Well known weather reader passes away

SEFTON born retired media personality Mike Bailey OAM, who became a household name delivering the nightly weather report for the ABC and Channel 7 over a lengthy career, has died after a short illness.

He was 71.
Bailey was educated at De La Salle College, Bankstown (1959-1965) and later De La Salle College, Ashfield (1966-67).
Mayor Khal Asfour said: “He spent his childhood in Sefton and remained a prominent figure in the community over the years, attending many council events and served as Bankstown Council’s Australia Day Ambassador in 2007.”
Mike retired from journalism in 2007 to try his hand at politics, when he contested the seat of North Sydney for Labor.
But his bid to unseat Joe Hockey, who was then the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, was unsuccessful.
In 2008, he was back on the screen, presenting weather for Channel 9 until 2009.
Having been a lifelong supporter of the Western Suburbs Magpies, Bailey became director and chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club (Wests Ashfield Leagues) in 2011.
He was also a lecturer in radio journalism at Macleay College in Sydney, as well as being a noted MC.
“Mike was a much loved local, and on behalf of the council and the community, I would like to express our condolences to his wife Helena, as well as his family and friends,” the Mayor said.