THE sudden death of Gold Coast City councillor Sue Robbins at her Tallebudgera home on Saturday morning, has shocked the local community.
Cr Robbins, who represented Coolangatta and had been council's planning south committee chairwoman before the local government elections earlier this year, died as a result of heart complications.
Cr Robbins' only child, Bree, 24, yesterday said her mum had a "heart scare" about six months ago, but doctors then had told her she would be fine and her death was "totally unexpected".
Bree, who flew home on Saturday night from Canberra where she works in the human resources sector, said there had been many, many sympathy calls from people who could not believe the sad news.
"My mum did what she did out of love and passion for the community. I couldn't imagine her doing anything else," Bree said.
?"She had great drive and really wanted to see the community flourish."
Cr Robbins also has two step-daughters, the daughters of her husband Ken, who runs the Coolangatta Arts and Craft Market.
Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce president Barry McNamara said Cr Robbins had been a major con- tributor to the renewed growth of the southern Gold Coast.
"This is just a total shock," Mr McNamara said.
He said Cr Robbins, who was aged in her forties, had always supported the Wintersun festival and the recently completed southern foreshore walkway and beautification project would be among her lasting legacies.
Mr McNamara, who had known Cr Robbins for about 15 years, said that as a result of her community work, "she has left the world a better place".
"She had an enormous amount of common sense and tenacity in fighting for the things she believed were right.
"But she also made judgements for the best of the community overall."
Marie Robbie, past president of the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, said Cr Robbins' strong personal- ity and commitment to the local community enabled her to rise to the difficult challenge of assisting developers while also balancing the interests of the whole community.
"She was a real fighting spirit and sometimes had to put her foot down (against development)," Ms Robbie said.
"She was a very honest, no-nonsense person who will long be remembered for her contribution to Coolangatta."