A SELF-proclaimed media tart, Darryl Gerrity was determined that Tasmania's remote West Coast would get the attention it deserved.
In his 13 years as mayor, Cr Gerrity became known for speaking his mind and challenging authority _ whether it was on mining, environmental protesters, cloud seeding, employment, health services, tourism or infrastructure.
Born at Queenstown in 1943, Cr Gerrity said in a 2007 Local Government of Tasmania publication that he left the West Coast town for Mount Lyell ``1.2 seconds'' after finishing an electrical apprenticeship.
After some time in Melbourne, where he ran a heating business, he returned to the West Coast with his wife Robyn in 1986, when his eldest son Sam was five months old.
His twins, Kelly and Sean, were born not long after _ making them the first babies born at Strahan for 40 years.
He began work as TasPorts' port and services officer at Strahan, working as a ``wharfie'' for at least 20 years.
In 2000 Cr Gerrity was elected West Coast Mayor after seven years as a councillor, telling LGAT in 2007 he had wanted to help people and situations, right wrongs, and bring innovation to the region.
He became an outspoken champion for better government services and infrastructure, arguing that the West Coast generated about 40 per cent of Tasmania's wealth and was therefore entitled to a better return.
In 2005, he threatened legal action over Hydro Tasmania's cloud seeding program, arguing it artificially increased rainfall in the region and affected tourism, schools and outdoor events.
Cr Gerrity was instrumental in the West Coast's move from the Lyons electorate to the more marginal electorate of Braddon in 2009, which saw the region receive more political attention and support.
He campaigned for more mines and economic projects to be allowed in the Tarkine and opposed fly-in, fly-out workers.
He also helped secure the future of the Abt railway after a spirited fight earlier this year, saving 29 jobs.
Earlier this month, he told The Mercury there was still much more to be done, sharing hopes for a pilot of a tax zone allowance for West Coast workers, better health services, more regional tourism funding, roadworks funding, and removing cost barriers to Bass Strait transport.