David Backhouse quits GM's role in passing of an era

David Backhouse quits role as GM of Strathfield

Strathfield witnessed the passing of an era tonight after veteran general manager David Backhouse resigned.

An extraordinary meeting, mostly held behind closed doors,  heard the 30-year community servant had tendered his quite.

He has been on leave since the death of his mother and brother in law.

The meeting also heard that Neale Redman, corporate affairs director, has also resigned. David Hazaldene, in charge of planning, has also gone.

The three senior managers represents the changing of the guard at Strathfield Council.

The move comes ahead of the government’s plans to merge Strathfield with Burwood and Canada Bay.

Mr Robert Ball, former General Manager of Hornsby and Waverley, is believed to be taking over the general manager’s role.

The last full council meeting in February heard from Homebush resident Marlene Doran that more than 500 residents had signed a petition in support of Mr Backhouse remaining in his job.

Cr Daniel Bott, former mayor, said: "One of hardest working people I have ever met has left the Strathfield community. This is incredibly sad.

“On a personal level, he was of great assistance to me during my tenure as Mayor and I will always be thankful for that." 

Cr Helen McLucas added: "David gave 30 years of distinguished service to Strathfield residents. He always put the residents first and worked tirelessly to instil that culture at Council.

"David is a man of dignity and treated everyone with deep respect. Even those that took the job he loved away from him. Yes, he was pushed out by a group of Councillors."


How very very sad, Our Mayor and L I beral Councillors should hang their heads in shame. They should not have forced this to happen. Shame! Shame!

He did more good for staff and community than the mugs in power now will ever know or even go close to replicating

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