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Monday, 20 September 1999
Page: 9922


Mr St CLAIR —I rise today to pay tribute to a truly great Australian, Mr Selby Verdon Dean DCM, OAM, from the tiny town of Tingha in my electorate of New England. Selby Dean has just retired after 16 years as a councillor on the Guyra Shire Council. I had the honour of serving with him for 11 of those years during which time he was elected to many positions, including that of deputy mayor.

As I said, Selby Dean is a truly great Australian, a person who has made a huge contribution to this nation. His war service saw him in action in the Middle East through to New Guinea. He rose from private to lieutenant and was awarded the DCM in Crete. He worked for the North West County Council as a linesman from 1946, retiring in 1980. He was appointed as a councillor for the county council from 1987 to 1995, bringing with him the great knowledge that comes from being a practical worker, making him a constructive member of the boardroom. He was heavily involved in the scouting movement and in Legacy. He was instrumental in forming the Tingha Golf Club and is the patron. Selby has been a long-term member of the Tingha RSL and was made a life member in 1992. He is a life member of the Tingha Sport and Recreation Club and the bowling club and is patron of the Tingha Tigers Football Club.

Selby Dean has always looked after the interests of the working man in a practical way. He is a longstanding member of the Labor Party and has been a candidate for the federal seat of New England. I am proud to call Selby my friend. I am honoured to know him, and I believe that the world has been made better because Selby Verdon Dean DCM, OAM is in it.