COMMUNITY leader John Collett died suddenly last week.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chairman Andy Gulliver paid tribute to Mr Collett’s environmental and social contributions.
“John was a champion for landcare across the Peel region and beyond,” he said.
“His enthusiasm and passion to care for our precious natural resources and the people of our communities has left a legacy that will be long remembered and appreciated.”
Respected for his positive and solutions-focused approach to projects, Mr Collett had an ability to connect corporate organisations, governments, community groups and individuals to form strategic partnerships that would benefit local people and the environment.
His innovative approach to bringing people together helped to achieve positive environmental outcomes in rural and urban locations in the Avon and then Peel-Harvey regions.
He helped make one of Australia’s most successful corporate sponsorship models in the historic Alcoa Landcare Program, a joint initiative with Greening Australia. Mr Collett put it into action through the Rivers, Wetlands and Habitats program in Peel-Harvey, working with the Community Catchment Centre in Pinjarra.
Mr Collett went on to become the Peel Development Commission chairman.