News

Noosa mourns loss of community doer

COMMUNITY FIGHTER: Kay Fielden and some of her Wallace House Art Group.
COMMUNITY FIGHTER: Kay Fielden and some of her Wallace House Art Group. Contributed

NOOSA knew Kay Fielden as the the feisty Wallace Park flying fox colony critic who successful lobbied for council action and threatened to launch a class action.

But those close to this active newspaper letter writer knew this was just another example of a life-long advocacy for causes close to her heart.

Her ardent campaign for a better deal for residents saw Kay use the impressive life skills obtained from careers in nursing, journalism and the law as well as being a mother of three.

Most people in Noosa do not know of the significant contribution Kay made during her life.

Kay was always a fighter, right through to the end after battling cancer for many years. She passed away peacefully on Sunday morning February 26.

One of the last things Kay did was to dictate the story of her life for publication as a small book for her grandchildren. Kay was born in Newcastle, NSW, in 1945 just at the end of the Second World War and, growing up, Kay ended up in hospital for six months with polio.

Kay went to Merriweather Public School and Newcastle Girls High. She won a scholarship to a Sydney Art School but later enrolled her in general nursing at Royal Newcastle Hospital. She won the ATNA Prize for Nursing for coming top in the state exams. It was there she met her doctor husband, Peter.

They married in 1967 and over the years spent time working as a team in Vietnam, Tonga and Darwin, caring for war victims and cyclone survivors.

Between 1969 and 1974 they had three children - Katherine, Belinda and Barton. While in Sydney, Kay ran for election to local council then in 1971 accepted a job as a journalist at the Telegraph working as a crime reporter.

In 1976, Peter died suddenly of a heart attack. Later Kay studied law at Macquarie University which was family friendly. During her studies she helped establish the Macquarie Legal Centre and eventually graduated with a BA in anthropology, politics and sociology in 1983 and a Bachelor of Law in 1985.

During this period Kay wrote a book, Socialism vs Marxism, and was instrumental in setting up women's health centres in Wyoming and Hervey Bay.

Kay's first job as a lawyer was with the Government Insurance Office at the NSW Supreme Court.

Kay met partner Maggie in 1999 and, while travelling around Australia, Kay discovered while staying at Peregian she had breast cancer. Her 17-year battle with cancer began. Maggie and Kay stayed in Noosa and she renewed her love of painting at Wallace House.

 

Kay's advice to her grandchildren was: "Contribute to your community as much as you can. There are always ways to help others."

Topics:  community noosa


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Firebird Trio performing 'outside the box' on tour

GIFTED MUSICIANS: Firebird Trio will play in Noosa this weekend.

On Sunday the critically-acclaimed Firebird Trio will play in Noosa

'Stella' effort by teenage musician

LOCAL TALENT: Stella McCloskey has just released her first EP.

Sixteen-year-old Stella McCloskey has just released her first album.

Kids do their bit to find a cure

FUNKY HAIR: Cameron (at rear) with friends Finley, Emma, Alana and Nate enjoying a funky hair day at Bambini Early Childhood Development to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Last week locals did their bit for the World's Greatest Shave

Local Partners

Cooroy Lifeline Denim Sale to raise funds for crisis line

Denim, jackets, leather goods, art, linen, tea towels, manchester and retro homewares all going cheap to raise funds for Lifeline's crisis support line.

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

Daredevils of Nitro Circus to thrill Lismore

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

The (in)famous 55-foot high Nitro Giganta ramp is the centrepiece

CHOOSING LIFE: Emu Park veteran leads way out of PTSD

WINNING THE FIGHT: Andrea Josephs with her daughter Kyla (10) at the Emu Park Anzac Memorial ahead of her official Matilda Poppy launch this weekend.

Andrea Josephs will officially launch Matilda Poppy in new hometown

Beer in boot makes lasting impression at CMC Rocks

American country star Tyler Farr treats his CMC Rocks debut performance like “an audition for Australia”

Our Caitlyn a No.1 hit at CMC Music Awards

RISING STAR: Caitlyn Shadbolt at the CMC Music Awards on the Gold Coast.

Caitlyn Shadbolt enjoys one of the most exciting weeks of her career

Steve ventures into the wild unknown on epic mission

Steve Backshall pictured along the Baliem River in a scene from Extreme River Challenge.

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall tackles wild river challenge.

TV Insider: MKR has lost its recipe for success

My Kitchen Rules judges Colin Fassnidge and Pete Evans with guest judge Curtis Stone, right.

MKR needs a shake (up) of more than just the sauce bottle.

Travis Collins, Keith Urban win big at CMC Music Awards

Country music singer Travis Collins.

LEE Kernaghan also inducted into CMC Hall of Fame.

Firebird Trio performing 'outside the box' on tour

GIFTED MUSICIANS: Firebird Trio will play in Noosa this weekend.

On Sunday the critically-acclaimed Firebird Trio will play in Noosa

Disney boss reveals big details about the future of Star Wars

Felicity Jones in a scene from the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

"Another decade and a half of Star Wars."

Immaculate inside and out

Substantial modern home with pool in Noosa lake-side location

Opportunities lined up at Noosa auctions

Variety the key to properties lined up for auction at Noosa Heads

Launch of brand and opening of new office

Brett Graham, Tony Warland and Dan Smith celebrate the new Ray White office opening in Burnett St, Buderim.

Ray White celebrate expansion

An extraordinary offering

The talk of town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!