Environmental champion Patricia Barblett inducted into WA Women’s Hall of Fame

Minister for Women’s Interests Simone McGurk inducting Patricia Barblett into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.
Minister for Women’s Interests Simone McGurk inducting Patricia Barblett into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

CLAREMONT resident Patricia Barblett (86) started her quest to champion environmental conservation when she became the first woman appointed to the Rottnest Island Authority Board in 1977, where she was joined by now Governor Kerry Sanderson.

The pair recently worked together to establish the WA Parks Foundation to raise money and awareness for parks in WA.

The foundation held its first annual general meeting last year.

Ms Barblett was among 14 women inducted in to the WA Women’s Hall of Fame at Government House this morning.

Her friend Mrs Sanderson was celebrating International Women’s Day in Quairading.

“Kerry sat on the board with me at Rottnest and we became firm friends,” Ms Barblett said.

“When she became Governor she started the process to set up (the foundation).

“It took three years. She’s got 30 ambassadors and I’m one of them.”

WA Women’s Hall Of Fame Inductees

Dr Anne O’Neill

Diana Bryant

Kelly Howlett

Gina Williams

Hazel Butorac

Helen Margaret Creed

Nicola Forrest

Professor Christobel Saunders

Sue Middleton

Suzanne Maree Urbaniak

Terrie Gomboc

Patricia Barblett

Dr Tracy Westerman

Irene Hooper (posthumous inductee)

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