Leigh’s heart still in the Hill
Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011
By John Casey
Qantas boss Leigh Clifford has had his hands full in recent weeks but he still found time to shower Broken Hill will praise and urge everyone to support the BH Community Foundation.
Like the BDT, Mr Clifford is a strong advocate for the Broken Hill Community Foundation (BHCF) and the role it plays in creating local jobs and stimulating new investment in the region.
“I am in all in favour of the foundation’s concept of trying to encourage entrepreneurs and worthwhile activities in Broken Hill which will help diversify the economy,” Mr Clifford said.
“The city is one of the great mineralisations in the world and still has a lot to offer.
“There is quite a resurgence in the mining industry at the moment which augers well for the future of Broken Hill.”
Born in SA, Mr Clifford spent some six years in BH during the 1970s as a Mining Engineer at the Zinc Corporation and has many fond memories of the city.
He met his wife Sue (nee Bottom) here and enjoyed premiership success while wearing number 25 with the Central Football Club under coach Jeff Potter.
“I forged some very close relationships with those I worked with in Broken Hill such as Roger Massey-Greene and we still get back to the city regularly,” Mr Clifford, who worked for Rio Tinto for 37 years, said.
“Many of us thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent in Broken Hill and the training and experience we received there stood us in good stead for the future.
“I really value the experience and training I received while working in Broken Hill and want to see the city continue to prosper. That is why a number of my contemporaries have also supported the Community Foundation.”
As a Gold Foundation Supporter the BDT is proud to be associated with the BHCF and will keep our readers abreast of the work they are undertaking.