Councillor Stephen Fisher Steps Aside
City of Mitcham community leaders have paid tribute to Councillor Stephen Fisher who has resigned from Council after 29 years of service due to ill health.
Cr Fisher was elected to Gault ward, which covers Colonel Light Gardens, Lower Mitcham, Clapham and Westbourne Park, in 1991 on a campaign to protect Mitcham’s housing from ‘over-development’.
He served as Councillor from 1991 to 1997, Alderman from 1995 to 2000, Deputy Mayor from 1997-2000 and served on a range of committees including the Planning Committee, Audit Committee and Development Assessment Panel.
Over the years he has championed many causes including planning and heritage, the environment and social justice.
He had a significant impact on shaping our City, particularly through the protection of Colonel Light Gardens as an historic model garden suburb on the SA State Heritage Register.
Former Councillor Peter Johnson, who served with Stephen for two terms during the 1990s, said as President of ‘Save Our Suburbs – Adelaide’, Cr Fisher was a tireless advocate for the preservation of larger block sizes and protecting the character of Mitcham’s suburbs.
“Steve’s dedication and commitment to the City of Mitcham will be sorely missed and I wish him a full and swift recovery.”
Save Our Suburbs Committee Member Tom Matthews said in public life Stephen was ‘absolutely fearless” and “acted without malice”. “He would ask a very good but pointed question that demanded a straight answer that the speaker most probably did not want to answer,” he said. “It was always a pleasure to have Stephen at a meeting or to enjoy his company socially. I hope he continues to recover enabling him to enjoy himself.”
Cr Fisher is being lovingly supported by his wife Dianne and daughters Fiona, Laura and Vanessa, including their partners and his and Dianne’s grandchildren.