Councillor remembered as community champion

Susan Salter (Supplied) 273564_01

Ash Bolt

The Borough of Queenscliffe is mourning the loss of former mayor and long-time councillor Susan Salter last week.

Cr Salter passed away on Wednesday night after recently stepping down from her role due to illness.

The Borough released a statement last week, acknowledging Cr Salter’s commitment to the municipality over the past 10 years.

“First elected to council in 2012, Cr Salter’s near-decade of service was marked by a devotion to her community and to the people who live here,” the statement said.

“Renowned for her accessibility, Cr Salter could often be found discussing issues in depth with local residents and confidently supporting their interests on council matters.

“Cr Salter was also a capable leader, using her extensive local knowledge to inform and improve council’s work in the community.

“While during her term as mayor (2017-2018) Cr Salter oversaw the successful development of major projects like the upgrade to the Queenscliff Recreational Reserve, she maintained a focus on ensuring even the smallest of council’s services were delivering outcomes for our residents, including our aged care clients.

“While her passion for many subjects was remarkable, Cr Salter’s particular interest in trees, gardens and parks saw her lead renewal works on the Borough’s Avenue of Honour and influence a number of other landscaping projects.

“From the grand old trees she worked to preserve to the newest green shoots of planting she encouraged, Cr Salter’s legacy will be in the natural spaces she nurtured that our community will enjoy for years to come.

“Cr Salter will be deeply missed by her fellow councillors, council officers, and our entire community. Our thoughts go to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Bellarine MP Lisa Neville took to social media to remember Cr Salter as a “true community champion”.

“I am shocked and saddened to learn of Susan’s death,” she wrote on Facebook.

“As a councillor and mayor, Sue was a strong, passionate advocate, a person who worked tirelessly for Queenscliff and its ratepayers.

“Queenscliff has lost a true community champion, whose legacy will never be forgotten.”