2018 Media Releases

New Deputy Mayor Elected

25 September 2018


Councillor Judith Rutherford is Willoughby City Council’s new Deputy Mayor, elected unopposed at the Council meeting on 24 September 2018.

With a strong background in community service to the arts and music therapy, Councillor Rutherford was nominated by outgoing Deputy Mayor Councillor Hugh Eriksson and Councillor Brendon Zhu.

Representing the Middle Harbour Ward, Councillor Rutherford was first elected to Willoughby City Council in 1995 and has previously served as Deputy Mayor from 1997-1998.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney congratulated Councillor Rutherford on her new role.

“Councillor Rutherford is a distinguished Councillor who has always had the best interests of the community in mind. She has previously served as Deputy Mayor and I know she will carry out her duties again with integrity and enthusiasm,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

Councillor Rutherford established the first Neighbourhood Watch Group in Willoughby, re-activated the Castle Cove Progress Association and was secretary for many years. Further to this, Councillor Rutherford was involved in forming the Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations. She was the first President of that group.

In 2000 she received a Community Service Award from the then Premier of NSW for Outstanding Service to the Community. In 2017 she received a Special Achievement Award for her work in local government and the wider community. The selection panel saw hers as a stand-out nomination from women across local government in NSW.

Councillor Rutherford is a Governor of the Foundation of the Art Gallery of NSW and Deputy Chair of The Asian Institute of Asian Culture and Visual Arts.  In 2007 the Powerhouse Museum gave her a Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contribution to the life of the Museum.  She is a previous National President of the Asian Arts Society of Australia – a position she held for 10 years.  Councillor Rutherford was a Founding Director and former Chair of the Board of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia.  She worked tirelessly to further this work and help those in need.  In 2006, she was nominee for NSW Woman of the Year.

In 2010 she was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours List for Services to Local Government, Clinical Music Therapy and Asian Art and Culture. 

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