Community icon recognised through Mandurah council's ‘Local Legends’ award

Maureen Sullivan and Rhys Williams standing outside the City of Mandurah's council chambers. Photo: Holly Sutton.
Maureen Sullivan and Rhys Williams standing outside the City of Mandurah's council chambers. Photo: Holly Sutton.

Long-standing community champion Maureen Sullivan has been presented with the City of Mandurah’s Local Legends award at their Tuesday council meeting. 

The award recognised and celebrated Ms Sullivan’s “outstanding efforts towards making Mandurah a better place”. 

The recently introduced Local Legends award was established to recognise outstanding people who have made a positive, active contribution to the Mandurah community.

Ms Sullivan, the award’s second recipient, was recognised for her dedication to Mandurah and outstanding community service in a range of areas including sport, community development, youth and refuge services.

For many decades, the former Shire of Mandurah councillor has been heavily involved in making the local community stronger and more connected.

Ms Sullivan held one of the first community development roles at the shire, and was instrumental in establishing the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

She is a life member of the Mandurah Netball Association, working tirelessly to boost community netball, and established Mandurah’s women’s refuge.

She is also passionate about helping and caring for young people in the community, and is a past President and Executive Member of Mandurah YouthCARE, delivering chaplains in schools.

Ms Sullivan has been described as passionate, committed and hard working with a great sense of fairness and justice.

Mayor Rhys Williams said it was important to acknowledge extraordinary local people, like Ms Sullivan, who have given so much of their personal and professional lives to help others.

“Maureen is passionate about making our community stronger. From being a Mandurah shire councillor and a strong female leader in the 1980s, to her efforts in fundraising for Mandurah’s first aquatic centre, her tireless efforts are truly inspiring,” he said.

“We’re extremely proud that we have such talented people in our community and it is important that we celebrate our Local Legends’ dedication and achievements – their efforts make our community a better.”

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