Fit­ting trib­ute

Wanneroo Times - - News -

State Govern­ment names boat in hon­our of Pad­bury wildlife of­fi­cer Doug Coughran, who died in March.

PAD­BURY wildlife of­fi­cer Doug Coughran has been hon­oured with a new State Govern­ment boat be­ing named af­ter him.

Mr Coughran, who died in March, ded­i­cated much of his life to de­vel­op­ing whale res­cue tech­niques that have been in­stru­men­tal in im­prov­ing out­comes for en­tan­gled whales and are prac­tised around the world.

In 2010, his achieve­ments over three decades were for­mally recog­nised when he was ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia for his ser­vices to con­ser­va­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Named D K Coughran, the 10.5m ves­sel was de­signed and built in Hen­der­son and will re­place three age­ing boats cur­rently used by the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions (DBCA).

It will be tasked with re­spond­ing to ma­rine mam­mal in­ci­dents, man­ag­ing the com­mer­cial whale watch­ing in­dus­try and pa­trol du­ties, op­er­at­ing within the Swan Can­ning River­park as well as the wider wa­ters of the Marmion and Shoal­wa­ter Is­lands ma­rine parks.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan said Mr Coughran was a “leader and in­no­va­tor who worked on be­half of the com­mu­nity and all wildlife”.

“His pas­sion and love for his work as a wildlife of­fi­cer were ev­i­dent,” he said.

“It is fit­ting a ves­sel em­ployed to as­sist with pro­tect­ing ma­rine life is named in Doug’s hon­our.

“His sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of this state’s ma­rine an­i­mals was out­stand­ing.”

D K Coughran. Pre­mier Mark McGowan and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son with mem­bers of Doug Coughran's fam­ily with

Doug Coughran

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