Tributes flow following the death of Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead

VALE the Hon. Stephen Bromhead 1957-2023.

STEPHEN Bromhead, a member of the Myall Lakes state electorate, sadly passed away on Thursday March 16th after a battle with mesothelioma.

The Hon. Stephen Bromhead has served on the Myall State electorate for the past twelve years.

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Mr Bromhead, who has been a member of Myall Lakes since 2011, had previously announced his resignation ahead of the upcoming state election due to ill health.

During his time in NSW Parliament he was Nationals Whip, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport and Roads and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Housing.

He was President of the NSW Parliamentary Lions Club and served on several parliamentary committees.

This was in addition to the many roles he had in earlier public life as a nurse, police officer, councilman and lawyer to name a few.

Many past and present employees, as well as local dignitaries, have expressed their best wishes on his passing.

MidCoast Council Mayor Claire Pontin offered her condolences on the death of Mr Stephen Bromhead MP.

Flags at the Council’s Administration and Customer Service Centre, Yalawanyi Ganya, Taree, were flown at half mast last Friday as a mark of respect.

“Mr. Bromhead has been a strong advocate for the MidCoast community during his tenure and is responsible for allocating funds to many community projects and facilities in our area,” said Mayor Pontin.

The Deputy Prime Minister of NSW, the Hon. Paul Toole also expressed his deepest condolences.

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“Yesterday I lost a colleague and a pal – and the people of Myall Lakes lost one of their most passionate advocates,” Mr Toole said.

“Stephen Bromhead has devoted his life to serving his community; as a nurse and police officer, as a volunteer firefighter, and in his nearly twelve years as a member for Myall Lakes.

“Mr Bromhead, in particular, has been passionate about providing better service to his constituency for many years.

“No one has fought harder to ensure the people of Myall Lakes receive the healthcare services they deserve and his death will be felt throughout the community.

“In Taree, where they will remember his struggle to modernize Manning Base Hospital.

“In Forster, where his legacy will be a public hospital, and in Old Bar, where we are building a new ambulance station,” Mr Toole said.

In his last speech to Parliament, when it came time to say goodbye last year, he thanked not only for his many accomplishments but for the privilege of serving.

“It’s a testament to the character of Brommy,” said Mr Toole.

“He was a shining example as someone who fought passionately for what was important to his community and when that fight was won he went straight into the next issue.”

By John SAHYOUN