Morwell active in powerstation chemistry and materials science. This included 5 years advocating for scientists as their industry representative alongside 5 years as a training manager for the SECV’s scientific assistant training program.

Community involvements:

1997 - Ray was a founding board member of Advance Morwell, a community and business group in Morwell.

2001-2004 – Chairman of Morwells ‘Celebration of Roses’ committee.

2012-2018 - Spirit of Christmas committee.

2014-2018 – During this period and being keenly active in community affairs, Ray joined the Future Morwell Urban Renewal Project along with numerous other Advance Morwell committees.

2017 – The Light Up Morwell

2017 - Founder and leader of Electricity and Brown Coal advocacy group "Speak for the Valley".

Ray is a committed active community member of Engies' Environmental Review Committee and is a participant in the Hazelwood Health Study.

He describes himself as an average, curious sort of guy, who is passionate in his drive to make the Latrobe Valley, once again, a prosperous and proud region.

Born at Yallourn and brought up on a dairy farm at Trafalgar, 25 km to the west of the Latrobe Valley, Ray completed secondary schooling at Trafalgar High School.

He worked in Melbourne for three years in food technology at Kraft Foods and AW Allen Confectioners, while studying at RMIT, before returning to Trafalgar in 1976.

Ray Burgess has spent twenty-five years as a newsagent at Morwell Newsagency, which included 5 years on the board of Vana (Victorian Newsagents Association). He purchased the building in 2001 and rebuilt the premises after a disastrous fire (2005). In 2009, Ray and Jeanette’s newsagency won National Retail Newsagent of the year out of 3000 newsagents.

Ray is married to Jeanette and together they have three children and 5 grandchildren. In his youth he played footy and cricket and is a former President and life member of the Trafalgar Cricket Club. He was also a member of the Trafalgar Recreation Reserve committee for 12 years, 9 years as president including overseeing the oval reconstruction project in 1987.

Authorised by C Burgess 36 Dodemaides Rd Trafalgar Vic 3824