BAYSWATER freeman Ian McClelland has died aged 77.
Mr McClelland was elected to the council in 1986 and served for 23 years, including two stints as deputy mayor.
In the year he was elected the Morley Boans store burnt down, and Mr McClelland was subsequently heavily involved in planning and building the Morley Galleria, which opened in 1994.
He was also instrumental in getting the Morley Sports and Recreation Centre and Bayswater Waves built.
Mr McClelland represented Bayswater on outside bodies including the east metropolitan regional council and the WA local government association and received meritorious and distinguished service awards.
His service was not without controversy: in 2009 he was fined $500 in the district court after pleading guilty to electoral fraud.
He was awarded a spent conviction, meaning no criminal record, which allowed him to continue as a councillor. However, then-WA attorney-general Christian Porter later refused to renew Mr McClelland’s Justice of the Peace status.
“I was privileged to have served with Ian from 1999-2001 and then again in 2007-2009,” says mayor Sylvan Albert.
“He was very passionate about representing his community on the council and made a great contribution to the city and it’s residents.
“Ian was always a vibrant personality and he was dedicated to his community to the very end and will be sorely missed.”
Mr McClelland signed off from every council meeting with, “well folks it’s time to go home to my lovely bride.”
by STEPHEN POLLOCK