Family members listen as mayor Margaret O’Rourke unveils the plaque.

FORMER City of Greater Bendigo mayor, the late Daryl McClure OAM, has been acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to the community with the placement of a memorial on a restored heritage fence at the View Street entrance to Rosalind Park.

Mr McClure was a tireless champion for and of Bendigo, and also served as member of state parliament for the seat of Bendigo from 1973 to 1982.

He also served as a former Bendigo City councillor from 1969-1970 and 1993-1994, and a City of Greater Bendigo councillor from 1996-2004. Mr McClure served as mayor from 1999-2000.

He passed away in March 2015 and received a posthumous OAM in 2016.

At a public ceremony held on Tuesday to acknowledge Mr McClure’s contribution to the city he loved, City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke paid tribute to the man who had worked hard for the heritage values of Bendigo and especially Rosalind Park.

“Daryl was involved in the city’s master planning process for Rosalind Park and he always spoke passionately about the important role the park plays in the life of the community,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Council is pleased that we have been able to recognise Daryl’s contribution to the community by undertaking the fence restoration project and through this memorial plaque.”

Speaking on behalf of the McClure family, Trent McClure said his father had achieved many things for Bendigo that the family were very proud of.

The restoration of the heritage fence was a $100,000 project that included reconstruction of the section facing View Street, replacement of the sandstone plinth, restoration of steelwork, recasting of some missing and damaged parts and repainting in original heritage colours.

Heritage Victoria provided approval for both the fence restoration work and the installation of the memorial plaque.