Issued Monday 26 June 2017
Councillors and staff at the City of Casey are deeply mourning the loss of former Mayor and Councillor Mick Morland.
First elected in 1992 to the City of Berwick, Mick served six terms as a Councillor, including on the inaugural City of Casey Council elected in March 1997. He was elected by his peers to the position of Mayor of the City of Casey twice – in 2001/02 and again in 2014/15.
Flags are flying at half-mast at Council buildings, with a minute silence to be observed at the Special Council Meeting tomorrow night.
Mayor of City of Casey Councillor Sam Aziz said the community has lost a very respected, passionate and dedicated volunteer, who devoted decades to making his community and the City a better place.
“Last year Mick was honoured with an OAM for his service to local government and his community, truly exemplifying the work and dedication that Mick gave over the past 25 years,” said the Mayor.
“Mick was a kind hearted and compassionate person, he had great pride for the City and worked hard to deliver countless outcomes for our residents.
“Of notable achievement was his dedication to providing an aquatic and leisure facility in Narre Warren. It was truly fitting that Mick was Mayor in 2001 and opened Casey Arc. It was a very proud moment for him.
“In 2015, Mick was again Mayor when we began construction of Bunjil Place, and enthusiastically accepted the $10 million funding cheque from the Federal Government towards the project.
“As a Council we will work with his family to thoughtfully consider how to honour his memory,” said the Mayor.
“He was devoted to his wife Kay, his children and his grandchildren, and our thoughts are with them as they grieve.”
City of Casey Chief Executive Officer Mike Tyler said Mick was involved in many aspects of community life, which was evident in his dedication as not only a Councillor but also through his work with the Berwick Rotary Club and other community groups and sports clubs.
“Mick was so proud of Casey, and his support for the staff and work we did was evident in every dealing we had with him”, said Mr. Tyler.
“While he will be missed by so many, his legacy will live on in all he achieved for the City and its residents”.