Vale Mike Sheppard

Published on Friday, 14 August 2020 at 12:47:11 PM

The Shire of Dandaragan staff and Councillors would like to pay tribute to former Shire Councillor Mike Sheppard, who died recently.

Mr Sheppard dedicated nine years to serving the Shire of Dandaragan community as a Councillor from 2008, until retiring from Council, in 2017.

Mike was well-loved and respected by staff as a Councillor with a passion for community and advocating for projects that involved as many people as possible, and during that time he made an impression on anyone who met him.

Mike was key participant in Jurien Bay Jetty Working Group in addition to his involvement with Jurien Bay Progress Association, Jurien Bay Community Centre (now Jurien Sport and Recreation Centre) committee, Jurien Bay Community Festivals Association and Jurien Bay Men’s Shed. He was instrumental in the development and coordination of projects such as beach clean-ups, Keep Australia Beautiful – Tidy Towns, Jurien Bay Easter Festival, and the Music in the Park sessions. He was instrumental in Jurien Bay winning the 2012 WA Clean Beaches Award.

He held positions of President for Jurien Bay Progress Association and the Jurien Bay Community Festival Association, Chairman of the Bendigo Bank Board and Vice President of the Men’s Shed, among many other positions over the years, whilst also volunteering at the Turquoise Coast Visitor Centre.

Mike’s passion for making our community a better place to live was an inspiration to all. The countless hours of service he contributed both as Councillor but also behind the scenes in community events and activities was always noticed and earned him a valued and respected placed in the Shire’s hearts.

Even after Mike’s retirement from Council, and up to only weeks ago, he would still arrive at Council meetings and sit in the public seating area, ready with questions and comments to Council and staff, but always with his gentle demeanor and respectful mannerisms.

Mike will be missed by all at the Shire of Dandaragan and our deepest sympathy goes out to his much-loved wife Jean, sons Brendan and Daniel, and the rest of Mike’s family.

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