Orange City Council has paid tribute to Cr Mario Previtera who passed away on the weekend after a long illness.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said Cr Previtera was well-liked and diligent.
“Mario had a quiet demeanour but was also conscientious, thoughtful and community minded. This was particularly the case around environmental issues which he championed in his role as Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee,” Cr Kidd said.
Close Council colleague and friend Cr Sam Romano described Cr Previtera as both generous and selfless.
“Council can be pretty rough and tumble but I have never heard Mario say an ill-word about anyone. He was a peacemaker. His loss will be felt by all those in the Council family who have got to know him over the last few years,” Cr Romano said.
“Our thoughts are with Mario’s family and friends.”
Out of respect to Cr Previtera and his family, Tuesday’s Council meeting has been postponed for a week. The Council flag at the Civic Centre is at half-mast.
Cr Previtera was elected to Orange City Council in September 2017.