Vale Kath Malta: former councillor and Freeman of the City of Mandurah passes away


Kate Malta with daughter Val Lehman.
Kate Malta with daughter Val Lehman.

FREEMAN of the City of Mandurah, former councillor and ardent environmentalist Kath Malta passed away in Perth this morning aged 96.

Mrs Malta, who recently celebrated her birthday with twin brother Reginald Holland, was a Mandurah councillor from 1995 to 2003 and made an honorary Freeman of the City in 2006.

Mrs Malta was founding member and secretary of the Creery Wetlands Support Group, a member of Mandurah Environmental Advisory Committee, secretary of Peel Preservation Group, vice president and secretary of Southern Estuary Progress Association, a life member of Mandurah Garden Club, secretary of the Friends of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, vice president of Southern Estuary Tennis Association and nominated for the WA Conservation Council Award for environmental work in 2006.

Kath Malta (right) with daughter Val Lehman (centre).

In 2003, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the communities of Mandurah and the Peel.

A long time member of Peel Preservation Group, Mrs Malta played a big part in the fight to save the Creery Wetlands from development in the 1990s.

When she won a seat on the council in the early 1990s, along with later mayors Keith Holmes and Paddi Creevey and now Mandurah MLA David Templeman, it had a big impact on membership and the future direction of the council.

Mrs Malta was pre-deceased by her husband Gino.

Her daughter Val Lehman was a star of the 1980s TV hit Prisoner and more recently I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here.

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