George Nicolaidis Obituary, Death – George Nicolaidis, a former mayor of Blacktown, passed away this morning. During his 32-year tenure, George was elected to the council nine times (1965-83; 1987-95, and 1999-2004). He was Mayor of Blacktown from 1974 to 1976, while it was still managed by a Municipal Council. George was granted an OAM in 2013 in appreciation of his community service and involvement in both local government and the community, notably with historical groups. George was born in Egypt to Greek parents and immigrated to Australia in 1949. He was one of the first postwar immigrants elected to local government in New South Wales.
George was a part of Blacktown’s massive population boom’s first wave, and he rapidly became involved in the struggle for more resources. It’s amazing to think that even in this day and age, we’re still struggling to keep up with population growth and vying for scarce resources. He was involved in and watched the construction of a large amount of new infrastructure in Blacktown. He devoted a substantial portion of his time to community service. George and my father were both Council Representatives for Ward 4 from 1977 to 1983, and they were great friends and sparring partners at that time.
Labor was in control throughout those years, but George (as a member of the opposition) would question, raise issues, and hold Labor accountable for their activities. I attended a few council meetings as a child and young adult, as well as other public meetings and activities. Controversial issues include the elimination of rural rate structures and the demand for community infrastructure, which must include, among other things, roads, bridges, and playing fields.
I have always thought that the council that served from 1977 to 1987 was Blacktown’s first transformational council, since it created the vision that is still applicable today. His wife, Ping, and son Theo will go on in his absence. Vale George Nicolaidis OAM, you served as an Alderman and Councillor for the Municipality and City of Blacktown, and you continued to give back to the community after leaving public office. We appreciate your service in public office and wish you well in your retirement. May you find serenity.