Former Cabonne deputy mayor dies 

Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper has expressed his deep sorrow at the death of former Deputy Mayor Noel Bleakley.

Cr Gosper said Mr Bleakley’s death on Thursday (9 January 2014) was a great loss to all Cabonne communities, particularly Molong for which he was a tireless advocate.

“Noel served on Cabonne Council from 2004 to 2012 and you would not find a more dedicated councillor and champion for his community,” Cr Gosper said.

“Noel had a particular interest in community health and health issues and kept a keen eye on Council’s finances to ensure that Cabonne remained very financially sustainable.

“But many people will remember him as a champion of the underdog and a great and loyal friend.

“He made a tremendous contribution to Cabonne Shire and public life in general and will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”

Mr Bleakley served two terms on Council and was Deputy Mayor in 2008 and 2009.

He was also the chairperson of a number of Council committees and was Council’s representative on the Molong Advancement Group.

Mr Bleakley served on many Council committees, including works, community services, Molong medical, emergency services, rate review, quarterly budget review, audit, Local Environmental Plan, traffic, Molong District Floodplain Management, Molong caravan park, Sydney Roadlinks, Molong quarry, small towns development, noxious weeds and Local Government Week.

A service was held on Monday (13 January 2014) for Mr Bleakley, who is survived by his wife Eddie, son Greg, daughter Sue and their families, including eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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