LONG-serving Murray Shire councillor Wally Barrett was recognised for his dedication and commitment to local government and the community with the award of the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Cr Barrett has dedicated many years to the district including 23 years on the council, serving two terms as president from from 2011 to 2015 and deputy president from 2009 to 2011.
Shire president Maree Reid said Cr Barrett’s knowledge, guidance and love for his shire had seen him play a very significant role in the district’s journey.
Cr Barrett has been a member of Peel Development Commission and Pinjarra Visitor Centre and is a member of the Tourism and Heritage Advisory Committee.
He was founding member and former director of the Bendigo Bank Pinjarra Branch, director and vice-chair of Murray Joblink and Peel Employment Advisory Committee and a former deputy director of WA Local Government Super Fund.
For more than 41 years, Cr Barrett has served Lions Club International as a member, a life member since 2002, District Governor WA, vice District Governor and deputy District Governor.
He has been president, vice president and secretary of the Lions Club of Mandurah.
Cr Barrett formed the Leo Club in 2001 and co-ordinated 10 Lions Australia Day breakfasts in Pinjarra between 1998 and 2008.
He was also charter secretary of the Lions Club of Boddington in 1976 and formed its Leo Club in 1977.