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
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.
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
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