COCKBURN Mayor Logan Howlett and wife Pat have been recognised for their work with the Friends of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre.
The couple recently received WA Volunteer Service Awards after each contributing more than 25 years service with the Bibra Lake group.
Their efforts have helped transform a degraded landscape into a thriving environment popular in the community.
Mrs Howlett said it was extra special to receive the award alongside her husband.
“We are both very pleased and overawed to be recognised. So much happens in our lives on a day-to-day basis, it only seems like yesterday when we started out with the Friends group,” she said.
The Howletts joined the group, formerly known as Friends of Bibra Lake, because they wanted to learn more about the wetlands and woodlands “on our doorstep”.
“This was one of the reasons we chose to live in Cockburn when we moved south of the river,” Mr Howlett said.
“It also provided a great environment to raise our children and now our grandchildren.”
Mr Howlett said the group was hoping to attract new members and inspire visitors with information learnt about the site.
Volunteering Minister Mick Murray said volunteers played a massive role in the community, with their social, economic and cultural contribution to the state valued at about $39 billion annually.
“This doesn’t just happen. It takes hard work and commitment from volunteers and volunteer-|involving organisations and they deserve our support,” he said.