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Vale Patricia Gould

Tuesday 31 January 2023

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our colleague and friend Patricia Gould.

First joining Council in 1974, Patricia made such a valuable contribution to Albury and our broader region. She represented and served our city over a career that spanned 42 years, retiring in 2016.

Patricia is Australia's longest serving female Councillor, and an inspiration to all those that worked with her, or had the honour of seeking her advice.

Patricia served as Mayor from 1996-1999, 2000-2004, and again in 2008-2009.

In June 2004 Patricia was awarded an OAM in recognition of her service to local government and the Albury community.

She also received recognition in honour of her terms as Mayor and her significant contribution to local government with a Local Government Association of NSW 'Emeritus Mayor Award', as well as being recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2016 Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government.

Patricia is also a recipient of a 'Paul Harris Fellow', awarded by the Rotary Foundation.

During her time on Council Patricia served on a number of committees both within Council and externally, including the Albury Wodonga Cancer Foundation, the Trinity Anglican Board and as a member of the Mercy Health Services Board.

She was instrumental in establishing Family Day Care in Albury, and dedicated many years to assisting the Upper Murray Regional Library.

Our beautiful city would simply not be what it is today without Patricia's leadership, determination and forward thinking, and we as a community have much to be thankful for.

In 2005, the Patricia Gould Reserve in West Albury was opened in her honour... a wonderful space to relax and reflect on the life of such a remarkable woman.

My condolences, including those of my fellow Councillors and the AlburyCity team go to Patricia's family and friends.

Vale Patricia Gould.

Kylie King - AlburyCity Mayor