Pas­sion­ate pro­tec­tor’s legacy for bil­bies

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LARGER than life and a lover of the out­back, Peter McRae, 67, will re­main in Charleville through his legacy, hav­ing left an in­deli­ble mark on this small cor­ner of the world.

A cel­e­bra­tion of his won­der­ful life was held at Charleville Town Hall last Sat­ur­day morn­ing, mov­ing to the Cat­tle Camp Ho­tel as the day pro­gressed.

It was or­gan­ised by Charleville lo­cals and be­gan at 10am.

A vi­sion­ary across the decades, Peter fought tooth and nail along­side his bilby brother Frank Man­the to pro­tect the pre­cious crit­ters of the out­back.

Peter was not only a re­spected zo­ol­o­gist and con­ser­va­tion­ist, he was a much-loved work­mate and friend who touched the lives of hun­dreds, said for­mer co-worker Chris Even­son

“His search for in­for­ma­tion was end­less and he was record­ing it with great dili­gence – that was Peter McRae at work.

“Pete was a great men­tor to so many peo­ple across the state, a great chal­lenger.”

PHOTO: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

RE­MEM­BER­ING PETER: Charleville bilby brother Peter McRae and his part­ner Tracy Wattz in 2016 at the first Save the Bilby Day.

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