Former Member for Gosford dies aged 90

Former Member for Gosford, and a former Gosford mayor, Mr Malcolm Brooks has died at the age of 90 on June 19.
Born on June 16, 1930, in Gosford, Mr Brooks grew up on his parents’ citrus farm at Springfield before buying Regal Motors in Gosford together with his father, and embarking on a career in the automotive industry.
It was issues relating to that industry which led him to join the Liberal Party and eventually into long periods of public service in the State Parliament and on the former Gosford Shire Council and Gosford City Council.
He married wife Tricia in October, 1954, and they had three sons and eventually five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Central Coast deputy mayor Cr Jane Smith said she was impressed by his genuine concern that future development was compatible with the area and the manner in which he was fair, listened to all points of view and weighed up the merits of the argument.
“Malcolm was a passionate advocate for our Coastal Open Space System lands and their protection,” she said.
Cr Chris Holstein said he knew Mr Brooks for more than 30 years.
“His priority was first to family, second to community and third to the Liberal Party,” Cr Holstein said.
“He was always respectful and will be remembered for the way he conducted himself.”
Central Coast Council’s meeting on June 22 began with a minute’s silence in honour of Mr Brooks.

Central Coast Council meeting, 22 June 2020
Media statement, 24 Jun 2020
Jane Smith, Central Coast Council