City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett has paid tribute to the City’s councillor Steven Portelli, after he suddenly died on Australia Day.
Mr Howlett extended his condolences to the Portelli and Puglia families and on behalf of the City in a statement, while honouring the long-standing councillor’s service to the community.
“The passing of Councillor Steven Portellii on Australia Day has shocked his family and the community,” Mr Howlett said.
“We know Steve was a family-oriented person, a passionate advocate for the community and actively involved as a member of the Cockburn Council on many of its committees and reference groups, as a Council representative on several external committees, and on school and community groups.”
“Vale Councillor Steven Portelli – may you rest in peace.”
Councillor Portelli was first elected to Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015, representing the East Ward.
Mr Howlett said Councillor Portelli was determined “to do what he believed was right for the community that he represented.”
Before being elected to Council, he was a Neighbourhood Watch suburb manager co-ordinating resources from the street level through the neighbourhood in the fight against crime.
He continued the fight against crime and education and awareness of crime prevention when he became the chair of the City of Cockburn’s Neighbourhood Watch Reference Group, actively engaging with Neighbourhood Watch members, Co-Safe and WA Police.
Mr Howlett also said he would be remembered for his support for Roe 8 and projects that would benefit the community.
Flags at the City of Cockburn will be flown at half-mast to honour Mr Portelli and his contribution to the City and community when he is laid to rest.
Tributes From Melville Mayor
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey also paid tribute to Councillor Steven Portelli.
Mr Aubrey praised Mr Portelli for making tremendous contribution to the Cockburn community during his six year period as a councillor.
During the past few years, Mr Portelli and Mr Aubrey together partnered on pushing the Roe 8 project forward.
“It is unfortunate that he will not see the development of the road (Roe 8) that was his passion, but his legacy will inspire those that knew him to ensure his goals are fulfilled.
“On behalf of the City of Melville I send sincere condolences to the family he loved so much.”
Councillor Portelli is survived by his partner and four daughters.
The date for his funeral has not yet been announced.