Photo includes Russell Fitzpatrick (Mayor), Anthony Osborne (the Destination Agency) and Christopher Nicholls.
Bega Valley Shire Council wishes to acknowledge the passing of Christopher Nicholls and pay tribute to his tireless work in the Merimbula community.
Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said Mr Nicholls, who was for many years the manager of the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre, had a profound impact on the town and its visitor economy.
“Chris loved Merimbula wholeheartedly and was passionate about what it had to offer visitors to the area.
“He invested an enormous amount of time and energy into working closely with the Merimbula Tourism Committee and the centre staff and volunteers to steer the visitor strategy for the town.”
Cr Fitzpatrick said Mr Nicholls gave tirelessly of himself and epitomised what it means to be an active and committed member of the community.
“Along with his tourism role, Chris was a stalwart of a number of community and service groups over the years including the Merimbula Rural Fire Brigade,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.
“He was also a popular Council staff member during a couple of stints with the organisation and is remembered for his caring and engaging nature and warm sense of humour.”
Cr Fitzpatrick said Mr Nicholls wanted the best for everyone and did what he could to make sure people chased their goals and reached their potential.
“He was the face of Merimbula’s visitor offering and much loved by all who knew him. His smile and positive words for all he met will be very much missed.
“We extend our condolences to his family at this very sad time.”