AFTER 12 years of serving the community, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council councillor Peter Bray has “reluctantly” retired due to ill health.
Mr Bray was first elected to Queanbeyan City Council in 2008 and was subsequently elected to represent the Queanbeyan and Queanbeyan-Palerang communities in 2012 and 2017.
He was elected deputy mayor for four consecutive one-year terms and also served on the Local Representation Committee while QPRC was under administration.
Before his time on the council, Mr Bray and his family moved from the ACT to Jerrabomberra in 1996 after retiring from a 40-year Army career.
While in the Army he specialised in supply management and logistics, including inventory management, warehousing, contracting and financial programming. In 1995 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.
Following his military career Mr Bray became increasingly involved in the disability sector at community and state levels. He was CEO of Hartley Lifecare (formally The ACT Society for the Physically Handicapped) for six years, undertook many formal reviews of not-for-profit organisations and remains a community advocate for those with disability. He has held appointments of vice president of the Queanbeyan Special Needs Group Inc. and president of Meals on Wheels Queanbeyan Inc. He continues to fundraise for local charitable purposes.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall pays tribute to Mr Bray, saying: “Councillor Bray has been a committed and active member of Council for 12 years, participating in many Council committees during this time and also lending a hand at many community and charity events.”
“Councillor Bray has been a strong advocate for the community on a range of matters, especially disability and access issues which are close to his heart,” Mr Overall says.
“I would like to congratulate councillor Bray on his career as a councillor and wish him the best for his retirement.”
In reluctantly submitting his letter of retirement yesterday (July 22), Mr Bray wrote that he “thoroughly enjoyed playing a constructive part in the achievements of the former Queanbeyan City Council and the wonderfully successful Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.”
As the next local government election is scheduled for September 2021, there is no requirement for a by-election to fill Mr Bray’s position.
The council will operate with 10 councillors between now and the next election.