RATWISE pays tribute to their late Life Member, Stuart Marriner


Stuart Marriner in the middle with RATWISE Committee Members in the 'Battle Room'

We knew Stuart as a true gentleman who cared deeply for his family, friends and the community. Along with his dear wife Jean, their door was always open to listen, discuss and counsel anyone who was in need of help and advice.

He was very well read and interested in many aspects of life in the communities around him. This led to his involvement in working towards the best possible care for all.

We first met Stuart through his concern for the safety of the local environment and those who lived there. With his amazing ability to recognise, research and bring his concerns to the public notice, he fought for the natural rights of all people to a clean and safe environment.


Past victories led by Stuart Marriner

A special man - as with his late wife Jean who both impressed upon us to 'never give up, as this is what is expected'. Furthermore, Stuart would not take NO for an answer; he would always find another way around a particular problem.

As such, Stuart was the backbone of RATWISE from the very beginning, and was pleased to be involved in another environmental group after the folding of DRAG (Dandenong Residents Action Group). We recall how he used to run rings around officials, and essentially would put his heart and soul into environmental justice.

RATWISE met twice a month (1st and 3rd Wednesday) at Stuart and Jeans place around the billiard table (the so called 'battle room'). Afterwards, we would solve the worlds problems over a cup of tea made by either himself or his wife Jean. We continued to meet at Stuart's home until he left Dandenong to go to Apollo Bay.


Stuart receiving the EPA Chairman's Award

Stuart was the first and, to the best of our knowledge, the ONLY recipient of an EPA chairman's award, which he proudly accepted from the EPA chairman, Cheryl Batagol, at his farewell dinner at the Dandenong RSL.

You know I have the highest regard for Stuart and, in fact, credit him and Jean with my journey that ultimately led me here to [the] EPA. -- Cheryl Batagol, during her presentation speech at Dandenong RSL

Stuart was a great researcher and spent many hours finding information that could be used in RATWISE campaigns; pouring over legislation or statistics and looking for different angles. One can only admire a man who learnt to use a computer at the age of 90, which enabled him to globally conduct his research.

He was a friend to many and an activist with the courage of his convictions. He was a wonderful orator with a terrific memory - emotional but factual. He was controlled and able to be understood. When speaking publicly, he never needed notes. He practiced what he wanted to say and was word perfect.


Insciption on the EPA Chairman's Award

A tireless worker for the cause, Stuart and his wife Jean were in involved in all aspects of our campaigns, from letterboxing houses to a demonstration outside the EPA, or from marching down Main Street in Dandenong with placards and banners to picketing on the steps of Parliament House. He believed in the community, the power of the people, and that politicians are elected by the people. He also believed that communities have the 'Right to Know'. He often quoted the 'Precautionary Principle' and further believed that the EPA and other bodies should live by it. Where there is doubt of serious or irreversible damage, the lack of scientific proof should not be used as a reason to postpone....

Politicians, councillors, officers, and industry operators may not have 'liked him' at times, but he was certainly well respected from all sides. One industry owner told Stuart to continue fighting for the cause as his work was having an influence, which meant changes to the Industry 2 zone, previously called the offensive zone, in South Dandenong. Specifically, he was instrumental in an aged incinerator being removed and replaced with one that was state of the art.

Stuart was sadly missed when he left Dandenong. Even more so now with his passing. He has, however, left memories forever with us. We feel privileged to have known and worked beside Stuart as members of Residents Against Toxic Waste in the South East.

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RATWISE pays tribute to their late Life Member, Stuart Marriner

Past victories led by Stuart Marriner

We knew Stuart as a true gentleman who cared deeply for his family, friends and the community. Along with his dear wife Jean, their door was always open to listen, discuss and counsel anyone who was in need of help and advice.

He was very well read and interested in many aspects of life in the communities around him. This led to his involvement in working towards the best possible care for all.
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