Former St Marys and Londonderry MP Jim Anderson has been recognised with a special honour by Blacktown City Council.
Mr Anderson suffered a fatal heart attack on the morning of the 2003 State Election, where he was re-contesting the seat of Londonderry for Labor.
Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale has presented the ‘Key to the City’ to Mr Anderson’s wife, Kathleen Anderson in the presence of family members, current and former MPs and Councillors.
“We recognise Jim Anderson for his dedicated service to, and leadership of, our City over many years,” Mr Bleasdale said.
Jim Anderson was born in Belfast in 1943, and moved to Sydney, aged 23, with Kathleen just two weeks after they were married.
Mr Anderson was an enthusiastic member of his local community and was very active in the sporting areas of soccer, tennis, squash, golf and athletics.
He was first elected to Blacktown Council in 1987 and was elected Mayor in 1991.
He was elected to NSW Parliament in 1995 as the Member for Saint Marys and in 1999 he moved to the seat of Londonderry.
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