Council recognises distinguished service of the late Audrey McKenzie
Published on 29 July 2021
Snowy Valleys Council Mayor James Hayes and Councillors offer condolences to family of the late Audrey McKenzie.
“On behalf of Council and the Snowy Valleys’ community, I wish to extend my sincere sympathies and deepest condolences to the family of former Tumut Councillor Audrey McKenzie.”
“As a Tumut Shire Councillor Audrey made considerable contributions to our region, serving her community for 24 years, just short of a quarter of a century,” said Cr Hayes.
Deputy Mayor John Larter also paid his respects saying, “Audrey was tenacious, never afraid to take on a difficult issue or personality in pursuit of common sense. A wonderful contributor to public life over many years. She always gave you a very honest appraisal.”
Audrey McKenzie first served as a Councillor on Tumut Shire Council from September 1987 for the term ending in 1991.
She then went on to serve a further three consecutive terms, 1991 to 1995; 1995 to 1999, during which time she was Deputy Mayor; and 1999 to 2003.
Audrey stepped back up to support the Tumut region as councillor for a fifth term from 2004 to 2008 and again for her sixth and final term from 2008 to 2012.
During those years Audrey would have participated in a multitude of debates and decisions along with her fellow Councillors, and it is understood that she was pleased to have been involved in the establishment of the Visy Mill in Tumut and the Murray Glen Retirement Village.
In 2001 Audrey was awarded an Australian Government Centenary Medal in recognition of her service to the community, and during her fifth term achieved an Outstanding Service Award from Local Government NSW in recognition of her 20 years of service as a councillor.
Audrey also held many interests outside of Council including being an active member of the Country Women’s Association and she continued to remain interested in her community right up until her passing.
“The Snowy Valleys Council recognises Audrey McKenzie’s years of service in local government and her enduring interest in the community and we send our sympathies to her family at this sad time,” said Cr Hayes.