Com­mu­nity mourns loss of eco war­rior

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Robert Dun­can

The late John Col­lett on the Man­durah fore­shore.

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