Jean Hay

Jean Frances Hay AM (née Arthurson; born 1940) is an Australian local government politician. She served as the Mayor of Manly Council from 1999 to 2004 and was the last mayor of Manly from 8 September 2008 to 12 May 2016, following Manly's amalgamation into the new Northern Beaches Council.

Jean Hay

53rd Mayor of Manly
In office
11 September 1999  27 March 2004
DeputyJulie Heraghty
Preceded bySue Sacker
Succeeded byPeter Macdonald
In office
13 September 2008  12 May 2016
DeputyDavid Murphy
Richard Morrison
Alan Le Surf
Adele Heasman
Steve Pickering
James Griffin
Preceded byPeter Macdonald
Succeeded byDick Persson (Administrator)
Alderman of the Manly Municipal Council
In office
September 1987  1 July 1993
Councillor of Manly Council
In office
1 July 1993  11 September 1999
In office
27 March 2004  13 September 2008
Personal details
Jean Frances Arthurson

Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)David Hay (m. 1958)
Children1 Son and 2 Daughters
Alma materCremorne Girls High School

Early life and family

Born Jean Frances Arthurson in Manly in 1940, Arthurson grew up in Manly and attended Cremorne Girls High School. On 1 March 1958, Arthurson married NSW Liberal politician David Hay and had one son and two daughters.[1] In 2009 Hay, while serving as mayor, was diagnosed with breast cancer but by 2011 was declared cancer-free.[2]

Local government career

Hay was first elected to the Manly Municipal Council in September 1987 and was first elected Mayor from 1999 to 2004.[3] In the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Hay was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for "service to the Manly community through local government, community action and sporting groups, and as a fundraiser for welfare and health education programmes."[4] On 1 January 2001 Hay was also awarded the Centenary Medal for "outstanding community service as mayor and councillor of Manly".[5]

At the 2003 NSW state election, Hay stood as the Liberal candidate for her local seat of Manly against the sitting independent member, David Barr. Although Hay gained a majority of the primary vote on 41%, second preference flows were significant enough to ensure Barr was re-elected on a 51-48% two party-preferred margin.[6] When the sitting Independent mayor, Dr. Peter Macdonald, announced he would not recontest the mayoral position ahead of the 2008 Local Government Elections, Hay stood again for the position and was elected with 37% of the vote.[7] Hay was re-elected at the 2012 elections with a greatly increased 48.9% of the mayoral vote.[8] From 8 July 2013, the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, appointed Hay to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust governing board of trustees, a Commonwealth Government body that works to preserve and rehabilitate a number of defence and other Commonwealth lands in and around Sydney Harbour, succeeding the vacancy created by former North Sydney mayor Genia McCaffery.[9]

With the 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, which recommended that Manly, Pittwater and Warringah merge to form one single council, Hay led efforts within Manly Council to oppose amalgamation. The government eventually considered three proposals. The first, which was supported by Hay, proposed a merger of Manly and Mosman councils and parts of Warringah to form a new council with an area of 49 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 153,000.[10] The second proposed a merger of Pittwater Council and parts of Warringah to form a new council with an area of 214 square kilometres (83 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 141,000.[11] The third, proposed by Warringah Council on 23 February 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Pittwater, Manly and Warringah councils.[12][13] In response to Warringah's proposal, Hay noted that "Manly Council’s services cater to the particular demographic needs and character of the Manly area; This would be lost in the model of an amalgamated council that is being proposed by Warringah."[14] By April 2016, Hay had made an expression of interest to serve in the new council, whichever proposal that would be, commenting that "I have been the longest serving councillor and mayor and I’d like to play a role in the transition council, I feel as though I have something to offer."[15]

Northern Beaches Council

On 12 May 2016, with the release of the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016, the Northern Beaches Council was formed, in line with Warringah's proposal, from Manly, Pittwater and Warringah councils.[16] At the first meeting of the new council at Manly Town Hall on 19 May, Hay was appointed by Administrator Dick Persson as the Chair of the Implementation Advisory Group, one of several advisory committees composed of former councillors and mayors of the three councils, and as Chair of the Social Committee.[17]

Although Hay had seriously considered running for the new council at the elections scheduled for September 2017, in April 2017 she announced that she would not be running again. This was due to severe retinopathy that was a side-effect of the chemotherapy she underwent to remove breast cancer several years before.[18] On 5 April 2017, the Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, appointed Hay as Deputy Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.[19]


  1. "Mr David Aberdeen Hay". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. Westbrooke, Tom (1 October 2014). "Manly mayor Jean Hay celebrates five years since breast cancer diagnosis". The Manly Daily. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. "COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS". Sydney Morning Herald. 30 September 1987. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. "HAY, Jean Francis [sic] - Member of the Order of Australia". It's an Honour database. Australian Government. 8 June 1998. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. "HAY, Jean Frances - Centenary Medal". It's an Honour database. Australian Government. 1 January 2001. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. Buttner, Clare (25 February 2003). "Battle of bricks and mortar". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. "2008 NSW Local Council Elections - Manly". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  8. "2012 NSW Local Council Elections - Manly Council". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  9. Chang, Charis (11 July 2013). "Manly Mayor Jean Hay appointed to board of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust". The Manly Daily. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  10. "Merger proposal: Manly Council, Mosman Municipal Council, Warringah Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  11. "Merger proposal: Pittwater Council, Warringah Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  12. Warringah Council (23 February 2016). "Manly, Pittwater and Warringah councils Proposal" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  13. Kembrey, Melanie; Robertson, James (27 February 2016). "Northern Beaches mega council back on the table after merger 'loophole' discovered". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  14. "BIGGER COUNCILS Not better for residents and ratepayers. A new independent report provides concrete evidence". Manly Council. January 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  15. Marks, Alison (21 April 2016). "Mayor Jean Hay expresses interest in being part of interim peninsula council". The Manly Daily. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. "Page 25 Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 [NSW] - Schedule 13 - Provisions for Northern Beaches Council" (PDF). Parliament of New South Wales. 2012. p. 25. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  17. Morcombe, John (20 May 2016). "Former councillors to return in advisory capacity". The Manly Daily.
  18. Patterson, Robbie (25 April 2017). "Eye disease caused by breast cancer chemo forces former Manly mayor Jean Hay from election race". The Manly Daily. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  19. Frydenberg, Josh (5 April 2017). "New appointments to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust" (Media Release). Department of the Environment and Energy. Australian Government. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Sue Sacker
Mayor of Manly
1999  2004
Succeeded by
Peter Macdonald
Preceded by
Peter Macdonald
Mayor of Manly
2008  2016
Succeeded by
Dick Persson
as Administrator of Northern Beaches Council
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