A tragic loss
YVONNE McLEAN, who has been covering Gold Coast City Council meetings for more than 25 years, looks at the life and times of Sue Robbins
THERE has been an outpouring of grief over the sudden, almost unbelievable death of one of the Gold Coast's most dedicated servants, Cr Sue Robbins, at the age of 48.
After her early morning walk last Saturday, Sue died from a fatal heart attack at the family home in Tallebudgera Valley. Her passing was quiet and peaceful.
How will her husband Ken and her daughter Bree, 21, handle such a loss?
This was a family with a deep loving bond.
Ken and Bree constantly came into Sue's conversation.
And this week Bree spoke of the way her mother loved her work on council.
"Everything she did, she did from the heart, she always had the community good at heart. How deeply she'll be missed."
Bree said there had been heart problems on Sue's father's side, and Sue followed a strict eat well, exercise well regime.
When the will to go on takes over from grief, as it does, Sue's family may take comfort from the way the community and her friends and colleagues reacted to her death.
Councillors Jan Grew and Daphne McDonald wept tears of disbelief and anguish.
Both found it hard to put into words just how much they will miss this colourful, strong and resourceful friend, so loyal to the people of her division, so passionate in debate.
Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce executives Marie Robbie and Barry McNamara were devastated.
Mrs Robbie said all Coolangatta was in shock.
"There are no words to describe the noble character of Sue, of the enormous benefits she brought to Coolangatta, of the way she persistently pursued the Federal and State governments for funds for the town's benefit. But hers was a huge influence for good all over the Gold Coast.
"Every day when I walk along the Coolangatta beachfront path I will remember Sue - her imprint will be forever there," she said.
Mrs Robbie said the chamber of commerce would discuss the best, most loving way to perpetuate Sue's memory in the border town.
"Her legacy will include one of the most beautiful seascapes anywhere. From Point Danger down Rainbow Bay, Greenmount, along Coolangatta's foreshore, to the spectacular Kirra Point lookout then along to Currumbin - this was facilitated and guided by Sue.
"Her influence will be ever lasting," she said.