Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2023 at 11:01:48 AM




It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the Shire of Upper Gascoyne Shire President Cr Donald Hammarquist OAM JP surrounded by his family and loved ones. The Shire of Upper Gascoyne and broader community offer our most sincere condolences to his wife Dot, children Matthew, David and Melanie and their families, and to the extended Hammarquist family at this time.

Don was elected as a Shire Councillor in 1990 and served the Shire for 33 years. Don was elected as the Shire President in 2017, a position he held until his passing. In April 2019, Don was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to Local Government and to the community of the Upper Gascoyne and was made a Freeman of the Shire in May 2023.

In his time representing the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, Don was heavily involved with the Gascoyne Development Commission, the Regional Road Group and WALGA Zone Meetings. Don was passionate about the Upper Gascoyne, and worked tirelessly to create and deliver services and facilities across the Shire for residents and visitors alike. His passion for tourism was well regarded and Don worked closely with Australia's Golden Outback and within the Gascoyne Murchison region to share far and wide what the Upper Gascoyne had to offer visitors.

Don was highly regarded by his fellow Councillors, and the Shire of Upper Gascoyne staff who will miss him dearly as they continue to strive for excellence in delivering for the Upper Gascoyne community as Don did.

Funeral Arrangements will be shared in due course. The Hammarquist Family have asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Crawford House or the Cancer Council.

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