Former Shire president passes on

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The late Peter Kneebone.
Camera IconThe late Peter Kneebone. Credit: Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, Supplied

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley has paid tribute to a former Shire president who died last month.

Peter Kneebone, who served on the SDWK council for 31 years from 1978 and served as president in 1981-1984 and 1988-1990, died aged 85.

In a statement expressing condolences to Mr Kneebone’s family and friends, the Shire said he came to Derby in the early 1960s with his wife Kath and raised their family while establishing an auto-electrical business and leasing a pastoral lease.

Shire councillor Peter McCumstie, who worked with Peter on the council for 11 years, said Peter was a very hard-working man in both his business and the community.

“Peter worked tirelessly on council and strongly advocated for Derby and the Shire during the 80s when times were very tough with the meatworks and port closing and government agencies were all being downsized,” he said.

“Peter represented the Shire not only through council but through representation on government and non-government boards and organisations.

“He was a man who always stood up for everyone and was never afraid to speak his mind,” Mr McCumstie said.

A private cremation was held in Bunbury and his ashes were placed at Derby Cemetery today.

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