Andy Gulliver, Chairman of the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council has paid tribute to the environmental and social contributions made by community leader John Collett, who passed away suddenly last week.
“John was a champion for Landcare across the Peel Region and beyond. His enthusiasm and passion to care for our precious natural resources and the people of our communities has left a legacy that will be long remembered and appreciated,” said Andy Gulliver.
Renowned and respected for his positive and solutions-focused approach to projects, John had an ability to connect corporate organisations, governments, community groups and individuals to form strategic partnerships that would benefit local people and our environment for the long term.
His innovative approach to bring people together to achieve positive environmental outcomes in rural and urban locations in the Avon and then Peel-Harvey helped make one of Australia’s most successful corporate sponsorships models: the historic Alcoa Landcare Program, a joint initiative with Greening Australia.
John put it into action through the Rivers, Wetlands and Habitats program in the Peel-Harvey working with the Community Catchment Centre in Pinjarra. The Program provided funding to local Landcare groups for on-ground action and was so successful it led to a swell in community action with up to 50 ‘care’ groups actively working on-ground.
“The funding model designed by John for the Alcoa assessment process was simple, quick and responsive, placing project priority decision-making directly into the hands of Landcare groups, who he trusted as knowing what was best for their landscapes and their communities,” explained Andy Gulliver.
“His approachable manner and ability to respond quickly and positively to community questions or concerns was monumental in achieving positive Landcare outcomes. Later, of course, John became the Chairman of the PDC. He was a fine man and will be missed amongst his Landcare community.”
Media Contact: Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Jane.Omalley@peel-harvey.org.au, (08) 6369 8800