Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Country A[euro][approximately]icon' Leaves Behind Legacies

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Country A[euro][approximately]icon' Leaves Behind Legacies

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Byline: Jennie Dell Reporter

The aunofficial mayor of Bentleya, Reg Hartley, who died this week aged 90, made a lifestyle out of serving his community in many different ways a as the instigator of the Bentley Art Prize, as a councillor on Tomki and later Richmond Valley councils, as a family man and a hard worker.

Local historian Helen Trustum, now organiser of the Art Prize, describes Reg as an aicona.

aIn its first year, 1985, the event brought in 70 entries and now there are more than 700. It's a great tribute to him that something he instigated became so big,a Ms Trustum said.

Much loved in the local community, Reg was a familiar sight as he walked his beloved dog, Matey, through Bentley every day.

Jim Hartley, a retired schoolteacher, is one of Reg and Phyllis Hartley's family of four sons and a daughter.

aDad did much more than just instigate the Art Prize,a Jim Hartley told The Northern Star.

aHe received awards for his service to local government. …

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