Public funeral for Norm Brennan

Norm Brennan. Photo by Olivia Duffey

The community will today farewell long-term Conargo Shire and Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan in a public service.

Edward River Council buildings will be closed from 10.30am until 2pm on January 21 to allow colleagues and friends of former mayor Norm Brennan, to attend his funeral service at the Waring Gardens.

Flags will be flown at half mast all day as a mark of respect for the long-term councillor.

‘‘In consultation with Norm’s family, his colleagues including staff and councillors over his 26-year career at Conargo Shire and Edward River Council have been invited to form a guard of honour along Harrison Street as the funeral concludes,’’ Edward River Council’s general manager Phil Stone said.

The funeral is a public event with large numbers expected to attend.

Harrison St will be closed to traffic for the funeral. It is expected the hearse will make its way from Waring Gardens down Napier and Cressy Streets before passing the Deniliquin Town Hall.

Edward River Council’s new mayor, Cr Peta Betts said the district was mourning a long-term friend and advocate of the community.

‘‘It will be a fitting farewell, with our former mayor having a last look down the beautiful main streets of Deniliquin which he was so proud of,’’ Cr Betts said.

‘‘Unfortunately, I am a household contact of a positive COVID case and am in isolation so will be unable to attend the funeral.

‘‘I will be thinking of his family, friends and colleagues and like many others, watching the livestream from home.’’

The funeral for Mr Brennan starts at 11am Friday, 21 January.