The title of Freeman of the Shire is the highest honour that the Shire of Harvey can bestow on any person and is awarded to a recipient that meets the highest threshold of contribution to the community.
On 24 November 2017, John Sabourne was announced as the Shire of Harvey’s first Freeman.
Mr Sabourne was given the honour for his decades of community work, having retired from Council in 2017 after 36 years, including 10 years as Shire President.
Mr Sabourne has 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.
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