Family, friends and former colleagues gathered late last week to remember activist and teacher Liz Butterworth as a woman of immense strength and character who will be missed by many in Sydney's inner-west and beyond.
A memorial was held for Ms Butterworth at the NSW Teachers Federation House at Surry Hills on Thursday, July 5 after she died from cancer last week.
A long presence at the Newtown High School of Performing Arts, Ms Butterworth was remembered as a "truly gifted" and "highly respected" English teacher loved and admired by students, parents and her colleagues alike.
A believer in progressive politics and an activist for over 40 years, Ms Butterworth marched against the Vietnam War and against apartheid, and for the past four years was a key local member of the No WestConnex: Public Transport (NoW: PT) community advocacy group.
NoW: PT spokesperson, Andrew Chuter, said:
"For nearly four years to almost the end of her life, Liz continued the push against WestConnex in the firm belief that if enough people banded together on many fronts, the project could be stopped and a properly funded, well-connected public transport system implemented instead."
"She of course understood well the implications for the whole of Sydney and wider regions of the WasteCONnex behemoth, and the lack of sufficient funding for integrated public transport."
"Liz would not want us to give up without a bloody good fight – a fight she firmly believed could still be won. So, in her honour, let’s keep up our push. WestConnex can still be stopped. And Liz’s spirit lives on."
"Our deep condolences to Wayne and Sonny, who she leaves behind."
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Andrew Chuter - NoW: PT
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