THE LORD Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore is a guest in Tamworth for this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday.
Ms Moore will be the guest speaker at an event organised by Zonta, the international women’s movement that aims to advance the status of women worldwide.
Ms Moore is married with two children and has lived in Redfern since the mid 70s.
Her community involvement began shortly after moving into Redfern.
She said the suburb was neglected, creating an alien environment for a young mother with infant children. The parks had barbed wire fences and asphalt instead of grass, the heavy wooden swings and playground equipment were often broken, and heavy traffic made the streets unsafe.
She sought her neighbours’ support for a petition to curb the flow of traffic down Bourke St in Redfern. This led to the formation of baby-sitting and vegetable co-ops and a community group, East Redfern Community Concern in 1977 (becoming Redfern Community Concern 1980), which met for many years in the Moore home.
From there Ms Moore successfully sought election as an alderman for the Redfern ward of South Sydney Council in September, 1980.
As a councillor, State MP and Lord Mayor, she said she had sought and taken action on sustainable development, better residential and urban amenity, high quality urban design and increased open space.
She has consistently advocated for improved public transport, action to protect our environment and address climate change, open and accountable government, human rights and social justice.
Zonta president Vicki Lane said they were delighted that such a dynamic woman as Ms Clover Moore had accepted their invitation.
The event will also include the presentation of the Woman of Achievement in Business and Woman of Achievement in the Community Awards to recognise the role of women in the region.
The Zonta function starts from 6pm at Tamworth Community Centre. Tickets are $25 each and are on sale at New England Mutual, 365 Peel St (next to Blooms the Chemist) and The Coffee Club in ShoppingWorld, or by contacting Nicole on 6769 6408. Tickets will not be available at the door.