Passing of former Bingara Councillor

December 12, 2016

Former Bingara Shire Councillor, Charles Robert Quelch died on Sunday 27th November 2016.

Bingara-Narrabri road opening[Happy days: Former Gwydir Shire Mayor, Bob Tremain, Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, Charlie Quelch, Former Members for New England, Tony Windsor and Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay, and former Narrabri Mayor, Robyn Faber.]

Mr. Quelch was a resident of the Frank Whiddon Nursing Home at Narrabri where he retired to after many years at his property, “Paleroo” Killarney Gap Road.Charlie Quelch was initially elected to the Bingara Shire Council in 1959, following the death of Councillor Lex Cameron.

He served from 1959 to 1971, 1974 to 1989, and from 1991 to 2004.

During this time, he served as Deputy Shire President (Mayor) from 1968 to 1971, and again from 1987 to 1989.

“Charlie and my father, Jack, were very good friends and I have a vague recollection of Charlie from those years when they both worked tirelessly for the benefit of the Yallaroi and Bingara communities,” Gwydir Shire Mayor, John Coulton, said.

Mr. Quelch was 97 years old when he died and it was a lifetime punctuated with community service.