JOHN Amor’s love of the environment has been honoured with a native flower named in his memory.
Mr Amor, who died in 2010, helped establish a strong network of passionate people throughout the south-west who were committed to protecting the coast.
Last night the Warrnambool and District Society for Growing Australian Plants met to honour Mr Amor’s enormous contribution to the conservation of flora and fauna in south-west Victoria.
Group member Cherree Densley said when Mr Amor passed away it was thought there should be some lasting reminder of his support to their group and that his great love of correas in particular should be honoured in some way.
Ms Densley said the bell-shaped correa was considered ideal.
“So we set about selecting a suitable form, propagating and trialling,” she said.
“It has taken some time to find a suitable correa. One thought to have great promise turned out to be too wishy-washy.
“The one which has been chosen is a free-flowering rich pink with a creamy lower band on the corolla on a nice-shaped bush.”
The correa will be named in honour of Mr Amor and will be registered with the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority in Canberra. Mr Amor worked in government environmental bodies including the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria in the region for several decades.
Mr Amor was also the Coast Action/Coastcare facilitator for South-West Victoria for about eight years and was instrumental in the project to use Maremma dogs to protect the Middle Island penguin colony in Warrnambool.
He was also involved with the Tarerer, Fun4Kids and Summer by the Sea festivals and many other regional events and programs.