Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (10:00): Last week a wonderful celebration was held to celebrate the life of Patricia O’Donnell, an important and influential figure in the hospitality, culinary and cultural life of Victoria. Patricia was a restaurateur, hotel owner and publican and a facilitator of cultural events at the institutions she owned and managed.
From 1978 to 2002 Patricia was the owner and manager of the heritage-listed Mietta’s Queenscliff Hotel, which earned many hospitality and tourism awards. She also established the North Fitzroy Star as a much-loved and sought-after inner-city dining and events venue. She was a volunteer with Lifeline, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.
Patricia was a member of the Library Board of Victoria for many years and a board member of the Australian Art Orchestra. Her many friends and family are still mourning her loss.