City Burgermeester hosts the Luks for afternoon tea

You may remember John Luk, a local resident who has been voluntarily picking up litter in the city for over 20 years, 3 hours a day. He recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary, and Mayor, Ian Carpenter, and CEO, Ken Diehm, hosted John and his wife Anne for afternoon tea. 

Press release from the city below. 



Many people have marvelled at local resident John Luk’s long time commitment to keeping the Beresford Foreshore clear of litter. 

Mr Luk has for many years voluntarily collected rubbish along the beachfront on Chapman Road and you can often see his orange litter bags stacked, groaning under the weight of their bounty at the roadside. 

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, and CEO, Ken Diehm, hosted afternoon tea with John and his wife Anne last week to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and to acknowledge Mr Luk’s unpaid work in collecting litter. 

“I’d like to thank John for his selfless volunteering work in picking up litter on Beresford Beach,” Mr Carpenter said, “well done John and Anne, our community is all the better with people like you in it.” 

The Mayor and CEO presented the Luks with a small gift and flowers. 

“However the highlight for John seemed to be our promise to get him a personalised high vis vest,” said Mr Diehm. 

Mr Luk was delighted and likened it to being recognised by the ‘burgermeester’ (mayor) in his native country of Holland. 

“I will show off the pictures to my family in the Netherlands,” he said proudly.

Anne and John Luk enjoy afternoon tea with Mayor Ian Carpenter and City CEO Ken Diehm

Anne and John Luk enjoy afternoon tea with Mayor Ian Carpenter and City CEO Ken Diehm