Sallyanne Atkinson

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Sallyanne Atkinson
AO
Lord Mayor of Brisbane
In office
1985–1991
Preceded by Roy Harvey
Succeeded by Jim Soorley
Personal details
Born (1942-07-23) 23 July 1942 (age 72)
Sydney
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Other political
affiliations
Liberal National Party of Queensland
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Politician, journalist, businessperson, lobbyist
Website www.sallyanneatkinson.com.au

Sallyanne Atkinson AO (born 23 July 1942) is an Australian politician, former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and former chairman of ABC Learning.[1]

She is Special Representative for the Queensland Government in South-East Asia.[2]

She is Queensland Chairman of Barton Deakin, a government relations and advisory firm.

Early life[edit]

Atkinson was born in Sydney.[3] She completed her secondary education at St Hilda's School on Queensland's Gold Coast, as well as Bishop's College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prior to being elected Lord Mayor, Atkinson held a variety of jobs, including as a journalist for the Brisbane Telegraph from 1960 to 1962, the Sydney Telegraph from 1962 to 1963, and the Courier Mail from 1963 to 1964. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland in 1967. She also wrote a number of books, including Sallyanne Atkinson's Brisbane Guide which was released in 1985.[2]

While living in Edinburgh, Scotland, she joined the Conservative Party.[3] Upon her return to Australia, she was elected to the Brisbane City Council, first as a Liberal Party councillor, and then as Lord Mayor.

Lord Mayor of Brisbane[edit]

Sallyanne Atkinson was elected to the Lord Mayoralty in 1985, after defeating the ALP candidate Roy Harvey. She became the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane, as well as the first from the Liberal Party.

She was eventually defeated in 1991 in a narrow upset election win by the virtually unknown Jim Soorley, who received preferences from the Greens candidate Drew Hutton.

Subsequent career[edit]

After leaving the position as Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Atkinson was Australia's Senior Trade Commissioner to France from 1994–1997. Her role was to promote Australian exports and encourage investment in Australia. She was also Australia's representative to the International Chamber of Commerce. While a representative of the Australian Olympic Committee, she supported the Olympic bids of many cities around Australia, including the Brisbane bid for the 1992 Summer Olympics and the successful Sydney 2000 Olympics Bid. In France she was the European Representative for the Sydney Olympic Committee.[4] She was subsequently made the Deputy Mayor of the athletes' village.

Atkinson was awarded Australian Catholic University's (ACU National) highest honour, Doctor of the University (honoris causa), at the Brisbane Campus graduation ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2 April 2004. ACU National Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sheehan AO, said the award recognises Ms Atkinson's extraordinary contribution to Australia's international reputation as a location for sporting events, and her contribution to government and the community. "Through her many years of generous service, in particular her work on the Olympic bids for Brisbane and Sydney and as Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Ms Atkinson has contributed to Australia's eminent status in world sport. In 1993 Ms Atkinson was created an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to local government and the community, and in 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to local government and to business. Professor Peter Sheehan AO stated during an ACU Graduation Address in 2004, "Sallyanne Atkinson is a most distinguished Australian, an eminent Queenslander, and has brought great credit to the city of Brisbane."[5]

Sallyanne Atkinson is currently chairman in Queensland for Barton Deakin Government Relations, providing strategic advice to businesses and not-for-profits on working with government.[6]

Honours and awards[edit]

Atkinson has been honoured by Rotary International, is an Honorary Fellow for the Australian Institute of Management, and is an honorary Life Member of the National Trust. She has served as founding member of the board of the United Nations' International Council for Local Environment Initiatives, a role in which she chaired the first meeting at the UN in New York.

Preceded by
Roy Harvey
Lord Mayor of Brisbane
1985–1991
Succeeded by
Jim Soorley

References[edit]

  1. ^ The biggest losers (and a few winners, too), Sydney Morning Herald, 3 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b UQ Alumni, Sallyanne Atkinson AO, former Brisbane Lord Mayor
  3. ^ a b Sallyanne Atkinson, Our House, ninemsn.com.au
  4. ^ Speaker Profile of Sallyanne Atkinson AO at The Celebrity Speakers Bureau
  5. ^ ACU Graduation Address, Professor Peter Sheehan AO, 2 April 2004.
  6. ^ http://www.bartondeakin.com.au/barton-deakins-people/sallyanne-atkinson-ao/
  7. ^ "Sallyanne Atkinson AO". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sallyanne Atkinson". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sallyanne Atkinson". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 5 January 2012.