02 June 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, 2 June 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I'd like to acknowledge Gary James for his lifetime contribution to local government and thank him for his work with Woollahra Municipal Council.
I understand that Gary's retirement at the end of this month is the culmination of a 50 year career in local government. His work with Woollahra began in 1987, including periods as Director of Corporate Services and Manager Administrative Services, followed of course by over 20 years as General Manager, a significant achievement. Glowing tributes at council meetings earlier this year reported on Gary's calm and professional leadership during times of major challenge and reform within local government.
In my time as Member for Sydney, Woollahra Council has continued to manage constant pressure from government to do more with less, tackle major planning reforms and weather amalgamation storms, surviving these challenges – all during Gary's tenure leading the organisation. Gary's guidance, consistency and corporate history have contributed to Woollahra's continued success despite these constraints and contests. On behalf of the Sydney electorate and my constituents who live in the Woollahra LGA, I thank Gary for his commitment and contribution.