Or­der of Aus­tralia award for Af­fleck

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - De­clan Bush

Arts Mar­garet River pres­i­dent Fred Af­fleck has been ap­pointed to the Or­der of Aus­tralia for his work in trans­port, lo­gis­tics, and the arts.

Dr Af­fleck was made an Of­fi­cer in the Gen­eral Di­vi­sion “for dis­tin­guished ser­vice to the trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­tries through lead­er­ship roles, to pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning, and as a sup­porter of the per­form­ing arts”.

The Mar­garet River res­i­dent said he was hon­oured by news of the award and thanked his wife Mar­garet, an artist and mu­si­cian.

“She’s been an in­cred­i­ble sup­port to me be­cause I’ve trav­elled a huge amount and she’s al­ways been the one who’s picked me up at the air­port,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways had a great deal of sup­port from all quar­ters, from the peo­ple I’ve worked with, and fam­ily.”

Dr Af­fleck started work in his na­tive Canada in the 1960s and moved to Aus­tralia in 1972, work­ing across WA, South Aus­tralia, Queens­land, and Vic­to­ria, manag­ing rail­ways and work­ing in trans­port lead­er­ship roles.

“I was sort of the pub­lic face of the rail­way sys­tems in Aus­tralia for a while,” he said.

Dr Af­fleck was a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at the Na­tional Rail Cor­pora- tion and the Na­tional Rail­ways Com­mis­sion, chair­man of the Mid­land Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity from 2004-12, deputy chair­man of the Fre­man­tle Port Author­ity from 2011-14, com­mis­sioner of the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion from 2006-08, and ad­vi­sor to the Com­mon­wealth Grants Com­mis­sion on rail­ways and pub­lic trans­port from 1979-82.

He said he worked with or­gan­i­sa­tions “in tran­si­tion or in trou­ble”, and new or­gan­i­sa­tions which needed to be “re­shaped and sent on a path to ef­fec­tive­ness”.

“It’s been about work­ing out how to make an or­gan­i­sa­tion work bet­ter and then telling the story back to the peo­ple who work there about what we all have to do to get this to hap­pen,” he said.

“That’s been my forte through­out life, to tell that story.”

Dr Af­fleck is an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of WA, Curtin Univer­sity, and Edith Cowan Univer­sity, and a past pres­i­dent of the Pa­trons and Friends of the WA Sym­phony Orches­tra.

Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River pres­i­dent Ian Earl said Mr Af­fleck was a “ter­rific bloke”.

“It’s great to see him down here sup­port­ing Arts Mar­garet River and us­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence for the ad­van­tage of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Pic­ture: De­clan Bush

Dr Fred Af­fleck has been ap­pointed an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Aus­tralia.

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