News item release date: Friday, 21 July 2017
It is with great sadness that Hobsons Bay City Council acknowledges the passing of former Mayor and Councillor for the City of Altona, Doug Grant OAM. Over the course of many years, Doug contributed greatly to the City of Altona, now the City of Hobsons Bay.
He was a passionate community advocate, active in the Altona community to the very end and he will be sadly missed by many.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson:
“I first met Doug during my first mayoral speech at the 30th celebration of the SES on the first day of being Mayor in 2013. I hit it off with Doug immediately and we had numerous get togethers thereafter where he shared openly with me about his time as mayor and councillor and offered me invaluable support. He demonstrated that you can lead in a way that is bold and determined, but also with a sense of compassion for others. Doug was a leader of another generation, but his values of integrity, respect and honesty are timeless," Cr Wilson said.
"Doug had an illustrious career serving the local community that spanned over two decades. Truly working for the people of his community, Doug was elected to Council for the City of Altona in August 1967 and retired in August 1988. He was Mayor three times: firstly in 1970/71, the second time in 1977/78 and finally in 1985/86.
"He was an absolute expert in his field and a true professional, with skills and qualifications that strongly complemented a councillor role. He was an industrial chemist and pollution control officer, which served him well as he was a staunch advocate for environmental issues in our community. In fact, Doug played a major and very memorable role in addressing the issue of industrial pollution in the City of Altona.
"There are many in our city who called Doug their friend. Doug inspired countless members of this community with his passionate and hard working nature, and in turn, encouraged others to stand up for what is right.
"He was an exemplary role model, a mentor and friend to many, including me, and a great advocate for our local community.
"On behalf of our community and all the Councillors at Hobsons Bay, I’d like to offer my deepest sympathies to Doug’s family and friends.”