23rd November 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to acknowledge and congratulate Cr Wendy Harrison on her retirement as a councillor from Lake Macquarie City Council after 17 years of service. Wendy was first elected in 2004 as an Independent under the umbrella of a group of independents who ran as an alliance. She was truly independent and worked with great integrity, care and work ethic. She served as Deputy Mayor on four separate occasions and I was lucky enough to have her twice in that role while I was mayor. When you make decisions which affect others there's an obligation that goes beyond the requirements of the law or the code of conduct. There is a moral obligation to listen, understand and make difficult decisions, not for the loudest voice, but for what you believe to be in the best interests of the community. Working through an issue and objectively considering all the matters can be difficult, but anyone who knows Wendy is fully aware that was what she always did. Wendy has made a significant positive impact in West Ward as well as the city of Lake Macquarie and deserves the heartfelt thanks of her community.
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