Head engineer Bob Fredman resigns from Gympie council
GYMPIE Regional Council director of engineering services Bob Fredman has resigned after 40 years with Gympie's local authority.
The shock resignation occurred last week.
Mr Fredman has declined to comment further on what prompted his resignation or his plans for the future.
GRC CEO Bernard Smith issued this statement on behalf of the council today:
"Forty years is a long innings as they say and the changes Bob has seen must be enormous, he will in fact still be in the employ of council (on long service leave) until the middle of next year so his 40 year anniversary in February will be able to be celebrated.
"Bob played an important role for council in putting forward its case on the proposed Traveston dam. He has witnessed a fundamental change in Gympie and its economy and always prided himself on being an engineer first and foremost.
"Bob was part of two amalgamations and has appointed many, many locals to positions with council over the decades.
"His dry wit around the council will be missed and we wish him all the best.”
As director of engineering Mr Fredman was in charge of road and bridge design, major projects management, capital infrastructure strategy, GIS maps and plans, parking design, asset management system, water and sewerage planning, reporting and operations, street lighting, street names and numbers, saleyards, airport maintenance, Bruce Highway liasion, road closures and strategic flood management.