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Died: 12 June 2018
Entered on roll: 2005
Born in New Norfolk, Mary Binks was educated at the St Brigid Convent at New Norfolk and St Mary’s College in Hobart. She married in 1958 and had four children, a son and three daughters.
Mary worked as a Librarian at the CSIRO in Hobart for five years before moving to the University of Tasmania Library, where she worked for three years.
Mary was the inaugural President of the Devonport Branch of the National Council of Women in 1983, and has been a member ever since.
Mary was elected to the Devonport Council in 1989 and served two years as Deputy Mayor and four years as Mayor. She was a member of the Cradle Coast Authority for two years. She was a member and State Convenor of the Tasmanian Women’s Consultative Council and is a Past Vice President of the Tasmanian Local Government Association. She was President and Office Bearer of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, as well as a Life Member.
Mary was a member of the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board, the Tasmanian Heritage Council, the Local Government Review Board, and the advisory board for the North West Rural Palliative Care Project set up by the Division of General Practice of the North West of Tasmania.
During 1994-95, Mary chaired the committee, which produced the Working it Out Report dealing with the issues for young homosexual people living in rural areas. The outcomes of the committee’s report were sought by many rural communities throughout Australia.
Other community involvements have included the State President of the Catholic Women’s League (1980s), Executive Officer of the State Penguin Club and a member for five years, inaugural member of the Devonport Police and Citizens Youth Club, pensioner groups, and vocational education and training. Mary also contributed to the development of the Tasmanian Plan for Positive Ageing and was a keynote speaker at the ‘Power of Positive Ageing’ Forum in 2003.