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Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Sallyanne Atkinson AO

How did Sallyanne Atkinson transform Brisbane into a city that lives along the river?

Sallyanne Atkinson is well known as the only woman to have served Brisbane as Lord Mayor (1985-1991), during a time when men dominated politics. Less known is the story of how her creative thinking and sheer tenacity turned Brisbane from a city that stayed indoors to one that lives and plays along the river. Hear how she helped shape the modern Brisbane we know and love today.

You can listen to the podcast episode below or download the transcript here.

Where I Belong is written and produced on Turrabul and Yaggera land by Wendy Love.
Museum of Brisbane acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land and pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Thanks to Dylan Ransom-Hughes for doing the final mix on this trailer. Special thanks to Louise Martin-Chew. Theme music by Blue Dot Sessions.
Additional audio in this episode is courtesy of Seven News and The State of Queensland, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

About Sallyanne Atkinson AO

SALLYANNE ATKINSON AO has been a leader in political and business life for over four decades. Trained as a journalist, and working mother of five children, Sallyanne became the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane (1985-91). Sallyanne has worked in prestigious international roles representing Australia to the world and is now a distinguished guest speaker, business mentor and a regular media commentator. Sallyanne lives in Brisbane and is Chair of the Museum of Brisbane board.

Sallyanne Atkinson AO. Photo: Russel Shakespeare.

About Wendy Love

WENDY LOVE (host + producer) is a journalist, audio producer, and storyteller who has worked in Australia and the United States. Born in California, Wendy was a reporter and producer for NPR affiliate Houston Public Radio (USA). Her work also aired on American Public Media’s Marketplace. She first came to Australia in 2003 and, in recent years, produced The Art Show for ABC’s Radio National and a blog relating stories of non-profit and social enterprises. Wendy lives in inner Brisbane, the longest place she’s ever called home.

Photo: Wendy Love.

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