Vale Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis

Memorial service

A memorial service was held in Centennial Hall at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday 18 February 2016 to commemorate Robyn's achievements in public sector management, higher education, community development, and advocacy for the people of Sydney as Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

With a gift for community engagement built on mutual respect, Robyn was able to forge effective coalitions of residents, businesses, community groups and government interests to serve the needs of local communities.

Her transformative approach was particularly successful in Glebe, where she lived for more than 35 years. Robyn's legacy was celebrated at the memorial service, as was her life-long commitment to social justice, equity and equality of opportunity. 

Robyn Kemmis

Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis passed away at the end of December 2015 while staying with family in Queensland.

Her untimely passing is an enormous loss for the City of Sydney and our communities. Robyn was a dedicated and skilled elected representative, and a tremendously effective and committed councillor who earned the respect and love of our residential, business and education communities.

Councillor, Deputy Lord Mayor and Committee Chair, Robyn has been a major contributor to the delivery of Sustainable Sydney 2030.

Robyn effectively engaged all our communities in local government decisions that affected their lives, with a particular interest in supporting our local village economies and programs for young people.

She had been a long-standing advocate for social justice and equal opportunity, especially for women’s rights and for all our social housing communities, especially in Glebe and Millers Point.

Robyn was a City Councillor for 8 years, from March 2004 to September 2008 and again since September 2012.  She had been Deputy Lord Mayor since September 2012 and was also Deputy Chair of Council’s Corporate, Finance, Properties and Tenders Committee.

Robyn was a Glebe resident for over 35 years and an active member of the local community. She was passionate about preserving the area’s heritage, character and community.

Councillor Robyn Kemmis, BA (UNE), MA (Essex), HonDUniv (UTS), was an experienced administrator who was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Prior to joining UTS, Robyn held senior management positions within the NSW public service. She has studied and worked at the University of New England and the University of Essex as a researcher and tutor, and has worked in publishing and tourism in London.

In 2002 Robyn was awarded an honorary doctorate by UTS in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the university’s mission. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in business leadership.

Condolence Books are in Town Hall (8am–6pm) and Town Hall House (9am–5pm) along with Glebe Library (9am–6pm) and Glebe Town Hall (during event hours) for those who wish to pay respects to Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis. 

Last updated: Monday, 22 February 2016