Unique Character of Gippsland

More Than Just The Skipper of the Rubeena


Completing a Diploma of Civil Engineering at Footscray Technical College and working as an Engineer Assistant at Brunswick in the early 1960’s seems to have set Alan Lewis forward into an admirable career that involves some extremely impressive projects and a lifetime of accomplishments.

On completing his engineering diploma in 1963, Alan then moved into a position as Deputy City Engineer for the city of Coburg, a position that was to prepare him for his next big challenge in Gippsland. In 1968, Alan Lewis became a City Engineer, Town Planner and Building Surveyor in Sale as well as working with Sale Sewerage Authority and Sale Water Supply. Alan operated in this capacity until 1985, whilst between 1983 and 1985 also operating as Chairman/ Managing Director of Sale Station Development. In 1985 and until present, Alan has been director of Lewis McNaughton PTY LTD and from 2013 also became the director at Port of Sale Heritage Cruises.

So to say Alan Lewis has been a very busy man for the last 50 or so years would be an understatement of the highest order. Alan is also a director for Wellington Regional Tourism, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, A Fellow of Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Member of Australian Institute of Project Management and a Fellow of Local Government Professionals. The major projects that Alan Lewis has had a hand in are far too numerous to list, however as an example of some of the cities, towns and developments he has assisted with, researched or lead projects for are: Sale Railway Station Redevelopment, Sale Pedestrian Mall, Malvern City Square, Greensborough District Centre, Sale Sports Centre, Sale Council Works Depot, Ringwood Plaza, Ringwood Public Library, Sale Water Supply, River Heritage and Wetlands Trail, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and so much more. As founding chairman for “Destination Gippsland” Alan headed up the peak body for tourism and marketing of Gippsland.

No slouch at all in the academia department, Alan during these years also achieved many tertiary qualifications. Commencing with the Diploma of Civil Engineering in Footscray, Alan was able to also achieve a Certificate of Qualification Municipal Engineer, and in 1988 Master of Engineering from RMIT. Alan’s wife Lois, whom Alan cared for the last ten years of her life suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, passed in 2014 and he has three daughters and three step-daughters, two of whom, Rachel and Christina you’ll find also involved in the family business. If downtime permits, Alan enjoys spending time with his family and also boating and rowing, in fact in 2007 he was elected President of Sale Rowing Club. Now one would think that all of this would leave Alan little time for volunteering and working in the community, however nothing could be further from the truth.

As a snapshot, a time line for Alan’s tireless community work in Gippsland: • 2011 Member Wellington Regional Tourism Board • 2009 President Sale Maffra Branch Liberal Party

• 1979 -1984 President Sale Maffra Branch Liberal Party
• 2007 President Sale Rowing Club
• 2006 Member Swing Bridge & Precinct Advisory Group Wellington Shire Council
• 2006 – 2009 President Sale and District Tourism Association
• 2005 – 2006 President Rotary Club of Sale
• 2004 – 2006 Founding Chairman “Destination Gippsland” the peak body for tourism marketing for Gippsland.
• 1994 – 2000 Director of the Urban Land Institute of Australia
• 1972 – 1985 Chairman and Member of the No.1 Sector Board (Gippsland), Health Commission, Victoria
• 1970 – 1985 Chairman of the East Gippsland Regional Health Services Advisory Committee
• 1968 – 1985 Past President and Member of the Gippsland Base Hospital Board of Management
• 1974 -1975 Chairman of the Bairnsdale Group of the Local Government Engineers’ Association

Alan has been recognised by various organisations for his work across Gippsland and Melbourne, appointed Life Governor recipient at Gippsland Base Hospital, awarded the President’s Medal by the Royal Agriculture Society for contribution to RASV with respect to the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds redevelopment, nominated a Paul Harris Fellow for contribution to the city of Sale, and an Exemplary Service Recognition for contributions to long term development.

We here at The Gippslander would like to thank Alan for his contributions to the community and are proud to consider him one of the inspiring and unique characters of Gippsland.