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Mayor runs in family

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October 04, 2017

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-year-old 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.

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