‘Mrs Fix It’ plants silver sneakers fimly on the ground

By Ieva Tomsons

TOODYAY’S new shire CEO Suzie Haslehurst (55) may pad about her house in Dumbarton in a nifty pair of silver sneakers but she’s a person whose feet are firmly on the ground.

Suzie’s father migrated from Sri Lanka to WA when he was 18 and married Suzie’s mother, a Bayswater seamstress, in 1962.

The couple had two daughters, Suzie in 1965 and three years later Denise. Both grew up in Bayswater and attended North Inglewood Primary School and John Forrest Senior High School.

“My father was a newspaper machinist at Newspaper House and I remember as a kid visiting him on the nightshift when he was producing The West Australian – the noise was incredible and there was ink everywhere.