Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Board and staff of FRRR mourn the sudden passing of the Honourable Simon Crean.

Hon Simon Crean
Hon Simon Crean

Alongside his more high-profile commitments and achievements, Simon was also a Director of FRRR. He was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2019 and was a vocal advocate for remote, rural and regional communities, always striving to ensure that people in the bush were supported.

He understood the policy and the politics but, more importantly, had genuine empathy for the challenges experienced by those communities. He sought out collaboration and always focused on the right outcome.

Around the Board table, he was an energetic colleague with a great capacity for debate and learning. His questions to management reflected his depth of knowledge and thirst for understanding more to ensure that we were achieving as much as possible with every grant or proposed investment. Ultimately though, it was us who learnt from him.

His intellect, curiosity, passion and friendship will be sorely missed by all at FRRR. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Carole, his daughters, and his extended family and friends.