Former Bathurst mayor Bruce Bolam dies

BATHURST is mourning the death of prominent businessman and former mayor Bruce Bolam.

The Western Advocate understands Mr Bolam died of a heart attack on Saturday.

Well-known in the business community at Bathurst, Mr Bolam also had a commercial property portfolio at Dubbo for a period.

Mr Bolam arrived in Bathurst with his family on holiday in 1974 and never left.

The family spent their first winter here living in the old caravan park before Mr Bolam went on to become one of the region’s most successful business people.

In a long career as an entrepreneur he created or developed nine diverse types of businesses, including a security business that expanded from one branch to 30 and became the largest privately owned security business in Australia.

He later moved into property development and died one of the largest property owners in Bathurst,

Mr Bolam ran for council in 1984, was elected and became mayor at his first meeting.

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for service to the community of Bathurst.

In 2009 Mr Bolam put six properties in Dubbo’s Macquarie Street on the market as he sought to concentrate on interests closer to home.

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