September 29, 2013
Tasmania has lost one of its more wily and most effective local government leaders with the passing of West Coast Mayor Darryl Gerrity.
"It was always great fun working with Darryl as I had the opportunity to do in local government and as a federal representative," Senator Richard Colbeck said.
"His great wit and capacity to deliver a memorable line in support of his region and community gave Darryl the capacity to put a very effective burr under your saddle when he thought it was needed."
"He was a great sparring partner and more often than not he would have a chuckle with you about winding you up after he had made his point."
"He always got his point across and you were never left in any doubt as to what he was after."
Senator Colbeck said Tasmania wouldn't quite be the same without Mayor Gerrity.
Senator Colbeck expressed his deepest sympathies to Darryl's wife Robyn, his family and to the West Coast community.