City of Swan mayor killed in accident

By Staff Writer

The Mayor of the City of Swan in Western Australia, Charlie Gregorini has been killed in a tractor accident on his Swan View property.

The 62-year-old father of five was moving bricks on Saturday afternoon when the tractor rolled over. His body was discovered by his wife, Sandra.

Cr Gregorini started his community work when he was 16 as a foundation and committee member of the Young Catholic Workers, and was first elected to the Shire of Swan 30 years ago before becoming the inaugural City of Swan Mayor in 2000.

Deputy mayor Mel Congerton said Cr Gregorini’s family and the whole community were still trying to come to terms of the loss.

“Charlie’s tragic death is a great and tragic loss to us all. No more so than to his wife Sandra, his five children and three grandchildren.

“But he has also worked tirelessly for the City of Swan for more than 30 years. He was always on call, 24/7, and he was dedicated to making the City a better place to live,” Cr Congerton said in a statement.

Cr Gregorini, an Italian migrant, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988 and made a Member of Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours this year for his services to local government and to the community of the City of Swan.

He was a former chair of the WA Local Government Advisory Board, responsible for the development of reviews into the operation of local government in the state.

WA Local Government Minister John Castrilli also paid tribute to the deceased major, saying he knew him well and greatly respected his service to the community.

“I express my condolence to his family in their tragic loss," he said in a statement.

“His capacities for hard work and innovative thinking will be missed by the local government family in WA, especially in his local region."

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