Vale, Neil Fisher

Published: 2nd July 2024

Queensland’s local government sector is mourning the passing of four-term Rockhampton Regional Councillor and former Deputy Mayor, Neil Fisher. 

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Chief Executive Officer Alison Smith said Cr Fisher served on the old Rockhampton City Council, before being elected to Rockhampton Regional Council in 2012, and leaves a significant legacy.

“Neil was an enthusiastic and admired councillor, whose commitment to the Rockhampton community and wider local government sector will be long remembered,” Ms Smith said.

“The local government family has lost a passionate, popular and generous champion. “His level-headed leadership of Council following the (then) Mayor’s sudden resignation in 2020 was typical of Neil – unfussed, exemplary and ever concerned for the welfare of others. 

“Neil was a committed campaigner for his region’s economy, championing the upgrading of the Rockhampton Airport – which now welcomes some 650,000 passengers each year – and the resource and agricultural sectors.” 

Ms Smith said Cr Fisher was also an energetic advocate for waste management reform through his leadership of the Local Authority Waste Management Action Committee (LAWMAC), a ground-breaking and successful partnership between regional Queensland councils and more than four dozen waste industry representatives. 

“Neil received the 2022 Ross Overton (Rossko) Memorial Award for Excellence in Waste Management, a tremendous honour that showcases achievements and innovation in waste management, recycling and environmental awareness,” Ms Smith said. 

“Though he had battled several health challenges in recent years, Neil faced each obstacle placed in his path with remarkable good cheer and an indefatigable spirit. 

“We extend our sympathies and warmest good wishes to Neil’s wife Sherrie, their family and friends, as well his council colleagues.”

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