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Local Councillor Receives OAM

Much-loved local Councillor Jan Clifford was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day this year and last month she attended a special ceremony to collect her medal at Parliament House in Brisbane.

A Whitsunday Regional Councillor since 2008, Ms Clifford is now serving her 5th term and was uncontested at the recent Local Government Elections.

When asked what she believes were the reasons for her nomination and subsequent recognition, Ms Clifford said “you’ve got to go above and beyond”.

“I think it’s a lot to do with the things I do for rural women and all the community efforts I’ve put in over the years,” she shared.

It is well known that Ms Clifford volunteered graciously throughout the Cyclone Debbie recovery period and has been giving up her own Christmas Day to assist at community events for those in need.

Since 1995, Ms Clifford has been an advocate for the Whitsundays region, working within the tourism sector for many of those years.

She started attending Council meetings in 2000, becoming interested in the process and then going for election.

Flash forward to this year and Ms Clifford said it was an absolute honour to receive her OAM.

“It was absolutely awesome!” she said.

“It was like you’d been dreaming about something and all of a sudden it happened!”

Councillor Jan Clifford received her OAM at Parliament House in Brisbane on May 16. Photo supplied

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