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