Sabourne given top honour

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

RE­CENTLY re­tired Har­vey shire coun­cil­lor John Sabourne was be­stowed one of the high­est hon­ours in lo­cal gov­ern­ment when he was made the first Free­man of the Shire.

At the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil An­nual Din­ner on Novem­ber 24, Mr Sabourne was be­stowed the honour for his decades of com­mu­nity work, hav­ing re­tired this year af­ter 36 years on the coun­cil in­clud­ing 10 years as shire pres­i­dent.

Mr Sabourne said he felt hum­bled and hon­oured to be made a Free­man.

He said he was pleased his fam­ily was there on the night to see him re­ceive the award.

“We’re a very close-knit fam­ily and a very com­mu­nity-minded fam­ily,” he said.

“They’ve been my back­stop over the years.”

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son pre­sented the award to Mr Sabourne not­ing his years of ser­vice and work with nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups.

“John Sabourne has been ded­i­cated to a broad and long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to the Shire of Har­vey and his ser­vice has been well dec­o­rated by or­gan­i­sa­tions he has sup­ported,” Cr Jack­son said.

Mr Sabourne has been awarded life mem­ber­ships at the Brunswick Par­ents and Citizens As­so­ci­a­tion, Bun­bury and Dis­tricts Ju­nior Football As­so­ci­a­tion, Har­vey Brunswick Leschenault Ju­nior Football Coun­cil, Har­vey Brunswick Football Club, South West Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion and the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr Sabourne has also been a Jus­tice of the Peace since 1984 and in 2015 was made a mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia.

Cr Jack­son said the honour of Free­man of the Shire was awarded to a re­cip­i­ent that met the high­est thresh­old of con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity. “We be­stow this honour, the first Shire of Har­vey Free­man of the Shire, to sig­nify our grat­i­tude and the es­teem in which John Sabourne is held in our com­mu­nity.”

Former Har­vey shire pres­i­dent and re­tired coun­cil­lor John Sabourne was be­stowed the first Free­man of the Shire with his wife Mar­garet in at­ten­dance, at Har­vey Shire Coun­cil’s an­nual din­ner on Novem­ber 24.

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