Former Labor Member for Ginninderra Jayson Hinder has been killed in a motorcycle crash in California.
As well as being an ex-MLA, Mr Hinder was a lawyer, businessman and the former chairman of Canberra Community Bank, which owns four Bendigo Bank franchises in the ACT.
His son was travelling with him at the time of the accident and is reported to be in shock. It is understood that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Embassy is providing support.
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr said this afternoon that the ACT Labor team was deeply saddened to learn of the death of their friend and colleague.
“Jayson was a great friend to many Canberrans – particularly his constituents and those of us in ACT Labor,” Mr Barr said.
“He was a man committed to the Labor cause and a strong advocate for the people of Ginninderra during his time in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
“He was passionate about delivering for the people he represented, and he was a powerful voice around the caucus table for services and infrastructure in the north of Canberra.”
Mr Barr said that Mr Hinder spent most of his life helping others.
“He raised thousands of dollars for worthy causes in the community and gave his time to support organisations such as the Bendigo Community Bank.
“He was an active member of many Canberra sporting and community groups – he was often seen strapping on the tape to play local rugby and he was an avid supporter of the Brumbies. His contribution to the Canberra community will be sorely missed by many.
“I have contacted Jayson’s family and passed on the condolences of the entire ACT Labor team. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
ACT Opposition Leader Alistair Coe also expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jayson Hinder on behalf of the Canberra Liberals.
“The Liberal members had a good relationship with Mr Hinder,” Mr Coe said.
“I spent many hours campaigning alongside Jayson at Kaleen Plaza, Gungahlin Marketplace, and other locations during the 2012 and 2016 campaigns. His broad life experience made him a great conversationalist.
“In his inaugural speech, Jayson spoke of the love he had for his wife and children, and his commitment to social justice and hard work. Jayson lived these values and cherished his family. My thoughts are with Mr Hinder’s family and friends.”
Canberra Community Bank chairman Neale Guthrie expressed his deep sadness at Mr Hinder’s death.
“Canberra Community Bank owes Jayson Hinder a huge debt of gratitude for his tireless and passionate work,” Mr Guthrie said.
“We are deeply saddened by the news and just want to show as much support as we can to Lisa and the family.
“Through his work on the Community Bank board, Jayson directly supported a huge amount of local community events and sporting clubs and he will be sadly missed.”
Mr Hinder was born in Canberra and attended local schools and colleges. Originally an apprentice mechanic by trade, he studied for his law degree while running his own workshop and raising three children with his wife Lisa.
He founded his own law firm, Jayson Hinder and Associates, in 2005. Mr Hinder became the Member for Ginninderra in March 2016 after a casual vacancy was created by the resignation of Mary Porter, serving in that role until the general election in October.
An exclusive clip recorded last August in which Jayson outlined his political vision to Amaroo scouts visiting the Assembly. ‘The job of government is to decide how to distribute resources, but it’s also the job to make sure that everything is fair as much as possible,’ Mr Hinder told the scouts. ‘It doesn’t matter whether it’s police or about sport or any of those things, you try and make it even, so that everybody had the same opportunities.’