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Reserve to be named after Ron Mulock

RESERVE: Ex-Penrith Mayor Ron Mulock will have a reserve in Thornton Estate named in his honour.

A reserve in Thornton Estate will be named after ex-Penrith Mayor Ron Mulock AO.

Penrith Council endorsed the naming of the Lord Sheffield Circuit reserve as the ‘Ron Mulock Oval’ at its February 8 meeting in an item moved by Cr John Thain and seconded by Cr Bernard Bratusa.

Councillors around the table commended the move, each speaking in glowing terms of theformer mayor, state member and Attorney General.

Mayor Karen McKeown said after the meeting that naming a significant community facility after Mr Mulock recognised the impact he had on both Penrith and the state of NSW.

“Ron was never about doing things for Ron,” Cr McKeown said in a statement.

“Ron had genuine concern for ordinary people, championed social justice and was a passionate advocate for western Sydney.

“Ron was known for not only the big things he achieved but also the many little things. It was this quality that drew so many people to him, that made him such a great family man and that underpinned his outstanding political achievements and reforms.”

Ron Mulock AO served as an alderman (councillor) on Penrith council for six years and was mayor on three occasions.

In 1971 he was elected to the state seat of Nepean, serving no less than 10 portfolios including Justice and Services, Transport, Education, Health and Attorney General.

Ron was sworn in as deputy premierin 1984, serving premiers Neville Wran and Barry Unsworth until 1988 when he retired.He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.

A staunch Panthers supporter, he was awarded life membership of the Panthers in 1989 and served as Patron of the Panthers club. Ron was also awarded the title of Honoured Citizen of Council in 2003 for his contributions to Penrith.He died in 2014,aged 84.​

Council will now make an application to the Geographical Names Board for the official gazetting and will then hold anofficial naming ceremony at the oval.

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