Former Gunnedah shire mayor William Clegg OAM honoured with street dedication in Canberra

TRUE HONOUR: Current Deputy Mayor Gae Swain, William Ronald Clegg and former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson at the unveiling of the WR Clegg Emergency Services Centre in 2000. Photo: Gunnedah Historical Society
TRUE HONOUR: Current Deputy Mayor Gae Swain, William Ronald Clegg and former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson at the unveiling of the WR Clegg Emergency Services Centre in 2000. Photo: Gunnedah Historical Society

FORMER long serving Gunnedah councillor William Clegg OAM has been honoured for his tireless efforts to the Gunnedah shire with a Canberra street named in his honour.

The ACT Place Names Committee and Gunnedah Shire Council helped push for the street in the Canberra suburb of Strathnairn, Belconnen to help honour the efforts of the late The Medal of the Order of Australia recipient.

Mr Clegg was elected to Gunnedah Municipal Council in 1956 and retired in 1999 and also served as he Namoi Division Controller for the SES in the 1970s, and helped found the North West Tourist Association in 1963. 

He was was awarded an OAM in 2003 for his service to Gunnedah through Local Government and the development of tourism in the area.

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Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said the street dedication was a fitting honour for a man who did a lot for the shire.

“There was hardly a local organisation that did not benefit from Mr Clegg’s energy, experience and enterprise – the war memorial pool, indoor heated pool and remembrance grove, to name a few,” Cr Chaffey said.

“Mr Clegg dedicated his life to serving the Gunnedah community, creating jobs and advancing the town I am pleased to see this worthy commemoration take place.”

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