At its meeting on 21 March 2017, Claremont Council endorsed a proposal to award the honour of Freeman of the Town to Geoffrey McClements.
Mr McClements (93) is a former long term resident of Claremont who has a long and distinguished record of service to the Claremont and wider community. Having grown up on Goldsworthy Road, Mr McClements is considered part of the social fabric of Claremont, is a life member of the Claremont Bowling Club and served as the President of the Claremont RSL for 32 years.
Town of Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said, “becoming a Freeman of the Town is a rare and exceptional honour that recognises an individual’s outstanding commitment and contribution to the Claremont community.”
“Nominations are considered by Council against selection criteria and to be eligible they must have given distinguished service to the community, preferably in more than one capacity.”
“Mr McClements served with the Navy from 1941 to 1946, was the President of the Claremont RSL from 1983 to 2015 and in 2016 was the recipient of two awards, Anzac of the Year and Australia Day Award.”
The existing Freeman of the Town are John Hedges, Trevor Nicholas, Sally Anne Hasluck, Peter Weygers, Peter Olson, Ron Bodycoat, Joan Tocock and Denis McLeod.
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