OPINION: Attwood served with distinction for many years
WHEN Victor Attwood was elected to council in 2000, it was a year of major upheaval at the polls.
Almost half the council was replaced at that election.
In an interview last year looking at their 15 years in council, the new councillors of 2000, Attwood, David Morrison, Andrew Antoniolli and Heather Morrow reflected on how they ushered in a period of stability in the council.
Cr Attwood's comment was "We were too busy learning how to be councillors to get involved in the bulls--t that used to go on in that five year term prior to us being elected".
From my dealings with Cr Attwood from his campaign in 2000 to his role as a councillor and deputy mayor, that straight-down the line response is a good example of his style as a councillor.
He was one of the quiet achievers on council and a loyal deputy to Mayor Paul Pisasale.
He championed workers' rights, in council through the Employment Development Board, and he spoke with authority on issues he was passionate about with the indigenous community and in improving the quality of our waterways.
After John Nugent retired as mayor, he took on the poisoned chalice as the city's representative speaking on the healthy waterways annual report card findings and became a member of the Healthy Waterways board.
He was also a board member on SEQ Catchments and on West Moreton Oxley Medicare Local - health being another area he was passionate about.
You had to have huge respect for the manner he soldiered on with his own health issues, suffering a mild form of muscular dystrophy.
Cr Attwood has served on a council that has seen unprecedented growth in the city and was a steady hand in guiding this progress, much of which has occurred around his division.
Cr Attwood has much to be proud of in his service to the city.