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Gordon Bradbery is a husband, father, ordained Church Minister, and now, the current Lord Mayor of Wollongong City on the South East Coast of Australia. Born and raised in a rural town in the state of New South Wales as a child, Gordon moved to the capital city of Sydney at 10 years of age and spent the majority of his teenage years living in a children’s home…a time he personally refers to as “being raised by the school of hard knocks”.

Gordon’s service to the community is vast and sustained.  Throughout his adult life he has consistently advocated for, led and initiated support programs linked to Mental Health, aged care, homelessness and beyond. Aside from his many other accolades and awards, in more recent years, Gordon was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to local community.

Gordon is very much a champion of the people in my eyes, an advocate for community cohesion, connection, harmony and inclusivity.  During his long tenure as a Church minister he (literally) conducted hundreds of marriage ceremonies, my own included! I was immediately intrigued by his passion, sense of humour and willingness to conduct wedding ceremonies outside the four walls of a church. His whole approach seemed contrary to the dogma I had often associated with a traditional church setting…and I liked it, as do many others. In this week's episode, Gordon is with me to share his journey, challenges, experiences and hopes for the future.

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