5 August 2020

Sue Salthouse to be remembered with State memorial service

| Michael Weaver
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Sue Salthouse

In recognition of her standing in the ACT community, Sue Salthouse will be remembered with a State Memorial Service. Photo: File.

A state memorial service will be held next week to celebrate the life of disability advocate Sue Salthouse.

The service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, 11 August at Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia.

Only invited registered guests may attend in person, but a live stream of the service will be available via the ACT Government.

Ms Salthouse, who was named the 2020 ACT Senior Australian of the Year, has been recognised as a fierce and passionate advocate for people with a disability and in particular, women with a disability.

Tributes for Ms Salthouse have continued to flow since her death on 20 July following an accident on Commonwealth Avenue where her wheelchair-accessible motorcycle was hit by a utility.

ACT Policing last week renewed its call for witnesses following the collision.

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A tribute page on the ACT Government website said Ms Salthouse’s life was one of service and contribution to her community.

“She worked for greater recognition of the enormous contribution that women with a disability make to the workplace and in leadership roles,” the page states.

“Sue was a proud member of the disability sector and a huge part of the rich fabric and diversity of Australian society. She devoted the past 25 years of her life to redress the balance and break down barriers for participation for people with disability and showed an unwavering commitment to promoting an inclusive Canberra community.

“She was authentic, honest and faithful, to the cause and to her friends and family, and she was a champion, for ideas and for people, and someone who stepped in front to take on leadership and speak truth to power.

“Sue leaves behind a huge void in our community but her legacy will continue through the people she has touched.”

The family of Ms Salthouse welcomes messages of condolence in Sue’s memory and the people are being encouraged to leave their personal message in the online condolence book.

Ms Salthouse’s family has also asked that in lieu of flowers, Canberrans should consider donating to Women With Disabilities Australia.

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