Sally Betts- Liberal Party of Australia (1995 – Present)

“At one stage, nine out of twelve councillors were women. I don’t think that has happened on any other council. That council worked exceptionally well together. Women have a way of working together which is less adversarial, we were much more likely to compromise with each other.”

Councillor Sally Betts is the longest serving Councillor on Waverley Council having served for 25 years, eight of them as Mayor. She has lived in Waverley most of the time since migrating from South Africa in 1974.

Sally’s background is in the tourism industry, which included 16 years at International Airlines Transport Association and NSW Manager of Qantas Holidays. Sally then spent six years as Whip’s Assistant to the Opposition Whip, the Hon. Don Harwin MLC, in the NSW Parliament, seven and a half years working with the former Federal Member for Wentworth, and Prime Minister, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, and a year working with the current Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP.

In 1988 Sally started her charity work as the first woman Area Chair for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal going on to support the Appeal for many years. She joined WAYS Youth Organisation in 1989 and went on to serve on the Board until 2019. She also acted as Voluntary Chair for Cancer Council NSW’s Eastern Suburbs Relay for Life in 2010 and 2012.