City of Karratha

City of Karratha remembers pioneering Shire Clerk’s decades of service

12 Dec 2019

A pioneering public servant who recently passed away has been fondly remembered by the City of Karratha.

Francis John Gow, known as Frank, was born in Perth on December 12, 1941.

Mr Gow started out in local government as a junior at the Shire of Narrogin in 1958 and served as Assistant Shire Clerk at the Shire of Meekatharra and Shire of Carnarvon during the 1960s.

He served the Shire of Esperance as Treasurer from 1969 before accepting the position of Shire Clerk with the Shire of Roebourne, now the City of Karratha, in September 1971.

Mr Gow relocated to Roebourne in 1971 before settling in Karratha in 1973.

City of Karratha Chief Executive Officer Chris Adams said Mr Gow’s more than 22 years’ service as Shire Clerk was remarkable.

“I was fortunate enough to work with Frank when I started out with the then Shire of Roebourne as a Recreation Officer in 1993”, Mr Adams said.

“Frank was a pioneer of local government in our region and a tireless worker who was often the first to arrive and the last to leave.

“He oversaw the rapid development of the Pilbara as a result of momentous growth of iron ore and LNG operations, and large population growth associated with the development of the towns of Wickham, Dampier and Karratha.

“Frank was instrumental in the construction of community facilities such as the Walkington Theatre, Karratha Airport and the former swimming pool and entertainment centre, which have given way to the Karratha Leisureplex and Red Earth Arts Precinct.

“He was a well-known and respected local identity whose dedication and contribution to our community leaves a lasting legacy, and I would like to extend my condolences to his wife Helen and son David on behalf of the City of Karratha."