Mayor of Strathfield 1977-1983
Clarence (Clarrie) Griffiths Edwards served on Strathfield Council from 17 March 1973 to 23 September 1983. He was elected at an extraordinary election following the death of Alderman Cartwright in March 1973. He stood for an election and served as an Independent candidate.
Edwards was elected Mayor of Strathfield for seven consecutive years in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983, which is the longest consecutive period of any Mayor. He was elected Deputy Mayor in 1976.
Edwards served as the Vice-Chairman of General Purposes Committee in 1975 and 1976.
Edwards managed the Homebush Newsagency for 22 years. He was a foundation member of the Rotary Club of Strathfield and its third president. Edwards was a key mover in founding the Strathfield District Historical Society in 1978 by calling a public meeting at Strathfield Library.
Among his many achievements on Strathfield Council, he lead the successful opposition to the NSW Government’s plans to amalgamate Strathfield Council in 1983. His special interests on Council included preservation of residential amenity, traffic management, economy and efficiency, tree preservation including street trees and the oil pipeline through the Municipality.