The LNP today extended condolences to the family, friends and wide circle of local government associates of Tom Pyne, who died Sunday, aged 76.
LNP Shadow Minister for Local Government David Gibson said Mr Pyne gave 40 years of service to the local community of Cairns, Far North Queensland and to Queensland through his dedicated service to the Mulgrave Shire and later Cairns City Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland.
“First elected to the Mulgrave Shire in 1961, Tom Pyne went on to become one of the most respected council leaders in Queensland,” Mr Gibson said.
“He became deputy-chairman of Mulgrave Shire in 1976, chairman in 1979 and then Mayor of Cairns City Council in 1995 in the merged Mulgrave and Cairns council.
“Tom Pyne served as president of Local Government Association of Queensland for three years before retiring in 2000.
“Tom Pyne served and led the Cairns community through an era of unprecedented change and development, particularly for tourism with the upgrade of the airport and tourist facilities.
“He was dedicated to his community and his family and the Pyne name continues in local government with his son Robert serving as a Cairns City councillor.”