ONE of the region's longest serving and most colourful councillors has attended his last meeting.
Nambucca Valley identity Michael, 'Cactus' Moran died at his home at Macksville on Thursday morning
Cr Moran served continuously on the Nambucca Shire Council since 1974, except for one term from 1980 to 1983.
Nambucca mayor Cr Rhonda Hoban said 'Cactus' was an inspirational and tireless advocate, fundraiser and contributor to his local community.
"His plain and occasionally blunt speaking tended to conceal an astute and generous person," Cr Hoban said.
"Ably assisted by Judy, his contribution to the community covered not only his civic leadership but also through surf life saving, rugby league and many local charities.
"In 2000, Cactus was awarded the Australian sports medal for his contribution to surf life saving over more than 30 years.
"In 2001 he was awarded the centenary medal for service to the community and local government.
"In 2007 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.
"At his life's end I can think of no other person who has made an equivalent contribution to their local community through so many different facets of life," Cr Hoban said.
In acknowledgement of Mr Moran's long battle with renal failure, friends and associates are being asked to donate to the Nambucca Valley Dialysis fund which is held by BCU.
"While Cactus' condition dictated he had to have dialysis at Coffs Harbour Hospital three times a week he was concerned for other dialysis patients who also had to travel from the Nambucca Valley and the imposition on their families and friends," Cr Hoban said.