Mandurah farewells Freeman of the City

Monday, 28 August 2017

Environmental advocate and Freeman of the City of Mandurah, Kathleen Malta OAM, passed away last week leaving a legacy to the local community.

Mayor Marina Vergone expressed her condolences on the passing of Mrs Malta.

“On behalf of the City of Mandurah and Council, I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kathleen Malta,” she said.

“I would also like to recognise the important work that Mrs Malta had undertaken for the Mandurah community, and particularly fighting tenaciously for the environment for many years.

“Her tireless effort in conserving the environment for future generations to enjoy has become her legacy, and is something her family can be extremely proud of.

“She has made many valuable and outstanding contributions to this community and will be sorely missed throughout Mandurah and the Peel Region.”

Besides her eight years as a Coastal Ward Councillor from 1995 until 2003 and being a highly regarded member of various committees and groups associated with that role, Mrs Malta is probably best known for her environmental work.

Mrs Malta was a member and secretary of the Creery Wetlands Support Group and until December 2005 was a committee member and secretary of the Peel Preservation Group for 12 years. She also served as a community representative on the Mandurah Environmental Advisory Committee.

When WA-born Mrs Malta returned to Western Australia from Victoria with her late husband Gino in 1987, she joined the Southern Estuary Progress Association and shortly after became secretary.

She was an inaugural member and life member of the Friends of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, a life member of the Mandurah Garden Club and was an active social tennis player with the Southern Estuary Tennis Association.

Mrs Malta received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2003 for her service to the communities of Mandurah and the Peel.

In 2006, she was awarded an Honorary Freeman of the City of Mandurah in recognition of her longstanding service to the local community, both in her role as a former Councillor and her active role in many local community organisations.

Despite moving away from Mandurah in recent years, she maintained her interest and networks in the local community.

Mrs Malta has been described as having served the community with intelligence, commitment and passion.