Council's longest serving Councillor announces retirement

04 February 2016

After almost 42 years on Council, highly respected and decorated Councillor, Patricia Gould OAM has announced her retirement.

First elected to Council in 1974, Councillor Gould held the position of Mayor on five occasions and is one of the longest serving woman councillors in Australian local government history.

Mayor Henk van de Ven paid tribute to Councillor Gould and acknowledged the extraordinary service she has given to the Council and to Albury over four decades. She was awarded an OAM for her service to the community and Local Government and is a recipient of a 'Paul Harris Fellow'. She is also the recipient of the 'Emeritus Mayor Award' by the Local Government Association of NSW, recognising her terms as Mayor and her significant contribution to Local Government.

"Patricia has been an institution in Local Government and has served on a number of committees both within Council and externally. She served as a director of the Albury Wodonga Cancer Foundation and the Trinity Anglican Board and was a member of the Mercy Health Services Board."

"She was instrumental in establishing Albury Family Day Care and has also dedicated many years to assisting the Upper Murray Regional Library. She is also a Life Member of three swimming clubs, the Ovens and Murray District Swimming Association and three community groups."

Cr van de Ven said while her list of achievements is endless, it's the passion, dedication and conviction of her beliefs that have made the greatest impression on the community and her fellow councillors. "She has been behind some of the biggest decisions made by Council over the past 40 years, all of which have helped shaped the city into what it is today," he said.

"We will be eternally grateful to Councillor Gould for her contribution to the city, council and our community and we wish her the very best in her retirement."

Council will consider the vacancy created by Councillor Gould's retirement at its meeting on Monday night.