FAREWELL: Neil Zabel will be remembered as a dedicated and passionate member of the community.
FAREWELL: Neil Zabel will be remembered as a dedicated and passionate member of the community. Contributed

Mayor honours Zabel’s legacy

THE Somerset region is mourning the loss of veteran councillor Neil Zabel last Thursday afternoon.

Cr Zabel had a distinguished career in local government spanning two decades.

He served as chairman of the former Esk Shire Council and also held positions of deputy mayor for Somerset Regional Council and more recently councillor.

A fortnight ago, Cr Zabel was recognised for reaching the 20 year milestone in local government.

Cr Zabel was one of only 1007 people in local government to have reached that milestone.

Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann worked alongside Cr Zabel for many years and said he was an enthusiastic councillor who always held the needs of the community in high regard.

"Cr Zabel was very passionate about his community and always strived to do his best," Cr Lehmann said.

"He devoted 20 years to local government and was involved in various community organisations across the region.

"Cr Zabel will be missed as a councillor but always remembered.

"Our thoughts and well wishes are with his wife Judy and family at this difficult time."

VALE NEIL ZABEL

 Born: January 25, 1946

 Died: December 6, 2012 (aged 66 years)

 Lived in the Somerset region his entire life

 First elected as a local government representative in 1985

 Was chairman of Esk Shire Council from 1988 until 1991

 Has had continued service in local government from 2004

 Was deputy mayor of Somerset Regional Council from 2008 to 2012

 Recognised for 20 years of service to local government in November 2012

 Was a candidate in the last federal election for the seat of Blair


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