LONGEST-SERVING FEMALE COUNCILLOR TAKES LEAVE
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.
Jackie Greenow with the female pedestrian crossing light in Queen St, St Marys, created in her honour.