At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held 28 May 2018, Council resolved to engage with the whole Portland Community and invite submissions as to an appropriate way to acknowledge the Late Ron Bidwell OAM with a report to be brought back to Council for final determination.
Ron Bidwell OAM, who passed away on 31 March 2018, was shortly before named the Portland Citizen of the Year at the 2018 Portland Australia Day ceremony.
He was an important part of the Portland community for many years. In 2008 he was recognized with an Order of Australia Medal for service to business through the establishment of the Australian Sign and Graphics Association, and to the communities of Portland and Fairfield.
He was involved in projects to help Portland’s development and volunteered at many events. A sign writer by trade, he had a vision of using traditional signwriting to help revitalize Portland and was the founder and key driver behind the “Signs of Yesteryear” project which began in 2001.
He was the sole maintainer of the Rotary Park at the entrance to Portland. For this reason, Council has received a suggestion that Rotary Park be renamed the Ron Bidwell OAM Rotary Park.
Council would like to hear the community’s views on this proposal, and any other proposals.
Submissions will be received until Friday 27 July 2018 and should be addressed to:
Lithgow City Council
PO Box 19
Following the exhibition period and the receipt of public comments, this matter will be reported back to Council for final adoption.