FORMER Moyne shire mayor Bruce Couch is showing signs of improvement after a quad bike accident in mid December.
His son Corey said that after a less than positive initial diagnosis his father was now taking positive steps.
"He's slowly coming along," he said.
"He's now awake and saying a few words. He had a conversation with Mum. He knows who she is and asked for a drink of water, which was very positive."
Mr Couch said his father's outlook soon after the accident was far less hopeful.
"Early on it wasn't positive, but with head injuries everyone is different. No one, including the doctors, know how it's going to pan out. You could have three people in the same situation and three completely different outcomes," he said.
"There's no spinal damage, but he has a lot of broken stuff, including ribs, but that's minor compared to the brain injury.
"He asked Mum for a drink of water and that was a big step forward. He seems to be on the improve. It will take a long time but his outlook is certainly looking a lot better," he said.
On Sunday, December 17, the 75-year-old was travelling on Callaghans Road near his Nirranda South farm when he was involved in a quad bike accident just before noon.
Mr Couch was thrown off his four-wheel motorbike after a mechanical fault.
He suffered significant head and body injuries and was flown by the HEMS4 helicopter to The Alfred Hospital at Melbourne in a critical condition.
Mr Couch served as a Moyne shire councillor from 1996 until 2008, including three one-year terms as mayor between 1999 and 2002.
He first joined local government in 1988 when he was elected to the former Warrnambool shire and served for six years until council amalgamations.