Community tributes for a tireless campaigner

DEE Wallace worked tirelessly to advance her community and the environment, and her sudden death on Tuesday has saddened those privileged to know her.

Dee was well known in the Coffs Harbour and Northern Beaches areas for her work with many community organisations like Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare and the Emerald Beach residents' group.

Each year, she would put months and months of effort into organising the popular Emerald Beach Fair.

“Dee was one of the driving forces in the establishment of Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare as a support body of the many small Landcare and Dunecare groups in our area,” a statement issued by Landcare said yesterday.

“It's enabled them to be more successful and co-ordinated in their effort to improve the natural environment of our dunes, creeks and reserves, and to assist them with funding applications, training and equipment.

“Dee has remained an active and inspirational member for all of our 11 years, serving on the executive as president, vice president and secretary, as well as being very active in planning our many exhibitions, workshops and presentations.

“In addition to her huge contribution to Landcare, Dee was always very active and supportive of other community events and organisations in her own Emerald Beach community as well as serving on many council and regional committees.

“Dee's support to the whole community has been enormous and she will be sadly missed, but memories of Dee will continue to inspire many to continue the good work to build a better society and environment.”

In the 1990s, Dee was also instrumental in the establishment of the Coffs Harbour Environment Centre.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades also paid tribute to Dee's work.

“I personally had a lot of admiration for Dee. She was always a fantastic lady to talk to on issues,” Cr Rhoades said.

“She would sit down and talk to you and listen to both sides. She was an excellent person to communicate with.”

Cr Rhoades also said Dee was perhaps the most regular attendee at council meetings, and her death would be keenly felt by the community.

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare President Ron Smith was shocked at her passing.

“Dee worked so hard for local communities and she will be sadly missed,” he said.

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