Malouf remembered as worker for city
THE death of Bernie Malouf has been met with sadness at Coffs Harbour City Council.
Current mayor Keith Rhoades worked alongside Mr Malouf during his first four years as a councillor.
“I liked the guy. He was never backwards in coming forwards in explaining things and he was a great help to me,” Cr Rhoades said.
After retiring from his family business, Malouf's Drapery, Bernie served on council for 12 years from his first election to the shire council in 1983, leading council for five years and retiring in 1995.
“Bernie Malouf has a unique place in the history of our city – being elected the first mayor of the City of Coffs Harbour,” Cr Rhoades said.
“That status alone should ensure he is remembered by residents and future generations, but Bernie was a man who had a tremendous reputation within our community and will be remembered with fondness and respect.”
During his time as mayor and as a councillor, Mr Malouf was deeply involved in the establishment of the Southern Cross University campus in the city, which he recognised as a key step in the future growth and development of Coffs Harbour.
He also played a key role in the official founding of the Sister City relationship between Coffs Harbour and Sasebo.