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Statement from Director General, Department of Parks and Wildlife

Jim Sharp, Director General, Department of Parks and Wildlife, has paid tribute to long-serving staff member Ian ‘Jock’ Marshall who tragically died yesterday in a vehicle rollover east of Manjimup.

“On behalf of the department, I would like to offer my condolences to Jock’s wife Inez, their sons Robert and Colin and their families,” Mr Sharp said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.

“Jock was a much loved and respected colleague who had worked in the department’s Donnelly District for 46 years.

“Jock began his career with the department in January 1968 as a conservation employee at Tone River settlement east of Manjimup and worked his way up to overseer in 1975. In 1989 he relinquished his overseer position to take on a senior mentoring role within the department’s district fire crew. He also served as a firefighter for many years.

“He was an energetic and enthusiastic worker who was well known among colleagues across the southwest for his great sense of humour.

“Jock also acted as a mentor and willingly shared his knowledge and experience with younger staff.

“He was a very reliable member of the team who could always be counted on.

“This loss is also deeply felt by Jock’s colleagues including staff members, district manager John Gillard and Warren regional manager Peter Keppel who had formed close bonds with Jock and his family.

“Counselling and support has been offered to staff members affected by this tragedy.”


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