/ 08 February 2021

Vale Lilliane Brady

She might not be internationally renowned like the great actor Christopher Plummer (aka Captain Von Trapp from the Sound of Music) who died on Friday at 91yo. But the passing of Lilliane Brady at 90yo is worthy of attention. She was NSW’s longest-serving female mayor and a representation of what so many country towns have at their core – strong women who don’t put up with any rubbish. Her town was Cobar in NSW’s central west where she was mayor for almost 23 of her 38 years as a councillor, and she was known for her fearless pursuit of funding. In the 90s, state minister Carl Scully saw her at a local government conference and complimented her on what she was wearing. She famously fired back: “I’m here for finance, not romance.” As it happens, Brady featured on ABC TV’s Back Roads last week. Host Heather Ewart said she was “a joy to share a VB with”.

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