Anne’s service honoured


Anne Brinkworth with Bassendean Mayor John Gangell. Picture: Steve Perkins
Anne Brinkworth with Bassendean Mayor John Gangell. Picture: Steve Perkins

The former councillor served for more than 26 years, starting in 1988 and had only one year off in the 1990s.

Ms Brinkworth is now one of seven Honorary Freemans in the Town. The local stalwart, who was staunchly against high-rise apartment buildings in Bassendean and even threatened to go to jail over her objections, last year decided to call it quits.

She told the Eastern Reporter last year she enjoyed her time on council, which she described as a journey.

At the ceremony last week, Mayor John Gangell detailed her community involvement.

“Anne moved to Bassendean in 1961 as a young mother with her husband Allan and four sons,” he said.

“When the Anzac Terrace Primary School opened, her sons transferred there from the Eden Hill Primary School.

“Anne wasted no time in joining the Anzac Terrace Primary School P&C and threw her energy into raising money to provide amenities for the students – one of which involved running a very successful pot plant stall for many years.”

Ms Brinkworth also joined the local Red Cross Branch and started the Bassendean Red Cross Coffee Club, which was renamed the Bassendean Informal Unit and is still active.

In 2012, she received a 50-year volunteer service award from the Department of Communities for her services to the Australian Red Cross.