Over and out for pop­u­lar City boss

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

SOUTH PERTH AF­TER mak­ing his mark on the leafy city for the past decade, City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cliff Frew­ing fin­ishes up this Fri­day.

Mr Frew­ing has been in­volved in lo­cal gov­ern­ment for about 40 years and said although he was leav­ing South Perth, he did not plan to leave the sec­tor.

“I’m not in­tend­ing to hang up my pen yet,” he said.

His love for lo­cal gov­ern­ment blos­somed when he worked in the fi­nan­cial depart­ment for the City of Perth in the ’70s.

“I worked there for seven years in a va­ri­ety of roles and it gave me a ground­ing,” Mr Frew­ing said.

In 1980, he took on the role as trea­surer of the City of Su­bi­aco be­fore mov­ing on to the then Shire of Swan as the di­rec­tor of fi­nance in 1986.

“This was where I first ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fer­ent land uses and plan­ning for large growth” Mr Frew­ing said.

He said he was there for the very start of plan­ning for the El­len­brook town site.

In 2001, he was sec­onded to the City of South Perth as chief ex­ec­u­tive for three months af­ter the coun­cil was sus­pended. He ended up stay­ing two years be­fore go­ing back to Swan.

He then re­joined the City of South Perth as chief ex­ec­u­tive in May 2005.

One of the ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in the last 10 years was Town Plan­ning Scheme Num­ber Six, which is the scheme be­hind a lot of the de­vel­op­ment on the penin­sula to­day.

“In 2012, Scheme Amend­ment Num­ber 25 was adopted, which has seen a new boom of build­ings on the penin­sula,” Mr Frew­ing said.

One of his pas­sion­ate projects was the con­sol­i­da­tion of

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440910 land in the Civic Tri­an­gle, which gen­er­ated $27 mil­lion for ac­tiv­i­ties around the City, such as the Man­ning Hub.

One of his keen ar­eas of in­ter­est, which he hoped would con­tinue af­ter he leaves, is the up­grade of Sir James Mitchell Park and the al­ter­nate treat­ment for the river walls.

What’s next for the sea­soned chief ex­ec­u­tive?

It isn’t planned out yet, but he said it will give him a chance to give back to the sec­tor.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Cliff Frew­ing.

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