Fred Cook Reserve, at 97 Christies Road Leopold, has been named in honour
of the late Fred Cook OAM, a dedicated member of the Friends of the Bellarine
The naming was made official today when Fred’s wife Carolyn and his four children
unveiled the signage of the reserve.
The idea to name the reserve after Fred Cook came from members of the
Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail in recognition of Fred’s contribution to
As one of the longest serving and most active members of the ‘Friends’,
work led to the establishment of more than 80,000 plants and the coordination
of over 20,000 hours of volunteer work in the area.
Between joining the ‘Friends’ and Fred’s passing in
2017, he was always on the trail, collecting seeds, propagating plants, and
organising working bees.
The keen environmentalist was instrumental in the
revegetation and improvement of community facilities along the Bellarine Rail Trail Reserve.
The change was put forward to the community in
February and March this year, resulting in 25 submissions in favour of naming
Cr Trent Sullivan,
It was moving to be at Fred Cook Reserve today to see
the signage bearing his name unveiled by his wife, Mrs Carolyn Cook, alongside
their children Jane, Dean, Rebecca and Kellie, and their grandchildren. The
reserve is now a place where Fred’s family, friends and colleagues can come to
remember him, and it will serve as a permanent reminder of the incredible work
he did on the Bellarine Rail Trail.
A huge thank-you to the Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail for suggesting this
tribute; the council had no hesitation in making it official. It’s an honour
that Fred very much deserved.