CITY of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett has paid tribute to long-standing councillor Steven Portelli following his sudden death on Australia Day.
In a statement released this morning Mr Howlett extended his condolences to the Portelli and Puglia families on the occasion Cr Portelli’s passing.
“As we know Steve was a family-oriented person, a passionate advocate for the community and actively involved as a member of the Cockburn Council on many of its committees and reference groups, as a Council representative on several external committees, and on school and community groups,” the statement said.
“First elected to Council in 2011 and again in 2015 Steve represented the East Ward during that time with a dogged determination to do what he believed was right for the community that he represented.
“It was no surprise when Steve became the chair of the City’s Neighbourhood Watch Reference Group where he continued the fight against crime, and the education and awareness of crime prevention by actively engaging with Neighbourhood Watch members, Co-Safe and WA Police.
“Steve will be also remembered for his support of Roe 8 and other projects that he felt would benefit the community he represented.
“To serve one’s community is a great honour and Steve gave it his all.
“Vale Councillor Steven Portelli – may you rest in peace.”
Residents last night paid tribute to Cr Portelli on social media with Cockburn Chat Facebook page administrator Lara Kirkwood announcing the news to the group’s followers and inviting them to share their condolences.
“It is with a heavy heart that we let you know of the passing of Councillor Steve Portelli,” the post said.
“A passionate, committed member of our Cockburn community, a friend to many and a much loved family man.
“He will be missed by many but never forgotten.
“To Sharon, his four beautiful daughters and the whole Portelli family our sincere condolences.”
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey, who worked with Cr Portelli in the Murdoch Drive Connection, also paid tribute.
“I was fortunate to have known Steve and to have worked with him,” the post said.
“I am also fortunate to have sung his praises and let everyone know my admiration for him while he was still alive.
“On behalf of the City of Melville I send sincere condolences to the family he loved so much.”
Mr Howlett said the City’s flags would be flying at half-mast as a mark of respect.
Mr Portelli is survived by four daughters and his partner.
A date for his funeral has not yet been announced.