Two locals become Freeman of the Shire

Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at 3:50:13 PM

The Shire of Ravensthorpe is pleased to announce Mr Keith Rowe of Ravensthorpe and Mr Ian Goldfinch of Jerdacuttup each received the honorary title of Freeman of the Shire at an event in Hopetoun on Australia Day.

Under section G.19 of the Shire of Ravensthorpe Council Policy, the title may be bestowed upon “a person who has served the community on a continuous basis for greater than 15 years in an outstanding and meritorious manner.”

The last time a Freeman of the Shire was named was in 1993.

Mr Rowe (Pictured above with Shire president Keith Dunlop) is being recognised for over 50 years of service to the community in emergency services.

From 1972-78 Mr Rowe was captain of the Ravensthorpe Town Fire Brigade. After a tragic accident at a recently closed mine in 1974, Ravensthorpe was identified as requiring a State Emergency Service (SES) group. Mr Rowe was asked to manage it and he continues in that role today.

Mr Goldfinch (Pictured above, with Shire president Keith Dunlop) moved to the region in 1966 and since then has served the community in a variety of ways including during 30 years as an elected member with the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

This comprised stints as Shire President and Deputy President. He was also heavily involved in setting up the Ravensthorpe Community Centre; served on the Grains Executive Council; was a committee member of several sporting and social clubs; and was instrumental in establishing the telephone service in the region, which became the Jerdacuttup Telephone Exchange.

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