Community mourns loss of eco warrior
The Mandurah community has paid tribute to well-respected leader and former Peel Development Commission chairman John Collett, who died suddenly last month.
Member for Mandurah David Templeman acknowledged Mr Collett as a tireless contributor to the region.
“John Collett was truly a remarkable human being,” he said.
“He gave back so much to the region he loved and called home.
“John championed our local environment through his work with Landcare, he invested his time and energies into our young people through his involvement at Fairbridge and as a Masonic Lodge Member and he contributed to improving the lives of older citizens as a board member of Coolibah Lodge.”
Mr Templeman said the region had lost someone who was a genuine contributor and deserved acknowledgement and thanks for the legacy he left.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chairman Andy Gulliver paid tribute to the environmental contributions made by Mr Collett.
“John was a champion for Landcare across the Peel region and beyond,” he said. “His enthusiasm and passion to care for our precious natural resources and the people of our communities will be long remembered and appreciated.”
Mr Collett put into action the Rivers, Wetlands and Habitats program in the Peel-Harvey region working with the Community Catchment Centre in Pinjarra. The program provided funding to local Landcare groups for on-ground action and was so successful it led to a swell in community action with up to 50 care groups actively working onground.
The late John Collett on the Mandurah foreshore.