Unsung HeroesRevealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People
"Commitment and dedication to community" traits his daughter Eleanor remembers of the enormous contribution her father Peter and mother Linda made to Narrogin in a partnership that spanned many years of untiring service.
An advocate for those in town and surrounds who felt they did not have a voice, Peter, when serving as Vice President and Secretary of the Rate Payers Association, monitored the financial records of the Council, rallied community support and lobbied the Shire Council on issues relating to the closure of the railway link, the shortage of doctors in the town, encouraged health promotion awareness and helped facilitate the purchase of a medical scanner.
The Townscape Committee, on which Peter served, oversaw the introduction of new maps, plans of parks and town squares, added buildings to the heritage list, developed planning documents and encouraged town tree planting.
As a member of the Narrogin Primary School P & C and Grounds Committee, Peter promoted SunSmart Schools and safer environments for the school yard.
Foxes Lair, a nature reserve on Narrogin's doorstep, another of Peter's particular interests, along with Doug Sawkins, greatly improved the area by looking after the bush trails within it, creating information guides and signs for tourists and visitors, including plant identification signs. Peter and Doug also helped redevelop the old arboretum site.
In acknowledging all his efforts on behalf of the Community, Peter's family speak of him being equally devoted to them.
Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people
Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.
Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.