Retirement Of Alderman Fetterplace

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SpeakersRyan The Hon John


The Hon. J. F. RYAN [9.52]: I wish to mark the occasion of the retirement of Alderman Gordon Fetterplace, who was the mayor of the city of Campbelltown. The retirement of Alderman Fetterplace has occurred since the House last met and I believe it appropriate that the House acknowledges his outstanding years of service. Shortly before Anzac Day Alderman Fetterplace suffered a heart attack and spent two weeks in hospital. He fully recovered but decided not to return to service on the council. Alderman Fetterplace retires from the Campbelltown City Council after 23 years of service to local government and to the residents of the city of Campbelltown, including three terms in office as mayor. It is an understatement to say that Alderman Fetterplace is held in high regard in Campbelltown. His office has been characterised by hard work, a common touch and the application of common sense. On at least two occasions Gordon Fetterplace sought election to the Legislative Assembly. In fact, on one occasion both he and I were competing for the seat of Camden.

Gordon's standing in the community meant his name alone was usually sufficient to guarantee that several members of his team would secure election to Campbelltown City Council during local government elections. As well as serving on the council with great distinction Gordon had an outstanding record for community service, including service to local sporting clubs - he is an avid lover of the game of rugby league - and to the St Gregory's Catholic School and many other charitable and service groups in Campbelltown. It is appropriate that we acknowledge the service of this outstanding Australian and esteemed resident of Campbelltown. I wish him and his wife Barbara every future health and success.

Motion agreed to.
House adjourned at 9.55 p.m. until Wednesday, 2nd September, 1992, at 2.30 p.m.