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A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Thomas (Tom) William Roper will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 5 July 2023 at the Immigration Museum.

The Honourable Thomas Roper was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1973 as the member for Brunswick West, moving to Brunswick in 1976.

During his 10 years as a senior Government Minister, his portfolios included Treasury, Planning and Environment, Health, Transport, Aboriginal Affairs, and Employment and Higher Education. He was also the Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Assembly.

However, it was Tom’s passion and advocacy for the environment that shone throughout his 21 years in Parliament.

Following his retirement from politics, Tom became involved in environmental policy at all levels – local to international. He spent time in Ottawa, London and New York fighting to get the world to wake up to climate change.

In 1994, Tom became an active board member of the Washington DC-based Climate Institute and led a team trying to find ways to rescue small island states from the threat of rising sea levels.

He remained a trusted advisor to government, business and non-government organisations (NGOs) on sustainability issues and was an Honorary Life Member of the Metropolis Association.

Tom was a Board member of Greenfleet – an NGO focused on protecting the climate by restoring native forests – for 21 years.

In recognition of his work, Tom was appointed a Senior Fellow of Melbourne University’s Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society.


Wednesday 5 July 2023


The State Funeral Service will commence at 2 pm.


The Long Room
Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000


The State Funeral Service will be livestreamed on this page for those unable to attend.

A link to view the livestream will be available closer to the event.


In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made in the form of contributions to Greenfleet.

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