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Sue Smith

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Sue Smith

Awarded for service to Government

Born: 24 January 1951

Entered on roll: 2015


'Community life led to public office.'

Having served Tasmania in both local government and as a Member of the Legislative Council Sue Smith has been described as an inspiration for women aspiring to gain key positions in public office.

Sue was educated at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary and Secondary School in Devonport, where she was head prefect. She was also involved in community groups and was President of the Young Christian Students Youth Group.

Marriage to a farmer, having two children and becoming involved in the local community at Abbotsham were the catalysts for Sue to stand for local council.

She was first elected as a Councillor to the Ulverstone Municipal Council in 1981 and was elected Warden of the Ulverstone Council in 1992. The Council amalgamations of 1992 resulted in Sue becoming the first female Mayor of the Central Coast Council, a position she held until 1998. During this time, she was also the President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) obtaining a Life Membership of this organisation.

In 1997, Sue was elected to the Legislative Council as the Independent Member for Leven (later renamed Montgomery), and was re-elected in 2002 and 2007. In 2008, she became the first female President of the Legislative Council. While serving as a Member of the Legislative Council, Sue contributed to a number sessional and select committees.

Sue retired from the Legislative Council in 2013 and joined the RACT Board of Directors in 2014. Sue is also an independent director of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry and a member of the local government audit and code of conduct panels.

Sue continues to be Patron of the Ulverstone Senior Citizens Club and Ulverstone Repertory Society.

Her leadership and influence as a member of local government and the Legislative Council is widely acknowledged.

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