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Awarded for service to government
Born: 20 January 1945 - South Australia
Died: 31 January 2017
Entered on roll: 2017
“Unflinching support for local causes”
Deirdre Flint was elected to the Central Highlands Council in 1996 and was Mayor from 2002 until resigning due to ill-health in 2016.
Deirdre paved the way for other women to be leaders in their local communities by selflessly volunteering her support and attending many community events and commemorations over the years. She involved herself in all three levels of government in a variety of ways and was a strong supporter of regional councils.
Her most prominent role was during her time as Mayor. Deirdre was at the forefront of a joint effort between the Brighton, Derwent Valley, Southern Midlands and Central Highlands Council to instigate greater cooperation and promotion of the broader region.
In 2010, Deirdre was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to the community of the Central Highlands and in 2016 was the recipient of the Outstanding Commitment and Service to Local Government Award from the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT). Mayor Flint was a long serving member of LGAT’s General Management Committee, including vice-president from 2010-2012.
Some of Dierdre’s achievements in council included independent living units built for aged residents, the establishment of permanent medical services in Bothwell and Ouse and the sealing of roads between the Poatina Highway and Miena. Persistent pressure from the Council resulted in ABC Radio emergency alerts becoming available to isolated rural communities, through a commitment from the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeals Distribution Committee.
Deirdre was active in her community and played leading roles in various organisations including the Hamilton Agricultural Show, Country Women’s Association, Southern Lyons Women’s Group, Tasmanian Women’s Committee, Federal Women’s Committee, Red Cross, Launceston Chamber of Commerce and the Premier’s Local Government Council.
Also a member of the Liberal Party, Deirdre served at both the state and federal level with great distinction, including as Federal Women’s Council President from 1999 – 2004.
Deirdre was an outstanding role model for Tasmanian women throughout her career.
Photo courtesy the Mercury