More than 500 mourners attended the funeral of Mildura Rural City Council Community Services Manager, Donna Gardner, who died on July 31.

Along with family members, her life was shared in eulogy contributions from Mildura Rural City Council Senior Manager Martin Hawson and Mildura Rural City Councillor Mark Eckel.

Cr Eckel said the late Donna Gardner, as a senior manager with Council, would often brief Councillors and advised on many complex social and service provision issues.

“Donna Gardner was an advocate for Social Justice throughout her entire career, however her role in Council enabled this passion to have the greatest impact.”

“Her vision was to create a more inclusive resilient community.

“Making sure the voice of disadvantaged families, and groups was always evident in the room.from her early work with the East End community house to her work in aged and disability services”

 “Giving people a voice was always at the forefront.”

The late Donna Gardner was born in 1969, the first of three daughters to Wayne and Di Gardner. well known local bowlers. 

The funeral service was conducted at North West Funerals, Mildura South.