We write to commemorate the community-building work of the late Bruce McDonald.
As Campbelltown’s Town Clerk, Bruce persisted against the odds to get recognition of Campbelltown, Camden and Appin as Sydney's growth corridor.
He saw Macarthur as a cohesive entity, crossing council boundaries and recognised its proximity to Sydney gave it special qualities differing from other growth centres.
Bruce would not be constrained by parish-pump politics.
His vision and passion for local betterment saw him offered the job of foundation General Manager of the Macarthur Development Board, established by the state and federal governments in the early 1970's.
Look around and see the beautiful Mt Annan Botanical Gardens, the UWS Macarthur Campus and TAFE, Campbelltown Hospital, Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Mall, the East Hills Rail Link, and fully developed industrial estates of Ingleburn, Minto and Smeaton Grange/Narellan — all providing thousands of local jobs.
You will start to get some measure of the massive contribution of the man whose tenacity guided the creation of a place to be, of which you can all be justly proud — Bruce had a hand in all of it.
With his compassion for his fellow man, his hardheaded business nous and his uncanny ability to pick a winner for his community, this man achieved so much good that he should never be forgotten - the Macarthur Region owes it to him.
After a lifetime of community achievement, rest in peace Bruce and go with God.
Graham Zanelli (Mosman), Steve Bowley (Manly West Qld)
Ed’s note: Graham Zanelli was Press Officer to Don Day, Minister for Decentralisation and Industrial Development from 1976 to 1983. Steve Bowley was Strategic Marketing Manager, Macarthur Development Corporation, 1978-86).