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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
Active RetireesTM | 47 Vision House Creative Studios Councillor Susan Wynne worked in marketing, advertising and fashion before becoming Mayor of Woollahra Council. I got involved with the Watson's Bay Tea Gardens when it looked like they were going to lose their lease. We were working with the local Councillors and I was really interested in the process. In 2008 I was elected as a Vaucluse Ward Councillor. Then in 2011 my peers elected me as mayor. That was probably my biggest achievement. What I love most is that I get to see all the amazing community-minded people. I've always had the belief that one of council's biggest roles is to create a sense of community. We should put money into parks, playgrounds, libraries and social events to foster that spirit. A lot has happened during my time on council. We've received more funding for suicide prevention, we've upgraded parks and sportsgrounds, and I'm able to raise awareness for charities like White Ribbon Day and The Black Dog Institute. I think women in politics have to work harder to get taken seriously, and get comments about their clothing and the way they look. [Having women on council] has its benefts, because we take a different approach. It's tough juggling my career with my family. I have two daughters and they love it, they come to a lot of the activities. I think it's a great way to teach my daughters about working and giving back to the community. That's such an important message for me. It's really hard, it's relentless, but you are giving something back. It is a real honour to be in council. We're here for the good of the community. Leaving the agendas, egos and politics at the door and working together, we’ll get a good result. •• Every morning at 7:30 we would stand in front of the bulldozers to prevent the workmen from entering the park. I think women in politics have to work harder to get taken seriously. ! Edna Wilde OAM still enjoys the local park she helped save from becoming a rubbish dump. @ Councillor Susan Wynne believes women in politics are judged on their appearance more often than men.
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