Kath Malta dies


Mandurah Coastal Times - - OPINION -

FREE­MAN of the City of Man­durah, for­mer coun­cil­lor and ar­dent en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Kath Malta passed away in Perth last Wed­nes­day aged 96.

Mrs Malta, who re­cently cel­e­brated her birth­day with twin brother Regi­nald Hol­land, was a Man­durah coun­cil­lor from 1995 to 2003 and made an hon­orary Free­man of the City in 2006.

Mrs Malta was found­ing mem­ber and sec­re­tary of the Creery Wet­lands Sup­port Group, a mem­ber of Man­durah En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, sec­re­tary of Peel Preser­va­tion Group, vice-pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary of South­ern Es­tu­ary Progress As­so­ci­a­tion, a life mem­ber of Man­durah Gar­den Club, sec­re­tary of the Friends of Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, vi­cepres­i­dent of South­ern Es­tu­ary Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion and nom­i­nated for the WA Con­ser­va­tion Coun­cil Award for en­vi­ron­men­tal work in 2006.

In 2003, she re­ceived the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia for ser­vices to the com­mu­ni­ties of Man­durah and the Peel.

A long-time mem­ber of Peel Preser­va­tion Group, Mrs Malta played a big part in the fight to save the Creery Wet­lands from de­vel­op­ment in the 1990s.

When she won a seat on the coun­cil in the early 1990s, along with later may­ors Keith Holmes and Paddi Creevey and now Man­durah MLA David Tem­ple­man, it had a big im­pact on mem­ber­ship and the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the coun­cil.

Mrs Malta was pre-de­ceased by her hus­band Gino.

Her daugh­ter Val Lehman was a star of the 1980s TV hit Pris­oner and more re­cently I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here.

Kath Malta with daugh­ter Val Lehman.

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