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FAGG, Keith Andrew OAM

FAGG, Keith Andrew OAM

Keith Fagg.

Keith Fagg.

Ad Astra interviewed Keith Fagg in 2018:

Keith Fagg (OGC 1969) was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his extensive contribution to the Geelong community.

Keith drew early inspiration from his parents' actions and values in leading lives of community involvement and giving back. Keith is an active Rotarian and a Charter (founding) member of the Rotary Club of Kardinia, a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow. He served for 20 years on the Rural Ambulance Victoria Board, an interest peaked through his work in the early 1980s as a volunteer on-road ambulance officer with St John Ambulance in Darwin.

In 2012, Keith became the City of Geelong's first directly elected mayor and initiated projects which will be of lasting benefit for Geelong, including the successful advocacy for the NDIS national head office to be based in Geelong.

Keith continues to volunteer on many community boards such as Samaritan House, Salvation Army, Hope Bereavement Care, Geelong Advertiser Music Trust and is an independent member of the Victoria Police Regional Leadership Team. Keith is an accredited mediator with the Department of Justice. He is also involved with Barwon Health, working in the Dignity Therapy program which creates a legacy document for people in palliative care. Aside from his business and community roles, Keith was a junior football umpire for seven years and then in 2005 at age 49, took up marathon running. He has since run 16 and walked ten.

Keith looks back at his time at school as an important part of his upbringing and said many of his teachers played an important role. He attributed his Economics Teacher, Richard Morris, in 1971 a first-year teacher, as having a significant impact in setting the course of his subsequent university study in economics. Another fond school memory was playing a lead role in the 1972 school production of Pirates of Penzance. His father Bert Fagg (OGC 1929), brothers and three children all attended The Geelong College.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 2018, Keith Andrew Fagg was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division 'for service to the community of Geelong' .

His Service includes:

Hope Bereavement Care:
Vice-Chairman, approximately 5 years.
Board Member, for many years.

The Salvation Army:
Geelong Advisory Board
Chair, since 2015.
Founding member, since 2001.

Rotary Club of Kardinia:
President, 1994-1995.
Charter Member, since 1992.
Recipient, Avenues of Service Citation, 2012.
Paul Harris Fellow, 1997.

Uniting Church in Australia, Frontier Services:
Board Member, 1986-2010.
Chair, Finance Committee, late 1990s-2010.
Founder and Trustee, John Flynn Foundation, since 2002.

Wesley Uniting Church, Geelong:
Past Chair, Church Council and Member, since 1985.
Chair, Property Committee.

Community Representative, Regional Leadership Team, Western Region, Victoria Police, since 2009.
Mayor, City of Greater Geelong, 2012-2013.
Past Board Member, St Laurence Community Services.
Patron and Trustee, Rory Wilson Future Fund, 2014-2016.
Chair, Samaritan House Geelong, since 2016.

Rural Ambulance Victoria:
Former Board Member.
Ambulance Service Victoria South West Region
President and Chairman, 1997.
Executive Committee Member, 1991-1999.
Committee of Management Member, 1990-1999.

Director, Fagg's Mitre 10, more than 30 years.

Sources: Ad Astra December 2018 p49.
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