Jim’s Wetlands

NAMESAKE: The late Jim Pollock poses in front of the Wetlands in 2015.

NAMESAKE: The late Jim Pollock poses in front of the Wetlands in 2015.

The Jim Pollock Whyalla Wetlands will be officially opened at a special ceremony on Saturday.

The Member for Frome and Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government, Geoff Brock will unveil a plaque in honour of former Whyalla Mayor Jim Pollock, pictured, during the ceremony.

The plaque has been placed on a 14-tonne iron ore boulder as an iconic landmark to signify the naming of the wetlands.

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes and Whyalla Deputy Mayor Jenny Barnes will also speak at the ceremony. Cr Barnes will be deputising for Mayor Lyn Breuer who is currently on leave.

Jim was born in Ireland and immigrated to South Australia where he went to school in Woomera before starting a motor mechanic apprenticeship at the age of 16.

Moving to Whyalla he ran a deli, worked in insurance and then owned a tyre business.

He was elected to Council in 1997 before rising to Deputy Mayor and then serving as Mayor from 2003 to 2016 - the year he sadly passed away.

Jim was a much-loved figure in the Whyalla community. He was a popular civic leader who always had the city of Whyalla and its people at heart.

Not only was he revered in Whyalla and surrounding regions, he was also held in high regard at the Local Government Association level and by the State governments of the time.

Deputy Mayor Barnes said the ceremony will be a moving time for many people, including herself after serving under Jim as a council employee and then with him as a councillor.

“Jim loved Whyalla and loved the community,” Cr Barnes said.

“I think he would love, albeit very modestly, the fact he will be further remembered for this beautiful place in Whyalla.

“The wetlands is a place that represents so many of the things Jim wanted for Whyalla, good facilities, beautiful attractions and wonderful places for the whole community to enjoy.

“Even the 14-tonne lump of iron ore that carries a special plaque in Jim’s honour is entirely appropriate. Jim was, indeed, like a rock for Whyalla with a heart that probably weighed in around the 14-tonne mark.”

The public is invited to come along to the ceremony starting at 11.30am on Saturday, February 10 at the wetlands on the corner of Playford Avenue and Broadbent Terrace.