PEEL-Harvey Catchment Council chairwoman Jan Star announced she would step down at the council’s annual general meeting.
Ms Star has held the position since the council was established in 2000. She has spent the past 15 years being an influential advocate for natural resource management in the Peel-Harvey.
Her extensive list of achievements include an impressive 13-year campaign to see the Peel-Harvey recognised as an independent region. This has been realised and the Peel-Harvey Catchment is now the 55th NRM region in Australia.
Ms Star also instigated the Ramsar Management Plan to protect the Peel-Yalgorup’s Ramsar-listed natural heritage.
Despite the changing of the guard, Jan plans to remain engaged with the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council as the deputy chairwoman. Her former deputy Andy Gulliver was elected the PHCC chairman.
Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said Ms Star had outstanding dedication to the precious environment.
“Ms Star’s extensive environmental work and passion over the past 15 years is evident in her leadership, advocacy and achievement for natural resource management and funding in the Peel-Harvey,” she said.