Statement from the Mayor on the passing of the Queen

Published on 09 September 2022

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On behalf of Council I would like to convey our deepest condolences to His Majesty King Charles III, the Royal Family and everyone in our community and beyond who are mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her passing marks the end of a distinguished life, devoted to service, duty, family and faith.

Most of us have lived through a time where we’ve known only the Queen as Monarch. Throughout her reign she showed a strong affection for Australia, visiting 16 times.

Her reign spanned a period of rapid and at times tumultuous societal and technological change but throughout, she was a constant and reassuring presence. Over this time she brought to bear all that was strong and unifying in her role and the institution she represented, while displaying an impressive capacity to recognise and respond to the necessary changes and evolution.

The combination of strength, fierce intelligence, humanity and dedication with which she imbued her reign, set a standard for all leaders and mapped a path for women in leadership.

Her dedication to duty, to serving the community and to family, are things to which we can all relate, regardless of background or philosophy and they resonate strongly with our Nillumbik community.

Today marks the end of a long life, an historic reign and the closing of the second Elizabethan era.

Our deep respect and affection for Her Majesty will live on however.