Wollondilly Council to name landmark after late Wilton RFS captain Peter Shearer

Late firefighting stalwart Peter Shearer at his beloved Wilton fire brigade. Picture: Simon Bennett
Late firefighting stalwart Peter Shearer at his beloved Wilton fire brigade. Picture: Simon Bennett

"People like Peter are the glue that hold this community together."

That's the view of Wollondilly deputy mayor Matt Gould after councillors passed a motion to name a landmark in late Wilton Rural Fire Brigade captain Peter Shearer's honour.

Mr Shearer spent more than 50 years protecting his local community. He died in June, aged 64.

Councillor Blair Briggs raised a motion at Monday's council meeting for a "suitable landmark" to be named after Mr Shearer, who spent more than 50 years protecting his local community.

Cr Briggs asked for options to be explored and a report to be prepared for council.

The motion was passed unanimously.

Cr Briggs said property managers Bradcorp had offered to name a development in Mr Shearer's honour.

"But I think we as a council should name something after Peter," he said.

Cr Briggs said landmark examples could include a local park or thoroughfare, possibly in the Wilton area.

"Peter gave phenomenal service to his community," Cr Briggs said. "I would like to see his name somewhere so his efforts won't be forgotten. I want to see Peter's legacy continued."

Mr Shearer joined the Wilton Rural Fire Brigade in 1968. He moved through the brigade's ranks from firefighter to deputy captain, senior deputy captain and then captain.

Mr Shearer's dedication to firefighting was recognised when he was awarded a Meritorious Australian Fire Service Medal during last year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Cr Briggs, who is deputy captain at Lakesland RFS, said he enjoyed a long-term association with Mr Shearer.

"I became captain at Picton RFS one year after Peter became Wilton's captain," he said.

"I worked a lot with Peter over 20 years... we fought together in many battles."

Cr Briggs also raised a motion at Monday's meeting to name the cycle path which skirted Picton in honour of the late John Corbett.

The well-known Picton businessman died in a light plane crash near Braidwood earlier this month. He was 58.

The motion was supported unanimously.