Former City of Victor Harbor Mayor Scott Schubert passed away - a victim of COVID-19

FAMILY MAN: Scott Schubert with mother, Jenny, wife, Wanniga and son, Angus.
FAMILY MAN: Scott Schubert with mother, Jenny, wife, Wanniga and son, Angus.

A community is mourning with the passing of former City of Victor Harbor Mayor Scott Schubert.

Scott passed away, aged 41-years on September 7, due to contracting the Coronavirus in Jakarta. Scott is survived by wife Wanniga and son Angus, who is 11-years-old and loving Mum, Jenny.

Jenny described Scott as "Perfect". "I am deeply saddened by the loss of Scott, as he was the perfect son, a man who was devoted to his family, passionate about education and dedicated to public service," Jenny said.

Scott was a true local Victor Harbor boy, who grew up to lead the community he loved. He was born at the South Coast District Hospital and went to Victor Harbor Primary and High Schools.

Scott was elected as the youngest ever Mayor of the City of Victor Harbor in 2003 at the age of 24, after serving the previous council term as an elected member.

CEO of the council at the time, Graeme Maxwell, spoke glowingly of the young leader.

"Scott was one of the youngest Mayors to be elected in South Australia and it was ironic that he was serving the community recognised at the time as having the oldest average age of any community in Australia. He was driven by a commitment to his hometown of Victor Harbor and the community," Mr Maxwell said.

"I valued my working relationship and friendship with Scott. One could not help but admire his drive. He confidently approached his community responsibilities, while balancing the heavy community workload with studies. Scott had a strong work ethic and will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences are extended to his family."

Scott was president of the Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club in 2001 and 2002 and after he had presided over the Combined Services Clubs Dinner in 2001, Kym Bartel offered him his first job with law firm, Bartel and Hall.

Scott worked at that law firm from 2002 to 2006 when he resigned as Mayor and moved to his new employment in Jakarta.

ALWAYS LEARNING: Scott Schubert the scholar.

ALWAYS LEARNING: Scott Schubert the scholar.

But it was Scott's thirst for education that laid a successful pathway to so many achievements.

Scott studied all over the world and had degrees in Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Mandarin, MBA at Oxford in the UK, Masters in Global Diplomacy in London, Masters in Laws from London University and was part way through a Masters in Public Administration at the London School of Economics.

He won Defat prize for International Trade Policy in 2003 and project managed the opening of Kidzania in Bangkok in 2013.

Scott served as president of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Indonesia, which he is credited as helping to re-establish. A Mandarin speaking Oxford graduate, Scott was the chief executive of Indonesian Oil and Gas Company and a man determined to improve understanding between the Australian and Indonesian business worlds, including mentoring many young Indonesians studying abroad.

But in Victor Harbor, the town he grew up in, was the place where he made a massive impact with a strong leaning towards public service and a belief that he could contribute positively, which he did.

Scott had a strong belief that Victor Harbor needed to evolve in a planned way to remain competitive with other communities that were also chasing growth, development, tourism, retirement living, community services and the accompanying economic benefits.

With Scott, there was a strong interest in strategic and development planning and policy development and he had a commitment to his own personal growth and self-development.

He was a strong supporter of the establishment in 2004 of the National Sea Change Task Force, now the Australian Coastal Council's Association and served as deputy chair of that organisation and he valued as Mayor, full community engagement in policy planning.

Scott was a community leader, he did not talk about or grizzle on issues, he acted. He was also a loving son, father, husband and friend and will be missed.

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