Mave Richardson AM PSM JP
Social Worker Mave Richardson was the Director of the Taree Branch of the Marriage Guidance Council of NSW until the closure of the Taree Branch in 1977. With trained, accredited counsellors and strong volunteer support, she then established the Manning Counselling Service, the forerunner to what later evolved to become Manning Support Services Inc. [MSS].
In 1977 Mave was appointed Community Development Officer for four adjoining local government councils, prior to amalgamation to form Greater Taree City Council (GTCC) in 1981. This was a groundbreaking position at a time when “Rates Roads, and Rubbish” were clear priorities. She then became the Manager, Community Services until her retirement in 2004. Subsequently, Mave served two terms as an elected representative of GTCC (2004 – 2012) and through these years she maintained a strong consultancy contact with MSS.
Her work encompassed initiating, facilitating, and developing a diverse range of community facilities and services, locally and elsewhere. Today, Mave continues to provide voluntary consultancy services and works with many not-for-profit organizations. She remains committed to the principles of equity and social justice for all.
A Justice of the Peace for nearly 40 years, Mave has been recognized for her consistent leadership and her many professional community development skills, as well as her contribution to the local community. This recognition includes:
- Awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for: “Outstanding contributions to the development of community services through local government” (1999)
- Becoming the first non-Aboriginal person to be awarded Life Associate Membership of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network (2001)
- Being made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for: “Services to the community of the Manning Valley and its environs through contributions to local government and a range of arts, aged care, youth and Aboriginal community development programs” (2012)
- Named as “1 in 100 Women of Influence” in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, representing Australia’s local and regional communities (2016)
- Listed in the annual publication of “Who’s Who” of NSW/Australian Women (2006 – 2017)