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First woman to light up pedestrian lights

8 March 2016

In an Australian first, a former Richmond councillor, a silhouette representing Mary Rogers, will replace the ‘green and red man’ at the soon-to-be constructed Bridge Road and Bosisto Street pedestrian lights in Richmond

As the world celebrates the contributions of women for International Women’s Day, VicRoads and the City of Yarra have joined together to unveil their plans to honour Mary Rogers, the first female elected to local Government in Victoria in 1920.

Mary Rogers was a Richmond Councillor for almost five years in the 1920s, and she led ground breaking progress in the areas of welfare, education and family issues, initiating the very first community maternal and child health services in Victoria,” Mayor Colanzi said.

The new pedestrian signals will be a short walk from Mary Rogers Square, on the corner of Church Street and Bridge Road.

Construction of the Bridge Road and Bosisto Street pedestrian crossing will commence later this month, with the Mary Rogers signals expected to be unveiled in early May. The Mary Rogers silhouettes will be in place at the site for a 12 month commemorative period.

For further information
Maryanne Clarke
Policy Advisor - Gender Equity
9205 5555

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