Wayne O'Mally honoured with bridge naming

Friday, 1 July 2016

Former Bourke Shire Mayor Wayne O’Mally’s contribution to his local community has been recognised with the bridge across the Bogan River on the Kamilaroi Highway named in his honour.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries, Bourke Shire Council Mayor Andrew Lewis and members of the local community attended a ceremony today where the new name was unveiled.

Mr Gay said the move was a fitting commemoration to the late former Mayor, who led Bourke Shire Council for nearly nine years and served 13 years in all on the council.

“Wayne O’Mally was very well-liked across north-western NSW and was known for being a champion for the local community, and today is a tribute to his tireless efforts,” Mr Gay said.

“Wayne was a friend and I miss him as am sure everyone who knew him does. I am proud to be here today to recognise and celebrate the significant contribution he has made to this great community.”

Mr Humphries said Mr O’Malley’s years as Mayor coincided with a challenging time for the community, with Bourke's drought and economic decline well documented.

“Wayne’s positivity and unwavering stamina ensured once the rains again fell Bourke was back on its feet,” Mr Humphries said.

“Wayne was the Mayor when I was first elected to Parliament in 2007 and was instrumental in mentoring me on local issues and the history of the region.”

Mr O’Malley was also a State Council member on the Rural Lands Protection Board (RLPB) and Chair of the Bourke RLPB board.

“He was a quiet and strong leader whose commitment to the community of Bourke and indeed Western NSW was without question,” Cr Lewis said

Wayne O’Mally passed away in April 2012 when his plane crashed on his property while he was mustering cattle.

MEDIA: Natalie Heazlewood | Minister Gay | 0419 173 927

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