Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM comes to Wollongong City Council from a strong background in the community. He has been Chaplain to NSW Police, Rural Fire Service, RSL Padre and Administrator of Wollongong Mission of the Uniting Church and Minister of the Church on the Mall from 1996-2011. For his services to the community he received a Medal [OAM] of the Order of Australia in the General Division.
On 26 January 2018 Cr Bradbery was made a Member [AM] in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to local government, to the community of the Illawarra, to the mining industry, and to the Uniting Church in Australia.
For 15 years he also served as Chairperson of Lifeline South Coast, was a board member of Unanderra Care Services (aged care service) and served as an advocate for homeless and mental health services.
He has been Lord Mayor since September 2011 and Chair of the Southern Council Group and the present Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation of Council from 2011.
He has supported individuals and groups in business and entrepreneurial initiatives in Wollongong City.