Honour for former Bassendean councillors

Gerry Pule, Jennie and Bevan Carter.
Gerry Pule, Jennie and Bevan Carter.

THREE former Bassendean councillors with three decades of experience have been named honourary freepersons of the Town.

Former Mayor Bevan Carter and his wife Jennie and former deputy mayor Gerry Pule were recognised at a ceremony on May 27 at the O2 Café in Bassendean.

Bevan was a councillor from 1991 to 2005 and served as mayor from 1997 to 2001.

Jennie was a councillor between 1987 and 1990 before returning for her second stint from 2011 to 2015.

Mr Pule retired from the council in 2017 after a decade-long reign which included three years as deputy mayor.

Former mayor and current councillor John Gangell paid tribute to the three stalwarts of the community.

Bevan and Jennie Carter.

The Carters were the founding members of the Bassendean Historical Society and were committed to building relationships with the Aboriginal community, especially the Swan Valley Nyungah Community.

Bevan was instrumental in preventing a women’s prison being built on Lord Street, while Jennie has published several books including Bassendean: A Social History 1829-1979.

He thanked the council, staff, his wife and family for their support in his tearful acceptance speech.

Jennie said Bassendean was a special place which hardly changed its boundaries since it separated from West Guildford in 1901.

She thanked her husband and family, including her children and grandchildren who were “the light” in her life.

“Who would have thought that the cute guy who over 50 years ago tried to chat me up over the top of my typewriter at Mt Lawley Technical College would still be in the centre of my eye,” she said.

Gerry Pule.

Mr Pule, who has lived in Ashfield for 54 years, served on several committees, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council and the WA Local Government Association east metro zone.

Following his retirement from Australia Post, Mr Pule volunteered his time to become a driver for the Town’s meals on wheels program and other programs.

Mr Pule said it was a great honour to share the moment with the Carters.

“Being a freeman is all about having a go and being given a go and showing appreciation,” he said.

“Bassendean is the very best place to get a go, with the best people and best community.

“Mimi and I and our family are so proud to be part of the Bassendean community.”

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