On 14 September 2017 Helen Walker passed away, leaving the Blue Mountains community, her friends, colleagues and family too soon.
Helen was one of those people who restored your faith in the inherent goodness of humankind.
Helen was the founder and General Manager of Mountains Community Transport, which began in 1986 before becoming Great Community Transport, for more than 30 years. She retired not long before her death.
In this role her selfless contributions made such a positive difference to the communities of Penrith and the Blue Mountains.
For many years she was a strong advocate for community transport, the frail, aged, and people with a disability and their carers.
Helen was a humble, generous woman. Her giving nature and unrivalled work ethic resulted in her receiving many awards, including the Centenary Medal, the University of Western Sydney Women of the West International Woman of the Year Award, the 2017 Blue Mountains Citizen of the Year, and the prestigious Order of Australia Medal.
It is important that Helen's amazing work be acknowledged in this House.
My thoughts go out to Helen's loved ones who I know are still missing her dearly, in particular, her partner, Phillipa, and her children.
May Helen Walker OAM rest in peace.