A Legacy of Reason and Dedication to Wyndham's Community
John Gibbons, a former councillor and three-time mayor of Wyndham, has passed away, leaving behind a legacy as the council’s esteemed voice of reason.
Wyndham City Mayor Susan McIntyre said recently on Facebook, “John could always be relied upon to be the ‘voice of reason’ on so many occasions but also ensured good humour was at the heart of what he did. On behalf of Wyndham council, I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to John’s family, particularly his beloved children and grandchildren.”
Mr. Gibbons, who was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM), died on Friday, June 2nd. Throughout his career, he served on the Shire of Werribee, City of Werribee, and City of Wyndham councils.
In 1983, he was initially elected to the council and assumed the role of shire president in August of the same year. He fulfilled two terms in this position until August 1985.
Later, from August 1992 to the following year, he became the mayor of the City of Werribee. After a hiatus, he returned to the council in 2012, dedicating his services until October 2020.
Mr. Gibbons was highly esteemed within the Wyndham community and made significant contributions to education as a founding member of Victoria University. In 2004, he was recognized with the prestigious Order of Australia for his services in education and his contributions to the Wyndham community.
Moreover, in 2014, he was honored with the title of Mayor Emeritus by the Municipal Association of Victoria, a distinction reserved for councillors who have served three or more terms as mayor.
John Gibbons will be remembered as a respected figure in Wyndham, known for his rational and influential voice in the council.