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SUE WHELAN OAM ANNOUNCED AS MONARO’S 2018 LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Friday, 9 March 2018
Former Queanbeyan City Councillor Sue Whelan OAM has been today been announced as Monaro’s Woman of the Year for 2018. Member for Monaro John Barilaro presented Mrs Whelan with the award at this morning’s NSW Woman of the Year Awards at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.
“Sue Whelan is one of the Monaro’s most dedicated, passionate and driven people,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Her contributions to the broader Queanbeyan community are endless, with her notable achievements including 33 years of service to local government through her time as a Councillor.
“Sue worked from 1984 until 2016 to ensure Queanbeyan prospered, and it is no coincidence that we have seen our city thrive during this period.
“For ten of her years on Council, Sue served as the Deputy Mayor and chaired various committees, each having a significant impact on our region.
“Sue is passionate about books and reading, which led to her involvement in the NSW Public Libraries Association, for which she was awarded life membership to.
“Sue is an encouraging leader in our community, which is seen in her work for the Australian Local Government Women’s Organisation, on which she held many executive positions with the aim to encourage and support women in local government. Because of her commitment, she was awarded life membership to this organisation also.
“It is clear that Sue Whelan is truly dedicated to every cause that she undertakes and the Monaro is a better place because of her.
“Sue has always seen her role to be one of community representation and she has ensured that Queanbeyan has had a voice in regional development through her role in a number of boards such as the Australian Capital Region Development Council and the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre.
“On top of this, Sue has served on the Queanbeyan YMCA board for 17 years, proving her dedication to grassroots community groups.
Mr Barilaro and Mrs Whelan attended the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate International Women’s Day.
“Statewide award winners, as voted by the public, have been announced at the awards ceremony. To view the full list of award categories and finalists go to www.women.nsw.gov.au.
The NSW Women of the Year Awards program recognises remarkable women across the state who have achieved inspiring things in their careers, in business or in their communities.