TWO former Murray Shire councillors who between them served the shire for more than 54 years were recognised at a ceremony at Pinjarra last Friday.
Chris Thompson and Wally Barrett were honoured with the title of Freeman of the Shire and join the only other Freemen, former shire president Noel Nancarrow and the late Harry Nancarrow.
Mrs Thompson was elected to the council in 1986.
During her 31-year tenure she served 16 years as deputy shire president and held positions on numerous boards and committees including 17 years as chair of the Local Emergency Management Committee.
Mrs Thompson’s leadership, particularly in emergency management, was described as second to none.
Her experience and strength shone through when she performed the role of recovery co-ordinator for the devastating Dwellingup fires in 2007 and her commitment to the Murray Shire had been nothing short of outstanding.
Wally Barrett served the district in a number of ways including 23 years on the council, with two terms are shire president and two as deputy president.
The former Pinjarra police sergeant’s knowledge, guidance and love of his shire had seen him play a very significant role in the district’s journey.
Through membership on numerous boards and committees and more than 41 years service to Lions Club International, Mr Barrett showed great dedication and commitment to local government and the Shire of Murray as well as the wider WA community.
The title of Freeman is one of the most prestigious forms of honour or recognition a local government can award.