Vale Lilliane Brady OAM

Published on 08 February 2021


It is with great sadness that Council notes the passing of NSW’s longest-serving female Mayor, Cobar Shire’s Lilliane Brady OAM.

Cr Brady passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Cobar hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

She had held the position of Mayor in Cobar for more than two decades in total, served as a local councillor for 40 years, and was awarded LGNSW’s Lifetime Achievement Award for services to local government in 2018.

Mayor Darriea Turley AM said Cr Brady had formed friendships with numerous past and present Broken Hill councillors, and would be sadly missed.

"Lilliane was an inspirational leader in the Western Division and could always be relied upon for help or guidance with any Local Government matter," said Mayor Turley.

"She was tireless in her ongoing efforts to secure Government funding for Cobar, and her catchphrase of 'show me the money' was well known in Government circles.

"She had a well-earned reputation as a fearless and forthright leader for her community whom she loved dearly.

"On behalf of Broken Hill City Council I wish to extend deepest sympathy to Lilliane’s family, friends, and the wider Cobar community."

Cr Brady campaigned for her community right up until her death, seeking a new hospital, better infrastructure, and a fairer return of the mining royalties that flow from the town to the NSW Office of State Revenue.