BUNDABERG is in mourning following the death of former mayor and Member for Bundaberg Nita Cunningham. 

The much-loved local identity died this morning. 

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was saddened to hear of Ms Cunningham's death.

"Nita devoted her working life to serving her local community and our state," she said.

Ms Cunningham served in State Parliament as the Member for Bundaberg from 1998 to 2006.

She had previously served her community as Mayor of Bundaberg from 1991 to 1998 and prior to that as Deputy Mayor and Councillor from 1988.

"Her council experience was reflected in the work she later undertook as Minister for Local Government and Planning from November 2000 to February 2004," Ms Palaszczuk said.  

"I have spoken with members of Nita's family and passed on my condolences and the thoughts of all members of the Labor Party in Queensland."

Nita Cunningham and Grace Johnston host proceedings at the Bundaberg Pensioners League Annual General Meeting in 2010.
Nita Cunningham and Grace Johnston host proceedings at the Bundaberg Pensioners League Annual General Meeting in 2010.

Labor candidate for the seat of Bundaberg, Leanne Donaldson, took to her Facebook account to pay tribute to the former MP. 

"My sincere condolences go to Nita Cunninghams's family and friends on the sad news of her passing this morning," she said.

"Nita has always been a friend and mentor to me and and she is a great loss to Queensland and to the Bundaberg community.

"RIP to wonderful Labor woman who always gave so much."

Childers Labor party branch Vice President Ray Dilger with former Member for Bundaberg 1998-2006 Nita Cunningham at the Childers Labor branch's 80th in 2005.
Childers Labor party branch Vice President Ray Dilger with former Member for Bundaberg 1998-2006 Nita Cunningham at the Childers Labor branch's 80th in 2005. Scott Thompson

Ms Cunningham resigned from politics in 2006 after suffering from severe skin cancer. 

She died just a few days short of her 76th birthday. 

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