A prominent disability campaigner has been hailed as a “fierce and passionate advocate” after dying in a Canberra crash.
Sue Salthouse, the ACT senior citizen of the year, died after the collision between a car and her wheelchair-accessible motorbike on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on Monday night.
Disability organisations from across the country have paid their respects to the “strong, smart and passionate campaigner” and sent condolences to her family.
Ms Salthouse was chair of Women with Disabilities ACT, which says it is deeply saddened by the news.
“We will miss her very much. Vale Sue.”
The National Australia Day Council says her beaming smile and enthusiasm will always be remembered.
“She was a huge force for change and for good in the disability sector,” the council said.
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said he was shocked and dismayed at the tragic loss.
“Sue was a fierce and passionate advocate for people with a disability and in particular, women with a disability,” he said.
“Her life was one of service and contribution to her community, and she worked for greater recognition of the enormous contribution women with disability make to the workplace and in leadership roles.”
Deputy leader of the ACT opposition Nicole Lawder reflected on working with Ms Salthouse in the disability sector.
“Her sense of humour and willingness to support and mentor others will not be forgotten,” she said.
“Sue was a powerful and determined advocate for people with a disability and for women.”
Australian Associated Press