Each year the Summer Hill Woman of the Year Award recognises a powerhouse woman who lives in the inner west.
This year I am pleased to announce that Ms Georgia Odette Sallybanks, known as Odette, is the 2020 Summer Hill Woman of the Year.
Odette is a local inner west singer‑songwriter and Australian Record Industry Association [ARIA] nominee.
Odette is only 22 years of age. She has had two consecutive Triple J hottest 100 entries and two ARIA nominations.
Odette attended Haberfield Public School where she first discovered her love of English and the poetry of Keats.
That influence can be heard clearly in her music.
Odette used music and songwriting as a way to process her emotions at school.
I had the pleasure of seeing Odette perform at last year's Splendour in the Grass.
Odette's music inspires many in our community to stay true to themselves and to deal with bullying in our community. That is a great thing.
I congratulate Odette and I cannot wait to hear where she goes next.