Former Mayor and Member for Bunbury John Castrilli, along with his wife Loretta, have received the Bunbury community’s highest honour with both being made an Honorary Freeman of the City at a special event on Friday, 5 May. Only two other residents have achieved the honour, with former Mayor Ern Manea and his wife Snookie receiving the status in 1997.
Freeman of the City is a formal honour that recognises distinguished service to the community and takes into account length of service, level of commitment and personal leadership. Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said Mr and Mrs Castrilli had worked tirelessly for the community for the past 26 years.
“John’s commitment to Bunbury has included serving as a City of Bunbury Councillor for six years from 1991, elected Mayor from 1997 to 2005 and also Member for Bunbury from 2005 to 2017,” Mr Brennan said.
“His leadership qualities were recognised when he served as Minister for Local Government for more than four years, and at various times he has been patron of nine organisations.”
Mr Brennan said Mr Castrilli’s achievements would not have been possible without the essential support of his wife.
“Loretta’s support includes attending all City of Bunbury functions with John during his term as Mayor, and she has continued with her involvement in many other organisations such as the Silver Chain Australia Day breakfast and Morning Tea fundraising for breast cancer research,” Mr Brennan said.
“And of course she has always been there to share the emotional and physical demands that come with your partner being in public office.”