Mayor runs in fam­ily

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Three gen­er­a­tions in the lives of new Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke and his mother Anne Bourke (nee Smith) have played sig­nif­i­cant roles in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

Pat was the last mayor of Urana Shire Coun­cil be­fore it amal­ga­mated with Corowa Shire Coun­cil on May 12, 2016 to be­come Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

Be­fore­hand, Anne’s fa­ther James Smith MBE and brother An­thony Smith were also may­ors of Urana Shire and an­other brother, De­nis Smith, was a coun­cil­lor.

“That’s about a hun­dred years of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment,” Pat’s re­cently turned 80-yearold fa­ther Tom Bourke told the Free Press. “Jim was a Pres­i­dent of the NSW Shires As­so­ci­a­tion.”

“I’m the old grey mare!” Anne quipped. She has lived in Urana all her life and Tom since about 1956. The proud par­ents of Pat have been mar­ried 55 years.

Com­ment­ing about his mayor son, Tom, orig­i­nally a shearer then a share farmer, said: “He’s a good worker, very loyal to the com­mu­nity, very good com­mu­nity man and has plenty of en­ergy.”

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s 53-year-old first ever mayor had his par­ents, wife Natascha and two of their six chil­dren, Thomas and Jasper, wit­ness his ap­point­ment as mayor on Tuesday, Septem­ber 26.

Happy fam­ily mem­bers at the ap­point­ment of Pat Bourke as in­au­gu­ral Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor.

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