Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fredman's Departure; Shock, Sadness and Anger Part of a Range of Community Response To

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fredman's Departure; Shock, Sadness and Anger Part of a Range of Community Response To

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

The Fredman Factor

The last of the original heads of departments now gone... big loss for council. Wonder why the sudden decision. Was it the last domino to knock over?

- ex-Cooloola councillor Jan Watt.

Kudos to a long term employee of GRC. Anyone who devotes their entire working life to Gympie and the responsibilities of local government has to be commended for their long service and contribution to the community

- Nikki Leis.

Terrible. Bob was my boss for many years - he is a wonderful man - in fact the smartest man I have ever known... Council will be worse off with his departure. The 40 years of knowledge will be a sad loss for the whole Gympie region - Jody Allen.

Sad as it is, I heard they were trying to get rid of Bob before the last election. WHY? we need to ask Mayor Mick. Who is in charge and I thought Mayor Mick was a local? Why is he allowing this to continue to happen? Answers are needed now.

- Marlene Owen.

Such a huge loss to the GRC. Big shoes to fill.

- Cheryl Allen.

THE sudden retirement of veteran Gympie Regional Council engineering director Bob Fredman has shocked and saddened councillors.

And yesterday it seemed also to have angered and concerned residents.

Often described as "the last of the Mohicans," Mr Fredman's retirement comes after a series of high level staff departures.

He was the last corporate director to have lifetime links to the Gympie region.

He made no comment this week after ending a career which spanned the recent history of Gympie region, from his early days with Widgee Shire to the amalgamated Cooloola Shire (which combined Widgee with Gympie City) and the re-amalgamated Gympie Regional Council (with Kilkivan and the southern portion of Tiaro Shire).

His resignation also ends all council connections with its original corps of departmental directors, including former finance director Yvonne Oliver, community services director Michael Grant, planning and development director Michael Hartley and corporate governance director Craig Manson.

Mr Fredman is better known than most council executives largely because of his enthusiasm for history and his work through the National Trust to help encourage preservation and continued commercial use of the city's gold rush architecture. …

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