Memorial plaque recognises Daryl McClure's community contribution
The City of Greater Bendigo has recognised the community contribution of former Councillor the late Daryl McClure OAM by placing a memorial plaque on a restored heritage fence at the View Street entrance to Rosalind Park.
Daryl McClure was a 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 a term as Mayor from 1999-2000. He received a posthumous OAM in 2016
Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said for many decades Daryl McClure, who passed away in 2015, was a strong advocate for preserving the heritage values of 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.
“Daryl admired and worked hard to protect Rosalind Park so this very fitting. He was a very passionate Bendigonian who always had Bendigo’s best interests in everything he did and stood for.
“It’s pleasing to be able to recognise his long service to the Bendigo community in this way.”
The Rosalind Park ornamental cast iron fence, which replaced a timber picket fence was erected in 1888 to give Rosalind Park more prestige.
The restoration of the heritage fence has been a $100,000 project which has included reconstruction of the section facing View Street including 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.