Monday, May 27, 2024

Tweed councillor remembered as passionate community advocate

Former Tweed Shire Councillor Barbara Carroll is being remembered as a passionate advocate for community and cultural development in the Tweed and inclusiveness for all, regardless of ability.

Ms Carroll, who passed away on Sunday, served as a Tweed Shire Councillor for 10 years from 1995 to 2005.

She had a particular interest and active participation in cultural development, communication, disability and ageing issues, community consultation and governance.

Former long-standing Tweed Mayor, Max Boyd served with Ms Carroll throughout her decade as a Tweed Shire Councillor.

“Of all the 60 to 70 councillors I served with in my time at Tweed Shire Council, Barbara would rank in the top five,” Mr Boyd said.

“She had a lot of presence within Council and when she spoke, she commandeered attention and what she said was always very well thought through.

“I was absolutely deeply saddened to hear of her passing. The Tweed has lost a person of great standing – a person to be admired,” he said.

In 2016, Murwillumbah Community College Inc. received three awards at the Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards. Former Tweed Shire Councillor Barbara Carroll (centre, in red) was the manager of the registered training organisation. She is pictured with Murwillumbah Community College representatives and other award winners.

Following her time at Council, Ms Carroll continued to give her expertise as a community member of Council’s Community Cultural Development Advisory Committee and the Communications Committee.

Ms Carroll was the current Manager of Murwillumbah Community College Inc, a registered training organisation, a position she held for 10 years. In 2016, the organisation she led was honoured with three awards in the Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards.

She had also served as Executive Officer of the Tweed Valley Respite Service, a position she held from 2001 until her retirement from the service in 2011.

In addition, she had an active career as a consultant for community organisations, in the fields of children, women and youth, community neighbourhood centres and disability and aged care services.

Current Councillor Warren Polglase also served with Ms Carroll for her 10 years as a Councillor.

“She was one of the best Councillors in the Tweed Shire for quite a while – she was committed, reasonable and did a great job,” Cr Polglase said.

Current Councillor Ron Cooper served with Ms Carroll in the 1995-1999 elected Council.

“Barbara was the community voice in Council – a voice that was knowledgeable, kind-hearted, tolerant and astute. She was a great mediator – a real value on the floor of Council,” Cr Cooper said.

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