• Tony Bosworth

Hawkesbury flags at half mast for NSW’s longest serving female Mayor

If you driven or walked past Hawkesbury Council’s offices today you might have wondered why the three flags are at half-mast.

They are flying in honour of a great local councillor and mayor.

No, not one of Hawkesbury’s but to pay respects to one of Australia’s finest – Councillor Lilliane Brady OAM who served her Cobar community for no less than 45 years.

At Hawkesbury Council’s last regular meeting, Deputy Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett brought forward a motion about Cllr Brady’s passing, that councillors write a letter to her family and the people of Cobar expressing their condolences and acknowledging her amazing contribution to local government over the past five decades.

Cllr Brady’s State Funeral Service is being held today in Cobar. She was born in 1930 and passed away at the age of 91.

“Cllr Brady was a strong advocate for her community and was first elected to the Cobar Shire Council in 1976, after moving from Sydney to Cobar in the late 1960s,” the Deputy Mayor said.

She served as Mayor for almost 23 years, making her NSW’s longest ever-serving female mayor.

In 2001, Cllr Brady was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to local government.

She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for services to local government and to the community of Cobar.

In 2018, Cllr Brady was recognised with a Local Government NSW Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2020 she was awarded the Minister for Local Government Award for her commitment to increasing participation of women in local government.

“You may have seen Cllr Brady featuring on a recent episode of Backroads on the ABC where her passion for her community and her commitment to improve their access to facilities and services was extremely evident,” said Cllr Lyons-Buckett.

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