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Heggie, Maria

Cabramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Community advocate, Local government councillor and Political candidate


A long term local government councillor and a seasoned campaigner for her party, Maria Heggie was the Liberal party candidate for Cabramatta in 1984, 1988 and 1991. She was Alderman for Fairfield City Council in 1980-2004 and Mayor from 1987-1988.


A lifelong resident of Cabramatta, Maria Heggie was elected to Fairfield City Council in 1980 and was prominent in many local campaigns such as those opposing the building of a toxic waste plant in the area, and the siting of a hotel next to the Greenfield Park High School. She was Chairperson of the Fairfield Drug Action Team in 1998 and a member of the Council's Reconciliation Strategy Committee. In 2005, she was presented with a Local Government Outstanding Service Award for 24 years of service to Fairfield Council. She is married to David, and they have two sons.

Sources used to compile this entry: Decker, Dianne, Women in Australian Parliament and Local Government: An updated history 1975-1992, Australian Local Government Women's Association, Canberra, 1992; Ephemera on NSW State and local elections, Box 6, Mitchell Library collection, State Library of NSW, Sydney; Fairfield Advance 6 July 2005.

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