Community loses one of its champions

THE Clarence Valley has lost a community champion with the death on Saturday of former councillor Olive Boundy.

During her life of service, Mrs Boundy was instrumental in the establishment of the Red Rock Corindi Surf Life Saving Club, was a life member of the Halfway Creek Bushfire Brigade, fought for the development of a skate park at Corindi, was a councillor on the former Ulmarra and Pristine Waters councils for 17 years (including a period as deputy shire president), contested the seat of Clarence for the Australian Labor Party in 1991 and fought for the rights of the disabled, particularly after she lost both her legs after being bitten by a brown snake.

She was also passionate about the provision of library facilities and is credited with being responsible for the establishment of a mobile library service in the Clarence Valley. She was deputy chair of the Country Public Libraries Association.

She had also been a cub mistress and scout mistress.

Former deputy mayor of Grafton City Council Bruce Sahlqvist said his former colleague on the libraries association was quiet about her achievements.

“She was a wonderful person who did a lot more good in this area than people know,” he said.

“Once she decided to fight for something she didn't let go.”

Mr Sahlqvist said Mrs Boundy was a passionate advocate for youth and disabled, particularly after she lost her legs.

He said if the council received a development application for a commercial building, the then Cr Boundy would go on site to make sure if had proper disabled access.

He said her discussions with developers were always constructive, but deliberate.

Mrs Boundy's son Stuart Watson said yesterday he was only just learning the extent of his mother's community action.

“She changed a few things,” he said.

“When she was first elected she stopped councillors going to the hotel for lunch and drinks.

“She'd say 'it's ratepayers' money ... you can't squander it'.

“They started having sandwiches.”

Former fellow councillor on Pristine Waters Council Tony Wade said Mrs Boundy was a fighter.

“No matter what time of day or night, if a ratepayer required assistance, Cr Boundy was there for them,” he said.

Her ashes will be sprinkled in the Red Rock River during the out tide on March 29. There will be a commemoration later at the Halfway Creek fire shed.



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