|Type of person||Individual|
|Date of birth||1945|
|Place of birth||Gawler|
|Principal occupation|| Financial Advisor, Councillor
I was born in Gawler, which has been my home-town for over 69 years; married to Bev for over 46 years, and we have 2 married sons and 2 grandchildren.
Educated at Gawler Primary and Gawler High School, I matriculated in 1960. In 1961, I became a staff member of AMP Society in Adelaide and enjoyed many years as a Department Head. In 1980, I chose to become self-employed to conduct my own AMP Agency in Gawler and the Barossa Valley; which developed into Financial Planning and Financial Advising. I was proud to be classified as an AMP Senior Agent. After 39 years with AMP, I retired at age 55 in January 2000 to become a self-funded retiree.
Since May 2000, I have actively participated for over 14 years as Gawler Councillor [Deputy Mayor 2006/2011 and 2013/2014]. I was subsequently appointed Town of Gawler Board member for the Gawler River Flood Mitigation Authority and have participated at 76 of their 78 meetings to; 1. plan and implement the construction of the Bruce Eastick North Para Flood Mitigation Dam; 2. encourage the State Government to institute flood mitigation measures for the South Para Reservoir; and 3. welcome the creation of new flood mapping data to progress the addressing of future flood mitigation measures for the Gawler River.
I have chaired the meetings of the Gawler Disability Action Group and happily progressed their concerns and desires to make our Town footpaths, roads and parking facilities safer for those having physical disabilities. I have assisted in the formulation of Council’s Dog and Cat Management Plan, along with Council’s planning to address many of the issues relating to Gawler’s ageing population.
Over the last 14 1/2 years, I have introduced material to urge Council’s action towards Graffiti control, Feral Pigeon control and the installation of CCTV cameras. I encouraged the Local Government Association to produce the “Handbook for Council Members” which outlines and explains “Meeting Procedures” and was pleased to be on its production Committee.
Recently I have announced my retirement from Town of Gawler Council effective November 2014.
With an increasing passion toward historical and environmental issues (including the effective utilization of native plant varieties), I also value close family ties and friendships, playing Contract Bridge, oil painting, compiling photographic history of friends and family and Gawler landmarks, travel, National Trust Volunteering, improving our local Anglican Church gardens [especially establishing and improving the Native Garden at Gawler South's Transfiguration Church] and, since 2000, being Curator of the St George’s Anglican Cemetery Gawler; Est 1861 in Cheek Avenue. Participating in some of the activities of the Gawler Veteran Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club has always been enjoyable.
In 2011, I founded the Gawler History Team Inc to further the gathering, preserving and compiling of the photographic history of Gawler.
in 2014, Gawler History Team was awarded Community Group of the Year 2014.
In January 2015, I proudly accepted the award of Town of Gawler 2015 Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day breakfast.
In January 2017, I proudly accepted the "Gawler Apex Citizen of the Year" award at the Australia Day Breakfast.
Brian Thom is the Chairman of the Gawler History Team Incorporated.
Please click here to view photos of Brian Thom.
Brian produced 18 pages of early life history "Memories of Gawler 1945 to 1959".
Go To "Things" and click on "Memories of Gawler 1945 to 1959".
- Brian Thom