Tribute to Councillor Meg Oates

21 September 2016

Community Recognition Statement

Mr ANOULACK CHANTHIVONG (Macquarie Fields) (13:30): I formally recognise and congratulate my former council colleague, much-respected local Labor Party member and Campbelltown community's long-term civic leader Councillor Meg Oates, who, having spent an unbroken term in office for more than 30 years, will break the record and become Campbelltown's longest serving councillor. Meg, being Labor and female, is a fine example of civic leadership for women in our community. Meg's passion to prevent educational disadvantage, provide quality recreational space, foster resident creativity and preserve our local history is well known and much respected. She has never backed down on standing up for our local area. Her reputation, hard work and generosity are well known within the Labor Party and the wider community. Meg has received many community service awards, including those from the Western Sydney University. She is also emeritus mayor. Meg is a strong advocate and tireless worker for our community and a respected civic leader. Meg is also a trusted colleague and a friend. I very much look forward to working with her for many more years.