The passing of Coral McLean, known to many as the ‘Mother of Mt Druitt’ has been recognised in the Federal Parliament this week.
Federal Members for Chifley and Greenway, Ed Husic and Michelle Rowland acknowledged the enormous contribution that Coral made to the lives of thousands in Mt Druitt.
As a Director of the Holy Family Education Centre, Coral became a safety net for many people who took part in her literacy and education courses.
She also helped to establish the Mt Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre, to ensure that those without financial means were not without a voice in our legal system.
Mr Husic said, “Coral McLean has touched the lives of so many in our community – but her efforts need to be commemorated at a national level in our Federal Parliament.”
Coral was one of the founders of the Mt Druitt Reconciliation Group and helped to pioneer the annual Reconciliation Walk and Gathering.
“Her success rested on treating everyone with respect and love, and a real care for the community. She touched the lives of so many because ultimately she was true to them and herself.”
“Coral McLean was a remarkable community leader and a great Australian woman”, Ms Rowland said in her address to Parliament.
“She devoted her life to the service of people who Father Paul [Hanna] so accurately describes as the wounded in our society.”
Coral passed away on the 21st February after a battle with cancer and was buried this week on the Central Coast where she had lived the past few years.
“While today she is committed to the earth, her legacy must be celebrated, remembered and built upon.” Mr Husic said.
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