Former City of Greater Bendigo chief commissioner Peter Ross-Edwards has died.
Mr Ross-Edwards, who served as a commissioner in 1994 and 1996, died yesterday.
Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals Peter Ryan said Mr Ross-Edwards made a remarkable contribution to Victoria and to Australia.
He was awarded an Order of Australia in June 1989 for his services to politics, the Victorian Parliament and the community.
''Peter Ross-Edwards was an extraordinary man who has left a wonderful legacy in a variety of spheres,'' Mr Ryan said.
''He served his country with distinction as a member of the armed forces during the Second World War.
''He was a very able solicitor and practised as a partner in the firm of PV Feltham for over 23 years.
''But it was in politics that he excelled. Peter represented the seat of Shepparton in the Legislative Assembly for 24 years from 1967 until 1991 and was leader of the (then) Country Party for 18 years from 1970 until 1988. He undertook this leadership with the courage and commitment which were the hallmarks of his parliamentary career.
''Peter Ross-Edwards was a gentleman and a statesman.
''He has left a lasting and indelible legacy upon his State, his Nation and the Party which he led so proudly.
''Our commiserations go to Joy, his wife of 59 years and to their children, David, Timothy (dec), Richard, John (dec) and Sarah.''