Capricorn Village pioneer dies

Russel Perry, who lost his battle with motor neurone disease on Sunday, with Phillipa Gibson (Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network) and Allan Lowe  (Yanchep/Two Rocks Lions Club).Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au   d364821
Russel Perry, who lost his battle with motor neurone disease on Sunday, with Phillipa Gibson (Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network) and Allan Lowe (Yanchep/Two Rocks Lions Club).Picture: Bruce Hunt        www.communitypix.com.au d364821

A FORMER Yanchep urban growth visionary has been recognised for his contribution to community development, rugby and jobs training.

Russel Perry (68) died on Sunday after battling motor neurone disease, and is survived by his wife Felicity, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Philippa.

Dr Perry was the chief executive of Capricorn Village Joint Venture from its start until November 2013, and was involved in various community initiatives.

At the Wanneroo Business Association AGM yesterday, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts recognised his contributions, particularly in Yanchep and at the West Coast Institute.

Mrs Roberts said he was a busy and energetic man involved in award-winning developments, including Ellenbrook and the “dynamic” Capricorn estate.

“He took that ball and he ran with it and he did not stop,” she said.

“A wonderful man who will be greatly missed. We feel for his family – he was taken far too soon. His legacy will live on.”

Earlier this week, Rugby WA and the Western Force recognised his contribution to rugby over more than 40 years, including his early playing career and roles on rugby boards.

In a statement, Rugby WA said Dr Perry was a life member of the state association as well as UWA Rugby Club and the WA Rugby Referees Association.

“In 2012 (he) received a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his services to rugby in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list,” it said.

“That also recognised his service to the community in urban design, and to the education and training sector.”

Through his role at CVJV, Dr Perry supported the Capricorn Enterprise House, Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network, Yanchep Two Rocks Tourism Network and early planning for the Mary Lindsay Homestead redevelopment.