Flags in NSW are being flown at half-mast to honour Cobar Mayor Lilliane Brady who is being farewelled with a state funeral in her central western town.
Ms Brady, the town’s beloved and feisty matriarch, was the state’s longest serving female mayor when she died earlier this month at the age of 90.
She was renowned for her no-nonsense approach and dogged fundraising for those in her 4000 strong community, as well as a contempt for bureaucracy during her nearly 23 years as mayor.
She sat on the local council for 40 years and planned to retire in September.
Councillor Brady was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to local government and a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to local government and to the community of Cobar.
Last year she was awarded the Minister for Local Government Award for her commitment to increasing participation of women in local government.
Cr Brady moved to Cobar with her husband and three children in the 1970s, and had earned a spot on the Shire Council by 1974.
She is also the founder and namesake of a local nursing home.
Her funeral service will take place at Drummond park in Cobar on Friday.