13/01/2022 - 13:59

Pickard dead at 48

13/01/2022 - 13:59

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Troy Pickard, who served as mayor of Joondalup, led both WA and Australia’s top local government bodies and owned the Bucking Bull chain of fast-food restaurants in WA, has passed away aged 48.

Pickard dead at 48
Troy Pickard in 2019 outside of one of his Bucking Bull restaurants. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Troy Pickard, who served as mayor of Joondalup, led both WA and Australia’s top local government bodies and owned the Bucking Bull chain of fast-food restaurants in WA, has passed away aged 48.

Mr Pickard was elected mayor of the City of Joondalup in 2006 and was instrumental in the original proposal for Ocean Reef Marina, supported significant high-rise development in the city centre, and was an early proponent of attracting startups and IT businesses to Perth’s northernmost reaches.

He later served as president of the WA Local Government Association from 2010 to 2015, a tenure which coincided with failed attempts by the state government to amalgamate councils throughout metropolitan Perth.

Prior to his career in local government, Mr Pickard was an area sales manager for Metso Minerals' Asia-Pacific operations, for which he won his first of two 40under40 awards.

The last time Mr Pickard spoke with Business News was in 2019, when he discussed some of the difficulties affecting the state's hospital and retail sector.

Albert Jacob, who succeeded Mr Pickard as Joondalup's mayor in 2017, said the city was deeply saddened to learn of Mr Pickard's passing.

"Troy led our city with distinction for more than a decade, overseeing a period of remarkable growth and development and helping return stability and good governance to the council," he said.

"History will reflect well on Troy’s many achievements, including the Ocean Reef Marina project, which has come to fruition through his tireless efforts.

"He was passionate about making the City of Joondalup a better place for our community."

89.7fm Northern Suburbs Radio chair Sue Myc said she was completely devastated by the news of Mr Pickard's passing.

"I first met Troy days after he became mayor of Joondalup the then youngest mayor to be elected," Ms Myc said.

"Throughout the years up until he left this role in 2017 we worked closely and had a great relationship.

"He was a huge supporter of our community radio station and throughout all those years had monthly chats on our show regarding the city news.

"In that time I found him to be passionate, hardworking and committed to the cause of the community and through his work at the city implemented so many programmes and initiatives.

"He believed in what he did and was driven by his desire to succeed.

"May Troy be always remembered for the great effort and work he did within the City of Joondalup and beyond."

Family shocked

On Friday, Mr Pickard's family released a statement.

"We are shocked and saddened by Troy’s passing," they said.

"We are humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support offered.

"It is clear Troy has had a real impact on the community and has left behind a lasting legacy.

"Troy’s death is being investigated by the Coroner.

"Funeral details will be released at a later date."

 

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