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Public exhibition

At the 26 August Board meeting, the Council selected to name the new Council Meeting Room in honour of Pat Brassil AM. 

Under the Assets and Infrastructure Naming Policy, this naming preference is now on public exhibition until 25 September 2020, with submissions from the community invited during this time. 

About Pat Brassil AM

Pat Brassil AM was the inaugural chairperson of Riverina Water.

Pat was orphaned by the age of six and he and his siblings were raised in Redfern and Paddington, eventually settling with their Aunt Eileen in Burwood.

Pat went on to Sydney University, where he met a Wagga girl, Anne McDonough and they married.

Pat went on to teach and became a deputy principal and moved to Wagga and the successes just kept coming.

Pat Brassil was a part of what made Wagga Wagga work; Pat through decades of teaching and services to local community made Wagga a better place. He believed children in regional Australia should have the same opportunities as their city counterparts to excel.

Pat is on record as the longest-serving Councillor in Wagga's history and one of the longest serving in NSW history, from 1974 to 2004. He was mayor seven times, chiefly from 1989 to 1995, and delegate and chairman of the Riverina Water County Council, and its predecessor, for 25 years. He was an executive member of the Local Government Association of NSW and chairman of its Water Management Committee for a decade. Pat knew the huge significance of water to the area, though he never drank it unless it was cut with tea or, preferably, hops and barley.

As chairman of the Country Mayors Association and founding member of the Riverina Regional Development Board, Pat was a key driver in the case for balanced state development, arguing that the NSW government paid scant regard to the needs of people west of the ''sandstone curtain''.

Pat was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1997 for services to local government, notably regional development and decentralisation.

To him, this award was only surpassed by the granting of the Freedom of the City in 2007 from the community that had adopted him 40 years before.

View the draft policy

Submissions close 25 September

View the draft policy

Submissions close 25 September

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