Council is saddened by the passing of its former Mayor, Councillor Deborah Hutchens who had served on Council since 2012.
Having been a Longueville resident for over 30 years and an active member of local organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Deborah became a Councillor in 2012 representing Central Ward.
During her time on Council Deborah was involved with a range of new initiatives including International Women's Day and Lane Cove Night Out events, supporting the Hold My Hand initiative and establishing the Lane Cove Festival by the River which is enjoyed by thousands of locals each November.
During the first Festival by the River, Deborah opened the new Tambourine Bay Picnic Area on the foreshore which helped to provide an alternate use for the previous baths which had been closed. The original baths were built by locals following WW2 and it was important to Deborah that locals who had a strong connection to the original baths were part of the opening event, encouraging them to share stories and anecdotes of this piece of local history.
Deborah was Mayor from 2015 – 2017 and during this time was responsible for one of Council's most significant milestones in recent history – the signing of the contract to build The Canopy. This visionary project was officially opened in June this year providing the community with brand new open space, playgrounds, a 500 space car park, retail and entertainment space. (Deborah is pictured right at the signing of the contract to construct The Canopy, then known as The Rosenthal Project)
During her tenure as Mayor, Council opened the new Scout Hall and Sports Amenities building at Blackman Park, the new Waterview Community Centre and Hughes Park as well as the Lane Cove Community Hub.
Deborah had a strong history of volunteer and representative roles with a number of Council and community organisations. This included Lane Cove Historical Society, Lane Cove Art Society, Longueville Tennis Club, Longueville Sporting Club, Lane Cove Retirement Units (Board Member) and Sydney Community Services (Director).
A spokesperson for Council has said "Lane Cove was fortunate to have Deborah at the helm as both Councillor and as Mayor. Deborah was a pleasure to work with and was always respectful of the range of views that a single project could bring – her patience and calm demeanour helped lead the way as we navigated the best outcome. Council and the community are most grateful for Deborah's commitment to Lane Cove, her legacy will live on in a range of projects that came to fruition thanks to Deb".
Deborah was a current member of Council at the time of her passing in November 2020.
Vale Deborah Hutchens, a respected Councillor, Mayor and member of the Lane Cove community.