Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

PEN­RITH east ward in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Jackie Greenow has de­cided not to con­test the up­com­ing coun­cil elec­tion, end­ing a record-set­ting ca­reer.

She is the long­est-serv­ing fe­male coun­cil­lor in Pen­rith’s his­tory, but de­cided the time was right to step down and spend more time with her fam­ily.

“I come to each elec­tion af­ter I talk to my fam­ily,” she said.

“When this elec­tion came up, they said ‘mum if you want to do it we’ll sup­port you, as­sist you and do ev­ery­thing we can to get be­hind you’, but I thought, ‘no, this is my time for re­tire­ment’.”

Mrs Greenow de­scribed how hard it was to be guided by her full cal­en­dar when it came to spend­ing time with her three grand­chil­dren.

She said she would hold on to many high­lights from her time in coun­cil, in­clud­ing the devel­op­ment of St Marys Cor­ner in Mamre Rd, which has blos­somed into a strong cul­tural cen­tre.

She also sin­gled out the ad­vances of the Ac­cess Com­mit­tee, which has been in­te­grated into the coun­cil cul­ture and is now a full com­mit­tee of coun­cil.

Ms Greenow was first elected to coun­cil in 1995, and af­ter 21 years ser­vice she is the long­est-serv­ing fe­male coun­cil­lor. She was also one of four fe­male may­ors of Pen­rith.

Re­cently, coun­cil or­gan­ised to have two pedes­trian cross­ing lights — in­clud­ing in Queen St at Charles Hack­ett Drive — changed to a fe­male sil­hou­ette to hon­our her.

Other east ward coun­cil­lors Prue Car and Mau­rice Girotto also are mov­ing on.

Pic­ture: David Swift

Jackie Greenow with the fe­male pedes­trian cross­ing light in Queen St, St Marys, cre­ated in her hon­our.

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