Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today paid tribute to Bruce McIntosh OAM, a former Shoalhaven Shire President and local Berry dairy farmer, who has sadly passed away.
Mr Ward said that Mr McIntosh was a man of great influence and leaves behind a glowing legacy in the Shoalhaven.
“Bruce was a very good man – he was a well-known and respected local identity in Berry.
“For the past 46 years, thousands of local kids have been chased by emus, fed the kangaroos, played in the caves, been stung by the stinging tree and slid down the giant slippery dip at Nowra’s Animal Park.
“Now known as the Shoalhaven Zoo, the Nowra Riverside Animal Park opened in 1972 and was the brainchild of Bruce McIntosh.
“Bruce served on Shoalhaven Council for many years and was a former Shire President. He also received an OAM on Australia Day in 1980 for his service to our community.
Mr McIntosh is survived by his wife Nora and their six children – Jan, Lindy, Sally, Kathy, Sue and son Rob who currently manages the Woodside Park dairy farm in Berry.