A minute’s silence was held at the first MidCoast Council meeting for 2022 in honour of Jay Davis.
A condolence motion was put forward by Cr Peter Howard, and seconded by Cr Jeremy Miller to honour the life of Jay, a proud Biripi man, Gathang language holder and leader in the MidCoast community.
In moving the condolence motion, Cr Howard paid tribute to the impact Jay had on his community, his people and the MidCoast region.
“Given his significant contributions to the MidCoast area, particularly in revitalising the Gathang language, it is appropriate that his life’s work be formally acknowledged by Council,” Cr Howard said.
“Jay was instrumental in the naming of MidCoast Council’s new administration and customer service centre building in Gathang. He worked with staff and the elected Council to name the building Yalawanyi Ganya.
“This was a significant demonstration of Council’s support for the re-emergence of Gathang in our community and was supported and made possible through Jay’s efforts.”
In seconding the motion, Cr Miller paid tribute to Jay’s wisdom, enthusiasm and cultural leadership.
“It is so important to see the language of the Biripi and Worimi people, a language that was banned and quashed by previous generations, it is so important that Gathang is present and prominent in our community and that is now happening in large part thanks to Jay.”
Following the unanimous support of Councillors, Mayor Claire Pontin led the meeting in a minute’s silence in Jay’s honour.