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Campus News : December 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News December 2011 7 Alumni graduates of our university... Lord Mayor unites Town and Gown GORDON BRADBERY Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) 1982 When Councillor Gordon Bradbery was elected Wollongong's Lord Mayor in September, he became the first University of Wollongong graduate to hold the city's top job. The former Uniting Church minister graduated from UOW in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Cr Bradbery won the Lord Mayoral vote in September's local government election after standing as an independent in the NSW elections in March and narrowly missing winning the seat of Wollongong. Now he has the task of heading the first elected council in Wollongong in more than three years, following the dismissal of the previous council early in 2008 in the wake of Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings. Cr Bradbery is determined to rebuild pride in the city, based on accentuating the positives. "Council needs to rebuild trust in the governance of the city, to rebuild pride in the city as well as pride for what we have achieved," he said. "To me all the negative things that have happened are insignificant compared to what the city has achieved and what we can achieve. "As Lord Mayor these are my initial priorities -- to lead a team of councillors, to get the city back into action, restore confidence in business and restore confidence in the community." Cr Bradbery said UOW had a key role to play in the city's future, and he wants to harness innovations like the StartPad incubator for IT businesses to drive new developments and employment opportunities. "The University of Wollongong is a major player in terms of employment and opportunity for employment and education. For me that connection is vital for the health and wellbeing of the city and the economy," he said. "The University now has an opportunity to enrich the life of the city through innovations such as StartPad and the Innovation Campus. These are exciting developments and I think we have to work to bring the University and city together." Cr Bradbery said he left school at 16 to train as a laboratory technician, before joining the Church in 1971 as a youth and children's worker. He was ordained as a Minister in 1985. He first came to Wollongong in 1977 to study at UOW, after the University offered him provisional matriculation as he hadn't completed the Higher School Certificate. "That was a marvellous opportunity for me," he said. "I took a double major in Psychology and Sociology to fit in with my work with the Church, as I was interested in social welfare and social justice. "Psychology and Sociology helped me deal with the social problems and with my understanding of Christianity. They also helped my faith in social activism and how to address the needs of people." Cr Bradbery put these lessons into good effect as Chairperson of Lifeline South Coast, a position he held for 15 years while minister of Wollongong's Wesley Church on the Mall. During his time as minister he was also responsible for the Wollongong Community Care Centre, situated behind the church, which runs regular welfare programs for the disadvantaged, including the popular soup kitchen and an annual Christmas lunch for homeless and disadvantaged people. He was also Police Chaplain for the Wollongong region, and received a NSW Police Commissioner's Citation for outstanding welfare assistance during the Waterfall train disaster in 2003. In 1996 Cr Bradbery was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "in recognition of service to the community, particularly for his role during the 1994 Sydney bushfires and the subsequent relief efforts for those affected". Cr Bradbery also has a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of Sydney. NH We hope you enjoy this final alumni edition of Campus News for 2011. Many alumni have indicated a preference for receiving Campus News electronically via email link, to reduce the environmental impact of paper use, printing and transport. You can see what the electronic version of Campus News looks like at media.uow.edu.au/campus-news If you would prefer to receive Campus News via a link that is emailed to you, please register on the UOW alumni website by following this link: www.uow.edu.au/alumni/preferences Campus News can be delivered via your email Wollongong Lord Mayor Cr Gordon Bradbery (centre) at UOW's Stumping Serious Diseases dinner in October with the captains of the day's celebrity cricket teams, Wendell Sailor (Town XI) and Adam Gilchrist (Gown XI). Cr Bradbery is the first UOW graduate to hold the city's top job.