Media Release: Warringah Council takes out prestigious award

13 October 2015

Warringah Council has been named one of NSW’s most progressive and innovative city or regional councils after taking out the state’s oldest and most prestigious local government award at the Local Government NSW Annual Conference in Sydney.

Warringah Council was selected as the 2015 metropolitan winner of the A. R. Bluett Memorial Award, established in 1945 to recognise greatest relative progress of high achieving and progressive councils in NSW.

The Award commemorates Alfred Robert Bluett, who served 30 years as the secretary and solicitor to the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW. As an authority on local government law, Mr Bluett was instrumental in drafting the state’s first Local Government Act, in 1919.

“The current focus on local government reform in NSW makes it particularly fitting that we commemorate the distinguished legacy of A. R. Bluett and his commitment to local councils and local democracy,” said Bluett Trust Chairman Graeme Fleming PSM.

“This award recognises a standard of excellence and innovation that should be the goal of all public service, at all levels of government.

“On behalf of my fellow trustees, Bill Bott AM and Allan Ezzy AM, APM, I congratulate Warringah Council’s elected representatives, general manager, council staff and the community on this well-deserved award.”

Mr Fleming noted the high standard of entries across the board, and commended each and every council that had submitted an entry.

“There can only ever be one official winner of the A. R. Bluett Award for city and regional councils each year,” he said. “But the real winners are the communities who benefit from the hard work and commitment of their elected representatives and professional staff at the local government level.”

Warringah Council’s submission highlights included excellent infrastructure renewal programs, high resident satisfaction, a sound financial position, a range of organisational improvements, staff engagement and professional development, collaboration with community groups and other organisations, an active youth program, art and cultural projects, environmental and planning initiatives, and specific community infrastructure such as the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, Collaroy All Abilities Playground and Forrestville Sporting Facilities.

“Judging was difficult this year, as it is every year,” Mr Fleming said.

Lithgow City Council was named A. R. Bluett Award winner in the category of rural councils, while Pittwater Council received a special award. Both Warringah Council and Lithgow City Councils join recent winning councils: Ku-ring-gai, Bankstown, Cootamundra, Tumbarumba, Midwestern, Lake Macquarie and Moree Plains.

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Trust Chairman Graeme Fleming PSM: 0427 291 664