Page 1531 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022
Long before coming to Australia with her husband in the 1980s, Rosemary had already cemented her place as an advocate and leader amongst her community in England. She was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1936. She grew up with her adopted parents, Alfred and Lucy, her three World War II veteran brothers, and a sister. She met David at her first job as a clerk at the local aircraft factory. He was a young apprentice assembling fighter aircraft. They were married in March 1959.
Rosemary worked with children for much of her career and was commended by teachers for the kindness and manners instilled in her students. She was then elected to her local council and displayed her talent as a community servant by organising significant events, raising charity money and meeting with dignitaries, including Princess Margaret and Princess Anne.
Later, Rosemary and David moved to Australia, specifically to Tuggeranong. More recently, they were residents in Gowrie and, even more recently, at LDK in Greenway. It was when they moved to Australia to be with family that Rosemary’s greatest service began. She joined the Tuggeranong Community Council, and she was with the Tuggeranong Community Council in one capacity or another for nearly 20 years.
In this role she communicated between the residents of Tuggeranong and the ACT government. She achieved progress regarding the Tuggeranong swimming pool, the town centre police station and heritage of homestead land. She also assisted with lobbying for Hyperdome extensions—because it will always be the Hyperdome to people who have lived in Canberra for a long time, the development of Lanyon Marketplace and Gleneagles. Nineteen years is a long time to spend on one endeavour, and, with Tuggeranong Community Council, we should all acknowledge that contribution.
In 2001 Rosemary Lissimore was awarded a well-deserved Centenary Medal for her lifelong service and commitment to community and local representation. We now all live with the fruits of much of her labour in terms of some of the developments we see around the Tuggeranong town centre and in Lanyon.
On behalf of the Tuggeranong community, I would like to extend my very best wishes and condolences to Rosemary’s loved ones, her family and friends, and especially her husband, David, at this sad time of her passing, and to thank them for allowing her to be of such service to the community of Canberra, and Tuggeranong specifically.
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.51): I rise briefly tonight to congratulate the Holt micro-forest on very successful community planting days over this past weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which saw the most beautiful coming together of the community—from right across Canberra but of course from Belconnen and the Holt community.