Walter H MitchellPrint Page Print this page


Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown
The Wal Mitchell Wharf precinct recognises the lifetime services to the people of Louth, Bourke and western New South Wales of Walter Mitchell, former Mayor and Councillor with Bourke Shire Council.

Walter Mitchell was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to Local Government and as an advocate for social welfare. 


Address:Sturt Street & Mitchell Lane, Wal Mitchell Wharf Precinct, Bourke, 2840
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.087965
Long: 145.935571
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 26th January, 2012
Front Inscription

        In Recognition Of 
Walter H. Mitchell, AM
For His Passionate Lifetime Services To The People Of Louth, Bourke And Western New South Wales
Dedicated On Australia Day
Andrew Lewis
Mayor Of The Council Of The Shire Of Bourke
26th January 2012

Throughout Wally`s entire career, he has been the strongest of advocates for the people of Western New South Wales along with the Bourke and Louth communities.  Of particular note, his achievements and work have included:
- Being the Foundation Chair and National President of the Isolated Children`s Parents Association.  This Association was formed in Bourke in 1971, under the vision of Wal and a small number of other local people and is now nationally recognised with numerous active branches cross Australia

- Being a Councillor with Bourke Shire Council continuously from 1974 to 2012
- Leading the Bourke Shire Council as Shire President from 1987 - 1993 and Mayor from 1993 to 1999
- Serving as President of the NSW Shires Association for three years from 1993 to 1995
- Representing the Bourke community on the Namoi Valley County Council, Barwon Darling Total Catchment Management Committee and the Barwon Darling Alliance
- Being a Board Member of the Bourke Rural Counselling Service for over 19 years

- Being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia, or AM, in 1999 for his service to local government as an advocate for social welfare, employment creation, water management anad education programs
- Being awarded a Centenary Medal for his service to the community
- Receiving the Inland Tourism Champions Award as well as being a long term Board Member and Chairman of the Back O`Bourke Exhibition Centre

There is probably not a family in the Bourke District who has not been helped, in some way by Wally Mitchell AM and it is very appropriate that we honour him in this special and long lasting way.

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au