From the Maitland Mercury report:
A standing round of applause and a tear marked the end of 35 years of dedicated service to Maitland as Cr Ray Fairweather retired from council last night.
Councillors and staff around the horseshoe table thanked “Mr Roads” for going in to bat for his constituents and his guidance on procedural matters gained from a wealth of local government experience.
In return, Cr Fairweather thanked staff, his contemporary councillors and aldermen of the past.
In the address, Cr Fairweather cast his mind back to his many achievements.
Cr Fairweather was mayor in 1990 and 1991. His awards include the Australian National Medal for Public Service (1987), the Australian Centenary Medal for service to the community (2003), and the Local Government Association of NSW long service medal in 2000.
In recognition of his service council unveiled the Ray Fairweather Park at Walka Water Works last month.
Full article by Sam Norris available at Maitland Mercury Aug. 15, 2012.