Dr Clem Jones AO

Civic leader

2007 QLD Senior Australian of the Year

Clem Jones’ contribution to the development of Brisbane is well known. As Lord Mayor from 1961 to 1975, he presided over a term that saw the Queensland capital grow from a sleepy country town into a vibrant and cosmopolitan sub-tropical city. A surveyor by profession and cricket ground curator of some renown, Clem’s civic service continued well after his retirement from politics through his membership of many civic, sporting, and professional bodies, such as the Darwin Reconstruction Commission following Cyclone Tracey, the Western Queensland Flood Appeal, and his election as delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1998. His vision, enthusiasm, and energy have made him a commanding force in many projects, including aged and disabled persons care, World Masters Games, and Queensland football. His honours include the key to the city of Brisbane and recognition for his contribution to sport with an Associate Membership of the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.