Paddy calls it a day

Mayor Paddi Creevey is calling it quits after nearly 20 years on the council. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d405964
Mayor Paddi Creevey is calling it quits after nearly 20 years on the council. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d405964

After almost 20 years as Mayor and councillor, Ms Creevey is retiring and will not re-contest her position in October’s local government elections.

Instead, she plans a less hectic life fishing, walking the dog and working for the environment.

The former social worker stood at the 1994 council election in opposition to developer Cedar Woods’ proposed development of the Creery Wetlands, a battle that raged for more than 10 years.

Also standing against the development that year were Keith Holmes, who later became Mandurah mayor, and David Templeman, who is now Mandurah MLA.

The three won their seats and were joined on the council a year later by Kath Malta, who also strongly opposed the development.

There are many achievements of which Ms Creevey is proud.

The then-controversial war memorial on the eastern foreshore is one.

‘In the past I was the one who went on protest marches but this time it was a different experience when people marched on the council,” she said.

‘But the war memorial was a great result anyway.’

Then there was Reading Cinemas, built by the council and ‘one of the best things to happen to Mandurah’, the Mandurah Performing Art Centre ” ‘the heart of the city’ ” two bowling clubs, two surf clubs and football, hockey and cricket facilities.

Some of her favourite times include listening to the Mandurah Junior Council and a 12-year-old speaking passionately about the city in which he has lived all his life, the fierce debates of former Cr Malta, and Cr Malta’s run on the final leg of the Olympic Torch Relay through Mandurah at the age of 82.

Then there was the Creery Wetlands, arguably the biggest controversy in her time on council.

‘I am very grateful to several people whose massive research largely got us over the line,’ she said.

‘Instead of losing two-thirds of a unique wetland to development, we clawed back one third and lost only one third.’

She credited a stable and cohesive council with efforts on behalf of people with disabilities, looking after what was left of the environment, ‘fighting to save what we can’, sustainability, water use, creating a more liveable city and the many foreshore festivals that bring people together.

Ms Creevey said her years on the council had been a privilege.

One of the first things she plans to do in her retirement is join Men of the Trees.

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