Life Member

Recipient: Bruce Winstanely


"From the self educated, learning obsessed, master of construction and business, to the obsessed giver of knowledge and guidance to those willing to listen and learn, is how Bruce could best be described.

Starting his working life at the Commonwealth Bank gave Bruce his grounding and ability with figures.

From conversations with customers and a partnership with a fellow bank teller, Laurel and Hardy's Lawn and Garden Maintenance was born.  Late evenings and weekends were spent learning the trade on the job via numerous mistakes, all whilst growing a small business.  Not content in maintenace, Bruce branched into landscaping and Winstanley Landscapes was born.

Seeking to continue his learning, Bruce completed a Certificate III in Landscape after-hours at Holmesglen, gaining knowledge from the likes of Nic van Diemen and Chris Walker, and continuing his lust for learning.

After a successful year in landscape construction, Great Ocean Pools was born and has now become the pre-eminent builder of concrete pools on Victoria's Surf Coast.

Any person who has had the honour of meeting Bruce and his bone crushing handshake will attest to his giving nature; from staff trained and educated then supported when starting their own businesses, to the support, guidance and knowledge freely given to his wide circle of friends and colleagues in our industry.

This giving also extended to Landscaping Victoria with stints as our trusty Treasurer and President for two terms.  His contribution to our industry cannot be overstated, nor can the quiet support of his wife Kim, who works with Bruce to keep the Winstanley brand on course.

All who know you Bruce give heartfelt thanks for what you've given over a 25 year career in landscaping.  I think you've earned another surf!"