Late Fred Cook OAM honoured for significant contribution

Thursday, 11 July 2019

A Leopold reserve at 97 Christies Road will be officially named Fred Cook Reserve, to honour the late Fred Cook OAM.

Council gave its approval after the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail proposed to recognise one of its longest serving and most active members.

Mr Cook joined the group during its establishment in 2002 and worked tirelessly until his death in 2017.

The keen environmentalist was instrumental in the revegetation and improvement of community facilities along the Bellarine Rail Trail Reserve.

Mr Cook’s hard work led to the establishment of more than 80,000 plants and the coordination of over 20,000 hours of volunteer work by Friends of Bellarine Rail Trail members.

Council asked the community for feedback during February and March this year, receiving 25 online submissions which were all in support of naming the unnamed reserve. 

Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood

I welcome the naming of this Leopold reserve to Fred Cook Reserve, as Mr Cook was a highly respected and dedicated member of our community.

Mr Cook made a significant contribution to improving our region’s natural environment and the community continues to benefit from the works he carried out on the Bellarine Rail Trail.

Councillor Jim Mason, Bellarine Ward

Fred Cook OAM was very well known because of the social conscience he built, and his understanding of leadership and working within a team. He carried all of those things from his early life.

He had several interests and was very active in a number of areas of the community. I got to know Fred through the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail, through Bellarine Landcare and through Bellarine Catchment Network.

He ran a very efficient team, and everyone had great respect for him. He was also a man of great humility who did many things for the environment and for many people.

Through his humility I imagine he would have preferred to see this reserve named after the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail than himself, but we note that it is the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail who have suggested the reserve be named after him.

Tonight was a very special night for the Cook family, and we were pleased to make the decision with members of the family present, including his wife Carolyn.

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