City of Yarra: Vale Freda St. John Watkin (13 May 2014)
Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, has paid tribute to community leader, public transport advocate and artist Freda St. John Watkin who passed away on the weekend.
Freda was the secretary and public face of Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport (or YCAT as it is fondly known) from 2008.
As a passionate advocate for public transport, Freda was a leading community light in the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign since its inception and a founding member of the new Victorian Integrated Transport Alliance (VITAL).
She was also well known for her many other roles in the community, including as an installation artist working in photography, digital imaging, video, painting and printmaking.
“Freda was a beautiful person who gave her heart and soul to her community,” Mayor Fristacky said.
“She was actively involved in campaigns over many years to protect Yarra from the destruction of the East West Link project and to raise the profile of major public transport projects such as the long awaited Doncaster Rail.
“There’s no doubt Freda’s good nature, wisdom and commitment to making Yarra a better place will be missed.”
Chris Goodman and Chris Star of YCAT have written a moving and fitting eulogy to Freda. You can read their message here.
The Funeral Service for Ms Freda St John Watkin will be held at Ern Jensen & Son Funeral Home, cnr Bruce and Mary Sts, Preston on Wednesday (May 14, 2014) at 2pm, followed by a Private Cremation (Published in Herald Sun on 12/05/2014). A suggestion from YCAT, for those attending on Wednesday, please wear a beret in Freda’s memory