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ALBURY’S first town planner has been remembered as a trailblazer who introduced a new level of professionalism to the council’s approach to development.
Terry Pearce died at the age of 69 last Saturday after having been Albury’s town planner from 1974 to 1984 before operating his own consultancy business.
Former Albury mayor Patricia Gould, who was elected to the council in 1974, said Mr Pearce brought a new level of expertise to the city.
“Town planning before that wasn’t as professional, there weren’t the restrictions,” Cr Gould said.
She said with the Albury-Wodonga Growth Centre project in bloom, Mr Pearce had a key role.
“He really did a good job because it was two cities coming together and there was a lot of interference by government departments,” Cr Gould said.
“He had a quiet nature and I never saw him get cranky."
Former Albury Council chief executive Les Tomich, who did not work alongside Mr Pearce but had professional dealings with him through planning issues, said “his knowledge of Albury’s history was invaluable to me in doing the job”.
After studying in England and securing a diploma in transportation and engineering, Mr Pearce returned to Papua New Guinea for six months before shifting to Albury.
Mr Pearce’s work with the council saw him involved in planning for the internal freeway with the reservation of land and encouraging roundabouts rather than traffic lights.
After leaving council, Mr Pearce set up an office in Wyse Street and his clients included property magnate Tom Pearsall who he assisted with works related to the Boomerang Hotel and the Centrepoint and West End Plaza shopping centres.
A funeral for Mr Pearce was held yesterday.
He is survived by his former wife Hazel, current partner Denise Stapleton and children Sandi, Brenton, Heather and Lisa and several grandchildren.