A FORMER state member for Lake Macquarie, Merv Hunter, has passed away.
Mr Hunter, an ALP member, held the role from 1969 to 1991 and was the Lake Macquarie shire president [comparable to a mayor] in 1969.
Former Charlestown MP Richard Face said Mr Hunter was a ‘‘well known identity in west Lake Macquarie’’.
‘‘He was a great representative of the people,’’ Mr Face, who was a close friend, said.
‘‘He did a lot of work in the community.’’
Merv Hunter’s son Jeff Hunter succeeded him as Lake Macquarie MP, holding the position from 1991 to 2007.