Her­itage grant re­named

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Town of Clare­mont will hon­our former coun­cil­lor Mike Balfe af­ter he was killed while rid­ing his bike on a US high­way in Oc­to­ber.

Coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously to change the name of the Town’s her­itage main­te­nance grant to the Mike Balfe her­itage main­te­nance grant to recog­nise Mr Balfe’s con­tri­bu­tion to built her­itage in the Clare­mont com­mu­nity.

Mr Balfe served as a coun­cil­lor from 1997 to 2003 and ded­i­cated his time to sup­port­ing the re­ten­tion of her­itage build­ings in the com­mu­nity.

Pay­ing trib­ute to Mr Balfe, coun­cil­lors Bruce Haynes and Paul Kelly spoke of his pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion and com­pas­sion not only to the Town but also to ev­ery­body he met.

“He was a great con­trib­u­tor,” Cr Kelly said.

“He was pas­sion­ate and within that pas­sion he greatly re­spected the view of oth­ers.

“It wasn’t a kind of sin­gle di­rec­tion; he was happy to dis­cuss de­bate, chat, per­suade and more im­por­tantly lis­ten.”

The grant, open to ratepay­ers on the Town’s her­itage list, of­fers be­tween $1000 and $5000 for con­ser­va­tion work on sig­nif­i­cant her­itage dwellings.

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