Freeman of the City honour bestowed on Jeffrey Maybury

Cessnock City Council has honoured the late Jeffrey Maybury as Freeman of the City in a ceremony held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre earlier today.

Cessnock City Council has honoured the late Jeffrey Maybury as Freeman of the City in a ceremony held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre earlier today.

At its meeting on 16 March 2016, Council agreed to posthumously award this special honour to Jeff, for his lifetime of outstanding service to the community.  

Honorary Freeman of the City is the highest acclamation Cessnock City can bestow upon one of its citizens.  

Dating from the thirteenth century, the award is an honour of distinction and carries no privileges but is the means by which an individual is given recognition for an outstanding sense of duty.   

Few Australians carry this prestigious award and Jeff joins the likes of Marie Davies, Myra Hill, Harold Sternbeck AM and Bruce Wilson OAM on the Cessnock Freemen honour roll.  

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent presented Jeff’s family with the award and said Freemen uphold the very highest moral and ethical standards within our community.  

“Freemen walk softly, but with great determination. They are humble, but stand tall and give so much of themselves without seeking fame, fortune or acknowledgement,” Cr Pynsent said.  

“It is an honour and great privilege to acknowledge Jeff today for his lifelong contribution to the Cessnock local government area and our people.”  

Jeff was the longest serving Councillor and had been on Cessnock City Council for 35 years.  

Besides his Council work, he was very active with the St Vincent’s de Paul Society, Weston RSL Sub-Branch, Weston Tidy Towns and many other community-focused projects.  

More information on the Freeman of the City honour roll is available here.

2 June 2016