Saddened by loss of city great

Stephen Hite on the West Beach boardwalk

Stephen Hite on the West Beach boardwalk

Burnie City Council is today in mourning after hearing the news that former employee Stephen Hite had sadly passed away.

Stephen became an employee at Burnie City Council in 1996 and worked devotedly for almost 11 years as a host of Council’s initiatives including the administration of a number of projects, the overseeing of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre, as well as many major sporting and cultural events.

The formation of Burnie Sports and Events occurred in 2007 in which Stephen was appointed the role of CEO.

General Manager of Burnie City Council and close friend of Stephen Hite Paul Arnold said that Stephen’s passing would be felt by so many who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

“Stephen knew so many people from many different projects he so passionately worked on. Wherever he went he made great lifelong friendships. He was a very relational guy.

“He was a true champion of Burnie and the initiator of many of the dreams and visions for this great city. So many events and functions won’t be the same without him. His passion for Burnie was second to none. In fact it was contagious.

“Nothing was too much trouble for him and his love of his role at Burnie Sports and Events was legendary. His legacy will live on for many years. He was a very humble person and loved to pass on any accolades to the team. “There is no ‘I’ in team”, was a favourite saying.

“Activities such as the Targa Burnie stopover, the highly acclaimed Burnie Ten footrace, City Link, the Burnie Gift Vouchers, and Cruise Ship visitations have all had a special Stephen Hite mark on them.

“Stephen was instrumental in attracting cruise ships into Burnie and delivering a cruise ship program that is the envy of many ports in Australia.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with Stephen’s wife Christine and daughters Daneika and Samara,” he said.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728