FAMILY & BEGINNINGS
John Baden Lees was born on October 11,1944
His parents were Dilston Orchardists
Their orchards,Lees Orchards have become a landmark on
the East Tamar
John went to Launceston High School and matriculated in 1961.
After successfully completing a business management course he went on to run the family business
His wife Mary often supported John in his community work
With Mary he is survived by his 3 sons,Patrick,David and James.
HIS COUNCIL LIFE
John was first elected to the Launceston City Council in 1988.
He was re-elected in 1991,1994 and 1999.
His Deputy Mayor period was from 1993 -1996.
In October 1996 he was elected Mayor.
He was re-elected Mayor April 1999,and again
in October 2000.
In 2000 Launceston citizens were able to elect their Mayor for the first time and he achieved a resounding endorsement from the community.
A PERSONAL REFLECTION
In his position as Mayor,John could be a target or a friend
of those seeking new ways of doing business in Launceston.
I was pleased to have been able to engage in dialogue with him on a range of issues from the public gallery.
John was patient with , me as he was with other Launceston citizens.
At times some questioners including myself went to the limits of the Local Government Act in an attempt to obtain answers.
He knew when to be firm and when to be understanding with citizens who are not so well versed in council procedure.
I like to think that sometimes my questions were able to provide some further insight into the3 needs and desires of the community.
There have been many tributes from both his fellow aldermen and from throughout Tasmania.
FROM THE CHAMBER
bringing people together - had the ability to communicate with all people - a believer in mediation - a fighter for Launceston,knew what he wanted to achieve the for the city -dedicated to the arts - compassionate -readily approachable - a visionary - had a presence - could speak off the cuff from the heart - had a good understanding of community issues - a people person - very welcoming and inclusive - had drive and dedication for his city.
FROM THE COMMUNITY
The Peoples's Mayor - earned respect -
straight with politicians -helped defined look of
Launceston - commonsense approach - caught the imagination of the people - dedicated to duty.
"His vision for Launceston was a better place for it's citizens"