Council and staff of the Shire of Chittering were deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of their Shire President, Steve Vallance, early this morning at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. Steve has been an active member of our Council for many years; serving from 2003-2011 and being re-elected in 2015, where he was appointed President by his fellow Councillors.
Steve and his wife Natalie have lived in Muchea for about 30 years, running a successful and widely known nursery, supplying native plants for many projects and nurseries in and around Perth. He was also Australian President of The International Plant Propagators Society and had a special love and gift for growing and cultivating Australian Plants.
Steve has always been active in the Chittering community. As well as being a Councillor for close to 10 years, Steve was a strong advocate for planning and environmental issues; a volunteer bushfire brigade member; a cricket player; and an active supporter of numerous community groups.
Steve’s sudden passing has been a shock for the local community. He was a widely respected person, a natural leader and a man who was always prepared to listen. He had a strong desire to see the Shire grow and prosper while retaining the qualities which make Chittering a special place for both residents and visitors. Steve was a man of great empathy and integrity, his presence will be sorely missed.
The Council and staff of the Shire of Chittering, and the broader Chittering community, extends its sincere sympathies to Natalie and family on the loss of not only a great man, but a husband, father and grand-father.
Steve’s involvement in the Chittering community has left a lasting legacy for the region. He will be long remembered and sadly missed by all who knew him.
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