Tributes keep pouring in for Mayor

POLITICIANS continue to pay tribute to recently retired Gladstone Regional Council Mayor George Creed, with Member for Hinkler Paul Neville, Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle and Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper expressing their sentiments.

Cr Hooper told The Observer he had spent quite a bit of time with Mr Creed over the years, as they both had been involved with local government for more than 30 years.

“He's been very much devoted to his community through different organisations and as a councillor and mayor,” Cr Hooper said.

“He should be very proud and satisfied of what he's done, his achievements in local government and in serving his community.

“He's left behind one of Gladstone's most distinguished community-giving careers with a legacy not to be forgotten.”

Mr Neville expressed his dismay and sadness. Mr Neville worked with Mr Creed during his years as Federal Member for Gladstone from 1993 until 2007.

“He's a person with a fierce sense of duty and the decision would not have been taken lightly,” Mr Neville said.

“I have no doubt he will face this battle with the same courage and dignity that has distinguished him throughout his life.”

Ms Boyle has paid tribute to Cr Creed OAM and his significant contribution to local government in Queensland.

“He has spearheaded a strong council, with Gladstone standing out as an example of how an amalgamated local government has been able to deliver effective outcomes for residents, and in the face of the global financial crisis,” Ms Boyle said.

“As well as this very public leadership role, Cr Creed is well regarded throughout Queensland and indeed Australia for his charitable work.”

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