Katoomba community activist Tibbi Whalan set to be honoured

Well-known 1960s and 70s Katoomba community activist Muriel 'Tibbi' Whalan could have a centre named in her honour.

Blue Mountains council is considering changing the name of Katoomba Civic Centre to the Tibbi Whalan Centre.

At the May 28 council meeting, the council resolved to receive a report on the name change, upon the request of mayor Mark Greenhill.

Ms Whalan and her partner Peter Carroll campaigned for the establishment of Katoomba High School, achieved in 1962; the establishment of the public library, achieved in 1974; and the creation of the Katoomba Leura Senior Citizens Club where they set up local meal services.

"The establishment of the Katoomba Leura Senior Citizens Club in the area of the Katoomba Civic Centre is attributed to a 'Save our Site' campaign led by Tibbi Whalan and Peter Carroll in the mid 1970s," Cr Greenhill said.

"She was involved in fighting for community services in the Blue Mountains at a time when this was needed so badly.

"Without her, the civic centre at which I conducted a recent citizenship ceremony would have been sold off to developers long ago."

He described her as an inspirational person, "whose life transformed the world around her."

Ms Whalan died 13 years ago at the age of 89. She raised a family in Katoomba, and her daughter Gillian Kaub said their family was "thrilled" the centre could be named in her honour.

"She led a very interesting life. She loved the Blue Mountains. It was quite hard for her to come here to Perth [later in life]," Mrs Kaub said.

"She did a tremendous amount of work and was very active in many ways."

While Ms Whalan's birth name was Muriel, everyone knew her as Tibbi.

"She was the second last of eight children ... her eldest brother said she was so tiny she was Tibbi," Mrs Kaub said.

Ms Whalan left school at 14 to work and look after her father who struggled with arthritis. She would go on to work as a dressmaker, tailor and secretary, and saw the value in reading and education.

"If she had the opportunity to go to university she would have run rings around all of us," Mrs Kaub said.

Her partner Peter Carroll and his legacy to the Blue Mountains was commemorated through the naming of a cricket and sporting field on Clarence St, Katoomba.