'Courageous' retired MP Smith dies from cancer
FORMER member for Gosford Kathy Smith has died after losing her battle with cancer.
The retired Labor MP passed away "peacefully" around loved ones yesterday morning after battling a recurrence of the disease for more than a year.
In February she was forced to quit parliament because of her health problems after only being elected to the marginal seat in 2015.
Ms Smith was first diagnosed with cancer in 1996.
As a result she fought for the provision of public radiotherapy treatment on the Central Coast.
Her campaigning led to both levels of government providing funding for the Central Coast Cancer Centre which included the public radiotherapy facilities she fought so hard to get for her community.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley tweeted his condolences.
Kathy Smith, former Member for Gosford, peacefully passed away today, surrounded by her loved ones. May this courageous woman rest in peace— Luke Foley (@Luke_FoleyNSW) May 31, 2017
Opposition Leader Luke Foley said that he had spoken to Ms Smith's husband Peter O'Hanlon and "conveyed to him the great affection that so many members of parliament, from all sides, feel towards Kathy".
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: "Kathy was a respected and well-liked member of the Parliament".
"On behalf of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Parliamentary team, our thoughts go out to her family, friends and Labor Party colleagues at this very difficult time," she said.